Quad | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My favorite style - so I tried it. Ridiculously high alcohol, but it didn't taste that high. Very sweet and creamy but taste felt weak. Fizzy carbonation also contributed to Dry acidic aftertaste Medium mouthfeel. Below average for that I have tried in this style.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger rapidly dissipating head, some lacing. Amber and crimson, murky.

S: a little boozy in the aroma, fruity esters and dark fruit. raisins and some spicey notes

T: fairly boozy finish, borders on a mild barleywine in degree.
sweet with fig, raisin, grape and plums notes intermixed was some spicey yeast notes.

M: moderate carbonation, smooth, medium body.

Overall: The aroma and taste are both a little too boozy for how I like my Quads. Not a bad beer though.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, honey, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour caramel, fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I typically like Belgian Quad's, Le Trappe's Quad is probably one of the best I've ever had however we are looking at Weyerbacher's.

I got myself a sample of this at the brewery once and it was a nice shade of brownish red with a tan colored head on it. The aroma had some strong alcohol coming off of it. The other aromas were yeast and malts, and some aged fruit. The taste was pretty good. I found this to been enjoyable but I wouldn't buy a case of it. The mouthfeel was a little thicker than I expected it to be so that was nice. Overall it's pretty good but not my top choice for this style.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and poured into a snifter glass with a finger high creamy beige head that slowly faded away leaving lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell is relatively sweet and has aromas of dark fruits and yeast. Notes of cherries and raisins stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is quite sweet, but not overly cloying. There are also some flavors of bananas and brown sugar.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink for the style because the alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: sweet and malty, more so than the average quad. Nice souring, smell; typical of style. Souring a bit peculiar.
Appearance: slightly hazy. Medium copper color with a good head. A fair belgian lace is nice to see.
Taste: sweet on the nose with noticable alcohol throughout. A consistant medium body. The maltiness is more akin to an English strong ale; these flavors overtake the Belgian type flavors. Mildly spicy; reminescent of a trappist. Low hop flavoring and bittering. Finishes with flavors of dates or mild raisons.
Aftertaste: Mildly alcoholic, tacky mouthfeel, remains sweet and malty. Accompanys a slightly tart dryness. Not an overyly complex beer, but still a lot going on. It's a good bang for its buck.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt orange color with a frothy, big-bubbled eggwhite head that drops quickly and leaves a bit of lacing

Smell: Caramel apples and rum raisin

Drinkability: Starts like the aroma, with caramel apples and raisins predominant; the middle presents some yeasty spices that add nice complexity; finishes woody, but a bit too alcoholic, which detracts from the flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation

Drinkability: Reasonably interesting; not the best Quad, but the best Weyerbacher I have tasted (Note: This was reviewed before Weyerbacher stepped up its game - I would no longer make this comment though it was applicable at the time)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep amber/copper color ale with a medium dark foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of rich sweet malt with gigs and dry raisins. Taste is a bit sweeter then expected with lots of figs and raisins with a nice shot of brown sugar. Body is quite thick with low carbonation. Very interesting (and different) take on the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to ChrisPro in Blind BIF 4. Served in a tulip.

Pours a dark copper color with a bit of a reddish hue. Off-white head forms but then falls fairly quickly. Some spotty lacing remains on the sides of the glass and there's a thick collar. Some bubbles on top. Nose brings forward some light clove character along with bread crust. A bit of sweetness and dark fruits there as well. Taste is quite nice with some sweetness coming through along with a bit of booze. Some light spice as well as dark fruits. Some figs and dates there. Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation. Drinks quite well. Really tasty.

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Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very little beige head. Color is a burnt orange hued copper brown.

Aroma: Caramel and toffee, dark dried fruits, raisins, cherries, malts. No booze, very sugary.

Taste: A big beer. Rich, malty, sweet. Cherries, raisins, molasses, and caramel flavors.

Mouthfeel: This beers is very light for a quad. Warm, chewy creamy. A lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry, sweet, and malty.

Overall, a decent quad for the price. However, it did lack some big flavors and a body. But it was alright and good to see it in the MN market. Slow drinking imo.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/6/2015. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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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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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring the undated 12 oz bottle into my Belgian snifter, I see a clear red-brown ale with a small, bubbly and very short-lived head.

Aromas of raisins and dates emerge, mixed with some alcohol esters.

Flavor: dark fruits, a hint of banana, traces of brown spices, fruity alcohol.

Feel: smooth and very gentle for 11.8% ABV, but warming.

