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Quad - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,016
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 28
Gots: 111 | 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: 1,016 | Reviews: 527
Photo of schoolboy
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. I bought some of this a couple years ago that I put in my aging area. What a nice thing to find in there. A couple months short of two years old, I think this is now much smoother than it was fresh.

No doubt about it, this is a big brew, but it isn't rude or overbearing. Especially aged. It has the Americanized Belgian taste I love - over the top on everything yet drinkableand well balanced.

I need to go out and get some more of these for drinking in 2012.

Photo of jorg2619
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on close out for being over a year old!!! pre-aged

This quad poured a darker than expected color which was good but I was expecting more carbonation. The carbonation was not to low but was lower than I have experienced with other strong belgiums. The beer smells very spicy with hints of dark fruits and a little hint of booze. I was happy with the taste but not blown away. I tasted raisins, spicy crisp semi sweet malts, and some pleasant alcohol and yeast notes. While not earth shattering this quad is very good. I bought a few 12 oz bottles which are great for after work!!

Photo of spartanfan
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I believe this bottle is about 1 year old.

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy orange color with a small off white head that leaves minimal lacing behind.

S:Smells of dark fruits and quite a bit of alcohol. Sweet, but not overpoweringly so.

T: Taste is of fruits like apples and pears and also very pronounced caramel sweetness. Vanilla is also present along with a bit of hop bitterness. Very complex, but still inviting.

M: This mouthfeel is out of this world. Extremely creamy and very very smooth. Although the alcohol is present in the nose it is very well hidden in the taste and mouthfeel.

D: This beer has bold flavors, and is very complex. The alcohol is there, but it is dangerously well hidden.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to reddish color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, sweet, dark fruit, especially plum and a small alcohol presence. In the taste, sweet, dark fruit, again, quite plummish, and a small, dry alcohol burn. Smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry fig and alcohol aftertaste. A bit sweet and boozy for the style, but not bad, average like.

Photo of confer
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a one of four bottles that I have kept in the beer cellar for about a year and half. They were bought at the brewery.
A-Caramel brown with a small head.
S- Sweet, fresh baked dessert smell.
T- The taste starts as a sweet triple-like taste, then the alcohol takes over with a little burn.
MD-Very creamy. The high alcohol is very apparent and make this beer a little hard to drink, but as a slow sipper this is a good beer.

Photo of claspada
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, cloudy golden color with a large white head that dissipates pretty rapidly, which is expected because of the ABV.

Aromas of various Belgian malts (Biscuit, Special B & Aromatic), maybe even some light Belgian candy sugar and possibly honey.

The taste starts off with some sugary/malty, fresh baked bread flavors but then the alcohol shows up a little. Finishes with a little more honey sweetness. I really enjoy this beer because each of the above flavors play an equal role and don't fight with one another.

Beer starts out thick and solid and still finishes fairly malty, yet dry. A sipper for some but for me, well I could finish this quite easily.

This is a good, after-dinner, sitting on the beach Quad if that makes sense. Definitely on the ligher side (malt depth and color wise, if that makes sense) Solid overall!

Photo of ksimons
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a cloudy amber with a creamy head that disappears quickly

S-booze is very obvious and nearly hides the Belgian yeast, has a banana sweetness to it as well

T-taste is very sweet, has a very sweet sort of bubblegum flavor to it. Big alcohol warming which pretty much dominates the taste

M-medium body, almost no carbonation, has a spicy finish

D-not sure about this one, too sweet and boozey for me.

Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a reddish brown clear color. No sediment or yeast floating around. Tan head. Aroma of sweet raisins and dark fruit. The taste is sweet with an alcohol bite along with a slight bitter end. No lacing at all. Very sweet but not bad overall. Medium mouthfeel. Not a style I routinely drink but not a bad sipper.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
1.97/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This is my First ever quad and this being outside my favorite style please keep these facts in mind if reading this review.

A-Quite nice a darkcopper to light brown color with a thin film of head which recedes to a ring but does not lace.

