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Quad - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

902 Ratings
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Ratings: 902
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 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
Photo of hoppymeal


4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish copper to murky brown, basically zero head just some effervescence. Smell is slightly tart green apples, lemon meringue pie, sweet malt, spiced breads, and alcohol at the end. Taste follows the smell with some nice tart fruit up front quickly followed by sweet biscuity-ness and malts with a clove, cinnamon and a little pepper spice, and finishes with a very nice warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some peppery tingle and a slightly dry alcohol finish. Very good beer overall, very complex aromas and flavors that all blended very well together, alcohol is also very well balaned for its strength. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 22:55:49 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Not as carbonated as most quads, was really hoping for a towering foamy head. This one fizzed out quickly and is holding on desperately around the edges of the glass. The body itself is a cloudy cider color with peach hilights.

S: Caramel, licorice, banana, candi sugar and peach.

T: Sweet and malty, fruity flavors of strawberry, bananas and figs. Tingly sensation on the tongue like licorice. Sort of cloying and thick like cough syrup. Aftertaste is like cinnamon apples sauce. Alcohol not hidden well.

M: Thick, chewy and syrupy.

D: Too sweet for my tastes. Not balanced as well as traditional quads.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 04:13:58 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of expatsteve


4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Great copper/raisin color with orange hues; medium high clarity and high viscosity (plenty of thick legs on the glass with this one). No head and no lacing.

Aroma: Immediate distracting smell of alcohol out of the bottle, followed by sourdough malts, raisins, and molasses.

Taste: Holy spectacular beer, Batman - this beer might be one of the best balanced big beers I think I've ever tasted. Toffees, raisins, apple cider and apricots, with a bready finish that reminds me faintly of roasted soybeans. Malts are almost bock-like in development, but balanced by fruity notes as well. Booze is well balanced, and not apparent on the front or middle palates.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with remarkably low carbonation and not too heavy a body.

Drinkability: Ridiculously drinkable beer that could easily fool with its balanced flavor. Enjoy one or six of these. Probably should be acknowledged that this isn't necessarily a quad in the style of Belgian Abt beers, but is nonetheless a remarkably well-crafted brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 20:12:18 | More by expatsteve
Photo of Vancer


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, impressive, another winner from Weyerbacher.

Right from the start, you know it’s gonna be good – a amber pour topped by a thick ivory head – lacing all the way down.

Quite an aroma of malty green apples – actually a first for me.

And, of course, a superb blend of bourbon mash, hints of Belgium yeast, along with the sugar cane candy – intermixed with winter spices.

Thick and chewy for a quadruple, chunks flew outa the bottle at the end. Super oily. Holy cripe, never noticed the 12.2% until I read the BA listing of it.

A very tasty sipper, I wish I had several in the cellar for future evenings – around 2008.

Cheers to BeerBeing!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 02:50:12 | More by Vancer
Photo of

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dark gold with some red. Little head despite strong pour. Aromas were malt, cotton candy, some citrus poking through. Taste was primarily malt, hints of coffee and grape?, some metallic note and pepper/heat from the alcohol. Mouthfeel was slick, carbonation felt minimal. Overall, felt a little rough, might benefit from some aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 13:33:31 | More by
Photo of errantnight


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As much as my reaction to Prophecy was: "I think I hate it" and was tempered by my further drinking, this excellent brew brought: "I think I love it," with only a slight tempering as it warmed and the alcohol came on a little strong down the stretch.

A shady, hazy straw/hay (almost copper) with minimal head and lacing, it has that glow of alcohol about it that sucks me in.

It brings a wonderful raisin-y sweetness that's not too much and is just barely balanced by a hint of hoppy bitterness and alcohol bite, but really a zesty touch of yeast creates a complexity that makes the entire glass a delight. Served just a shade too cold, it really blossoms when it reaches a more desireable cellar temp, but the alcohol dominates more than perhaps it should towards the end.

All in all, an excellent brew. A great dessert offering with cheese and fruit.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 19:14:49 | More by errantnight
Photo of mcallister


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very cloudy, dirty looking copper color, or say a dirty penny. Looks good! Hardly any head to speak of as well as little lacing.

This smells like a barleywine almost. Big thick caramel malt, toffee, fig, alcohol, brown sugar, hints of hops, raisins. Very complex aromas hard to keep my head out of this one.

First thing that comes to mind after a sip is MALT. Wow this is malt bomb. Hides the alcohol extremely well. Not picking up as many of the subtleties as the nose but still good thick complex flavors. Very drying to the toungue, big toffee flavors, roasted caramel malt, nutmeg, hazelnut, and fig. Lacking in hops to balance the malt. Still very reminiscent of an barleywine or old ale.

