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Quad - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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915 Ratings
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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 21
Gots: 74 | 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 Wonka
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

12 fl oz.
No date; it would be great to have a date to link to its maturation characteristics
65 degrees

Appearance – clear orange-brown, like commercial sweetened iced tea; reasonable lace; head sets up and disappears early except where the glass meets the ale
Smell – the air rushed out at opening and I caught an early whiff of spice and sweetness along with an alcohol zip, grain, raisin, cherry, prune
Taste – big flavor; big malt; alcohol pops out early; bitter, peppery and a bit dry at the end
Mouthfeel & Drinkability – the dry end lends to running for another sip; sturdy body; somewhat syrupy; smooth but this one needs to sit for a year or two to get its sea legs

Wonka, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4/5  rDev +3.9%

let me first say that i hate hate HATE weyerbacher's labels. the fonts, the pictures, the caps.. what the hell are you people thinking? -1.0 for appearance based on that.

12oz bottle.

appearance is a nice amber color with a thin crown which leaves an intricate lace.. this must be a thick, dense, syrupy beer.

aroma is of oranges, malt, cloves. it's a pleasant scent, reminiscent of other american wannabe-quadrupels which are more like barleywine IMO.

tasting brought my opinion of weyerbacher back up after the tragic merry monks. has enough density and malt to be a quad, but has the back end bite and complex sweetness of an am. barleywine. these probably should spend 6 months in the cellar, but still dangerously drinkable and the sixer will be gone soon.

goodbyeohio, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of sprackops
2.1/5  rDev -45.5%

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a grey and purple label. No freshness date. Poured into a 14oz chalice.

Appearance: Slightly red shade of brown. Very cloudy. Minimal head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Over-ripe bananas, apples and brown sugar. No detectable hops presence, but plenty of alcohol.

Taste: More of the bananas, apples and brown sugar found in the nose. Very sweet and very alcoholic. If there are any hops in here, I can't taste them. Unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Quite syrupy. Leaves the tongue feeling sticky for a long while.

Drinkability: All of the above qualities plus the ABV taken into consideration, I don't think I'll be having a second.

Comments: Though I want to like them, I just don't think I'll ever enjoy Weyerbacher's Belgian styles. Saying nothing about the matter of balance, something about the yeast strain simply doesn't agree with me. Like Merry Monks, this is what I imagine prison hooch tastes like; rotten bananas and alcohol gone wild.

sprackops, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

My favorite style - so I tried it. Ridiculously high alcohol, but it didn't taste that high. Very sweet and creamy but taste felt weak. Fizzy carbonation also contributed to Dry acidic aftertaste Medium mouthfeel. Below average for that I have tried in this style.

Sammy, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +3.9%

12ozer bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head above the viscous, light copper brew. Head lasts well, and lacing is good for the style. Aroma is spicy malts, with a tinge of alcohol, as expected. Taste is similar to the nose, with somewhat spicy Belgianish malts giving way to a warming, not harsh, alcohol presence. The Beast, this is not. Mouthfeel and drinkability both good for the style. Give it a try.

ppoitras, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

This one was a hazy amber brew that poured with less than one finger of head. I expected a bit more head than that.

The aroma was of rich heavy malt, musty and earthy, slightly sweet, and a little fruity. Quite complex.

The taste was slightly bitter, with rich, earthy slightly roasted malt tastes, hints of toffee, and a good amount of alcohol warmth. Also quite complex, but not all that well balanced in my opinion.

In spite of that, and in spite of the high ABV, this one is VERY deceptive. I could down three of these and be blotto without trying hard.

connecticutpoet, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

This poured out an opaque brown color with a slightly red hue. A tall head of beige foam formed a top the body and rose from the glass. As the head drops down to a bubbly cap sticky rings of lace are left to decorate the glass. Smells of sweet dark ripe fruit rose from the glass with a bit of spicy caramel covered malt mixing in as. A slight smell of alcohol creeps in as this warms but it only adds to the experience. Fruit hits the palette first with a light spicy sweetness that is met with a caramel flavor. There was a good bit of spice in this as well that also was present in the bitter lingering after taste. Very complex flavor with only the slightest hint of the huge alcohol on the aftertaste. The body felt a little thinner than most quads but was creamy and pleasing. Drinkability is good with no negative alcohol presence and a very complex flavor. I will be picking up a few more of these next time I see them and recommend you try this if you haven’t.

meathookjones, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

2003 vintage. This one pours a very nice deep opaque amber with really no head to speak of. 12.2% abv will do that I suppose. The first smell has some fruity malt tones...I seem to smell bananas, grapes, some orange peels. A nice spicy scent as well..can't really place it. The smell is very nice and complex...alcohol is well hidden...it's there but not at all overwhelming.

