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 Bmoyer0301
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


This beer pours a ruby reddish color with hints of copper when raised to the light. I would not say that this beer is perfectly clear due to a slight amount of haziness, which could be caused from my never so perfect pouring skills. I did pour straight on in the glass and it only produced a slim cream colored head and medium lacing on my snifter glass.


I got a smell not quite predicted....pink bubble gum. Yes just like you are thinking, the old rock hard pieces of Bazooka Joe with the bad comics as the wrappers. Also, I'm getting lots of white and dark raisins ( or white grape juice? ) on the nose with maybe a hint of plums ? One thing for sure that I am picking up is some heat alcohol which makes my nostrils tingle with anticipation.


Slick on the mouth feel, almost slides in around and down my throat. I am pulling a dryness of brown sugar on the front of the tongue and again heat alcohol is present with a slight burn that warms you up on a cold Pennsylvania night like this. I don't want to forget to mention that there is a residual sweetness that is shining forward on top of the heat.


This is an amazing beer! and probably one of my favorites from the Weyerbacher line up. This beer is nothing short of a challenge to drink a few of especially with the high ABV. If you are looking for the perfect end cap to the evening or sitting by the fire with a loved one or a few friends this would be perfect. I recommend this beer to any drinker that is ready to explore the complexity of Belgian beers and flavor versus balance of alcohol.

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Photo of nukem5
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could not wait to get home with this one .Had one about 2 months ago at the local pub.

A: Pouring into my snifter it had a nice ruddy hue, almost like a dark orange/rust color slight head that quickley dissapates.

S: The smell of dark fruits, raisins,figs, plums... also a hint of bananas?

T: Very nice alchohol and fruits but equal tastes of all.

M: Full of flavors front to back of the mouth, little hops, niace malteyness and the warmer it gets the more flavors that are produced.

D: Would definitly drink this one and all from the folks at Weyerbacher over and over again and again.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Chimay Chalice. No dating indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of unpasteurized cider with a murky clarity. Head was half inch, off-white and creamy/loose. Head eventually dissipates into a skim clustered on one side of the glass and a thin band around the perimeter of the bowl. Some solid sheets of lacing, but weak legs. Nose is dark fruit (plums, raisins and figs), candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Taste consistent with nose; perhaps the addition of some cherries and a hint of booze. Mouthfeel is light-medium and lively, a little oily and finishes semi-dry. Not a lot of complexity to this one, but a very tasty and pleasant sipper that should be allowed to warm to experience some slight changes in character.

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Photo of cdpike
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into giant wine glass.

Pours a nice reddish amber with modest foam and a touch of lacing. Only slightly hazy. Nose is lot of sweet fruity Belgian esters with banana, clove, and bubblegum. Fairly coating and heavybodied, many of the same elements from the aroma come through in the taste, but more bubblegum wrapped in plenty of very chewy malts. The chewiness is balanced nicely with a brisk effervescence. Alcohol definitely coems through but is a great compliment to the rest of the experience. Finish is quite sweet and lasting. In general, this one is very enjoyable!

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Photo of longdivision
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
A - Deep amber with cascading small carbonation.

S - Malty, sweet, boozy.

T - Strong flavors of bananas and rum. Also, bready malts and raisins. Hints of tartness in the finish. a slight hop presence is buried in there somewhere.

M - medium-light mouthfeel. flavors linger on the palette. Warming to the throat.

O - Definitely a sipper, definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/golden color with a one-finger thick white head. Surprisingly light for the style - probably the brightest quad I've had to date. I prefer a darker shade to my quad. Head doesn't retain very long, and there's minimal to no lacing.

Aroma and taste are decent, but well inferior to some of the better examples of the style. There's yeast, banana and clove. Slight alcohol burn in the nose that shows up even more in the taste. I found the taste to be a bit medicinal.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied, with a sticky smoothness. Appropriate carbonation.

All in all, this is a fairly run of the mill quad. It's not bad, it's just not great. If someone else bought this, I'd happily drink it - but I don't see myself buying it again. There's just too many better alternatives.

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Photo of mentor
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin layer of light tan head over a cloudy red-copper liquid. Smells potently of candy-sugar with banana and mild clovey phenol. Cherry, and sun-baked wood. Other light fruits, like pear or apricot, orange oil, and fresh agave juice. Alcohol is clean and quite subtle.

