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Quad - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,010
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 27
Gots: 107 | 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 joshstevens87
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a red slight orange and about a 1/4 inch of light tan head
S-fruity malts and some grass and yeast with a little bit of bittering hops and a dose of alcohol
T-much like the smell, fruits like apple rasin plum with a bit of hop presence and a bit of yeastand famryness for spice, slightly thin tasting though
M-medium body with very little carbonation and is very hot from the alcohol
D-overall a decent quad good tasting but really no stand out of the style

Photo of Naugros
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy and orange in color and pours with a slight head that leaves a few spots of white floating on top with some foam clinging to the edges. Not much lace at all. The color is noce, but the overall presentation leaves you underwhelmed.

Herbal and grassy tones go deep into your nose carried along by a honey-sweet aroma. There's a fruit in that sweetness that reminds me of apricots. This is my favorite aspect of this beer.

The sweetness of this beer is evident and the apricot carries through on the sides and back of your tongue. The back of the tongue is also where the alcohol makes itself known. There is a slight citrus tang that I assume comes from the hops.

The sweetness begins on your tongue and moves deeper to the back of your tongue in the wash and stays for a little bit, leaving an aftertaste that is reminiscent of apricot brandy. The carbonation is a bit light, leaving a bit of "thick" feel.

Not a beer that I'd sit down and drink one right after the other.

Photo of cdbooth219
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a rich golden brown color, with one finger of light tan head that dissipates slowly leaving no lacing on the glass

S: Smells of ripe, dark fruit, cherries, prunes, figs, candy, and a bit of spices, cinnamon and cloves.

T: Tastes of the ripe cherries, prunes and figs, along with sweet malts, and some sugary candy flavor as well. Near the middle, the spicyness comes out, along with a slight bready malt flavor, finishes with a bit of alcohol presence in the flavor. As it warms, some banana and bubblegum notes appear as well.

M: Rather medium bodied, with a bit of carbonation, and quite a bit of alcohol warmth

D: Definitely a sipper, but fairly easy to drink for the 11.8% abv

Overall, this is a very good beer. Its fairly complex and not too difficult to drink. This is my first quad, and I quite thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

Pours a dark, hazy orange color, with a big fluffy off-white head which disappears almost as quickly as it forms. Smells like Belgian yeast, spices, ripe fruit and Granny Smith apples, but no alcohol. On the palate, I get Belgian candi sugar, apple cider, vanilla and a bit of juicy fruit flavors. A big beer, easy to drink and not all that complex. Finishes somewhat dry, with the nearly 12% alcohol finally making itself known.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a bronze amber color with ruby red highlights, small head off a vigorous pour. head faded after about a minute or so to a ring. just a touch of lacing. a tiny bit of sediment, but nothing like you would expect to see from a quad. looks similar to an amber ale.

in the aroma there are strong notes of flouride, bubblegum and alcohol. a little bit of spice and maybe some sweet malts. mostly yeast in the aroma.

the sweet malts, maybe even some candy, and the strong alcoholic flouride flavors come in the most. also has hints of some spice, clove, cherry, and bubblegum. about average for an american take on a quad. ive had much better american versions however, this actually ranks pretty low in that category.

not as heavy as you would expect for a 11.8%. almost a watery like mouthfeel. slightly acidic, almost sour. about medium to slightly heavy body. slight carbonation. slightly astringent as well, but i had no problem finishing the bottle, but i wouldnt want another. i wouldnt seek it out again either.

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color, with about one finger of off white head. Little bit of carbonation evident.

s - Smells of yeast, cinnamon, spices, cloves, and a tiny bit of fruit.

t - Tastes of bananas, alcohol, and some spice. Hints of yeast, but bananas and alcohol dominate the taste.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. pretty smooth.

d - A decent quad. Had some nice banana and spices in the smell and taste, but would have liked a little less alcohol in the taste. Would try again.

Photo of jdense
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle carried back from Erie Pa by beer buddy consumed 3.28.10.

1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation thin layer of head retained on top of orange amber clear body, decent carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Nose and taste are cardamon, orange peel, some spices with a prevalent belgian yeast smell and taste, dry and firm, but a bit sweet for style, not too heavy. I thought the color was a bit light for style, but the booze was not real noticeable in nose but threw some heat at end of taste. At this ABV as shared bottle makes sense, not real drinkable even for this style.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into Duvel glass

A: pours light clear brown, with a off white finger thick head that did not hang around long.
S: sweet and sticky, a sweeten dried fruit which first made me think of dried papaya
T: very sweet malt and i would assume candi sugar. a lighter fruit flavors as well. a very slight hop bitterness on the aftertaste. alcohol is not noticeable at 11.8%
M: this is a thick coating one, which is typical. light carbonation.
D: could drink a few but probably should sip on it slow.

Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - No real head really amounts, just a very thin light tan lacing that quickly fades to nothing... The color is that of a medium chestnut brown mixed evenly with a ruby red... Still without any noticeable carbonation...

S - The aroma is extremely subdued, especially by quad standards... Cherry... Raisins... There is an unexpected whiff of wheat and bananas...

T - Sweet cherry... Raisins... A hint of brown sugar... A touch honey... Orange zest...

M - Heavy... Thick... Dense... Sticky... Loaded with an alcohol induced heat... Also packs an unexpected strong carbonated bite...

D - Not my favorite Weyerbacher offering... I can't quite put my finger on it, but many aspects seem muddled/confused and the whole doesn't equal the sum of its parts... However, I didn't have any trouble finishing and while I wouldn't necessarily seek one out in the future, I wouldn't turn it down either... The 11.8% ABV packs quite the punch...

Photo of Stunner97
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark copper to amber red in color with a very light amount of bubbles going up the glass, a small thin white head layers the top of the glass

Smell- Sweet sugar and malts just dominate this very very sweet smelling nose, brown sugar, molasses, and sweet cherry, reminds me of the smell of a Manhattan cocktail,

Taste- sweetness up front with a slight touch of bitterness and alcohol, slightly medicinal flavor, raisins, loads of malts and brown sugar flavor, actually the slight bitterness provides a nice kick of balance, alcohol and heat can be noticed but I have to be honest and say that I dont mind it, this beer has a very nice flavor and long finish, and to be honest after a little bit and its not just the booze talking it is quite a delicious flavor profile,

Mouthfeel- heavy thick, smooth, and creamy

Drinkability- the only reason at all I did not give this beer a 5 on drinkability is cuz it packs such a freaking wallop, this is a one you certainly should sip but one if you didnt want to you certainly dont have to and that makes this beer a homerun, is it best quad in the world maybe not I have to be honest and say i have not had enough to make me an expert but maybe its a style I have to look even deep into because I really enjoyed this, This is a great night cap or one to just sip savor the complexity and unwind and ponder ones place in the universe, a nice value considering price for certain and one I would easily recommend to others,

Photo of Rbald42
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle Garchooga.
Pours a dark amber. Nice and clear with 1/2 finger head. Let it warm up a bit and I'm pulling out dark fruit w/ hints of cherry on the nose. Brown sugar and molasses as well. Taste is a bit hot with alcohol. Subtle notes of fig,plum, and raison with some bread flavors. The yeast profile is lacking w/ what I'd expect from a top-level quad and the mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it is nonetheless a enjoyable beer to relax with. I'd like the feel to be a little more full overall bit it was easy to drink, abv withstanding. Enjoyable beer, but there are better offerings available in your local belgian section.

Photo of alkemy
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark copper/amber/ruby and fairly clear...a little light for a quad. Not much head to speak of. The smell is phenomenal with a mixture of grapes, prunes, banana, and bubblegum. I notice the dark fruits first...a mixture of grapes and tart cherries. Then comes bubblegum and a hint of banana. There's some spiciness in there as well. You can feel the alcohol tingling your lips and warming your stomach, but the taste really isn't boozy for me. A bit of stickiness in the feel. I like.

Photo of CampusCrew
2.45/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

at rendezvous in st augustine

appearance: quad? really. looked like a light brown ale. surprised

smell: strong swetness, dominant brown sugar and dark sweet fruits

taste: huge sweetness and ruined the beer. lots of raisin fig type flavor. the sweetest belgian ale i have ever had.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, and little carb for a belgian

drinkability: I was really excied to finally find this beer and it was a huge let down.

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

Served from a 12oz. bottle (2008) purchased at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA into my Maudite snifter at the appropriate temperature (02/26/10).

A: Pours a deep and murky chestnut brown with some ruby hues capped with 1 finger fingers of a light tan head leaving patchy lace.

S: Pungent bouquet of dark fruit dominated by raisins and sweet caramel. A sweet malt is also present with some Belgian yeast.

