Quad - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,032
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rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-17-2001

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Reviews by Zraly:
Photo of Zraly
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey garnet with minimal head retention. Soft smells of spice and yeast.

Overall flavor is comparable to many dubbels I've had (and even made!). It's calm and subdued, but the alcohol will find you before you know it. Deceivingly smooth, and approachable enough to seduce yourself into sipping without caution. Heavy malts and alcohol dominate. Hops are minimal, of course. Rum-like qualities.

Style-wise, this ale isn't as hefty as one may anticipate. It is good nonetheless. Especially on a cold autumn eve.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is a dark, murky brown in color with a cascading head that I controlled at the pour.

Smell – Oh, man, this is serious. The alcohol and yeast are rank! The malts are all over the place and lack that typical overly sweet sugariness that you find in a lot of Quadrupel beers. If Westy & St. Bernie are slow-stripping professional escorts leading the drinker on a two-hour trip of sensuality and ecstasy, this is the bobblehead ho in the corner of a smoky club wearing the “Got Penis?” T-shirt and condom necklace with the “cum hither” smile and a Motel 8 room key attached to the zipper of her hip-hugging Daisy Dukes.

Taste – The only difference between drinking this beer and smelling it is that when you drink it you get drunk.

Mouthfeel – This is somewhere in between medium and full-bodied with lasting carbonation, unapologetic bitterness that lacks any kind of sugary balance, and an alcohol punch that’s just rude and obnoxious. My kind of beer!

Drunkability – I checked, and this is technically the highest ABV of any Quad that I’ve reviewed to date. The alcohol “hides” like an elephant behind a bamboo tree, but I personally enjoy the “rough road less trodden” and sucked this down like Courtney Love at a straw-testing center.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage. This one pours a very nice deep opaque amber with really no head to speak of. 12.2% abv will do that I suppose. The first smell has some fruity malt tones...I seem to smell bananas, grapes, some orange peels. A nice spicy scent as well..can't really place it. The smell is very nice and complex...alcohol is well hidden...it's there but not at all overwhelming.

The first sip is wonderful...sweet caramel malt mingles with the fruit and spice tones. Alcohol is well hidden and the taste is very smooth. This is my first quadrupel, so I am not very familiar with the style, but this brew is making me quite happy. Just had a nice meal and this is the perfect way to finish it off...my dessert if you will. As the brew warms up a bit the complex flavor attacks my palate and begs me to take another sip. A lovely doughy banana bread flavor lingers in my mouth between sips. The mouthfeel is very nice...not too much carbonation and a well rounded body. A pleasure to drink. As far as drinkability...I could definetly have a few of these. I might not be able to walk afterwards...but it's worth it for such a tasty brew that seems to become more intriguing with each sip. I'm glad I have another one to cellar for awhile as this seems to get better with age. I'll update this when I try it again.

My thanks go out to blitheringidiot for the trade and the chance to try this tasty beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle from Tully's poured into a tulip glass. Very pretty beer. Amber color with a small head that produced some lacing. It had a fruity, banana aroma. Taste a little more complex. Banana, but a fair amount of tartness came through. A little yeast also. Fairly assertive. I thought this was quite drinkable, even at the ABV of 12%. However, I made the mistake of trying this first, followed by Blasphemy. Don't do that.

Photo of TTripp725
2.61/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer looked great, and had a very nice aroma to it but when it tried it the taste just wasn't my style

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a hazy amber/gold. A one-finger head of loose, light tan bubbles dissolves quickly, leaving a clump of bubbles along one side and a star-burst of very fine sheen spreading out from the center. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a rich, dark, copper orange/red and rather hazy, almost cloudy. Light, thin legs on the sides once it warms.

S - Even on the pour, the nose wafted out of the glass and filled the area. It's pleasantly complex and enjoyable on its own. Cherry/Apple Jolly Ranchers, Juicy Fruit gum, light plums, ripe bananas, a touch of light brown sugar, soft caramels, and moderately toasted malts. A bit of heat in the nose hints at the ABV. As it warms, the nose folds together and gets softer.

T - Similar to the nose, but darker across the board. Reminiscent of golden rum. Ripe tree fruits, light molasses, noticeably toasted malts and caramelized sugars. ABV is well-integrated into the taste profile, but it's not enough to hide it, so it dominates at the beginning before relenting and letting the flavors through. As it warms, a bit of spice in the finish appears.

M - A bit fizzy to start. Moderate body with solid, mouth-filling structure. Well-integrated components. A nip of a burn on the swallow gives the high ABV away. Finish is semi-sweet with just a touch of the sugars remaining along the tongue, initially fading quickly, but then lingering just on the edge of disappearing. It also has a bit of a rough edge to it, although warming takes that off.

