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Quad - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 984
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 27
Gots: 103 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 tempest
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A single from Abe's 6-Pack

A simple but tasty beer. Unfortunately, quads shouldn't really be this simple. The aroma is of sweet fruity hard candy with a slight, but understand alcohol note. The flavor has the same sort of candy apple esters with subtle heavy toasted bread note and touch of phenolic spice. Still the drinkability here is impressive and it's not overly sweet. Worth a try if you're in the area.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stella tulip glass.
A- Caramel brown heavy body bubbles continually floating up the side of the glass. Minor film of head with barely any lacing disolving into small microdots before vanishing altogether.

S- Soft malts and banana dashes but overlayed by major alcohol content.

T- Cooked bananas with sweet malts not far behind. Improves vastly after warming with some fruity accents coming out and bitterness.

M- Medium with consistent fizzyness to complenent the mix.

D-I enjoyed this very much and will drink again.

Photo of maddogruss
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of this from Oak Tree Discounts in NJ.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber body with a small white head with poor retention and minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Smells a slightly floral smell with hints of banana esters in the undertones.

T: A strong alcoholic taste with slight banana esters evident. An awkward, rubbing alcohol aftertaste.

M: A pretty smooth mouthfeel, but slightly on the thin side.

D: Not too drinkable beer. Alcohol is a little too evident in the beer, which takes away from the overall experience during the session.

Photo of halfP1NT
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy ruby-brown, thick off-white head dissipates to a thin, dense layer. No carbonation bubbles whatsoever.

Smell is estery, banana, pear, hint of clove & spice, alcohol.

Taste is definitely banana. Pear, other light fruits. Very alcoholic. Finishes with a sort of malty banana flavor, and the alcohol lingers in the back of my mouth A LOT.

Low carbonation, thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very apparent in this one, definitley a slow sipper and mo more than one at a time.

Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A Belgian-style quadruple ale, this poured a muddy brown with no head. It smelled of prunes and molasses with some orange, and tasted much the same. It had descent bitterness and some alcohol warming in the aftertaste, making this definitely more of a sipping beer. The texture was thick with just a bit of carbonation. This was an interesting beer, much like a barleywine, but not one of my favorites overall.

Photo of Flyer
2.45/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I wish this hadn't been one of the first Weyerbachers I've reviewed, because I love this brewery, but this is not one of their better efforts. Deep burgundy pour with a weak head. Intense brown sugar aromas, followed by lots of harsh, sweet/tart brown sugar notes in the flavor. I like it when alcohol makes its presense known, but this is not the gentle wafting sensation i want from alcohol, it's an assault. (And I'm a fan of beers with even higher ABV's.) There's some crabapple, berry, and a little caramel in the background, but if these were just brought forward to mitigate the harshness, this would be a better beer. I'm bringing three other Weyerbachers (all previously tried, and loved) back to the Midwest with me, and I'm sure I'll give them better reviews.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those Weyerbacher beers that I have contiuously seen on the shelves but never really decided to pick up. On this day, I decided to pick up a single bottle for about 2.99 from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa. I was intimidated by the hefty abv on this brew, but decided to give it a taste.

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A- Beautiful amber/orange liquid. Lacing and head are both thin and skinny. The carbonation bubbles are quite a site to look at as they continuously flowed throughout my glass.

S- Smell was overly alcoholic. Once you get past the alcohol there were banana and bubblegum notes with a peppery undertone.

T- First sip- "wow" very powerful with alcohol completely overpowering any other flavors. I let this one sit for a while and gave it another try. This time it was much better. Spicey and peppery, with a fruity finish. Tropical fruits and belgian spices. More alcohol. Repeat.

M- Mouthfeel was warm and burning. My throat is still burning from the last couple of sips. This one is brutal and harsh, but addictive.

D- For such a high abv, this one drinks pretty well and is truly a monster of a brew.

Weyerbacher are the kings of over the top beers- and i like it.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz picked up in trade a while back (5-6 months ago) .. I don't remember who shipped it too me as I recently lost my old trading notebook.. If somebody is reading this who is sure they sent it to me please let me know so I can edit this review.

