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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

744 Ratings
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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 49
Gots: 125 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007)
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Photo of kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light copper with a huge head and sticky lace. Smells of candy, apples and mild spices. Taste is massively fruity, lots of fresh apples, raisins, mild mulled spices, just a bit of alcohol, candy sugar and a hint of dark caramel. Feels dense yet a bit fizzy. Overall a nice quad and it pairs well with cheese.

kirok1999, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of yourunclewalt
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured slowly into Brandy Snifter. Deep ruby read body with minimally lasting caramel head receding quickly to similarly bodied lace. No carbonation visible in the thick, opaque body.

S - Very fruity, with a strikingly malted backbone (caramels). Fruits are mostly grapes on inspection, and while the body isn't quite there, the smell is something akin to a sweet red wine.

M - Syrupy with a dissipating, frothy back. Surprisingly full for the luminosity of the body.

T - Did I say sweet? I meant Dry. This has all the candied malts you'd expect from a Quad with the flagrant tastes of a fairly dry red wine; so much so that my beer-hating, wine-loving girlfriend, upon tasting, remarked that she liked it and "had never had a beer like this before." That said, it isn't all roses. The alcohol bite is pronounced near the end, and the malts tend to dominate the subtler citrus notes. As for the oak? My palate may not be sensitive enough, but I don't detect much of a peaty, or oaky, flavor whatsoever.

D - An exceptional brew for the wine lover in you, though as a Belgian, it's only good.

yourunclewalt, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Aged at least 12 months. Served at cellar temp.

Mostly clear coppery orange body with a few snowglobe floaties. Small, ring-like, dirty beige head. Some lacing. Assertive nose of bourbon, vanilla, oak, coconut, butterscotch, tropical fruit, and a little banana liqueur.

Light toasted notes up front quickly give way to big, sweet, boozy malts. Sweet, candied tropical fruits on the palate. Vanilla and bourbon notes around the edges. Caramel and banana liqueur. Toasted coconut and rum-booziness take it away to the finish. Finish has lots of lingering fruity sweetness and plenty of rummy warmth. More sweet than bourbon-y, but the bourbon and oak definitely play a role. Full-bodied with a slick feel. Big, bold, and definitely a sipper!

alexgash, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of xabyss
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Maybe half a finger of head atop a deep ruby body rife with partially camouflaged carbonation and sediment. Head dissipates almost instantly. Lace retention looks decent.

S: Fairly complex. I wish it had some more barrel to it, but just because I’m a sucker for barrel-aged quads. Lots of fruity esters, candied sugar, bready malt and citrus. It's almost like a green apple Jolly Rancher. Vanilla notes are pretty big too. Some indication of the 11.8% ABV, but not nearly as much as I expected.

T: Less complexity than the nose, and more vanilla and heat. Really a pretty sweet beer. Big fruit and vanilla at the tip of the tongue, some of that “rum soaked raisin” flavor midsip, and a good amount of heat and sticky sugariness in the finish.

M: On the heavier end of medium-bodied, fairly creamy, without much carbonation

O: I wanted to be blown away by this beer. I was not. It's still a solid, tasty brew, but nothing mindblowing.

xabyss, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of ksimons
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy ruby amber with a thin layer of light tan head

S-rum soaked dark fruits, backbone of malts, subtle chocolate, and a nice bourbon booziness

T-similar to the smell with lots of boozey dark fruits, vanilla, lots of bourbon

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, lot of alcohol warming

Overall this is a really big Quad, really boozey. I'd be curious what a little time could do to it.

ksimons, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark reddish color (nice when held up to the light) with a thin head of khaki foam. The aroma is really nice with big notes of plum, raisin, cinnamon, vanilla, wood and bourbon. Very inviting. The flavor is very sweet with sugar, plums, alcohol, caramel, wood and a lot of vanilla in the finish. Warming and fruity with some cinnamon, but a bit too sweet in the finish for my tastes.

jbaker67, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of badbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, white head and decent retention. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruits in the nose. Bourbon, oak, cherry, and a little bit of vinous character in the taste. Lighter side of medium bodied and light carbonation. I'd try this again for sure.

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours a ruddy amber color. It has two inches of tan head.

S - Sweet at first, brown sugar, molasses. Then the spices hit me. There is also an odor of alcohol.

T - It has a sweet candied taste at first. I get some caramel malt and plenty of spices. The alcohol is better hidden in the taste. I get a warming sensation.

