Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 58
Gots: 160 | FT: 8
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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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Ratings: 842 | Reviews: 352
Photo of NoLiberty
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: Pours from a 12oz. bottle into a wide bowl-shaped margarita glass. I know, maybe not the best vessel for this beast but it definitely allows for the full body of the beer to waft throughout my face. Rich, coppery and dark; this quad glows from deep within a reddish belly. Head stands up tall and proud, doesn't settle for several minutes and provdes an active lacing through the drink.

Aroma: Big, alcohol, fruity, noxious and sweet. Belgian strong? Triple? Doppel? Oh yeah, BARREL AGED QUADRUPEL!!

Taste: Starts out strong like upripe fruit, slightly tart and bold. Aggressive. Simmers down to enormous raisin. Yup, big. Follows through candy sweet and like an after dinner drink happy.

Mouth: Light and snappy for the size of this beer. Oh damn, it pours over my entire mouth coating everything. Despite drinking a Stoudts Mai Bock, Ommegang Abbey, Anchor Steam Bock, and Arcdia Double IPA this beer holds tough and dominates.

Drink: Hm. It's good. I'd like more. But that's the problem.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: inviting hazy copper. Looks like liquid candy.
Smell: not a lot of depth but very nice bready, fruity, sweetness.
Taste: Wow, that's nice and from the reviews, quite surprising. Gotta wonder if I'm drinking the same beer. This is a work of art. Smooth (for an 11+% ), mellow even. All the notes from the nose within being overly sweet.
Overall: a big pleasant surprise. I expected a passable quad. Very nice.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy brown, almost rust. Looks like it will be a complex drink.

S - Fruits like fig and prune. A touch of booze and wood too, but not too much.

T- Sweet fruits; raisin, fig, prune and even a touch of raspberry. Strong booze factor and only a touch of American oak.

M - Lighter than expected but still covers the mouth and leaves you wanting more.

O - A very tasty brew, and a good value from one of my favorite breweries. Glad they brought this one back so I could try it. The base Quad is one of the best (if not the best besides Three Philosophers) of the American style and I am glad the barrel aging helped make it a more striking beer.

Photo of steelcutoats
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had BLASPHEMY last summer after an all night bender over the 4th of July. I wasn't very familiar with the concept of Belgium Quadruples or oak aging beers at the time, so I figured it would be good to take the time and review it since I've matured since then.

I poured a 12 oz. bottle into a crystal snifter. It had a creamy head that left little lacing. The color was a deep red, almost opaque with a rim of white foam around the inside of the glass. The smell, again as with the OMMEGANG Abby Ale, was of dried fruits...dates and figs. The taste was smooth with fruity sweet and chocolate malty notes. This is an awesome beer. I love how Weyerbacher will take one beer, age it in oak, and then release it as an entirely different beer. It is amazing how a little bit of wood can make such a difference in the taste and complexity of a beer.

Photo of chaz410
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beautiful beer wonder at the Common Market in Charlotte NC.
Poured a dark cloudy brown body. Thin silky white head.
Smell is full of deep fruit malts, raisens, dates, licorice, honey and bourbon like alcohol. A terrific smell to say the least!
Taste is amazing! Oak notes all over some heavy fruit malts and alcohol. Good hoppy zest at the end that is mostly fruity in nature and slightly tart.
I love this beer and it really should be tried by any strong beer fan!

Photo of dank203
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

totally awesome beer. aroma has sweet sugar coated date, fig notes etc. flavors have hints of spice, caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, so well balanced and complex and awesome!

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tier Ale Hse in NYC a few weeks ago and reviewed from notes. Pours cloudy darkish, smoky almond, minor light tan head and leaving a tiny bubble film and fine light lacing. The nose here is boldly of crisp spicing and alcohol. One sip and its obvious that this a strong, heady and complex brew. Notes of currents, rum, brandy, burnt grains, alot going on here, not for the faint of heart/palate, not for quaffing, and not for fans of pissy yellow beer. Fine night capper/late night sipper.

Photo of MaxSpang
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

APPEARANCE

This beer is a murky reddish brown color. It's extremely hazy, and had almost no head or carbonation coming up on the side of the glass. Not the prettiest beer, but it looks characteristic of the style save the lack of head.

SMELL

This beer has a huge dark fruit smell. I could smell it as soon as I popped the cork off! Tons of overly ripe apricot, cherries, and even some banana. The alcohol is only the alightest bit present, which adds to the huge complexity of the aroma. Did I mention fruit? This also has some nice raisin-bread character. There is a TON in the nose.

