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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

356 Reviews
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Reviews: 356
Hads: 871
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 19.18%
Wants: 65
Gots: 177 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 356 | Hads: 871
Photo of Heynow007
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great taste and mouth feel. Has a fruity /alcohol taste. You can taste the whiskey. I picked this up at the local Joe CAnals. Cost wasn't too bad am
Nod was in a bomber bottle. There's not much head, but you can expect that from a 11.8% beer.
I generally like the stouts, but also like these whiskey barrel beers. This one tastes a lot like Dogfish Heads Olde School, but with a little less ABV. (15% vs 11.8).

Deep red color

I love the smell. It has a fruity smell and makes me want to drink it.

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Photo of tmiceli23
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber color, no lacing, no head, hazy whole way through.

S- Booze right off the bat, the bourbon really comes through in the smell. Notes of carmel, sweet malts come through, little to no hop presence.

M- Rich, full bodied, good carbonation.

T- Matches the nose, booze is very strong, even stronger with the bourbon. As it warms up the rest of the malt notes come through. Notes of cherry and malt cut through the bourbon.

Overall- One of my favorite bourbon barrel aged beers. Putting a few away for aging. Should get better with time, another great beer for wheyerbacher.

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Photo of MaoZ49
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about this beer that would serve it justice? By all means, it is not perfection, but if perfection were a destination, 'Blasphemy' would be a stop very near the end of your journey. The first couple of sips were a little overwhelming. Afterwards, however, the ride is smooth sailing. The vanilla tones are very pronounced, which is a good thing in my opinion. I am also a bourbon drinker when it comes to the harder variety of alcoholic beverages. The bourbon barrel aging process makes drinking this beer akin to going home and enjoying a nice glass of lemonade on the porch with grandma. I have nothing negative to say about this brew, so drink up and enjoy!

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Photo of Burg
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of Franchise
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering pours a maroon clear body leaving a thin tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma is very strong fruit, dark pitted, plums, vanilla, oak, earthy grassy hop feel. The taste starts sweet upfront, fruity, a bit of heat from the alcohol. The finish is bitter more than expected with a faint bourbon oaky, vanilla feel. This is a darn smooth quad, one that is made for sipping.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

First thing that comes to mind is WOW!
This is great it's kind of like a low abv bourbon boilermaker. The bourbon flavors and aromas are extremely prevalent. They mingle well with the Belgian yeasty flavors ones would expect from a quadruple. This is perfect harmony, the hops keep the sweet bourbon flavors in check while the malt is all smooth and graceful. Alcohol is a little strong on the nose but it's well hidden on the tongue. This was only 9$! For a something that is aged 2 years they could easily charge more but they don't! You have to try this if you like beer and you like bourbon.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a bottle of this beer with Stopper last nite. The beer is cellar temp and probably 6 months old. I am pouring into a snifter.
The beer is clear amber color with ruby highlights. Fizzy off white head fades to an edge layer quickly. Aroma is boozy, with mild bourbon and wood, some general fruitiness, and a lot of cherry scents. First sip reveals a slightly syrupy texture with fine rolling gentle carbonation. Flavor is complex with mostly sweet malt notes mixing nicely. I get caramel and bourbon with dark fruit, again I think cherries are in the flavor too. Not as boozy on flavor as nose advertised. Fairly easy to drink and nicely done.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doing a side by side of two American made Quads. Blasphemy by Weyerbacher and Judgment Day by the Lost Abbey. I'm a huge fan of both breweries so I'm wondering which I'll prefer and I'm sure whichever one wins, they'll both be pretty good. I havent had too many American Quads that I've liked but I recall having weyerbachers Quad a few years back and being rather impressed. Both bottles are fresh so lets see how it goes.

Deep amber color with a very thin head, noticeably lighter than Lost Abbey's Quad. Not much lacing. Vanilla oak and rum soaked raisins on the nose. Dark juicy and ripe fruits. Some toffee and candy underneath it all. Subtle considering the size of the beer. No detectable booziness. Blasphemy is much fruitier smelling than Judgment Day.

Very nice and smooth. Body thinner than expected. Pretty subtle, the way quads should be. Subtle sweet fruits and candy on the tip of the tongue. Vanilla and caramel coat the sides of the mouth. Oak dominates the finish but it's not overbearing, just reminds you that the beer is barrel aged. Warm alcohol coats the throat on the swallow. Aging has really mellowed Weyerbachers quad out a lot and the barrel introduced some more complex flavors to the mix. Lots of deep flavors to dig for including hints of butterscotch, belgian candy sugars, the obvious dark fruit bowl mix and even some brighter fruits. Balance is pretty damn good and the beer overall is pleasant to drink, slowly of course. Not as good as most of the Belgians I've had but a good show for being brewed on American soil.

