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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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88
very good

810 Ratings
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Ratings: 810
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 55
Gots: 147 | 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 taez555
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear reddish tan body with an off-white head.

Nose is a mix of dough, tropical fruit, pineapples, cherries, very weak but intense caramel, a very very very faint dry wood, mild alcohol without any burn, and some touches of candy sugar which is very reminiscent of some big Belgian triples or quads.

Taste is full bodied with a strong alcohol note. Starts soft with layers of liquid caramel and progresses quickly into a huge hop bitterness. Dark fruits, dark raisins, dark plums, and big caramel. Ends with a lingering numbing bitterness. Very little in the way of a strong oak flavor, although there are some mild touches of wood, it tends to be somewhat dry without any deep oak flavor. The alcohol really takes hold and although doesn't kill it really hits you hard. Some earthy hops but the overwhelming belgian candy flavor dominates. Ends with a long lingering bitterness and knock out alcohol punch.

I was expecting more in the way of wood in this beer, but overall very nice. I've never really been overly impressed by weyerbacher, but this is really good. Although, the alcohol is seriously strong. I don't know what it is, I've had bottles of wine and other big beers that don't seem to hit as hard as this. Weird.

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 Jimmys
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 05.06.13. poured into tulip.

A: a very cloudy pour. a bit too cloudy considering the upright condition this bottle was held in. caramel hued. head is slightly off-white. good retention. limited lacing.

S: great bourbon character right off the bat. oak, vanilla, heat. a lot of those characteristics with a rich caramel malt backbone highlights the nose.

T: definitely get a lot booze. a lot of caramel too. really rich but not sticky. really present vanilla bean flavor. soft and smooth. finish is filled with sweet unfermentables and more booze. wish I got a bit more Belgian quad flavors out of this. that or fermentation flavors. I suppose the majority was overtaken by the bourbon barrels. not the worst thing to overtake a flavor...

M: a really gentle fizz. subtle bottle conditioning. I think it works well. huge body.

D: really impressed with this brew from weyerbacher. this and their Insanity are two top notch bourbon barrel aged brews imo. got another one in the cellar, should be really good in about a year after some of the heat has perhaps dissipated. ill report back.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured with a head that quickly dissipated, clear, copper color
S: medium nose, malty with good well-balanced barrel-aging that doesn't dominate
T: very nice, tons of EtOH, still a bit hot after a few years of aging, roasted malt, well-balanced and very mellow that comes with being well-made and balanced, slightly cloying
M: nice, creamy, well-balanced

Photo of JMS1512
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of AlexJ
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Garnet brown with a small head of light khaki that quickly settles into a thin veil.

Aroma is a balanced mix of dark fruit, raisins, molasses, grape, and wonderful oaky notes of vanilla, coconut, and Bourbon.

Flavor is just huge! Starts with generous dark fruit, cherries, figs, and prunes followed by earthy must, and booze soaked fruitcake. The wonderful oak notes provide a warm, lingering finish of spiced vanilla, toasted coconut, scorched creme brule', and good Bourbon.

Body is big, but retains a bit of delicate Belgian characteristic. Slick and thick, it is a sipper for sure. I don't recommend tackling aa 22 oz bottle without a little help.

Photo of asabreed
4.94/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: A dark amber as the quad would probably be, with not the best head retention but some globs of lacing all over the place, and a relentless off-white ring on the out edges right above the body of the brew.

Smell: Oak, vanilla (and bourbon), plum, bananas, cream, raisins, bread crust, molasses, a bit of sherry, sour cherries, woodsmoke, slight charcoal, some orange (and maybe tangerine), and so much more. Wow.

Taste: I love what's going on here, and to me it deserves a perfect rating. Not sure how or why the pineapple's so much at the forefront as far as the fruits go, but it is. Back behind that is the oak, a bit of bourbon and vanilla extract, maple, caramel, heavy cream, angel food cake, sugar cookies, citrus (especially coming together at the finish), bacterial earthiness, heavy bread crust, sherry, slight molasses, slight tobacco, and more. This is extremely complex, and in this case the meld of the quad with the oak's extracting a lot, and instead of making it disparate and challenging to the palate, it reveals itself more slowly as it warms, with the complexity becoming more and more evident.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, sticky, coating (all in a fantastic way), with enough carbonation to make this a sipper that lets you know it's a sipper, and one I'd treat more like a whiskey than most beers.

Drinkability: For me this is second to how amazing Insanity is (which continues to be one of my favorites). And I say that especially after really not being a big fan of Eleven at all (here's high hopes for twelve, though). The barrel aging for Weyerbacher continues to be a great experiment, and one I'll certainly continue to look forward to. I'm a huge fan of the quad by itself, but this is just beyond amazing. I'm so glad they continue to be ballsy and not only be experimental, but make great beer while doing it.

Photo of Zimm
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of pknyc
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.73/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light golden color with a reddish tint. Slight head on the pour, but nothing that sticks around. Smell is alcohol and belgian sugars. Taste is, wow, very hot. This thing is like drinking a straight shot. This definitely needs some time to calm down. This beer will absolutely light you up! If you can get past the alcohol, there is a nice Quad underneath there, but God help you if you can find it. Full and complex on the mouthfeel. This is a beer that the whole time you're drinking it, there's no mistaking that you're going to be f'd up. This needs to be put down and cellared for a very long time.

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of HoppyBastard2
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of TonyTalon
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Big thanks to mikecharley for this one!

This pours up a color that at first appears to be amber. Backlighting though, reveals that it is actually more garnet in color. Very nice looking. The bone-white head is somewhat thin and wispy, but at 11.8%, that's not unexpected. It leaves a surface ring of tiny-to-medium-sized bubbles. The lacing is in thin strands and small spots, but is nicely clingy.

Loads of dark fruit notes emanate from this glass. Raisins, figs and a lot of grape notes. Dark cherries and a touch of raspberries(!). A good dose of vanilla and a touch of oak. A mild hint of booziness. Very good presence of Belgian yeasty spice notes.

The flavor follows the nose very well. The dark fruits are all over this, though not in an overpowering sense. They blend well with malty sweetness, along with notes of caramel and toffee. The spicy belgian yeast notes are all around, also. There is toasted coconut to complement the vanilla. The booziness is warming, but not too bold in the flaoor area.

This is full-bodied and almost 'slick'. It has a light level of carbonation. It's nicely smooth, but I wish that it had more creaminess to it.

Very good and one of the better barrel-aged quads that I've had.
Weyerbacher continues to impress me. What an awesome brewery!

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Florian's. Tramslucent copper-brown body with under a half inch of off-white head. Banana and woodiness dominate the aroma. Wood, banana, and spice all play prominent roles in the flavor. Lighter-bodied. Little carbonation to speak of. A pretty decent beer - more mellow and drinkable than its non-barrel-aged cousin.

Photo of bruachan
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i've had the Quad, but not recently enough to really compare the brew with or without oak. i've been sitting on it for some time. i'm excited

fairly frothy and a brilliant deep orange. burnt amber, we'll say

ooh...wild. incredibly oaky. strong, though not as hot perhaps as i remember the original. still quite warming, but not quite hot. fruitiness, some: mostly in the form of sugary plums. brown sugar, too. the mouthfeel is fairly creamy/silky, and really quite nice. the whole thing has thinned out a bit in the barrell and consequently doesn't sport the maltiness that i remember in the naked version. i thought of it as much like a barleywine but far from it now. the belgianness is impossible to cut through

i am a little disappointed that the aroma doesn't reflect the complexity i get with each sip. i definitely pick up a yeasty malt character. some oak—and it grows with time—and brown sugar

Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.