Tastes wet and light-colored fruits with an undertone of phenolic edge. Honey. Juicy fruit gum after all the sweet and flavor have been chewed out. Sweet malt and candy sugar dominate but are just countered enough to keep from cloying by the phenol and also a mild cherry-like sour. Perfumey rides along with green raisin (the raisin is tainted like it came with a small bit of stem that I've chewed up, too). Some tropical character (mostly pineapple) and a peppery sting to the alcohol.

Thick syrupy mouthfeel that's partly cleaned off the tongue by fine and acrid carbonation. A bit too sweet and not quite enough cleansing alcohol. Complex flavor profile, but not particularly representative of the style.

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Photo of rapidsequence
2.52/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: The first pour into the tulip is perfectly clear and orange-golden color. It color is too light for a quad. It looks like an IPA. The head is very foamy at first, but fades in a minute or so and leaves little lacing. Subsequent pours have suspended yeast particles.

Smell: Smells very sweet and boozy. Sweet fruits like peach and apricot and some darker raisiny hints too. A nice dose of yeasty breadiness too. With a deep whiff, the alcohol burns the nose a little.

Taste: The flavors are those of the nose, but they're spoiled by intense ethanol and solventy fusel alcohol. Its so hot that its hard to drink. I'm tempted to say it tastes like liquor, but its closer to gasoline or paint thinner. What a shame.

Mouthfeel: Too thin in body, but its got some syrupy feel to it. Hard to tell with the solvents melting my brain.

Drinkability: Not good, I might pour this. The weird thing is I've had this before and thought it was OK-- at least drinkable. This one is not.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-a nice head pours with a very light tan color, about 2 full fingers of head that has pretty solid retention and leave a nice lacing on the glass. the color of the beer itself is a dark amber color with a light haze

S-the nose is pretty strong and brings lots of belgian yeast, clove, a bunch of banana, and some ripe dark fruits and presence of alcohol towards the end

T-the taste brings more presence of alcohol, big belgian yeast, the sweet banana is there as well. the finish brings some sweet dark fruits, mostly plum

M-the body is quite solid, the fuller side of medium body, a light astringent property to it, extremely smooth and perfectly carbonated

D-the alcohol is present but not to show how big it truely is, the taste is sweet but a ton of yeast and clove, it does have a nice mouthfeel to it, though I wouldn't drink another.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the Chimay chalice BuckeyeNation included as an extra in the awesome trade commenced in person recently. A fizzy head appeared momentarily and was gone, just like that. Not a hint of lacing, film, anything. The liquid was a beautiful hibiscus/amber/orange sort of color, with some startling clarity, despite the large volume of suspended yeast chunks. The color and clarity salvage the score in this area.

SMELL initially I got strong banana esters, similar to German weiss beer (got the same thing from Troegs Mad Elf recently). This faded into more of a blend of aforementioned banana, dark fruit, and thick malty sweetness. Surprisingly, the nearly 12% ABV was nearly undetectable.

TASTE is banana strongly at first then mellowing and joining better cherry, prodigious malty sweet body, moderately strong booze, and more than a little bit of hop bitterness.

FEEL is possibly the best part. Full, thick, rich and viscous texture with fairly strong alcoholic warming.

OVERALL Compared to most other Quads I've tried, this one is lacking in complexity, balance, and subtlety. It is a far cry from La Trappe or Samaranth, for example. But I am glad I tried it and thank BuckeyeNation for making this experience possible.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I almost hate to post this review, because I am a weyerbacher fan. I'm also a fans of Quads, its really the only Belgian style I actually do like. This beer is fairly brown and really red in the light, it reminds me of a quad in the look. The smell is what throws me, its all big belgian yeast aroma with little more to offer than alcohol. Taste is similar but adds a note of sweetness. Maybe because I've recently had Rochforte 10 and St Bernardus but this beer just really doesnt compare. I guess the quad is best left to the monks. I could see some people liking it but to me it was just yeasty and hot.

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Photo of MPLS
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heading in Belgian territory with this 12 oz offering from Weyerbacher. I am unsure as to when it was bottled, but I am assuming the bottle cannot be more than a year old.

A: Pours a rust color that becomes orange-red when illuminated. The body is full of sediment, cloudy and somewhat murky but bubbles still managed to rise to the top. They rise to the top off...what was a small 0.5 cm white head, but has dissipated. No lace, but legs.

