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Quad | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Todd on 10-17-2001

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Reviews: 536 | Ratings: 1,105
Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Weyebacher's Quad for $3.39 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little a while since I've had a Quad and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a classy look to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a red/brown color that took on more of a ruby and crimson hue when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking quad, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a typical estery Belgian yeast aroma and it's followed by some dark fruit that impart a nice mixture with the raisins sticking out the most by just a little. Up next comes a little bit of noticeable alcohol aroma it's followed by malts which impart a caramel malt, caramel, toasted malts and a lots of sweet malt aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but it's got a little more sweetness than I would prefer.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount high sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same estery Belgian yeast aspects that shows up just a little more than it did in the aroma. Up next comes the dark fruits which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time no single fruit sticks out the most and it's got more of a juicy aspect to it. Up next comes just a slight bit of noticeable alcohol and it leads into the malts which impart the same caramel malt and sweet malt aspects that they did in the aroma. On the finish there's a hardly any bitterness with more sweetness coming through with a little bit of warming booze on the aftertaste with some Belgian yeast and dark fruit flavors coming through in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Quad, but I wish it had a little more complexity to it.

M- Fairly smooth, a little sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was nice beer and a pretty nice example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style, but they didn't come together well enough to make t a great example of the style. This beer had ok drinkability, one would be my limit, anymore than that and it would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is that i's true to style. What I like the least about this beer is the complexity, I wish it was more complex. I don't think i would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down. It's worth a try if you really like the style, but I don't think it's a must try when it comes to Quads. All in all i liked this beer, but it was just a little rough around the edges and that held this beer back from being as good as it could be. It's not a favorite Weyerbacher beer and it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid Quad.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look - dark hazy auborn brown color with no real head or lacing.
smell - booze, fig, plum and caramel.
taste - pretty boozy with the sweet caramel and dark fruit. slight plum more fig.
feel - fairly thin with slight carbonation
overall - pretty good but not my favorite.

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Photo of seedyone
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle at home. As a fan of the Weyerbacher family of idiot titles this was no surprise. Easy to drink is the first thing that comes to mind & at 11.8% caution should be applied. Sweet, but not too sweet. Fruit galore, but the grain comes through. Not much of a head, but what little there is lingers with a sparse lacing. I could drink this all night & since I'm already home, I just might.

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Photo of Marraybay
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Honied amber. Noticeable lacing.

Smell: Vinous fruit.

Taste: Very wine-like sweetness upfront that mingles with pronounced booze.
Occasionally sense a little tartness at the finish, but it doesn't consistently

Feel: The booze is a little warm / prickly at times.

Overall: Pretty intense pour. Found it to be a bit of a two-dimensional
tug-of-war between syrupy sweetness and booze.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass. It pours a cola-brown color with a thin, khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of raisin, plum, fig, malt, and caramel. The taste is a rich combination of dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, malt, and spice. There is a slight sour/bitter taste at the finish. The flavors blend very nicely to create a pleasant taste experience. This ale is medium in body, moderate in carbonation, and the 11.8% ABV packs a wallop. Overall, this is a well-crafted, tasty Belgian Quad. It would be enjoyable pared with good meal or as a dessert beer. Weyerbacher is a very fine brewer and this offering doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: deep ruby red color with some darker purple in there as well. pours with no head, only a very fine film up top. no surprise, given the abv

s: fig, raisin, date, prune, brown sugar, caramel, some fresh baked bread

t: it has some sweet dark fruits - raisins, plum, fig - upfront. there is a burst of sweet caramel malt and brown sugar & toffee behind that, big punch of sweetness in the malt backbone. then, following everything is a real big alcohol presence - you can taste & feel it

m: full mouthfeel, carbonation level is on par for the style: enough to feel some fizz on the back of the tongue, but not too much more

o: its not terrible, but i'm a bit disappointed. the style has some much potential for depth in the flavor, however this seems to lack some of the complexity that can make it great. i'm looking for more in the dark fruits area - the alcohol presence seems a bit overpowering on the back end because there is not enough in front of it. this beer is worth a try if you're curious and can get a single bottle, but there are better options out there

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.09/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Fizzy head that quickly dissipated to nothing. 0 lacing.
Smell is typical for the style
Taste is medicinal and flat
Feel is flat and boozy
Overall. I like my quads with a rich head and nice lacing with soft subtle flavor that hides the abv well. This is a boozy flat mess.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beauty in this beer is both in its color (it pours a lovely shade of reddish brown) and in its smooth finish. The label says it's brewed with raisins, and you can smell and taste the presence of raisins throughout. It's a strong beer. It's got just the faintest bitterness to it in its aftertaste, but it's very smooth overall.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a DFH snifter. This FINE quad style ale pours a bright reddish mahogany with a modest head of off white foam that subsides to a thin ring, subtle layer, and little lacing. Nose of brown sugars, raisins, cherries, strong booze, and light herbal notes. Flavors exceed the nose with cherries, and raisins awash in brown sugar Belgian goodness to the front and middle of the taste where strong warmth takes hold. The middle fades to the back with date bread notes mixed with brandy and herbal hop notes. Very satisfying and rich with a slick mouth feel that coats with sugar sweetness and a very low carbonation that makes this a fine winter sipper----or after mowing the lawn. Just sayin!


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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass at room temperature.

Appearance: Pours a clear burnished copper red, and forms no head, just a slight cap and partial ring of white bubbles - which vanish completely rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet candi sugar bliss! Oh, and some caramel, as well as cherries and raisins.

