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Quad - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 519
Hads: 1,040
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 34
Gots: 133 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of redearth329
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a white wine glass. Cellar temperature.

A) Thin ring of lace that quickly dissipated; a sign of the high alcohol content. A nice transparent amber hue with some concentration of color.

S) Pleasantly fruity yeast notes and sweet malts. Not strong on the nose, though.

T) Very hot on the tip of the tongue up front, but that gets smoothed out by the malts. Not really getting the fruits that were promised by the nose, but there's a hint of vanilla. My wife said she got a chocolate note from it, but I'm not picking that up. A lingering yeasty finish.

M) Barely present carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel overall.

This is an excellent quad, but I think that quads in general sacrifice the subtlety of a tripel for higher alcohol content. I would pair this with some cheesecake maybe, or beef stroganoff. It could definitely clean up something fatty for sure.

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Photo of TYLY22
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pours a hazy red with a finger of carbonation that dissipates almost immediately leaving just a ring along the edges. You can see the carbonation actively flowing through the beer throughout the drinking.

Smell- smell is classic belgian-style. Huge yeast profile. Comes off like bananas, taffy, apricots. Not a great smell but intriguing.

Taste- this beer jumps right out at you and kicks you in the mouth and then leaves you with nothing besides the burn of alcohol deep down in your chest. Taste like yeast, banana. The alcohol is not present in the taste at all. You can only feel it in the chest.

Mouthfeel- this beer leaves you with the exact mouthfeel that you get when eating a banana (banana is a common theme with this beer IMO). This beer is surprisingly refreshing for a beer with such a high ABV.

Overall- This beer being my first "Quad", I enjoyed it enough where I would drink this again if the chance arose and I would seek out other "Quads" to compare this too. Not my go-to type of beer but definitely a nice change of pace beer.

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Photo of Act25
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We always want a Belgian miracle to arise stateside but it so rarely does... This one wins on the nose, but it's mid-pack on the rest. Lately, I have been dinging over-alcoholic beers, and this is perfect dunce cap in that over-alcohol category, I suspect would be much better in the 8-9% zone. What ever you do, sip, and let it warm. Meditation beer.

Enjoyed with tomatoes, pasta with root veggies, sausage, cod and mozzarella casssarole. (and pretzels!) Good food beer. Try it.

A - Although tons of yeast trails left in the bottle, the body is clear a BURNT mahogany / apple cider color, that presages the burnt fruit flavors. Thin head, not much lace.

S - The aroma was the best part. Woody, bourbon, smoke, roasted apples and plums, (more fruity as it warms). Tannins, wine-like, almost a chewy smell. Up there with great Belgians in aroma dept. but not feeling as complete and satisfying. A bit mysterious.

T - The flavor follows the smell and it was full, big beer, again almost wine-like in intensity.
...dark fruity flavors were the high notes. A deep underlying earthy flavor that balanced it, and alcholic yeasty esters a little too much in evidence. But still complex and ever-changing as you consumed your meal, dreamt your thoughts, and the beer warmed. More flavors, woody, nutty, charred emerge as it warms.

M -Medium, well carbonated, wish it were more creamy and weighty. But a decent tingly finish. Good ending and long after taste.

D - A sipper. A must try. But I want more body.

Overall I'd definitely include this in a Belgian taste off, and I'd share with friends as a great conversation beer, also very appropriate to small servings in wine glass or as part of a flight.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - This beer is tea colored with amber highlights. It had very little off-white head.

S - The aroma is loaded with fruit. I get ripe banana, pear, and some spices. I get a little sugar, too.

T - The taste is pear and spices. The banana is absent. It definitely has a sweetness to it.

M - Moderate

O - It is a decent quad. I don't think I will rush out to buy it again, but Weyerbacher is rarely a first choice on anything.

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Photo of kagent777
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle purchased in Florida during our trip March 2013. Poured into my beer goblet after a few minutes being outside the fridge.

Appearance: Lighter than some quads that I have seen.The beer is quite clear. Thin head dissipates very quickly to a film. Very active carbonation is moving swirling the surface film around.