O - Some interesting flavors in this Quad, but the taste profile was too dark for my personal preference, as if some of the sugars were clearly burnt. The nose was the best part of the glass. The individual aspects of the taste profile also seemed out-of-synch with each other, like slightly mismatched colors in a palette. It's worth a taste, especially if you're a fan of Quads, but not one I'll be looking for in the future.

Photo of merlin48
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet a hazy, dark orange. No head and minimal ring lacing. Aroma is promising, with plums, apricots, some yeasty mustiness, and alcohol. Mouthfeel--WHOA! Hard hitting alcohol kicks all other sensations to the side. Initial taste resembles a port or sherry. Dark fruits and a hint of molasses try to emerge at room temperature, but there's just not enough balance here to let them into the dance. Hops seem lost at sea.
I spent over an hour with this one trying to find some qualities I find attractive, other than its fine nose. I suppose it is a fine winter warmer, with the high abv, but the port wine aftertaste doesn't endear me very much.

Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, which I put in the cool, dark closet for about a year.Strong alcohol in nose, also berries, candi sugar.
Tan head which nice fine lacing. Sweetness upfront, alcohol, warming, Crispness, apples and more candi sugar. Malt/hop balance in place, a pleasure to taste --complexity and multiple flavors. Much better after a year in the closet, might benefit from another year of mellowing.

If my above notes are correct, then the bottle I sampled today (9-10-05) has been lovingly cellered for over 2 1/2 years! It has continued to mellow and get more soft and complex. It is now soft, smooth , mellow, lots of butter and port notes. Rum raisins and loads of other flavorful, sweet stuff. This beer has gone from the brash/harsh/alcohol burn stuff I recall it being when young to a soft and complex, world class after dinner sipper. Oh what 2 1/2 years in the closet/basement will do.

Photo of bsp77
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown that glows a glorious ruby in the light. However, almost no head or lacing.

Smell: Very malty and sweet, with plums, raisins and caramel most identifiable. Some musty notes come through as well. This is by far the best aspect of the beer.

Taste: Once again, very malty and sweet, but cloyingly so. One-dimensional with sweet plums and caramel. Barely a hint of the musty goodness from the smell.

Feel: Moderation carbonation, chewy body with absolutely no dryness on the finish.

Drinkability: Seems like a too sweet English Barleywine or Old Ale with just a hint of Belgian yeast. Disappointing Quad, but it does smell good.

Photo of jondeelee
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fellow beer enthusiast gave me a bottle of this that had been aging in his cellar for a few years--so what I report here might be slightly different from what you get in a bottle straight from the store.

On the nose, this ale smells like what I'd expect from a well-aged bottle of port: heavy, thick, dark fruit (especially prune) scents dominate, with hints of natural spiciness.

On the tongue, these thick, dark fruits explode, literally filling your mouth and nasal cavity, almost making your eyes water with joy. The similarities between this ale and a port continue, the sugary prune/raisin, almost cognac-like flavors dominating, reminding me of a mixture of melted brown sugar, butter, and pure vanilla. But these are accompanied by distinctly beer flavors, especially toffees and caramels, a hint of chocolate malt, and some light hops that linger ever-so-slightly on the tongue, bringing a nice balance to what could otherwise be an overwhelmingly sugary-sweet brew.

If this beer could be faulted for anything, it's that it might be too potent and sugary. I can see how the massiveness of this ale could drive some away; this is just about the farthest thing from a Budweiser you could get, and still be drinking a beer. I, however, think it's magnificent. Five stars.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a bronze amber color with ruby red highlights, small head off a vigorous pour. head faded after about a minute or so to a ring. just a touch of lacing. a tiny bit of sediment, but nothing like you would expect to see from a quad. looks similar to an amber ale.

in the aroma there are strong notes of flouride, bubblegum and alcohol. a little bit of spice and maybe some sweet malts. mostly yeast in the aroma.

the sweet malts, maybe even some candy, and the strong alcoholic flouride flavors come in the most. also has hints of some spice, clove, cherry, and bubblegum. about average for an american take on a quad. ive had much better american versions however, this actually ranks pretty low in that category.

not as heavy as you would expect for a 11.8%. almost a watery like mouthfeel. slightly acidic, almost sour. about medium to slightly heavy body. slight carbonation. slightly astringent as well, but i had no problem finishing the bottle, but i wouldnt want another. i wouldnt seek it out again either.

Photo of yankeeheel
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hue of golden copper-amber. Really looks briliant when held to light. Nice 1/2" eggeshell head with scant lacing. The smell is mind blowing. Lots of peach, bubblegum, and I don't know wht, but I love it. The fragrance must circulate just right in a tulip glass 'cause this is kickin'.

