Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

842 Ratings
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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 58
Gots: 160 | 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:
Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007

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Photo of ccrida
2.6/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber bought on 6/07, so at least 3.5 years old. I'd forgotten how bad I thought this was until I looked up the review just now. Decent carbonation, looks fine. Smell is pretty good, really nice vanilla notes, but hot.
Taste is the the same, nice barrel notes at first, hints of bread pudding, and them bam - red hot fusels, finishes like a gulp of cheap vodka. As my palate adjusted, which happened faster then I expected (and noticed happened in my last notes - is it the brew or intoxication), I really enjoyed the underlying oak aged quad flavors - but the burn in my gullet persisted as a reminder this would no doubt be better at 10%, unless they could clean up the ferment at this higher gravity. Would have been fun to age for like 6 years, but in my experience, fusels never really disappear.

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First review, 09-01-2007, from which it was scored:
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Poured from a 22oz bomber (thx yobdoog!) into my New Belgium goblet, Blasphemy is a slightly hazed amber with a 2 finger, off-white head, that fades fairly quickly to a steady skim that leaves light lace.

Smell is very rich and sweet, more candi then fruits though, with some yeasty spice and lots of rubbing alcohol fusels.

Unfortunately, the taste is just as heavy on the solvents, not as sweet but very boozy, bourbon with a hint of cherries and black pepper. Like the other oaked Weyerbachers, there's a very enjoyable vanilla presence. Sadly, it's the only pleasant taste, and doesn't mange to hide the plasticy phenols that are running rampant. There is another, more subtle flavor towards the finish that just seems off, like spoiled salted vegetables or something. Not sure what it is, maybe the oak, or diactyl that isn't so obviously butterscotch? After really enjoying Insanity (and Prophecy, albeit less so), this is quite the disappointment. Letting it breath a bit may have helped, but if it wasn't so hard to drink, I'd never have know that...although it went from bad to ok, I'm still hesitent to bump up the score too much just b/c it's getting me drunk in a hurry! Sorry about the low score guys, but what can I say? I'm not impressed!

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side of average for a quad, a little under-attenuated, leaving a corn syrup stickiness in it's wake.

This was not very drinkable. It's super high ABV, tastes super strong, and generally not very good. I'd wager 999/1000 average beer drinkers would take one sip of this and say it sucks. Fans of quads, big beers, and weyerbacher may be more forgiving, but it's probably just the alcohol clouding their judgment after they power through a bottle of this beast! I've actually got another bottle of this in the cellar, from a trip to NY earlier this summer, that I'm now certainly in no hurry to break into. We'll see how a few years treat this. Right now it's pretty rough, like drinking like a sweet/weak brandy, 22 oz at a time! I honestly doubt it will really improve that drastically, but I'll surely forget (or maybe never forget!) about this one long enough that who knows?

Photo of xnicknj
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into snifter

Pours a clouded auburn color with some ruby hues. A thin beige head fades quickly leaving some bubbled lacing and thin film.

Plenty of fruit scents with pear, apple, and dates. Some oak and bourbon with spice. Light warmth and vanilla, sweetness as well.

Rich and warm up front with candied fruit notes. Burnt sugar with dates and some apple/pear tones. Sticky and somewhat sweet with oak and vanilla bourbon tones and a dash of spice. Finishes sweet and warm.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and full on the tongue. This bottle definitely benefited from about 6 months of age, as the harsh boozy tones mellowed out and allowed the fruit and oak flavors to shine through. I'm glad I have another bottle or two.

Photo of Durge
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A slightly cloudy dark amber color with a fair off-white head and lacing. The aroma brings on whiskey and nut, berry and oak. Seems potent. The first mouthful is fizzy and full of the same flavors I detected in the aroma. As advertized this suggests oak barrels and Jack Daniels. Still, not quite what I expected. Highly carbonated and lots of warming alcohol, viscous and challenging to push through quickly, not a session brew for me. These flavors aren't my wheelhouse, somewhat clove in the Belgian tradition, conducive to food to help cut the sharp acidic attack of this aggressive ale. There is a nice vanilla caramel hint that comes out as it warms. A quality brew but not suited to the average consumer. Definitely worth a try to anyone that enjoys a strong ale, and possibly a big winner for some.