Poured into my New Belgium snifter.. 1" head dropped quick.. no real lacing.. hazy despite a careful pour.. amber colored brew.

Aroma is thick and sweet and fairly complex .. peppery and spicy alcohol notes .. Fruity .. plums, cherry essence and fairly phenolic.

Flavor is again fairly complex .. a little hot alcohol lingers after the first sip. Sweet and big boned.. Reminds slightly of Urthel's quad. Same fruits as the aroma but with more fresh plums. The taste is hampered because it sorta is all over the place and needs some melding. Fairly thick body .. I think the sweetness is a little much.. not sugary .. but could stand to dry out a bit.

This is only the 2nd time I've had this brew.. I only know that because I have a 22 label in my collection. Despite the above negatives, this brew should always be on my wants.. if for no other reason, now I need a few to sit in the cellar and enjoy every year or two... I just think I may have had this brew too soon.

Photo of DavidEddie
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A shout out to my man JJ for hooking me up with this 22oz bomber.

Appearance - Ruby amber with minimal lacing.

Smell - Pears, green apples, carmel, bubble gum, and strong booze.

Taste - As it smells, very fruity and sugary. Alcohol is noticeable, but not harsh or distracting.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability - Definitely a sipper that will warm you up. Not as good as a Trappist Quad, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to enjoy this one. Worth a try.

Photo of dsa7783
2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz single bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Some time ago, sampled Weyerbacher's Heresy, which is their Quad aged in oak barrels... Amber and copper appearance with a gigantic foamy and frothy head with some visible carbonation... Smell was replete with sweet, honey sugars and vanilla... taste was very alcoholic, and the hefty 12.2% ABV really flexes its muscle and makes itself known... taste dominated by esters, phenols, caramel, honey, candied sugars, and slight vanilla... Mouthfeel was about average, but drinkability wasn't good at all, due to the very noticeable alcohol essence, which burned the throat and nose... Even though there was a very nice appearance, there are much better Quadrupels out there... this one was a bit over the top - wouldn't recommend this...

Photo of irishkyle21
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing like a strong quad to relax with after a long day, and this one fits in very well. Has a clear ruby orange color. A strong pour led to a fair sized head that quickly dropped to nothing, some lacing.

Smells of fruits, candi sugar, yeast, earthy and alcohol.

The taste is where you really get kicked in the ass. Lots of alcohol (in a warming sense), fruits, spices, caramel and yeast. This ones a sipper.

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

Pours a clear copper-orange color with a 1/4" off-white head which fades to a thin wisp. No lacing noted.

Huge aromas of rum soaked dark fruits, caramel candy, chocolate covered malt balls, cherries and brown sugar. A hearty blast of alcohol is sensed in the nose.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy and smooth with a fine carbonation.

Delicious assertive sweet flavors of raisin, toasted malts, toffee, plums, dark rum and fresh bread are detected. The massive alcohol is barely noticed aside from a pleasant warmth which balances out this ale's sweetness.

Seems to have more Barleywine characteristics as opposed to a Belgian Quad. Tasty nevertheless.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a decent head, some patchy lacing.

Smell is mostly sweet, caramel, malt, some dark fruitiness to it.

Taste is a bit more spicy than I had anticipated, but was a welcome treat. The malt melds pretty well with the spice and the fruitiness. There is some alcohol warming sensations in the mouth and the belly, this one packs a good punch.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dipensed from a 22oz bottle into a Piraat snifter. Murky, burnt orange in color, white head of respectable size, no lacing. Head retention lacks a bit and becomes a thick, heaby fog resting on top of the beer.

Aroms are alcoholic, yeasty, and a little bit of bubblegum and banana. Perhaps even some corriander. Sweet, with a decent hop presence. Overall, the yeast and bubble gum dominate this one.

Up front, the sweet and alcoholic yeast flavors jump right out. A hop bitterness smacks the palate in the middle, and a sweet, tingly, alcoholic feel gives this a long finish with some complexity.

Extremely warming alcohol but not overtly boozy. Warming from my ears to the bottom of my guts. Sort of thin on the mouthfeel. I dont know how I am going to finish this 22oz bottle. It may take me two hours or so. Borders on cloying. I think there are much better Quads out there.

