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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #187
Ranked #12,607
3.91 | pDev: 12.53%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 579 | Ratings: 1,196 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear dark caramel brown pour with thick off-white head. Great lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with dark fruit and darker sugars.

T.F: Semi-sweet toasted grains up front. Brown sugar and caramel. Plum and fig... baked raisin and some yeasty spice. Medium bodied and sticky on the tongue. Boozy... but not overwhelming.

O: A solid American brewed Quad. Not the best of the best but for the availability/price point hard to beat when you want a bigger Belgian style brew.

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Photo of quadmad
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two year old bottle at 12 celsius. Almost flat no head. no bubbles. Strong spiciness on the back of the throat. nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnot yhe best quad, but passable

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Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light brown with red highlights small thin tan head dissipates quickly no lace, nice bottle conditioning though.

Aroma is dark fruits, candi sugars, malt sweetness and light spice.

Taste is sweet malts , some sugars and dark fruits pretty basic but not bad really. Finish is spice form the Belgian yeast some lingering pear and spice. A light bossiness to this one but it doesn't distract. Overall not bad just not as complex and interesting as some in this hard to get right style.

Mouthfeel is only medium which is surprising for the abv pretty mellow on the CO2 though.

Overall not bad but not great either.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Deep rust colored murkiness.

Almost no head or lace.

Pears and sweet malts in the nose; delicious smell!

Medium mouthfeel.

Pear juice, spice and a slight booziness up front. Banana & slight booze on the back. Cinnamon lingers somewhere in there.

Complex and tasty!

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Photo of DeuilEtoiles
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I am from the greatest city in the US (Philadelphia, of course), thus Weyerbacher is local for me. I will strive to keep the distinctly different draft from influencing my review. So, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass. Just for you guys at BA.
As many have said, very little lacing. That doesn’t matter so much to me as others, evidently. I do have some semi-conscious antipathy towards the overall red color. If I wanted Killians I would sleep in an alley.
The smell is quite nice. Standard dark fruit, a hint of something tropical. I am surprised how similar it is to Boulevard’s BBQ, which in my learned opinion is the best beer being brewed that is somewhat available.
Tastes very Quad. If you enjoy the style, you know exactly what I mean. Sweet but not too much so. Again the dark fruit and bananas! Not like that Victory nightmare (some Monkey), but present. I think the alcohol is noticeable but it doesn’t turn me off.
It does have a thin feel for the style. So strange, given the 11.8%.
Well. I like it. Bottles are about $3. Probably less at Weyerbacher but you have to go to Easton which is a non-starter for, well, anyone not from Easton.

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Photo of lastmango
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a beautiful caramel copper color with a one finger fizzy cream head that quickly dissipated to none. No lacing. I am not getting much aroma at all but what I do get is sticky sweet plum/prune. Taste is a bit weak and mostly sweet malt and sugar with some dark fruit followed by a creeping booze flavor on the tail. As another said, this seems thick and thin at the same time. Booze presents kicks in quickly. Carbonation is soft. Did I mention the booze kicking in quickly? ;)

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 2.76 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.230/oz) from the brwery, Easton, PA. Reviewed 4/23/19.
Undated bottle. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Amber, clear. A large quantity of particles remains suspended.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, aggressive center pour), medium density, brownish-yellow, short duration, diminishing to a two mm ring and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – None. As expected for a brew of 11.8% ABV.
First pour – Amber, clear. Second pour amber and lumpy.
Aroma – 4 – Sweet, dark fruit, toffee.
Flavor – 3.5 – Flavor is much weaker than expected based on the nose. It is only slightly sweet, and both the toffee and dark fruit flavors are muddled and barely distinguishable. Gastric warming, however, does occur. No alcohol (11.8% ABV) flavor, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 – The nose is good but the flavor is quad lite.

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Photo of nick_perry
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber color, appears darker at the top of the glass, probably just a trick of the light. Thin white head around the edge of the glass with a lot of rising bubbles. Aromas of dark candied fruit and yeast. Flavor generally matches, with some bubblegum and other general ester notes. Quite alcoholic tasting, and the 11.8% on the label confirms, but it doesn’t give the warming feeling that high alcohol beers usually provide. Afterwards, the glass smelled of spices and cloves, but these flavors weren't present in the beer.

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Photo of dresserinthecorn
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful quad. Quickly dissipating head on top of a deep amber beer leaves a small amount of lacing. The nose is huge on the bananas, I mean huge! The taste is right there with the nose, big banana flavor with very minimal spice and no trace of that 11+% abv. Overall, a great Belgian quad but not as show stopping as I was told.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.77/5  rDev +22%
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 +5.6%
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 +14.3%
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 -6.6%
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 -2.6%
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 -14.1%
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 -3.1%
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 Oktoberfest
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Claude-Irishman
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 KEH
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
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 PA-hunter
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Jacobier10
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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 -1.8%
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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Photo of Beglane
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2-8-17, poured into a tulip. 1/2 inch head faded away to nothing quickly. Beautiful dark copper color, with minimal carbonation. Smells of cloves, bananas sweet caramel, and the taste followed the smell. Aging has definitely improved the flavor it went from decent to world class. I'm barely tasting any alcohol, dangerous stuff! Flavor only improved as it warms. Patience pays off big time!

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Photo of threeviews
4.86/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (BOD: 18 Oct 2017...exactly one month fresh) into a signature Weyerbacher 13oz cuvee/tulip glass.
(I left most of the sediment in the bottle for later consumption)

A - Pour a gorgeous ruby red with a single finger of an off-white colored head. Retention was minimal for a partially bottle conditioned beer. (4.75)

S - Absolutely decadent. Sweet, dark fruits (Cherry, Plum, Raisin) a good dose of caramel malt and a hint of chocolate to round out the nose. (5.0)

T - Taste follows the nose in spades with dark fruits leading the charge. At least fresh, the alcohol warmth is kept at a minimum. (4.75)

M - Full bodied with just enough carbonation to keep things lively. The finish on Quad is much drier than that of Blasphemy, its barrel-aged sibling enhancing its drinkability. (4.75)

O - This is one of (if not THE) best American brewed quadruples available. Although the Winter seasonal hype for this style is clearly in favor of Mad Elf (Troegs), I think that Quad is a superior offering. This is an exceptional beer that is great fresh, aged or barreled...this is one of Weyerbacher's shining examples of their brewing prowess...(now only if they bring back Blasphemy!) (5.0)

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a ruddy red to brown color with transparent hues running around the bottom. A slim quarter finger’s white foamy head dissipated immediately. No lacing was left. The smell started off with a sweet caramel malt running into Belgian spices of light ginger, cinnamon, and clove. Cherry based sugar lightly shows up. The taste was moderately sweet and drawing in the spices to accompany and balance. A Belgian sweet and semi-spicy aftertaste leads into a quick sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonated decently as a quad, spices tend to run along my tongue appropriately. Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good quad. It hits everything its supposed to, I’d have it again.

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Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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