TASTE

Whoa! This is like a karate kick to the tongue. It has just as much dark fruits as the nose, and then some. There is a big amount of flavor that I can only describe as a banana that is black from over ripeneing - YUM. Tons of raisin and plums, and tons of sweet breadiness almost like cake. The alcohol comes through in a big way, and it's almost hot but it works nicely in this beer. Did I mention fruitiness? The Belgian yeast comes through right at the end, bringing some slight spice, earthiness, and black pepper. This beer tastes delightfully sinful.

MOUTHFEEL

Not as dry as other quads I've had, nor is it as carbonated. In fact, there's hardly any carbonation in this at all. It is big and chewy but not syrupy. Did I mention fruits? Woops wrong section - the alcohol is nice and warming. This is a big ol' stankin beer and the lack of carbonation accentuates it.

OVERALL

Ah, I love a nice fruity quad. This remids me a lot of Insanity from Weyerbacher, except a lot more... Belgian. Did I mention fruit? This sinful ale is sold all over the place around here, so it's a prime candidate to buy a bunch of and age. This rocked my socks off, but I say who needs socks? I won't tell the folks at church about this one, because that would be... Well, blashphemy.

Cheers.

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About 2 years old.

Pours a slight fizzy head, hazy darker peach maroon brown color, murky and a bit milky.

Nose explodes with bourbon, whiskey and oak, a bit if booze still, plenty of sweet malts reddish and brown, crystal malts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, a slight nougat, candy, hints of dark fruits like brandy soaked raisins, all surrounded by the nice bourbon and oak.

Taste starts again with sweet malts, a nice aged soft malt, crystal, caramel, molasses, candy, a light nougat and toffee, a bit of booze cuts through, following closely is the bourbon, a nice juicy sweet bourbon, another whisky flavor as well, a bit if a toasty oak flavor with that, buttery and light vanilla oak. Again a light fruit kick. Finishes a bit sweet with lingering malts, brown sugar, candy, hint of bitterness, little sticky, done bourbon, a bit of booze left behind.

Mouth is heavier bodied, fairly rich and complex, some booze and lower but decent carb.

Overall great beer, nice bourbon and whisky flavors, nice oak rounding, great malts and sweet syrups, and hint of fruit and bitterness, a nice aged taste too. The aging did this very well as the booze quieted down, the malts aged nicely, and the bourbon stayed a nice flavor but not too hot.

Photo of bminor7
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY.

First off, I have to disagree with most prior reviews. This beer is either so unique that I think it's offputting to most people, or my bottle was superfluous, or my palate is shit. Personally, I'm a fan of the unorthodox (last batch I brewed was Mosher's Jaggery Pale Ale with cardamom and fenugreek) and I definitely appreciate it when someone goes outside the mould for something intriguing such as this. Thus far i have not been blown away by Weyerbacher, but this may be their one redemption.

A - chestnut brown, 1 finger foam settles leaving lacing on the glass and surface. yeasty chunks floating about on the first pour, and I was careful! NOTE: this beer has legs! not long ones, but this is a first that i've found.

S - holy bourbon batman. where is the beer? my olfactory factory cannot find the malt or hops. this smells distinctly like bourbon, with almost no trace of beer whatsoever. maybe like a bourbon beer. i am bewildered.

T - upfront oaky whisky - rich and delicious. oak is very strong. the hops and malt play second fiddle but form the backbone, really, for the liquor flavors. bold and elegant.

M - thick and creamy. no Old Ruffian, but still good.

D - the weak point. obviously you don't drink whisky and beer at the same rate. this is a sipper, but that's what it should be. savor the flavor and the 11.8% ABV bombardment. i shared this with a friend, and although my hangover lackthereof is nice (note - i felt even better than I would have had I not drank anything) this beer is one you could really enjoy all to yourself. just...don't...move.

Photo of meatyard
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Is a hazy, dark honey color with a shortlived white head and no lacing.
S-Is heavy duty alcohol smell that wafts over from a couple of feet away. Then there is bourbon, oak and some vanilla.
T-Is a dose of warming alcohol and the same short cough I have on a first sip of whiskey. Flavors include sweet malt and dark dried fruits like rains & figs. There is a lot going on in this beer, it's the kind of beer that you could continue to find different things as you drink and it warms.
M-Is pretty thick & syrupy-very nice.
D-I don't think so, it drinks nicely but I couldn't do more than one at a sitting-this is a sipping beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With a lot less Bourbon than might be expected, the Blasphemy version of Weyerbacher Quad might be the most drinkable of the Bourbon barrel series yet.

