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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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88
very good

352 Reviews
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Reviews: 352
Hads: 861
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 63
Gots: 175 | FT: 9
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007

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Photo of Burg
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice reddish brown with minimal head. The smell is raisiny with sugar underneath. The mouth is amazing. Tiny soft carbonation like caramel cotton candy. The taste is rich - bourbon soaked dark fruits, burnt sugars. Lots of alcohol notes and a bite at the end. A great beer to hang around with for the evening. This is one I will get any time I see it. (370 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter glass. This excellent quad pours a dark brownish mahogany with a light off white head of foam, borderline tan, that quickly dissipates leaving nothing but a very thin ring. Nose of bourbon, butterscotch, vanilla, toffee, figs, and brown sugars. Flavors explode with brown sugar and bourbon soaked fruit cake on all sides. Flavors fade to the back with brown sugars and dark fruits that mingle nicely with vanilla and figs. Slick and very low carbonation. A sipper for certain. Excellent. Another triumph from Weyerbacher.

Cheers (574 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, best by 4/2016...running out of time! Cork barely fizzles out, pours a hazy garnet, instantly fading head. Smell: vanilla and booze presence upfront, beneath is overripe black plums, brown sugar, cola and buttered brown bread notes. Taste: dark brown sugar, booze soaked date bread, grapeskin, prune, cola, a little toasted graininess.
Low carb, but nails the feel...full bodied, sugary, boozy, finishing fairly dry with herbal and grapeskin notes. This was good. I've sampled this "fresh" as well and found it too hot...4 years might be the right number of years. (578 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. The color is dark brown with a reddish hue. I was somewhat surprised that there is no head or lacing. The first smell is the whiskey followed by dark fruit and malt. When sipped, the first thing that hits you is the alcohol, followed by the dark fruit - raisin or fig, and then a nice sweet vanilla or toffee at the finish. This ale has a nice mouth feel; strong carbonation and alcohol burn. It's definitely a sipper. I'm a big fan of Weyerbacher and this barrel-aged quad did not disappoint. (523 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark murky brown body with a slight red tint. No head.

Aroma: There is a very faint oak aroma backed by a pervasive alcohol aroma which is obviously forgivable given the 11.8% ABV.

Taste: I get a light banana and sweet caramel flavor with some light sweet alcohol flavor at the end. It has a nice mellow taste and it is easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice smooth mouthfeel. There's no alcohol bite or punchy flavors.

Overall: It's a pretty good quad but it didn't have much complexity. While it is still an enjoyable beer I feel that it's kind of like driving a Lamborghini that has a "moderate ride." I would recommend looking elsewhere for a quad. (669 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice deep red, almost brown color with few bubbles but they do lace the glass as you drink. The smell was full of whiskey and deep oak notes combinging with the sweetness of the malt. The taste was heavy with a lot of alcohol but a good amount of calming notes of toffee and sweet bread. Really liked the feel which was thick without being syrupy. Really liked it. (372 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured an auburn brown boy with minimal head (if that) and no lace ring or patches to speak of. A very boozy, somewhat woody aroma with notes of dark fruits like figs and plums and there is this hint of candi-sugar/apricot like sweetness (no idea why). The beer is smooth and has a fuller yeast feel to it along with sugary and malty sweetness, like caramel, toffee, figs, dates(?) and possible raisins, even notes of vanilla sweetness from the barrels. There is a woodiness to this beer and some balance but the alcohol burn seems to overpower the sweet/fruit notes and the beer is good but seems disjointed and not cohesive. (631 characters)

Photo of Gregaroo
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! Hello! What a huge surprise! Quad resting in whiskey barrels less than an hour from my house? I picked up a corked and caged bottle from my local bottle shop only out of curiosity. Poured into my Westvelerten chalice - a (slight) bit of Belgium right here in eastern PA......relax, really just a reminder. Nice and tasty. If you can't get to Belgium, get to Easton, PA. (379 characters)

Photo of KinkyEconomist
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You are not ready for this beer. You think you've had strong beer? You think you're tough with your stout? This beer is strong enough to get me, as a 275 pound, 6 foot 1 man, drunk in one 12oz glass. I feel about the same now as when I've done 5 shots of whiskey. I'm not joking. As for the review:

Look: Dark and foreboding. You realize the sheer power you are meddling with when you pour it. Gets a very intense head, easily 2 inches tall, and lingering. Stays carbonated for quite some time.

