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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, dark amber. Thin head which dissipated quickly.
S: Belgian aromatic, hint of ethanol
T: Definite warmth from the 11.8%, yeasty undertone similar to all weyerbacher beers I've tried so far. Nice belgian estery flavor, ethanol is there at the end. Lighter flavors dominate as opposed to dark raisin flavors found in other quads. A little phenolic.
M: Smooth but needs to be sipped. Low to medium carbonation.
O: A good quad but not my favorite. Improves as it nears room temp. Would buy again but there are others I would buy first.

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Photo of Rhody1
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice color; head dissipates quickly. Lots of flavors from malt to fruit. Good alcohol warmth and very smooth. A definite favorite I'll add to my list of "must have again".

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of Soneast
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle dated 11/18/14. Pours brown and murky with a small head that fizzles away. Aroma has that typical Belgian yeast spiciness with some burnt sugar. Flavor initially follows suit, but then plunges into a phenolic nastiness. Took two swigs, once while cold and once after the beer had warmed up a considerably. Sadly I had to drain pour this beer. I hate band-aidey phenolics so couldn't even choke this down.

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Photo of SFNC
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fills a goblet with a murky brown, thick liquid with almost no head despite an aggressive pour. Smell is lights with brown sugar, raisan and alchohol present. The taste is sweet on the front end, with brown sugar, dried fruits and then a moderate alchohol burn on the back end. This had the creaminess of a good stout. I've had better Quads, but overall this was enjoyable.

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Photo of Onthe6ix
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Easy to drink, which is very dangerous considering the ABV. Smooth taste, with a little bit of a strong alcohol taste. If you just want to chill out with 1 or 2 beers, I highly recommend this. Enjoy

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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

Deep garnet orange in color with a thick, viscous appearance. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to a foamy ring. Ripe apple, sweet fig, and banana aromas with an unmistakable booziness at the back end. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a smooth oily feel in the middle surrounded by light but tangy carbonation. Ripe banana and dark fruits flavors with a sticky sweet malt backbone. Tangy hop bitterness through the middle to the end. Unmistakable booziness throughout. Finished semi-dryly with lingering fruity sweetness and earthy yeasty aftertaste. 

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Photo of denverclark
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not for everyone. Strong alcohol aftertaste but somewhat fruity apon sip. I found it to taste better extremely cold. It really does remind me of a barely wine style ale. But if u wanna get hammered with a six pack this is your beer. If u can handle the price

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/3 inch head that quickly vanishes, light caramel color, very little carbonation visible (literally one medium stream).

S: Alcohol on front-end, the slightest banana scent on the back-end.

T: Pretty straight forward: mellowed bananas.

M: Medium body, bitey carbonation, alcohol is present on the back-end, a little rough at times.

O: Surprised by the banana presence, great carbonation. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of stewart124
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cellared Bottle from 2012 with no date on the bottle

Pours with little head into a Chimay goblet. Mahogany in color with a cloudiness and just a trace of white head.

The nose has big bready notes and a light caramel despite what I was expecting.

Thinner than I anticipated. The alcohol is hidden but starts to come out a bit as it warms. There are some stone fruit characters that come through but these are not as bold as I expected again. I want this to come through with a bigger mouthfeel and more intense flavors. It is easy drinking and finishes dry with raisins and tobacco on the palate.

Overall a solid beer but it is missing that punch that I expect from a quad.

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

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99/ 4 pack. Bottled 10/23/13. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a deep, barely transparent garnet honey hue with a quater finger of pale head. The foam quickly recedes to a thin ring, leaving only a few tiny specks of lace.

Smells of bubblegum, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, mild pear, honey and booze.

As expected, this tastes like a straightforward American quad. Big and bold with a dominant yeast character. Bannana, apple skins, cloves, vague darkish fruits, earthy leather, mild honey, toffee, faint rum notes and plenty of booze. It opens up quite nicely as it warms.

Oily, medium body with fair carbonation. Plum, bannana, clove and booze linger in the finish.

This may be a far cry from my favorite quad but it's pretty good. At it's pricepoint I probably should have bought another 4 pack for the cellar because I think this will do nicely with some age to calm the booze.

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Photo of tviz33
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip.

A- Pours about a quarter inch of off white head with a transparent red-brown body

S- Bubble gum for sure, dark fruits, and quite a bit of booze.

T- The taste follows the nose pretty consistently, but with more of a pronounced pear flavor.

M- Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation.

O- This brew is leaning towards being a bit watery in both feel and taste. Nothing off-putting, but there are certainly better quads out there. That said, Weyerbacher makes consistently GOOD brews.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, honey, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour caramel, fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for $3.50

Appearance – Murky brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, anise, banana, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some anose. There is also some dark fruit flavour.. grapes/raisins and some banana and a booziness.

Overall – Good but a little unrefined. You'd never confuse this one with some of the high quality belgian quads. It actually has some barleywine type flavours, which works for me.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ap - Brilliant brick-red hue, head is a thin white ring, that doesn't leave any lace.

Ar - Bubblegum, slight stone fruit.

T - Bubblegum again with hints of pear, sweet malts, vanilla, and stone fruits.

M - Slick, medium to full bodied, slight alcohol dryness. Perfect level of carbonation.

O - Big beer that doesn't hit you until about midway through. Very good interpretation of the style. For being a mass produced American quad, this is great.

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

(this was poured in a footed goblet - not my first choice for this type of beer, but it worked well enough)

A: open-structured, soft-sudsy head atop a slightly hazy, ruby/vinous-hued liquid... chill haze, as it were, diminishes only marginally as it warms up.... no lace

S: ripe bosc pear, subtle flowery perfume, minimal sweetish malts.... nice overall, but doesn't quite knock your socks off

T: bold pear esters.... alcoholic/phenolic spice similar to a strong malt liquor but no heat or fusel qualities - actually, the alcohols, though forward, are kept in check balancing nicely with the notably defined cereal malt flavors (more so in the aftertaste) and bold vinous notes.... all the right flavors are there, just a bit dirty altogether

M: fairly smooth with the alcohol thinning and mellowing the texture only slightly.... nice medium-roundness in malt body

O: I do enjoy how pronounced the esters are and that the alcohols, though bold and apparent, are kept in expert control, lending to fantastic balance... pretty well done quad, according to my tastes in quads

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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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Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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