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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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89
very good

800 Ratings
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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 52
Gots: 145 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007)
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of asabreed
4.95/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: A dark amber as the quad would probably be, with not the best head retention but some globs of lacing all over the place, and a relentless off-white ring on the out edges right above the body of the brew.

Smell: Oak, vanilla (and bourbon), plum, bananas, cream, raisins, bread crust, molasses, a bit of sherry, sour cherries, woodsmoke, slight charcoal, some orange (and maybe tangerine), and so much more. Wow.

Taste: I love what's going on here, and to me it deserves a perfect rating. Not sure how or why the pineapple's so much at the forefront as far as the fruits go, but it is. Back behind that is the oak, a bit of bourbon and vanilla extract, maple, caramel, heavy cream, angel food cake, sugar cookies, citrus (especially coming together at the finish), bacterial earthiness, heavy bread crust, sherry, slight molasses, slight tobacco, and more. This is extremely complex, and in this case the meld of the quad with the oak's extracting a lot, and instead of making it disparate and challenging to the palate, it reveals itself more slowly as it warms, with the complexity becoming more and more evident.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, sticky, coating (all in a fantastic way), with enough carbonation to make this a sipper that lets you know it's a sipper, and one I'd treat more like a whiskey than most beers.

Drinkability: For me this is second to how amazing Insanity is (which continues to be one of my favorites). And I say that especially after really not being a big fan of Eleven at all (here's high hopes for twelve, though). The barrel aging for Weyerbacher continues to be a great experiment, and one I'll certainly continue to look forward to. I'm a huge fan of the quad by itself, but this is just beyond amazing. I'm so glad they continue to be ballsy and not only be experimental, but make great beer while doing it.

Photo of threeviews
4.95/5  rDev +26%
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)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

AP: Several thousand tiny bubbles stream rather slowly to the top creating a 1" thick, sticky and foamy tan colored head that rises and falls slowly over a beautiful, crystal clear, deep amber color with auburn hues. Amazing long, sticky legs remain stuck to the glass until the last drop.

Nose: Chocolate, brown sugar, caramel malt, single-malt whiskey scent and heat, beach-wood chips, herbal and meaty yeast Wonderfully aromatic until the last drop.

flavor: first off, overall impression...wow. This one is complex and very deep! The oak-aged process has obviously brought this beloved Belgian style to a new level, with a chocolate, oak, and caramalized sweet malt (but not really overlly sweet) It's mind blowing really... The oak'd, wood-chip, aged effect really counter balance's the sweetness. After the oak effect subsides we're left with a whiskey-like flavor and feel, because the 11.8% ABV is noticable in taste and feeling. The leafy green, mild but noticably bitter hop comes on the heels of the alcohol heat which mellows it out dramatically at the end. The finish is a delightful smoked caramel malt and subtle sour and herbalized yeast flavor. The depth and the intricate flow of flavors makes this one of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had. I simply can't keep it down for long.

Feel: Heavy, thick, sticky but damn lively too!

DA: This amazing Belgian style takes on a new depth with it's oak-aged effect, leave it up to an american brewery to *enhance* such a beloved style, the name is appropriate for this reason. 11.8% is felt rather fast, and eventhough it's highly enjoyable i was seriously buzzed after this bomber...so the key is too enjoy slowly. I have a feeling this stuff will be killer with some cellaring.

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4.85/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of maximum12
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to sholland119, one of the finest traders &/or members of BA, for two bottles of this fine brew. When I heard it was being discontinued, & being the only of the "regular" lineup I hadn't had, I needed to try it. Scott was my man on the spot & he never disappoints!

I liked the Weyerbacher Quad a lot, so I was looking forward to this and holy hell, is it good.

Screw the smell & appearance, this brew rocked my world with the very first sip, even fridge-cold, out of the pint glass. I know I shouldn't be sipping this like a glass of lemonade, should let it warm a bit, but I can't help it. All the full flavors of the original Quad are still here, lent a helping hand by the wood, which lends a marvelous dry, lean quality to the beer, & just the barest hint of bourbon that also serves to augment, rather than overpower, the rest of the brew. At 11.8%, I could easily & happily drink these until I woke up with a dog licking my face, my wallet gone, only one shoe, and one leg over the curb in a puddle. Does that warrant a good drinkability score?

This is the best Quad I've had, hands down, including one that's prominent in the Best of BA. Subtle, sweet, woody, bourbony, drinkable...damn. I need to get some more of these. Scott? You still out there?

This is one killer beer. Absolutely top-notch.