Smell: The intensity really comes through here. It smells sort of like Teriyaki or Worcestershire sauce.

Taste: Again, very, very intense. This is not a beer you would want to , or *could* drink quickly. The wheat taste is very pungent, and this beer does not mess around- I really couldn't detect any other spices or flavors, but I will note I typically miss the subtle flavors other reviews pick up on.

Feel: The carbonation offsets the heaviness just enough for you to remember you're drinking beer and not the blood of a goat or something. But this is a very thick, heavy brew.

Overall: I did not realize what I was getting into. I like strong beer, but I think I've met my match. This is a beer for those that normally put away lager like its water. You will RESPECT this beer. (1,284 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

totally awesome beer. aroma has sweet sugar coated date, fig notes etc. flavors have hints of spice, caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, so well balanced and complex and awesome! (176 characters)

Photo of m_hall
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip yields a clear dark amber beer capped by a cream-colored head that left light lacing. This is a bottle-conditioned beer that has a considerable amount of sedimentation at the bottom, so expect a few floaters, though not enough to really make the beer cloudy if you're gentle with the pour.

Nose has sweet malt notes with ripe banana esters prominent. Traces of oak, vanilla and bourbon follow (unsurprising, given the bourbon barrel aging.)

Taste is very tart up-front; dark fermented berries, sour apple, some citrus come at you right out of the gate. Brown sugar comes in later along with a pleasant alcoholic warmth. Very little hops to be found. The finish is dry, Belgian-style.

Mouthfeel is mildly rich, slightly oily, rather like a spirit. The moderate carbonation is just enough to keep it from getting too thick, however.

Unlike other bourbon-barrel aged beers, Blasphemy never becomes too "booze-y." This is still definitely rooted in the Belgian Quadrupel style, with the aging merely adding just a bit of heresy (if you'll pardon the pun.) A very nice example of a strong-style beer from a brewery that seems to be making such ales their trademark. (1,210 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blasphemy has a bourbon, sherry, over ripe fruit and oak nose with traces of light caramel and vanilla. It pours hazy tea brown over a thin wisp of a head. It enters with sticky sugar and a little oily growing quickly to big fruity alcohol flavors, sherry, bourbon and a little alcohol heat on the finish. A big, balsy, full bodied beer with average carbonation. (362 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

C&C 750ml bottle dated 5.08.14 into a Perfect Pint glass at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: ruby-tinged brown with an offwhite pinkish tan head that sticks around. Looks syrupy and delicious.

Smell: huge cherry/pomegranate, with little overt whisky, though the vanilla and brown sugar notes may owe their presence to the barrel.

Taste: again, sweet cherry, with a tiny hint of a bite. Brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak, tiny hint of bourbon, a fair amount of booze, some other fruity esters. Very quaffable, but held back from a higher score owing to a general lack of complexity.

Feel: full-bodied and creamy. Like a really smooth, half-melted milkshake. For the style, hard to see how it could get too much better.

Overall: I had this a bit sooner than I otherwise would've out of fear of infection, of which there was absolutely no hint. I found this completely delicious and very enjoyable, and certainly holds its own against BBQ, 5 Monks, or Not the Stoic. Not in my personal top tier of BA offerings only because it's a bit one-dimensional, but for the style, it ticks all the boxes, and does so with some panache. (1,132 characters)

Photo of hp2skater
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour. Fluffy thick head that holds well. Unique quad smell of oats and bourbon aging. Taste is smooth and clean, not overwhelmingly alcoholic. An amazing beer that I highly recommend. If you come across Blasphemy, grab it before it goes!! (248 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.95/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (Bottled On: 05/08/14, Best By: 05/08/19) into a Rastal 2.0 stemmed glass. (initial pour was ~15oz)

A- Where I have seen bottle conditioned beers with lees that cake nicely to the bottom, this particular bottle had considerable sediment that was very easy to rouse. That said, a careful pour produced a mostly clear (with a few floaties), deep ruby color with a minimal, white, soapy head. (4.5)

S- Equally intense and complex. Brown sugary malts and a medley of Bourbon-soaked fruits: Cherry, Plum, Banana, Plum, Raisin and hints of Chocolate and Vanilla. Absolutely no alcohol is found in the nose. (5.0)