It pours a clear copper body that reveals streams of tiny bubbles rising steadily towards the surface. The creamy off-white head starts with an impressive girth, maintains it, and then steadily drops to a thin covering - all the while leaving behind a solid wall of creamy lace.

It expresses Bourbon in the nose with some vanilla and wood, and alcohol and spice along with it, but also some very nice dark-skinned fruit.

The flavor is very much the same, and very supple, with a rich malty blanket of dark-fruit woven with caramel-accented fruit and a dark fruit edge. It's very appleish, and malty with a caramelish edge and a slap of alcohol.

Nicely done with just an edge of Bourbon. Worth trying.

Photo of paigertx
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amazing color almost a red ale tint and minimal head with no rings. Hits the back of the tongue and stays there with a sweet aftertaste. Good hop level with medium alcohol noticed. Would not be long night repeat drinker as the alcohol hits quickly. Mouthfeel is clean and lightly citrusy. Best Weyerbacher I have had.

Photo of ppoitras
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey copper brew. Head fades gradually down to a skim of froth, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, with vanilla and tart composing a large part as well. Taste follows along, sweet upfront, strong vanilla and tartness in the middle, and then it all closes up nicely with vinous alcohol, heavy on the warmth. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and the drinkability is very nice, although a little hot, which of course is to be expected at 11.8%abv. I think this is my favorite of the BA Weyerbachers.

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a lot of high alcohol beers usually pour with a short and brief-lived head. But this one is different. Nice reddish orange color with a one finger head that lasts several minutes. Mild lacing developed during the session.

Smell: big vanilla, oak, candy sweetness, and alcohol are bold and easy to detect well outside the glass.

Taste: this follows the nose as vanilla, oak, candy sugars, overripe plums, prunes, cherries, and nice bitterness are wrapped in a warming alcohol blanket. Improves as it warms.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish with a long flavorful aftertaste.

Drinkability: definite a slow sipping beer. One bottle was slow to finish on my own, I wish this was in 12 oz bottles. I think this may mellow nicely in the cellar.

Photo of techdiver
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear deep amber red with a modest head that quickly recedes leaving a thin film of foam.

Complex nose; vanilla, cherries, and so much more. The high ABV is also quite perceptible.

Taste is also complex with the oak being predominant. Bourbon and a degree of bitterness in the finish.

Full bodied and smooth, but feels lighter with no degree of stickiness.

Has good drinkability for a brew with this much alcohol.

Photo of thecheapies
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on tax day, '11. Best before 4/15/16. Splitting with the girlfriend; her pour is in a Westy goblet, mine's in a St. Bernardus.

Pours a caramel plummy amber with little bits of sediment that slowly fall in the glass. Very subdued head. Too many large bubbles that spread and dissipated. A ring and some wispy surface foam is all that's left.

Luden's Cherry Drops and soft marshmallow in the nose. Some vanilla bean, red grape, whipped cream, fresh figs, eucalyptus oil, booze, and light clover honey. Smells overly ripe and effing phenomenal.

Red grapes, fruit punch, bourbon, caramel, alcohol, dried figs, cherry cough syrup, buckwheat honey, and candi sugar. Impressive quad, and a vast improvement over regular Weyerbacher Quad. There's a faint sprig of oakiness in the backdrop that provides some much needed bitterness. This beer is seductively sweet. The bourbon melds very well with the Belgian yeast and fruit notes. Too much bourbon in this kind of beer and it's just brawny and over-the-top. In Blasphemy, the bourbon is mostly concealed only offering flavor rather than adding perceived strength, as one would gather reminiscing having a glass of two or three fingers of whiskey.

Very full and syrupy with all kinds of stick. Stick on the lips, stick in the mouth, sticky going down. Rife with sugars with next-to-no carbonation to shuffle the mouthfeel. Goes down rather leaden with insane warmth on every swallow and carrying some serious firepower. Not a flagrant foul. Treating it as a dessert beer (which no doubt it is), I give it a higher score.

Blasphemy is one of the aces in Weyerbacher's deck. Looking at past reviews and thinking about past drinks, I have to concede to the fact that Weyerbacher is one of my favorite all-time breweries. They do great things, and then, they do not-so-great things surprisingly well. I'd have to be one broke mofo if I see this on a shelf and DON'T pick it up. Another notch in the belt for Weyerbacher, I'm sure, as they must know they're killing it.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium to dark amber color with good clarity and a solid half inch of off-white head. Aromas of deep oak notes, vanilla, spicy esters, and bready/toasty malts. On the palate, the oak continues to really soften the beer while providing increased complexity to an already interesting Belgian. It finishes thick and viscous with the tannic quality of the wood really rounding things out. Overall, I think this is one of the better oak-aged beers from Weyerbacher that I've tried.

