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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #196
Ranked #16,174
3.88 | pDev: 12.11%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Notes: Our Quadrupel features notes of stone fruit from a Belgian abbey yeast strain and the taste of sweet toffee from a touch of Belgian Candi syrup. This mahogany-colored ale is fermented with a distinct Belgian abbey ale strain, then bottle conditioned with extra sugar and yeast for at least two weeks. European hops add balance to the sweetness of the malt and yeast.

In the United States, the term “Quadrupel” refers to a very strong, dark ale with a spicy, fruit flavor and high alcohol content. The beer style is intended to be stronger than a Belgian-style Tripel, so the alcohol content tends to be 10% or more. Beyond these guidelines, there is still discussion among brewers as to what constitutes a Quadrupel.

30 IBU
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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated large bottle that's at least 4 years old.
Poured dark red-brown with excellent clarity and a modest, semi-durable beige head.
Aroma: lightly boozy with moderately strong notes of dark dried fruits dominating.
Flavor: moderately boozy with notes of dark dried fruits dominating. Clean for style.
Feel: medium carbonation; medium-full body; smooth; warming.
Overall: this American quad is nicely balanced and harmonious. It is certainly well-crafted and seems refined but is clearly not as complex, yeasty or deep as good Belgian counterparts.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Service: Bottle
No date

Fairly clear red with tons of scummy yeast chunks and a pop-fizz cap of two inches that dwindles to an off-white film. Ok retention, not a trace of lace. (3.5)

Dark fruits, rustic bread, weird caramelized cereal/molasses-rum/oxidized aroma that only comes out after a swirl, some tart barny-ness from the yeast. (3.5)

Chocolate covered cherry kool-aid, wood, toffee, dark bread, broiled sugar and bourbon. (3.5)

Sticky, medium carbonation, full bodied, some sneaky booze. (3.5)

An okay beer.
Big and sweet. It isn't the 'quadiest' quad I've ever had. It was ok, but it felt like it was big in ways I didn't like and not big in ways I do. A lot is tastes, but it wasn't very faithful to style either. It looks mediocre. The smell is nearly what you would expect with the addition of some acetic tang, and a weirdly chewy sweetness that pops right after a swirl. It is a little bit of a chore to drink. Strong as hell. If I was sure it was fresh I would try it again, just to be sure, but otherwise I won't be having this one again. (3.25)

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Photo of stortore
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a goblet.

Copper colored pour, mostly clear. Small head, not much lacing. Smell brings malt, cherries, strawberries, caramel, figs, dates, plums raisins. Taste leads with malt, then figs, dates, plums, cherries, caramel. Some alcohol warming. Good body, pretty smooth, taste lingers.

A little lighter bodied than the norm, but the taste and aroma stack up well as a traditional quad. Liked it more as I drank it. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schlafly Quadrupel is not as complex as a Belgian quad and I would not recommend it as stand-in for, say Rochefort 10. To my palate it tastes like boozier Bass Ale sort of beer, without the same fruity, spicy elements as Belgian Trappist quads and ales. IMO the maltiness is too strong and not well balanced with the other flavors. Borders on cloying.

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Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this an hour and a half ago from Schlafly Bottleworks and poured it into what appears to be a Schlafly tulip/snifter hybrid. I like Gulden Draak 9000 a bit better because it's slightly sweeter, but this is still pretty good. Now that I know I like the style, I'll be sure to seek more quads out. It's going to be tough to beat Gulden Draak for me though.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy dark brown color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry fruits notes with some residual sugar notes and solid malt backbone. Taste is also a balanced effort between some dry raisins and other fruits with some residual sugar and just enough attenuation to balance the whole thing and some caramel and light toffee notes also discernable. Body is about average with good carbonation and alcohol is not apparent. Not as sweet as I was anticipating which is a good thing since Schlafly beer can be overly sweet. Good drinkability with just enough complexity for the style.

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Photo of Suds
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky rust colored brew..cream head. Musky, yeasty, slightly tart smell...wood and malt. Some alcohol in the nose. The taste is sweet, with a background of hops and warmth. Full body. Strong.

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Photo of GSP
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I should start with "I am a big fan of Schlafly's" and visit the brew pub whenever my travels take me to St. Louis. I admire most of their bottle conditioned ales, and in particular their Triple. However, I was very disappointed by this offering.

My bottle lacked sufficient carbonation and presented in the glass without a head. Atypical of the style (for good reason) since it result in an overly heavy ale even for a quad.

While it offered the complex flavors of a Quad with plum and toffee, the lack of carbonation and burdensome mouth feel made it unpalatable. I would have rated it more harshly, but as noted it lacked sufficient carbonation and I fear I may have gotten a "bad bottle"

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%

Figs, deeply caramelized malt, raisins, and vinous notes form the aroma. Toasted caramel, sweet, nutty malt, buttery toffee serve as the backbone, with raisins, lightly tart cherries, and booze rounding out the flavor profile. Surprised by the toffee, buttery character.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750-mL bottle given to me from my brother for my b-day this past April. Decided to pop it open on the 4th of July. No freshness date to be seen on the bottle. Print screened label. Rustic looking artwork with short description of the beer on the back.