M - Smooth with a slight carbonation bite

O - At first I was disappointed with this one, but as it warmed and the flavors and aromas opened up it became quite good.

buschbeer, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of ThickNStout
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Corked & caged 750mL bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 9.00. Bottled 05/03/13. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours an opaque ruddy chestnut hue with about a quarter finger of sand toned head. The froth subsides rather quickly to a thin ring that leaves no lace.

Smells malty sweet with oak, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel and candy sugar with whiskey dancing in and out of notice.

Nice layers of flavor: candied dates, whiskey, caramel, plum, fig, treacle, subtle vanilla, oak, sugar cane, apple, cherry, yeasty bannana, faint marmalade and an undercurrent of alcohol. The barrel character plays nicely into the standard sweet American quad flavors. The whiskey never overpowers but compliments well.

Medium heavy, creamy feel with fairly light carbonation. It goes down dangerously easily for the near 12% abv. Whiskey soaked plum and funky sweet yeasty finish.

Perhaps the most enjoyable brew I've had from Weyerbacher. A marked improvement on the base quad and a good value for a barrel aged beer. This will certainly be a repeat purchase for me.

ThickNStout, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of tviz33
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz. cork top bottle, served in a tulip.

A- Pours a murky brown body with some orange hues and one finger of off-white head that goes away pretty quickly.

S- Sweet and sour fruitiness. Figs and raisins. Boozy bourbon; maybe just a little too much

T- If you think the nose is boozy, the taste is even more so. The sweetness helps it out, but it doesn't appear to be overly complex or anything out of the ordinary.

M- Full bodied brew and lightly carbonated.

O- I know this beer is almost 12% ABV, but the alcohol isn't hidden too well. This is the only thing preventing this beer from being really good.

tviz33, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of PatrickJR
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into oversized snifter.

A - Clear with slight haze. Reddish, light brown in color. Two fingers of off white head rise with short to moderate retention, leaving some lace.

S - Lots of character from the oak aging present. Wood, bourbon, vanilla, and pineapple all come to mind. Behind the oak aging is a base of dark fruits accented by caramel and butter. Big alcohol presence as well.

T - Sweetness hits first with a big vanilla and pineapple taste. Some dark fruit juice enters the arena with a suggestion of butterscotch. Oak flavors kick in next subsiding the sweetness mid palate. A bit of woody bitterness hits followed by a smack of alcohol. Although the alcohol is extremely noticable, it is suprisingly devoid of harshness.

M - Medium bodied, insanely thin for a quad. Moderate carbonation. Needs more body.

D - For whatever reason, Blasphemy is a very drinkable beer considering the high ABV. Although the ABV isn't hidden well, it isn't hot, which helps. Overall I would've prefered a greater depth of flavor and in the end I think the lack of body is what really holds this brew back as is the case with most of Weyerbacher's brews. A good beer, but not all that it could be.

PatrickJR, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap the other day at Mahaffey's.

The beer pours a very good looking darkish brown color. Very impressive looking beer with excellent head retention and good lacing. The nose is not huge, but one gets a sense of sweet spices and oak on the nose. On the palate this beer is quite sweet with candy, cherries, vanilla, chocolate, licorise and raisens. The alcohol is pretty noticeable in this one, making it not the most drinkable of beers. Definitely a sipper, but a good beer for all that. The beer finishes moderately well; sweet with a bit of crispness/dryness at the end. A very good beer from Weyerbacher, albeit not the easiest beer to drink given the high abv.

John_M, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-brown, light tan head, very little retention, slight leg/lace.

S: Big alcohol aroma, toffee, nut, slight banana, spice.

T: Woody, caramel, beer nuts, slight spicing, bourbon. Alcohol is fairly assertive, it'd be interesting to cellar.

M: Moderate body & carbonation. Really well-attenuated & dry. Well-crafted for it's weight.

D: Big, but I like it.

Derek, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Foxman
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy and carbonated orangey brownish amber. Two fingers of tight light beige head are quite longstanding. Splatters of lacing Pollock the inside of the glass.

The aroma is rife with deeply sweet toasted malt, carrying black cherry, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, and bread crust. Minty alcohol wraps around a spicy yeast ester-flow and a fine mist of wood smoke.

Upon sipping, with due emphasis on SIPPING, the cloyingly sweet sugar syrup malt is fruity with dark cherry and earthy with leather and a lesser spray of mature oak. A general yeasty spiciness bows before a searing tongue of demon alcohol. Hard pretzel baked dough precedes a candy sugar replay. The finish is long, lip-smacking, and ultimately green-apple crisp. This is one tasty head-swimmer.

