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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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88
very good

744 Ratings
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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 49
Gots: 125 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

ucsbmullet, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

BeerThursdays, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of scottbrew4u
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber a clear dark amber color with a pillowy off white head that is an inch high. Great lacing on the glass as you drink.

S: Sweet roasted malt and bready malt aromas with candy sugar and bourbon aromas. Hops are a gentle floral bouquet.

T: Very complex blend of sweet aromatic malt, candy sugar, bourbon, and a wonderful belgian yeast strain imparting flavors of vanilla, and spice.

M: Smooth, velvety medium body with a noticeable but well hidden alcohol strength. Light smooth carbonation.

O: Well done beer and one of my favorites of the year so far it can stand up to a good belgian quad. It will also please your palate now or stand up to some good cellaring for later.

scottbrew4u, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of aforbes10
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jesus' penis, this is a damn good beer! (sorry, i felt it would be appropriate to blaspheme)

Pours shiny, clear and brown with a puffy off-white head. Nose is alcohol and ethanol filled with some cherry and strawberry notes. Taste hits you first with a huge smack of alcohol that really burns as it goes down. Spicy and fruity with sweet malt tones, but its all overwhelmed to some extent by the alcohol. Makes my saliva glands open like a scotch will. Thick and full bodied, almost even syrupy. Overall, a bit too much for me in terms of the alcohol and not enough flavor, i think.

aforbes10, May 23, 2007
Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Magery, Nov 20, 2011
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

leinie13, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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

wisrarebeer, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doing a side by side of two American made Quads. Blasphemy by Weyerbacher and Judgment Day by the Lost Abbey. I'm a huge fan of both breweries so I'm wondering which I'll prefer and I'm sure whichever one wins, they'll both be pretty good. I havent had too many American Quads that I've liked but I recall having weyerbachers Quad a few years back and being rather impressed. Both bottles are fresh so lets see how it goes.

Deep amber color with a very thin head, noticeably lighter than Lost Abbey's Quad. Not much lacing. Vanilla oak and rum soaked raisins on the nose. Dark juicy and ripe fruits. Some toffee and candy underneath it all. Subtle considering the size of the beer. No detectable booziness. Blasphemy is much fruitier smelling than Judgment Day.

Very nice and smooth. Body thinner than expected. Pretty subtle, the way quads should be. Subtle sweet fruits and candy on the tip of the tongue. Vanilla and caramel coat the sides of the mouth. Oak dominates the finish but it's not overbearing, just reminds you that the beer is barrel aged. Warm alcohol coats the throat on the swallow. Aging has really mellowed Weyerbachers quad out a lot and the barrel introduced some more complex flavors to the mix. Lots of deep flavors to dig for including hints of butterscotch, belgian candy sugars, the obvious dark fruit bowl mix and even some brighter fruits. Balance is pretty damn good and the beer overall is pleasant to drink, slowly of course. Not as good as most of the Belgians I've had but a good show for being brewed on American soil.

Overall I preferred the Weyerbacher Blasphemy to the Lost Abbey Judgment day but this doesnt mean Judgment Day was bad in the least. While neither can really compete with true Belgian Quads, both breweries did a pretty damn good job of not destroying the style, in fact I'd have to say they both made progress of being truer to style than most. While I do chose Weyerbacher Blasphemy as the victor, it has had the advantage of having a bit of aging on it at the brewery letting the beer mellow out and become a bit more complex. If I recall, while weyerbacher quad was very good, it was a little sloppier than it's barrel aged counter part. Good show by both breweries though, I enjoyed them both.

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2013 release is AMAZING!

Dark fruit and bourbon notes on the nose, cherries and raspberries with notes of oak and vanilla.

Smooth and much lighter bodied then expected. Super fruity and complex. Dark fruits, raisins, currants, rolls into this sweet vanilla infused berry marmalade as the oak takes over. Bourbon comes through just enough to let you know it's there, sweet belgian candi sugar notes make a suprise appearance on the back end. Finish consists of a drying touch of oak making this one of the smoothest Quads, Bourbon Barrel Aged Beers, and above 11% abv brews I've ever had. Go wyerbacher, this beer is ready to drink and one of weyerbachers cleanest tasting offerings yet.

jtierney89, Jun 12, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

meatyard, Jan 07, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

brycevolk, Nov 15, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle to tulip. $13 for the single. 11.8% ABV. Sampled 6/19/12.

