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Quad - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 27
Gots: 105 | FT: 2
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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 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!

Photo of jmz62565
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of bruachan
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Photo of loren01
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of EStreet20
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of trep
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of hoppymeal
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.54/5  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.

Photo of expatsteve
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of Vancer
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

Photo of
3.12/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of errantnight
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of mcallister
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of Prufrock
3.99/5  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.

Photo of BrewMan13
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Citadel82
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.