Schlafly Quadrupel | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly QuadrupelSchlafly Quadrupel

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-17-2009

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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 85
Reviews by JayQue:
Photo of JayQue
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my trusty Chimay goblet from a 750 ml bottle. Unusual bright orange color, would have expected darker from most Quads. Delicate white head, fairly small. Left a little lacing, head retention what you would expect from 12% abv.

Aroma was good. Dark fruit, Belgian yeast and some sweetness. Taste is not the the St Bernadus abt 12 category, but still fairly impressive. Rich dark fruit, definite Belgian character with the yeast and candi sugar. Just not as complex as some others. Mouthfeel is rich and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Drinkability is ok for this strong a beer. Solid, but I have had better. Might have been expecting too much because Schlaflys Tripel absolutely blew me away!!!!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11.

Pours amber/red with a small off-white head. The aroma is caramel malt with some yeast, dark fruits and a little tartness. The flavor is more of the same with some alcohol, heavy malts, dark fruits and the same tart fruit that I got in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Very solid American-made quadrupel.

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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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 Schlafly33
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of Sara
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of GMUPatriot_inKansas
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

25.4oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, no dating on bottle, but purchased in November 2010.

Unsurprisingly for an aged and big beer there is a minimal head on this very hazy dark apricot colored brew. The head is a yellowed paper color that matches the body well.

Maybe it's the age, but the nose is not so hot as many others have noted. It unfolds with lots of dried apricot and other fruits, a hint of brandy, and a trifling amount of Belgian yeast.

The flavors are similarly in the dried fruit domain, with lots of apricot, which is delicious, raisins, grapes, and toffee. Belgian candi sugar rears its metallic head a bit and again, the yeast is on the subdued side, mainly a little musty with some clove.

Texture is full and a bit slick. Carbonation is minimal, but that's as it should be.

I think a year or so only did well by this bottle. I quite like it and would recommend it, as I would just about anything by this brewery.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm surprised to see so few reviews for this brew considering I just picked up a bottle at a grocery store while in Columbia for a wedding. I also brought home a bottle of their Tripel, which shares a lot of the spicy character, and I assume, the same yeast.

As Belgians go, this beer felt heavy on my palate, though now I see it's a whopping 12%. By comparison to Bush Noel (also at 12%), I couldn't expect the mouthfeel to be any lighter. In the context of a dark, Belgian sipper of a beer, this is pretty decent. Still, the spicy, sweet fig, honey, orange peel and chocolate cookie taste of this quad, while interesting, isn't quite complex enough to stand up to the legends in this style while give your tongue a seemingly endless array of notes.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sat on this one a few month, because I like my quads with some age on them, but finally curiosity got the better of me...

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2 finger of sand colored head. Finishes murky, probably my pour, but no head retention or lacing, appearance is wrecking the personal rating, a pity, since I believe this caries way too much weight..

S: Orchard fruit, boozeyness, plus raisins & hints of honey

T: Apple peels, dryness, a touch of boozey pear juice & some raisin up front, plus some cinnamon & brown sugar lurking around the edges. Oaky dryness, candi sugar & fruittyness dominate as this warms, plus cherry & oaky vanilla.

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation very warming, decent malt depth

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV, they need to slap a few 100 barrels into some barrels & run with this, well done Schafly!! Will definitely but a few bottles to trade or lay down; I see this improving at least over the next 2-3 years...

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Infamous7100
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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 beveritt
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of richj1970
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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 TheSleepyMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 jdkitchi
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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 beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dull orangeish-red with a pale yellowish-tan head that was modest in size with the texture and structure of memory foam. Inside lied a light to medium spaced density of lazily suspended macro-particles that floated about. The lacing was thick and spongey providing a half glass coating and coverage of the glass while the visible carbonation was strong, steady, and quickly paced.

S: On the nose lied a mixture of licorice, dry oranges, and a spicy alcohol warmth. Warm apple and pear juice notes are evident as well a spicy alcohol twang of cinnamon that was overall light, maybe bordering on medium, but in no way indicative of the advertised 12.0%abv.

T: A warming flavor of oranges and hearty bread malts, almost like French toast, first greets the taste buds. A spicy alcohol warmth of cinnamon coated french toast and warm fruit appears in the middle of the palate along with some Belgian candy sweetness and a spicy hoppiness (perhaps goldings?). The finish finds a dry boozy lacing, with a lingering warmth that stays with you and a syrupy malty finale.

M: Full bodied, syrupy and thick mouthful, with a warming and boozy nature taking over. Warm fruit, alcohol and an alcohol spiciness appears upon the swallow.

D: The 12.0%abv, though not full realized on the nose, is certainly represented in the flavor therefore limiting this to a slow sipping experience limiting consumption. The bomber I found was at the further end of the drinking spectrum for me. Best shared with a friend.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a copper/red color with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing at all. Aroma is very sweet, malty and strong, it smells like dark fruit (figs, cherries, raisins), candy sugar, caramel malt, and a little bit of booze. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit, yeast, brown sugar, candy sugar, brandy, and some bready malt and spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's nice and creamy, and also has medium/high but soft carbonation. The smoothness of this brew makes it easy to drink, but the 12% ABV does have a kick to it after a while. Overall I think it's a good solid brew. It's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of DBoone
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A--- Poured straight into snifter, orange hazy color with tan head that fades quickly, a little bit of carbonation rising, pretty typical for most quads

S--- Not real distinctive, some candi sugars, malt definitely there, with hints of fruit, maybe figs/plums?

T--- Candi sugars, malt, but a little thin IMHO for a Quad, not tons going on here. Alcohol somewhat noticeable, but not too hot.

M--Again, not a bunch going on in mouthfeel, malts and slight hoppiness felt in back part of tongue/cheeks.

D--- Pretty easy to drink, tried to share with my beer buddy, Beermantimmie, but he had to head home and take care of the baby girl daughter. Probably will improve with some cellaring, overall good quality.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.29/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of jwmarcum
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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