Quad | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Todd on 10-17-2001

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter glass. Almost no head. Rich and spicy, Belgian malt, with flavor that you expect from a good quad. But the overall feel was disappointing. I suspect the year it spent in a warehouse or back room and the lack of head could explain it. Must try it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into Central Waters snifter.

Light toffee color with ruby highlights where the light strikes the most. Head is thin and off-white, almost beige, probably a fingernail thick.

Smells like a circus peanut! Lots of purple grape too, with plum, peach, more circus peanut, and sweet orange.

Flavor has lots of sweet goodness - sweet bread, bright plum, circus peanut candy, grape skin, and a finish of caramel, maple nut, faint clean hops, and the signature Weyerbacher astringent boozy alcohol.

Feel is boozy and thick at the same time, which gives the impression of a cutting thin-ness, but the syrup quality keeps it afloat to give an overall thick-type feel. Lots of burning alcohol and burning CO2.

Overall, this is a really good Quad. People might not like the off-setting boozy presence, but overall this beer delivers...and you FEEL it right away. This thing gets your blood-alcohol level spiking quickly. Nice pleasant buzz going on halfway through the glass.

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Photo of Herbabee
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i admittedly favor quads, and so snapped up the last 4-pack at nearby grocer for a new try. bottle date 12/2017. was capped, thus I couldn't do the ritual uncaged-uncorking projectile test (it's gotta have enough thrust to hit the ceiling in my humble split-level foyer - approx. 15 ft from ground zero - in order to qualify, haha).

Pour yielded a surprisingly, highly-effervescent head of bubbles, but alas diminished so fleetingly - it can't even be provoked to resurface after a slightly vigorous snifter-swish.

Look up to a window with available light showed it was not so very opaque as some of the richer competitors (oh horrors!). But a pleasing ruby-purple plum with lower particulates swimming around in a chill-out trance dance.

Nose up to the glass on a deep inhale conveys a notable bit of alcohol burn, but with the requisite dark fruits and deep musk often attributed to the style, that keep it from feeling like you're just huffing flammables.

Taste - sweet oh for sure, but suitably balanced by the inherently opposing forces one would come to expect with the style (i'll leave all the nuancing to those with more perceptive hardwiring than I).

Palate and throat detect the sweetness and fruitiness, but again balanced enough to completion with a satisfying swallow.

Bloodstream - well, with an ABV of >11%, it's drunk as a (Trappist) monk. Jollity.

I know of one place that probably still houses a cask without having to special order/pull teeth. might have to claim for a worthy addition to the cellar collection. Shall put this one in a blind taste test/square-off with another vaulted fave, Lost Abbey's 'Judgment Day.'

Kudos to the crew just 100 miles NE upstate of me~

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Photo of ajm5108
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appropriate dark plum color, head is lacking. Aroma is sweet & cola-heavy - prune, plum etc, but a little cloying. Taste is a bit flat, some dark fruit flavors, mild phenol, cola, grape / plum, but something about it just seems light & posturing. Has all the elements of a quad but none of the artstry. Fine but unexceptionable.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

4oz pour on tap at Brewery
Opaque dark Brown with thin white head
Brown sugar, dark fruit
Burnt caramel sugar, dates, figs,  boozy yeasty finish
Thick syrupy, boozy, average carb
Overalk a typical quad with all those dark fruit flavors in there