Smell: Typical Belgian yeast phenolics. A bit of dark fruit in the aroma, maybe cherry-like. Rich malts and Belgian phenolics, exactly what should be present.

Taste: Much more flavor in the taste than the smell. A bit of barrel? Nice caramel and toffee flavors with a hint of sweetness.

Moutfeel: The body is not terribly thick on this one. They were able to get the yeast to ferment to a high level of attenuation. The carbonation is present but not prickly.

Overall: A decent quad. Not sure that I would go out of my way for this one, but nothing wrong with it. I would prefer to have the anniversary beers that they make. (16 was soooo good).

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Photo of MCain04
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Sarge, I think that was the BA name, but bc of a recent trade offer which destroyed my inbox I don't have the name anymore. Poured into a GI Matilda glass.

Murky amber-red body with thin light cream head which dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smells of grapes, figs, plums, and cherries. Not the most aromatic.

Taste is basically the same as the nose, fruity but mellow, watery though, surprisingly not hot, wet finish.

Feel is smooth but medium bodied and again watery. Carbonation is about right.

Overall, when I drink quads I try to only drink good quads. This wasn't good, but was certainly drinkable, and I'm glad to have tried it, from my home state after all. Cheers. Oh Yeah!

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. no bottling date.

pours a reddish brown color with no head.

smell is typical quad aroma... slightly sweet. bready and malty

taste is quite good. mild caramel sweetness, yeasty. plums and raisins too. alcohol apparent on the aftertaste. surprised at this one honestly, i didnt think it'd be as good as it is.

mouthfeel. low carbonation, medium bodied. not quite a sipper (but at almost 12% ABV maybe you should!)

overall nothing world class but an enjoyable quad. recommended.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Baker. Thanks!

A: Plum colored body with a quarter inch fizz. Bubbles are cascading through the top. Leaves noticeable legs on the glass.

N: Lots of malt and prune and raisin. very bready. A hint of leather and tobacco.

T: Bitter at the beginning with the bread and sweetness at the end. Has a bit of a twang. Isn't as much of a meal as it might be.

M: Sturdy and coating. not as thick or creamy as the highlights of the style. Doesn't have any sting of alcohol.

O: A solid stab at the style and something I'd drink again, but I wouldn't kill for it again, either. Seems like the bottle variation is all over the place.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice burnt orange/amber color with very thin off white head, fading quickly. Little to no lacing.

Nose is very sweet, almost like orange liquour. Some raisin as well.

Lots of pitted fruit on the taste, with notes of raisin, plum, sour cherry. Follpwed by a soft bourbon and rich banana-y belgian yeast.

Mouth feel is a little like cough syrup, thin but still syrupy. A little weird.

An interesting quad with lots of flavor, but not exactly all working together in harmony. There are many better out there. Drinkable, but not recommendable.

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Photo of FlemingVSKing
1.65/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Maybe I just don't get Brandywine's but this is almost undrinkable. I very much enjoy beers like Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, 13th Hour and even lighter varieties like Noble Pils.

The mouthfeel here is more like a wine, no fizz and borders on a thin cough syrup. Zero head but it's deep red color isn't all bad. The flavor is also reminiscent of cough syrup. It doesn't really like a beer much at all.

Outside of the cough syrup like fruit flavor, there is a strong taste of alcohol. I just don't get why that would be appealing to anybody, but cheers if you like it. I wouldn't drink it if I were you though.

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Photo of BWED
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. into my wine glass.

A- Amber/chestnut, with lots of carb bubbling up to form a delicate off white head. The head retains at just a ring, with barely any lacing.

S- Candied dark fruit , dipped and doused in booze.

T- I pick up where the smell left off, candied fruit, but now with a bigger emphasis on the booze. It isn't concealed at all, and makes me wonder if there are other flavors behind it.

M- Carbonation makes it a zippy sipper, with a velvety roll on the tongue, and again, booze in the back of the throat.

O- Booze filled. That's all I can think of. I've had stronger beers that conceal more than this. The flavors and aromas I picked up were nice, but I think the alcohol overshadows this beer too much.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – Served a mahogany colored brew with ruby highlights shining through. The head was small upon the serving with it fading relatively quickly to leave only a light level of lacing.

