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 silentjay
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mahogany with a slight haze and a light tan/offwhite head that settles to half a finger in height while lacing well.

some light stone fruit, a bit of copper, plenty of booze, as well as the expected dark fruits and spicy yeastiness.

flavor is better than the aroma, but there is still a metallic quality to it when its cold, but taking center stage is a deep fruity maltiness with the obvious raisins, as well as some lighter stone fruits and some slight tartness.

medium/heavy bodied with quite a bit of carbonation and a lingering sweetness/fruitiness/spiciness that is nice.

drinks well. not quite as complex as I'd like, but tasty and a tremendous value for the style.

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Photo of Kvlterbm
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pours a deep, rich amber color with a bit of off-white head.

S: Some spicy Belgian yeast notes at the front of the nose, followed by dark fruits. The plum and raisin really shine in the aroma. There's a slight boozy smell to it, but it's well-hidden.

T: Follows the nose nicely. Belgian yeast flavors of spice and banana that lead into the dark fruits. Some toasted malts towards the end of the tongue, followed very quickly by the warming alcohol.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel, a slight burn from the alcohol, and some light carbonation.

D: Nothing's too drinkable at 11.% ABV, but the alcohol on this isn't harsh at all. A very drinkable Quad.

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

A - pours a deep, rich orange color with some off-white head that leaves lace
S - strong alcohol smell, candied sugar, banana
T - alcohol up front with a lot of banana in the back and some yeast. a unique beer. I had it once when it was extremely cold and the alcohol was barely detectable - the banana flavor exploded. At regular drinking temperature the alcohol dominates. It's not often I prefer a beer like this colder rather than warmer, but there it is.
M - medium-bodied, a bit light for the style, smooth and slightly sticky
D - definitely drinkable for 11.8%, but the alcohol could be a little much for some. A very enjoyable beer that I'm throwing down for a few years to see how it matures

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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 BB1313
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice dark amber with an off-white head and little lacing. I pick up the yeast right away, w/ some banana and bubblegum. Taste pretty fruity, more banana, and candied sugars. Lots of cherries in the mix. There are hints of dark fruits as well. Mouthfeel is nice, not over carbonated or too fizzy; very smooth. Drinkability is good considering the abv, alcohol is well hidden. Very enjoyable!

Weyerbacher does their thing with their Quad. It definitely holds its' own with a style that's hard to perfect. Another winner from Weyerbacher.. recommended.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass

A: pours a brownish amber color that is cloudy, pours with a small amount of foamy off white head that dissipates quickly, leaves no lacing

S: very sour scent, slight hop character

T: sour taste that is quite strong, slight fruit notes

D/M: strong carbonation tingle, strong 'burn' from the sourness in the back of the throat, nice complexity makes it appealing to drink but strength makes it a bit hard to drink

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Photo of haazer
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Chimay Chalice.

A- Pour yields one finger of tan, fizzy head. Dissapates rather quickly. Brew istelf is deeply maroon in color, with orange highlights. Good carbonation. Almost no lace with this.

S- Spicy yeast notes upfront followed by dark fruits and caramel malts. The yeast is distinctly belgian, phenolic and complex. Fruits include raisins and plums. Alcohol is present but not overbearing, actually pretty well masked.

T- Spicy, fruity flavor. Very spicy yeast strain. That leads the way into black berries, dates, grape and candied sugar. Its funny, the malts begin after the fruit but a rush of boozyness knocks them out of the park. But then the malt makes a comeback and blends with the booze to mellow out the heat. This beer is kind of all over the place towards the end of the palatte.

M- Medium bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. Very warming body and throat. Carbonation is there, but almost blotted out. Almost feels like drinking Nyquil, obviously not as gross.

D- I actually think this is better served cold from the bottle. On tap this is a different beast altogether, and IMO would fall into the A- range. Bottle conditioned its still decent though. Booze is a little intense, but the standard Quad flavors are there. A sipper for sure that should be respected, but not cherished as such others in this style.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice hazy mahogany pour without much head and basically no lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruits and hints of alcohol on the smell here. Definite Belgian yeast strains and very well balanced.

T: I'm hit first with the dark fruits and some candied sugar on the taste, it's very sweet. Backed up with some spiciness and bits of alcohol, which stick around on the aftertaste.

MF: Light bodied with a bite of carbonation.

D: Pretty sweet and boozy which I don't dislike, but it hurts the drinkability.

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

Weyerbacher Quad has a light brown colour and a head that fades very fast and doesn't leave that much lacing. The smell is malty and maybe a little chocolaty. The taste is malty with hints of cinnimon and maybe cloves. The alcohol isn't particularly noticable given the ABV.This beer is foamy and deliciously spicy, a very intertersting brew

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Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bananas, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, bananas, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty good brew. I didn't check the ABV on it before drinking it, but I could tell it was quite high from the flavor (I was right). Had a good sweet flavor from the malt and fruit present with the alcohol shining through on the followthrough. Definitely warmed my throat up upon swallowing. A must try for anyone who hasn't.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at room temperature -> Brewer's Art chalice

A - clear, deep amber. Thin head, no lacing.