T: Dark fruit and sweet malt control the palate with layers of raisin, plum, and a healthy dose of Belgian yeast. This is a nicely balanced American rendition of a Belgian Quad.

M: Medium to full-bodied with smooth and creamy carbonation. Nice fullness and pretty thick.

D: Really easy to drink and never seems like 11.8% abv. while remaining a full-bodied Belgian Quad.

Overall Weyerbacher makes some solid beers and this is certainly one of them. Good flavor and excellent mouthfeel. Recommended.

Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


This beer pours a ruby reddish color with hints of copper when raised to the light. I would not say that this beer is perfectly clear due to a slight amount of haziness, which could be caused from my never so perfect pouring skills. I did pour straight on in the glass and it only produced a slim cream colored head and medium lacing on my snifter glass.


I got a smell not quite predicted....pink bubble gum. Yes just like you are thinking, the old rock hard pieces of Bazooka Joe with the bad comics as the wrappers. Also, I'm getting lots of white and dark raisins ( or white grape juice? ) on the nose with maybe a hint of plums ? One thing for sure that I am picking up is some heat alcohol which makes my nostrils tingle with anticipation.


Slick on the mouth feel, almost slides in around and down my throat. I am pulling a dryness of brown sugar on the front of the tongue and again heat alcohol is present with a slight burn that warms you up on a cold Pennsylvania night like this. I don't want to forget to mention that there is a residual sweetness that is shining forward on top of the heat.


This is an amazing beer! and probably one of my favorites from the Weyerbacher line up. This beer is nothing short of a challenge to drink a few of especially with the high ABV. If you are looking for the perfect end cap to the evening or sitting by the fire with a loved one or a few friends this would be perfect. I recommend this beer to any drinker that is ready to explore the complexity of Belgian beers and flavor versus balance of alcohol.

Photo of nukem5
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could not wait to get home with this one .Had one about 2 months ago at the local pub.

A: Pouring into my snifter it had a nice ruddy hue, almost like a dark orange/rust color slight head that quickley dissapates.

S: The smell of dark fruits, raisins,figs, plums... also a hint of bananas?

T: Very nice alchohol and fruits but equal tastes of all.

M: Full of flavors front to back of the mouth, little hops, niace malteyness and the warmer it gets the more flavors that are produced.

D: Would definitly drink this one and all from the folks at Weyerbacher over and over again and again.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Chimay Chalice. No dating indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of unpasteurized cider with a murky clarity. Head was half inch, off-white and creamy/loose. Head eventually dissipates into a skim clustered on one side of the glass and a thin band around the perimeter of the bowl. Some solid sheets of lacing, but weak legs. Nose is dark fruit (plums, raisins and figs), candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Taste consistent with nose; perhaps the addition of some cherries and a hint of booze. Mouthfeel is light-medium and lively, a little oily and finishes semi-dry. Not a lot of complexity to this one, but a very tasty and pleasant sipper that should be allowed to warm to experience some slight changes in character.

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

Bottle poured into giant wine glass.

Pours a nice reddish amber with modest foam and a touch of lacing. Only slightly hazy. Nose is lot of sweet fruity Belgian esters with banana, clove, and bubblegum. Fairly coating and heavybodied, many of the same elements from the aroma come through in the taste, but more bubblegum wrapped in plenty of very chewy malts. The chewiness is balanced nicely with a brisk effervescence. Alcohol definitely coems through but is a great compliment to the rest of the experience. Finish is quite sweet and lasting. In general, this one is very enjoyable!

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
A - Deep amber with cascading small carbonation.

S - Malty, sweet, boozy.

T - Strong flavors of bananas and rum. Also, bready malts and raisins. Hints of tartness in the finish. a slight hop presence is buried in there somewhere.

M - medium-light mouthfeel. flavors linger on the palette. Warming to the throat.

O - Definitely a sipper, definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Mavajo
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/golden color with a one-finger thick white head. Surprisingly light for the style - probably the brightest quad I've had to date. I prefer a darker shade to my quad. Head doesn't retain very long, and there's minimal to no lacing.

Aroma and taste are decent, but well inferior to some of the better examples of the style. There's yeast, banana and clove. Slight alcohol burn in the nose that shows up even more in the taste. I found the taste to be a bit medicinal.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied, with a sticky smoothness. Appropriate carbonation.

