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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

708 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 49
Gots: 105 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007)
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-27-2012 20:47:38 | More by deapokid
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking at it, and getting a whiff of it, though, it's clear that it's a barley-wine, barrel-aged. Fiercely carbonated, rich plummy crimson coloring, small, but lasting off-white head.

Aroma: Deep and vinous. Myriad wine-like flavors play out, intense berries, grapes etc. like a port or a wine, mixed with brandy or cognac.

Taste: Even more intense, and deep, and rich. Now I'm getting it…bourbon-barrel barley-wine. Blithering Idiot mixed with whiskey barrels. The fierceness is now mellowing, it's getting rather cool on the tongue, but the alcohol is taking it's place and rising up, ringing in the brain, quietly now, but getting louder. Rich, complex fruitiness melds with the brash bourbon qualities, making a grand, majestic mix.

This may be more than I can take in one session, but I'm strapped in for the long haul. Or am I? Let's see, and find out how sober I am in the other end.

Flavor continues strong, but doesn't completely overwhelm. It's rich, and complex, and very manageable. The only burden is the ever-increasing alcohol presence.

But, beyond that, this blasphemer is damnably delicious. I'd be best off with a smaller sample maybe, or share with friends, but I had to take this one down by myself. I've got probably eight ounces to go, and it's getting louder in here, boom-boompbbom-boom.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 08:57:14 | More by feloniousmonk
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-25-2012 03:31:17 | More by UltimateLivewire
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-23-2012 15:00:05 | More by IrishColonial
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gregy55902

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an almost-burgundy color into the glass. One inch of tan head that quickly dissipates into nothing.

S - Fruity esters, Belgian yeast, bready malt, a hint of clove, and alcohol.

T - Follows the nose. Decently balanced but there is definitely an alcohol presence. Doesn't have a lasting quality except for reminding you of the high abv.

M - Honestly it could use more carbonation and a bigger body. I like thick and robust beers.

O - Not too impressed but I am not a quad expert to begin with. Barrel aging helped calm things down a bit, but I would recommend the cellar treatment for a year or 2.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 00:09:54 | More by gregy55902
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

08-21-2012 04:14:52 | More by tmars13
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 23:06:49 | More by Darkmagus82
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GoBIG

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +27.2%

08-16-2012 16:48:02 | More by GoBIG
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daveshawley

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

08-16-2012 02:47:42 | More by daveshawley
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber(2012) into a snifter. The pour is murky, decent head, nice lacing. The aroma is boozy, fruity, bourbon. The taste is boozey, lots of dark fruit, hints of bourbon, the finish is boozey. The body is full, alcohol is very noticeable, good carbonation. A good quad, bourbon barrel should have added more. Perhaps some more time in the bottle would add more.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 00:44:30 | More by bonkers
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retreminy

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-05-2012 03:57:06 | More by retreminy
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-04-2012 19:52:49 | More by bacher468
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-03-2012 01:17:21 | More by WDJersey
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sanitarium16

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

08-01-2012 01:57:55 | More by sanitarium16
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby/brown color. One inch white head settles into a thin slip. Not surprising, given the strength of the beer and the fact that it's barrel aged. Lacing forms delicate rings on the glass.

S: Scents of bourbon, vanilla, and oak are cut by fruity and spicy Belgian yeast. Figs, apples and cinnamon. A touch peppery too. Malt aromas of bread and cake. Not a very complex nose, especially given the style, but it isn't bad.

T: Fruity at the outset, with tastes of tart cherry, raspberry, dates, and figs. Spicy flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper next. Spike of spicy alcohol (separate from the barrel's bourbon contribution). Malt tastes of brown bread, crust, and cake. The barrel kicks in mid palate with a drying toasted oak presence, vanilla, and warming bourbon. Slight hints of cocoa and smoke. Dry finish of toasted oak and crusty bread.

M: Moderately thick in body with a slightly viscous and chewy texture. Moderate carbonation helps to lift it and make it just a bit more well-rounded in the mouth. Alcohol is very warming. Not a bad mouthfeel, but it feels as though it needs just a bit more dimension.

