Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 351
Hads: 856
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 7.44%
Wants: 60
Gots: 172 | FT: 9
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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 mnstorm99
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Nice amber color with a quickly dissipating head, but it laces pretty well down the glass
Aroma is sweet alchohol, not much hops to be found.
Taste is alchohol, probably a little too much. raisen sweetness and the sweet over powers any hops I might be looking for.
smooth feel on the tounge and easy going down, with just a touch of a burn.
I might be able to have one of these at a time, but there are many better options in my opinion for that type of usage. Average beer that I am not sure the oak really helps at all. (552 characters)

Photo of phiberoptik
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, poured into a white wine glass, this pours shades of gold, copper, and amber. Lighter than I expected for a Quad, with a small head that quickly results in a rim around the top.

Alcohol up front, raisins, wine grapes, some oak and vanilla notes as well as a hint of peppery spice. Oddly enough this nose reminds me of a attributes of a French Pinot Noir.

Hot, no hiding the alcohol here. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet raisins, spice, and very little bitterness. Warm/hot finish.

Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, hot all around.

Overall this could have sat for a while. The 11.8% ABV acts like a watered down liquor on the throat. There are some great aromas but the taste is just very under ripe. (716 characters)

Photo of boomer31
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle. Reviewed on 6-24-12.
Weyerbacher always does magical things when they oak age any of their brews. The only thing I see any setbacks with this brew is the appearance. This is "too clean" to be a Quad. It might be from me grading it on the first half (Since this is the 750ml Corked and Caged.) I was looking forward to an ugly brew, yet I found a clean Quad. Other than the appearance, I found this to be enjoyable. (429 characters)

Photo of scott
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

V.07
Very nice look - medium head that quickly finds resolve. Light perpetual carbonation, with a beautiful deep bloody amber resin-esque look, much like a barleywine/olde ale.
Nose is lacking, but I can't detect 11.8%, so that's a plus. Earth, fruit, bread - with hints of butter & vanilla.
Tongue is lead by the nose - sweet, but not overtly. Smooth, rich appeal, with a nice oak backbone.
At $8/22oz, far from outstanding. As a drink alone, it's just okay. Nothing to gush over, and nothing to run out and get. I was expecting a bit more from this troupe. (562 characters)

Photo of jim102864
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of scifan
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 into a tulip glass. Kind of amber copper color with a minimal head and leaves no lacing.
Smells very sweet, and kind of a peppery spiciness to it as well. Oh yeah and tons of bourbon.
Tasting sweet caramel malts, a touch of vanilla, the spiciness in there as well. Oh yeah and tons of bourbon. This stuff is hot, the bottle I'm drinking is over a year old and the bourbon and oakiness are still very dominant.
Its a little thick in chewy in the mouth, and with all that alcohol its not too drinkable. I've been working on this 22 for almost 2 hours now. Great Beer. (583 characters)

Photo of berpwillie
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a very cloudy brown color with little to no head or lacing and flat carbonation. very heavily particulate. caramel nutty hints that the smell that is also very boozey. taste is the same with some butterscotch hints. alcohol is pretty apparent but not overwhelming. medium body with slick sticky texture. slightly bitter in the finish. seems like this brew almost has too many flavors that i can't decypher them all. tkae it easy with this brew it will jump up and bite you in the ass. (490 characters)

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy brown, almost rust. Looks like it will be a complex drink.

S - Fruits like fig and prune. A touch of booze and wood too, but not too much.

T- Sweet fruits; raisin, fig, prune and even a touch of raspberry. Strong booze factor and only a touch of American oak.

M - Lighter than expected but still covers the mouth and leaves you wanting more.

O - A very tasty brew, and a good value from one of my favorite breweries. Glad they brought this one back so I could try it. The base Quad is one of the best (if not the best besides Three Philosophers) of the American style and I am glad the barrel aging helped make it a more striking beer. (650 characters)

Photo of bheilman
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was great. Not as good as I had hoped but better than average. I was especting a bit more of the oak flavor but it mostly just tasted like a barley wine. I love barley wine and it fit that well, I'm just expected a bit more. I would buy and drink this again, and I have had a lot of Weyerbacher beer before, it's just not exceptional. (343 characters)

Photo of pershan
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of nriech
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber. Decent inch head, lots of lacing.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, rasins, molasses, bourbon. Very very nice. One of those you just love to smell and dont care if people stare at you smelling your beer.

Taste: I get a hit of the oak and alcohol at first. Very good bourbon flavor with some sugary, citrusy aftertaste. Really really complex. Warming reveals some earthy tobacco flavors. Pretty sticky.