All in all, this is a fairly run of the mill quad. It's not bad, it's just not great. If someone else bought this, I'd happily drink it - but I don't see myself buying it again. There's just too many better alternatives.

Photo of mentor
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin layer of light tan head over a cloudy red-copper liquid. Smells potently of candy-sugar with banana and mild clovey phenol. Cherry, and sun-baked wood. Other light fruits, like pear or apricot, orange oil, and fresh agave juice. Alcohol is clean and quite subtle.

Tastes wet and light-colored fruits with an undertone of phenolic edge. Honey. Juicy fruit gum after all the sweet and flavor have been chewed out. Sweet malt and candy sugar dominate but are just countered enough to keep from cloying by the phenol and also a mild cherry-like sour. Perfumey rides along with green raisin (the raisin is tainted like it came with a small bit of stem that I've chewed up, too). Some tropical character (mostly pineapple) and a peppery sting to the alcohol.

Thick syrupy mouthfeel that's partly cleaned off the tongue by fine and acrid carbonation. A bit too sweet and not quite enough cleansing alcohol. Complex flavor profile, but not particularly representative of the style.

Photo of rapidsequence
2.52/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: The first pour into the tulip is perfectly clear and orange-golden color. It color is too light for a quad. It looks like an IPA. The head is very foamy at first, but fades in a minute or so and leaves little lacing. Subsequent pours have suspended yeast particles.

Smell: Smells very sweet and boozy. Sweet fruits like peach and apricot and some darker raisiny hints too. A nice dose of yeasty breadiness too. With a deep whiff, the alcohol burns the nose a little.

Taste: The flavors are those of the nose, but they're spoiled by intense ethanol and solventy fusel alcohol. Its so hot that its hard to drink. I'm tempted to say it tastes like liquor, but its closer to gasoline or paint thinner. What a shame.

Mouthfeel: Too thin in body, but its got some syrupy feel to it. Hard to tell with the solvents melting my brain.

Drinkability: Not good, I might pour this. The weird thing is I've had this before and thought it was OK-- at least drinkable. This one is not.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-a nice head pours with a very light tan color, about 2 full fingers of head that has pretty solid retention and leave a nice lacing on the glass. the color of the beer itself is a dark amber color with a light haze

S-the nose is pretty strong and brings lots of belgian yeast, clove, a bunch of banana, and some ripe dark fruits and presence of alcohol towards the end

T-the taste brings more presence of alcohol, big belgian yeast, the sweet banana is there as well. the finish brings some sweet dark fruits, mostly plum

M-the body is quite solid, the fuller side of medium body, a light astringent property to it, extremely smooth and perfectly carbonated

D-the alcohol is present but not to show how big it truely is, the taste is sweet but a ton of yeast and clove, it does have a nice mouthfeel to it, though I wouldn't drink another.

Photo of sprucetip
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the Chimay chalice BuckeyeNation included as an extra in the awesome trade commenced in person recently. A fizzy head appeared momentarily and was gone, just like that. Not a hint of lacing, film, anything. The liquid was a beautiful hibiscus/amber/orange sort of color, with some startling clarity, despite the large volume of suspended yeast chunks. The color and clarity salvage the score in this area.

SMELL initially I got strong banana esters, similar to German weiss beer (got the same thing from Troegs Mad Elf recently). This faded into more of a blend of aforementioned banana, dark fruit, and thick malty sweetness. Surprisingly, the nearly 12% ABV was nearly undetectable.

TASTE is banana strongly at first then mellowing and joining better cherry, prodigious malty sweet body, moderately strong booze, and more than a little bit of hop bitterness.

FEEL is possibly the best part. Full, thick, rich and viscous texture with fairly strong alcoholic warming.

OVERALL Compared to most other Quads I've tried, this one is lacking in complexity, balance, and subtlety. It is a far cry from La Trappe or Samaranth, for example. But I am glad I tried it and thank BuckeyeNation for making this experience possible.

Photo of tattooedtolley
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I almost hate to post this review, because I am a weyerbacher fan. I'm also a fans of Quads, its really the only Belgian style I actually do like. This beer is fairly brown and really red in the light, it reminds me of a quad in the look. The smell is what throws me, its all big belgian yeast aroma with little more to offer than alcohol. Taste is similar but adds a note of sweetness. Maybe because I've recently had Rochforte 10 and St Bernardus but this beer just really doesnt compare. I guess the quad is best left to the monks. I could see some people liking it but to me it was just yeasty and hot.

Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.