Pours a mahogany color nice and clear with massive rocky off-white head. Nice steady carbonation streams up from the large tulip sized glass I poured into.

Upfront aromas of residual brown sugars and candied stone fruit. Dark plum and figs come to mind. Predominately malty with no hop aroma. Sweet and rich candy smelling.

Malty sweet upfront with loads of brown sugar, candied dark fruit, and some carmelized sugars and molasses. Abbey dubbel Belgian yeast character shines here - but at double strength. Decidedly sweet with plenty of residual sugars but has a sharp tint of bitterness at the tail end.

At 12% ABV, this one drinks sparingly smooth. No hot alcohols or solvent vapors. Alcohol provides warmth but definitely not hot or harsh. Mostly full bodied. Perfect after dinner drink or can be substituted as dessert.

Overall, a very well made and balance Quad. Never had a beer from this brewery before, but would definitely try anything else they make after giving this one a shot.

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Photo of richj1970
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a light mahogany brown with a two to three finger fluffy off white head with nice retention. Lasting at least 2-3 minutes. Some spotty lacing,

S: Some slight yeast esters, but nose is dominated by plum, date, and Belgian candy sugar.

T: Lots of sweetness up front especially when cold. Plum, raisin, date, and fig. Some spices coming through as it warms including pepper and clove.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated coating the tongue nicely. Tends a bit towards the sweet side when cold, but improves as it warms.

O: A very solid quad. Glad I grabbed another bottle to take home.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, bottled 7/24/13, into a pint glass
A: Hazy brown color with next to no head
S: Sweet, fig, maple, malt, prunes, dried apricot
T: The initial flavors are very nice- spice, raisin, fig, prune, caramel, toffee but then the sweetness takes over around the midpalate and it finishes with a sweet malt syrup
M: Full bodied from both the alcohol and sugar
O: Nice overall but I think it would be better if there were a bit more spice and a bit less sweetness

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a stemmed glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a small layer. It is a murky orange brown with little clarity, but vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, boozy alcohol, raisins, plums,

Taste: Toffee, caramel, warm boozy alcohol, bready, raisins, plums, and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, warm alcohol, and extremely drinkable.

Overall: Pretty solid quad from these Missouri guys. All their beers have been stellar so far, but increasingly harder to find here in Massachusetts. I need to stock up.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a DFH snifter to a deep reddish brown with a half finger of off white head that retains well
S: smells of spicy yeast, phenols, dark fruits, and sugary sweetness
T: tastes of spices, a bit phenolic, some dark fruits, slight caramel sweetness and a bit of alcohol. swallow is a huge wallop of sweet plums and caramelized sugars with a bit more spice
M: full bodied in the mouth with a bit too much carbonation and a dry finish. After shaking out some of the carb this beer has a nice smoothness to it.
O: after shaking out some of the carb this beer is very solid. not the greatest but far from the worst. the finish is fantastic but I fear that after drinking more of it that it might become cloyingly sweet. A very impressive beer with good flavors and solid complexity.

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Photo of jdkitchi
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up from the Schlafly tap room on a trip to St Louis about a little over a year ago. I’ve been waiting for it to mature and also a special occasion to try it. The date bottled was 4/19/2011.

This beer pours an orange brown with very small head that disappears quickly. I get mostly dried fruit and alcohol on the nose. The taste is similar, sweet dried fruit, Belgian yeast spice, a little alcohol burn. I get a little more sweetness and less alcohol as it warms up. There is a nice creamy mouth feel, low carbonation and enough complexity to make it interesting.

This reminds me of a beer I had a couple of years ago at the Milwaukee Ale house called Devil’s Advocate they had on cask that I really enjoyed. I like this a lot and by the way, Happy New Year.

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Photo of WynnO
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coming in at 12% this quad leans toward the hot side. Not a bad thing if the brewer hides it well, but it is a bit blatant here.

The nose was excellent, having a strong complex arrangement of fruits and malts. Carbonation was tingly, but the head did have good staying power---somewhat unexpected for a beer of this gravity. The brownish color was no surprise, but it was a bit more translucent than other good quads I have drank.

It was nice on the palette. The taste was unexciting mostly due to the drowning of malts by the alcohol, but still, there was enough there to make its consumption a nice experience.

To summarize: Good balance, a noticeable burn, with a very good nose. This one is not a "must have" by any measure, but its inclusion in a tasting of big beers or a Schlafly session would not be a mistake.

Consumed from a small snifter.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a brownish orange color, it has a white head on top. Seems to have a good looking retention, the lacing is very minimal. The aroma is loaded with raisin aromas, sweet malts and bready yeast. The taste of this beer is sweet, with some bitterness in there... There is a touch of funk in there too. The mouthfeel is decent, it's heavy with a moderate carbonation. Overall the taste is not as good as I had hoped. Not the best tasting Quad out there. It was ok, but wouldn't b something I would need to drink again.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful garnet to brown with some slight orange tints. A nice amount of off white head that is slow to disappear. A tad of lacing.
S: sweet and fruity notes jump right out. A ton of malt and dark fruit like figs and raisins are detectable. Smells phenomenal.
T: This brew does well to perfectly match its aroma with one rather large addition, booze. At the back, a spicy alcoholic bite does well to quell the frutiness and tie the two together seamlessl.
M: It's a full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's got a nice creaminess to it as well. The alcohol at the back is warming and is present in the hang along with the pleasant fruit notes.
O: One damn fine beer. Quad's are rignt in my wheelhouse and this one stands up to the best that I have tried. It's flavors are bold, but balanced. And at 12%, its a sipper that can be savored. Keeps you wanting another sip. Get some for the winter.