Thick malty mouthfeel, very creamy. Large rustic tannins. I like it!

The high alcohol seems to only really affect the nose, not much in the mouth, yet because it is 12% hardly a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 21:41:10 | More by mcallister
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful glowing copper amber and strawberry color with the strawberry notions amplifying immensely when held to the light. The pale woody head was exceptionally creamy and lasted until the end as it was sustained by a field of slow bubbles creeping up the sides of my tulip. This left behind a delicate spider web of lace. The light from my window is shining through my glass, casting a shadow with brilliant strawberry glow in the middle of it.

Smells oddly of cheese wiz and an old, dirty yeast with just a touch of golden raisins and prunes. As I “look” closer into this smell, the cheese wiz is really a blend of the other flavors and if I concentrate, I can sort them out, but it is distracting none the less. The alcohol is also exceptionally present, but it is joined with a musky oak to tone it down a bit.

The flavor starts very dry with an earthy oak that creeps under my tongue. There’s a nice nutty dryness here as well. The smoother flavor starts with a grainy malt that melts over my tongue that release some notions of peach, red wine and fig. The alcohol comes through in the finish and lingers on with a drawn-out peppery dryness. When the dryness fades, I’m left with an almond and butter smoothness.

The mouth feel is heavy, but very clean. I must say that it’s unusual that it is so dry and clean, but heavy with a tiny carbonation that roughens up the smoothness just enough to grab my attention.

This one’s a new take on the style for me, but stunningly complex, intriguing and rather tasty. The mouth feel that reminds me of raw silk is a new one for me as well. As far as drinkability goes, this one’s alcohol content comes through a little obviously. The next bottle’s going straight to the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 22:48:41 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of Prufrock


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

clear light orangeish amber with a touch of white head that falls quickly and leaves strings of lace.

very nice aroma: fruity, malty, and bready, with a touch of varnished woodiness. bubblegum, cherries, bananas, grapes, plums, and raisins. a touch alcoholic and rummy.

same notes and complexity in the flavor. medium-high carbonation with a heavy, thick mouthfeel; smell suggests it might be cloying but it's not at all. alcohol is very well-hidden. nicely complex and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 03:58:25 | More by Prufrock
Photo of BrewMan13

New York

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the most impressive appearance: no head whatsoever, minimal carbonation and a clear mahogany color. I expect a large head on a typical Belgian-style beer or at least some head. As it is, it just looks lifeless.
Smells of bubblegum and alcohol...tastes of bubblegum as well. Seriously, this is only the 2nd or 3rd beer that I've had with a bubblegum smell/taste (the others were quads also) and it is very prominent here, in both respects. Also some dark fruits and a hint of alcohol in the taste. No grainy, roasted or really any "typical" malty or hoppy flavors/aspects. Very interesting...I really liked it at 1st, and the more I drink it the less I like it. Still good stuff though.
Smooth mouthfeel, but its also on the thin side, especially for a brew of this strength. More body would do it good.
Quads seem to vary quite a bit depending on whomever brews them. The most similar quads to this, to me, are La Trappe and Avery The Reverand.
While not great, its certainly respectable and I give props to Weyerbacher for taking a stab at the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 03:49:26 | More by BrewMan13
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

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

I dearly love a good quadruple and this is a good one. I bought a six pack and drank several over a period of months before writing this review. Pours a clear amber with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, at this point no alcohol in the aroma though i remember some when it was fresh. Candy sugar and dried fruit as well. Taste is sharp like a dry white wine??? Sweetness is there but fades to a lingering dry-hop finish. Some candy sugar, some dried fruit? Despite the gravity this is a medium bodied brew. A drinkable if somewhat potent brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 03:43:48 | More by Citadel82
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only 40 some quads on file? People need to start making more quads.
A pretty smooth drinkin beverage. I can tell how Merry Monks and this are related. Plenty of alcohol soaked fruits to be found. Spiced soaked fruit medley. Clove, maybe. Some pepperyness. Vanilla extract? Baked goods come to mind.
Definately a bargain for the style at $12 for a 6 pack. A twelve ounce bottle could serve one for quite some time.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 06:30:54 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of scooter231

New York

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

Deep dark ruby color with a slightly tan head and a hint of lacing. Clear, but dark. Smells potent. Alcohol, dark fruits. Brown sugar, maybe... definitely a candied smell. Perhaps caramel, maybe even vanilla. Sweet, potent, bursting with aroma.