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured an auburn brown boy with minimal head (if that) and no lace ring or patches to speak of. A very boozy, somewhat woody aroma with notes of dark fruits like figs and plums and there is this hint of candi-sugar/apricot like sweetness (no idea why). The beer is smooth and has a fuller yeast feel to it along with sugary and malty sweetness, like caramel, toffee, figs, dates(?) and possible raisins, even notes of vanilla sweetness from the barrels. There is a woodiness to this beer and some balance but the alcohol burn seems to overpower the sweet/fruit notes and the beer is good but seems disjointed and not cohesive.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500th review here, thought this would be somewhat appropriate. This bottle is the 2008 vintage. Pours a very hazy, bright orange color with an initially fat tan head that fades ridiculously fast to near nothingness. Lacing is minimal. Not much of a looker here as it is very light colored for a quad and head retention is very poor.

Ahh, the smell makes up for the poor visual aspect...it is phenomenal! Vanilla, oak, alcohol, cotton candy, almonds, brown sugar and an elusive fruitiness that I cant put my finger on...perhaps some pears and red grapes? Nonetheless, this is an outstanding nose.

Barrel aging is very evident upon tasting, as is the alcohol. It is rummy and even a bit like whiskey. Could cellar for a while longer, for sure. Light bodied for a quad and drier than most, but it still retains some sweetness typical of the style. There is a nice bready, yeasty characteristic, but not quite enough. To me, it almost seems like a tripel and a half, as it needs a bit more body-adding malts and the alcohol is a bit rough...but that is being a bit picky, I am very glad I brought this out for my 500th. Great beer and I am sad that Weyerbacher has discontinued the brew.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-deep brownish amber color with some hues of red, very hazy. thin barely one finger of kahki colored head that dissipates quickly

S-the nose is quite nice and brings the oak and bourbon through right off the bat. there is some sweet dark fruit, dark tart cherry and a hit of the alcohol at the back

T-this beer keeps getting better as i move through the review. no taste is overpowering and it starts with a nice blend of the oak and a light taste of bourbon, there is a sweet malt backbone that has some caramel followed by some sweet cherry flavor and even a hint of citrus, the belgian yeast, clove and touch of banana also become present

M-very full bodied almost chewy with a smooth texture, almost syrupy that leaves a warming from the alcohol as you finish the sip

D-this has a great flavor and is very smooth, it is extremely thick and the alcohol is prevalent. great beer, very strong!

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a chalice

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a tight off-white cap. No staying power and minimal lacing. A good amount of active carbonation.

Very astringent, medicinal nose. Fruit, woods/outdoors, ethanol, very complex and rough. Oak, vanilla, cherries, booze, and a band aid funk.

Wow, big dose of bourbon here. Soft vanilla rises about midway through and gives a rather sweet finish to mask the alcohol burn. Cherries, plums, oak, and a medicinal--solvent quality.

Big and billowy, yet soft and supple. Creamy in the right spots, but the alcohol burn take a good amount away from this score.

This is a tough beer to get through because of the alcoholic heat. It is very complex and really needs to be sipped. It's too bad the booze is so forefront on this beer, everything else seems to be in check and right where it needs to be.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep amber, with an off white head. Aromas that are oaky and a small presence of a dark fruit. In the taste, an oaky plum, alcohol, yet very minimal. A small alcoholic burn, and a alcoholic aftertaste, small oaky flavor left behind as well. Big taste, but it is smooth. Great sipping beer.

Photo of drpimento
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured on the warm side too long out of the fridge with a smallish, somewhat fizzy, tan head and no lace. Color is a clear orange amber brown with no bubble trails. Aroma is malt, sherry, dark ripe fruit, with a little oak and vanilla. Flavor's much like nose with sweet front and center, tapered with some bitter and a tiny bit of tang. Body is good, full and round, true to style, but carbonation is a little soft. Finish is like flavor, lingering, and has no off characteristics although the alcohol give only the barest hint of the power. Good beer, but a little does go for a distance.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter glass

Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed ruby-brown color. The off-white head upon pouring has only a light retention. The fast fading head, when gone, leaves a persistent foam film on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The smell is heavy of dark fruits of cherry and prune. Other sweet aromas of a caramel nature mare also mixed within. A bourbon-boozy smell with accents of vanilla and oak are there as well and when mixed with the sweeter smells create a warming sweet smell.