S: Yeast and alcohol are what first tickle my senses. I could tell this was a Belgian style beer with maybe half a nostril. After the dominant alcohol, a whiff could kill a small infant, there is some fruity apricot esters.

T: The taste up front is where the malt hits - fruitiness that mostly is apricot, caramel sweetness, and the yeast gives the beer some spice. There is some heat that was expected after the nose, adds some big warming.

M: Light for what I would enjoy, carbonation aloof.

D: This is not your typical quad as the malt seems upped. Enjoyable mild citrus sweetness and yeast presence, but for some reason the alcohol was a negative factor in this one. I am one to advocate a little hotness and discernible alcohol sometimes too. All being said I thought it was an above average beer, but short of good.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Koningshoeven sniffer. If you hold the bottle up to the light, it's pretty clear for a quad, but when poured into a glass it's rather cloudy. Color is close to a ruby-red grapefruit juice. Little to no head, but remains a thin ring. Aroma is very faint Belgian yeast, mild citrus and spiciness.
Taste is kind of surprising. There's an initial flavor coupled mostly with carbonation, which fades quickly to a sharper fruity bitey "tang". A very decent small brewery attempt at a Belgian style quad. BTW, the alcohol at 11.8% is deceiving...similar to Mad Elf actually.

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Photo of Thur123
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very hazy and deep orange color with one finger of head that fades quickly. There seems to be a good amount of carbonation. The light makes the beer grapefruit red in the center. The smell is a mildly funky Belgian yeast smell with a sharp spiciness and what smell like buttery bread to me. In addition there is a slightly orange smell involved.

Glug glug glug

Well damn, big and complex. Although I'm new to the style, I can taste the orange, and there's banana there as well. As for the spiciness...I suppose there is coriander but there is also something with a little kick, much like cinnamon. The funky yeast taste complements this well without tasting like dirty horse or wet dog; although I am looking forward to the day I can get my hands on some real Belgian wonders.

Anyways, mouth feel is heavy and smooth if not a little thick and the alcohol burn on the end of this isn't overwhelming or even unpleasant but these could probably use some aging. Overall a good intro to the style and surprisingly tasty.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had other styles from Weyerbacher including Blithering Idiot and Merry Monks. They make decent, if somewhat unrefined brews. Let's see how this one goes:

A: Poured into my Unibroue glass a dark copper brown with no head and some detectable lacing. It looks more like a barleywine a la Blithering Idiot than a Quad.

S: Mild sweetness somewhat dominated by alcohol. Seemingly not as potent as the 11.8 ABV would suggest, so I suppose the folks at Weyerbacher did a decent job of hiding the alcohol.

T: Almost seems like an alcoholic iced tea. Not in the same category as a long island iced tea by any means; though for some reason I detect tea and lemon sweetness. Pretty good job, as I suspected, of hiding the robust alcohol content.

M: Weyerbacher's brews tend to be, to me, a bit unrefined and all over the place. While Quad seems a bit more refined than Merry Monks, let's say, it still lacks punch in the feel department. Kind of weak and lacks carbonation. Somewhat syrupy and oily. This could be a very good brew if it were a bit more carbonated. For now, it just seems like a minimally carbonated iced tea with lots of alcohol.

D: Overall, I could drink a few of these, and be good to go...to sleep that is. Not a staple for repeat attempts, but once in a while if I want to become three sheets to the wind quickly.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber body. No head at all. Not really what you want from a quad.

S: Dominated by dark fruits. Shockingly, alcohol is undetectable.

M: Thick and syrupy.

D: This is more like an English barleywine than a quad. In fact, it's a better barleywine than Blithering Idiot. In any event, a fine sipper.

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Photo of grayburn
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quad pours a bit lighter than I expected, an orangey color with a bit of red mixed in. The head is tan and rather small, but leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is a mix of alcohol and some ripe fruit, this carries into the taste as well, but really blends together well. There isn't really anything wrong with the combination of flavors, but it really doesn't feel like a quad or even a belgian strong-dark, but more of an english old ale. Very nice, just different.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy, finishing a bit too sweet for my liking, the carbonation is on the low side, which doesn't hurt the beer.

