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Quad - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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900 Ratings
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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 21
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of aaronh


3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep copper body topped by a moderate off-white head. Aroma is dominated by sweet caramel and fruit, but it's still "clean" with no funk detectable. Flavor is sweet, but not much else. A slight bitterness, but it's really kind of thin and one dimensional for such a huge beer. A bit of a saccharin-like sweetness hangs on my lips. The beer seems to get sweeter and warmer (heat) as I drink more. Goes down really easy though. I think this will be my sleep aid. I could drink a couple glasses pretty easily, and at 12.2% ABV, I don't think I'll be awake much longer after that. Impressive by it's drinkability and smoothness, if lacking in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 03:04:36 | More by aaronh
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep burnt orange color, slightly hazy, with an creamy, two fingered, off-white head that settles into a fine sheet atop the brew.

Big malt aroma - biscuity and fruity (raisin, banana, fig) with some spiciness, and rum. Trademark Belgian candi sugar. Sweet, spicy, fruity and rich. Wonderful aroma.

Flavor was good, but not great - disappointing after the aroma, but still good. Start malty with caramelized sugar and fruit, mostly banana. Follows up with some spiciness, peppery. Alcohol is not overwhelming at all, in fact it is barely noticeable in the flavor profile, just sneaking in by way of spiciness. Finishes up dry, with a nice bitterness. Clean and not overly complex.

Soft and smooth feel in the mouth with a nice natural carbonation. Full-bodied but not syrupy or overly thick. Excellent mouthfeel.

Incredibly easy to drink. 12.20% - must be a lie. Wait...ok not a lie, now I am feeling it. The alchol barely show up in the flavor. Goes down smooth, no burn only slight warming. Could this be a session Quadrupel? Maybe not such a great idea.

Good but not as complex as I would expect in a Quadrupel, or from other Belgians/Belgian-Style Ales I have had. Got this and a few others about a year ago from the brewery itself. I'll let the others age to see if more flavor develops.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 01:31:20 | More by Lupe
Photo of oelergud


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice red copper body with good carbonation, somewhat transparent. Tan head that falls quickly to a thin float. Little lace.
Sweet honey almond cookie nose. There is abit of a spiced character to the smell.
Burning sweet malts well balanced for the style as the hops are clearly defined even in this honey and toffee rush of a taste. Pleasant short lived sweet aftertaste mostly dominated by the malt but taken to a happy middle ground after a moment by some hop notes that lingers well.
Mouthfeel is to be expected, full and thick with some good coating.
A good beer but to be sipped due to the high abv.


Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 20:02:51 | More by oelergud
Photo of Braudog


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle: Poured a rust-colored brew, with a let-down of a watery body (at least visually), and an ultra thin head. Pretty tight little sugary aroma, almost reminiscent of grape juice. Wow ... despite it’s innocent allure, this packs a powerful little punch. Heady in its alcohol-laced sweetness, this warms your gullet like a little bit of lighter fluid on its way down. Grape, sourdough bread, and a bit of unripe pear. Very good. (#2670, 1/28/07)

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 23:46:03 | More by Braudog
Photo of nriech


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Unclouded opper, little head fading quickly.

Smell: Banana, vanilla and a hint of alcohol. Maybe a little sugary fruit like peach also.

Taste: A bit malty. Alcohol is suprisingly hidden well. Kind of an oaky flavor comes through which is interesting because Weyerbacher is considering oak aging this beer. Still a smooth flavor. After taste is a little buttery.

Overall very drinkable flavor wise, not alcohol wise though since its over 11%. Would easily make it a favorite to replace wine anyway.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 15:59:33 | More by nriech
Photo of DrJay


3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear burnt orange with an off-white head. The foam was a little rocky, settled quickly, and left behind a bit of lace. Smells sweet with a little booze, light yeasty spices, a little banana. Sweet flavour up front, some fruitiness, then caramel and booze, some bready/biscuity malt. Dry finish with burnt malt notes. Medium/low carbonation, full bodied with alcohol warmth. I'm not sure what they're aiming for with this beer, but it didn't impress.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 01:17:42 | More by DrJay
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a clear copper, thin off white head forms, some lace spots, disappears quick. Smell is very boozy, fruity, toffee, some yeast, maybe a little banana, not too harsh. Taste is not bad, lots of fruit, estery, toffee, some yeast, nothing complex but not the liquor bomb I usually expect in Weyerbacher. This may be an old bottled. Mouthfeel is pretty slick, full bodied, nice carbonation, heat in the finish, lingering flavour, not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 04:06:00 | More by Viggo
Photo of guinnessfan


2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle served in oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a copper color with a one finger head, receding to a cap upon the beer.

S: Sugary and malty. Slight alcohol.

T: Boozy, fruity astrigancy. Unbalanced. Not complex, just powerful.

M: Tingling and creamy at the same time.

D: Umm..not very drinkable. Too boozy. More of a sipper, yet not very enjoyable.

This is my first Quad. To be fair, I will try others. It may just not be my style, I'm not sure. I just know that this was not enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 13:30:32 | More by guinnessfan
Photo of klewis


2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a reddish golden with a small bubbly head. No lacing.