S - Sweet bread, light alcohol, earthy musk

T - doughy, licorice, hint of bubblegum, dark cherry. Sweet candy after taste.

M - coating, light alcohol burn

D - definitely a sipper. Nipped at this single 12 oz pour over about an hour. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but it's a one time a night kind of brew.

Shared one with my cousin who is new to craft beers. He was floored.

I plan to get another four pack to lay down in the cellar for a year or two.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours a rich mahogany tone with maybe a finger of beige head lacking much retention (no big surprise there); spotty lacing.

sweet malts, spices, banana/bubblegum and a touch of clove headline a nice, robust nose.

flavor follows the aroma well, met with some belgian yeast and a candied fruit sweetness. i'm picking up on a peppery note as well. tasty and complex, not overly sweet. very well-hidden 11.8% ABV... really enjoying this one.

medium-bodied mouthfeel, medium-plus carbonation. easily one of the best american-born quads i've every had.

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Photo of headbucket
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:pours with a small, off-white head that recedes.minimal lacing left on the glass. When held up to the light this beer appears a nice ruby color. However, when a flashlight is shone on it,against a dark background, the beer looks like chocolate/light cola.

S: sweet malt with a distinct belgian yeast twist.

T: dark malts, brown sugar on the start and middle, sweetness and a dark but not strong fruit flavor on the end.

M:medium bodied with decent carbonation feel to it.

D: very good. Hides the alcohol very well and isn't too sweet. Only have one, but I could see drinking two in one sitting if I was in the mood and had a few hours and didn't need to stay sober.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip. Deep reddish amber see-thru body with near 3 fingers of creamy head that settles down into a skim after a few minutes, but leaves plentiful sticky lacing behind.

Bubblegum and banana are the strongest aromas, floral and fruity notes, cloves and yeast are background players. Tastes very much like it smells, with the addition of bitterness and carbonation that both start very modest but snowball into significant parts of the flavor profile by the swallow. Smooth sweetness and cloves throughout. Light brown sugar, the barest hint of tobacco. Not wildy complex, but the flavors are nicely integrated, and the alcohol is alarmingly well hidden.

Overall impression: I'm not convinced there's much potential for aging, but it's a pretty solid as is.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a not-too-foamy or large headish copper brown but leaves a touch of lace. Hearty smell, not real boozy, but yeasty with some tropical fruit/orange notes that are typical of a Belgian and there are some sweet sugary notes. Touch of spice like pepper but can't really go into detail. A sticky, thicker, heavier body hits my tongue. Raisins, figs, dark fruits like grapes and possibly black cherry and a touch of sweet fruit are all in there, as well as a little zip of clove or pepper (coriander?) along w/ citric notes like orange and banana for that hint of sharpness. A tad vinous to me b/c of high ABV, the malts are noticeable w/ a touch of sweetness for balance as there is some caramel, candied-sugar and a touch of toasted malt is barely in there. A slow sipper as not only is the thickness and heartiness of the beer alot to take in, but quite frankly the ABV warms the mouth (like a quasi-shot of whiskey) and I can actually feel my lips and tongue slightly warmed and a twang of burn in the chest (not like a horrible hot streak when you take a shot of Wild Turkey 101). I enjoyed this quad but it just didn't have the exceptional taste or diversity of beers from Belgian; still, a very good representation of this style and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of bamadog
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I finally got around to picking one of these up. Review is from notes taken on 12/17/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a deep, ruddy coppery color and starts with a 1/2 finger light tan creamy head that fades quickly to a thin and uneven cap; body is very clear and shows moderately strong, but slow, carbonation bubbling up throughout;

Smell: Oh my, quite nice and really robust -- lots of dark fruitiness, like figs, raisins and plums, as well as a smoother, tropical banana-esque fruitiness from the strong Belgian yeast; a nice set of deep Belgian spices (cardamom, allspice, perhaps some cinnamon); warming presence of alcohol, but it's not overly dominant or very phenolic or anything, it's there, but well blended.

Taste: This is very much like the smell, with some subtle nuances that didn't appear in the nose -- the dark fruitiness is there and holds the spices quite closely to them; the yeast is very potent and a lot of the smooth, banana-like esthers; the alcohol is also present, no doubt about that, as this beer is rather hot at near 12%, but again, well blended; there is also a bit of an underlying hop bitterness underneath it all.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and does indeed have strong carbonation, but it's not nearly sharp or anything, just very potent; the gums are left very tingly from the carbonation and high ABV, and the belly is left quite warm; the alcohol lingers on the breath and it's hot -- I feel like I could almost light my breath on fire.

Drinkability: Well, the ABV is hot, as you've probably noticed from the rest of the review, but it's a damn fine beer. Great flavors, and I love the nose on this one. I think I may pick up a 4 pack and put it away for a couple of years to let the heat fade. A great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Malheur goblet.

Pours a deep amber hue with a thin white head that drops quickly to a wisp of foam.