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Photo of FLima
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light brown color with a thin head that disappeared rapidly.
Aroma with notes of prunes, pine, chocolate, molasses, apples, a bit of booze, cherries, roses and wood.
Sweet flavor with lots of molasses, prunes, pine, booze, toasted malts, honey, apple puree and candi sugar. Dry aftertastes with a medium bitterness and an alcoholic finish.
Liquorish body with mild carbonation and sticky feeling. Alcohol of 11.8% has a flavorful quality.
What a sugar bomb. Very one-dimensional; yeast played no phenolic or ester role.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: July 19, 2018... OCCASION: another beautiful summer day in need of a nice drink.... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde tulip... pours a dark amber body, almost a brown tea consistency, holding a ring of thin white bubbles... thick, boozy red grapes, heavy plasticized ether, grapefruit, prune, plum, bourbon, caramel, cilantro, and roasted malts.... sips as a lab beaker might, drips at a time, warming and thick with a cough syrupy sweetness.... a slow burn lingers... somewhat dry and buttery... its strength is in its weighty plum and bourbon, smooth and satisfying, with caramel, toffee, and peat... this wins with its late nutty finish, its malty base, its caramel sweetness, and an overblown 11.9% ABV that slowly uncoils its wallup.... have had better, tastier, dark ales, but this is solid enough...

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Photo of PorterIhardlyKnowHer
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greg_ehr
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent taste and a nice kick.

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Photo of Oktoberfest
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Five ounce pour from Crafted and Cured in Dayton. It has a very sweet, cherry taste with the cherry becoming more prominent at the finish. This is really good.

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Photo of SSGCujo
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WynnO
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hkyplyr73
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/18/17.Looks very healthy with a nice off white foamy head approx 1.5". About a 24 on the SRM color index. Smell is somewhat mild with hints of pear,molasses,ethanol. Tastes is surprisingly fresh and crisp.Feels Almost dry. This big boy rates in at 11.4 ABV. Overall this is very delicious. Another year will greatly improve in my opinion. I think I have 1or 2 left.

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Photo of chiefz1
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zaktcc
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KEH
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hmmm... where to start. Belgian Quads are my favorite style of beer, which are also quite challenging to find where I live. This finally came in at a local grocery store. I had to resist the urge to buy a whole 4-pack, and only went home with 2. I'm glad I did!

It's got the right color! As some other reviewers noted, the head dissipates almost instantly (kinda like a soda that's going flat,) and it smells very strongly of amyl acetate (not a good thing if you're trying to please my palate.) Seriously, it smells almost like banana-flavored Laffy-Taffy! Fortunately the flavor isn't as strong as the odor, but still a definite, and dominant presence. I do enjoy a malty beer, and this certainly has some decent malt character going on... but not much as far as any of the other "dark fruit" that one might expect from the style.

I'm not in a hurry to open the second bottle. Maybe it'll improve if it sits for a year, or two.

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Photo of Vylo
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drunkenmess
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-hunter
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 11.8% abv

Appearance- Pours a reddish brown mahogany, High light brown effervescent head recedes fast. After all the fizzing the head is gone. Intermediate clarity.

Smell- Belgian yeast, prunes, caramel, spice

Taste- Belgian yeast smoothly mixes with a raisin/grape blend of flavor. The barrage of dark fruit persists, turning into a heavier prune flavor as the body of this bold beer picks up. Becomes earthy was well, wit ha bit of oakiness. Finishes a touch bitter, with a hint of coriander and pepper.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A great, to the point quad. Quite a fitting name as simply "Quad", as this is what is is, nothing less nothing more. Showcases how dark fruit flavors mix with Belgian yeast. Great label art as well, suggesting this beer is best served in a snifter with bread and bleu cheese.

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Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobier10
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased from the brewery.

Off the pour, the color is beautiful on this. Deep amber mixed with copper. Great clarity. Strong head off the initial pour but it dies down fast and eventually disappears altogether after a few minutes. Zero lacing or any trace of head on the beer by the end.

Aroma is filled with fruit; cherry, raisin, fig, and alcohol. The flavor builds upon this with huge waves of sweetness. Fruit and spice dominate the palate. Medium-full bodied.

The sweetness just gets too cloying for me after a while. I'm laying down my other bottle if this in the cellar and will report back in a year.

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Photo of cprigmore
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much head; batch was only bottled in November. Will let this sit a year, then drink again. Sucked it down pretty quick, which means I should give it a higher taste score!

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Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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