Great sipping beer. An awesome example of an oak aged beer. And one thats better than the original unoaked version. I think this might be a little much for the uninitiated craft drinker and should be saved for special in the know people. (659 characters)

Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into tulip glass. Picked this up really randomly, I've had a lot of the weyerbacher offerings but I've never had this--or the non-oak aged version of the quad. Pours a reddish mahogany, somewhat cloudy, very good amount of head. After a couple minutes it goes down but retains to a caked on layer, lots of lacing. Really beautiful looking beer, actually. Smell is dominated by oak and a lot of spice--I'm even getting nutmeg and cinnamon in there. Vaguely like a winter warmer. Some citrus notes in there as well. Alcohol present. Taste is really surprising, kind of aggressive on the sour cherry side, actually, especially for a quad. Alcohol is very noticeable, I have to admit. It's good, but it's quite a lot to handle. The usual chorus members show up in the taste as well: vanilla, oak, brown sugar, etc. Very thick body, moderate to high carbonation. Definitely good, but as the label admits, it's kind of a strange idea for a beer. Would have come together better if the alcohol wasn't so present. (1,018 characters)

Photo of bminor7
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY.

First off, I have to disagree with most prior reviews. This beer is either so unique that I think it's offputting to most people, or my bottle was superfluous, or my palate is shit. Personally, I'm a fan of the unorthodox (last batch I brewed was Mosher's Jaggery Pale Ale with cardamom and fenugreek) and I definitely appreciate it when someone goes outside the mould for something intriguing such as this. Thus far i have not been blown away by Weyerbacher, but this may be their one redemption.

A - chestnut brown, 1 finger foam settles leaving lacing on the glass and surface. yeasty chunks floating about on the first pour, and I was careful! NOTE: this beer has legs! not long ones, but this is a first that i've found.

S - holy bourbon batman. where is the beer? my olfactory factory cannot find the malt or hops. this smells distinctly like bourbon, with almost no trace of beer whatsoever. maybe like a bourbon beer. i am bewildered.

T - upfront oaky whisky - rich and delicious. oak is very strong. the hops and malt play second fiddle but form the backbone, really, for the liquor flavors. bold and elegant.

M - thick and creamy. no Old Ruffian, but still good.

D - the weak point. obviously you don't drink whisky and beer at the same rate. this is a sipper, but that's what it should be. savor the flavor and the 11.8% ABV bombardment. i shared this with a friend, and although my hangover lackthereof is nice (note - i felt even better than I would have had I not drank anything) this beer is one you could really enjoy all to yourself. just...don't...move. (1,624 characters)

Photo of joeskirkie
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, it's whiskey colored with a strong red tint. Fairly clear, with a small to medium head that laces well.

Smells a bit like port, bourbon, and oak. I've never really picked this up from a beer before. I'm delighted.

There’s a bourbon sweetness, slight tartness and alcohol, with oak throughout. Good stuff that oak is.

It's light and sticky sweet. I'm glad I picked this one up. I'll have to grab another to age. (443 characters)

Photo of Contra
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, Weyerbacher took their Quad and aged it in oak barrels, making a fuller line of aged beers. Personally, I find Insanity & Heresy to be fantastic, but that Prophecy needs work, despite being a quality beer. This is my first tasting of Blasphemy.

22oz bottle, served in a goblet.

Like the normal Quad, it pours out like maple syrup. Deep color, minimal head. The aroma is not too strong when I sniffed it, but it does give a good hint at what it tastes like - that being dates, molasses, bourbon, and for a second, coco-butter. The closet thing I can compare it to is if the matching characteristics of a Tripel and a Barelywine were blended. Each sip is incredibly strong, not with alcohol, but the flavors masking the alcohol. Still, it's pretty easy to tell it is high in alcohol percentage. The sweetness, oddly enough, does not leave the mouth feeling dry, which is fortunate. Some might find it a bit thick, but that's really what to look for in this style. "Drinkability" is always a rough category on thick beers like this. Taking this into consideration, it turns out fairly well compared to similar beers.

Overall, I highly recommend it if you like the style. Quads, on their own, are a bit of an acquired taste, so I think the same can be said about Blasphemy. (1,286 characters)

Photo of wchesak
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a La Fin du Monde Tulip

A- like a brown ale with hints of red and orange, not too much head, a thin pale tan color

S- sweet toasted toffee with hints of vanilla and cherry

T- can pick up the alcohol right off the bat but then leaves for malt and then slight bourbon taste, the alcohol hits in the chest but is more warming than hot

M- alcohol certainly noticeable but every thing else coming through masks it well, nice carbonation bite towards the end of the drink that turns into the smooth vanilla notes of bourbon

D- so great, loved the quad and love this even more (586 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a glass. Finally warm enough to be able to sit on my patio for this!

