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Blasphemy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Ego on 03-10-2007

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Photo of ccrida
2.6/5  rDev -33.5%
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?

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A moderate pour yielded two fingers of thick head that worked its way down to a thin layer of suds after a few minutes. Color was burnt orange that shone like sunburst. Some lace.

S: Very subtle bouquet. Soft malt and sugar notes are present, slightly yeasty. Like a Belgian without as much potency.

T: This has a rather wine-like quality to it, the sweetness being reminiscent of (red wine) grape tannins. Also had an accent of whisky. The oak aging dried it out toward the end, which was nice, much like a chardonnay would actually, and wasn't too parching. The middle is mostly yeasty and sweet, and the transition to the oak toward the finish is also combined with a bit of hop bitterness, blending well. Notes of cherry in the aftertaste. Wave of sweet flavor in the finish washes away the sharpness of the whisky.

M: Bubbly, but not as carbonated as most Belgians. Still rather smooth and slightly syrupy, not as dense and creamy as others.

D: Overall, I reveled in this Belgian interpretation with a twist from Weyerbacher. The oak aging was nice, and added an unexpected quality, making for a unique quaff. While it may not have surpassed its ancestors, it's still a worthy offering and worth a try.

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Photo of zdk9
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 100th review! (my excitement may possibly skew this review)

A- Pours out a crystal clear dark amber color, dark enough to hit the ruby spectrum. The head was a finger at best in my tulip glass and weak, even with a strong pour. Lacing was faint also.

S- The first smell, and the dominating one, is whiskey- not in a sweet, corny bourbon way, which I'm accoustomed to in barrel aged bears, but in a lovely oaky vapor kind of way. After this comes a burst of fruit, cherry being the biggest, but giving way to orange, apple and perhaps a touch of bannana. Any malt breadiness or hops presence in the nose is really blown away by the whiskey tones.

T- A bit of hops bitterness rolls across my tongue preparing the way for a fruity burst. As in the nose this is mostly cherry, but accompanied by some red apple and orange. The whole taste is held in the halo of whiskeyness, which lends a strong alcoholic taste, almost a burn. Delicious, but not what I expected.

M- Syrupy with a juiciness that coats my mouth and leads me to sip rather than gulp. This is balanced with a great alcoholic hit that instead of feeling harsh, is appreciated as combination to the flavors of the beer.

D- This is not what I've come to expect from a barrel aged beer, but I suppose I haven't had to many. It was delicious however. The strong malt flavor of quads I've had did not rear it's head in this beer but instead took a back seat to fruitiness and whiskey. Not at all for sessioning, this beer is instead one to sip and calm the nerves when relaxation is required, what I generally reserve whiskey rather than beer for. I'm happy to have chosen this one for my 100th review and will be happy to enjoy it again.

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Photo of clvand0
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a tall head that doesn't have great retention, but leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of alcohol as well as a lot of fruit and some spices. The flavors are very complex and alcoholic. Lots of alcohol and lots of sweet dark fruit combine with some oak and finishes with a nice hop bitterness. The body is medium and the drinkability is pretty good for the apparent alcohols. Tasty.

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Photo of merlin48
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle pours a chill hazed coppery auburn body with a creamy beige head. Some sheet lacing is left on the goblet.

Aroma is fruity apricot and orange, vanilla, hints of berries, woody oak, and some booze.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some hot alcohol.

Taste has some peppery hot alcohol all the way through that is a major distraction. Whisky soaked tropical fruits, vanilla, and a soft oakiness struggle against the alcohol.

I didn't care much for the QUAD but the oak aging does add some complexity. If this were available in a smaller bottle I might try it again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of chefdejour
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle - no BOD.

A: Amber brown with a 1/2 " thick creamy head that dissipated to nothing. no lacing

S: WOW HOT - tons of alcohol and dried fruit - molasses and scotch - spicy aromatics

T: molasses/whiskey flavored bubble gum meets Belgian quad . . . but it tastes slightly thin, if that's possible. Spicy Belgian yeast character.

M: tight carbonation, thin viscosity and hot.

D: This is a sipping beer . . . any more than that and you'll be on your arse before you realize it. One tops, it's quite laborious toward the end, but definitely a labor of love.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

AP: Several thousand tiny bubbles stream rather slowly to the top creating a 1" thick, sticky and foamy tan colored head that rises and falls slowly over a beautiful, crystal clear, deep amber color with auburn hues. Amazing long, sticky legs remain stuck to the glass until the last drop.

