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 cosmicevan
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from bottle into chalice. poured a semi transparent purple-ish amber with a thin oily head that left no lacing. not as creamy looking as i prefer.
S - as soon as i poured it, the air filled with the smell of quad goodness. dark fruit with a heavy sweet bubblegum clove-like smell. very inviting and not even a hint of alcohol. smells great.
T - pretty nice for an american quad. not as sweet as the nose would lend you to believe. you can taste the alcohol, but it really compliments the flavor and balances the brew out. wasn't my favorite quad, but it was a tasty beer in its own right. had most of the normal quad flavors, but a bit thinner.
M/D - definitely leaves behind an alcohol tingle. cooling. much thinner than the quads i typically love. i'd go for this one again though, it was a nice quad.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a glass.

A - Darkish Red, not a lot of head, very minimal amount of lacing around the glass.

S -A very pleasant smell of figs with a kick of sweet alcohol.

T - Dark fruits with some hint of raisins on this one, the alcohol is not to overbearing for this quad.

M- Not to filling and not to light quite perfect for my taste buds.

D - Strong alcohol content, would not want to have more than 2 with this bad boy.

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

2008 vintage

A: Pours a real nice burnt copper color with a thin amount of tan head.

S: sticky dark fruits galore. Spicy clove and molasses. A definite alcohol presence.

T: lots of sticky sweetness. Prunes dates and raisins. Nice alcohol warmth. Lots of Belgian spice.

M: A bit on the thin side for a big quad like this. A little more substance would knock the score up to the next level. Good carbonation and alcohol warmth.

Overall: My first experience with quad was not a good one. It was a fairly young bottle and my first quad at the time. I had mixed feelings about. Now that my pallet has expanded coupled with a two year old bottle. This time it went alot better. This is a good attempt at a quad from an American brewery. Definitely good to keep a few around for when the urge strikes to have a big alc. Brew.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I suspect this is a relatively old bottle, based on the fact that it was the last one in Shep's. It is very unlikely that it is 'fresh'.

A - Pours a surprisingly light reddish-russet hue. It is capped with a decent amount of bone-colored froth that quickly recedes to clingy wisps. I was expecting a deeper color, to be honest. This looks like a Blonde Quad.

S - The nose is fantastic. This can hang with any Quad except you-know-what. Notes of rum raisin, dark fruit, prune, plum, dried nectarine and papaya, cloves and mulled spiciness, green peppercorn, etc. are the mainstay of the aroma. A wealth of sensory flights is here for the fancying.

T - The flavor keeps pace with, or even exceeds, the fantastic aroma. The focus is on dried golden- and dark-fruitiness, with a great deal of prune, date, golden raisin, pear and dried nectarine flavors shining through. Accentuating the deliciously golden-malt base is a clove spiciness and hazelnut-chicory richness. This beer seems to be criminally underrated. Perhaps it just ages tremendously well, and is not as impressive fresh.

M - The feel does well to approximate the Belgian feel, which is to say that it does about as good as an American brewery can in that department.

D - This is delicious, complex, and accessible.

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Photo of Bonis
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm thinking this was from last year's release, as it was part of the last 4 pack in the store, and quite dusty at that.

A - Pours a nice copper/orange/red mix. A nice finger of head settles to a layer of bubble. No lacing, but good looking nonetheless.

S - Aroma is of intense fruit and sweet malts. Fruit smell is typical in the quad, but this is much different than Belgian quads. It's a mix of many fruits, light and dark. Cherries, figs, grapes, apples, and apricots. Not much yeast like I would expect. Spices and a touch of alcohol round it out.

T - Very much follows the smell. The complex fruits mix with alcohol to give it an almost medicinal quality. A touch of spice and alcohol heat remain in the mouth after each sip. The alcohol is not too much... it's actually way less apparent than what you'd expect in a 11.8% brew. The huge amount of malt and sugar flavors probably help with that.