S- so here is where the party stops..you get a hit of booze strong right away rummish in nature but fruit esters present as well can smell the belgian yeasts.

T-completely wrecked by the prescence of Alchohol i am failing to taste much because i am so blown away by the booziness.

M-one of the high points medium bodied and does not linger too long which is nice because of the sharp alcohol notes.

D-I may try another of these in the future but not in the recent future as i will need time for the memory of the experience of this brew to fade...


Photo of nobes341
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite Belgian style ales brewed in the Americas. I suspect I may have gotten an older bottle. It was still wonderful, just seemed a little darker and the flavor profile isn't as pronounced as I recall from previous bottles.

A: Appears finely filtered. A nice copper hue. A coffee cup ring of tightly packed, off white head and a few wispy swatches of head

S: Fruity, caramel, raisin. Slight bready notes. Hints of alcohol. Small whiffs of banana esters present while pouring and shortly after pour, but vanished as it warmed.

T: Sweet, dark fruit initial flavor. Some floral notes are present but not easily detected. Low throttled creep of alcohol warming the tongue and cheeks. A gentle roasted malt taste lingers.

M: Sticky medium-light body. Not too heavy, but enough beer to experience a mouthful at a time.

D: It really doesn't seem like an 11.8% beer. Not until you finish the pint and stand up, anyway. It is sold in 4 packs for a reason. It's a smooth drinker and is sure to cut your trips to the fridge down for subsequent beverages.

Photo of evilkalla
2.29/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving: 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: A clear, raisin-brown colored liquid. No head to speak of, almost no carbonation to be seen.

S: Faint malty sweetness.

T: Some candy and brown sugar taste, however there is a strong resemblance to harsh rum in this one. It finishes somewhat syrupy with a sharp alcohol bite to it. I don't like it at all.

M: Almost no carbonation to it at all. A somewhat filmy feel to it which is expected from a beer of this gravity. Overall not a bad mouthfeel, but there is a strong alcohol burn in the back of my throat which I dislike.

D: This beer just doesn't taste good. Had three our four sips but I'm going to toss the rest.

Photo of hardy008
2.45/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Amber color with a one finger tan head which disappears almost immediately after an aggressive pour. Smells of toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, and rum. Something seems like it is off.

The taste is similar to the aroma, and the flavors of toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, are somewhat weak. The rum flavor is not well hidden at all, and this is somewhat disappointing.

The carbonation is practically non existent, and may as well be called what it is, which is flat. I love a good Quadrupel, but this beer is simply not very good. It may be a bad bottle? I may give this another chance in the future.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 12 oz two ways. Poured into tulips. Reviewed blind 4/19/2010.

Ar: plum, strong alcoholl, powdery floral, light roughness to alcoholohol and fruit, grape, very dark cherry (hints of tartness), candy sweetness, intense, complex, light rummy spice *subtle bubblegum

Ap: pink/amber, low light tan head, good retention, clear

T: grape, plum, raisin, very fruity, ends with dry fruit and earth, then slowly builds to warming alcohol, light floral, alcohol (but clean), candy sweet, rum with light coke spice, earthy complexities at end, *spice and alcohol are too much, *cinnamon/clove spice, *esters, *whole wheat, *toasty, *dark berries

M: medium body, low carbonation, smooth warming alcohol that builds slowly, ends a touch hot, becomes more aggressive as it warms, *sharp finish

O: unibroue?, the aroma is the best part, good but the alcohol takes over the taste, spice is a bit much, alcohol somewhat fitting for 11-12%, not rough but strong, unique, *not too sweet, after knowledge it is good for a US dark strong/quad

*= ideas from other taster

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured 12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours golden brown with a thin creamy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells obviously Belgian, with a ton of esters/bananas.

T: Way huge amount of bananas, really sweet, Belgian spiciness, lots of apparent alcohol, syrupy finish.

M: Medium with tight carbonation. Sweet all over.

D: Hard to get an entire glass down. It was just like sugar and alcohol.