Overall I preferred the Weyerbacher Blasphemy to the Lost Abbey Judgment day but this doesnt mean Judgment Day was bad in the least. While neither can really compete with true Belgian Quads, both breweries did a pretty damn good job of not destroying the style, in fact I'd have to say they both made progress of being truer to style than most. While I do chose Weyerbacher Blasphemy as the victor, it has had the advantage of having a bit of aging on it at the brewery letting the beer mellow out and become a bit more complex. If I recall, while weyerbacher quad was very good, it was a little sloppier than it's barrel aged counter part. Good show by both breweries though, I enjoyed them both.


2013 release is AMAZING!

Dark fruit and bourbon notes on the nose, cherries and raspberries with notes of oak and vanilla.

Smooth and much lighter bodied then expected. Super fruity and complex. Dark fruits, raisins, currants, rolls into this sweet vanilla infused berry marmalade as the oak takes over. Bourbon comes through just enough to let you know it's there, sweet belgian candi sugar notes make a suprise appearance on the back end. Finish consists of a drying touch of oak making this one of the smoothest Quads, Bourbon Barrel Aged Beers, and above 11% abv brews I've ever had. Go wyerbacher, this beer is ready to drink and one of weyerbachers cleanest tasting offerings yet.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange-yellow, with very little head but a ring of bubbles around the edge.

S: Smells of a mix of bourbon and spicy yeast also a hint of vanilla. The barrel really is prominent in the nose.

T: Plum, raisins, dates, caramel, oak, pepper, cracker/bread yeast and alcohol warmth.

M: Nice carbination with a dry finish.

D: If you enjoy alcohol warmth, as I do, this is a great sipper. Great beer to settle down with after a long day.

There was a lot of bourbon in the nose but the flavor was more plain or red wine oak. Iwould like to know what they used. Great beer.

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Photo of matridium
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

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Photo of shamrock1343
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle. Brown color with cloudiness, very little foam and disappears quickly.

Some Bourbon smell with a hint of vanilla

A little sweet.. you can taste the bourbon.

Nice and smooth mouthfeel. Sweet at first then a little tart.

A great beer. I need to buy another to age.

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Photo of Risser09
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass - 2007 bottling
I've quite a bit of this and never reviewed it. Let's see how it goes.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a bit of brown hue in the ale. The head rises nearly 3 inches and is light tan in color. The bubbles are tiny with an overall thick and cake-like appearance.A real surprise is the lack of large bubbles. Plenty of lacing has been left on the sies of the glass. Very good.

Smell: Caramelized apples and pears. Probably moreso in the pear department. Alcohol, rum soaked raisins, Jim Beam, overripe cherries and plums. Strong aromas that lead to an alcohol nose.

Taste: Wham. Those apple and pear flavors are up front. The midtones are rum breadiness, dried figs, and roasted & sugared almonds. Finish is a comforting bourbon strength of sugar, citrus and sour cherry. Alcohol is definitely there. Complex.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation hits the tongue and sugar takes over. Then alcohol warms the mouth, throat and stomach without delay. You are left with a dry tongue and a very nice warming belt, which would accompany a cold winter night quite beatifully.

Drinkability: I wouldn't do more than two of these in one sitting, unless I had nothing else to do in the morning. QUAD was one of my favorite beers from Weyerbacher, but I think this one is better. You need to be a fan of nice liqours to appreciate this beer. It is close in flavor profile to some of the finer rums I've had the privilege of experiencing in my life. The sweetness of the barley with the bourbon risiduals is tantalizing and should age with grace. Other reviews of this beer view it as a last ditch effort to put another big beer in bourbon barrels, which is probably true, but this one is successful in the end. I for one, give big thanks to a brewery who puts the effort into barrel aging, while keeping their prices at an affordable level, AND producing a very complex product. Few could replicate this complexity with a wine or other beer that is comparable in price. Good job Weyerbacher.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle drank side by side with a 2006 Quad.

A:Slightly darker than Quad. Tons of floaties. Minimal white head.

S: Nice big oak right up front which was surprising given the time on the bottle. Just like the quad except for the oak. Not a surprise but nice to see.

T: Much sweeter and boozier than Quad. That part was surprising.

M: Very thick mouthfeel.

D: Really boozy but very drinkable. I think I would say this beat out the Quad but both were great in their own ways. Too bad this one will soon no longer be made.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is really, really good. For starters, you pop the cork (well maybe, this cork broke off halfway, leaving me wondering if I will enjoy this beer this AM. And a little frustrated, damn corks. OK, no worries, I got the other 1/2 and it just pops. Big aroma of whiskey, oak, vanilla, butterscotch. Yes butterscotch, delicious.