M - Not as thick as I'd expect. It's actually quite smooth and low bodied for what it is. A nice brew which leaves a nice sweet alcohol feel with each sip.

D - Scary easy for the ABV. This is one I'll have again for sure. Haven't had it fresh but I was told it is best after aged for about a year, so I will be aging a couple from this four pack and do a comparison with how it tastes fresh here in a couple months.

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

Cloudy amber pour. Sweet candy-like banana aroma.
A deep wiff reminds me of laquer paint fumes.

Good carbonation

Hits you over the head with the dry banana taste.

Alcohol is evident in the flavor
Banana and raisin flavors, rubbery and solvent aroma

Sweet, tart, apple-like malty mouthfeel.
Sweet alcohol finish.

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Photo of kbanks13
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass

Pours a hazy orange/copper color with a short tan head that fades to leave a nice ring and decent lacing. Smells of sweet figs, raisins, plums, spice and vanilla with a boozy tinge. Tastes like the aforementioned fruits plus banana, orange peel, spice, vanilla, brown sugar and caramel. Surprisingly, not that boozy considering the ABV and that most people complain about this being too hot when fresh. Low carbonation gives a great mouthfeel that is smooth and rich. Tastes great and has a nice texture, easy to drink but it does sneak up on you. I am curious to see how it would age, I might have to go find more.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. I bought some of this a couple years ago that I put in my aging area. What a nice thing to find in there. A couple months short of two years old, I think this is now much smoother than it was fresh.

No doubt about it, this is a big brew, but it isn't rude or overbearing. Especially aged. It has the Americanized Belgian taste I love - over the top on everything yet drinkableand well balanced.

I need to go out and get some more of these for drinking in 2012.

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Photo of jorg2619
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on close out for being over a year old!!! pre-aged

This quad poured a darker than expected color which was good but I was expecting more carbonation. The carbonation was not to low but was lower than I have experienced with other strong belgiums. The beer smells very spicy with hints of dark fruits and a little hint of booze. I was happy with the taste but not blown away. I tasted raisins, spicy crisp semi sweet malts, and some pleasant alcohol and yeast notes. While not earth shattering this quad is very good. I bought a few 12 oz bottles which are great for after work!!

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

I believe this bottle is about 1 year old.

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy orange color with a small off white head that leaves minimal lacing behind.

S:Smells of dark fruits and quite a bit of alcohol. Sweet, but not overpoweringly so.

T: Taste is of fruits like apples and pears and also very pronounced caramel sweetness. Vanilla is also present along with a bit of hop bitterness. Very complex, but still inviting.

M: This mouthfeel is out of this world. Extremely creamy and very very smooth. Although the alcohol is present in the nose it is very well hidden in the taste and mouthfeel.

D: This beer has bold flavors, and is very complex. The alcohol is there, but it is dangerously well hidden.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to reddish color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, sweet, dark fruit, especially plum and a small alcohol presence. In the taste, sweet, dark fruit, again, quite plummish, and a small, dry alcohol burn. Smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry fig and alcohol aftertaste. A bit sweet and boozy for the style, but not bad, average like.

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Photo of confer
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a one of four bottles that I have kept in the beer cellar for about a year and half. They were bought at the brewery.
A-Caramel brown with a small head.
S- Sweet, fresh baked dessert smell.
T- The taste starts as a sweet triple-like taste, then the alcohol takes over with a little burn.
MD-Very creamy. The high alcohol is very apparent and make this beer a little hard to drink, but as a slow sipper this is a good beer.

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Photo of claspada
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, cloudy golden color with a large white head that dissipates pretty rapidly, which is expected because of the ABV.

Aromas of various Belgian malts (Biscuit, Special B & Aromatic), maybe even some light Belgian candy sugar and possibly honey.

The taste starts off with some sugary/malty, fresh baked bread flavors but then the alcohol shows up a little. Finishes with a little more honey sweetness. I really enjoy this beer because each of the above flavors play an equal role and don't fight with one another.

