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 mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mini nonic from tap as part of sampler. Deep deep golden amber color. Sweet cherry and yeast aroma.
Taste is cherry and belgian yeast. Not too intense with the alcohol, but very well balanced and tastey. I was looking forward to this and it didn't disapoint.

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Photo of Scourge07
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into standard pint glass from 12oz bottle. This beer looks amazing in the glass. Extremely rich orangish-copper hue. It is unfiltered and murky, with little yeasty how-ya-doin's floating around throughout the glass.

S: Grape smell stands out. Notes of malts and pit fruits. Slight hint of alcohol.

T: Very elaborate taste. The dark fruits and sweet malts hit you right off the bat. This is about the sweetest brew that I have tasted. It's got a slight spiciness to it, as well as a bit of a metallic aftertaste, which I did not care for. Nevertheless, the rest of the flavors make up for it. This metallic aftertaste also went away once it warmed up. There is not much of an alcohol burn that I am feeling, however, the taste of the alcohol itself shows its head as the brew warms.

M: Very smooth - Next to no carbonation - Full Bodied mouthfeel - Nice and creamy

O: This is the first Quad-stlye that I have had, and I'm pretty impressed with it! You definitely need to appreciate fruit/sweet flavors to enjoy it. The mouthfeel is amazing. For the alcohol content, it goes down pretty well, but I don't think I could drink any more than 2 in one sitting. I also really enjoyed the look of the beer in the glass with all of the sediment floating around.

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

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a light purple body with not alot of head, that doesn't hang around. The smell is fruity, mostly grape. The taste is tart at first, a raisin taste, then it goes sweeter, almost grape with some berry taste. Nice mouthfeel and overall this is my first quad, and i think it is really good beer.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours purple with a huge amount of bubbles, no head to speak of and great carbonation

S: Lots of dark fruit up front, mostly grapes and with some hints of raisins and brown sugar, maybe some hints of berries as well

T: Lots of grape and raspberry tartness up front, moving into a darker sweetness of blueberries and currants, and finishing with an apple tart and dry sweetness. Pretty good.

O: This is one of the better quads I've had. For me, Rochefort 10 is still supreme, but this is a nice one and it's definitely worth a 4 pack.

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Photo of shawnsmith1
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper red into a tulip glass. 1/4" beige head which recedes quickly into a thin ring.

S: Estery and Phenolic. Dried fruits and brown sugar. Some herb and sour funk.

T: Follows the nose. Dried fruit surrenders to a very medicinal (not favorable) quality. Some alcohol warmth.

M: Lighter bodied than expected for the style. Cloying and medicinal on the finish.

O: Not my favorite quad. However it's only been in bottle 10 months; maybe it will benefit from a little aging.

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

Poured into a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This is a relatively young version of this beer as it comes from the 2010 brewing and so has about 9 mos. of bottle age.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a medium dark cherry wood or chestnut color with a thin layer of foam and a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves behind several leggy speckles of lacing, some of which cling to the glass and some of which slide back down to the liquid. The small ring of foam and some speckled lacing persist for most all of the beer.

Smell: The aroma has components of brown sugar/caramel with some presence of dark orchard fruits (prunes and plums) and some breadiness along with a faint touch of alcohol.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose, with some caramel/brown sugar and breadiness being accented by dark orchard fruits (plums and prunes) but with some definite spicy character popping out about midway through. The alcohol is still noticeable but is neither hot nor unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with light but persistent carbonation. The finish is on the long side of medium length and gradually drys out, loosing its sweetness as it ends with a nice toasted breadiness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is an easily drinkable beer but one that I found just a touch too sweet for my tastes. Without a glass of water nearby finishing this one might have been a challenge. When I compare this review with my notes on other beers in the style I think that this one lacks some of the complexity and subtleness found in the Trappist BSDAs. As with most Weyerbacher beers I think this one is pretty well made and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to it with another years or two of bottle age. I’ll revisit this review if I find my scores would change.

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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 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 Sixofsigmas
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour but yellow at the sides of the glass. Thin tan quickly dissipating head.

Nose of prunes, grapes, sweet malt, boozy alcohol...

Raisins, grapes, plums, very boozy, slow burn, very sweet....

Full bodied, alcohol burn, very little carb.

Definitely a sipper, but this is a nice glass of beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Auburn to brown and cloudy, without much head or lacing.

Heavy dark fruits, figs and plums, pungent malts, and earthy molasses type aromas come to mind.

Taste is wow bold and forthright fruity. Plums, figs, cherries, raisins all come to mind.

Body is actually fairly mild for a quad, could be thicker, but is pleasant nonetheless.

Overall it's pretty good but not spectacular.

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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 nycbeerfreak
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep hazy amber body with 1 finger head. Small carbonation and foam film top the glass.

S-Big time Belgian phenols and esters. Lots of bubble gum and dark fruits. Slightly carmelized sugar as well.

T-Lot of flavors come out strong and well-balanced. Yeast spice is evident but is well supported by the rich malt backbone. Hops are tough to detect. Rich with residual sweetness and a raisin-like finish.

M-Carbonation is high which dries out the body a bit for such a big beer. Alcohol is noticeable but not out of bounds.