S: Yeasty with strong phenols that remind me of urinal cakes. Some banana and candi sugar aromas as well.

T: Sweet, sugary taste. There are some interesting flavors of banana and spice (like a hefe, oddly), but the sweetness is just too annoying for me to care.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. A warming effect from the alcohol content is quite noticable. The best part of this beer so far.

D: Please. Somebody tell me - why do I waste my time with Weyerbacher? Always a disapointment. This one is surely drinkable but hardly worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 05:15:14 | More by klewis
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - An opaque sienna brew with a very small head. Only a tiny bit of lacing.

S - Dates, figs, raisins, honeydew melon and a touch of molasses.

T - Dates, molasses and sweet caramel malt. A touch of peppery alcohol. This is a pretty sweet beer, but I suppose its about par (maybe even a birdie) for a quad.

M - Smooth, medium viscosity, a little refreshing, but it is gums up a bit in the back of the throat. This negative is pretty minor, but it really shouldn't be there at all.

D - It's alright. Honestly, this is one of my favorite quads to date. It isn't as over-the-top offensive as most of the ones I've dealt with. It is very strong, but it is is a pleseant and surprisingly quaffable. Not really a session sort of beer, but it goes well by itself or with some choice foods. A nice beer. Due to the price, I doubt I will have this again soon, but I would like to.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 21:25:14 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice, it looks murky, orange brown with a very thin off-white head. The nose is mostly alcohol, with some raisin, prune, malt, sherry and rotten apple. The taste is dark fruit and sweet malt, with some stone fruit and sherry. Has an inky mouthfeel, thick but not viscous. A nice take on a big quad.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 01:18:20 | More by dherling
Photo of drinknewbelgium


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance amber to light brown forms a nice lacy head not too big smells of candy and malty sweetness tastes of candy raisons and some interesting yeast and definite candisugars with some alcohol mouthfeel not as thick as i prefer for this style but acceptable and two of these will do me good

notes weyerbacher the first micro to interpret this style not too bad for an american interpretation but i think ill let the belgians do the belgians

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 03:28:17 | More by drinknewbelgium
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad effort from Weyerbacher, although a few minor tweaks could be made here and there.

It pours a very, very nice looking somewhat murky copper colour with a pretty good sized head that is mildly sticky.

The aroma is first and foremost sweet and fruit-like, but with a nice malt base and even some hints of spice abound. A touch of alcohol is in the mix as well.

The flavour is basically more of the same, with sweetness leading the way and fruit notes seemingly darker than sweeter, but still nice nonetheless. A slight problem was the overpowering alcohol warmth here. I know its supposed to be there but it was a bit much I thought, as it killed the mouthfeel to an extent as well. It was just a bit hot for my liking.

Overall, this one is still quite solid and a nice stab at the style and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 20:52:09 | More by guinness33
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had access ot this one for some time now, and considering the fact that one of my favorite styles is Quadrupel, it's about time I give this one a go.

Served from a 12 oz. bottle in a Chimay chalice at just below cellar temperature.

A - Even with a pouring height of almost a foot, this moderately hazy caramel-orange colored quad just barely pushes up 1/4 inch of head, which diminishes to an uneven-bubbled island in under ten seconds. Lacing is nowhere to be found. This beer isn't going to win any beauty contests, I fear.

S - Big notes of candy sugar and ripe raisins. Some alcohol notes are also buried behind a wall of breadiness and fresh yeast. Dried currants and figs.

T - Super sweet on the tip of the tongue, but without any initial character; just sweet. Soon after is where the dark, rum-soaked fruits come into play, leading a yeasty tartness that hits the back of the tongue. The finish is quite drying and moderately hopped, and there is a residual heat in the throat that tops the warmth in the belly. Once the yeast is added, the edges round off a bit, and the bready notes become nicely amped. I recommend getting that yeast into the glass for this one!

M - Bright on the tongue, but not overly "poofy" in the mouth. Rolls around a bit before gaining a decent chewiness and swallows like dessert. Add the yeast for a bit of extra smoothness.

D - This is a good quality Quad, but it suffers from being a bit boring in the look and young in the taste. Definitely a candidate for further aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 01:44:30 | More by EPseja
Photo of auntfloyd

New York

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy orange-red amber color with no head and minimal lacing. The nose is sweet: sugar, candy, fruit.

The taste is full-on sweet, with malts and dark fruits predominating, and a somewhat biting finish.

The mouthfeel is chewy and sticky. Definitely a one at a time sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 22:05:04 | More by auntfloyd
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has always been an excellent American example of this style. Slightly hazed plum brown with a bubbly 3 fingers of light khaki head that lasts a bit, before settling to a thin veil. Faint rings of lace are left behind.

Ample dark malt and dried fruit notes are met by notions of dried apple, tree bark, and alcohol soaked melon.

Flavor is a step up with the same fruity, dark malt and Belgian sugar notes with an added level of bittersweet baking chocolate and subtle molasses cake spice. Fruity, malty, full, with teases of complexity.

