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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

747 Ratings
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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 50
Gots: 126 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007)
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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking at it, and getting a whiff of it, though, it's clear that it's a barley-wine, barrel-aged. Fiercely carbonated, rich plummy crimson coloring, small, but lasting off-white head.

Aroma: Deep and vinous. Myriad wine-like flavors play out, intense berries, grapes etc. like a port or a wine, mixed with brandy or cognac.

Taste: Even more intense, and deep, and rich. Now I'm getting it…bourbon-barrel barley-wine. Blithering Idiot mixed with whiskey barrels. The fierceness is now mellowing, it's getting rather cool on the tongue, but the alcohol is taking it's place and rising up, ringing in the brain, quietly now, but getting louder. Rich, complex fruitiness melds with the brash bourbon qualities, making a grand, majestic mix.

This may be more than I can take in one session, but I'm strapped in for the long haul. Or am I? Let's see, and find out how sober I am in the other end.

Flavor continues strong, but doesn't completely overwhelm. It's rich, and complex, and very manageable. The only burden is the ever-increasing alcohol presence.

But, beyond that, this blasphemer is damnably delicious. I'd be best off with a smaller sample maybe, or share with friends, but I had to take this one down by myself. I've got probably eight ounces to go, and it's getting louder in here, boom-boompbbom-boom.

feloniousmonk, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

jlindros, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt scent along with a Belgian yeast fruitiness as well as an oakey/vanilla aroma. The taste is good also. It has a warm, malty flavor that's rich in crystal malts and oak esters. It goes down smooth with firm oak finish. It blends well with the barrels, but not as well as the Heresy and Prophesy beers. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I love the oak aged series. It adds a whole other element to the beer.

WesWes, May 14, 2007
Photo of mendvicdog
2.75/5  rDev -30%

mendvicdog, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear medium brown with a very small white head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla and cherry. The flavor is bourbon, cherries and other dark fruit, alcohol, vanilla, oak and chocolate. This is one boozy quadrupel. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this although the alcohol could be toned down a little bit in order to make it more drinkable. I have only had a few oak aged quadrupels but I really like the way they react with the barrels. This beer is no exception.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass chalice:

Pours reddish copper with a thin head that immediately becomes a thin swirl with active carbonation in the center. Some vanishing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of caramel, a general fruitiness, alcohol and some oak. The oak part doesn't come out quite as clearly as in the other two of this series I've had (Heresy and Insanity). Still, it is a pleasant, more subtle, aroma.

The taste is of caramel, sweet general fruitiness (banana/strawberry?) Woody oak with some whiskey notes. Oddish finish - sometimes drier, sometimes sweeter, always boozy, and a bit raw.

Soft carbonation with a body that is just about medium. A bit tongue-numbing, with lingering heat.

A boozy sipper here. The bourbon didn't really make that great of an impression on me, relatively speaking. The "quad" aspect was fine, though didn't really nail the style. A bit of an awkward combo here. Not as impressed with this one as with the other two of the series I've had. Still, in all, it's a fair enough attempt, and certainly worth trying.

jwc215, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a slight cloudiness. Impressive head that leaves good ring lace.

Sweet aromatic sugary malts. Really no balance to the smell.

Strong alcohol warmth in each sip, which would be expected at 11.8%. No noticeable hop counterpoint except well after the swallow. Extremely rich, almost oily; the carbonation is present but not strong enough to counter-punch the body.

This is a one-sided beer. If you like that side, you'll love this beer. It's contrary to my preferences and thus, the relatively light review. If you like mega-malty, powerfully alcoholic beers, this may be perfect for you.

smcolw, Jul 04, 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 GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Gavage, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +1.8%

oriolesfan4, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

woodychandler, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Roughly a year old, stored in my refrigerator pretty much by accident, just discovered it hiding in the back.