D-Dangerously drinkable but more of a sipper than anything. This is definitely one of my most impressive beers I have drank in months!!!! WORD

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from mjtiernan. Thanks Matt.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City pint glass...

A - Pours amber with a one finger tan head on a fairly aggressive pour. There is a good amount of head retention, and even some slippery lacing to be had...

S - Sweet malts and dark fruits pretty much sums up the scent on this one. No alcohol comes through...

T - Plums, raisins, bannana, and some brown sugar. There is also a good dose of spice to be had here. A little alcohol warmth comes through in the finish, but nothing that's over the top, or distracts from the taste...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth...

O - All in all, a pretty solid Quad. Pretty smooth considering the abv. Definitely something I would be interested in trying again...


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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 siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 2 finger head. Good retention. Solid lacing. Color is amber brown.

S. Dark fruit. Yeast. Some spices.

T. Dark fruit, belgian yeast. Kind of a spicy quad.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

O. Easy drinking Quad that hides it ABV very well.

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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 pepjohnson
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A sedimented reddish brown hue, very unexpected for a quad style. Small one finger head which diminishes quickly. Lacing does seem to stick around for a while.

S- Belgian yeast and alcohol dominates the nose. Banana, clove, light esters and fusels. Little malt sweetness or other notes detected.

T- The smell stays true to form in the taste with belgian yeast foward and quick alcohol fruity, but dry finish. No hop flavors. Middle does have some moderate malt sweetness and a little raisin flavor to help balance the alcohol, but the belgian yeast is front and center in this one. Not much complexity in the flavor outside of the yeast.

M- While the alcohol is featured in the taste, at almost 12% is not overly harsh. Causing the drinkability to be pretty decent considering. Light carbonation also provides a smoother feel.

O- While I do like the yeast forward and drinkability even with the 11.8% abv, this is a very simple example of a belgian quad. Lacking the usual darker color or taste complexitites I'd expect. Would/will drink this again, but prefer other Quad's as better examples. Some age might do wonders in bringing more flavors out, which I intend to do.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12 ounce bottle in a chalice, fresh bought 3/10/11.

A: amber brown, clear, with a weak head

S: yeasty, quad like, not to complex

T: sweet, yeast, alcohol is there although almost 12% it is quite balanced, this is simple quad, true to style just basic you can't "taste the love" that others give to there beer.

M: good body due to high abv, and candi sugar, but there is not a lingering complexity,

D: this beer is a solid example of the style, I love weyerbacher they seem to put out many fine beers that taste better than most but are rated lower, they are under the radar.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper color w/ almost no head. I'm actually surprised this Quad isn't darker in color. Most of the quads I've had have been super dark. Oh well... The smell is very sweet- a sweet fruity smell- very raw smelling. Again, very surprised at the smell. Not bad, just different than any quad I've had. The taste is nice, probably the best part of this beer. The amazing thing is that at 11.8% ABV, I hardly taste any alcohol at all. Tart fruit and alcohol are the main things I taste w/ this beer. The mouthfeel is very tart and crisp. It's almost like a slap across the face. There's also a slight alcohol burn 5 seconds after you take a sip. Not bad at all. Drinkability is good, but this is a sipper for sure. Not a great quad, and definitely different than any I've had before. Aging this one for a couple years would probably improve it quite a bit. Maybe I'll get around to that someday. Glad I got to check this beer out.

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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 tone77
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits and spices. Taste is good, fruits, some alcohol, a bit of hops, very flavorfull. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a quality brew.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head that recedes very quickly leaving a thin foam ring around the glass.
Aroma is dark and red fruits with some booze. Not as strong as expected.
Taste is malts and mollasses sweetness upfront, followed by a bunch of fruity notes, mainly cherries, plums and apples. Ends in a kind of sour note with some floral hop presence. The Belgian yeast esters are also very noticeable giving a nice touch.
Body is heavy and carbonation is medium. Aftertaste is pretty lasting and yeasty with a alcohol bite in the end.
Overall a well crafted quad. Not as complex as the belgians but still a great value.

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Photo of jwinship83
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle traded to me by WhyBeNormal. thanks, mike! drank out of my chimay chalice. ive been looking forward to this one for a while because i love this brewery. no freshness information on the bottle.

A- this one pours out fo the bottle a brilliant translucent reddish amber colored body with a very tiny small cap of white head on top. the head is quick to fall and become no more than a crown. there is little to no lacing left behind.

S- the most remarkable thing about the nose is how subdued it is. i was expecting it to be exploding with flavors at nearly %12 alcohol but everything is very subtle. it starts out with a mild caramel malt and toasted bread like sweetness. after that i get a faint whiff of alcohol, and some raisins, plums, and apples. belgian yeast hovers around this also.

T- the taste is once again, more subdued than i would have expected. it starts out with toasted bread and sweet caramel malts before quickly moving onto some summer fruits. apples, plums, and a hint of cherry. belgian yeast makes an appearance towards the middle. at the end i get little in the way of hops and a moderately heavy dose of alcohol.

M- medium bodied with an abnormally low level of carbonation. moderate to strong warming from the alcohol.

D- this wasnt my favorite weyerbacher beer. not by a long shot. maybe some time in the cellar would have done this beast some good. too strong to drink a second one of, and with the surprisingly mild taste im not sure id want to.

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Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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