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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Ratings: 1,148 |  Reviews: 554
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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 oline73
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 zestar
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 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 Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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