Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #95
Ranked #9,124
3.98 | pDev: 11.81%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 388 | Ratings: 993 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This bomber has been sitting on my beer store's shelf for the last year and I finally decided to buy it. Then I let it sit on MY shelf for about 6 months and here we are. Bottled 4/24/18, best by 4/23/18. I really liked the artwork and the cork/cage so I figured I'd give it a whirl. I think I paid about $9 for the bottle. I am pouring it into a Prairie Rastal glass.

Pours a mostly opaque garnet-rust color with a creamy popcorn head of 1/4 finger, pretty much staying right where it's at. Some agitation yields a little lacing but it's short lived.

Not much on the nose initially but as it's swirled and warmed I get some raisin, dark breads, slight banana, red grape, and whiskey. Mild and complex is the best way to describe it.

I like the sweetness on this beer. I can understand if others don't, but it hits me with nice communion grape juice first, followed by more sinister vinous wine notes, and then some caramel, toffee, and raisin bread. A touch of herbal hop compliments this to provide balance. Banana is underneath all of this, perhaps overripe, which is okay with me, lending sugars and supplementing the hot whiskey barrel that is underneath all of this. The finish is lingering raisin bread and banana peel.

Feel is very carbonated first and foremost, with a follow up of stickiness, heat, and finally dryness. Sticky dryness is left after the swallow.

Overall, Weyerbacher is one of those breweries I am left scratching my head about. Why do folks hate on them so much? I'm sure the choices in the New England states are quite competitive and Weyerbacher gets lost in the fold, but seriously they make some of the best stuff I can get in South Dakota. There's a lot of breweries that we get in our distro that completely suck but Weyerbacher is not one of them. This was an exceptional Quad, and if they have more I'd gladly go back for more. If I could find this in 4 packs I would buy a case. I'm usually the guy who rates things lower than average because I put a real critical eye to things. But this beer strangely, at an 89 has me perplexed. This is highly enjoyable, and has me questioning what flaws, if any, I'm missing.

Price paid : $8.99 / bomber
Would buy again : in a heartbeat

Sep 04, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper color, minimal head. Sweet malty aroma, honey, light barrel. Flavor is fruity,malty, molasses. Thick and syrupy, full bodied. Overall it is ok, this bottle is at least 4-6 years old, it aged fairly nicely.

Bomber, no date, at least 4 years old
3.5 rating

May 03, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Weyerbacher Blasphemy Quad, 11.8% ABV. Pours dark brown, with a half finger of tan head. Nose is moleasses and grapes/wine/dark fruit. Taste follows, some sweetness, some alcohol taste, with a slight bitter close. Good mouthfeel. Overall very good.

Jan 09, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(750 ml bottle, probably most recent release... poured into a snifter)

L: crystal-clear, ruby red liquid; very little foam on pour (not at all unusual for a Weyerbacher beer as of late)... after a minute, all traces of foam are gone, leaving it to look like a red-brown fortified wine

S: strong red wine dominant, subtle vanilla barrel character coloring... smells straight up like red wine for awhile; dark, toffee-like malts eventually poke through... nice aromas, but lacks punch without foam

T: rich, concentrated malt base - caramel, dried berries, hint of chocolate... dried fruits and vanilla, caramel cookie/chew emerge in the finish... aftertaste is moderately dry but carries lingering notes of med-dark caramel malt, brandy-like booze note, and a booze/wood derived mildly spicy/tannic bitterness

F: medium sagging body, stretched oily viscosity; mellow boozy flame alight at a fixed point at the back of the palate... virtually no carbonation, no tickle, flows still - but not a terribly big deal here

O: not too bad considering how off the wall strong Weyerbacher ales have been as far as alcohol profile / solvent-like phenols... honestly, this was the best (-tasting, >8% abv) beer of theirs I've had in quite awhile, however, the consistent raw/rough alcohol character and absence of foam structure/retention in their line is alarming... a bottle this size is a must-share - no reason to do it alone

Nov 21, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a goblet. BB date of May 2019.

Well hidden alcohol in this sweet, moderately complex quad.
Proper carbonation. Hints of dark dried fruits, wood, whisky and vanilla.

Sep 09, 2017
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottled on 2/23/16, best before 2/23/21.

Beautiful clear copper color with a large light tan head. Great head retention. Looks awesome when poured into a Weyerbacher cuvee tulip glass.

Aroma is a healthy dose of raisin and fig. A little bit of spice as well. The whiskey has really mellowed out but there is just a touch of vanilla. Smooth, rich malt flavor. No heat at all. Medium-full bodied and creamy.