Nose: Chocolate, brown sugar, caramel malt, single-malt whiskey scent and heat, beach-wood chips, herbal and meaty yeast Wonderfully aromatic until the last drop.

flavor: first off, overall impression...wow. This one is complex and very deep! The oak-aged process has obviously brought this beloved Belgian style to a new level, with a chocolate, oak, and caramalized sweet malt (but not really overlly sweet) It's mind blowing really... The oak'd, wood-chip, aged effect really counter balance's the sweetness. After the oak effect subsides we're left with a whiskey-like flavor and feel, because the 11.8% ABV is noticable in taste and feeling. The leafy green, mild but noticably bitter hop comes on the heels of the alcohol heat which mellows it out dramatically at the end. The finish is a delightful smoked caramel malt and subtle sour and herbalized yeast flavor. The depth and the intricate flow of flavors makes this one of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had. I simply can't keep it down for long.

Feel: Heavy, thick, sticky but damn lively too!

DA: This amazing Belgian style takes on a new depth with it's oak-aged effect, leave it up to an american brewery to *enhance* such a beloved style, the name is appropriate for this reason. 11.8% is felt rather fast, and eventhough it's highly enjoyable i was seriously buzzed after this bomber...so the key is too enjoy slowly. I have a feeling this stuff will be killer with some cellaring.

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Photo of ClassicBrad
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle indicates reason for name of beer is due to the idea being proclaimed as blasphemy. But more importantly, 11.8% ABV. This shall do as a nightcap.

This is Weyerbacher's take on their Quad but with a nice oak aging.

Appearance is a dark brown bottle hue with a simmering head that shows no promise or intent to lace.

You can grasp a good amount of alcohol heat and oak suggestions from the nose; very tingly.

A very crisp quad with influence from the barrel and a slight hint of chocolate in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel was awkward and it felt like I had a plastic bag surrounding my mouth for lack of a better description.

This is a nightcapper. This put me right in the mood to toss on a game and hit the sack... Maybe that's why this review is a little shorter... gnite.

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Photo of Franchise
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering pours a maroon clear body leaving a thin tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma is very strong fruit, dark pitted, plums, vanilla, oak, earthy grassy hop feel. The taste starts sweet upfront, fruity, a bit of heat from the alcohol. The finish is bitter more than expected with a faint bourbon oaky, vanilla feel. This is a darn smooth quad, one that is made for sipping.

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and solid mahogany semi transparent body. Tan head with a lemon tint. Head starts out big but falls quickly to a thin float. Good lace.
Clear alcohol presence. Strong spiced malts, almond, vanilla and sugar with a hint of prune and peach.
Strong vanilla and oak liquor flavors. Almond, prune, brown sugar and very malty. Aftertaste is alcohol, spiced raw hops and abit of malt.
Full body, good coating and slick.
Good drinkability, this is a sipper obviously due to the high abv.
HD.

-Oelergud

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Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured vigorously with a one inch short lived head carbonation fizzes out pretty quickly after the pour, body is a deep ruby amber tone with a beige fleeting head leaves behind very thin specks of lacing. Aromatics come off with heavy barrel aging overtones vanilla, oak, whiskey edge with deep plum and raisin yeast notes arising from the Quad while fusel alcohol cinges the nose hairs the sweetness is so outwardly sugary, not sure if this is a good thing. Flavors come crashing in with alcohol not hidden at all I'm going to age a bottle of this bruiser to see if it mellows my nose hair is past the tickling point it's definitely burning high alcohol and syurpy sweetness overrides alot of flavor aspects of this beer although it's nice to have a quad aged on oak the charred wood, vanilla, and whiskey notes all come to play but hide the parts of the beer that were once really desireable, man it's so boozy I don't feel like I'm drinking beer anymore this is definitely blasphemy. Mouthfeel is sticky with residual sugars alcohol sizzles on the palate with each sip really begins to become cloying when it warms up a bit carbonation is ample but the barrel aging is definitely evident. Drinkability I'm just such a fan the standard quad and the alright tripel they brew why throw them in oak barrels I don't think it's helps these styles on the other hand I'm in love with both Hersey and Insanity amazing, and this seems much different in color than the standard Quad I remember drinking.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to mjgardner for this great beer

A - Into the goblet, a dark red and brown color, mostly see through. Head faded quickly to a thin island of head in the middle.

