Quad | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: 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 Granuaile
5/5  rDev +30.9%
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 danedelman
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found a case of this dated from 2004 at my beer store near my house.

I got home and cracked open my first Quad ever, took a sip, and drove back down there and purchased the other 2 cases!!

Smell-deep smells of prunes and figs.

Appearance-lots of sediment and cloudy with an dark amber appearance.

Taste-like heaven on earth!! got lots of the prunes/figs and date flavors I smelled but could NOT taste the 11.8% abv alcohol. This beer has aged incredibly!!
The 2004 lost almost all the belgian yeast flavor, but was still awesome!!
This is my favorite beer ever.

I tried a new bottle from 2011 and had a similiar view but with more of the alcohol flavor present and more belgian yeast flavor present.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
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 Onthe6ix
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Easy to drink, which is very dangerous considering the ABV. Smooth taste, with a little bit of a strong alcohol taste. If you just want to chill out with 1 or 2 beers, I highly recommend this. Enjoy

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Whoa, this is some serious shit. My local packy has a, limited line of Weyerbacher, and this one was new today. I know these types of beers generally improve over time, but this beer is fantastic!! I am totally blown away even at $17 a six pack.

Deep, yet pale tarnished penny, not much of a head, but considering this is a pretty fresh beer, I'll take the qualities as I get them....fresh. Com'n it's and American quad. Smell just blew me away, totally reeked of alcohol, but very fruity, plums and alcohol adn more alcohol.

As I was drinking this beer, I was like,, like, like, well you know know, this is some strong shit. Great beer.

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Photo of Rhody1
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice color; head dissipates quickly. Lots of flavors from malt to fruit. Good alcohol warmth and very smooth. A definite favorite I'll add to my list of "must have again".

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No freshness date, but it's been in my cellar for about 5 months. It's brethern await a future session.

Pours a silky light tan head over a glowing orb of deep amber. Head receds leaving a few bands and dots of lace. Aromas of spice and sweet malt reach my nose before I’ve even raised my tulip. There’s also a bit of earth and some floral hops in the nose. Rich malt leads the flavors accompanied by a nice, yet mild, pepper and coriander spiciness. Some mild berry-like flavors and a decent wallop of earth as well. The hop are earthy and contribute a subtle balancing bitterness. A generous sweetness, but it’s definitely not slick, cloying or overpowering-- well-balanced by the other components of the beer. Full bodied, low carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with a clean to mildly dry finish and just a nip of alcohol at the end.

A study of balance. Great complexity and interesting layers of flavor and aroma. Some may find the malt to be a bit on the heavy-handed side, but I find the ale to be well-balanced overall. Then again, I do love malt. The mouthfeel is extraordinary: soft and full, but not overbearing. This ale fills the mouth and mind.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought the four pack of this Weyerbacher brand. Great look of clear, medium dark amber with a thin head and patchy lacing. Really shiny. Strong alcohol, mixed with some fruity aspects were excellently permeating from this drink. A somewhat sweet, alcohol flavor was the dominant taste I could sense, along with a woody, flowery hint mixed in. Very silky and smooth, excellent for the heavy alcohol flavor. Overall, excellent.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
11.8% ABV, Bottled 10/01/15, Best By 10/01/20

A - Few bubbles lazily float through the clear, dark ruby-amber beer to it's quickly fleeting egg-shell head.

S - An abundance of dark fruits overwhelm the olfactory with sticky raisin, candied plums, soft Fig Newton, and a long lingering finish of freshly baked banana bread with a golden, crispy crust. Spice notes carry through the sweet malty base authenticating the wonderful Belgian yeast aroma and ushering it into the flavor.

T - Toasted, dry biscuity malt provides and excellent base for this warming Quad to develop plenty of Belgian yeast nuances on the palate; namely dark fruit. As the aroma suggest, plenty of raisin, plum, and fig are to be found with banana that doesn't quite rear its head like a hefe but, it and the spice are a lasting impression on the tongue.

M - Smooth and clean starting with a follow-through to warm alcohol on the tongue and throat, this full-bodied Quad has a nice carbonation finish and balance of sweetness and dryness that doesn't strike me as cloying in the least.

O - Weyerbacher has always struck me as a high quality brewery despite my palate and a few of their beers never meeting eye to eye but, Weyerbacher's Quad has long been one of the most highly regarded Belgian-style beers made in American I've had to date. This beautifully complex, dark fruit-rich beer is exceptional in every regard and, I would wager, would stand up to many of the Trappist Quads available. Enough said.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
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 stevoj
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this one twice, 2013 and 2001 vintages. gets better with age. Decent quad,lacking some of the body and wine like characteristics of the original. Fark and toasty with some alcohol warmth. Rerated 2001 bottle in September 2015. 14 year old bottle aged vey well, full and robust, tons of flavor, dark fruit. Silky body...just perfect

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Photo of Jarod
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love the label, simple and unique, lets the beer speak for itself.