Beer starts out thick and solid and still finishes fairly malty, yet dry. A sipper for some but for me, well I could finish this quite easily.

This is a good, after-dinner, sitting on the beach Quad if that makes sense. Definitely on the ligher side (malt depth and color wise, if that makes sense) Solid overall!

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

A-pours a cloudy amber with a creamy head that disappears quickly

S-booze is very obvious and nearly hides the Belgian yeast, has a banana sweetness to it as well

T-taste is very sweet, has a very sweet sort of bubblegum flavor to it. Big alcohol warming which pretty much dominates the taste

M-medium body, almost no carbonation, has a spicy finish

D-not sure about this one, too sweet and boozey for me.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a reddish brown clear color. No sediment or yeast floating around. Tan head. Aroma of sweet raisins and dark fruit. The taste is sweet with an alcohol bite along with a slight bitter end. No lacing at all. Very sweet but not bad overall. Medium mouthfeel. Not a style I routinely drink but not a bad sipper.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
1.97/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This is my First ever quad and this being outside my favorite style please keep these facts in mind if reading this review.

A-Quite nice a darkcopper to light brown color with a thin film of head which recedes to a ring but does not lace.

S- so here is where the party stops..you get a hit of booze strong right away rummish in nature but fruit esters present as well can smell the belgian yeasts.

T-completely wrecked by the prescence of Alchohol i am failing to taste much because i am so blown away by the booziness.

M-one of the high points medium bodied and does not linger too long which is nice because of the sharp alcohol notes.

D-I may try another of these in the future but not in the recent future as i will need time for the memory of the experience of this brew to fade...


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Photo of nobes341
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite Belgian style ales brewed in the Americas. I suspect I may have gotten an older bottle. It was still wonderful, just seemed a little darker and the flavor profile isn't as pronounced as I recall from previous bottles.

A: Appears finely filtered. A nice copper hue. A coffee cup ring of tightly packed, off white head and a few wispy swatches of head

S: Fruity, caramel, raisin. Slight bready notes. Hints of alcohol. Small whiffs of banana esters present while pouring and shortly after pour, but vanished as it warmed.

T: Sweet, dark fruit initial flavor. Some floral notes are present but not easily detected. Low throttled creep of alcohol warming the tongue and cheeks. A gentle roasted malt taste lingers.

M: Sticky medium-light body. Not too heavy, but enough beer to experience a mouthful at a time.

D: It really doesn't seem like an 11.8% beer. Not until you finish the pint and stand up, anyway. It is sold in 4 packs for a reason. It's a smooth drinker and is sure to cut your trips to the fridge down for subsequent beverages.

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Photo of evilkalla
2.29/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving: 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: A clear, raisin-brown colored liquid. No head to speak of, almost no carbonation to be seen.

S: Faint malty sweetness.

T: Some candy and brown sugar taste, however there is a strong resemblance to harsh rum in this one. It finishes somewhat syrupy with a sharp alcohol bite to it. I don't like it at all.

M: Almost no carbonation to it at all. A somewhat filmy feel to it which is expected from a beer of this gravity. Overall not a bad mouthfeel, but there is a strong alcohol burn in the back of my throat which I dislike.

D: This beer just doesn't taste good. Had three our four sips but I'm going to toss the rest.

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Photo of hardy008
2.45/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Amber color with a one finger tan head which disappears almost immediately after an aggressive pour. Smells of toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, and rum. Something seems like it is off.

The taste is similar to the aroma, and the flavors of toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, are somewhat weak. The rum flavor is not well hidden at all, and this is somewhat disappointing.

The carbonation is practically non existent, and may as well be called what it is, which is flat. I love a good Quadrupel, but this beer is simply not very good. It may be a bad bottle? I may give this another chance in the future.

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

Split a 12 oz two ways. Poured into tulips. Reviewed blind 4/19/2010.