Body is big, almost too big for the powerfull and refined grace of a Quad. A slippery, chewy mouthfeel is improved by the gentle, big bubbles and chalky, fruity, semi-dry finish. There is but a whisper of the (wow) 12.20% abv. It takes skill to conceal all that alcohol with flavor. A job well done Dan and Co.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 02:08:01 | More by AlexJ
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with a non-existent head. Smell is not as complex as other Quads, but it still impressive. It has the sweetness of a Tripel, with the addition of the candied fruits that you would associate with a beer of this type. Almost like a quadruple for beginners. Should be a stop along the way to the big ones such as Bernardus and Westy, but really should not be considered a true tripel. I will give credit to this company for trying to make a quad, but it really doesn’t hold a candle to the true Belgian ones.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 22:13:37 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of clabaugh


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a ruby-infused brown graced with a creamy, beige head. Silky lace lightly coats the inside of the glass.

Smell: Warming alcohol and pungent dates and currants. Effusive scents that are spicy and strong in the nostrils. Syrupy and candy-like.

Taste: Sweet candy and fruit flavors predominate. A warming alcohol presence is the next most prominent quality. Somewhat estery, with a sticky, sweet bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lightly syrupy in texture with a medium-to-full-body. Tingly carbonation with some thorough warming all the way to the belly.

Drinkability: Taken slowly, a very drinkable beer. Fine flavor that is replete with complexity. Inhibiting, pleasing, and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 18:56:53 | More by clabaugh
Photo of mobyfann


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $2.79 for a single at Jungle Jim's...

The beer pours a beautiful amber colored base, medium white head, good retention and no lacing effects on the glass. The aroma is very subtle in malts and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is very chewy, a little fruity and a nice sweet malt texture. No real sign of alcohol in the taste at 12.2% abv marks it up another 0.5. The quad is smooth on the palette and is very drinkable given how potent it is.

Final Thought: Weyerbacher knows what they are doing, and this quad is remarkable!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 05:24:58 | More by mobyfann
Photo of jmz62565


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish amber with a small tan head. The smell is alittle light with cloves, apple, yeast, and banana. The taste, like the smell, is full of fruit and is very strong with an alcohol flavor. The m/f is heavy with the flavors mixing OK, but not perfectly. Not a bad beer,but I would like to try one after I stored it for a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 23:32:03 | More by jmz62565
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from arrowine in arlington

the soft chocolate leapt out of the bottle as soon as i removed the cap. in the glass it's dominance is mitigated by a host of other aromas. toffee, raisins...very yeasty
it's a dark tobacco color, of course without foam. collar, but no head
this guy is a malt playground...very barleywineish (maybe with a different yeast it might taste a little like old guardian). not outstandingly fruity, but some raisin, or perhaps plum, flavors roll around

it's big and bad, but actually not that complex (er...as quads go), although i must add that the 12.2% is nowhere to be found

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 01:53:39 | More by bruachan
Photo of loren01


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish color, small head that went away quickly.
S: Sweet, suggary and fruity. Fruits that come out are banana, pear and melon.
T: Same as smell, pretty sweet and fruity. Alcohol is very present
M: Moderate to heavy mouthfeel
D: Wow, this beer will mess you up x 4, seriously strong, but very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 04:28:41 | More by loren01
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Translucent brown with a tiny burgundy tint with a thin off white head.

S - Lots of fruity notes with some chocolate hint as well as some caramel. Alcohol is slightly present but well blended. A nice aroma.

T - A lot of dark fruits (plums, berries) with some chocolate/coffee like notes. The alcohol comes through and dominates the finish a bit, throwing the beer out fo balance to a degree.

M - A full bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

D - Has some nice complexities there, but is quite off balance making it hard to enjoy. They need some more of the complex fruits to subdue the alcohol a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 01:59:32 | More by EStreet20
Photo of Dubbercody


3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into glass with minimal head, somewhat surprised by the lack of fluff.

Smells like sweet malt, sugar, ripe fruit and very gently of hops.

Taste is very sweet, leaves a soft sweet aftertaste that doesn't coat my mouth as much as I was expecting. Very nicely balanced ABV, really didn't expect 12+%. I'll sneak up and grab ya!

It got easier to drink as the pint went down, (but that could be part of the 12+% as well).

Good brew all in all, worth a try, but doesn't hold the tops in my Quad book.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 06:07:54 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of trep

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear brown body with thin white head that fades into merely a crown around the outside of the glass.

Very fruity, bananas, vanilla, a hint of alcohol and some copper pennies. Very sweet and smooth smelling.

Alcohol soaked raisins, caramel, sugar, alcohol, sweet banana, alcohol...did I say alcohol? Holy Toledo. Drinker beware, this one packs a massive punch. I don't feel overwhelmed in the least bit though. Alot of flavor in this one. Very sweet malt profile with mass fruit and a nice alcohol kick. Tasty.

Very nice medium bodied, coating mouthfeel. 12.2% is definitely present but you know it really never stands out as being a burden, instead it's yet another characteristic to add to the complexity. Nice carbonation, quality stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 22:33:21 | More by trep
Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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