This beer poured into the glass a mahogony wood/gold/ruby color that was somewhat cloudy in the first pour to opaque in the last pour. The head was creamy and beige in color and texture. It was a head that when first poured was there, but quickly deminished into nothing just a rim on the edges of the glass. There was lace noticable, some parts were sparce and hardly there, but other parts seemed to leave a sticky residue/lace behind. The aromas that came from the glass were big - caramel, sweet malts, fruits (2 kinds - dark and fresh), wood and of course alcohol. The tastes were just as good and big - sweet malts, fruit soaked in alcohol (plums and raisins), floral hops, alcohol, roasted malts, and apples. A smooth and creamy beer that sneaks up on you. It starts off sweet then hits you with complex flavors and heats you up with the flame from the alcohol. It leaves a slight dry hop aftertaste but is shared with a sweetness to leave you with a well balanced feeling on your tongue. Again a nice and complex beer that surprised me. I have had good beers from this brewery and I can say atleast 1 great one....so far.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Great copper/raisin color with orange hues; medium high clarity and high viscosity (plenty of thick legs on the glass with this one). No head and no lacing.

Aroma: Immediate distracting smell of alcohol out of the bottle, followed by sourdough malts, raisins, and molasses.

Taste: Holy spectacular beer, Batman - this beer might be one of the best balanced big beers I think I've ever tasted. Toffees, raisins, apple cider and apricots, with a bready finish that reminds me faintly of roasted soybeans. Malts are almost bock-like in development, but balanced by fruity notes as well. Booze is well balanced, and not apparent on the front or middle palates.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with remarkably low carbonation and not too heavy a body.

Drinkability: Ridiculously drinkable beer that could easily fool with its balanced flavor. Enjoy one or six of these. Probably should be acknowledged that this isn't necessarily a quad in the style of Belgian Abt beers, but is nonetheless a remarkably well-crafted brown ale.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I suspect this is a relatively old bottle, based on the fact that it was the last one in Shep's. It is very unlikely that it is 'fresh'.

A - Pours a surprisingly light reddish-russet hue. It is capped with a decent amount of bone-colored froth that quickly recedes to clingy wisps. I was expecting a deeper color, to be honest. This looks like a Blonde Quad.

S - The nose is fantastic. This can hang with any Quad except you-know-what. Notes of rum raisin, dark fruit, prune, plum, dried nectarine and papaya, cloves and mulled spiciness, green peppercorn, etc. are the mainstay of the aroma. A wealth of sensory flights is here for the fancying.

T - The flavor keeps pace with, or even exceeds, the fantastic aroma. The focus is on dried golden- and dark-fruitiness, with a great deal of prune, date, golden raisin, pear and dried nectarine flavors shining through. Accentuating the deliciously golden-malt base is a clove spiciness and hazelnut-chicory richness. This beer seems to be criminally underrated. Perhaps it just ages tremendously well, and is not as impressive fresh.

M - The feel does well to approximate the Belgian feel, which is to say that it does about as good as an American brewery can in that department.

D - This is delicious, complex, and accessible.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. I bought some of this a couple years ago that I put in my aging area. What a nice thing to find in there. A couple months short of two years old, I think this is now much smoother than it was fresh.

No doubt about it, this is a big brew, but it isn't rude or overbearing. Especially aged. It has the Americanized Belgian taste I love - over the top on everything yet drinkableand well balanced.

I need to go out and get some more of these for drinking in 2012.

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Photo of seedyone
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle at home. As a fan of the Weyerbacher family of idiot titles this was no surprise. Easy to drink is the first thing that comes to mind & at 11.8% caution should be applied. Sweet, but not too sweet. Fruit galore, but the grain comes through. Not much of a head, but what little there is lingers with a sparse lacing. I could drink this all night & since I'm already home, I just might.

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Photo of Phatz
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW! That’s it... My entire review is simply summed up as WOW! ...Oh that’s not enough characters :) okay I'll write more.

I got this beer out and let it warm for an hour on the counter. Served in my snifter glass.

Appearance: This is a very noble auburn brown color with a nice 2 finger, solid/tight creamy off-white head. The lacing is impressively heavy. There was an amazing stream of carbonation rising from the middle of the glass that kept feeding the head, which remained frothy through the duration of the beer.

Smell: From the moment I cracked the bottle open I got a huge burst of aroma; exceptional! There was an instant onslaught of toasted malts and brown sugar. Browned butter and baked caramel fill the nose as well. There is also a brilliant bouquet of fruity flavors include but not limited to grapes, plums and cherries.

Taste: Toasted sweetness galore! Marvelous! As in the aroma, the taste has a strong toasted malt presence. Lots of plums and dark fruits parallel the buttery, sugars; but it is not cloyingly sweet! There is a very mild dryness/bitterness coming from a *very* reserved hop presence and an ABV that you would never know was over 12% through the taste. At the bottom of the glass, it'll catch up to you. :) There is also a slightly woody character, similar to a Woodford Reserve Bourbon. This beer is magnificently balanced and a true work of art!

Mouthfeel: Would I be gushing to call this divine? Every swallow begged for the next sip. The mouthfeel is remarkably smooth with a slick center and slightly crisp edge. The aftertaste reveals a hint of bitter dryness that is just the nudge I needed to put the glass to my lips again. OOPS; now that ABV is making itself known!