Aromas of sweet malt, tobacco, licorise. And bubblegum. No hops to speak of in the aroma.

First sip is of sweet malt, hints of tobacco and licorise. No hop flavor. A little bite from alcohol and carbonation. Finish is short with a flavor of hot(alcohol) malt.

Mouthfeel is thin for such a big beer, almost watery. Too thin for a quad.

Drinkable beer. Not very memorable. Nothing to really stand out, other than thin mouthfeel. Not what I expected from a quad.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a dark burgundy with a little bit of a haze. A small head, about a finger's worth, dies down quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Big dark fruits, black cherry, plum, dates and maybe a little fig. There is a decent amount of Belgian yeast and some malt base. There is also a little candi sugar and just the slightest amount of alcohol.

T- Dark fruits are present immediately followed by the candi sugar and Belgian yeast which seem to go hand in hand. The alcohol is not even present, which is always nice.

M- Full bodied brew that has just the right amount of carbonation, which isn't very much. The beer just feels smooth on the tongue and on the way down.

D- This is another dangerous beer. Great flavors and a nice smooth feel combined with a well hidden high ABV, makes these easy to put down. Like they say, enjoy in moderation.

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Photo of Rmason104
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Nice dark brown, slight beige head to it.

S: Great malty, dark fruit sweetness to this one. Sign of good things to come!

T: This one is pretty sweet, but not cloying. Has the dark fruit (raisin, prune) type flavors that you expect from a quad.

M: Fairly thick, but the alcohol helps to cut it from being over the top.

D: Be careful! This is a tasty, sweet elixir that will fool you into thinking it's harmless. The alcohol is well-hidden, but just present enough to provide balance.

I really liked this one. Will add it to the list of quads that I enjoy over the winter months.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new chalice. Poured a lighter amber color with golden highlight's.White fizzy heading in which fizzed out immediately but does leave a slight white covering.No real lacing to speak of.

Smell is very fruity. Ripe fruits with a lighter Belgian tones,yeasty,peppery,corriander.

This is a tasty one.Heavy with fruit and a nice toffee taste. Yeasty fruity notes with a blast of candy sugar.An awesome peppery and spiciness is left on the palate.Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouth is full bodied with an amazing carbonation action.

Awesome tasting Quad and very drinkable for such a high ABV.

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Photo of wampahoofus
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with lots of white frothy head. Lots of carbonation. Two solid inches of head with a good deal of lacing.

S: Fruity and just a bit flowery to the nose.

T: Sweet and fruity. Quite a bit of carbonation remains. A very strong boozy aftertaste emerges at the end.

M: The alcohol overwhelms the palate. It lingers for quite a while after the sip.

D: This is much too boozy to be considered drinkable. I very nice sipper in a snifter but not one to knock down with friends.

For the style, this is too boozy and does not have enough of the fruity esters that would be expected. The carbonation is excellent. Weyerbacher should bottle it in a 28oz bomber with cork and cage (if they do not already do so) All in all it is a very solid brew and I am enjoying it quite a bit.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- I gave this one a pretty rough pour into a Chimay chalice. The result is a pretty perfect sized off white head. Retention isn't great, nor is lacing. For what ever reason most American quads are much lighter than Trappist ones. This one is lighter but some where in a middle ground. Its a deep Ruby with little haze.

S- Obviously earth really helps to open up the smells here. But even then it isn't very strong. There is lots of cherry and sweet fruits. Even lots of banana and other yeast esters.

T- This tastes quite nice. Its super sweet but not in a cloying way, at least to me. Lots of cherry, plum and figs. There is a little bit of spice and alcohol.

M- Dry, medium carbonation and fairly full body.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A nice ruby amber color which boarders on a blood orange type hue. The head is very decent in size and really sticks to the glass.
S: Strong malt aroma that also hits you with the alcohol There are some hints of hops and you can sense some sweetness as well.
T: Very light and sweet from the malt. But up a nice bready flavor with some hints and really doesnt overwhelm you for how strong it is.
D/M: WAY too drinkable for how strong it is. Its nice at first but then you realize how strong it is. Very sweet but does not stick to the palate.

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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 BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quuuiiizzzaaddd on tap at The Hulmeville Inn, I had this out the bottle a few times and now on tap, in a huge goblet, yikes.

Quad pours out a dark burnt copper/orange color that kinda glows and is not all that clear looking, some haze within. Looks lighter than alot of quads without the dark browns. A bit of foam on top, nothing huge. Smells is dark fruit, apple, plum, maybe some apricot, some candi sugar, grapes, alcohol, earthy hops maybe. Taste is different than in the past, or maybe thats the tap. There is a nice interplay between the fruit and the yeast, with less of a showing from the deep candi sugar, it's there, but not up there as it's Belgian counterparts. Some alcohol towards the end. Feel is above medium, fullfilling, sharp, lightly carbed and not really hot, but there is a warming quality. Not as sweet and ligering as the Belgians, this had a nice American twist. I'll keep my eyes out for some vintage versions to see how this evolves.

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Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,148 ratings.
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