Taste wise I'm not quite as awestruck, but close. Lots of flavors hit the tounge but it's hard to differentiate at first. I get a little butterscotch, caramel, grapefruit, and white grape. Very complex. Mouthfeel is huge and drinkability is good for such a monstorous beer. Definitely starts to burn the front of the tounge. It's a sipper not a gulper.

I think this is a first rate belgian style strong ale and should be sought out. Not for the timid. Can't wait to see what cellaring will do to it.

Update: As I continue to drink this, it will kick you in the ear. Fair Warning. Also looks like they are now distributing in Mass.

Photo of kpantz
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: This is a 2003 vintage QUAD. I took a fresh one of these on my honeymoon back in '03. Has it aged like my marriage? Let's find out.

Appearance: Nearly opaque mahogany with a thin khaki head. Lacing is quite nice.

Smell: Musty fruits - raisins, dates, figs. Buttery malt in the nose as well. Just has that aged ale smell to it - I've encountered this aroma with many older barleywines and some of those J.W. Lees ales.

Taste: Still seems like a quadruppel, but to be honest, I don't think I'd be able to identify it as such without knowing what I was drinking. Can definitely get the belgian yeast flavor, so maybe I'd have a shot. Definite alcohol warmth working with this one as well as a good helping of date/plum/raisin and even some floral characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Thick but not syrupy. Low carbonation. Actually pretty nice here.

Drinkability: Not exactly the sort of thing you'd grab a sixer of and head into the garage. She's a sipper for sure, and the complexity of it leaves my palate tired after the glass.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark chestnut amber brown hue with a nice sized fine bubbled creamy tan head, leaves behind even layers of thick patched lace. Aroma: Biscuit dough tones but very sweet candi sugar, dark candi sugar at that with a very fruity undertone of apples, raisins, and molasses needs some cellaring but does the trick. Taste: Flavor has some bready yeast, mild chocolate, layers of fruit but nothing comes together well alot of complexity no cohesion. Mouthfeel: A bit lighter bodied than expected rather light on carbonation but still very silky overall texture. Drinkability: A mediocre stab in the dark at an awesome tradition of brewing, but I am glad an American brewer stepped to the occasion of trying to emulate a quad.

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring the undated 12 oz bottle into my Belgian snifter, I see a clear red-brown ale with a small, bubbly and very short-lived head.

Aromas of raisins and dates emerge, mixed with some alcohol esters.

Flavor: dark fruits, a hint of banana, traces of brown spices, fruity alcohol.

Feel: smooth and very gentle for 11.8% ABV, but warming.

O: a tasty Amer. quad with fairly good complexity and balance, and a higher ABV than the flavor suggests.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice brown with a big head.This is a very noble auburn brown color with a creamy 2 finger head. The lacing was heavy.

Smell: Almost overpowering aroma of caramel and brown sugar with hints of cherries, plums, and grapes.

Taste: Some nice toasted malts with caramel and brown sugar. The dark fruits and brown sugar / caramel. There are some hops here but its just enough to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp. Has a moderately dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a big beer and definitely deserved to sipped and appreciated.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No freshness date, but it's been in my cellar for about 5 months. It's brethern await a future session.

Pours a silky light tan head over a glowing orb of deep amber. Head receds leaving a few bands and dots of lace. Aromas of spice and sweet malt reach my nose before I’ve even raised my tulip. There’s also a bit of earth and some floral hops in the nose. Rich malt leads the flavors accompanied by a nice, yet mild, pepper and coriander spiciness. Some mild berry-like flavors and a decent wallop of earth as well. The hop are earthy and contribute a subtle balancing bitterness. A generous sweetness, but it’s definitely not slick, cloying or overpowering-- well-balanced by the other components of the beer. Full bodied, low carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with a clean to mildly dry finish and just a nip of alcohol at the end.

A study of balance. Great complexity and interesting layers of flavor and aroma. Some may find the malt to be a bit on the heavy-handed side, but I find the ale to be well-balanced overall. Then again, I do love malt. The mouthfeel is extraordinary: soft and full, but not overbearing. This ale fills the mouth and mind.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a clear orange-brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, sweet malts, and booze-soaked medium fruits. Mild amounts of alcohol turn a bit larger as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though better integrated. Sweet malts, dark Belgian candi sugar, and hints of spices all hit the palate at about the same time. Midway through the sip the flavors sweeten a bit and medium fruit flavors make an appearance the malt flavors reassert themselves before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall this smelled a bit boozier than I was expecting until I saw the 11.8% ABV. The flavor masks the alcohol very well but the beer as a whole is missing a certain heft to push it into the next tier. Still, it's worth a shot.

