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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

811 Ratings
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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 55
Gots: 148 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Viggo
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to DrJay for sending this my way for BC2.

Pours a hazed orange/copper, thin off white head, no lace, settles to a thin ring, unhealthy looking. Smell is caramel, alcohol, fusels, raisin, oak, banana, bit malty, typical Weyerbacher but somewhat appealing. Taste is toffee, oak, raisins, sweet fusel middle, lots of alcohol, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but feels slightly syrupy, low carbonation, lots of heat. Pretty good for Weyerbacher, lots of fusel but works okay in this one. Thanks Jay!

Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to csmiley for the bottle! About damn time, huh???

Blasphemy pours a very hazy copper color. It has a reddish-orange tint with backlighting. An off-white head collects on the surface, but rises no further. It dissipates quickly from there. Lacing was definitely on the light side.

The nose is a little on the weak side. It kicks off with a strong, sweet caramel scent. No doubt about the base here. Oak is very strong in the mix. There's a hint of some whiskey, but I have no idea what kind. Secondary notes of vanilla, dark fruit, and a light golden fruit presence. Alcohol is relatively strong in the mix, but this is approaching 12% abv...what'd you expect? It's not bad, but more strength and clarity would help.

The flavor is easily a notch above the nose. It definitely has a strong caramel malt base. It is sweet, and even features a slight brown sugar flavor. The oak barrel aging certainly imparted a very nice wood-like flavor, and it adds quite a bit of character. Whiskey is in the mix, but it's tough to tell whether it's bourbon or not. Secondary flavors of vanilla, fig, raisin, apple, and pear all add nice depth and complement the other flavors well. Alcohol is definitely in the mix. It's integrated pretty well over time. This bottle's two or three years old. Nonetheless, it is bordering on warm. Finishes sweet, fruity, and oaky.

Blasphemy has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. It feels a little thin for the style. Carbonation is active and a little buzzy. It's not bad, but it could use a little work.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that an oak-aged Quad is blasphemy. This beer proves it. It's not a bad release from Weyerbacher, but a couple of tweaks would go a long way. Personally, I think it'd benefit from more aromatics, more body, and less alcohol. I also wouldn't mind a little Belgian yeast. Having said that, it's definitely an interesting beer that's aged pretty well over the last two or three years. Thanks, Chris.

Photo of JuMa44
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bonkers
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber(2012) into a snifter. The pour is murky, decent head, nice lacing. The aroma is boozy, fruity, bourbon. The taste is boozey, lots of dark fruit, hints of bourbon, the finish is boozey. The body is full, alcohol is very noticeable, good carbonation. A good quad, bourbon barrel should have added more. Perhaps some more time in the bottle would add more.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into cervoise.

A - Pours a clear medium to light brown/copper colour. No much white head formation and small retention with little lacing

S - Bourbon and port alcohol notes. Dark cherries, plums and brown sugar

T - Pretty fruity with some funky from the yeast. A bit bready and caramelly. Pick up some vanilla and molasses mixed in with the bourbon. A touch of clove and pepper

M - A touch boozy but not too bad. Drying and medium

O - Tasty quad. Not up to the level of some of the frontrunners but I enjoyed this one. Would definitely like to have it again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."

--George Bernard Shaw

Rose-tinted kumquat with a massive amount of suspended yeast. The golden ecru colored crown is the appearance's only misstep. The light and airy foam is fizzy and unsticky, which leads to a rapid disappearance and a clean snifter.

The aroma isn't knocking my socks off either. It lacks power and personality, smelling more like oak barrels than a quadrupel. There's a little caramel and a smattering of fruit, but an above average score is as much as it deserves.

For the unaware, this beer is Weyerbacher Quad aged in oak barrels. Just like the base beer, Blasphemy tastes much better than it looks or smells. While I'd need to drink them side-by-side to pick a favorite, I'm really enjoying the caramelized sugar and vanilla notes of this one.

The brewery doesn't say, but I wonder if those barrels previously held bourbon. Then again, the oak is probably enough to accent the beer with the exact same flavor notes with which it accents whiskey. Specifics include well-toasted bread, caramel, ripe figs, cherries, bitter orange and plenty of oak. There's a little too much unmasked alcohol for the next highest score to be a consideration.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a letdown. It starts out thin and fizzy (just like the head). The good news is that it firms up over time and is eventually lightly sticky-slick and gently bubbled.