Full bodied, it's thick, rich, and treacly with just a bit of fizzy bite on the palate.

The oak aging seems to take a little roast edge off the standard issue Quad. So it's just different enough to be new and still comfortably old. The ABV raises a rambunctious red alert, and only a simpleton would disregard the high-temp warning. Even so, finishing the bottle could carry consequences. And yet, in spite of this, I did enjoy it, and even if one bottle, or less, is the limit, it does leave a good impression in the end.

Foxman, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of WAP
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an gorgeous ruby-orange with more a 1 finger head that leaves a few leaves of lacing. The smell on this one is wonderful - candied sugars, vanilla, a hint of the oak. The taste on this one is raw -- nice dark fruit, brown sugar, followed by a nice smooth oak back and a pronounced, borderline unpleasant, alcohol bite. My bet would be that this one will be very tasty if cellared for a while to mellow out the alcohol bite. Still, this one exhibits nice flavor complexity is quite enjoyable. I'll probably go back and buy a few bottles to hide for a while.

WAP, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a rich, reddish-tinged, amber colored brew that shows a lightly hazy, red-tinged, honey color when held up to the light. The aroma starts out sweet and fruity, but quickly picks up vanillin oak aromas and touches of oak-derived butterscotch. These notes are followed by deeply caramelized malt aromas, spicy wood notes, some toasty grain and more concentrated fruit notes of prunes and raisins. Touches of spicy, lightly warming alcohol towards the finish add some complexity, but somehow this seems to be missing a depth and richness that one would expect from the nose of a Quad, much less an oak aged one.

Slightly soft and chewy up front, a nice, prickly carbonation adds a bit of zip to the middle of this brew and it even seems to dry out a bit in the finish. The beer is sweet overall, though not quite sticky, and this accents a middle that tasted distinctly of bananas; it is distinct enough that I don't know how I don't get any banana notes in the aroma. It is perhaps a bit over carbonated for the chewy, lightly viscous texture as the two seem to clash a bit, but a quick swirl of my glass takes care of that. The oak adds lots of character to the flavor without drowning out the base beer; the middle sees a mix of soft vanillin and light tannins kick in, while as we move to the finish the beer first picks up solid butterscotch, then spicy oak notes and a touch of tannic astringency that lingers on for quite some time. Other fruit notes of prunes, fresh (though concentrated) figs, light cherry flavors and a touch of apricot; this last combines with a light nuttiness and the lightly noticeable alcohol to produce a flavor combination reminiscent of Amaretto.

One of the better Weyerbacher beers that I have had. I get the sense that the base beer here (a Quad) would not be as complex or tasty as I would want from the style, but the addition of the oak adds an extra dimension that really helps to make this beer work.

Gueuzedude, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We were told in the tasting room at the brewery that the barrels used to oak age this beer were from Jack Daniels. Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle purchased fresh from the brewery. Poured into a snifter glass. Appears a dark mahogany toned amber with about a finger of fluffy off-white head. Smells of whiskey soaked oak, sweet caramel, and vanilla. Tastes of whiskey soaked cherries, vanilla, candy, crisp fruit and alcohol. Rich and full bodied with nice carbonation. A very warming beer that is certainly a sipper. Well done Weyerbacher.

ClockworkOrange, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear auburn to amber with a medium head that dissipates in about two minutes leaving flecks of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt, vanilla, oak, very faint pears, diacetyl is present, but I really like the way this mixes.

T - A strong oaky, caramel malty flavor. Diacetyl is again present, but mesh witht he other flavors seamlessly. Some red Bartlett pears, faint bubblegum. The aftertaste is a lingering malty caramel flavor with some pears, a peppery harshness is there too. Alcohol burn is present at warmer temperatures.

M - Very smooth, medium to thick boy, a little drying from the alcohol in spite of a superficial thirst quenching.

D - Very strong and flavorful, the mouthfeel is less than ideal. Hard to drink a lot of it.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of DemoniChris
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%

DemoniChris, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

75 cl

Pours a hazy apple brown, yellowish head is coarse and dissipates surprisingly quickly to a bit of lacing.

Smells of apples, coriander, citrus, caramel, cloves, and bready malts like pie crust.

Flavor is of rich whiskey and apple with some spice notes and some darker fruit sweetness in the range of figs. Additionally, there is some citrus tartness and a mild floral hop bitterness.

Fuller body with sharp tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth and a slight booze numbness followed by a bit of warmth going down.

A real powerhouse quad, pretty good but not fantastic. Definitely worth trying and Weyerbacher rarely disappoints, but there are some other Quads I'd take before this and definitely other offerings from Weyerbacher I'd go for. But I will enjoy finish this one.