Ar: plum, strong alcoholl, powdery floral, light roughness to alcoholohol and fruit, grape, very dark cherry (hints of tartness), candy sweetness, intense, complex, light rummy spice *subtle bubblegum

Ap: pink/amber, low light tan head, good retention, clear

T: grape, plum, raisin, very fruity, ends with dry fruit and earth, then slowly builds to warming alcohol, light floral, alcohol (but clean), candy sweet, rum with light coke spice, earthy complexities at end, *spice and alcohol are too much, *cinnamon/clove spice, *esters, *whole wheat, *toasty, *dark berries

M: medium body, low carbonation, smooth warming alcohol that builds slowly, ends a touch hot, becomes more aggressive as it warms, *sharp finish

O: unibroue?, the aroma is the best part, good but the alcohol takes over the taste, spice is a bit much, alcohol somewhat fitting for 11-12%, not rough but strong, unique, *not too sweet, after knowledge it is good for a US dark strong/quad

*= ideas from other taster

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured 12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours golden brown with a thin creamy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells obviously Belgian, with a ton of esters/bananas.

T: Way huge amount of bananas, really sweet, Belgian spiciness, lots of apparent alcohol, syrupy finish.

M: Medium with tight carbonation. Sweet all over.

D: Hard to get an entire glass down. It was just like sugar and alcohol.

Maybe it was the full stomach, maybe it was all the alcohol/sweetness in it, I don't know. I just didn't love it. Too unbalanced; it was very in your face with the alcohol and sweetness.

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

A: Next to no head, cloudy orange amber beer. Good active carbonation from what I can see, but very opaque.

S: Caramelly, not overly Belgian, but some earthy yeast aromas are there. No hops, maybe a little boozy though. Definitely Sweet.

T: Caramel is there, but sweeter, sharper and fruitier than the aroma. Perhaps even a coco taste? Cook coco I guess. But still just and underlying Belgian funk.

M Still. Not flat, just not bubbly feeling.

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

Nice and hefty quad, maybe a bit too hefty...

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Label design around a 4 letter quadrant spelling out "quad" in light blue and purple, with a small one liner at the bottom describing the brew. Given the remarkably poor way that Weyerbacher labels some of their brews this is actually one of the better design labels I've seen from them. Lacks bottling or freshness date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (11.8%) Served into a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazed ruby brown pour, with a generous towering head, good retention and nice lacing.

S - Sweet yeastiness with a toasted malt sense, very fruity: prunes, figs... And with a nice boozy hint to wrap it up.

T - Rich malty sweetness, unfermented sugar and fruity ranges with a yeasty note. A bit of spices coats the fig, and prune hints...

M - Medium-full body with generous carbonation and even a semi-dry finish.

D - Nice sipper, hefty and assertive but not overwhelming. Rather nice...

Notes: Quite a remarkable offering from Weyerbacher, maybe not the best I have had from them but it sure is up there. Ultimately it is quite nicely rounded for such a hefty brew, and may lack a few nuances to take it to a next level but it is not far from it.

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Photo of bsp77
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown that glows a glorious ruby in the light. However, almost no head or lacing.

Smell: Very malty and sweet, with plums, raisins and caramel most identifiable. Some musty notes come through as well. This is by far the best aspect of the beer.

Taste: Once again, very malty and sweet, but cloyingly so. One-dimensional with sweet plums and caramel. Barely a hint of the musty goodness from the smell.

Feel: Moderation carbonation, chewy body with absolutely no dryness on the finish.

Drinkability: Seems like a too sweet English Barleywine or Old Ale with just a hint of Belgian yeast. Disappointing Quad, but it does smell good.

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

This beer pours a cloudy ruby color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of bubblegum, star anise, and a hint of plums. The aroma is nice, but would be better if the bubblegum aspect where not so dominant. The taste is more balanced than the aroma. There is still significant bubblegum, but there is a lot more spice. There is also some heat in the finish that is really well integrated into the beer. I really enjoy this beer's flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a good quad...not great but good. I would happily drink this again though.

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Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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