If the rumors are true, it's too bad that Weyerbacher has decided to give Blasphemy the axe. I'd like to see them continue to tinker (with both Quad and this beer) in an effort to create something truly special. It wouldn't take much. Besides, the craft beer world can always use a good oak-aged quadrupel.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this out of a cork caged bottle: the brew pours a dark brown/orange color with a thin, creamy looking head. No real lacing to speak of; low carbonation.

The smell is strong with whiskey, oak, fruit, nuts, vanilla and some caramel. I took a few points off on the smell because the alcohol dominated, just a little too much.

Whew, if you like a boozy, sweet beer then this is for you. Whiskey caramel, brown sugar, nuts, a woody flavor and vanilla. Again the whiskey dominates too much for my tastes but I know there are some who like this quality, if so go for it.

The feel is creamy but intense in the sense that the whiskey leaves a warm tingling in the mouth and throat after swallowing. This brew definitely has a "warming" effect.

Overall this is a strong, boozy and sweet beer. A little to sweet and boozy for my tastes but if you like a beer ages in whiskey barrels this is a good one to try.

Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, it was Heresy, now it's Blasphemy! As a practicing Beer Monk (Brother Woody with the Order of Disorder), I find myself taking exception to the naming of some of these beers. Of course, once I begin to sample them, my earlier concerns melt away like the polar ice caps.

It started with a nice, foamy finger of medium-tan head but the retention was so marginal that when I looked back, it had dissipated into wisps. The color had a slight haze, but it was definitely a deep-amber with reddish highlights. The nose was very oak-y, with lots of vanilla, caramel and coconut evident. The mouthfeel, besides being medium-to-full, was really HOT! This beer seems to cry out to be aged. This is what I have deemed a "Now 'n' Later beer" after the children's candy that advised "Have some now, and save some for later." I might have to see about procuring another bottle for cellaring purposes. After the initial heat died down, I tasted a lot of dried fruit - raisins, prunes, even banana along with the sweet caramel and vanilla that I noted on the nose. The finish was still really sweet and coupled with its high ABV, one was plenty on this go-'round. If I can score another, it will go in the basement to await its time.

Photo of craftaholic
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bung
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml. Rusty orange pour, pretty clear. A layer of fine off white bubbles.

Aroma, grape, some red fruit, caramel. Maybe a little yeast.

Taste, a good dose of malt, caramel and some brown sugar, light molasses. Vanilla, almost like there was some oak aging. Finish is kind of a sweet tea.

Medium bodied, the fine carbonation makes it feel almost creamy. There is a good dose of the abv. Probably best shared.

This was a little better than what I was expecting from the reviews. It is big and warm, but the flavors are very good. Goes to show you need to make up your own mind.

Photo of Etan
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml with the new labeling into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky prunish brown with a small beige head. Not a pretty beer by any means.

S: Nose brings sharp raisiny sweetness, buttery whiskey, brown bread, some notes of yeasty clove and nutmeg, a bit of oak.

T: Spike of booze, sherry, fig, moderate tannic whiskey, slight banana, grapes. Some vanilla and cooked sugar notes come out as it warms.

M: Thick-bodied with the appropriate coarse carbonation. Dry tannic feel on the tongue.

O: This beer is boozy as all hell, predictably. Not bad though. Let it warm up.

Photo of boomer31
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Insanity and Heresy are both great barrel aged beers so I was very excited to pop this one open tonight.

A - Pours a deep gold with a touch of read. Nice off white head, thick but does not stic on the glass

S - The nose is candied fruit, belgian yeast and bread. A definate belgian brew from the nose.

T - Very nice mix of sweet fruit, yeasty bread and vanilla oak from the barrel. Sweet is the key word. Long finish, sweet long finish. Love the barrel character

M - Full and rich quad, low carb, sticky sweet

O - Overall a good beer. I like my barrel aged beers with a lot of barrel This has the sweetness and the barrel character bt a touch too sweet.