Nice appearance. Opaque, murky, wonderful brown. Aroma? Yes this has it, previously mentioned. Insane, lovely whiskey, like the Crown Royal I've been sipping on since Christmas. Taste, yes it's got that too, fruits, whiskey, vanilla, oak, wood, sweets, apples, pears and cherries with a wonderful, exquisite bitter tart finish with more sweetness. Like a Slam Dunkel on steriods. Probably why I like this beer so much, the recently retired Dunkel was always a favorite. I will seek this one out again, as in today, its pretty damn good, at a great price for barrel aged deliciousness. Weyerbacher killing it, as always.

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Photo of NJBeerguy
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the hits just keep on coming form this brewery that stays on style while trying to be different. Blasphemy is a BIG beer that has great drink ability even at this young age. I'm still excited about the possibilities of this beer as it ages. The 11.8% ABV does not hide itself, it attacks your tongue, throat, and senses right off the bat. When held to the light, it shows to be a beautiful light red color. The pour for me was into a large goblet that produced a fine off- white head. The early flavor is all candy sugar with a hint of vanilla. The flavors are clean leaving a light aftertaste that fades to a fruity finish. The glass is coated with the oils and tannins with each sip. Mouthfeel seem perfect for the style. Drink this bad boy with care for the alcohol can and will get you. This is another one of those beer to add to the collection for future use, some winter night to come when a good book beckons, or to treasure in the distant future as the flavors meld and mature.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- very dark brown with thin white head that quickly turns into a very thin white layer barely there on top of the beer, murky cloud low carbonation,

Smell- sweet fruit, spice, slight alcohol and booze, nice nose,bourbon,

Taste- yummy would be my first thought, you definitely get good hit of bourbon, has alot of the original flavors of there quad which i am a fan of but that bourbon whiskey barreling does add another layer of complexity, flavor is just beautiful complexity and nice sweet vanilla tones and just really nice flavor profile that i greatly enjoy

Mouthfeel- very heavy thick and viscous, smooth

Drinkability/overall- this beer to me was extremely drinkable because the alcohol is so well hidden and the flavor was just so yummy, i already was big fan in the past of the weyer quad but this takes it to and all new level, really happy i made this purchase and will probably seek out a few more bottles, to me this is another example of how much i love and how well done barrel age beers can be when done right, in the words of borat "great success"

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sat on this bottle for a while, probably four to five months, to let the alcohol heat settle down.

Off white head that fades into a creamy film. A nice ring around the glass. Gold on the edges, orangy red haze in the center with noticeable yeast sediment and a lot of bubbles.

I get a cherry vanilla oak barrel aroma right away with bourbon. A sweet dark fruit smell like grapes as well. Smells so inviting, it's rough to review this.

Cherries, vanilla, grapes, caramel, banana, warm alcohol, cloves, definitely some oak from the barrels all come together to make a unique taste.

Medium body, light but some prickly Carbonation, alcohol warmth but makes it work well and it leaves the lips sticky.

I am very impressed with this quad, I believe it's my first of this style. Very unique, strong and definitely a sipper. I am glad I stored this in my closet for about five months to soften the alcohol blow -- I learned my lesson from Weyerbacher's TINY -- not to drink it right away.

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Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and solid mahogany semi transparent body. Tan head with a lemon tint. Head starts out big but falls quickly to a thin float. Good lace.
Clear alcohol presence. Strong spiced malts, almond, vanilla and sugar with a hint of prune and peach.
Strong vanilla and oak liquor flavors. Almond, prune, brown sugar and very malty. Aftertaste is alcohol, spiced raw hops and abit of malt.
Full body, good coating and slick.
Good drinkability, this is a sipper obviously due to the high abv.


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Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

They might as well call this Bourbon Beer. That is what I am experiencing out of it. I let it age for a while after the release but boy oh boy is this sucker hot. It is alcohol in the nose and mouth and all across the palate it vanilla wood oak caramel Bourbon and loads of sweet sweet syrupy sugars. It is mighty tasty as long as you expect liquor. This beer is, with out question, meant for sipping slowly.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous deep red color leaning to the brown side and has a short live tan head with no lace.

Smell: Extremely sweet with big notes of alcohol in the nose; and syrup cinnamon vanilla tart cherry and oak.

Taste: Loaded with over ripe fruit and vinous alcohol and paired with the oak and alcohol it really is, despite the sounding repetitious, very Bourbon flavored. Plum prune and cherry, cinnamon nutmeg brown sugar and lots of vanilla buried in heavy spiced rum alcohol with a Bourbon aftertaste. This is an Oaked Quad, and Makes no apologies for being as much.