O: a tasty Amer. quad with fairly good complexity and balance, and a higher ABV than the flavor suggests.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle that has been cellared for nearly two years, into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of brown sugar, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some spices, some alcohol and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. There's a significant alcohol sting that comes in next along with a subdued Belgian yeast breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is the experience I've had with an aged Quadrupel but it seems like time has done this beer some good. Overall, however, I think this beer is good but not one of the better ones I've had in the style.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured into a Weyerbacher snifter, a crystal clear mahogany liquid with a delicate, wispy head that dissipated almost completely after a few minutes. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, raisins, alcohol warning. Taste was strong with booze, and it was felt too (empty stomach syndrome, I admit), lots of raisins, woody, with hints of nuts and light spice, mildly hopped. Medium body, maybe a bit thin for the style. Nice and easily drinkable overall, the lighter body compensating for the higher alcohol content.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce goblet - $8.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Near opaque, mahogany-hued body with an admirable half-inch of white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented, toasty malts with a large aroma of caramel ice cream topping, juicy fruits, fresh-ground spices, some peppery alcohol wafts, and a faint, meager sniff of macaroons.

Taste: Toasty, bread malts furnished with a bold candi sugar sweetness and fruity tastes of grape, concentrated fig juice, and a pinch of dried orange peel. Hint of almond paste. Spice character tasting of crushed cloves along with thin traces of ground allspice and mace. It's about this time the warming, inviting alcohol presence slides in. Faint, nondescript bitterness midway. Later taste of spices, caramel slathered toast. Finishes fruity and warming with a slight yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Worth a try. Though it's not quite as graceful or as elegant as one of its Belgian brethren, it still remains a satisfying ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark persimmon with loads of variously-sized yeast. The toasted almond colored cap is on the small side, is lacking in the persistence department and is anything but a lace monster. That isn't surprising since ABVs this high tend to be foam killers. Still, not a bad look.

The aroma isn't a barn burner either. All that reaches my nose is a 'dark amber' maltiness and a little orchard fruit (apricots mostly) macerated in white rum. I wish the alcohol was more completely buried, but it doesn't seem as if it will be that intrusive on the palate. Warming opens things up just enough to earn an upward nudge to the score.

Thankfully, Quad tastes a lot better than it smells. Given that my bottle is an estimated two years of age, it isn't that hard to imagine that it was a huge, boozy brawler when relatively young. Weyerbacher estimates that it will last at least 3-5 years if properly cellared. Yeah, that sounds about right.

I still can't put my finger on what makes a quadrupel a quadrupel, but whatever it is, Quad has it. That isn't to say that's a great example of the style, but it is enjoyable. Especially if you're a fan of big beer and enjoy sipping slowly from a snifter.

The flavor profile consists of dark honey with a smidgen of caramel, candied blackberries and orange peel, ripe apricots, sweetened tobacco and hints of clove and cardamom. As the beer warms from its barely cool starting point, whatever alcohol was present slips quietly away. This is shaping up to be one of those 'best at room temperature' beers.

The body/mouthfeel is a fraction too light for the style, although the laid back carbonation is perfect. Rapid consumption is possible, but is not advised given the nap-inducing ABV. Speaking of which, I plan to find a soft place to land after proofreading this review.

This is one of those cases in which (because of the way the attributes are weighted) the final score will not be indicative of how I really feel about this big ale... and how much I enjoyed it. Flavor is king and Weyerbacher Quad is good beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a new 12 oz bottle from beeronthebrain, this one is a different animal (reviewed 21 Apr 08), this one makes me think dunkelweizenbock, tons of rubber band & fruittyness, a bit less boozeyness, less nose & better head retention & lacing. All in all certainty different, but not better than the 1st sample

Tasted in NC, late July

Poured an effervescent ruddy brown/red (cleared quickly) with one finger of off white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Booze, fruittyness & apple skins

T: Booze & apricots up front. Plummy taste as this warms along with maple candy. Finishes dry & boozey with cinnamon & crisp fruittyness

MF: Vinous with low carbonation

Drank well for the ABV. This just need some more malt guts to round this out. Great value for $ at $5 22oz bomber!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Triple Carmeliet Snifter at a little below cellar temperature.

A - poured a very cloudy and hazy murky orange brown with a large three finger high head of thick gooey and sticky lace that really clung around for a good long while before finlly settling down and just leaving a thin layer of lace across the top and a nice well settled look to it. Very nice and more then adequate side glass lace capped it off very nicely.

S - The aroma was just chock full of alcohol in fact this ws truly the dominating aroma here easily overpowering anything else that would have tried to form in its wake. The aroma was very bourbonesque with a weird almost off color woodiness to it that was difficult to place. As it warmed some other almost fuity like aromas started to come out with hints of figs, and plums really dominating the profile as it came up to room temperature.