The first sip is wonderful...sweet caramel malt mingles with the fruit and spice tones. Alcohol is well hidden and the taste is very smooth. This is my first quadrupel, so I am not very familiar with the style, but this brew is making me quite happy. Just had a nice meal and this is the perfect way to finish it off...my dessert if you will. As the brew warms up a bit the complex flavor attacks my palate and begs me to take another sip. A lovely doughy banana bread flavor lingers in my mouth between sips. The mouthfeel is very nice...not too much carbonation and a well rounded body. A pleasure to drink. As far as drinkability...I could definetly have a few of these. I might not be able to walk afterwards...but it's worth it for such a tasty brew that seems to become more intriguing with each sip. I'm glad I have another one to cellar for awhile as this seems to get better with age. I'll update this when I try it again.

My thanks go out to blitheringidiot for the trade and the chance to try this tasty beer.

orbitalr0x, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a medium chestnut brown with a small light beige head that diddipates quickly. Strong fruity esters, marshmallow, fusel alcohols, and very sweet caramel-like malt in the nose. Carbonation seems rather high, it's hard to pick up any flavors other than alcohol because of the spritzy carbonation. I'm going to let it stand and warm for a while and come back to it... Candied fruits, big malt, caramel and toffee, nut-skin like astringency in the finish as well as warming alcohol. Sticky and cloying at times, the flipside of the coin is that the high ABV is pretty well hidden under multiple layers of flavors. It's certainly better in the warmer stages. I shouldn't have left it in the refrigerator so long. There's a lot of flavors going on in this beer, and one flavor doesn't particularly stand out amongst the others, except maybe some caramelized sugar.

crookedhalo, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%

The beer poured amber brown and cloudy hazy. It had the look of weak chocolate milk. The head was white and rose only enough to let you know it was there and then fell like a rock.

The aroma was bananas, strong bananas upon initially pouring the beer into a glass. Later as the beer warmed came a dark caramel and fruitiness. No alcohol aromas were present.

The flavor was molasses and caramelized sugars, with some caramel/burned flavors. Also present were dark fruit flavors and lingering alcohol. Several flavors were present, but no real harmony or complexity emerged.

The finish was slightly sweet and burned caramel/molasses that lasted long into the aftertaste. The body was full. Alcohol warming is huge in this beer, the alcohol presence is not subtle at all.

12 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of nomad
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Aged bottle 1 year old

Pours a dark-amber color, purplish red in low light, with a slight haze to it. Head is even and thickly creamy, leaving fair stain on my chalice. A fair sight well-sustained through the night.

Nose was quite shy - when it finally did come forward it had a cherry character, but unlike any sort of fruit beer or some of the esters that Belgian Grand Cru's or big dark ales give off. Smooth, rounded, and with a malty sweet sense to the black cherry essence. I guess I could say there were flecks of dark spice and dark malts, but they were so slight as to my possible imagination running wild. Again.

Taste is very smooth, and after a year of aging incredibly rounded and without a spot of alcoholic heat or bite. Like its scents, the flavor is best described as plum or black cherry type of flavor, with hints of a smooth and tasty nuttiness gently rippling through. Runs a fine line between barely sweet and a little dry. Mouthfeel is soft and full, almost velvety once its settles into room temperature.

A balanced and solid quadrupel, if you could delineate the characteristics of such a style. Very nice to quaff. Simple but effective.

nomad, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of TagoMago
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a trappist glass.

Appearance: Dark gold with a copper hue. Head fades quickly due to high alcohol.

Smell: Upfront fusal alcohol notes. Malts combine with a sweet fruit character (cherries & plums). Some chocolates present. The yeast provides a rather musty character.

Taste: Full-bodied with light carbonation. Upfront alcohols assault the palate. Sweet malts combine with a cherry-chocolate flavor, with perhaps some plums, clove, and some other spices in the background.

Overall: An excellent example of its style. I wouldn't drink any more than one or two of these in one sitting, though, as this brew clocks in at a staggering 12.2% ABV. The complexities and smoothness in the beer stand out a lot more when consumed at or near room temperature. This beer also ages very well and mellows out nicely over time, so cellar a bottle or two for future enjoyment.

This beer pairs up nicely with port wine cheese.

TagoMago, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of jahred
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

Some final thanks to beerluvr and BIF 6.0 for this bottle, the last of my tasty cross-country-traveling treats.

Pours a reddish, medium brown color, with a thick, foamy white head. Even before I've finished pouring this beer, the scent starts wafting out of the glass. A rather strong, vinous, tangy fruit aroma emerges.