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Photo of brureview
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very complex beer with a strong alcoholic finish.

Poured in a tulip. Honey-tea color.

Aroma: bourbon-honey.

Medium carbonation. The beer is overshadowed by the strong alcoholic taste.

The finish is honey-bourbon which is more pronounced with warming.

A highly complex beer for special more subdued occasions.

The alcoholic finish is dominant and dwarfs the finish, otherwise the beer is quite excellent.

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear garnet amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of alcohol, candi sugar and fruity yeast become present in the nose as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is rather sweet and has flavors of candi sugar and fruity esters. Notes of spices are present in the finish.
M: It feels nearly full-bodied on the palate and slightly thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer masks its alcohol well considering its strength, it lacks the complexity of dark fruit flavors and sweetness compared to other beers in the style. It can also seem a little cloying at times and isn’t one of the easiest beers to drink.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown with finger of off-white head. The head has super long retention.

S: I am loving the smell of this beer. It is deep and rich. First comes apples, then berries, then a deep caramel maltiness, slight yeastiness and a rich rustic bread. Really, really great.

T: Deep, rich flavor as well. Lots of malts, raisins. There is a a lot of apple as well, and fruity esters. The alcohol comes through and adds a further element. The sweetness is strong, almost to the point of being cloying.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy, almost buttery with a slight stickiness and not a lot of carbonation.

O: Great depth of flavor, but there is an awful lot going on. Finishing the bottle will be a bit of a challenge, just because of the overwhelming sweetness and barrage of flavors.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a bronze/coppery orange tone with a creamy finger-plus of a beige-colored head; body is a bit cloudy, though becomes mostly clear as the beer settles. so-so retention with the head fairly quickly receding into a thin cap; decent lacing.

pleasing nose: sufficently aromatic with notes of caramel malts, dark fruits, yeast, and a candied-fruit like sweetness. flavor, hmm, decidedly meh. sweet caramel maltiness up front is followed by cherry and some hop characters. definitely a bit too sweet - not cloyingly so, necessarily, just a bit more than i'd prefer. warming boozy kick to the finish, thanks to the 12% ABV which is not that well hidden. at best it's a decent quad, not on par with the powerhouses. not close.

medium to full bodied mouthfeel; syrupy. average carbonation. some enjoyable aspects to it but in the final analysis to me it's really more of a middling quad. worth a try i suppose, particularly if you're into quads.

originally reviewed: 11-30-2010

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish body w/ minimal head that died quick, on top of a thick malty aroma comprised mostly of yeast, candi sugar/caramel sweet malts (touch of chocolate?), roasted malts as well as a touch of citirc hops. A rich, thick malty base of breadiness gives off a full body of balance. Getting sweetness from caramel and something like chocolate, but not as intense, as well as a dry edge from some roasted malts (IDK why I'm picking them up in this beer). A little bit of hop and peppery zip as well as a tinge of sharpness in the finish, catching me offguard due to very high ABV (which only slightly bleeds into beer). A good quad to sip on (literally) and perhaps my only knock is that is a little simplistic and the malts are the dominant force somewhat squashing the fruits, overtaking blance, and turning a potentially great quad into just really good.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No info on bottle, bottle was refrigerated before serving, as recommended on bottle. Poured into a tulip.

A- Amber / Light brown, more amber than brown. frothy yellowish/ very light brown head that is dissipating moderately slow. Leaving behind no lacing on the glass. The beer lets light through it, and has small bubbles rising from the bottom of glass.

S- Dark malts, and yeast.

T- Prunes, and LOTS of malt. You can taste the 12% ABV in this one. It's not as "sweet" tasting as some other quads.

M- Thick, not too much carbonation.

O- Good Quad, this is the 2nd of the 750ml bottles I've had that they make, I have yet to try a bad beer from them.

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Photo of beveritt
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750 ml silk screened brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Picked this up in TN on a road trip to Florida about a year ago.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles to a thin yet complete layer of foam with a more substantial ring around the glass. The beer itself if crystal clear and the color of burnished copper with significant activity arising from the nucleation site.

Smell: Tart aroma of cherries and peaches upfront with a sour finish.

Taste: Tart cherries upfront with a solid semi-sweet malt backbone. Finishes with a hint of mild hops and a lemony-citrus flavor. Alcohol is well hidden; this almost has the tartness of a Flemish Red and hints of brett or other funk.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation, as expected for the style. Body is good.

Drinkability: A big and bold beer that sure will be a lot to power through in one sitting. Not available in Ohio, but another solid product from Schlafly.

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Quadrupel from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 202 ratings