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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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88
very good

759 Ratings
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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 50
Gots: 131 | 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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Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Metalmonk, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of mikey711
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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

mikey711, May 19, 2011
Photo of BostonHops
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

BostonHops, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of beavers
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

beavers, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Wasatch, Sep 30, 2007
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 Bierleichen
3.89/5  rDev -1%

Bierleichen, Sunday at 06:54 AM
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
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.