Appearance: caramel colored liquid with a two fingered white head on top. Vigorous bubbling action in the beer. Takes a bit of time for the head to diminish.

Smell: plums and vanilla and spices, like a normal quad, but with some bourbon notes mixed in. Happy that the bourbon doesn't overpower the base quad notes.

Taste: at first sip, it tastes like your normal quad and then... BAM. The bourbon notes come out of nowhere. This has a lot of complexity to it. Not to the level of Abt 12, mind you, but this is still pretty darn good.

Mouthfeel: pretty full bodied. Sticky. Bourbon surprisingly doesn't linger, but the sweetness does.

Overall: definitely like this. Definitely expect to be feeling this bottle later on. (817 characters)

Photo of fatmcb1
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a wine glass

Pours a hazy light brown that leaves a thick ring of head.

The smell is very sweet, lots of candied malt. Also, there is plenty of dark fruit - figs, raisins, and cherries. Reminiscent of some brandy qualities.

Taste encompasses all of the previously mentioned qualities, but adds some layers. The bourbon and oak really come out more in the taste. Also, there is definitely some vanilla. A very complex taste!

Full body and low carbonation, which works well for this beer.

Overall, it is enjoyable, and definitely a sipping beer. Big full nose and taste. I particularly liked how they integrated the bourbon barrel without it overpowering the other flavors. (689 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with a thin white head.

Smells-Vanilla, caramel,bourbon.

Tastes- The bourbon flavor was a bit over powering. But once the alcohol flavor faded a bit there is some brown sugar/vanilla sweetness that saves the beer from being to boozy.

MF-Very boozy beer with little to no carbonation.

Overall-Better than most beer with such a high ABV. The sweetness manages to prevent it from being too overwhelming but I will probably stick to Tripels and Dubbels in the future. (485 characters)

Photo of beerking1
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very red-amber, with a medium reddish-cream head that fades fast to a small collar of dense foam. Aroma: WOW, big time alcohol with lots of wood, hints of bourbon, and barest touch of hops. Flavor follows through with the alcohol nose, this is a BIG beer. Lots of malt back up the substantial but pleasant alcoholic bite. Body is big, as one would expect of a quad style beer. This beer is warming all the way down, with a pleasant sweet but warm aftertaste. Another great barrel aged beer from Weyerbacher. (513 characters)

Photo of deskim
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shared with mmercede poured into wine glasses

color: dark red almost brown, no head at all

smell: very boozy and oaky, hints of banana bread

taste: surprisingly sweet with major hints of caramel, booze is very well hidden, brown sugar, molasses

mouthfeel: almost creamy

drinkability: very very drinkable for such a high ABV. a little sweet for my liking, but an overall great beer (385 characters)

Photo of kpantz
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,627 characters)

Photo of spartanfan
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz I got from the brewery about 2 years ago and kept in the cellar

a: pours a cloudy dark brownish red that resembles apple cider. a vigorous pour leaves only a very mall ring around the perimeter of the liquid

s: smells sweet like rum soaked apples. faint alcohol is also present along with vanilla and caramel.

t: initially this beer tastes sweet, but the aftertaste is pleasantly bitter. like the nose there is a hint of alcohol heat in this one. the oak aging is evident in the flavor along with notes of vanilla

m: though this beer has enough carbonation it 's not super bubbly, and has an incredibly smooth mouthfeel.

D: I can definitely tell this is a sipper from the presence of the alcohol, but at the same time I just want to keep drinking it because of the smoothness and good balance of flavors. (831 characters)

Photo of bgjohnston
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was curious to try this beer (their oak-aged Quad) along with a bottle of their straight (non wood aged) Quad. The result of this comparison surprised me, as I expected this one to be the more drinkable of the two.

I poured each into goblets, and let them warm a little from cellar temperature. This one poured a somewhat cloudy dark amber, with a white head. There was a nice fruity smell, with a hint of oak and alcohol.

The flavor was very big, with a lot more going on than I can really describe, but there was fruit, cinnamon, and bourbon present. Unfortunately, I found it to be a bit harsh. It was a little better at room temperature, but even then it still reminded me of cheap whiskey that hasn't been aged enough.

In the end, I found the bottle of Quad that I picked up right next to this one on the shelf to be a much more harmonious combination of flavors, and significantly more drinkable. (907 characters)

Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.