Taste is potent as well. Slightly alcoholic, not too overwhelming though. Lots of dark fruits. Definitely more candiedness. A good sort of bitter, barely there hoppyness and breadyness balance out the sweetness, making this more than a dessert beer or nightcap. Mouthfeel is slick and this beer goes down easy. Very sneaky... alcohol is warming, but you still forget it's so high. A very drinkable brew, tasty and deceptive.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 05:49:22 | More by scooter231
Photo of plaid75

New York

2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber hue with little to no carbonation.

The upfront smell was that of alcohol, followed by accents of clove, coriander and dried fruit.

As far as taste, there was an initial bombardment of alcohol, followed by a spicy raisin or prune flavor. Unfortunately the alcohol dose numbed my tastebuds and I am afraid I couldn't realize the full flavor profile.

The mouthfeel was subpar. The strong alcohol burn essential killed it for me.

Although the flavor was off, it was drinkable even considering the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 01:28:58 | More by plaid75
Photo of Contra

New York

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can remember buying a 6-pack of this stuff after trying Weybacher's "Blithering Idiot" and thinking they were so similar that I couldn't see why they made two beers so similar. Now that I've had more experience, I just have to laugh at that. Certainly they have a rather comparable flavor, but each one is unique. I also was not too familar with Belgian beers at the time.

At any rate, the beer pours into a light-maple color, with a mild amount of carbination. The finish is unbelievably smooth, and despite having a strong alcohol content, is remarkably even (Weyerbacher's website claims it's 11.8%, but this website lists 12.2%). Flavor is fairly complex, with tones of dates/fig (probably why I thought it was so similar to "Blithering Idiot"), hints of bananna, and the overall taste of a Belgian quadrupel. It's an excellent take on a familar style.

Weyerbacher's website recommends allowing to age, and I'm fairly tempted to buy a 6-pack and store it in my basement cellar. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 22:04:02 | More by Contra
Photo of gotbeer


2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this one into an oversized snifter, and it appeared like a good Quad should. Decent head retention, and a dark, almost opaque brown.

The smell was average for this style, but the taste lost me. Lots of solvent alcohol... it's a boozy mess. The aftertaste of alcohol overwhelms the qualities of this brew. Some raisen and fruit tastes struggle to be seen. The mouthfeel was average, but I was swallowing quick. I tried to let the beer warm a little to room temp, but that didn't bring out any additional qualities. It may have subdued the alcohol a little, but it wasn't enough.

Drinkability would be low at this ABV, but even lower considering other examples of this style.

All in all, not my favorite. I'm a fan of many Weyerbacher brews, so this one was a dissapointment. For Quads I'll stick with St. Bernardus Abt. 12 or Rochefort 10 as the benchmarks of how one should taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 01:13:54 | More by gotbeer
Photo of Phatz


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW! That’s it... My entire review is simply summed up as WOW! ...Oh that’s not enough characters :) okay I'll write more.

I got this beer out and let it warm for an hour on the counter. Served in my snifter glass.

Appearance: This is a very noble auburn brown color with a nice 2 finger, solid/tight creamy off-white head. The lacing is impressively heavy. There was an amazing stream of carbonation rising from the middle of the glass that kept feeding the head, which remained frothy through the duration of the beer.

Smell: From the moment I cracked the bottle open I got a huge burst of aroma; exceptional! There was an instant onslaught of toasted malts and brown sugar. Browned butter and baked caramel fill the nose as well. There is also a brilliant bouquet of fruity flavors include but not limited to grapes, plums and cherries.

Taste: Toasted sweetness galore! Marvelous! As in the aroma, the taste has a strong toasted malt presence. Lots of plums and dark fruits parallel the buttery, sugars; but it is not cloyingly sweet! There is a very mild dryness/bitterness coming from a *very* reserved hop presence and an ABV that you would never know was over 12% through the taste. At the bottom of the glass, it'll catch up to you. :) There is also a slightly woody character, similar to a Woodford Reserve Bourbon. This beer is magnificently balanced and a true work of art!

Mouthfeel: Would I be gushing to call this divine? Every swallow begged for the next sip. The mouthfeel is remarkably smooth with a slick center and slightly crisp edge. The aftertaste reveals a hint of bitter dryness that is just the nudge I needed to put the glass to my lips again. OOPS; now that ABV is making itself known!

Drinkability: This is defiantly a nightcap beer. On shear smell, taste and feel I'd give it a 5; but these big beers are far from sessionable. So consider this one a sipping beer and finish the night with it. I highly recommend! Well-done Weyerbacher!