O: It probably won't win any awards. It won't generate hype or have beer geeks sweeping it off the shelves. In fact, at the end of the day, it's a pretty average bourbon barrel aged quad. Not very complex, and a little rough around the edges. A touch hot, but not quite enough to be offensive. But at $8 for a 750ml bottle, I feel as though I got my money's worth. Maybe I'm just in a 'glass half full' kind of mood today.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:57:06 | More by ryan1788a5
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-31-2012 22:54:17 | More by DWolf
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-31-2012 05:51:15 | More by NOLANDMAN
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RussBecker1


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-29-2012 22:05:20 | More by RussBecker1
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siege06nd

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Putrid in appearance, more of that light and supremely cloudy dirty toilet water appearance. Yikes. No head to speak of until I reach the bottom of the bottle and the sediment spikes it up. Minimal lacing.

S. Cherry, dark fruit, plum, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and bourbon. Lovely bouquet.

T. Chocolate, char, oak, bourbon, dark fruit, and vanilla. This is still quite hot considering the year of age it has. Delicious flavors though. Drink it warm.

M. Slightly undercarbed and a little watery. Flavors, though, are nicely balanced.

O. This is a hard style, but I think Weyerbacher is near the top here. This is a little astringent and dry due to the boozy finish. The nose, though, is excellent and the flavors are well rounded. Very good example of a BA quad here.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 18:20:27 | More by siege06nd
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-26-2012 22:35:19 | More by Gregwa
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this. The bottle has 040811 printed on it, so I assume this is an '11 vintage.

3.0 A: Well hazed orange amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Tons of plum with almost as much cherry. Figs and red grapes underneath that. Bourbon isn't too aggressive, which is a good thing. It adds a melon and earthiness foremost. The barrel is probably a bigger influence with a good bit of oak and a lesser amount of vanilla. Generic spiciness from the yeast. Smells good, but I think I prefer my quads unadultered with barrels.

3.5 T: Tastes like the nose, but the base beer comes off more genuine than in the nose. By this I mean more old school Belgian quad. Ironically, the bourbon has a greater influence in the taste. Plum, cherry, prune, grape, date, and fig fruitiness. It's still missing a direction in the yeasty spiciness department. It's there, but it's a generic, innocuous spiciness. Bourbon gives off melon and apple fruitiness and earthiness. Moderately boozy. Plenty of vanilla and oak.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. It's lightly spritzy, but could be more so. Still, not bad here.

3.5 D: This is a tasty beer, but it can't compare to the subtlety driven quads out of Belgium. While the bourbon makes this a fun change from the usual, it's not something I'd come back to again and again.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 04:40:41 | More by DavoleBomb
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-21-2012 02:33:18 | More by bump8628
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-20-2012 22:31:51 | More by Rickythejeweler
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. 2011 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep burnt orange. Not much head and no retention. Light in color for the style.

Smell - Bourbon, cherries, and booze. Caramel malts and Belgian candi sugar. Maybe some yeastiness.

Taste - More quad on the taste than the smell. The bourbon is less intense. Cherry and dark fruits. Sweet caramel malts. I'm such a sucker for this sort of beer.

Mouthfeel - Thick for a quad. Syrupy, but nice. Boozy and low carbonation.

Overall - These are my guilty pleasure. Giant, boozy, sugar bomb quads. I know it's not what a great quad should taste like (I love those, too), but it's still like drinking candy.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 13:00:19 | More by Alieniloquium
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, nearly transparent brownish, carmel color. A nice tan head develops. Minimal lacing.
S: Muted. Hints of sweet malts and bread. Slightly fruity.
T: very sweet. Bready, sugary malts accompanied by dark fruits. Kind of like a sweet wine. Pretty good, perhaps a bit too sweet.
M: Creamy, low to medium carbonation. A warming, boozy hang that is sweet, but pleasant.
O: This is a tasty brew, although it reminds me of a barley wine more than a quad. I think it needs a little more to balance the sweetness. This is a sipper, for sure. Give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 02:12:05 | More by Infamous7100
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.