Photo of GregSVT
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a snifter - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy brown color with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass. Not as carbonated as I expected but maybe the bottle conditioning hasn't fully set in yet.

S: The nose is full of candied fruit and brown sugar with a vanilla aroma in the background. There's also that belgian yeast aroma that I associate with all belgian quads.

T: The taste is beautiful brown sugar, toasted oak, caramel malt, and buttery bourbon. There's also the belgian yeast flavors in there. Very tasty.

M: The feel is on the thicker side of medium and very oily...this is a big beer and you can tell by the feel.

O: Very well done and I'm glad I have a few more of these to enjoy over the next few years. Definitely worth a try if you like Barrel Aged Quads.

Photo of tspadoni
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I’m drinking the whiskey barrel aged Blasphemy. I don’t know if there’s any other version, I just want to make note of that.
A: Dark Reddish-Brown color with a light brown head that quickly dissipates.
S: Dark fruit aroma possibly from some dark caramel malt. A strong whiskey/alcohol aroma comes through as well. I’m also detecting some spiciness
T: Predominantly whiskey flavor with dark fruit and oaky qualities. Very slight residual bitterness (very, very slight) with a more prevalent sweet after-taste
M: Very nice and smooth, medium bodied with a warming sensation from the alcohol content
O: I really enjoyed this beer. It’s not like any quad I’ve ever had. This reminds me of sipping a class of scotch. Definitely to be enjoyed slowly with some friends.

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased during Weyerbacher's 2007 Open House.

A: The quad has a robust orange color that is highlighted by an obvious reddish hue. As with the Quad that I had last night, the ale is lacking any sediment. The head was large but not to the point that it overflowed the glass. That size quickly receded after pour.

S: The quad's aroma has been almost entirely supplanted by sweet corn bourbon. Some vanilla flavors waft out to match the Quad's cherry remnants.

T: Sweet bourbon in a beer bottle! The strong flavors that define QUAD have been completed crowded out by the barrel aging. Sweet, bitter bourbon notes scorch the tongue immediately, burning with alcoholic heat. As the ale sits on the tongue, some stronger grain flavors emerge, some green grape to remind you of the base on which the barrel aging is built. The bourbon barrel aging was done to perfection here, creating a drink that is bourbon without the punch.

M: Oh sweet, silky sweet bourbon, how I love thee. This beer is a perfect match for the bourbon whiskey fans. Well done.

D: The abv is huge and accentuated by the heat from the bourbon. This is a nightcap, I suspect that I'll sleep soundly tonight.

Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Clear copper amber color. alcohol and oak nose. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet, alcohol, woody actually complex. Clean finish. Very warming. $8.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of Higravity
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep amber color with a slight white hat of small bubbles. The nose is sugary with some smokiness and an oak earthy presence. The taste is sublime the Quad lifts the tongue in joy and the woody oak which is perfectly tuned here hits the tongue in a long aftertaste. The body belies the gravity of the beer, a sipper for certain as the whole bottle with have you singing songs you don't even like.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like warm syrup into a snifter glass, yet still raises a good two fingers of off-white head over a clear, copper-brown beer, lining the glass with a leggy film.

Wow, the wood really pops with whiskey overtones. The alcohol fumes carry sweetness as they gently, but firmly grab the nose. Blasphemy reminds me of happy hour in my grandfather's drawing room.

Heavily malted, but not overpowering the hoppy bitterness, as it leaves room for vanilla, raisins, and some toasted flavors. A touch of sourness, this quadrupel warms to a strong brandy.

Rich and velvety smooth with warming alcohol and light carbonation.

Blasphemy is a really nice play on Quad, and is equal to the standard Weyerbacher has set. Great any time, but probably best as a sipper with a book or good conversation while sitting in leather chairs surrounded by a cherry-paneled drawing room as a fire crackles below a stone mantle.

Date consumed: 11 July 2008

Photo of IntriqKen
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a smallish just off-white head that melts quickly to a small ring.
Aroma is strongly oak and alcohol, alcohol and oak, with a hint of Belgium yeasts and a breath of banana.
Whoa! There are many, many things going on in the flavor. This one needs 6 months to a year to balance itself out and behave.
Sweet candy sugars, vanilla, brown sugar, oak and whisky...maybe a little rum, more Belgium candy, dark fruits, and lots of alcohol.
I can't seem to stop smelling this brew...it's wild .
I want to try this one after it has cellared a while. Right now it is very hot.

Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.