Maybe it was the full stomach, maybe it was all the alcohol/sweetness in it, I don't know. I just didn't love it. Too unbalanced; it was very in your face with the alcohol and sweetness.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Next to no head, cloudy orange amber beer. Good active carbonation from what I can see, but very opaque.

S: Caramelly, not overly Belgian, but some earthy yeast aromas are there. No hops, maybe a little boozy though. Definitely Sweet.

T: Caramel is there, but sweeter, sharper and fruitier than the aroma. Perhaps even a coco taste? Cook coco I guess. But still just and underlying Belgian funk.

M Still. Not flat, just not bubbly feeling.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and hefty quad, maybe a bit too hefty...

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Label design around a 4 letter quadrant spelling out "quad" in light blue and purple, with a small one liner at the bottom describing the brew. Given the remarkably poor way that Weyerbacher labels some of their brews this is actually one of the better design labels I've seen from them. Lacks bottling or freshness date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (11.8%) Served into a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazed ruby brown pour, with a generous towering head, good retention and nice lacing.

S - Sweet yeastiness with a toasted malt sense, very fruity: prunes, figs... And with a nice boozy hint to wrap it up.

T - Rich malty sweetness, unfermented sugar and fruity ranges with a yeasty note. A bit of spices coats the fig, and prune hints...

M - Medium-full body with generous carbonation and even a semi-dry finish.

D - Nice sipper, hefty and assertive but not overwhelming. Rather nice...

Notes: Quite a remarkable offering from Weyerbacher, maybe not the best I have had from them but it sure is up there. Ultimately it is quite nicely rounded for such a hefty brew, and may lack a few nuances to take it to a next level but it is not far from it.

Photo of bsp77
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown that glows a glorious ruby in the light. However, almost no head or lacing.

Smell: Very malty and sweet, with plums, raisins and caramel most identifiable. Some musty notes come through as well. This is by far the best aspect of the beer.

Taste: Once again, very malty and sweet, but cloyingly so. One-dimensional with sweet plums and caramel. Barely a hint of the musty goodness from the smell.

Feel: Moderation carbonation, chewy body with absolutely no dryness on the finish.

Drinkability: Seems like a too sweet English Barleywine or Old Ale with just a hint of Belgian yeast. Disappointing Quad, but it does smell good.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy ruby color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of bubblegum, star anise, and a hint of plums. The aroma is nice, but would be better if the bubblegum aspect where not so dominant. The taste is more balanced than the aroma. There is still significant bubblegum, but there is a lot more spice. There is also some heat in the finish that is really well integrated into the beer. I really enjoy this beer's flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a good quad...not great but good. I would happily drink this again though.

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

13 oz draft pour served in a tulip glass. 2006 vintage, sampled 6/10/10.

A: Served with a solid finger of foamy creamy head, very light tan in color. The body is amber-tawny, medium dark. It appears that the body would be relatively clear, but it is completely opaque and impossible for me to be certain. The head has respectable retention and is now nothing more than a lopsided collar. Splotchy lacing is left behind from the head and the body produces a light smattering.

S & T: The aroma is decidely medium and dark alcohol soaked fruits. Plenty of spice with anise leading the way on the palate. Fermented fruit: apples, peaches and pears. Fresh figs and plums come to mind. Toasted malts of caramel and toffee, but no recognizable hop contribution. The flavor is wider than it is deep, and even though the taste is good, it is not as multi-dimensional as a 4 year old quad should be. Alcohol is completely buried at first, but becomes warmer as the beer sits.

M: Lush. Soft carbonation with just enough fizzle to satisy. Weyerbacher's Quad aged gracefully as far as the mouthfeel is concerned. Again, very little alcohol.

D: Without looking at the label, one would never know the Quad is creeping up on 12% ABV. It drinks much lower. The drinkability rating increases along with this brew's complexity as it comes to room temperature.

Photo of dasenebler
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, reddish mahogany hue-- pretty light for a quad, but nice looking. Head is tiny and short lived. There is no retention.

