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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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Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt orange red with a medium head that disappears quickly. The smell is pungent with bourban,oak wood,alcohol,vanilla,and dark fruit. The taste is thick and sweet with alcohol,bourban,oak wood,cherry,vanilla,and rum. Very good and very complex. The m/f is heavy with the flavors mixing very well,but I found this beer very syrupy and thick. All in all,this is a very good beer from a brewery that I always seem to enjoy.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark ruby red color, with a thin fizzy white head that left no lacing.

S: a nice dark caramel aroma with some cherries and raisins. There was also some noticeable alcohol (burbon) and oaky-vanilla hints.

T: The initial flavor yielded huge oaky/burbon flavor with a smooth tartness. Dried fruit, (raisins, plums) and fresh baked bread, and oaky-vanilla tones round out the flavor. I thought the alcohol was fairly well hidden for 11.8% abv, noticeable, yet was smooth and less potent then one would imagine leaving only a minimal calling card behind on the swallow. Finishes dry with spicy dried fruit (cherries).

M: full bodied, syrupy with oaky-alcohol and a light carbonation.

D: Great oak character compliment and adds to their already very good Quad beer. Very much worth a try. A great sipping quad that lives up to is name the next morning if you drink to many of these the night before.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle to tulip. $13 for the single. 11.8% ABV. Sampled 6/19/12.

A: One and a half fingers of compact head - just shy of tan in color - rises slowly and sticks around for quite some time before falling to a thick foamy collar. The body is a medium auburn and almost entirely opaque. The thickness of this brew is apparent from the slow pace in which the bubbles are moving within. Broken webs of lace in modest amounts.

S: Very pleasant nose. There is a wonderfully subtle smokey bourbon presence that in no way overshadows the sweet malt character of hearty bread and dark Belgian candi sugars. Accents of berry laden jam. Complexity is not exactly high and the estery presence is really drawn back, which is a plus in my mind.

T: Again, the restrained bourbon works well with the straightforward and tame quad character. The sweet flavor is balanced towards the end of the palate as mild dryness sets in. Mild bourbon notes find their way back toward the finish. ABV is there, but cheers to Weyerbacher for concealing most of the high gravity. There is some heat, but it's not out of line.

M: Full-medium body with a slight chewiness that is quickly offset by just the right amount of carbonation. Fine and tingling, particularly on the finish. Tongue stays relatively clean throughout.

O: Pretty decent American Quad actually.

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a copper-amber color with no head
S: The nose has a strong, intense aroma of bourbon mixed with hints of other flavors
T: There are lots of malty sweet flavors.
M: There's a smooth body with a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: I could definitely have more than one of these in a single sitting

Photo of zdk9
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 100th review! (my excitement may possibly skew this review)

A- Pours out a crystal clear dark amber color, dark enough to hit the ruby spectrum. The head was a finger at best in my tulip glass and weak, even with a strong pour. Lacing was faint also.

S- The first smell, and the dominating one, is whiskey- not in a sweet, corny bourbon way, which I'm accoustomed to in barrel aged bears, but in a lovely oaky vapor kind of way. After this comes a burst of fruit, cherry being the biggest, but giving way to orange, apple and perhaps a touch of bannana. Any malt breadiness or hops presence in the nose is really blown away by the whiskey tones.

T- A bit of hops bitterness rolls across my tongue preparing the way for a fruity burst. As in the nose this is mostly cherry, but accompanied by some red apple and orange. The whole taste is held in the halo of whiskeyness, which lends a strong alcoholic taste, almost a burn. Delicious, but not what I expected.

M- Syrupy with a juiciness that coats my mouth and leads me to sip rather than gulp. This is balanced with a great alcoholic hit that instead of feeling harsh, is appreciated as combination to the flavors of the beer.

D- This is not what I've come to expect from a barrel aged beer, but I suppose I haven't had to many. It was delicious however. The strong malt flavor of quads I've had did not rear it's head in this beer but instead took a back seat to fruitiness and whiskey. Not at all for sessioning, this beer is instead one to sip and calm the nerves when relaxation is required, what I generally reserve whiskey rather than beer for. I'm happy to have chosen this one for my 100th review and will be happy to enjoy it again.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Mikkeller glass on 6/21/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing

Copper/rust with orange highlights at the stem. 1/3rd inch head. Thin ring of retention.

Deep, complex aromatic tones. Rum-soaked raisins, plum, oak, vanilla, hints of soft spices, faint grape notions and a bit of sweet bourbon. Decent spot of brown sugar. Suggestions of cinnamon. Spicier as it warms.

Tastes just as complex, featuring sugars of the moderately-dense variety. Brown sugar and a good spicy character. True to form, the spiciness unfolds over time, peppered with alcohol heat. Whiskey and charred oak (the char being subtle). Raisins and other dark fruit. Really impressive.

Full enough feel. Nearly syrupy. Low carbonation. Slick and hot with alcohol; more so as it warms. Long, lingering finish.

Overall impression - a bit too hot and almost too sweet but the complexity trumps out in the end.

Photo of nickss
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a deep amber hue with a smallish 1/2" head, which quickly disipates.

Whew! This one has quite the nose... huge phenolic notes burn the nostrils, followed by ripe berries. The oak comes in slowly as the beer warms. Very "in your face"... typical Weyerbacher style.

Hmm... not sure what to make of this one. Good oaky balance... but wow is this one hot.... alcohol is VERY noticeable, and in my opinion, is a bit much. This one could use some aging. However, as the beer warms, a bit more vanilla comes through, and seems to mellow the beer out a bit.... nice.

Nice creamy mouthfeel... subdued carbonation.... fantastic.

I initially thought this beer was too hot to be drinkable, but as it warms, the drinkability is greatly enhanced. You can definitely tell that this is a 10+% brew.... but pretty delicious overall.

Photo of cjgiant
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a bit of a dense body that glows brown in the sunlight, showing of a red hue. Strands of tiny bubbles glide to the surface supporting a bubbly light tan head. The head last for much of the beer.

S- This beer has a pretty clean smell with note of light caramel sweetness and some faint vanilla and cream coming through. There was a fusel alcohol smell at the finish that was of hard alcohol in the barrel.

T- The soft floral caramel sweetness had vanilla notes with a light marshmallow quality to it. The finish was soft wet wood with a fusel bourbon quality to it.

M- The light mouthfeel finish with an alcohol that seems to increase with each sip.

D- This beer has a nice blend of beer and barrel but they both bring their fusel flavors to the party. Surprisingly it didn't bother me and started to balance with the sweetness.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Real good

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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