T- A blast of tart cherry and Granny Smith apple attack first, followed by brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness. Later, some oak tannin, bourbon and alcohol rise from seemingly out-of-nowhere, pushing the tart and sweet aside to dry things out. (5.0)

M- The bottle conditioning produces a pronounced (bordering on prickly) carbonation that masks an otherwise viscous beer in medium-bodied armor. Couple that with the immense flavor explosion on the palate and I find myself grabbing the glass with increased frequency. I have consumed less brazen beers that had much lower drinkability. (4.75)

O- This is another massive and massively enjoyable offering from Weyerbacher. The more I contemplate, if a Manhattan and a Belgian Dark Ale produced offspring, Blasphemy would be the result. Weyerbacher knows big beers and their barrel-aging program is sadly overlooked with Blasphemy topping the list. What's more, the value for a beer of this magnitude is ~$8/bottle and cannot think of a better BBA beer for that value. Now, if they Barrel-Aged Tiny and Merry Monks as well, I just may not seek out another brewery. (5.0) (1,758 characters)

Photo of ELind77
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Strange Quad. Nutty on the nose (with banana?), just like you'd expect. But the middle is sour: grapefruit, granny smith apples, hint of raisins and nuts. And then the after is sour and a bit bitter with hops but not overpowering. It's a very interesting beer and definitely worth drinking, but the sourness is a little much and I'm not sure I'd buy it again. (359 characters)

Photo of matridium
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

This is what beer is all about.

Beer is suppose to be malt, hops, and yeast and this beer rings through in all these areas.
The good about this beer is it is different then anything I have tasted. It is almost like a port wine! This is definitely a dessert beer for sipping! Not a chugging beer. The flavors are complex

750 ml Corked bottle, poured cloudy into a snifter.
There is so many flavors Its hard to describe but one thing I will say it is sweet, berry and banana with alcoholic hints to the nose.
The first flavor on the tong is sweet then immediately sour.
Very faint bitterness but unsure of what the bitterness is, hops or something else.
There is a little bit of a yeast flavor of esters, banana, raspberry like, maybe strawberry too.
I know this is available in the spring but this is very strong and will keep you warm on a cold winters night. I'm going to stock up for the winter!
Great beer. (931 characters)

Photo of mental_orbit
3/5  rDev -23.1%

750 cork and cage bomber
Poured very pretty into a goblet two or three fingers of creamy head, chidingopper cloudy color. Smells strongly of hot alcohol with molasses and fruity.
Tastes very strong booze taste, caramel, lot of heat and very sweet. Describe as whisky candy.
Mouth feel is quite carbonated leaves lips sticky with a medium body.
Over all the price is cheap 8$ lot of alcohol not my cup of brew, the booziness is overpowering hiding the quality of the beer also felt there was too much residualsweetness. (518 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml corked and caged bottle which I believe is from a fresh release. The brew appears a clouded mahogany color with lighter orange clarity seen around the edges. A tan khaki head rests atop with decent retention.

The aroma comes across very sweet like candy or beet sugar moreso than malt. As I smell the beer more, I pick up a little hint of caramel, toffee and vanilla with fruity alcohol. Some herbal and cheesy aspect evolves as it opens up.

The taste is sweet like candy then notes of toffee, caramel and vanilla come out from the barrel aging along with a little herbal note mixing with whiskey. There is a raw woody aspect and mild oxidation noticed as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy yet some of that is hidden by the excessive amount of residual sugar. After drinking some of this I could not tell if I was drunk or on a sugar high... (907 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottle (undated)
Pours an auburn color, seemingly clear but translucent dye to color. The head pours to a decent level of medium bubbles, but fades fairly quickly; a decent swirl is needed to bring it back for a couple seconds. The nose is dark fruit, tart - currant, raisin, but there is a significant wine feel to the scents, as well. Other sniffs I get a light tartness of blackberry and hints of alcohol.

The taste starts with the dark fruit from the nose, with some of the perceived tartness missing. Honey or maybe even diluted molasses sweetness comes first, then a fig taste that seems to want to tend to raisin, but is subdued by a drying woody flavor. From this comes an alcohol burn, which isn't storm and doesn't last too long. The ending is more if the dry wood notes.