A: Light mahogany, cherry-like liquid with an off white head that dissipates to a thick ring of film, not much lacing. Slow pour still resulted in a lot of sediment in the glass.
S: Very strong, sweet and slightly sour smell. Green apple and honey are most prominent aromas. Other spices like cinnamon are also present and obviously still a lot of alcohol, even a year later, present.
T: Full body, very thick and smooth on the tongue with a light, but active carbonation. After aging for a year, the alcohol is much more tolerable in this, but still very present. Sweeter than most other quads, very strong honey, sweet spice presence. As other reviews have said, this is a different beer than quad, not just an oak aged version. The oak aging adds a rum like, alcohol presence to Quad. I'm usually quick to fault Weyerbacher beers for having a samey, boozy, house yeast taste, but after aging this for a year, it rises above that stereotype for me. I still prefer Quad to this, but I highly recommend trying this beer for a different take on this style (but if you find a bottle, you should probably let this sit for awhile).

yourefragile, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a dark, golden chestnut/honey brown color with ruby edges and a half dinger white foam head that quickly fades. Minimal spots of lace.

Boozy aroma with hints of dark fruit, oak, vanilla and sweet alcohol. Hints of dark cherry, plum and raisin but it's dominated by the alcohol and barrel presence.

Very sweet with again, a lot of boozy heat as well as a lot of dark fruit, oak and vanilla. I'm picking up hints of raisin, plum and dark cherries and more boozy heat in the warm finish.

corby112, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. I've got a few more of these aging...
Apepars a semi-transparent dark, caramel toned amber with plenty of bubbles rising to the top of the 2 finger, off-white head that fades into a mild layer of film with a thick collar. Scattered webbing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, oak, caramel, coconut, brown sugar, raisins, prunes, and a touch of cocoa.
Taste is of raisins, rum cake, vanilla, sugar, coconut, and oak.
Mouthfeel is chewy, meaty, cake-like all in a full body that's sugary, hot, yeasty, oaky with dark fruit lingering along the palate. It's yummy now but I think the best is yet to come with some age under it's belt.

weeare138, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of stakem
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml corked and caged bottle which I believe is from a fresh release. The brew appears a clouded mahogany color with lighter orange clarity seen around the edges. A tan khaki head rests atop with decent retention.

The aroma comes across very sweet like candy or beet sugar moreso than malt. As I smell the beer more, I pick up a little hint of caramel, toffee and vanilla with fruity alcohol. Some herbal and cheesy aspect evolves as it opens up.

The taste is sweet like candy then notes of toffee, caramel and vanilla come out from the barrel aging along with a little herbal note mixing with whiskey. There is a raw woody aspect and mild oxidation noticed as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy yet some of that is hidden by the excessive amount of residual sugar. After drinking some of this I could not tell if I was drunk or on a sugar high...

stakem, Monday at 04:19 PM
Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single in a mixed case form the brewery.

Whoa, put this one back, it ain't ready yet. I'm not saying it's a bad beer, but it feels like it needs some time. The nose has some great vanilla and oak notes, but they're overwhelmed by alcohol there and in the flavor. There's a background sweetness in the taste, but again the booze prevails. I recommend this beer because it seems like there's some great stuff going on, but let it sit for at least 6 months before consuming.

tempest, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Billolick, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

akorsak, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a bit of a dense body that glows brown in the sunlight, showing of a red hue. Strands of tiny bubbles glide to the surface supporting a bubbly light tan head. The head last for much of the beer.

S- This beer has a pretty clean smell with note of light caramel sweetness and some faint vanilla and cream coming through. There was a fusel alcohol smell at the finish that was of hard alcohol in the barrel.

T- The soft floral caramel sweetness had vanilla notes with a light marshmallow quality to it. The finish was soft wet wood with a fusel bourbon quality to it.

M- The light mouthfeel finish with an alcohol that seems to increase with each sip.

D- This beer has a nice blend of beer and barrel but they both bring their fusel flavors to the party. Surprisingly it didn't bother me and started to balance with the sweetness.

rhoadsrage, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

jdhilt, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ejimhof, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/9/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, fig, apple, pear, plum, clove, pepper, oak, caramel, candi sugar, toffee, bourbon, molasses, light vanilla, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, barrel, and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, plum, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, molasses, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark/light fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, brown bread, herbal and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barrel aged Quadrupel style. All around great complexity and balance of malt, yeast ester, and barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable sipper.

superspak, Dec 02, 2013
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.