The taste is creamy, fairly sweet, and rather light. As in the scent, tangy, vinous fruit dominates, as does the 12+ % ABV. Did they put cherries in this beer?

The finish is fruity, dry and grainy. Overall, the quad is pretty easy to drink and quite tasty, even if it's not as hugely complex as I'd like.

jahred, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours a pretty, dark copper color with a fluffly whitish head that lacings the glass for a long period of time. This looks good

Smell: Smells of sweetness, sugar, some malts and dark fruits and grapes.

Tastes: Sweet tones of grapes and figs swell the mouth initially. Some malt and slight biscuit tones are noticeable along with caramel. Alcohol is only slightly present and just makes itself known at the very end.

Mouthfeel: This beer is creamy and has a wonderful texture. Carbonation is perfect in this beer.

Drinkability: After checking the site I found out that the ABV is 12.2%. This is supersmooth for such a beer and just warms the mouth just right.

Overall: Simply exceptional. This year is excellent for this beer.

bigbeerdrinka, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%


Slightly opaque deep brown with a half inch of white head that has good retention.


This has a bitter/spoiled fruit quality to it. Not very pleasant.


Has a somewhat medicinal quality to it, but tastes leaps and bounds better than it smells. Flavors consist of anise, cherry (strong), and alcohol.

cbl2, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%

Appearance: A deep ruby color with a tight 1/2" of white that quickly fades to a super thin lace on the surface of the beer.

Smell: Strong alcohol breath in the nose, rich malt, carmelized sugar scents, hints of banana or pear..

Taste: Lighter in the mouth than the smell might suggest, this beer is at once very sweet and full. The alcohol continues to play center stage as the warming esters and sweet carmel malts rush in and out of the taste. Belgian candi sugars can be felt and the strong malt backing gives rise to more banana, pear and cherry flavors, though all subdued. Though in some ways a complex beer, I think this falls short due mainly to the unbalanced alcohol.

Mouthfeel: This is not bad; it's somehow full and slightly viscous while also lightly carbonated and drinkable.

Drinkability: Unfortunately, I could not have many more of these as the alcohol only grows stronger as the beer warms. Not bad to try, and it's commendable for a US brewery to try a quadruple, but nowhere close to being in the same league as the Belgians.

99bottles, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an intense malty aroma which smells really powerful. It has a nice crystal malt arrangement along with a fruity Belgian style finish. The taste is good. It has a rich malty flavor that warms on the finish, but goes down extremely smooth. The Belgian yeast only enhances the taste by mellowing the strong flavor with a nice fruity finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine quadrupel. It has great flavor and a smooth finish; a fine sessions brew.

WesWes, May 15, 2004
Photo of bditty187
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Murky, tawny-crimson in hue, brown influences too with a noticeable highlight of sunset gold, this does have a very attractive color. However the beige head struggled to reach a finger in height, then it quickly faded to a soapy collar. The subsequent lacing was minimal. The potency of the nose is massive; it is very bold with strong, warm alcohol notes upfront. Okay, who am I fooling? The alcohol is found throughout every sniff along with notes of plums, candied-sugar covered raisins, hints of chocolate and bubblegum, and bananas soaked in dark rum. I really like the bouquet, it is forceful and very blunt with the alcohol but the other aromas almost round out the bouquet; still I like it for some reason. Inviting. The palate starts off full-throttle burning alcohol heat. It is unrelenting. It took a few sips before it tired to a point where other flavors could emerge. This is very malty, very rich with notes of plums, raisins, figs, some rum spice, apples, bananas, and distant chocolate. Some of these flavors never play more than a distant supporting role; the plums and raisins do dominate the fruitiness department. A brown sugary sweetness grows with warmth. Oddly the warmer it became the thinner it seem, not only in mouthfeel but taste. The finish is alcohol heat, some pepper, sugar, and green apples. All in all, Quad is a decent beer, it seems a little heavy-handed at times but it is still quite flavorful but probably not as complex as many great Belgian Ales. Medium in body, low carbonation, especially for a beer of this ilk, I must say the low carbonation produces a soft creaminess on the tongue; I like that. This plenty drinkable, I rather liked it; I bet it would be even better after it matured for a few years. Nevertheless I would quaff this on occasion if I had the opportunity. I must say thanks to BIG746 for the BIF 3 delivery! I think this is worth trying at least once.

bditty187, May 10, 2004
Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

The appearance was good, but not what I would expect in a Belgian style beer. Too clear in my opinion, where's the yeast? Personally I like my Belgian style quads and strong darks to be a murky brown. Also a serious lack of head and lace. I poured this almost strait into my goblet, and barely a bubble was raised. The smell was good, slight hint of banana mixed with solvent. Also hints of other fruits like dried raisons and figs. The taste was just slightly better than average. Sweet malts and dried fruits. Just as the smell, figs, raisons and some tropical fruitiness. Also a hint of earthy wooden flavors. I thought the alcohol was masked very well which at 12% is surprising. In fact, that may be the only thing this beer does in an exceptional manor. The mouthfeel compared to other beers of this style, was not quite as rich and pleasing. Not thin, but just not as creamy. Drinkability I rated higher though, being that the high abv is pretty well hidden. This beer is not bad, just not true enough to it's Belgian cousins. It lacks the over all character that the Belgians have. Too homogenized for my taste.