Really enjoyed this one but the high ABV will sneak up on you. I cellared it for a year and I haven't had it fresh but I'm willing to bet it mellowed out some of the heat from the whiskey barrels. It's also a great value, as I picked it up for only $7 at the brewery.

Mar 19, 2017
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Burnt sugar, brown sugar, molasses, some alcohol, sweet and chewy. This is about on par with the best barrel aged Quads, even Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee.

Jan 14, 2017
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Imperialjake from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Its really hard to rate this as a beer because every sip reminds me of wine. However the smell and taste is that of dried fruit and bourbon. The taste is a bit on the sweet side for me. This "beer" is big and you'll know it immediately after your first sip. I really like quads but in my opinion this one slightly misses the mark. Maybe some aging will do this beer some justice.

Jan 08, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork & cake bottle poured into a snifter
2013 Vintage

Pours a deep ruby color with a small foamy off-white head that has short retention before settling into a ring around the edge. Smells of woody bourbon, caramel, toffee, molasses, candied dark fruit & dark malts. Tastes of caramel, molasses, fig & raisin with a sugary candy sweetness. Bourbon barrel isn't as pronounced as in aroma but definitely there. Slightly boozy finish. Medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish. A little rough around the edges, but still a delightful sipper

Jan 07, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/5/17
$ 10.59 (Including tax)/750 mL bottle ($ 0.497/oz). Purchased at the brewery, Easton, PA.
Bottle dated 03/23/16, 03/23/21, at 42 degrees into a Weyerbacher tulip at 42 degrees; allowed to warm to 50 degrees.
Aroma – mildly fruity, as if the person next to you is eating dates. I really had to horn it with my nose deep in the glass to pick up much aroma.
Head average (Maximum four cm, aggressive pour), tan, fizzy settling to creamy, low density and mostly gone while I set up the photo. Diminishing to a two mm ring and thin partial layer
Lacing - none
Body – Amber, chill haze, no effervescence. As it warms, the chill haze disappears reveling the presence of minute suspended particles. No mention is made whether this is bottle conditioned.
Flavor – begins thick and sweet. As it warms, flavors of candy sugar, some caramel, and a light, non-specific, fruitiness appear. There is no trace of hops except for a slight bitterness at the end. No diacetyl nor dimethylsulfoxide are present. No alcohol flavor or aroma are found. It takes several minutes for the gastric alcohol burn to begin.
Palate – full, creamy, soft carbonation

Overall a decent quad, somewhat different in the flavor profile from the quads from Belgium that I have had.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4.5, Overall 4

Edit: price data added 1/24/17

Jan 05, 2017
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KevCan from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared a 750mL bottle at my parents' house. My dad bought it from Craft Beer City in Jupiter, FL. Bottled on 5/8/2014. Best by 5/8/2019.

Look: Medium brown, cloudy. Little to no head.

Smell: Fruity sweetness and lots of alcohol, whisky.

Taste: Strongly fruity and sweet. Apricot. Not really what I'd call a Belgian quad. Apple cider vinegar in the aftertaste.

Feel: Light body, barely any carbonation.

Overall: Neat idea, but disappointing execution. Maybe it needed more time in the cellar to reduce the sweetness.

Dec 22, 2016
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a finger of dense light tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, oak and spicy alcohol
T: Taste is dark fruits and alcohol soaked cherries, with some caramel and toffee, spicy yeast, caramel, vanilla and oak. This beer is big and complex in the mouth. Swallow is more alcohol soaked cherries, dark fruits, caramel, spice and oak with some lingering vanilla.
M: This beer is big and smooth on the palate with soft but adequate carbonation. This beer has a dry finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this beer rocks the house. Great flavors and complexity that are complemented well by the time in the barrel. I like this one better than BBQ from Boulevard. I definitely need to get more of this.

Dec 12, 2016
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky reddish brown with a thin off white head.

S - Aroma is raisins, plums, toffee, vanilla and whiskey.

T - The taste is Belgian yeast, plums, raisins, caramel and a nice spicey quality from the whiskey barrels.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a nice barrel aged Quad. The dark fruit plays nicely with the whiskey barrel. Definetly worth checking.

Nov 27, 2016
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dogchasecats from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I can't figure this beer out. It tastes totally unique. It has a sweet whisky-ness about it, but has a fruity vanilla note as well. It's like a beer that wants to be a wine, probably because of its near 12% ABV. I like the description I read below 'boozy' as very apt. I bought a Howler from tap/growler shop. I'm drinking it from a totally inappropriate container, a Yeti 12 oz. The next taste will be from a CHICAGO CUBS 12 oz glass stein.

