Quad - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 32
Gots: 130 | 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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Ratings: 1,032 | Reviews: 529
Photo of atr2605
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Photo of kawilliams81
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Photo of Greywulfken
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Shaw
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of gr0g
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of MacQ32
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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

Photo of Moss
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of maxk
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of babaracas
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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!


Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of RobertColianni
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of gustogasmic
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lush, translucent ruby with thin white wisps and ring, very long legs (like oil with bubbles suspended in it) and persistent lacing.

S acidic, stinging sour-apple atop raisiny malt, sugary.

T sour plum, spiced rum, alcohol, cane sugar

M thin in the mouth, incredibly sticky afterward (about 30 seconds after a sip, I realized my lips were stuck together with sugar-adhesive!) Nice warming in the tummy.

Photo of BeerCon5
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark brown color, with a very thick fluffy coffee colored head that disappeared rather quickly.

The scent is of toffee malt, notes of spice, and noticeable alcohol.

The taste is of sweet dark fruit, sugar, toffee, some spice, and very noticeble alcohol.

Medium body, very smooth with prickly carbonation.

This was a pretty good quad, nice flavor although the alcohol taste can become a bit too much.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.05/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Certainly the lightest quad I've ever seen, this beer is a dark golden/orange color with a finger of white head that quickly recedes to a ring.

S: Am I smelling the right beer? This beer is heavy spices of nutmeg and brandy soaked bananas. I get no dark fruits or toffee, no breadiness. Not very quad like and not that good anyways.

T: Similar to the aroma, I get lots of brandy soaked bananas and spices. I now get some dark fruits, but very little. Odd and not very quad like.

M: On the thick side with light but nice carbonation.

O: This tastes more like a cross of a Barleywine and a tripel. I do not like it very much and do not recommend this beer. It's not terrible, but certainly not even average.

Photo of BostonHops
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours a rich mahogany tone with maybe a finger of beige head lacking much retention (no big surprise there); spotty lacing.

sweet malts, spices, banana/bubblegum and a touch of clove headline a nice, robust nose. flavor follows the aroma well, met with some belgian yeast, a little dark fruit character, and a candied fruit sweetness. i'm picking up on a peppery note as well. tasty and complex, not overly sweet. very well-hidden 11.8% ABV... really enjoying this one.

medium-bodied mouthfeel, medium-plus carbonation. easily one of the best american-born quads i've had. (granted, the "american-made" qualifier is a considerable caveat.)

originally reviewed: 12-28-2010

Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect with this one...A lot of American breweries do great Tripels...Quads are something else again. This one was pretty good. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Clear amber color with some sediment. A small delicately bubbly head that fades quickly. No lacing.

Smell is good. Pears and some dark fruit...figs, raisins and a little cherry.

Tastes good too!!! Pears and dark fruit, some candi sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a little alcohol bite. Unlike some American Quads, the alcohol is not overdone.

This is a good slow sipper and certainly representative of the style. Some of the top beers in the world are Quads and this one is not world class, but it is still good!!!

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, ruddy amber hue with a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. A nice looking beer.

Smell: nice malt aroma with some phenolic spiciness and a definite note of alcohol. A light presence of dark fruits is nice, but the high alcohol leaves this just a bit too chemically to be truly good.

Taste: rich flavor of dark fruits; raisins, dates, tobacco and a rich maltiness all come together to make a nicely mullable flavor. Alcohol is a bit high, but still it's rather good.

Mouthfeel: big body and bodacious carbonation leave a giant creaminess combined with a rich silky texture. Wonderful.

Overall: this is an imperfect but pretty good quad. It's nice not to have to go to Belgium for flavors like this.

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

A - Copper, 1 finger off white head, light lacing, plenty of carbonation bubbles.

S - Appels, rasions, dates, light alcohol fumes.

T - Assortment of dark berries & fruits, candi sugar, chalky yeast, malty finish.

M - Full bodied, syrupy, dry finish.

O - Very nice, great beer for the price, I would recommend this.

Photo of bubseymour
1.63/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A = Amber color with minimal head that instantly disappears. Moderate carbonation. Very disappointing appearance for a quad.

S = Uggh smells like thick, sweet cough syrup. Now I'm scared.

T = Yep. Cherry cough Syrup with a boozy burn of a finish.

Mouthfeel - if there is any saving grace, at least it has a warm buttery mouthfeel.

Overall - I really am trying to find some positive comments but I just can't find anything with this beer. A very poor and failed attempt at a complex to craft Belgian style beer, but Weyerbacher got it all wrong. Only other quads I had was a Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Apt 12, but I loved in all aspects. I had about 5-6 sips of this quad and had to unfortunately drainpour as it was gagging me worse with each attempt to sip. An undrinkable mess of a beer. Sorry for the harsh review.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Oversized Wine Glass

Appearance - Pours a dark brown color with no head to speak of even with an aggressive pour. The ale itself very cloudy and unfiltered.

Smell - Alcohol is the first scent I'm picking up and it's very strong, almost reminds me of Baltika #9. It's followed by figs, spices, sweet toffee, cloves, plums, and malts.

Taste - Taste is rich with figs, spices, cloves, plums, black cherries and toffee. Still, there is some booziness to it that hampers the overall flavor. Very sweet tasting overall and it warms you up in a hurry!

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and quite thick but in more of a molasses kind of way without becoming creamy. The carbonation is just right for this style.

Overall - It's a decent Quad ale that is only held back by the strong alcohol taste. Aside from that, it tastes decent and it feels great on the palate. It's at least worth checking out but I think there are better quads out there than this.

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