Drinkability: This is defiantly a nightcap beer. On shear smell, taste and feel I'd give it a 5; but these big beers are far from sessionable. So consider this one a sipping beer and finish the night with it. I highly recommend! Well-done Weyerbacher!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Lots of toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, followed by lots of candied sugar, dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, apricots, dates and figs, as well as quite a bit of Belgian yeast, which gives off earthy aromas of leather, tobacco and some barnyard-y aromas as well.

Taste: Delicious! Lots of flavors of toasted malt, dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, apricots, dates and figs, followed by some candied sugar, toffee, and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 11.8%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good American version of a Belgian quad. Very true to the style and delicious. I’m certainly getting this again.

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Photo of mattgreger
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour on this brew is quite nice. It poured a with a beautiful ruby colored body that doesn't any light through. It had an amazing mocha colored head that sat on the top of this brew. As the brew is consumed it leaves a wonderful web like lacing down the glass.

WOW!! The aroma hits as soon as you pop the top to this brew. You are hit with a punch of dark fruits and booze. The fruits are sweet, but there is a touch of spiciness as well. I can detect a nice touch of banana as well. I am looking forward to this brew a lot.

The taste on this brew is fantastic. The brew starts with a punch of dark fruits to the tongue. Its a nice sweet, yet spicy touch that gives this brew some life. As the brew warms the booze comes out more, it blends well with the spices at the end. Actually giving this brew a nice dry, a nice crisp finish. I enjoy it a lot.

Its a great mouthful. Its got a great, low, but active carbonation that give it a nice life. This brew has a bit of thickness, that gives it a nice touch. I like the finish it gives.

I think this brew has a great drinkability. Its crisp and delicious. I love Weyerbacher brews and this isn't any different. This brew does back a big boozy hit, that might turn some people away, but for the true brew drinker is a gem.

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Photo of Vancer
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, impressive, another winner from Weyerbacher.

Right from the start, you know it’s gonna be good – a amber pour topped by a thick ivory head – lacing all the way down.

Quite an aroma of malty green apples – actually a first for me.

And, of course, a superb blend of bourbon mash, hints of Belgium yeast, along with the sugar cane candy – intermixed with winter spices.

Thick and chewy for a quadruple, chunks flew outa the bottle at the end. Super oily. Holy cripe, never noticed the 12.2% until I read the BA listing of it.

A very tasty sipper, I wish I had several in the cellar for future evenings – around 2008.

Cheers to BeerBeing!

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Photo of maxifunk777
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This by far the most underrated beer I have ever drank. I think it was excellent on all phases I could not recommend enough. I had a 2015 last night still an excellent beer.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

EXCELLENT! Pours an orangish brown hue with a lacey white head. Smells yeasty and spicy. Tastes very nice and smooth. Yeasty, malty, plumy, coariandery, very intense and very reminescent of St. Bernardus Abt 12. A very fine quality beer that most would enjoy.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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 yankeeheel
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hue of golden copper-amber. Really looks briliant when held to light. Nice 1/2" eggeshell head with scant lacing. The smell is mind blowing. Lots of peach, bubblegum, and I don't know wht, but I love it. The fragrance must circulate just right in a tulip glass 'cause this is kickin'.

Taste wise I'm not quite as awestruck, but close. Lots of flavors hit the tounge but it's hard to differentiate at first. I get a little butterscotch, caramel, grapefruit, and white grape. Very complex. Mouthfeel is huge and drinkability is good for such a monstorous beer. Definitely starts to burn the front of the tounge. It's a sipper not a gulper.

I think this is a first rate belgian style strong ale and should be sought out. Not for the timid. Can't wait to see what cellaring will do to it.

Update: As I continue to drink this, it will kick you in the ear. Fair Warning. Also looks like they are now distributing in Mass.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle that's been cellared for several years, and then refrigerated for a year or so more...

Even a well-aged and long--standing bottle pours a ruddy chestnut brown and orange body with crimson glints here and there. The creamy yellowed-paper head drops shortly to a wide collar and leaves only minor lacing about the glass; but at 12.2% ABV that's somewhat to be expected.

The nose is malty, spicy, and fruity with notes of dull, dry cocoa; a light touch of toffee; raisins soaked in rum; dried figs; and some candy sugar (with a little bit of orange to it).

It's surprisingly soft in the mouth with a very fine-bubbled and refined, natural carbonation; and full (but not particularily dextrinous) body.

The flavor offers a some of those rum-soaked raisins right upfront, followed by a welcoming dollop of soft, cocoa-powder sprinkled caramel and more vinous, dark skinned fruits (plum). Peppery alcohol is clearly present throughout, but not overwhelming; and it finishes quite dry because of that, more so than it's solid bitterness. Almonds and a lacing of sugared fruit appear in the aftertaste.

The strength is there on this one.... but it doesn't deceive, you know it from the start. Yet it somehow works along with the fruit and dusty malt. It's a sipper for sure, but in that context it's quite nice. Enjoy this one by itself during some quiet time when you can fully appreciate it, whether it be with a good book (Dostoevsky or Shaw come to mind for me) or enjoying a long sunset of some late evening stargazing. Well done!

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Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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