Ieatlambfries, May 03, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

Poured a hazy bronze color with orange highlights. Only a spotty surface head. The aroma was of caramel and yeast. The flavor followed the aroma, as caramel and yeast were joined with a very sweet malt. Only a tiny hint of bitterness with this one, the sweetness was a little overpowering.

Mouthfeel was smooth and flat, and the sweet malt lasted long on the tongue. Heavier bodied and almost no carbonation. This one is a little to sweet to rank any higher on the drinkability scale.

Gavage, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of AbePhroman
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

Little expensive for a local bew, I paid $13.49 for a 6-pack. No complaints here though. Excellent brew.

Poured and amber color, with a strong white head. Good lacing for a quad. Very malty aroma with a a hint of fruitiness (grapes maybe?). Also some clove hints, like the Chimay Grande others have mentioned. This taste knock me away..and over with 12.2% abv. An excellent sipper beer from a great local brewery. I would recommend this to all fans of Belgian style ales. This one will not disappoint.

AbePhroman, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours amber with a cheery tint. Slight off-white ring of lace appears and leaves little of the precious cargo on the glass.
Aromas of sweet malt, chocolate, nuts, cherries and other darker fruits, grain, belgian candy malt, brown sugar. Very complex.
Flavor is Marchino cherries, honey, malt, grain, spicy yeast, coriander and earthy hop tones.
Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky start moving to some moderate spiciness and finishing with a slight bitterness and burning alcohol sensation.
Drinkability is very high, very good beer. Really takes off as it warms. Wouldn't want to operate and heavy machinery after a few of these.
Thanks to beerluvr for the sample.

CRJMellor, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of marc77
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Cellared for a couple years. Turbid bister hue. Head recedes into a thin, dense cream white foam ring due to the alcohol content. Pungent wafts of candied walnut, bourbon soaked prune and banana esters upfront in aroma. Mellow hints of buttery toffee and minty ethanol. Well rounded and welcoming aromawise. Incipient in flavor is a coating, dark, singed caramel sweetness. Complexities arise promptly, with buttered pine nuts and grainy, sweet biscuit arising mid palate. Trace clove. Understated bubblegum ester undertone complements caramel tones. Paltry hop bitterness leaves ample residual sweetness. Ethanol presence augments as the beer breathes, lending a stately, maple sweetened hot toddy presence. Full bodied, with a dextrinous, viscous, but agreeably soft mouthfeel. Well calculated carbonation. Finishes quite clean, with lingering hints of sugary brittle. A tasty "Quadrupel" that's surprisingly understated in yeast derived character. Akin to a Belgian dubbel / English barleywine hybrid on steroids. Well hidden ethanol character. Excellent, at least when aged.

marc77, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

This beer poured a medium red color and formed a small off white bubbyl head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and candy like bubblegum. A hint of the alcohol present is also in the background. A flavor of malt, with a sweetness of candy yet a hint of pine pointing to the heavy alcohol of this beer. The finish is sweet yet astrigent due to this as well. Not a bad beer, and tough to gauge since I have not tried many quads.

Wildman, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

I haven't much experience with Quads but I like this one. I have a quibble with Weyerbacher in that they have a 12% beer that doesn't have the ABV on the bottle. I think to be a responsible brewer, the ABV should be shown on any beer that could affect drinkers who aren't expecting the kick. Luckily, I have BA to tell me what the ABV is.

Anyway, the beer pours a hazy deep red color with a smallish white head. The aroma is a malty fruitiness. There is a definite hint of the grape or currants in the back. The taste is a sweetish malt flavor with a bit of fruitiness at the end. There is a definite comparison to a Chimay Grande. It is a thick beer in the mouth with a refreshing feel to it. It is surprisingly drinkable given the alcohol content. It didn't have the huge kick at the end that some other beers of this ABV have.

That said, I would like to know when this was brewed, but Weyerbacher has no dating on the bottle. This seems young to me. I think in a year or two this will really kick ass.

rdrummer, Mar 29, 2004
Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.