Photo of kpantz
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary: I was one of the first at the brewery on Saturday to get my hands on Blasphemy straight from the blasphemers...and I wasn't disappointed. We did some side-by-side tastings with the Quad there, and - simply put - holy crap, Blasphemy is some tasty stuff. Beautiful display of what barrel-aging can do. I'd say this one rates up there with Insanity in terms of best Oaked Weyerbacher (Heresy is close behind, with Prophecy trailing the pack).

This review is done using one of the 12 oz. bottles I purchased, not from the tasting itself.

Appearance: Copper/ruby pour into my tulip glass. Moderately fluffy head that's only about a finger thick at its peak, rather quickly dying back to a film. Lacing is pretty, but not overly clingy.

Smell: Bourbon, oak, Belgian yeast notes, cherries. Some alcohol in the nose as well, but it doesn't detract.

Taste: Initial sweetness never really disappears; rather, it is swarmed by a deep malt profile, characteristic yeast flavors, oak/vanilla notes and a heck of a swell of alcoholic warmth at the conclusion of each sip. The oak and vanilla linger nicely well afterward. There is an element of bitterness here that I would hope to see erode with age. I'll definitely be setting a few down for at least 8-12 months.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick, pretty sticky. Moderate carbonation - in fact, I would have preferred a little less fizz here.

Drinkability: The intensity of aroma and flavor in this one makes it a great afterdinner drink (let's make it "Blasphemy and cigars" after dinner), but you probably wouldn't have more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of mikey711
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw one of the new cored and caged bottles yesterday and was very excited by the chance to have it, price was awesome as well.

A: Slightly cloudy copper with a thin layer of head that quickly dissipates

S: was not too aromatic, some spiciness, some oak and vanilla, an fruit notes.

T: Despite the nose, it tasted great, lots of fruity green apple notes, big boozy and woody presence, some hints of caramel and toffee as well.

M: Nice dry finish, however, as i got to the end i found it started to become a bit sweeter and more difficult to finish

D: Overall, a nice bourbon aged quad that i would have no problem going back for another bottle or two. I really enjoyed the boozy presence and enjoying the bottle over the course of a couple hours

Photo of jim102864
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Chimay goblet and poured from a bomber bottle, this 11.8% brew pours bourbon in color with a brandy tint. No head and zero carbonation. The nose was mild but vanilla notes were there but little else. The taste spoke of caramel,bourbon notes, vanilla and slightly sugary. Mouthfeel was boozy, and quite warming in the finish. This is very much a creeper as to alcohol as it hides from the taste, but also a pleasant brew. A quad? Yes, deceptive though it may be since it's about an inch away from a barleywine too. Nice effort from Weyerbacher.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle. Pours a murky brown with a half inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is ripe bananas, bubble gum and cloves. Not really smelling any of the Whiskey. The taste is really where the Whiskey Barrel flavor comes out. Banana, yeast, coriander, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. Booze at the end with some woody notes and more of the banana. Whiskey finish. Lots of carbonation. It's an interesting mix of the Whiskey flavors and the typical Belgian characteristics. Pretty decent price too. Overall, intriguing beer I'd grab again.

Photo of BostonHops
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky russet tone while yielding a 3/4" beige head that lapses into a thin cap, collar around the glass; moderate lace. nose is somewhat unexciting with notes of raisin and artificial cherry jumping out, also some caramel and candi sugar.

flavor is decidedly sweet although doesn't get to the cloying realm; malty with dark fruit and candi sugar flanked by bourbon undertones. some oak and a distinct alcohol showing, notably in the finish. yeast and a little spice evident... medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this one is decent. i'm enjoying it although i'm by no means wow-ed. worth a try. as a sidebar, it's getting to the point where to me there should be two separate styles: belgian and/or trappist quad vs. american/elsewhere. there are some tasty renditions within the latter category but i've yet to find anything that can approach the powerhouses that reside under the banner of the former.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for this one.

