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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

747 Ratings
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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 50
Gots: 126 | FT: 8
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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2.75/5  rDev -30%

halo913, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of jordoo
2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poored into a snifter.

Its a transparent amber/orange colored brew with a white fluffy head that almost completely disappears and left very minimul lacing. It smells strongly of rubing alcohol but also has a wiskey/oak smell, some malt, hint of fruity esters and a very nice vanilla smell. Overall the taste is dominated by an acidic chemical/solvent type of flavor. Its unfortunate because there are some nice flavores there that get pretty blown away like vanilla, oak and some slight apple cider. The mouth feel was very nice however I really struggled to drink the whole bottle.

jordoo, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of TheBCrew
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bomber poured into a couple of snifters. Has a light amber color and a white foamy head with good retention and some lace. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, maple and a hint of oak. Smell is quite pleasant. Tastes to match with a heavy booze flavor and finishes cloyingly sweet. Mouthfeel is very heavy. Tough to drink this one, it might benefit from some aging.

TheBCrew, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of jackorain
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance-It didn't look that good with a head that fell to almost nothing almost immediately.
Not even a vigorous swirl could bring much head back.

Smell-The smell is quite complex with a woody aroma, I also get vanilla and dried fruit, there is also a distinct Belgian yeast "funk" (not negative) as well, this would be otherwise joy to smell were it not for the solvent like assault by the alcohol esters that starts immediately and lingers in the sinuses long after the sniff.

Taste-The taste is very much like the nose, very complex, only more so. There is definitely a wood aged aspect here, raw toothpick, charcoal. Elements of both bourbon and scotch, not necessarily smooth ones. The dried fruits also make an appearance as well in caramelized rum raisin way. There is an underlying sweetness that is pushed back by the solvent like alcohol. The Belgian strong ale nature does make an appearance after, there is a characteristic yeasty-ness and a little wheat like grain. However, as with the nose, all of these qualities are overwhelmed by the big alcohol esters.

M-Medium body with a fairly thick syrupy consistency that coats the mouth in a pleasing way. Carbonation is a little prickly, unexpected given the lack of head.

D-Not very drinkable, the alcohol is overwhelming to me. I have had many brews in the 10-12% that did not overwhelm like this.

jackorain, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of bboven
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cross between deep bronze and garnet; clear body. Thin head with smatterings of lacing.

Initial sweet/sour cherry aroma, high alcohol. A small swirl brings some malt into the picture, but it mellows the cherry out to fruitcake. Not often can I point something out so exactly, but this smells like alcoholic fruitcake.

The cherry oxidation in this is rampant. There is a small amount of oak, but you have to strain to taste it.

Sticky and drying, pretty evenly carbonated.

Way too much cherry and hot alcohol here. I've had big beers like this that hide the alcohol much better.

bboven, Apr 03, 2008
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2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big old 22oz bomber of this one pours into my glass a fiery red orange hue with good clarity and a small head that quickly fades away. Aromas start with sweet malts, toffee and fruits. Woody oak barrel accents and a boozy undertone. Mellow vanilla running underneath.

First sip brings sweet malts upfront with a syrupy undertone. Toffee and fruits wind their way in and out. Big bourbon and woody boozy accents seep through this brew. Flows down with a lingering boozy sweetness and oak tannins. Not really to my liking.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick and syrupy. Mellow carbonation. Overall it's a bit too hot and sweet for me personally, but there are good flavors running throughout. Glad I got to try it but I enjoy the other Weyerbacher barrel aged offerings much better.

orbitalr0x, Aug 01, 2009
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

leschkie, Jun 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

100200300, Nov 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

andthevolcano, Jan 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Dougwillhike, Aug 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

akttr, Feb 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

tipofthetongue, Sep 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

JimmyCop, Nov 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

kapkenobi, Oct 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

donzilake, May 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Chevelle66, Jun 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

getkrunkhoe, Aug 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

jfcaa193, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher- Blasphemy

Appearance- Dark reddish brown with a big thick foamy head.
Smell- Strong tropical fruit. Pinapple, coconut, banana. Light woodsy aroma. Wood chips.
Taste- Very mild with a strong alcohol bite in the end/ aftertaste. The body is comprised of a "malibu" type flavor- coconut, pinapple, cranberry, banana/ cloves. Slight oak wood chip flavor comes through at times.
Mouthfeel- very smooth and mild, almost bland. Finishes off boozey- strong with the alcohol. This is 11.8% but definitely doesn't seem so.

Overall- this might sound like Blasphemy but this beer was a letdown. Just bland and boring. I guess an aged bottle's flavor would kick it up a level or 2. Buy this and age it- thats my take!

sidenote- I "aged", if you can call it that, this beer for 1 whole month!!

NJpadreFan, Apr 13, 2007
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3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle from inlimbo77; thanks man! Bottled on 04/15/2011 (and best by 04/15/2015), and opened almost one later. Split into a chalice and a goblet, reviewed from the former (girlfriend requested the Chimay goblet...).

Pours a light brown/caramel color with some amber and deep copper hues. Virtually no head develops, save for a very thin ring of off-white bubbles barely surrounding the surface of the liquid; no retention or lacing, and the ABV is the only reason this one didn’t get scored lower here (I mean, at ~12% I can’t be too picky, can I?).

The aroma is lighter than anticipated for a quad as well, with date, raisin, plum, some black cherry, cane sugar, light caramel, and toasted malt coming off first. A bit of ethanol pulls through as well, but it’s quite subtle and seems to lend a faint “buttered popcorn” aroma as well (theater-only style).

Taste is, again, lighter than expected for the style. Perhaps this blends a bit with the mouthfeel, but it just seems thin and lacking in the usual unfermented sugar and flavor goodness that more traditional quads boast. Flavor-wise, elements of caramel, toffee, roasted almond, date, plum, raisin, cane sugar, wood (oak and cedar, primarily), and prominent EtOH are the mark of this brew. Much more alcohol on the tongue than in the nose, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel, as alluded, is thin and almost worthy of the descriptor “watery.” The sugary flavors are felt as an almost gritty but certainly dry finish, the alcohol and it’s accompanying burn contributing to the latter.

Overall, this was a “meh” beer for me, seemingly average for the style; I've had worse and better. With almost a year on it, I had hoped the EtOH would have died down a bit more as there seems to be a solid flavor profile lurking in the background. I just wished it had thickened up a bit and brought the intended flavors to the forefront more. Still, another new brew to me that I'm happy to have tried!

eclipse54, Apr 11, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. $7.99. I think I got it at Whole Foods in Raleigh. I've had it for at least a year, but there's no date, so I don't know how old it really is.

Appearance: Cloudy, rusty color. Little head, almost no lacing-- maybe two little spots. A lot of the cloudiness is chill haze, and it mostly clears up on warming. Meh.

Smell: Smells very sweet and very fruity. Raisins and some lighter stuff like apricots. Yeast is bready and a little spicy. Ethanol is pretty noticable. Nice vanilla notes.

Taste: Tastes good up front-- sweet fruit and raisins, overripe bananas, little clove, and some nice oaky notes. As it gets to the back of the tongue though, its all ethanol and solventy heat. The aftertaste is pretty good though.

Mouthfeel: Soft and sticky, then sharp and thin as you swallow what tastes and feels like bad moonshine.

Overall: All in all, I don't really care for it. I do quite like some aspects of it though-- the raisiny and yeasty smells/flavors are good, and the barrel aging seems to have done the beer well. However, like the regular QUAD, this thing is a hot, boozy, mess.

rapidsequence, Oct 12, 2011
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.