S - Aroma is a nice nutty caramel malt, sweet and mildly bitter. Light cherry smell, as well as dark fruits also detected.

T - Taste starts thick and creamy with a bit of carbonation bite. Into hints of cherries with vanilla and an odd bitterness I can't really put my finger on, not bad tasting by any means though. Finish is excellent, very creamy, slightly bitter and dominated by dark cherry fruits.

M - Consistency is medium to thick with medium carbonation.

D - I like this a lot. It's a very creamy beer with very complex taste and smell. Try it if you can...I want more!

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Photo of taez555
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of techdiver
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear deep amber red with a modest head that quickly recedes leaving a thin film of foam.

Complex nose; vanilla, cherries, and so much more. The high ABV is also quite perceptible.

Taste is also complex with the oak being predominant. Bourbon and a degree of bitterness in the finish.

Full bodied and smooth, but feels lighter with no degree of stickiness.

Has good drinkability for a brew with this much alcohol.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Amber with cream-colored head that stays as a single layer.

S- Alcohol at first. The most alcoholic smelling beer I've had. Some banana, a tinge of sour fruit, overridden by tons of sweet malt. A bit of oak, but just a tinge.

T- Initially sweet, cloyingly so. Some oak coming in, and then TONS of alcohol that overrides everything else. Some golden raisins, banana, oak, and honey. Finish is alcohol and sickly sweet malt.

M- Smooth, full-bodied at first, medium-low carbonation, a very warming finish with the sweetness leaving a slick, unpleasant feeling on the tongue.

D- Not really drinkable. Far too strong. The alcohol makes it simply too intense, even for an intense beer lover... overall, i think it'd be good if you lay it down for a couple years... everything's too intense right now.

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Photo of jackorain
2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance-It didn't look that good with a head that fell to almost nothing almost immediately.
Not even a vigorous swirl could bring much head back.

Smell-The smell is quite complex with a woody aroma, I also get vanilla and dried fruit, there is also a distinct Belgian yeast "funk" (not negative) as well, this would be otherwise joy to smell were it not for the solvent like assault by the alcohol esters that starts immediately and lingers in the sinuses long after the sniff.

Taste-The taste is very much like the nose, very complex, only more so. There is definitely a wood aged aspect here, raw toothpick, charcoal. Elements of both bourbon and scotch, not necessarily smooth ones. The dried fruits also make an appearance as well in caramelized rum raisin way. There is an underlying sweetness that is pushed back by the solvent like alcohol. The Belgian strong ale nature does make an appearance after, there is a characteristic yeasty-ness and a little wheat like grain. However, as with the nose, all of these qualities are overwhelmed by the big alcohol esters.

M-Medium body with a fairly thick syrupy consistency that coats the mouth in a pleasing way. Carbonation is a little prickly, unexpected given the lack of head.

D-Not very drinkable, the alcohol is overwhelming to me. I have had many brews in the 10-12% that did not overwhelm like this.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt, 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Pours a full caramel-oak in color. Creamy, white head that settles to a fluffy sheet. Thin and spotted lacing with good strength.

Belgian-candied sugar whaffs. Honeydew, melon with a slick, but mellow alcohol infusion. Generous notes of vanilla bean.

Slick, candied sweetness met with a mild, tropical fruit flavor of melon, cantelope, and honeydew. Sweet sherry with a layer of warm, sweet vanilla. A smooth finish is followed by a warming alcohol, vanilla aftertaste.

Almost full in body; slick mouthfeel from the alcohol. Spots of thinness in body every once in a while.

The biggest difference between Blasphemy and Quad is the strong vanilla tones and young alcohol presence.

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Photo of ericj551
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blasphemy pours a light brown with a slightly foamy off-white head. Aroma is dominated by a chalky yeast with some sweet esters. Taste is sweet dark fruits, more of the yeasty flavor and some phenol-banana flavor. Alcohol is present, but not over the top for a beer that borders on 12%. Oak flavor is there but not overpowering.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey copper brew. Head fades gradually down to a skim of froth, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, with vanilla and tart composing a large part as well. Taste follows along, sweet upfront, strong vanilla and tartness in the middle, and then it all closes up nicely with vinous alcohol, heavy on the warmth. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and the drinkability is very nice, although a little hot, which of course is to be expected at 11.8%abv. I think this is my favorite of the BA Weyerbachers.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.