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Quad | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Todd on 10-17-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
543
Ratings:
1,115
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
18.9%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
185
For Trade:
3
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Reviews by Moss:
Photo of Moss
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, bottled 11/16/2012.

A - Golden amber in color. A white head that was 2 fingers but went down very quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Lots of sugar and sweetness to it. Some fruit smell but not as strong as I expect from a Quad.

T - Taste sweet as expected by the smell. I taste cherries, apples, plums, and other fruits from the Belgian and Trappist yeast. overall not a bad taste to it. I poured it not all the way chilled as I do with most Quads and I definitely can taste the alcohol in the beer which is not necessarily a bad thing in my book. Overall very enjoyable and a good beer to sip on.

M - This beer has the perfect mouthfeel. Not overaly carbonated but just enough and a nice medium to heavy thickness. I think this was done very well.

O - It's a good beer but I prefer many other Quads before this. It a competitive price to many of those others though. I feel if the hops went into the boil a little longer it would have gone a long way, or maybe I shouldn't open beers so fresh (no beer cellar or place to have one). Wish I could try this beer aged 2-3 years to see the difference, but not one I would rush to buy again to have.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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 StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Granuaile
5/5  rDev +31.2%
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 aszatk01
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle from Tully's poured into a tulip glass. Very pretty beer. Amber color with a small head that produced some lacing. It had a fruity, banana aroma. Taste a little more complex. Banana, but a fair amount of tartness came through. A little yeast also. Fairly assertive. I thought this was quite drinkable, even at the ABV of 12%. However, I made the mistake of trying this first, followed by Blasphemy. Don't do that.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of marvin213
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TTripp725
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer looked great, and had a very nice aroma to it but when it tried it the taste just wasn't my style

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Photo of bigdipip
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a hazy amber/gold. A one-finger head of loose, light tan bubbles dissolves quickly, leaving a clump of bubbles along one side and a star-burst of very fine sheen spreading out from the center. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a rich, dark, copper orange/red and rather hazy, almost cloudy. Light, thin legs on the sides once it warms.

S - Even on the pour, the nose wafted out of the glass and filled the area. It's pleasantly complex and enjoyable on its own. Cherry/Apple Jolly Ranchers, Juicy Fruit gum, light plums, ripe bananas, a touch of light brown sugar, soft caramels, and moderately toasted malts. A bit of heat in the nose hints at the ABV. As it warms, the nose folds together and gets softer.

T - Similar to the nose, but darker across the board. Reminiscent of golden rum. Ripe tree fruits, light molasses, noticeably toasted malts and caramelized sugars. ABV is well-integrated into the taste profile, but it's not enough to hide it, so it dominates at the beginning before relenting and letting the flavors through. As it warms, a bit of spice in the finish appears.

M - A bit fizzy to start. Moderate body with solid, mouth-filling structure. Well-integrated components. A nip of a burn on the swallow gives the high ABV away. Finish is semi-sweet with just a touch of the sugars remaining along the tongue, initially fading quickly, but then lingering just on the edge of disappearing. It also has a bit of a rough edge to it, although warming takes that off.

O - Some interesting flavors in this Quad, but the taste profile was too dark for my personal preference, as if some of the sugars were clearly burnt. The nose was the best part of the glass. The individual aspects of the taste profile also seemed out-of-synch with each other, like slightly mismatched colors in a palette. It's worth a taste, especially if you're a fan of Quads, but not one I'll be looking for in the future.

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Photo of merlin48
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet a hazy, dark orange. No head and minimal ring lacing. Aroma is promising, with plums, apricots, some yeasty mustiness, and alcohol. Mouthfeel--WHOA! Hard hitting alcohol kicks all other sensations to the side. Initial taste resembles a port or sherry. Dark fruits and a hint of molasses try to emerge at room temperature, but there's just not enough balance here to let them into the dance. Hops seem lost at sea.
I spent over an hour with this one trying to find some qualities I find attractive, other than its fine nose. I suppose it is a fine winter warmer, with the high abv, but the port wine aftertaste doesn't endear me very much.

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Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, which I put in the cool, dark closet for about a year.Strong alcohol in nose, also berries, candi sugar.
Tan head which nice fine lacing. Sweetness upfront, alcohol, warming, Crispness, apples and more candi sugar. Malt/hop balance in place, a pleasure to taste --complexity and multiple flavors. Much better after a year in the closet, might benefit from another year of mellowing.

If my above notes are correct, then the bottle I sampled today (9-10-05) has been lovingly cellered for over 2 1/2 years! It has continued to mellow and get more soft and complex. It is now soft, smooth , mellow, lots of butter and port notes. Rum raisins and loads of other flavorful, sweet stuff. This beer has gone from the brash/harsh/alcohol burn stuff I recall it being when young to a soft and complex, world class after dinner sipper. Oh what 2 1/2 years in the closet/basement will do.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of bsp77
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown that glows a glorious ruby in the light. However, almost no head or lacing.

Smell: Very malty and sweet, with plums, raisins and caramel most identifiable. Some musty notes come through as well. This is by far the best aspect of the beer.

Taste: Once again, very malty and sweet, but cloyingly so. One-dimensional with sweet plums and caramel. Barely a hint of the musty goodness from the smell.

Feel: Moderation carbonation, chewy body with absolutely no dryness on the finish.

Drinkability: Seems like a too sweet English Barleywine or Old Ale with just a hint of Belgian yeast. Disappointing Quad, but it does smell good.

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Photo of Chadster1975
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jondeelee
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fellow beer enthusiast gave me a bottle of this that had been aging in his cellar for a few years--so what I report here might be slightly different from what you get in a bottle straight from the store.

On the nose, this ale smells like what I'd expect from a well-aged bottle of port: heavy, thick, dark fruit (especially prune) scents dominate, with hints of natural spiciness.

On the tongue, these thick, dark fruits explode, literally filling your mouth and nasal cavity, almost making your eyes water with joy. The similarities between this ale and a port continue, the sugary prune/raisin, almost cognac-like flavors dominating, reminding me of a mixture of melted brown sugar, butter, and pure vanilla. But these are accompanied by distinctly beer flavors, especially toffees and caramels, a hint of chocolate malt, and some light hops that linger ever-so-slightly on the tongue, bringing a nice balance to what could otherwise be an overwhelmingly sugary-sweet brew.

If this beer could be faulted for anything, it's that it might be too potent and sugary. I can see how the massiveness of this ale could drive some away; this is just about the farthest thing from a Budweiser you could get, and still be drinking a beer. I, however, think it's magnificent. Five stars.

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Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +5%

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