Photo of rastaman
2.09/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I found this beer very raw and upfront. Lots of sweetness and quite yeasty (some cheesyness), some very raw peppery alcohol, quite sugary. Not very elegant or rounded or anything. A bit too sweet and raw for my tastes, with too much alcohol in the finish. Not a fan.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a caramel0brown dense body with streams of tiny bubbles trailing up the side of the glass. There is a thin film of creamy light beige head that doesn't lace but brakes into a pattern of dots before fading back into the beer.

S- The soft banana note is the strongest aroma with a sweet caramel candy note and a fusel alcohol note in the background.

T- The soft banana flavor is similar to cooked bananas followed by a sweet brown malt note and a plastic flavor. As the beer warms there is a slight pear quality that comes out of the malt flavors. The finish has a bitterness that is not distinctly hops. As the beer warms the plastic and bitter notes increase slightly.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish that cleans the taste nicely. Soft alcohol heat comes through as the beer warms.

D- This beer has a thin taste with not a lot of complexity or interest. The fusel alcohol and plastic note are a bit in the way and increase as the beer warms. I thought the banana qualities reminded me of Hefeweizens more that quads.

Photo of FleeVT
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Bottles list ABV at 11.8%.

Pours a copper hue, amber around the edges with an off white thin head. A bit a haze, but that be from the temperature.

Sweetness abounds on teh nose. Brown sugars, light carmel, slight butterscotch, and heavy banana. A decent dose of bread malts help cover the high alcohol content from the nose. Beautiful!

A powerful beer on the palate with an abundance of toasty malts, sweet berries, and the rest of the nose. Bananas and butterscotch provide a nice middle, then give way to the warming alcohol. It's not overdone, but you can't miss that kick at the end. Great body, moderate to heavy. This beer coats the mouth and leaves you licking your cheeks when your down. High carbonation gives it a good bite and helps finish the heavier body. Moderate to heavy body,

Drink this slow, but drink it often. Very nice on one of the 8 cold days we have in Florida...

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Lots of toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, followed by lots of candied sugar, dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, apricots, dates and figs, as well as quite a bit of Belgian yeast, which gives off earthy aromas of leather, tobacco and some barnyard-y aromas as well.

Taste: Delicious! Lots of flavors of toasted malt, dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, apricots, dates and figs, followed by some candied sugar, toffee, and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 11.8%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good American version of a Belgian quad. Very true to the style and delicious. I’m certainly getting this again.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher- Quad

Appearance- Hazy reddish brown with a small sticky head.
Smell- Sweet sugary fruit. Cherry, raisin, pinapple.
Taste- Big sugary sweetness. Grapes, Plums, Cherries, and pinapple. Slight cocoa in the end.
Mouthfeel- Sweet yet surprisingly mild. Very warming in the end. Almost like a Brandy?! For a 12+% alc this is pretty smooth.

Overall- Surprisingly smooth, yet sweet. A nice night cap beer. This 1 packs a punch.

Photo of Calico
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous clear red-amber with a moderate off-white head that doesn't linger long but leaves lace. Quite carbonated; I can see the bubbles percolating up rapidly as I watch the head subside.

Aroma is of banana, clove, some nuttiness. Rather hefeweizen-like. Some raisin and other dark fruits.

Flavor - banana again, but malt is dominant. Higher alcohols are evident, very warming. Sweetness lingers and clings to my tongue. Has a bit of the flavor I associate with a tripel. Also a plum note, almost like Japanese plum wine. Licorice root, a hint of cardamom.

I'm really liking the flavor of this beer, but then it's partly because it reminds me of some homebrews I've enjoyed that fermented at perhaps too high a temperature with a big grain bill. Fusel alcohols aren't always a bad thing, if they're not in the quantity to give a hangover, and I'm hoping they're not here.

Mouthfeel - it coats the tongue thoroughly with all those thick residual sugars, tickles with the remaining carbonation and finally heats the tongue with the alcohol. A bit much of a workout for my tongue.

Drinkability - it's a lovely beverage and I would be tempted to have more of it, but not much more, given its strength.

Photo of ITK4ever
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As soon as you pop the cap, the alcohol grabs you right away. This is a serious quad and has some Belgian characteristics, like color, but I think these guys wanted to push the envelope on the ABV. Scaling that back, might increase drinkability scores. Go ahead and drink a couple of these and you're done for the night. Nose is ok and I can pick up some plum and fig in the taste...but damn...the alcohol!!! Whew!!!

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Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,032 ratings.