Aroma is of candy, alcohol and some dark fruit. Scratch that: tons of booze in the nose. Not bad, but not enchanting.

At first, this quad seems rather sweet, but it has some redeeming factors. There is a satisfying amount of dark, fruity flavors but nothing too distinct. Molasses and candy syrup seem to dominate the palate. Vinous and a bit hot, though not overwhelming. The mouthfeel was actually great, I thought: well-carbonated but not too bubbly, with a luscious creaminess. Despite the ABV, it's quite drinkable for a beer style that seems to favor heady sippers.

Quad is actually one of Weyerbacher's better high-gravity beers, as I enjoyed it much more than the barleywine or imperial stout. But in the realm of the Quadrupel, which is a pretty tough place, this is simply a decent beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Big thanks to Wedge421 for this extra! (Yeah, it's taken me that long to review this...)

This bottle has been sitting in my fridge for far too long. It must be taken down immediately! It pours a hazy tawny amber topped by less than a half-finger of glowing ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits, yeast, nutmeg, walnuts, and caramel. This may be a malty brew... The taste holds notes of everything just listed, along with cinnamon (nearing the hot kind found in chewing gum), rye, and a teensy bit o' whiskey. A nice oaky nuttiness pervades the lingering aftertaste. The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice quad; not the best around, but emblematic of the quality I've come to expect from Weyerbacher.

Photo of pdoran10
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

we just got weyerbacher in MN so im excited to try their whole line.

this quad pours out very dark brown with very limited head. seems very clear with little sediment.

smell is molasses, dark fruit, and a bit of funky yeast and spice. very inviting.

I am immediately disappointed by the taste. the flavors of dark fruit, funk, and malt seem subdued. all this makes the taste seem thin and watered down with a lack of carbonation.

the mouthfeel follows the flavor. thin, as if they didnt add enough of all of the ingredients. this quad is lacking in flavor and substance.

drinkable, because of lack of overwhelming flavoring, but the lack of carbonation detracts.

Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very little beige head. Color is a burnt orange hued copper brown.

Aroma: Caramel and toffee, dark dried fruits, raisins, cherries, malts. No booze, very sugary.

Taste: A big beer. Rich, malty, sweet. Cherries, raisins, molasses, and caramel flavors.

Mouthfeel: This beers is very light for a quad. Warm, chewy creamy. A lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry, sweet, and malty.

Overall, a decent quad for the price. However, it did lack some big flavors and a body. But it was alright and good to see it in the MN market. Slow drinking imo.

Photo of sweemzander
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip, No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy mahogany color that produced a good tan head that cascaded for a few seconds. Left a touch of lacing behind.

(S)- An earthy aroma of yeast, clay, wood, and raisins. Some nice creamy banana with a bit of tart lemon and dark ripe fruits.

(T)- Same as the smell only backwards. A little of the dark fruits and creamy banana up front. Finishes earthy, but with a super sugary twang at the very end.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Balanced well with good fruits and earth. A bit sweet and rich as it goes down, but I can see why due to the style and the 11.8% ABV.

(D)- A good quad with everything you would expect for the style. A little too sweet for my liking though; almost to the point of being sugary. I would rather see more of those dark fruits throw their weight around, but its the sweetness doing just that. Still enjoyable.

Photo of ericmunley
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this Weyerbacher offering in a 4 pack from my local Wegmans. I've been looking forward to trying the Quad...Weyerbacher beers have been either a home run or strikeout for me.

First thing to hit me was the smell. Strong, boozy, definite grape/prune presence. Exactly what I expected.

The taste echoed the smell. The Quad didn't try to hide the alcohol but rather embraced it by complimenting it with berry, vanilla and citrus notes.

The best part of this beer is the mouth feel. Much thicker that most "Belgians" I've tried. The creaminess of this beer only accentuates the taste.

Drinkability....at 11+% you'd better take it easy unless you want to end up in bed with a linebacker.

Overall, Weyerbacher Quad definitely gets my recommendation. I got this 4 pack for a very good price here in PA. Definitely worth a try!

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