This is an iffy style for me, but I enjoyed the flavors, and enjoyed the subtle complexities in the beer. The beer had an unexpected thinness (watery feel) too it, more noticeable as it warmed, but that was ok. On the other hand, the complexities mellowed as well, and since the style and ABC in general would make it a sipping beer for me, this prevented it from a higher rating. (1,172 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured at Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Pours a lighter amber color, mostly clear, with a creamy off white head on top. Smells like nearly straight neat whiskey booze and not much else here, maybe some extra sweetness from the malts. Flavor is a bit harsh with sweet candi sugar, light spices, some caramel, vanilla, and lots of straight phenolic booziness. Body is medium, not standing up to the barrels, with low to medium carbonation. Overall this was a bit hot for me, with the whiskey masking the nice hearty sweet flavors from the quad. (579 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a semi-cloudy chestnut color. The head...well, it sucks. Not even a finger high (off-white shade), with a fizzy texture similar to cola and horrible retention. No lacing, natch - but I do get some alcohol legs on the side of the glass.

S: Nice smell. I don't get the vibrant dark fruits I do from the best Belgian quads, but the whiskey tone helps to compensate somewhat with touches of oak and vanilla. Some nuttiness comes through as well. Letting it open up doesn't really improve it, but it doesn't deteriorate, either.

T: It's fruitier than the aroma indicated, in a good way. The barrel comes through initially, providing some oak and vanilla flavors. These notes continue all the way to the fruity-yet-alcoholic finish. I have to say, the alcohol isn't hidden particularly well. On the other hand, the booze has defined flavors of rum, raisins, and marzipan. After a while, the flavors become quite vinous (at times, almost tomato-y, but not quite). There is some complexity to be found: after many sips, I'm picking up notes of brown sugar and graham cracker. All in all, it's a pleasant quad with a nicely subtle barrel presence, but it isn't top tier, either.

M: The booze is almost startling on first sip - not quite to '13 Parabola levels, but definitely there. It calms down slightly after a while, but only slightly. Like most quads/BSDAs, it's well carbonated and almost airy on the tongue. Even better, the barrel aging hasn't made it too thin-bodied or clean finishing - and yet, it's still fairly drinkable at the end of the day.

O: This is pretty good. Like many 'Murican quads, it lacks that special something to rise it up to Belgian standards - and not even barrel aging can change that. I definitely think it's worth a try, though. I mean, it's pretty well priced as far as a barrel-aged beer goes, just don't expect brilliance. (1,894 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester.

Pours a crimson brown, with a small half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells like caramel, cherries, booze, whiskey, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is similar. There's a lot of good stuff going on here, but it's hard to drink due to how boozy this is. This seems to be a common problem with Weyerbacher BA beers. Lots of Belgian fruity yeast esters- some cherry, lots of raisins and plums, very sweet malt, and a strong lingering boozy whiskey burn. I get a little bit of vanilla and caramel, but I wish it came through stronger- as it stands, the booziness washes those flavors away.

Medium bodied, thicker than the typical Weyerbacher BA beer. A very slow sipper, due to the alcohol. Low carbonation.

Overall not bad, but needs 3+ years to calm and cool down. (831 characters)

Photo of sevreng
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle purchased from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh, PA on 6/19/14. Served in tulip glass.

A - Deep red velvet, one finger head on pour sinking to thin residual head quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - Bourbon, caramel and vanilla dominate.

T - Bourbon, chocolate, and caramel up front drying out slowly. Vanilla and caramel lingers on the palate.

M - Rich and creamy but balanced with appropriate carbonation. Leaves mouth a little sticky.

O - A sipping beer for sure, Weyerbacher demonstrates its talents with maltier ales and lives up to what a Quadruple should be. Definitely not an everyday beer, heavy and rich for the holidays. (642 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle. Pours a murky brown with a half inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is ripe bananas, bubble gum and cloves. Not really smelling any of the Whiskey. The taste is really where the Whiskey Barrel flavor comes out. Banana, yeast, coriander, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. Booze at the end with some woody notes and more of the banana. Whiskey finish. Lots of carbonation. It's an interesting mix of the Whiskey flavors and the typical Belgian characteristics. Pretty decent price too. Overall, intriguing beer I'd grab again. (535 characters)

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.