Pours a slightly cloudy tannish/amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slight vanilla, spicy, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet at the beginning, spicy, hot/tangy/bitter, and some caramel. Medium body, complex brew. Drinkable, another very tasty brew from Weyerbacher, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Photo of pershan
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a clear, dark amber with a thick, almond head into a pint glass. The aroma was of Bourbon and candy sugar. The initial taste was of sweet malt/candy sugar, immediately smothered by an enormous Bourbon-infused, alcoholic component - no attempt to mask the 11.8% ABV. Definitely a sipping beer, and would benefit from a larger malt presence to counteract the alcoholic esters.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I loved Weyerbacher's Quad. They went and threw some in oak barrels, and now we have Blasphemy. Very Russian River/Avery-sounding, no? (I'm betting Weyerbacher isn't bottling this in homage to the Canadian metal band. My dream is to professionally brew a triple IPA called Nuclear Death.)

The head may be thin, and it may dissolve to a crown quickly, but wow, that color and the sediment inside...there are tons of I-don't-know-whats hanging in suspension inside a bee-yoo-tiful rusted/burnt blood-orange body. I look at that and think "exotic".

Although there are certain spices, flowers and fruits hanging out in the aroma, they're dominated by wood, yeast and alcohol. Mostly wood and alcohol. In this area, the Quad smells better.

I'm basically okay with barrel-aged beers, but they're more novelty than anything. I know that sounds like (ahem) blasphemy to some BAs, but when the wood takes over the flavor, I end up wishing I was tasting the virgin version of the beer. Blasphemy teeters on the balance of too-much-wood and the pureness of the pre-barreled beer. Oakiness definitely puts a stamp on the flavor, but there's more to decipher if you give it time and warming. Seductive honey, gin-soaked blackberries, brown sugar, caramel, hotter dessert/pie spices, plenty of hops and a fair nip of alcohol weave through the woody element. It's a success because this doesn't merely taste like Quad-meets-Oak; it's a different beer entirely. Finish is a mellow melange of oak/booze, without tasting at all like whisky (another downfall of some barrel-aged beers, in my not so humble opinion).

Texture is slightly syrupy, round and moderately-carbonated, yet with a wonderful lightness at the same time. Almost perfect.

Of all the beer I bought on my last run to Vintage Cellar, this is the only one the guy at the counter opinionated on, and he endorsed it highly. I like it too. I prefer the more playful and colorful Quad over its barrel-aged cousin, but this is no slouch. Pick it up if you see it.

Photo of yourunclewalt
3.86/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of beavers
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been holding onto this one for almost a year now, and I'm ready to try before it ages any longer. 22 oz. poured into a Chimay glass (I never use this glass...and I have three of them). I have never tried the Quad (non oak aged version of this brew) by the way..

A: Pours a cherry mahogany with a finger of tan head. An impressive whirl of carbonation when held up to light. Leaves a covering that looks like a lot of other big belgians.

S: Powerful oak aroma as well as sweet yeasty sourdough, with notes of cinnamon and a faint alcohol presence. Very reminiscent to the aroma of aged English Barleywines I've tasted.

T: Rich cherry oak flavor with a peppery bite and a noticeable alcoholic finish. Sourdough still comes through strong. I can tell that the Quad probably had noticeable fruity esters but they have been masked by the rich oak overtones. Noticeable alcohol heat, but not overpowering.

M: Full bodied with an even carbonation. This is a big beer but not with an overwhelming mouthfeel.

D: I finished a 22 over the course of almost 2 hours. A sipper, but its richness is in check and is inviting.

Aging this longer would mask the alcohol perception, but increase the sweetness...I haven't enjoyed beers aged for long periods of time because of the sweetness. So ultimately I like aging rich belgians and english barleywines to a good medium where the alcohol meshes well with the sweetness. This beer fits that equation. Will definitely enjoy again.

Photo of jale
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Chris for this bottle.

A: Pours a dirty cloudy light brown with very little head.

S: Light roasted malt, oak and apple cider.

T: Booze upfront followed by oak tannins and a strange fermented apple type taste/feel? I get a hint of burnt sugar and caramel as well. The taste is slightly sweet to me. As it warms I get raisins and figs. Drinks like a cream sherry.

M: Medium body with low carbonation.

O: I think I've had this bottle for a while but I really like this beer, in a strange way.

Photo of kirok1999
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of alexgash
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.