Taste – A sweet caramel taste is big up front, but soon melds with a good dose of dark fruits. The cherry and plum flavors soon begin overwhelming the caramel. Around the same time a yeasty spice and boozy taste starts to enter the tongue. The yeast spice flavor remains relatively light through the rest of the taste but the alcohol gets stronger. A bourbon and almost rum like flavor get big, where some lighter notes of vanilla and a oak come to the tongue as well. In the end a warming rum and bourbon soaked dark fruit flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy. It is very smooth feeling on the tongue, allowing the flavors of a sweet and boozy nature to soak in; taking these tastes to their maximum. The lighter carbonation level only accentuates the smooth body helping to create this creamy thick brew.

Overall –A wonderful sipper with some big flavor. Sit, sip, chat with a good pal, and enjoy. It’s delicious.

Photo of maximum12
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to sholland119, one of the finest traders &/or members of BA, for two bottles of this fine brew. When I heard it was being discontinued, & being the only of the "regular" lineup I hadn't had, I needed to try it. Scott was my man on the spot & he never disappoints!

I liked the Weyerbacher Quad a lot, so I was looking forward to this and holy hell, is it good.

Screw the smell & appearance, this brew rocked my world with the very first sip, even fridge-cold, out of the pint glass. I know I shouldn't be sipping this like a glass of lemonade, should let it warm a bit, but I can't help it. All the full flavors of the original Quad are still here, lent a helping hand by the wood, which lends a marvelous dry, lean quality to the beer, & just the barest hint of bourbon that also serves to augment, rather than overpower, the rest of the brew. At 11.8%, I could easily & happily drink these until I woke up with a dog licking my face, my wallet gone, only one shoe, and one leg over the curb in a puddle. Does that warrant a good drinkability score?

This is the best Quad I've had, hands down, including one that's prominent in the Best of BA. Subtle, sweet, woody, bourbony, drinkable...damn. I need to get some more of these. Scott? You still out there?

This is one killer beer. Absolutely top-notch.

Photo of jbaker67
3.9/5  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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. I was trying to compare this to Quad, and found this one a little more interesting. It had a dark amber color with a thin head. It had a sweet, fruity aroma, with a vinous character. An explosion of taste. Fruity, some chocolate, yeasty, and wine. I thought it was very smooth and mellow. However, I don't think I'd drink this and Quad together in one sitting again. Next time, Blasphemy alone.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester.

Pours a crimson brown, with a small half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells like caramel, cherries, booze, whiskey, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is similar. There's a lot of good stuff going on here, but it's hard to drink due to how boozy this is. This seems to be a common problem with Weyerbacher BA beers. Lots of Belgian fruity yeast esters- some cherry, lots of raisins and plums, very sweet malt, and a strong lingering boozy whiskey burn. I get a little bit of vanilla and caramel, but I wish it came through stronger- as it stands, the booziness washes those flavors away.

Medium bodied, thicker than the typical Weyerbacher BA beer. A very slow sipper, due to the alcohol. Low carbonation.

Overall not bad, but needs 3+ years to calm and cool down.

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

This poured a hazy burnt auburn with a bit of white head. It smelled like prunes and molasses with wild yeast and honey wheat malt, and a bit of citrus hops. It tasted like honey wheat and barley malt, with strong orange hops, and a hint of oakey prunes and molasses. It was fairly thick with lots of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste with alcohol warming. Overall this had a clean, bold flavor that was surprisingly bright. It had noticeable alcohol and a lasting aftertaste, which made more of a sipping beer, although still quite enjoyable. It didn't have as much oak in the flavor as I expected. I'd like to try this one again after it's been aged a few years.

Photo of cbutova
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new bottle stood out to me on the shelf. Reviewed from notes.

A- Slightly cloudy dark body with a light tan head. Foamy, fine bubbled cap has decent retention. Good pillow and ring leave thick spotty lace.

S- Fairly bourbon forward here with nice fresh oak, vanilla and subdued whiskey hints. Some banana and raisin but good smooth barrel influence.

T- Yeast moves into the spotlight here. Spiced raisins, banana and clove esters, general Belgian yeast spice work well with oak, vanilla and whiskey. Some cherry and apple fruit hints as well.

MF- Oily thick body with warming from alcohol. Lower end carbonation finishes slightly spicy.