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

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a caramel0brown dense body with streams of tiny bubbles trailing up the side of the glass. There is a thin film of creamy light beige head that doesn't lace but brakes into a pattern of dots before fading back into the beer.

S- The soft banana note is the strongest aroma with a sweet caramel candy note and a fusel alcohol note in the background.

T- The soft banana flavor is similar to cooked bananas followed by a sweet brown malt note and a plastic flavor. As the beer warms there is a slight pear quality that comes out of the malt flavors. The finish has a bitterness that is not distinctly hops. As the beer warms the plastic and bitter notes increase slightly.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish that cleans the taste nicely. Soft alcohol heat comes through as the beer warms.

D- This beer has a thin taste with not a lot of complexity or interest. The fusel alcohol and plastic note are a bit in the way and increase as the beer warms. I thought the banana qualities reminded me of Hefeweizens more that quads.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Triple Carmeliet Snifter at a little below cellar temperature.

A - poured a very cloudy and hazy murky orange brown with a large three finger high head of thick gooey and sticky lace that really clung around for a good long while before finlly settling down and just leaving a thin layer of lace across the top and a nice well settled look to it. Very nice and more then adequate side glass lace capped it off very nicely.

S - The aroma was just chock full of alcohol in fact this ws truly the dominating aroma here easily overpowering anything else that would have tried to form in its wake. The aroma was very bourbonesque with a weird almost off color woodiness to it that was difficult to place. As it warmed some other almost fuity like aromas started to come out with hints of figs, and plums really dominating the profile as it came up to room temperature.

T - The flavor was very full, there was no mistaking that this was a big beer that was here and ready to put a hurting on you for sure. Lots of dark fruity flavors were the favorites here and really served to push the envelope a little bit in try to bring out some of the other flavors. There was a nice and very deep underlying earthy flavor that really seemed to ry to bring balance to the whole thing, however this was comletely thrown out one the alcohol flavors decided to get involved and really flex their muscles, and flex they did completly overpwoering the rest of it until it warmed enough to allow the subtle hints of fruity yeast to trounce back to the surface.

M - Very nice medium bodied ale, there was definitly no lack of carbonation here on this one, staying very full and creamy up until the very end. It had a very nice thickness to it and definitly was not getting boring in the least.

D - Well it was defintly a sipper, this part was definitly obvious from the large abv and very strong flavors that were present. I tried to gulp it to finish it but that just was not happening.

Overall this was not bad, not my favorite quad by any strech but still decent and better then most. It was a little overpowering until the alcohol mellowed a little, then it started to improve, but overall not bad and something I would try again.

Photo of dmamiano
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

beer pours a dark, almost reddish amber with a nice head and lacing that hangs on for a while.
Smell of malt, belgian yeast and fruit. Apples and pears come o mind, as well as a bubble gum back ground.
Taste is big, very big. Huge full mouthfeel. Fruit and malt prevail. Alchohol burn is noticed and very warming. A bit fruity from the yeast..aplles seem to prevail the most.
A great beer to drink on a snowy afternoon in WV.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bomber into two chalices. This is a pretty nice amber color with a thick off-white head. The head recedes rapidly, with not a lot of lacing. the color is a bit light for what I'd expect in a quad.

Aroma is big on the Belgian funk, some breadiness and a bit of spicy hops, but nothing deep and mysterious. None of the dark fruit and malt I would expect from a quad. Tastes a bit hot with alcohol, some of the funk and spice are evident as well. Really to me more of a Tripel or Strong golden than a quad. Even has the dry finish you'd expect from those styles. I get a bit of a metallic finish here, as the beer warms a bit. Mild, but not at all pleasant.

A good Belgian beer, but not a quad by any stretch of my imagination.

Medium bodied, carbonation is OK. I will not be seeking this beer out again.

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

12oz. bottle donated by Ira

Pours a hazy amber color with a thick eggshell head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Sticky sweet malt aroma with a complex fruitiness. A slight amount of herbal hops is detectable as is a bit of booze - which grows as it warms.