Smell- The aroma is fruity and sweet with hints of a boozy aroma mixed within. Stone fruits comprise the bulk of the aroma, but are mixed with other smells of apple and pear. Some notes of caramel and brown sugar accompany the fruit as well as aromas of alcohol giving a warmingly sweet smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a fruit flavor that was detected in the nose. Cherry, plum, apple and pear are all present. These aromas are soon met with a Belgian yeast flavor accompanied as well by some notes of caramel and banana sweetness. Soon after this some boozy and spice flavors (mainly nutmeg and clove) work their way into the taste. While they start out more on the mild side they get quite strong by the end, where a boozy warming fruit spiced sweetness is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. A rather nice feel for all the dark fruit and boozy tastes of the brew accentuating the warming and spiced nature of the beer.

Overall – A sweet and tasty Belgian quad. Very much worth a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a thick, white head that fades quickly to a thin lacing and then disappears

S - caramel, Belgian yeast, some faint spices, burnt candy sugar

T - baked apples, banana, caramel, some Belgian yeast, faint spice, big warming alcohol in the finish

M - full bodied, very warm, well carbonated

This is a simple though solid quad. It's intensely malty with caramel and sugar adding character. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. The ABV adds warmth and body. This may not be the most impressive quad, but it certainly has all the makings of something delicious. If you enjoy a strong, malty Belgian beer then you should check this beer out.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson red red color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: pepper spiciness, banana, yeasty esters,

Taste: delicious sweetness, spiciness, boozy alcohol, bananas, sweet malts, a little bitterness, some yeasty esters, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Super silky smooth, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little bit of booze.

Overall: A nice quad done from this side of the pond. Happy to have scored this beer when I was traveling through Easton, PA at the brewery.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 111512; Best By 111517

A: Pours a sediment ridden mahogany color with 1/2 a fingers worth of head that recedes to nothing in seconds

S: The aroma is mostly of raisins, malty dark fruits, some yeast, and alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the dark fruit and raisins and makes its way through the malts and alcohol. Definitely more on the American side, as the yeast doesn't give off all of the usual Belgian aspects. Still solid

M: Medium-full boded with low-moderate carbonation

O: The alcohol is a little rough, but that's expected from an 11.8% brew that was bottled 2 months ago and is intended to be aged. Still a solid American take on the style, although it could definitely use more complexity to stand up to the European counterparts. Worth a try

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Photo of atr2605
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice amber color with a tinge of red, and an off white head
S-caramel, honey, plums, cherries
T-cherries and plums with sweet honey in the finish
M-medium bodied, very delicate especially for the abv
O-Nice bold beer with great flavors, better out there but still very enjoyable

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a nice dark copper with a 1 finger tan head. Trails and clumps of lacing remain on the glass.

S- toffee, brown sugar, dark fuits and Belgian yeast.

T- caramel, toffee, dark fruits, brown sugar, and the Belgian yeast is apparent at the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Drinks phenomenal for a 12% beer!

O- not Westy, Rochefort, or St B but damn good!

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: into a tulip, medium amber ale with a great orange tint, nice haze; brief head of beige left but a slim collar around the edge

S: fruity booze, treacle

T: nice, lush fruits of a dark nature, rich; tart yeasts and floral hops

M: medium body, slick, low carbonation, but some spicy tingle

O: a nice representation of the style - fairly true-to-form, but delivered well, showing craftsmanship; some alcohol slips through, but I don't mind; may be a little thinner and less hearty than other quads, but I found it enjoyable.

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Photo of Shaw
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely amber in my glass. No head to speak of.

Very fruity aroma. Smells of cherries, raisins, figs and other dried fruit. Big alcohol aroma.

Dried fruit flavors are big, backed by a big alcohol flavor and burn. Reminds me of good fruitcake. Boozy.

Nice heavy and slick body.

Overall a pretty good quadruple. Doesn't compare to the top Belgian versions, but then it's a fraction of their price.

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Photo of gr0g
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper in color. Topped with a one finger head that fades without a trace. Great color, but the head is a disappointment. Belgian yeast in the aroma, with a clove note. Ripe plums, raisins, and dates. There's some fusel alcohol but not any more than is appropriate for the style.