Nov 06, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep mahogany with a nice fluffy tan head and some sediment floating around. Smells of sweet caramel and dark fruits along with some wood and bourbon. Taste follows, but with a strong alcohol presence. Very rich, creamy feel, slightly bitter, and a good amount of alcohol warmth. Overall a good Quad, but a bit too much for me. Cheers!

Nov 01, 2016
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udfan07 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stein and it was a dark brown color with a small amount of head on top. Tastes of dark fruits and reminds me of bourbon with the taste. A great beer

Oct 29, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: cloudy, dark amber color, tan head
A: faint Belgian yeast, dark fruit, booze
T: follows the nose, has a wine like quality
F: lighter in body than expected
O: decent sipper, but I was hoping for more

Aug 11, 2016
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gutbuster from Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a densely murky dark amber in color that had a very brief showing of a light brown head, but dissipated completely shortly after the pour. No lacing present whatsoever.

Dark fruits on the aroma. Figs, raisins, prunes. Very earthy. A hint of wood. Boozy.

Up front we have a light caramel sweetness that quickly fades into our dark fruits. By mid palate the bourbon character shows up and mingles well on the palate briefly with our fruits of prunes and raisins. Somewhat sweet on the finish, with a amount of burn from the alcohol.

Full body. Very low carbonation. Dry and boozy.

Jul 26, 2016
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Rogerlb from California

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark attractive mahogany with a one-finger head. Aroma is spice, dark fruit, a little whiskey booze. Taste is bourbon, brown sugar, sugared plums, smoke. Wood of the barrel through the middle. Boozy. Hmm, taste is sticky and lingers, very brandywine; I'm getting some malt and some caramel, user justinb444 calls out "butter" and now I'm getting that too. Alcohol is a little harsh but I've come to expect this from Weyerbacher. They don't worry about hiding the ABV.

Sweeter than I might expect from a quad. Bourbon is not overpowering but present. Alcohol bites a little sharp and overpowers the spice as it warms. Hey, this is not bad.

Jul 09, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany reddish brown with a fizzy finger of slightly tan foam that dissipates into a thin fluffy crown.

Immediate spicy whiskey notes, caramel, dark fruits, toasted malt, slight smoky/earthiness.

Strong whiskey spiciness up front, slight flavor of baker's spices, big sturdy caramel and toasted malt bill, and tons of caramel and vanilla creamy sweetness.

Medium-full bodied, high carbonation, semi-chewy, prickly carbonation, a tad boozy.

Overall, I rather thoroughly enjoyed this stab at the style. Would certainly try again and age may do this some justice to mellow it out a bit.

Jun 16, 2016
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jopezu from Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark ruby mahogany with a large head that hangs out for a minute. nose; ethanol-fueled cherry, oak, toffee, hops, & leather. taste; heavy caramel malt, bourbon, fig, mint, citrus pith, earthy hops, light vanilla, oak, and... boy oh boy, ethanol. the booze isn't unbearable, but this is a hot beer. medium carbonation & slightly heavy mouthfeel. a bit indulgent & hot; boozy, but definitely has a nice, complex profile.

Jun 04, 2016
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LMO1190 from Florida

3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Like like what a Quad should.
Smells like dark cherries and whiskey.
A lot of whiskey taste here. Some Quad. A bit of a medicine taste to it.
Overall, this beer is ok!!!!

May 29, 2016
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - Typical quad look. Mixture of a brownish/copper/purple type color. Quickly dissipating head. Legs for days
Smell - Cherries, raisins, some figs and whiskey on the nose.
Taste - Starts off with those dark fruit Belgian quad notes but quickly fades. Fusel booze and whiskey barrel take control.

Overall - I love Belgian Quads but this one is too aggressive with the whiskey/booze for my liking. Insanity or SMS are much better options if you're looking for a big Weyerbacher beer.

Apr 28, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish copper with practically no head. The nose is fairly mild for the style - maybe some vanilla with a touch of alcohol. The flavor profile is overwhelmingly sweet and fruity - in a way that a Quad should NOT be.

The body is very thin for the style. The lack of heft in the body also makes both the sweetness and the alcohol burn hard to take.

This offering is a bit of a hot mess and nothing close to a Quad.

Apr 25, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a chalice.

Pours a garnet color, slightly opaque, with not much head or cling. Might have poured it too cold. Smells pretty good- malt, dates, figs, raisins, some cherry, some plum. Light bourbon and vanilla, a slight sherry aroma. Taste leads with the malt, much more bourbon than the nose, figs, cherries, vanilla, dates, raisins, some oak, a little anise when warm. Really smooth, lighter body for the style, but still full bodied, appropriate level of carbonation.

Great flavor, well blended, the right amount of the barrel. Have only had a few beers from these guys, but they've all been above average. This one is well worth a purchase.

Apr 21, 2016
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