The drinkability is decent, I enjoyed this beer over the course of about an hour, not bad at all, but not otherworldly.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


The appearance on this thing is beautiful, the clarity! So it pours a nice one finger off white head that leaves a solid film over the top of the brew. The color is magnificent, a great amber orange color that has a brunette center. The color scale on this one is beautiful, very nice to look at. Gently alcoholic legs run down the side of the glass producing a very light lacing.

The smell is complex, much like the taste. Peaches and plumbs, pomegranate, and caramelized sugars. A bit of the ABV is in the smell as well as caramel toffee and Belgian yeast.

The taste is just like the smell. I have a feeling that my trader has aged this, but if not this is a splendidly fresh brewed Quad. Sugary plumbs and peaches are in the first tastes, with caramel malts. This is sweet, but with different types of sweetness. A malted sugar with candy sugars. The ABV is present, and it pushes out more sugars like figs. Great tastes, complex as most Quads are.

The ABV ruins a bit, hot on the tongue. The sweetness tastes great but hurts my teeth a bit. Other than that it all flows nicely. I am drinking this so fast because it is a very complex brew that is filled with interesting fruit flavors. I am loving it right now. Loving it.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Travlr
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was bright neon orange, a bit hazy, with a tiny-bubble head and almost no lacing.
Smell was apricots and caramel.
Taste was malt, with strong alcohol showing through. Hints of orange peel.
Mouthfeel was fair, not as full as the strength would predict.
Overall, not bad, but there are too many better examples of this style to spend too much time with this one.

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Photo of madtrixter787
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into tulip glass that did leave much head which dissipated in a minute or two. Nice amber red in color.

Smell: Very heavy malt and some fruit that gives way to the alcohol thanks to the almost 12% ABV.

Taste: Very nice warm malty flavor with good fruit hint. Also enjoyed a bit of bitterness from the hops towards the end which was then taken over by the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel with the malt, and appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability: This was a very drinkable beer, all of the flavors, though maybe a little muted, worked very well overall for the this beer. It will be very hard for me to save a couple bottles to age.

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Photo of TLove
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to glass tumbler

Very interesting quad with an even distribution of yeast in the body that smells of tropical fruits, tart apricot, and tastes of cherry wood and bready banana malts with raisin and molasses. Some citrus and honey, with a bit of syrupy caramel malt and incredibly complex balance.

Very well-balanced overall, with a bit of a funky, semi-sour component that is wonderfully reminiscent of some of the funky yeasts in Piraat and Houblon Chouffre.

Carbonation is moderate. Quad structure is prevalent throughout in its complexity and although the carbonation plays a role, the beer is quite soft on the back end. Really remarkable finish.

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

Pours a cloudy, copper color with suspended sediment. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of citrus (banana), sweet malt, yeast, and alcohol. Fits the style of a Quadrupel. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, citrus (banana), yeast, sweet malt, and slight tart malt. Overall, the alcohol is definitely not hidden, but good body and mouth feel.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a surprising amber/orange, with a finger of head, and decent lacing. The smell was an interesting mix of tart cherry, raisins, mango, apricot, woodiness, honey, molasses, and orange peel. The taste started out tangy fruity, then earthy/bready/honey/sweet, and then warm bittersweet at the finish. Alcohol surprisingly well-hidden. Felt syrupy on the palate, but the complex flavor mix and warmth at the end made it oh so nice. Very unique and well done example of a Quad.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz into snifter. Haven't had a quad in a while. This one's been kicking around in my closet for a few months.

A- A nice, muted khaki brown with a nice eggshell white head. An impressive cascade of foam through the pour... lighter than most quads I've seen but still very nice.

S- Fruity. Peach, mellon rind, grapes (white)... very fruity. Not too much else behind it, and not a hint of the 11.8% ABV. Much lighter than I expected.

T- Wow. What was lacking in the nose comes through in the taste. Very fruity, mildly alcoholic (in a good way). Pretty complex. Honeysuckle, mild coriander, faint raspberry, and a mild puckering tartness. Hmm. Very complex, not sure if all the flavors work together, but the net value is better rather than worse.

M- Pretty good. Alcohol is there, but not in any meaningful way... feels a few shades lighter than the almost 12% listed.

D- Moderate. I'll buy more of this, save it for a rainy day. Not an everyday or once-a-week sipper, I'd be happy with once a month on this one. Still, pretty tasty, and by all means a solid effort. Nothing on the Belgian quads, but a solid stateside effort.

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Quad from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,171 ratings