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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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish/brown slightly cloudy color. Couldn't get over how much it smelled like bananas and slight bit of berry and plum. Taste folllowed aroma yet not too sweet. Alcohol was well incorporated and not overpowering yet very warming. I enjoy American versions of Belgian beer and this was a great one to enjoy when relaxing after a long day

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Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin light tan head, maybe a quarter inch, not much retention but doesn’t disappear immediately either, the lacing is close to nonexistent. The liquid is a filmy amber red to brown color, you can easily see particles floating as well as widely dispersed lazy bubbles, no real sediment at the bottle bottom though. When first opened the nose explodes with banana then settles into cola bean, molasses, yeast and pie crust flakes as well as green grapes, figs and dates, there’s a vinous to boozy quality but no heat, overall it’s actually fairly compact and concise. Medium-bodied, here too there’s no extra words and has a pleasing directness. Not much carbonation yet on the dry side for the type. Not to say there’s no persistence in the cherry, fig, golden raisin, banana fruit nor any lack of honey to molasses. Just not excessive. The yeastiness appears mostly at the end and then retronasally. The alcohol is more warm than burning. You could argue it might benefit from more flavor intensity but it seems intentionally crafted for drinkability.

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

Had a 12 oz bottle on 12-25-16, this was the 2015 Quad, and it aged beautifully. Incredibly smooth for the abv, and taste was sweet raisins and plums.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weyerbacher seems to rarely disappoint, and this offering is pretty damn good...

Though it pours a weak head and no lacing to really mention, the beer has this similarity to honey that I find quite appealing. Held up to the light it has a lighter color about its outside periphery while the middle has this darker color making the beer look real nice with the absence of head or lacing. The smell, like the taste is complex with notes I just can't seem to pull out, though all of it blends quite well with the overall booziness of the beer (and not overpowering, a big plus.) The feel was a bit carbonated, but that was blended with a spicy and tangy feel adding to almost a creamy texture across the palate.

A very good beer, maybe one of the better ones Weyerbacher offers over their more hyped up offerings.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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 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 Marcoxx626
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark amber with small head yet very noticeable lacing

Aroma: smells amazing. Very fruity with a smell of fig, plum, caramel

Taste: definitely on the sweet side, and the taste follows the smell pretty well

Feel: very smooth, almost like syrupy wine. Very little carbonation, but you can hardly notice the alcohol

Overall: I'd say this is more of a desert beer and not something I'd drink on the regular. Drinks very smoothly, but definitely felt a little buzz after pouring myself one glass. Good beer if you're in the mood for something sweet.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: medium brown, with an orange hue. Flat looking. No head.
AROMA: lots of fruit (cherry, lemon strawberry,apple ) with some booziness.
TASTE: citrus, sour apple, sour cherry, very light grains. Touch of wood near the finish, but very subtle.
FEEL: there is suprising life considering what it looks like, medium body. Some stickiness.
Too much fruit going on. While I Don't mind it so much, there is not much of a Belgian quality. Seems more like a fruity barleywine, than a Quad.

Good beer, just a little unexpected.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle - bottled on 11/6/15 - best before 11/6/20

Weyerbacher Quad Ale has a dirty amber colored body with a 3/4-finger head that only lasted a few seconds. No lacing was evident. The aroma was sweet and malty. The taste begins like the aroma - sweet caramel and toffee is first noted followed by dark fruit [raisins] and [light] brown sugar. Mouth feel is medium and not as heavy/full as some quads I have had. The Quad has a lower amount of carbonation and a nice alcohol warming at the finish.

Overall, a good quad with good drinkability for such a high abv.

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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased a 4 pack earlier today that was just put in the sales floor .
I felt the price was reasonable for a strong quad even though American brewed .
I'm currently on my second one and have nothing to complain about, however nothing to rave about .
Looks nice, smells great, taste is nice for a non Belgian brewed quad .
If I had and complaint it would be that it's a little to thin for me .
I know American brewed isn't Belgian, so I can accept that and it's a hell of a lot cheaper.
Will I buy it again ??
Most definitely yes . Will knock over the guy in front of me for it , well I could be just as happy with Sixth Glass from Boulevard which I can find with no problem.

Don't mean to bash this brew as it is tasty, but maybe I'm having a bad day :(

It's Friday !!
Cheers !! I'll crack open something amazing if things get worse :)

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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 mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The main feature of this particular bottle which had been shelf-aging at the local store for over a year was an incredibly plumminess on the palate. As the brew warmed, however, some rather unpleasant and lingering flavors revealed themselves in the long, drawn-out finish.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.05/5  rDev +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 BlurryVisi0n
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip from the bottle.

Appearance: Dark Amber color with medium bubbles to the body. Head is an off-white color rising maybe to quarter of an inch, drops quick after just a sip. Zero lacing, nice and even.

Smell: Light yeast notes with hints of cinnamon.

Taste: Little sweet, but of honey and light nutmeg with light sour notes. Slight inbalance which flavor a might make someone love or like the feel.