A: One and a half fingers of compact head - just shy of tan in color - rises slowly and sticks around for quite some time before falling to a thick foamy collar. The body is a medium auburn and almost entirely opaque. The thickness of this brew is apparent from the slow pace in which the bubbles are moving within. Broken webs of lace in modest amounts.

S: Very pleasant nose. There is a wonderfully subtle smokey bourbon presence that in no way overshadows the sweet malt character of hearty bread and dark Belgian candi sugars. Accents of berry laden jam. Complexity is not exactly high and the estery presence is really drawn back, which is a plus in my mind.

T: Again, the restrained bourbon works well with the straightforward and tame quad character. The sweet flavor is balanced towards the end of the palate as mild dryness sets in. Mild bourbon notes find their way back toward the finish. ABV is there, but cheers to Weyerbacher for concealing most of the high gravity. There is some heat, but it's not out of line.

M: Full-medium body with a slight chewiness that is quickly offset by just the right amount of carbonation. Fine and tingling, particularly on the finish. Tongue stays relatively clean throughout.

O: Pretty decent American Quad actually.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jun 23, 2012
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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
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - reddish dull brown with a decent off-white head
S - Rich vinous malts, vanilla, oak and alcohol warmth dominate.
T - follows the nose but with a nice underlying brush of belgian candi sugar and belgian yeasts.
M - full bodied, medium carbonated, sweet and warming
D - one is plenty at this ABV but well done and thoroughly enjoyable!

barleywinebrewer, Aug 13, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, 2012 batch. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours clear copper (hazy 2nd half) with a one finger beige head that leaves some spots of lacing and recedes to a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma starts like a typical Quad with fruity esters of banana, cherries, raisins, overripe dark fruits, bread, yeast, some toffee and some mild notes of the barrel aging with a bit of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Very good strength.

Flavor is toffee, fruity, cherries, banana, dark fruits, some caramel, brown sugar, the bourbon, oak and vanilla come through more here than on the nose, pretty darned sweet, some alcohol on the finish but not bad for a nearly 12% brew.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, sticky, creamy, the carbonation is low overall but what is there is fairly prickly.

Good stuff. I never got a chance to try their QUAD, so I can’t compare as far as the differences the barrel aging brings, but a very nice and unique Quad in its own right. Pretty sweet, even for this style and may be a little tough to make it through the 750ml on my own. Monstrous beer, too. Every bit of the 11.8% ABV...this sucker will give you the hiccups and put you to sleep...

elgiacomo, Sep 15, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, appears to have been bottled 04/06/11. Allowed to warm some before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Weyerbacher Blasphemy pours hazy, and is somewhere between brown and maroon. There are very nice light red highlights shining through. The bone colored head is barely there, fades quickly, and doesn't leave a stitch of lacing. A disappointment all around, although I do have to cut the beer just a little slack on this count due to the prodigious alcohol level. The barrel aging is readily apparent in he aroma. Notes of caramel and vanilla immediately jump out, before fading in with some dark berry and fruit smells. The nose is balanced in equal measure by a spicy phenolic character and a warming bourbon and boozy note, which could stand to be a little more subdued. The flavor works off that blueprint, but dials up the alcoholic heat and bourbon even a bit more The plum and raisin flavors up front don't seem as dark and intense as they normally are. The peppery phenols are there, but largely drowned out by the hot alcohol aspect of the beer. The body is somewhat full (though also somewhat dried out for a 12% beer) and nicely creamy. It's aided by an expansive, yet subdued carbonation. I had high expectations for Blasphemy, as I think Belgian style beers do better in bourbon barrels than a lot of brewers realize, and I think Weyerbacher does some great barrel aging (Heresy, and especially Insanity). This one though, was definitely a bit underwhelming. I chalk it up more to the base beer than the barrel aging.

axeman9182, Nov 08, 2011
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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle (undated)
Pours an auburn color, seemingly clear but translucent dye to color. The head pours to a decent level of medium bubbles, but fades fairly quickly; a decent swirl is needed to bring it back for a couple seconds. The nose is dark fruit, tart - currant, raisin, but there is a significant wine feel to the scents, as well. Other sniffs I get a light tartness of blackberry and hints of alcohol.