Cylinsier, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of THFCBeerBQ
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 25 oz bottle at a local bottle shop, no date on bottle.

Poured carefully into a Trappist glass.

A- caramel, brown in color…maybe a bit darker. Almost looks like I am drinking an apple cider – very similar in color and appearance. Good amount of carbonation but little to no head. Poured a quarter inch head initially but it dissipated quickly.

S- boozy! Oak and vanilla jump out at me predominantly. Hints of caramel apple and some other sweet smells. (Maybe grapes or plums…it’s hard to pin down)

T- malty, oak flavor hits your palette first. Followed by some alcohol and fruity hop bitterness. Fruits like grapes cherry and plums dance on the palette. The swallow releases notes of vanilla and more whisky barrel flavor. Nothing too complex here but what it does, it does well.

M- Heavier than I expected, (in a good way) medium-to-heavy with a smooth mouthfeel. Surprisingly drinkable for an 11.8% ABV beer. Should be a slow sipper but if you’re not paying attention it could go down quicker than you expect.

O- Overall this is a quality offering from Weyerbacher. I would say my biggest complaint is that it’s not exactly on style for my taste. Reminds me a bit more like a barleywine or something else…not a Quad. Taste is simple and straightforward but the smooth mouthfeel and drinkability help to make this high-level ABV a force to be reckoned with.

87/100

THFCBeerBQ, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good brew to sip on on Halloween night,poured into an oversized wine glass a deep rich amber it looked very nice in the light a thinner head atop.Deep dark fruit aromas with passing oak/vanilla tones a sweet alcohol prevails as well,somewhat sweet on the palate liked alcohol infused raisins and or prunes along with brown sugar and vanilla oaky tones.Its a sipper not something you would wanna drink early in the day but it fit the moment well.

oberon, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt from the Beer Yard for this sample.I have been waiting to try this beer for a while and didnt want to take my bottle from the cellar but thankfully I got another bottle and so heres how it goes...Poured into a wide mouthed wine glass.I didnt have a chalice or the like with me at the time.Im not sure what to expect with this beer.

Light red body with a small white head and not much carbonation bubbles.Head leaves a small white ring.Vanilla,oak?,candi sugar and some berry mabey.and some phenols in my nose.Hard liquor taste,like whiskey.candi sugar,spice and vanilla.Warming sensatio in my chest,fizzy carbonation and a bit creamy from the vanilla I think.One 12 ounce bottle is enough for me.The first sips were a bit out of the ordinary for me.Its not half bad at all.I like it and would recommend it but now to a new craft beer drinkiner or the faint of heart.This brew is also hot, I have one in my cellar and I think a year there will do some good.The oak taste is tasty but overwhelming all in the same.The drinkability would be higher but I started to feel a small buzz off a few sips.Deffinetly SIP THIS!

MmmIPA, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of soccerman7
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Holy Smoke - never seen it in this form.

Appearance - Nice deep copper color bordering a brown.
Smell - Intense. Can smell the malts with a hint of hops and definitely the bourbon.
Taste - Started off really nice with the malts and whisps of oak, but then the bourbon and oak came on too much to really taste the beer. A touch of heat from the 11+ abv hit.
Mouth - Average honsetly. A bit dry and the oak lingered over everything.
Drinkability - interesting brew and nice, but the oak was a bit much for me even though i love oaked beers.

soccerman7, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22-ounce bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass yields a murky chestnut-orange with a thin cap of beige foam that recedes quickly into a grainy-bubbled collar. A few freckles of lacing on the glass mark the passing of the drink.

The smell is oaky, to be sure, with fruity notes of pineapple with tangy lime zest, plus an aroma of red and green apples drizzled with light caramel syrup. Mysteriously spicy, sweeter and toastier as the drink warms.

The taste opens with a nice oaky dryness that is quickly overwhelmed with sweet, juicy, fruity flavors. Sweet red apples, ripe pears, sticky sourwood honey, and a touch of zesty grapefruit sweetened with brown sugar swirl around with notes of clove and muskmelon and a fine bitterness that emerges briefly in the finish... if only to get its ass beat down with more sweet fruitiness! The brew is spicy with peppery alcohol that warms the drinker.

Full-bodied, sticky, lightly-carbonated and slick. Superb and substantial feel, drinkability severely limited by a smoking-big ABV. The copious booze in this brew makes itself a presence in the flavor and feel of the drink, and in the functionality of the drinker.

cvstrickland, Sep 07, 2008
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.