Taste: See the first sentence of the Smell section - this is quite a sweet Belgian beer! Wreathed through the pure candi sweetness comes a veritable barrage of fruits, ranging from raisins to pears, bananas, fig, a bit of apple, some plum, and grapes - but the sugar blankets everything, making it highly sweet. A handful of spice notes swim off in the distance, with hints of clove and nutmeg here and there. The aftertaste is a slurry of fruits and that sugary goodness.

Mouthfeel: A bit hot, actually - I don't get much boozy flavor out of this beer, but I certainly feel the ABV. Beyond the heat, this drinks like an almost flat, low carbonation, medium bodied beer.

Overall: I enjoyed the heck out of this one, but I'm quite partial to both esters and sweetness. For a devout hophead, this would probably tick every box marked "cloying" they have. As for me, I'll definitely buy this beer again, any time Weyerbacher feels like releasing it.

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Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper with a finger of head. The nose has both a hearty malt essence and the scent of Belgian yeast. The flavor is deep and malty. The body is solid for the style.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/6/2015. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby brown with minimal head and lacing. The nose is very good - candy sweetness, banana, dark fruit. The taste follows, with plenty of malt and Belgian yeast. The body is medium with low carbonation. Dry and some alcohol warmth to finish. A very nice quad.

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Photo of djkman
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber like an aged dogfish head 120 IPA.

Smell: It swells good.
I meant to say it smells good but I like what the auto correct did to my sentence so I am keeping it!

Taste: Strong. the booze it there as in all their high alcohol item. a definite full bodied taste with lots going on. no hop much maly and spices, which is OK by me.

Mouthfeel: my mouth feels fine, thank you very much.

OVERALL: good beer to have after dinner. a full taste, over 10% alcohol. consistent stuff from these guys.

i will buy again.

and this is my review.

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Photo of jeffm13
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber, poured into a Belgian ale tulip glass. Low on bitterness, sweet, very malty, you can definitely taste the cloves, true to the style. Pretty high alcohol content, but it doesn't overpower. Maybe a bit more sour than ideal.

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

pours a hazy ruby caramel with a medium head. nose; ethanol, banana & light woodsy notes. taste; big malt, belgian yeast, sweet prune, banana & boozy medicinal cherry on the end. light carbonation and a lighter, wine-like mouthfeel. a big sipper and, despite some nice complexity, is a touch too sweet and cough-syrupy for me.

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Photo of stevoj
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this one twice, 2013 and 2001 vintages. gets better with age. Decent quad,lacking some of the body and wine like characteristics of the original. Fark and toasty with some alcohol warmth. Rerated 2001 bottle in September 2015. 14 year old bottle aged vey well, full and robust, tons of flavor, dark fruit. Silky body...just perfect

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Photo of weltywm
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Bottled in November of last year.

Appearance: Dark ruby red with hints or orange, about a finger of quickly dissipating head.

Smell: Fairly minimal. Sweet - Raisins, yeast, earth.

Taste: Nicely balanced. Raisins and prunes. Black pepper and yeasty spice. A bit of sour cherry in the finish.

Feel: Very nice and bright, with high carbonation and a long finish.

Overall: A solid version of a quad. A nice one to sip on a cold and thoughtful winter's night, as we wait for Spring.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick looking light caramel color with almost no head or lacing. Not much to offer in aroma. The dark fruit and some caramel are in their but not strong. The flavor is pretty good, good bit of sweet malt, some fig and caramel. A little syrupy, especially at the end but the lip smacking malt is great. Not a bad job of hiding the 11.8% alcohol. Decent but not spectacular quad.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in February 2015.

Appearance: Deep Amber. Medium light colored head

Smell: Pleasant, with a sweet aroma, and a little pepper.

Taste: This is strong with a very nice balance. It has alot of flavor, and is more than just a high-alcohol Belgium Quad. I like the balance of hops, fruity sweetness (I taste bananas), alcohol, and some peppery spices. This is one of the best Belgium ales I have tried.

Mouthfeel: This is very smooth, with a medium weight in the mouth.

This is a very good Belgium Ale. I will buy this again.

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Photo of mpmcguire11
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this bottle because of the high alcohol content, typically not many beers at this store with this high of abv. This beer was surprisingly smooth with a lot of flavor. Would highly recommend, especially if you are just looking to have a couple.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the airport in ABE. Wow, this is big. Very big. Huge banana taste. Lots of sweet candied sugar flavors with hints of yeast and bread. Seems like more of an american version of the style over the better Belgian versions. It’s good, just hard to finish.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am not very familiar with the style.

Light cola brown appearance. Bananas in the nose.

Sweetness, candied brown sugar and dark fruits. Sweetness is too much for me to consider drinking more than 1 in succession.

Since I am not familiar with the style, maybe this is right on. I will finish the rest of the 4 pack, but one at a time.

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Photo of maxifunk777
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This by far the most underrated beer I have ever drank. I think it was excellent on all phases I could not recommend enough. I had a 2015 last night still an excellent beer.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nose features lots of sweet malt, candied dark fruits, rum, and a touch of sour that fades into more sweetness. Taste is much the same. Lots of malty sweetness, candied dark fruits (dates and cherry), subtle clove like spice and rum booze. Low on the hop and bitter as expected with the style. Sweet, malty, and a nicely masked boozey brew given the ABV.

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