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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #181
ABV:
11.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,879
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 12.53%
Reviews:
578
Ratings:
1,194
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Winter
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews by MacMalt:
Photo of MacMalt
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass. It pours a cola-brown color with a thin, khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of raisin, plum, fig, malt, and caramel. The taste is a rich combination of dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, malt, and spice. There is a slight sour/bitter taste at the finish. The flavors blend very nicely to create a pleasant taste experience. This ale is medium in body, moderate in carbonation, and the 11.8% ABV packs a wallop. Overall, this is a well-crafted, tasty Belgian Quad. It would be enjoyable pared with good meal or as a dessert beer. Weyerbacher is a very fine brewer and this offering doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is a dark, murky brown in color with a cascading head that I controlled at the pour.

Smell – Oh, man, this is serious. The alcohol and yeast are rank! The malts are all over the place and lack that typical overly sweet sugariness that you find in a lot of Quadrupel beers. If Westy & St. Bernie are slow-stripping professional escorts leading the drinker on a two-hour trip of sensuality and ecstasy, this is the bobblehead ho in the corner of a smoky club wearing the “Got Penis?” T-shirt and condom necklace with the “cum hither” smile and a Motel 8 room key attached to the zipper of her hip-hugging Daisy Dukes.

Taste – The only difference between drinking this beer and smelling it is that when you drink it you get drunk.

Mouthfeel – This is somewhere in between medium and full-bodied with lasting carbonation, unapologetic bitterness that lacks any kind of sugary balance, and an alcohol punch that’s just rude and obnoxious. My kind of beer!

Drunkability – I checked, and this is technically the highest ABV of any Quad that I’ve reviewed to date. The alcohol “hides” like an elephant behind a bamboo tree, but I personally enjoy the “rough road less trodden” and sucked this down like Courtney Love at a straw-testing center.

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Photo of Granuaile
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious! I used to think the only way they could possibly make it better is by barrel-aging it, but then they made Blasphemy. If I die with a glass of something Weyerbacher in my hand, I will die a happy woman.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 4-pack last week ($12.99 at Krugel's Deli in Wilkes-Barre). Am checking out a couple of bottles while relaxing on a slow Sunday afternoon.... They were bottled 10/25/16 and are best by 10/25/21.

Poured one bottle into a small tulip.... It is a rich, deep, slightly hazy mahogany hue. Head is practically non-existent, just having a few beige bubbles clinging to the rim. Leaves a hint of lace, but not much at all. I could pick up the aroma from the get-go! Lots of dark fruit, with raisins, currants, plums and dark cherries being noticeable. The body is easily medium, perhaps drifting a notch higher, and the bier is silky on the tongue.

Flavor has loads of sweetness, yet is never cloying or sticky. The same fruits noted in the nose re-appear here, along with some dates, caramel and brown sugar. The finish has some earthy hopping along with some yeasty spiciness. Solid! Wondering why I haven't snagged this one before! Prosit!

4.21/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

I picked up a bottle of Weyebacher's Quad for $3.39 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little a while since I've had a Quad and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a classy look to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a red/brown color that took on more of a ruby and crimson hue when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking quad, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a typical estery Belgian yeast aroma and it's followed by some dark fruit that impart a nice mixture with the raisins sticking out the most by just a little. Up next comes a little bit of noticeable alcohol aroma it's followed by malts which impart a caramel malt, caramel, toasted malts and a lots of sweet malt aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but it's got a little more sweetness than I would prefer.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount high sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same estery Belgian yeast aspects that shows up just a little more than it did in the aroma. Up next comes the dark fruits which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time no single fruit sticks out the most and it's got more of a juicy aspect to it. Up next comes just a slight bit of noticeable alcohol and it leads into the malts which impart the same caramel malt and sweet malt aspects that they did in the aroma. On the finish there's a hardly any bitterness with more sweetness coming through with a little bit of warming booze on the aftertaste with some Belgian yeast and dark fruit flavors coming through in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Quad, but I wish it had a little more complexity to it.