Malty sweet upfront, with a bold fruity character. A mild bitterness and herbal hop flavor merge midway, and help even it out at the finish. It finishes sweet, but amazingly clean. Warms the belly as it goes down. Becomes a little boozy as it warms.

Huge body, creamy texture.

Meant to be a sipper, it drinks quite easy. A solid quad overall, and much better than some "authentic" samples from Belgium. This beer ages quite well, but is still approachable when fresh.

Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/8/07- Aquired via trade with Santoslhalper in 2005

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info on the label. It's at least a 2005 version though, probably older. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Light copper-amber colored pour. Smooth and creamy 1/2 inch white head. Settles at a slight rim. Leaves the nice ufo circle in the middle. Lacing is prevelent.

Smell- Light alcohol nose with some dark fruits (plums, raisins and dates). Sweet and dark malt notes as well. Light hop aroma also.

Taste- As in the nose, a fairly good alcoholic punch in the face. Mellow yet a tad harsh. Hops are more prevelent in the taste than in the nose. Carmel goodness with a dark malt richness. Taste a touch of orange muscat like flavor with other mingling dark fruits.

Mouthfeel- Rather solid carbonation level. Smooth, yet a bit brisk and chewy...cola like at times.

Drinkability- Overall a good quad. I've had better, but I would go back to this one again.

Photo of DIM
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

note: The bottle is at least a year and a half old.

a: The color is a slightly cloudy medium copper color. Pours with a minimal head.

s: Some mildly sour cherries are the most noticeable aroma. Sweet yeast notes with some wheat. The alcohol has mellowed considerably allowing other smells to assert themselves.

t: Sour cherries that dry the mouth hit first. The yeast flavors have some rye bread characteristics. Some mild sweetness from the malts also. As with the smell, some time in the cellar has mellowed the alcohol nicely.

m: The lack of carbonation is a drawback, but otherwise the texture is fine.

d: This is a very good example of an American quad, but the Belgians still do it far better.

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

Thanks to NutBrown for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a slight hazy dark amber color, nice carbonation, little fizzy tan head, basically only a few oil slicks in the center. The nose is malty, bananas, spices, and some caramel. The taste is malty, nice sweetness, spicey, and a touch of caramel. The alcohol is present, but not that bad. Definitely a warmer at 12% ABV. Full body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, a little hot, but still nice, recommended.

Photo of brantadid
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, was I impressed with this beer.

Poured a dark golden color with a thin white head. Nice lacing.

I'm not going to spend a lot of time on the smell and taste of this beer. It is a belgian, and a great expression of the style.

What I was moste impressed with was (a) the mouthfeel. Incredible creamy and rich, and (b) It completely masks the alcohol. I didn't know that I was drink a beer with 12.20% abv.

Photo of caminiti
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jihad on my tongue.
Poured into my favorite English Pint glass, stolen from somewhere some time ago, deep orange without a lot of head, which is fine by me.
A lot of yeast, a lot of fruit (apples, apricot?) and a lot of aroma, as well as a lot of alcohol, all attack your tastes at the same time, and stay around for a while.
A good beer for Weyerbacher, which puts out fine brews, but I would probably stay away from this one unless its being shared (22 oz. too much for one sitting) or enjoyed with some strong foods.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz cold bottle purchased from Abe’s in Bethlehem for $2.25. Wanted to try this one for a little while to see if it stacks up to the style. Poured into a chalice and enjoyed while watching the latest episode of the Office. Medium brown color with a bit of creamy tan head the fades and leaves no lace. Maybe I don’t pour aggressively enough, I don’t seem to get much head on most of my beers, I don’t know. The smell is dark ripe fruits, fruity esters from the Belgian yeast along with a lot of alcohol. The taste is similar, malt and yeasty flavors duking it out with the alcohol very much apparent, not a lot of malt for balance. Mouthfeel was perhaps a bit too light with a bit too much carbonation which conspired to through everything off. Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength

This beer is not as bad as my score might make it seem. It is good, just not very good at being a quadrupel. It is off on almost every detail--too much yeast fruitiness, not enough malt, not enough body, too much carbonation, no head retention or lacing. The mistakes are small but many ad though it is enjoyable, it definitely doesn’t stack up to the better examples of the style.

Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 984 ratings.