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Quad - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,006
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 27
Gots: 106 | 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 kpantz
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: This is a 2003 vintage QUAD. I took a fresh one of these on my honeymoon back in '03. Has it aged like my marriage? Let's find out.

Appearance: Nearly opaque mahogany with a thin khaki head. Lacing is quite nice.

Smell: Musty fruits - raisins, dates, figs. Buttery malt in the nose as well. Just has that aged ale smell to it - I've encountered this aroma with many older barleywines and some of those J.W. Lees ales.

Taste: Still seems like a quadruppel, but to be honest, I don't think I'd be able to identify it as such without knowing what I was drinking. Can definitely get the belgian yeast flavor, so maybe I'd have a shot. Definite alcohol warmth working with this one as well as a good helping of date/plum/raisin and even some floral characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Thick but not syrupy. Low carbonation. Actually pretty nice here.

Drinkability: Not exactly the sort of thing you'd grab a sixer of and head into the garage. She's a sipper for sure, and the complexity of it leaves my palate tired after the glass.

Photo of Kendo
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A 12 oz bottle poured into an Augustijn goblet (or is it a chalice?). The result? A murky brownish/chestnut red body with only the faintest hint of a head that disappears before I can blink, settling to a tiny patch of film in the center of the glass. Absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

S: Yeasty -- there's a hint of that Belgian yeasty spice (clove, banana bread); fruity -- green apples come to mind; and malty -- sugary sweet caramel turns to bubblegum as it warms. And butterscotch rum. Is there such a thing as butterscotch rum? Because I swear I can smell it as it warms -- the alcohol really wafts up at your nose beginning about halfway down the glass.

T: Dark fruit -- rum-soaked berries and port-like raisins. Also molasses and caramelized burnt sugar. And alcohol. LOTS of alcohol. The warmth -- no, check that, the BURN -- is felt down the gully and in the belly immediately. Also at the back of the throat, even more so as it warms. I wrote "HOT finish" and that pretty much describes the alcohol presence.

M: Medium-to-heavy in heft. A bit too much carbonation/fizz early on. It actually becomes smoother as it warms, except then the alcohol kicks in. I swear I can feel the alcohol evaporating from my mouth as it warms.

D: This is a sipper, not a quaffing beer. But then, you'd know that immediately after the first sip from the alcohol burn. If for some reason that lesson didn't register then, it will soon enough -- halfway down the glass I've got a nice buzz, and at about the same time it starts to smell more like hard liquor than beer. On the other hand, given the interesting flavors and the smooth feel (especially as it warms), it's not all that difficult to keep coming back for more. Plus, I actually like catching a buzz from my beer, so there.

Notes: My first foray into the wonderful world of quads. I believe this has been in my cellar for at least a year. I've got another single sitting in the cellar, and I'm curious how it will age and how my expanding experience with quads will affect my opinion on this. I should note again for the record: the alcohol on this one really packs a punch. I need a nap now. G'night.

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

Appearance: A nice brown with a big head.This is a very noble auburn brown color with a creamy 2 finger head. The lacing was heavy.

Smell: Almost overpowering aroma of caramel and brown sugar with hints of cherries, plums, and grapes.

Taste: Some nice toasted malts with caramel and brown sugar. The dark fruits and brown sugar / caramel. There are some hops here but its just enough to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp. Has a moderately dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a big beer and definitely deserved to sipped and appreciated.

Photo of kernalklink
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This quad looked great on the pour- a light cloudy amber with nice carbonation, but surprisingly little lace. Aromas dominated by estery fruits, nice and clean orchard flavors, bananas and definite boost from the belgian yeasts. Candi sugars dominate the taste, somewhat raw but not overly sweet. Alcohol and spice finish the brew- both come on very strong. The unmasked alcohol is this brews only detriment and the only way i was be able to tell that it wasnt Belgian in pedigree. Sticky, heavy finish that wasn't too dry and left me wanting more.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. They were offering side by side comparisons of the QUAD with the just released barrel aged Blasphemy.

A - Dark mahogany amber color with about a finger of fluffy off-white head.

S - Sweet sugar, cherries, raisins, and plum. There is very little alcohol present in the nose, which is surprising considering the high ABV.

T - Fruity and sweet. Notes of cherry, molasses, spicy yeast, and even a touch of fig.

M - Rather smooth and definitely not as full of alcohol as I was expecting this beer to be. Full bodied but a little light on the carbonation.

D - Certainly a sipping beer due to the richness and the high alcohol content. But, be careful this one is deceiving in the booze dept. and can sneak up on you.

Photo of NoLiberty
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Pours a clear copper-red with rich gold colored trimming and deep blood-orange center. A good amount of carbonation leaves a persistent but thin head throughout the glass and the drink. Nice edging but not much lacing despite the high alcohol.

Aroma: Big fruity-sweet nose of sugar, peaches, lilies, and cut grass; quite nice. Some warming alcohol comes through, but again, only mildly in comparison to the strength. Slight spice in the far back of the nose.

Taste: Tastes like a milder version of the nose characteristics. Front is rather dry with tart grapes but light overall and follows through with more sweetness and stronger fruit middle. Finishes moist, with strong sweet candy-fruit flavors, some phenolic characteristics and whallop of alcohol, that which has been missing the rest of the time. While alcohol is present at the end it's by no means overpowering and expected for this style.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, medium-full bodied and slightly tongue-smacking from the alcohol. Liquid is viscous and bold but not syrupy.

Drink: Yeah, really nice for the size and good on the budget too so I'd definitely have a few of these and look for a few more later.

Photo of aaronh
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Lupe
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of oelergud
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.


Photo of Braudog
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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)

Photo of nriech
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.08/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of guinnessfan
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of klewis
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.76/5  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.

Photo of dherling
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of drinknewbelgium
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of EPseja
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of auntfloyd
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of AlexJ
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of clabaugh
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of mobyfann
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,006 ratings.