The taste starts with the dark fruit from the nose, with some of the perceived tartness missing. Honey or maybe even diluted molasses sweetness comes first, then a fig taste that seems to want to tend to raisin, but is subdued by a drying woody flavor. From this comes an alcohol burn, which isn't storm and doesn't last too long. The ending is more if the dry wood notes.

This is an iffy style for me, but I enjoyed the flavors, and enjoyed the subtle complexities in the beer. The beer had an unexpected thinness (watery feel) too it, more noticeable as it warmed, but that was ok. On the other hand, the complexities mellowed as well, and since the style and ABC in general would make it a sipping beer for me, this prevented it from a higher rating.

cjgiant, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick, sourdough head with moderate soapy lacing. Very nice mahogany body - minimal visible carbonation at first but a few bubbles show when the hazy concoction is held to light.

Nice and heavy on apple, mild cinnamon and cloves. What little carbonation there is accentuates a tangy, piney hop presence and alcohol. Vanilla, ginger and bourbon provide good oak-y backdrop. Alcohol is definitely there.

Bourbon and strong apple cider give hints of "apple jack" of old. Pine in hops, more ginger and copious caramel malt are at first hindered when still a little cold by slight carbonic, metallic aftertaste. This dissipates with warmth to reveal slight slate tones on back of palate.

Tinny when cold - this goes away with warmth. Tangy, bourbon caramel apple finish is very warming.

This isn't quite as drinkable as its cousin Insanity - it's definitely a sipper. Best suited to cold weather - maybe hovering over a grill in the cold New England winter months. Still, this is great stuff. For some reason previous Weyerbacher offerings haven't blown my doors off but Insanity and Blasphemy are definitely bringin' it...

IBUnit63, Apr 14, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - cloudy dark caramel color with no head to speak of.
S - mildly sweet lightly fruity fragrance that is very pleasant. Some alcohol in the nose.
T - we're moving from mildly sweet smells to a quite sweet taste but some of that sweet is from the high alcohol which becomes very apparent now. I get wood; in the taste that is, as well as a little spice. Fruity = figgy
M - viscous but flowing. The alcohol leaves a tingly aftertaste. Carbonation is low.
D - it's good but it's not your everyday beer.
Overall a nice brew if your in the mood for sweet and mellow.

Beer4Baltimore, Oct 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

victory4me, Nov 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

steve8robin, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

DanGeo, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jkane101, Jun 09, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany brown with a gorgeous, bready, thick head and okay lacing

S: Sweet caramel malts with lots of dark fruits and some boozy whiskey and oak undertones

T: Very balanced, big, boozy beer; sweet up front but balanced by a dry slightly bitter finish: the bready malts and dark fruits play well of of each other (cherries, dates, raisins, plums)

F: Quite creamy; medium body

O: A boozy but not overpowering beer--I wish there was more of a barrel presence but it's a really nice beer nonetheless

dbossman, May 03, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: into a goblet, center-pour produced a dark amber brown ale with a finger of tan foam for head. No lacing.

S: ripe dark fruits and boozy whiskey barrels, some hints of spices and molasses

T: fruity sugars and caramel toffee, oak and whiskey, holiday dessert spices and candy apples; woodsy

M: rather thin-bodied, no perceptible abv, smooth, very slight coating effect, just a touch of stickiness

O: having had their "Quad" quadrupel, I find this to be very similar, but with the additional of barrel aging, which produces that tell-tale whiskey barrel flavor overlay - certainly serves the beer well - a bit better than their Quad, but again, I find the beer to be good, but without the benefit of anything to really demand your attention.

Greywulfken, Jul 04, 2013
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.