A nice Quad flavor blends smoothly with whiskey barrels.

Photo of Immortale25
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that bears almost no retention before fizzling away to a beyond paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and zero surface foam. Lacing is minimal and brief. From a heavier second pour there's much more head that retains longer and leaves sticky webs of lacing that stay suspended on the side of the glass.

S- Heavily astringent alcohol smell with some sweet Belgian candy sugar in the back. Wow, this is boozy.

T- The flavor is much more calm and not as hot as the aroma would lead you to expect. The Belgian yeast and sweetness are on hand lending a complexity to the flavor that goes beyond the blatantly high amount of alcohol. Notes of brandy, raisin and a little bit of oak.

M- Semi-syrupy with a bright alcohol sting. Low carbonation and a medium-heavy body.

O- I held on to this for a few months but it's still pretty hot and messy. I would say that I should have let it go even longer, but then the carbonation would have faded even more when it's already lacking in that area. I think I just prefer the Quad (which is the base beer of this aged offering) in its original form.

Photo of dar482
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a copper, ruby color without much of ahead.

The aroma has some booze in the back with some brown sugar, molasses, spiciness, and a bit of dark fruit.

The flavor is different. Booze follows with some woodiness, brown sugar, toffee, and some toasty malt. There's some cherries, vanilla, spice, rum soaked raisin. Not much of a deep sweet fruit flavor from quads.

It's a boozy beer with a bit of caramel. It's not deep in its flavor with low carbonation. It almost tastes like a barrel aged doppelbock if anything. Definitely a sipper and lacks sweetness.

Photo of Bung
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml. Rusty orange pour, pretty clear. A layer of fine off white bubbles.

Aroma, grape, some red fruit, caramel. Maybe a little yeast.

Taste, a good dose of malt, caramel and some brown sugar, light molasses. Vanilla, almost like there was some oak aging. Finish is kind of a sweet tea.

Medium bodied, the fine carbonation makes it feel almost creamy. There is a good dose of the abv. Probably best shared.

This was a little better than what I was expecting from the reviews. It is big and warm, but the flavors are very good. Goes to show you need to make up your own mind.

Photo of tpd975
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Joey R. This came from the first bottling of this brew.

A: Pours a nice light bright amber red hue with a nice bubbly head. Good retention and some lace noted.

S: Tons of bourbon to start. Lots of booze, oak and vanilla. Beneath the barrel lies some dark fruit and molasses.

T: Flavor is big on the bourbon. Tons of booze and oak up front. The dark fruit does come thru as does caramelized brown sugar. Lots more bourbon burn in the finish with a touch of the vanilla showing thru.

M: Full in body with nice carbonation.

D: To be sipped slowly.

Photo of morimech
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml cork and caged bottle. Reddish amber color with one finger of head that did not hang around for very long. The head settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Intriging aroma. Dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, and alcohol. Smells a little like brandy.

The taste is brandy like as well. Surprised this was aged in bourbon barrels. I pick up a lot of caramel, raisins, and vanilla. The alcohol is very hot and that hurts the score for me. Almost seems the ABV is in the teens. Sweetness is kept in check.

The alcohol affects the mouthfeel as well. The alcohol evaporates off the tongue. Enough carbonation to let me know I am drinking a beer.

A lot of nice things going on but just too boozy to be thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of jera1350
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber brown with a ring of sandy colored foam that retains well but leaves little lacing.

Pretty boozy nose with noteworthy or bourbon, vanilla, oak and belgian yeast.

Big time bourbon taste with loads of vanilla and notes of oak, spice and caramel sweetness. You will be hard pressed to know this is a quad, but the flavor is great and not overly hot although I think a little age will help.

Very dry with low carbonation, but a smooth full bodied beer.

The huge flavor makes me a fan, as does the $8 price tag for a 750. Such a flavorful and well priced beer, I will be getting more for sure.

Photo of alexgash
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.06/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of bourbon and sweet malt, but strongly bourbon. Flavor of candy corn, sweet malt, and LOTS of bourbon. Very boozy and hard to get through. Ick. This is bad...not reminiscent in any way of an abt/quad.

Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle.

Poured a deper orangish color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of oak and bourbon with some fruitiness, and vanilla. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, woody, and caramel. Alcohol burn in the finish.

Notes from: Jul 12, 2008

Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.