Mouth: Medium carbonation but very sticky which is where this one gets points. Syrup like finish.

Overall: It's good, but trust me it's all about how experienced you are with quads. There are better quads out there, trust me. Take a chance, always in a glass. Salud!

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Photo of Caveworm
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quad | Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Bottled on 11/6/15. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this brew's head is three fingers thick and a light tan, with lateral lacing, and a clear very deep reddish brown body.

Smells like brown sugar/ caramelized malts along with a strong plum, fig, and clove type of ester. Almost smokey.

I taste Belgian candied yeast up front, moving into some dark yet juicy/slightly sweet dark fruits. A very pleasing blend of flavors altogether.

The mouthfeel I'm getting is medium with minimal carbonation. I gotta say though : I'm really feeling the alcohol warmth with this brew.

Overall, I'll give Quad | Weyerbacher Brewing Co. a rating of 4.25. A tasty sipper to reflect on the day and spin/stream/whatever it is you do to jam out to your favorite albums with.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 drdiesel9483
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look - dark hazy auborn brown color with no real head or lacing.
smell - booze, fig, plum and caramel.
taste - pretty boozy with the sweet caramel and dark fruit. slight plum more fig.
feel - fairly thin with slight carbonation
overall - pretty good but not my favorite.

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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 Marraybay
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Honied amber. Noticeable lacing.

Smell: Vinous fruit.

Taste: Very wine-like sweetness upfront that mingles with pronounced booze.
Occasionally sense a little tartness at the finish, but it doesn't consistently

Feel: The booze is a little warm / prickly at times.

Overall: Pretty intense pour. Found it to be a bit of a two-dimensional
tug-of-war between syrupy sweetness and booze.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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 hopsputin
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: deep ruby red color with some darker purple in there as well. pours with no head, only a very fine film up top. no surprise, given the abv

s: fig, raisin, date, prune, brown sugar, caramel, some fresh baked bread

t: it has some sweet dark fruits - raisins, plum, fig - upfront. there is a burst of sweet caramel malt and brown sugar & toffee behind that, big punch of sweetness in the malt backbone. then, following everything is a real big alcohol presence - you can taste & feel it

m: full mouthfeel, carbonation level is on par for the style: enough to feel some fizz on the back of the tongue, but not too much more

o: its not terrible, but i'm a bit disappointed. the style has some much potential for depth in the flavor, however this seems to lack some of the complexity that can make it great. i'm looking for more in the dark fruits area - the alcohol presence seems a bit overpowering on the back end because there is not enough in front of it. this beer is worth a try if you're curious and can get a single bottle, but there are better options out there

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.09/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Fizzy head that quickly dissipated to nothing. 0 lacing.
Smell is typical for the style
Taste is medicinal and flat
Feel is flat and boozy
Overall. I like my quads with a rich head and nice lacing with soft subtle flavor that hides the abv well. This is a boozy flat mess.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beauty in this beer is both in its color (it pours a lovely shade of reddish brown) and in its smooth finish. The label says it's brewed with raisins, and you can smell and taste the presence of raisins throughout. It's a strong beer. It's got just the faintest bitterness to it in its aftertaste, but it's very smooth overall.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a DFH snifter. This FINE quad style ale pours a bright reddish mahogany with a modest head of off white foam that subsides to a thin ring, subtle layer, and little lacing. Nose of brown sugars, raisins, cherries, strong booze, and light herbal notes. Flavors exceed the nose with cherries, and raisins awash in brown sugar Belgian goodness to the front and middle of the taste where strong warmth takes hold. The middle fades to the back with date bread notes mixed with brandy and herbal hop notes. Very satisfying and rich with a slick mouth feel that coats with sugar sweetness and a very low carbonation that makes this a fine winter sipper----or after mowing the lawn. Just sayin!


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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass at room temperature.

Appearance: Pours a clear burnished copper red, and forms no head, just a slight cap and partial ring of white bubbles - which vanish completely rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet candi sugar bliss! Oh, and some caramel, as well as cherries and raisins.

Taste: See the first sentence of the Smell section - this is quite a sweet Belgian beer! Wreathed through the pure candi sweetness comes a veritable barrage of fruits, ranging from raisins to pears, bananas, fig, a bit of apple, some plum, and grapes - but the sugar blankets everything, making it highly sweet. A handful of spice notes swim off in the distance, with hints of clove and nutmeg here and there. The aftertaste is a slurry of fruits and that sugary goodness.

Mouthfeel: A bit hot, actually - I don't get much boozy flavor out of this beer, but I certainly feel the ABV. Beyond the heat, this drinks like an almost flat, low carbonation, medium bodied beer.

Overall: I enjoyed the heck out of this one, but I'm quite partial to both esters and sweetness. For a devout hophead, this would probably tick every box marked "cloying" they have. As for me, I'll definitely buy this beer again, any time Weyerbacher feels like releasing it.

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