M- Fairly smooth, a little sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was nice beer and a pretty nice example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style, but they didn't come together well enough to make t a great example of the style. This beer had ok drinkability, one would be my limit, anymore than that and it would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is that i's true to style. What I like the least about this beer is the complexity, I wish it was more complex. I don't think i would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down. It's worth a try if you really like the style, but I don't think it's a must try when it comes to Quads. All in all i liked this beer, but it was just a little rough around the edges and that held this beer back from being as good as it could be. It's not a favorite Weyerbacher beer and it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid Quad.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This may take the title as my new favorite quad, but I'm hesitant to say that until I try the barrel aged version. Tons of figs, dried fruits, and caramel sugar sweetness balanced with a kick of Belgian yeast and spices, along with warming alcohol on the finish. This is a sipper, and makes for an excellent dessert beer, but it's also one of the best quads out there.

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Photo of errantnight
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of maxk
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, chilled, but I let it warm up first, poured into a snifter.

Pretty good looking mahogany/amber color. Poured with a big 'ol head which settled down to a nice coating of lace.

An incredibly odiferous beer. Dark bread sweetness, alcohol, yeast, dark fruits and bananas. Aroma is very pungent.

The most prominent flavor is boozy malt sweetness. It's a nice, rich malt bill, unfortunately buried beneath the heat of the alcohol. I get raisins, dark bread, and a little yeast. The complexity that I suspect is there also feels a little lost in the mix.

Not as huge as some other quads, but it definitely coats the mouth. It lingers, partly as a result of the alcohol.

I suspect this would be a fantastic quad with a few years on it, but fresh it's a little overpowered by the alcohol heat. I'll probably throw one in the cellar, just to see how it turns out.

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Photo of wyatt13
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of marvin213
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Gregwa
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of JT99125
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Contra
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can remember buying a 6-pack of this stuff after trying Weybacher's "Blithering Idiot" and thinking they were so similar that I couldn't see why they made two beers so similar. Now that I've had more experience, I just have to laugh at that. Certainly they have a rather comparable flavor, but each one is unique. I also was not too familar with Belgian beers at the time.

At any rate, the beer pours into a light-maple color, with a mild amount of carbination. The finish is unbelievably smooth, and despite having a strong alcohol content, is remarkably even (Weyerbacher's website claims it's 11.8%, but this website lists 12.2%). Flavor is fairly complex, with tones of dates/fig (probably why I thought it was so similar to "Blithering Idiot"), hints of bananna, and the overall taste of a Belgian quadrupel. It's an excellent take on a familar style.

Weyerbacher's website recommends allowing to age, and I'm fairly tempted to buy a 6-pack and store it in my basement cellar. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DeliriumDuck
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of tln13
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of hockeypuck
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clabaugh
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.05/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Certainly the lightest quad I've ever seen, this beer is a dark golden/orange color with a finger of white head that quickly recedes to a ring.

S: Am I smelling the right beer? This beer is heavy spices of nutmeg and brandy soaked bananas. I get no dark fruits or toffee, no breadiness. Not very quad like and not that good anyways.

T: Similar to the aroma, I get lots of brandy soaked bananas and spices. I now get some dark fruits, but very little. Odd and not very quad like.

M: On the thick side with light but nice carbonation.

O: This tastes more like a cross of a Barleywine and a tripel. I do not like it very much and do not recommend this beer. It's not terrible, but certainly not even average.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours ruby red with a one finger off white head. The head dissapates fast leaving a thin thin ring.

S - Aroma is Belgian yeast, brown sugar, plums and raisins.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Belgian yeast, plums, raisins and caramel malts with some light sour notes in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation with a medium body. Soft light mouthfeel with a dry sticky finish.

O - This is a nice American Quad. The alcohol is well hidden making this a nice sipper.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip. Deep reddish amber see-thru body with near 3 fingers of creamy head that settles down into a skim after a few minutes, but leaves plentiful sticky lacing behind.

Bubblegum and banana are the strongest aromas, floral and fruity notes, cloves and yeast are background players. Tastes very much like it smells, with the addition of bitterness and carbonation that both start very modest but snowball into significant parts of the flavor profile by the swallow. Smooth sweetness and cloves throughout. Light brown sugar, the barest hint of tobacco. Not wildy complex, but the flavors are nicely integrated, and the alcohol is alarmingly well hidden.

Overall impression: I'm not convinced there's much potential for aging, but it's a pretty solid as is.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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