T - The flavor was very full, there was no mistaking that this was a big beer that was here and ready to put a hurting on you for sure. Lots of dark fruity flavors were the favorites here and really served to push the envelope a little bit in try to bring out some of the other flavors. There was a nice and very deep underlying earthy flavor that really seemed to ry to bring balance to the whole thing, however this was comletely thrown out one the alcohol flavors decided to get involved and really flex their muscles, and flex they did completly overpwoering the rest of it until it warmed enough to allow the subtle hints of fruity yeast to trounce back to the surface.

M - Very nice medium bodied ale, there was definitly no lack of carbonation here on this one, staying very full and creamy up until the very end. It had a very nice thickness to it and definitly was not getting boring in the least.

D - Well it was defintly a sipper, this part was definitly obvious from the large abv and very strong flavors that were present. I tried to gulp it to finish it but that just was not happening.

Overall this was not bad, not my favorite quad by any strech but still decent and better then most. It was a little overpowering until the alcohol mellowed a little, then it started to improve, but overall not bad and something I would try again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden-amber in color with a slight cloudiness. The head is less than I would expect. No lace.

Crisp aromas; a touch of corriander? Some spiciness that reminds me of oregano. There's also a touch of "band-aid".

The taste is an improvement from the smell. The spice carries through and provides some complexity. Noticeable warmth from the alcohol. Full body with slightly low carbonation. Tastes of orange zest and corriander.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color, with about one finger of off white head. Little bit of carbonation evident.

s - Smells of yeast, cinnamon, spices, cloves, and a tiny bit of fruit.

t - Tastes of bananas, alcohol, and some spice. Hints of yeast, but bananas and alcohol dominate the taste.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. pretty smooth.

d - A decent quad. Had some nice banana and spices in the smell and taste, but would have liked a little less alcohol in the taste. Would try again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Big thanks to Wedge421 for this extra! (Yeah, it's taken me that long to review this...)

This bottle has been sitting in my fridge for far too long. It must be taken down immediately! It pours a hazy tawny amber topped by less than a half-finger of glowing ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits, yeast, nutmeg, walnuts, and caramel. This may be a malty brew... The taste holds notes of everything just listed, along with cinnamon (nearing the hot kind found in chewing gum), rye, and a teensy bit o' whiskey. A nice oaky nuttiness pervades the lingering aftertaste. The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice quad; not the best around, but emblematic of the quality I've come to expect from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a couple of days of reviews - a single and a double IPA yesterday, a triple IPA and a quadrupel today!

To say that this bottle is ancient would be an understatement! It was in my cellar at my old house and made the move several years ago, only to be relegated into the reefer. As such, I employed a very gentle pour so as not to stir up any lees. I got no head as a result. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity, so that decision worked out in my favor. Nose was cloyingly sweet, like honey, but with a little underlying heat. Mouthfeel was viscous, very thick, with loads of heat initially, giving 'way to a dried dark fruit taste. Whew! The finish was super dry and I felt like I had been drinking a liqueur. Man, and then I got a taste of bananas after the swallow. Jesus, but this was a bit much, even for me.

Now, for the remainder. Some of the sludge was embedded on the punt/kick. Cloudy, slightly watery, but not a marked change in taste. Bottom line: It will hold up very well over a long period.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Deep rich ruby body that froths almost over the rim of my St. Bernardus goblet. Whoah there. The head is impressive and reduces to a thin lace over the top of the beer that lasts throughout consumption. One of the things I love about this glass is that there's a small geyser of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. Multi-sensory amusement.

Smell - Bananas and booze. Some dark fruits, too, but totally banana dominated. I kinda like it, really. A bit of spiciness, too.

Taste - The taste may not be complex, but it's so delicious. Again, the dark fruits are there with a banana flavor. I love that banana flavor. It's why I love Weyerbacher Tiny. Finishes with a dry spiciness that I don't altogether love, though.

Mouthfeel - A good syrupy thickness that drops off to a dry finish. I don't really like that, it's uncharacteristic of the rest of the flavor. Low carbonation, despite the huge head. Best of both worlds, perhaps.

Overall - It's really delicious to start and then the finish is disappointing. Nothing to steer me away from it, though. Definitely will get more of this.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark chestnut amber brown hue with a nice sized fine bubbled creamy tan head, leaves behind even layers of thick patched lace. Aroma: Biscuit dough tones but very sweet candi sugar, dark candi sugar at that with a very fruity undertone of apples, raisins, and molasses needs some cellaring but does the trick. Taste: Flavor has some bready yeast, mild chocolate, layers of fruit but nothing comes together well alot of complexity no cohesion. Mouthfeel: A bit lighter bodied than expected rather light on carbonation but still very silky overall texture. Drinkability: A mediocre stab in the dark at an awesome tradition of brewing, but I am glad an American brewer stepped to the occasion of trying to emulate a quad.

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Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,141 ratings.
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