Sweetness borders on cloying, and I have little doubt it'll cross the threshold as it warms. Despite that major fault, the flavor profile is pretty good - yeast, malt, and fruit notes all present in the right relative levels that I like in a quad. Yeastiness leads, after which some boozy, rum-soaked dark fruit follows. Plenty of candi sugar, too much, in fact. Mouthfeel is kind of a miss. Too little carbonation, and what's there is a bit prickly. Otherwise, there's a slightly sticky, syrupy texture that's consistent with the style.

They got all the basics right with this, but the beauty of a good quad is in having a big, sweet, and rich beer that's also refined and somewhat balanced. Weyerbacher Quad is notably lacking in refinement and balance. If they can smooth out the rough edges, this could be a solid quad, but the bottle I had is well short of the mark.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a muddied, slightly copper mahogany. Head is near non existent and becomes non existent in less than a few minutes. (granted it was poured rather gently into my Chimay chalice which is slightly undersized). Very thin/fairly weak,lacing.

S - Boozy, yeasty, an abundance of dark/tart fruit, a little caramel sweetness, and some spice.

T - Fruit explosion (Cherry, banana, figs, prunes, slightly tart), spice and booze take over up front, the taste slowly transitions to more of a boozy flavor. Aftertaste is mostly spice/clove and booze. As it warms the flavor becomes much more balanced and less confused.

M - Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Ok but not too enjoyable to drink.

O - Not a big fan of belgians, not a huge fan of this either. For the style I think its probably pretty decent, not especially enjoyable to drink. Take this review with a grain of salt

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Photo of Moss
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, bottled 11/16/2012.

A - Golden amber in color. A white head that was 2 fingers but went down very quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Lots of sugar and sweetness to it. Some fruit smell but not as strong as I expect from a Quad.

T - Taste sweet as expected by the smell. I taste cherries, apples, plums, and other fruits from the Belgian and Trappist yeast. overall not a bad taste to it. I poured it not all the way chilled as I do with most Quads and I definitely can taste the alcohol in the beer which is not necessarily a bad thing in my book. Overall very enjoyable and a good beer to sip on.

M - This beer has the perfect mouthfeel. Not overaly carbonated but just enough and a nice medium to heavy thickness. I think this was done very well.

O - It's a good beer but I prefer many other Quads before this. It a competitive price to many of those others though. I feel if the hops went into the boil a little longer it would have gone a long way, or maybe I shouldn't open beers so fresh (no beer cellar or place to have one). Wish I could try this beer aged 2-3 years to see the difference, but not one I would rush to buy again to have.

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Photo of maxk
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, chilled, but I let it warm up first, poured into a snifter.

Pretty good looking mahogany/amber color. Poured with a big 'ol head which settled down to a nice coating of lace.

An incredibly odiferous beer. Dark bread sweetness, alcohol, yeast, dark fruits and bananas. Aroma is very pungent.

The most prominent flavor is boozy malt sweetness. It's a nice, rich malt bill, unfortunately buried beneath the heat of the alcohol. I get raisins, dark bread, and a little yeast. The complexity that I suspect is there also feels a little lost in the mix.

Not as huge as some other quads, but it definitely coats the mouth. It lingers, partly as a result of the alcohol.

I suspect this would be a fantastic quad with a few years on it, but fresh it's a little overpowered by the alcohol heat. I'll probably throw one in the cellar, just to see how it turns out.

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Photo of babaracas
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange tinted ruby with fast fading head and no lacing. Given the abv, not unexpected. Smell: dark brown sugar, overripe banana, dates, somewhat vinous. Taste: sugary... caramelized sugar with potential pancake syrup underneath a lot of grape skin and a little tart cherry and pepper. Spicy booze hit towards the end of the sip lingers through the finish, keeping it from becoming cloying even as it leaves a sugary coating behind. Feel starts almost syrupy then into creamy full bodied-ness that thins out gradually. It was an enjoyable sipper, but I wouldn't seek it out again (at least not this fresh). Bottled 11/16/12, best within 5 years.

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Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.