Mouthfeel: Rich heavy sticky sugars are thinned only by the touch of burn from the alcohol that works just right in this particular case.

Drinkability: Well here comes the question of defining interpretations of drinkability. First, I think this will improve further with more ages. It is hot. It is a sipping beer. It is not a beer that would likely need a second or third to follow but the three hours of nursing it is very enjoyable time spent. Buy a case and try one a month for the next 24 months, IMO.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Big thanks to mikecharley for this one!

This pours up a color that at first appears to be amber. Backlighting though, reveals that it is actually more garnet in color. Very nice looking. The bone-white head is somewhat thin and wispy, but at 11.8%, that's not unexpected. It leaves a surface ring of tiny-to-medium-sized bubbles. The lacing is in thin strands and small spots, but is nicely clingy.

Loads of dark fruit notes emanate from this glass. Raisins, figs and a lot of grape notes. Dark cherries and a touch of raspberries(!). A good dose of vanilla and a touch of oak. A mild hint of booziness. Very good presence of Belgian yeasty spice notes.

The flavor follows the nose very well. The dark fruits are all over this, though not in an overpowering sense. They blend well with malty sweetness, along with notes of caramel and toffee. The spicy belgian yeast notes are all around, also. There is toasted coconut to complement the vanilla. The booziness is warming, but not too bold in the flaoor area.

This is full-bodied and almost 'slick'. It has a light level of carbonation. It's nicely smooth, but I wish that it had more creaminess to it.

Very good and one of the better barrel-aged quads that I've had.
Weyerbacher continues to impress me. What an awesome brewery!

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Photo of umustdrink
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to mjgardner for this great beer

A - Into the goblet, a dark red and brown color, mostly see through. Head faded quickly to a thin island of head in the middle.

S - Aroma is a nice nutty caramel malt, sweet and mildly bitter. Light cherry smell, as well as dark fruits also detected.

T - Taste starts thick and creamy with a bit of carbonation bite. Into hints of cherries with vanilla and an odd bitterness I can't really put my finger on, not bad tasting by any means though. Finish is excellent, very creamy, slightly bitter and dominated by dark cherry fruits.

M - Consistency is medium to thick with medium carbonation.

D - I like this a lot. It's a very creamy beer with very complex taste and smell. Try it if you can...I want more!

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a goblet glass

Served at cellar temperature and no date on bottle

A- Pours a really nice copper orange brown with 2 fingers of white head that don't stick around leaving a really tight bubbled rim around the edges of the glass. Nice lacing and legs for days.

S- First thing that hits me is the spiciness from the belgian yeast that gives off beautiful clove and mild banana notes but is quickly taken over by the barrel character in a good way. Tons of bourbon and vanilla with a slight boozy alcohol note that is very well rounded and blends in with the overall aroma and creates a spiciness to it. This beer has a lot of subtle notes to it as well like dark fruits, dark candy sugars, and maybe some molasses.

T- Man I love this beer. It's so well balanced in the super complex array of flavors it has. To start off the base beer comes through once again right away with that classic american belgian quad taste that I love. Tons of dark fruits and belgian candy sugars followed by a bunch of strong belgian yeast esters like banana and clove. After it goes farther down the throat the after taste brings out a strong punch of delicious bourbon with hints of oak, vanilla, spice, and a almost char like finish which can also come from possible roasted grains in this beer. With so many flavors coming through you would think this beer would be a mess or the bourbon would take over but it's so well done and aged perfectly creating a great easy drinking Quad. The alcohol is barely noticeable and definitely sneaks up on you. A genuine sipper

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a really nice smooth finish that's leaves you wanting more.

Overall if you get a chance I say grab this beer. If you were to ask me I would rank this up there with Firestone Walker and their big barrel aged beer like Parabola and Abacus. It's that good! The only mark I give against it is the color, I feel being a Quad it should be a little darker especially when comparing it to the real Belgian ones.


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Photo of Mauerhan
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cracked this with my good buddy pehlman. yet another awesome beer to add to the list of awesome beers that he owes me.

pours a clear amber color with a one finger white head. small lacing.

smell is by far the best thing about this beer. sweet. dark fruit with a boozy back. seriously this beer smells good enough to bathe in.

taste is good. i get a wide variety of flavors. sweet, bitter, strong booze. tried munching on a few rasinets while drinking and its a match made in heaven.

mouth is slightly thick and sweet with a prevalent booze presence.

a tasty beverage and i am glad that ive had it. not my favorite quad but still rather good. boring review but who really cares.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.