Photo of hkyplyr73
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of joerodiii
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Amber with moderate head. Smell is primarily of bourbon with a hint of sweetness. No hop aroma.
Taste is sublime. The bourbon dominates, but the malt balances it. Alcohol is present but does not burn. Slight oak flavor as well. Tastes much more like an old ale than a quad. There are no "belgian" flavors whatsoever, yet the beer is so good, it doesn't matter.
Mouthfeel is perfect for the flavor. Not too thick, not too thin. Moderate carbonation works just right.
For an almost 12% ABV beer, t is amazingly drinkable. This is a beer definitely worth seeking out. Once my Papier runs out (what a sad day that will be!!), Blasphemy will definitely keep me going.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh yeah, found a new fave. Pours dark brown, looks a bit like a brown ale, very little head. Smells sweet, way to sweet. However the taste, oh yeah how to describe. Quite sweet but balanced with the high alcohol level, sweetness is like figs, strange artifical sweetner, alcohol and spices. This combo just works and it is damn delicious. Overall this is a very serious nightcap sipping beer. I have to get more of this, love it, highly recommended.

Photo of CoalCellar
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my goblet.

A: The glass displays a gorgeous golden/red color when held up to the light.
S: Outstanding! A nose of oak and bourbon with strong funky belgian phenols follows...
T: Outstanding! Flavors of oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, maple, nougat, toffie, caramel, belgian fruits, prunes, raisons....the list goes on.
M: Thick like syrup, the mouthfeel complements the taste...

D: This is a special treat...to be sipped and savored like a fine cognac, definately not a session beer. Hats off to weyerbacher...this is a truly spectacular beer. More breweries need to experiment with bourbon barrel aged belgian style beers...

Photo of blatherbeard
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this brew into a SA sensory glass with no head whatsoever.

The head developed about 1 inch, dissipating rapidly with no lacing.

There is an overpowering smell of Whiskey mixed with oak, combined with a berry/nut smell. Whiskey definetly stands out in the forefront.

The taste is very much like a fruity glass of whiskey oak beer! Who'd have thought! ;) The finish is of nuts and raisins. As a whole, not super overpowering taste but balanced quite well. Im not a big whiskey drinker but this mild taste is great. LIke a scotch ale, this could easily gateway me into whiskey.

Nice and thick mouthfeel without heavily sticking to your throat. Washes down very well, leaving a hint of oak and whiskey taste in the back of your throat without the burn.

At 11.8 abv, its actually very drinkable. I dont think id go through more than 1 bottle (22oz bomber) at a sitting, but id definetly want to have more on hand for other nights...which i dont currently. =(

Also leaves a warm feeling in your belly. This would be nice on a cold winter night.

Photo of antinexus
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one while touring their brewery lately, and had to make it a point to grab some for the road (especially since it's apparently retired, for the time being).

Poured darker than expected into a plastic sampling cup with a bit of foam up top.

Smelled richly sweet, and reminded me of old oak barrels.

Taste was powerful but smooth, with a rich mouthfeel that left a nice sweet coating. You can definitely observe the bourbon that it leeches from the walls of the barrels as it's aging, which lends to its strength.

I absolutely can't wait to open one of the bottles I brought home. Delicious beer, if you like 'em strong.

Photo of codyace
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep amber color, obviously hazy with a small (yet thick) white head that most certianly sticks around for some time

A- WOW. This is a huge beer. Belgian Yeast + American Bourbon notes dominate this beer. Some earthy fruit and darker flavors exist, but this is distinctly bourbon tasting.

F- Am I drinking a beer or whiskey? Either way is + when it comes to Weyerbacher! This beer is heavy on the vanilla/oak notes, but nevertheless delivers.

M - Slight carbontation (this beer IMO does not need a carbonation precsense), with an underlying fruity sweet quad taste. Is it heavy? perhaps not...but this beer would put hair on the chests of those who believe it is sessionable.

Overall: What a huge beer. I lvoe every bit of it! Weyerbacher Quad is a fantasitc beer in itself, and (while retired) the bourbon aged aspect lends a completly new taste to the beer. While many may dismiss this as 'to boozy' or 'to exteme', I find it very good in the sense that this beer makes you recognize the fact that good beer is big beer. Huge ABV, big time Bourbon Taste, Quad undertones...what more could a beer drinker ask for? Not much (this side of scantily clad women).

Blasphemy is a beer that 'big beer' guys will long debate of being potentially over the edge. If you like Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot, Insanity, Quad, or Merry Monks...this beer is for you. In your face, HUGE in flavor, and big in ABV...perfect IMO. I have 3 6 packs in my cellar as we speak, and I look forward to finnishing them all.

Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.