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 08:10:02 | More by Phatz
Photo of Shovelbum


4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No freshness date, but it's been in my cellar for about 5 months. It's brethern await a future session.

Pours a silky light tan head over a glowing orb of deep amber. Head receds leaving a few bands and dots of lace. Aromas of spice and sweet malt reach my nose before I’ve even raised my tulip. There’s also a bit of earth and some floral hops in the nose. Rich malt leads the flavors accompanied by a nice, yet mild, pepper and coriander spiciness. Some mild berry-like flavors and a decent wallop of earth as well. The hop are earthy and contribute a subtle balancing bitterness. A generous sweetness, but it’s definitely not slick, cloying or overpowering-- well-balanced by the other components of the beer. Full bodied, low carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with a clean to mildly dry finish and just a nip of alcohol at the end.

A study of balance. Great complexity and interesting layers of flavor and aroma. Some may find the malt to be a bit on the heavy-handed side, but I find the ale to be well-balanced overall. Then again, I do love malt. The mouthfeel is extraordinary: soft and full, but not overbearing. This ale fills the mouth and mind.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 23:15:25 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of TastyTaste


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper orange colored body, hazy, visible carbonation. Head is big, but fades fast into a thin film of tan foam. Taste is rather one dimmensional, really. Mellow toffee sweetness and raisins kind of dominate this beer, with a little pineapple and apple in the aftertaste. I can't call this beer bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it lacks the finish and complexity of a top notch example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 04:50:00 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of copasetic


2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rusty brown color with a thin, quickly dissolving head. The smell is strong malt and alcohol. The first taste is wicked malty and alcoholic. Very much like many barleywines I've tried, but minimally hoppy. The tarty, fruity funkiness that I've gotten used to in most Belgians is noticable, but drowned in malt and alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat fizzy.

Not the delight I was expecting and this beer seems out of balance to my tastes. I'm a fan of many barleywines and Belgians, but I'm not sure where this one is going.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 20:52:10 | More by copasetic
Photo of mattpetti

New Jersey

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

This is my second time having the Quad by Wyerbacher. The first time it was a year old and at the beginning of my beer tasting career. Now with alittle more experience im trying it again. I really enjoyed the first one i had. I can't really say i enjoyed this one though, but i can say that it has lots of potential. Starts with a pour into a snifter, with a decent head, and a minimal amount of lacing. The color is tha of a hazy copper with some light redish golden highlights. The smell had some raison, plum, and alot of young alcohol. The taste was more of the same and still there is too much going on in there. I expected the bere to be alittle more full bodied, but it was very light on the tongue. It had a lot of coating due to the alcohol which seamed to seep the pores of my mouth with a slight twang of tart at the very end. I dont think i could handle more than one of these at a time right now. There is too much alcohol presence in ther to make this beer enjoyable. Im rating this a 4.0 on taste for its potential. I say buy a 6'er, let it age, then try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 08:35:09 | More by mattpetti
Photo of cubedbee


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle 12 oz, labeled Vintage '04 from Shawan liquors, poured into a Duvel tulip. Pours a dull red tinged copper with a huge cream colored head, very nice retention, small amount of scattered lacing. Nose is rather fruity--pear, plum, berries, red apple--some candied sugar sweetness and a definite walnut nuttiness, along with an alcoholic edge. Taste is very good, the sweetness in the nose comes through light and delicately rather than cloying, nice complex alcohol-laced fruitiness, a slightly woody/nutty malt, a flavorfully spicey finish, everything comes together nicely. The alcohol is definitely evident, but it melds with the flavors excellently, tasting like rum-soaked fruit, and for it's abv this is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 19:56:50 | More by cubedbee
Photo of jaluria


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasently suprised with this beer. I was sort of expecting a tasteless, lack luster beer, but it was not that way at all.

Poured a slightly cloudy orange-copper color with a mild level of carbonation and a soft, white colored head that left behind some lacing. Aromas of Belgian candy, alcohol, ripe grapes, dried plums, and burnt honey. The taste essentially followed the scents with a strong fruity finish. It was the intensity of the fruit flavors at the tale end of each sip that caused me to deduct points for taste; it seemed a bit out of proportion in relation to the various other flavors. The candy and honey flavors really added a nice sweet touch to this Quadrupel and made it unique in that is created a flush of sweetness all over my tongue in the first few sips without blowing out my taste buds. The drinkability is high with this beer because it is so flavorful and enjoyable and the alcohol just doesn't explode like you might expect considering it's over 12% ABV

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 14:34:25 | More by jaluria
Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 902 ratings.