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

Purchased a 4pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

Purchase price: $12.99

Poured into and sampled from a DFH Signature Glass

A - Beer pours a mostly translucent, amber/reddish color. A quickly fading one finger head on the initial pour. Decent lacing left after drinking.

S - A slightly boozy, sweet caramel aroma. Hints of spice.

T - A sweet yet not cloying beer. A mix of burnt and caramelized sugars, dark fruits and the familiar banana-like taste I usually associate with Belgian-style beers. Although it's an almost 12% ABV beer, the alcohol is pretty well disguised but I did notice it more as the beer warmed up. Smooth drinking. A sipper for sure.

M - Nicely carbonated with a medium consistency.

O - This is usually not the style of beer that I normally gravitate towards but I enjoy the brews from Weyerbacher so I gave it a try. It's quite tasty and I'm glad I picked it up. I would purchase this again. Nice job, Weyerbacher!


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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Growler was filled yesterday at Whole Foods Glen Mills.

A - Pours a ruby-auburn hue with a half finger of bone colored head. Although it doesn't start very big, the head holds steady at a half finger for a long time. Great lacing.

S - Some spicy belgian phenols accompanied by a host of fruit aromas. Cherry, grape, banana, and pear all come to mind. Brown sugar and booze on the back end. Very good aroma.

T - A blast of sweetness on the start. Candied figs, banana, and molasses. Clove spices follow along with shoo-fly-pie malts. The alcohol is very subtle, especially for a nearly 12% beer. A very subdued apple tartness comes through on the finish. The aftertaste is of maraschino cherries. Pretty well done in a style I usually find cloyingly sweet.

M - Rich and a bit syrupy with mellow carbonation. It is definitely a sipper.

O - This was an enjoyable Quad, something I haven't found by many US breweries. Admittedly, this is not one of my favorite styles. The fruit flavors are complex and pull up just short of cloying. The alcohol is well hidden for a beer this big. Weyerbacher is a personal favorite brewery of mine, so perhaps I am biased, but I thought this was a very well done quad.

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Photo of RobertColianni
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. 2011 bottle cellar'd for just over a year poured into 36oz. Cognac Snifter

A: Beautiful rose color, translucent with no head or bubbles. Reminds me of a cardinal brandy.

S: Spiced like cherry Sucrets. Heavy malt, alcoholic pungence. 'Tussin syrup.

T: Rose pedals, plum, overripe peach. Nutty finish. Dates and walnuts.

M: Malty, some slight tingle. No carbonation in the pour, but alot of aeration when in the mouth. I like that. It allows for better tasting and scent.

OVERALL: A little dry and it doesn't taste how it smells, but isn't that what complexity is all about? When I first ticked this into my "had" list as fresh, it wasn't all that great. Infact, I rated it a 2.5, because it was too much. I used the same snifter this time around and it turned out just fabulous. A great sipper, better with warmth, beautiful beer.

NOTE: This is a review from my notes, as most are. Notes predate this review by about six weeks.

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

A- quad pours a reddish amber body with no head whatsoever. Very bold and vibrant

S- figs, dark raisin, sweet Belgian candy sugar, and smooth caramel flavor. Very strong and inviting scents

T- delicious Belgian quad focused on dark sugared candy and a biscuity tone. Very sweet with the strong raisin and fig flavors

M- smooth but good carbonation

O- really enjoyed this quad. I need to get more of these. Well done weyerbacher

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy chestnut, deep brown with a small off white head.

S - Boozy candied fruits, plums, raisins, figs, hint of spice and some yeasty esters.

T - Sweet caramel malts, dark fruits of fig, plums, prunes and raisins, hint of spice, good amount of alcohol, some clove and banana with some esters.

M - Medium body, just a touch syrupy.

D - A touch on the sweet boozy side but solid otherwise.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted dough nose. Flavor is very interesting. Complex to a degree with honey, but it almost seems like honeycomb, fully present. Sweet tone dominates things, but it isn't overpowering in my opinion. Kind of smooth, yet boisterous. Nice feel. Pretty good, for a quad. Especially since it's an American production.

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

Wow, what a couple of days of reviews - a single and a double IPA yesterday, a triple IPA and a quadrupel today!

To say that this bottle is ancient would be an understatement! It was in my cellar at my old house and made the move several years ago, only to be relegated into the reefer. As such, I employed a very gentle pour so as not to stir up any lees. I got no head as a result. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity, so that decision worked out in my favor. Nose was cloyingly sweet, like honey, but with a little underlying heat. Mouthfeel was viscous, very thick, with loads of heat initially, giving 'way to a dried dark fruit taste. Whew! The finish was super dry and I felt like I had been drinking a liqueur. Man, and then I got a taste of bananas after the swallow. Jesus, but this was a bit much, even for me.

Now, for the remainder. Some of the sludge was embedded on the punt/kick. Cloudy, slightly watery, but not a marked change in taste. Bottom line: It will hold up very well over a long period.

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Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.