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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

791 Ratings
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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 140 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007)
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Photo of RussBecker1
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

RussBecker1, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

siege06nd, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Gregwa, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

DavoleBomb, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

bump8628, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Rickythejeweler, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Infamous7100
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Infamous7100, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A: Hazy reddish gold-brown, with a 1/2 finger white head. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Boozy aromas dominate, with dark fruit (figs), and brown sugar.

T: Booze, oak, caramel malts. It gets more sweet in the middle, accompanied by more booze. It does have a bit of a dry finish that persists after swallow.

M: Nice weight to mouthfeel, and more carbonation sensation than expected from appearance. This certainly seems alcohol-forward, even for the ABV.

O: This was a decent beer - a sipper, to be sure. But I wouldn't pick it up all the time. Definitely not overly impressed.

macrosmatic, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

ABokononist, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle, bottled 051712, best by 051717

A: Pours a light mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that is gone within minutes

S: Pungent cherries and other dark fruits along with candied sugar, slight oak, alcohol, and malts

T: Follows the nose, with the dark fruits and malts taking full charge. Oak and vanilla take a back seat, but make themselves known along with the alcohol, which is surprisingly subdued for nearly 12%. Sweet, but not overly so. Impressive

M: Moderate-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation

O: A solid example of an American-brewed barrel-aged quad. The barrel merely compliments the solid base beer. A nice sipper, and one that should age very nicely

BEERMILER12, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Arenbeer
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a goblet glass

Served at cellar temperature and no date on bottle

A- Pours a really nice copper orange brown with 2 fingers of white head that don't stick around leaving a really tight bubbled rim around the edges of the glass. Nice lacing and legs for days.

S- First thing that hits me is the spiciness from the belgian yeast that gives off beautiful clove and mild banana notes but is quickly taken over by the barrel character in a good way. Tons of bourbon and vanilla with a slight boozy alcohol note that is very well rounded and blends in with the overall aroma and creates a spiciness to it. This beer has a lot of subtle notes to it as well like dark fruits, dark candy sugars, and maybe some molasses.

T- Man I love this beer. It's so well balanced in the super complex array of flavors it has. To start off the base beer comes through once again right away with that classic american belgian quad taste that I love. Tons of dark fruits and belgian candy sugars followed by a bunch of strong belgian yeast esters like banana and clove. After it goes farther down the throat the after taste brings out a strong punch of delicious bourbon with hints of oak, vanilla, spice, and a almost char like finish which can also come from possible roasted grains in this beer. With so many flavors coming through you would think this beer would be a mess or the bourbon would take over but it's so well done and aged perfectly creating a great easy drinking Quad. The alcohol is barely noticeable and definitely sneaks up on you. A genuine sipper

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a really nice smooth finish that's leaves you wanting more.

Overall if you get a chance I say grab this beer. If you were to ask me I would rank this up there with Firestone Walker and their big barrel aged beer like Parabola and Abacus. It's that good! The only mark I give against it is the color, I feel being a Quad it should be a little darker especially when comparing it to the real Belgian ones.

Skål!

Arenbeer, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of steve8robin
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

steve8robin, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of tmiceli23
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber color, no lacing, no head, hazy whole way through.

S- Booze right off the bat, the bourbon really comes through in the smell. Notes of carmel, sweet malts come through, little to no hop presence.

M- Rich, full bodied, good carbonation.

T- Matches the nose, booze is very strong, even stronger with the bourbon. As it warms up the rest of the malt notes come through. Notes of cherry and malt cut through the bourbon.

Overall- One of my favorite bourbon barrel aged beers. Putting a few away for aging. Should get better with time, another great beer for wheyerbacher.

tmiceli23, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of cld253
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

cld253, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
4/5  rDev +1.5%

TonyTalon, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

atone315, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of phishgator
2.53/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip glass. Solid copper color with a decent two finger head. Fusel alcohols and belgian sugar in the nose. The favor is too sweet; there are a bunch of unfemented sugars in there. A sipper to say the least. Big malt body and little to no hop pressence. carbonation is fine for the style, but I would compare it to an old ale or old stock ale more than a quad. Not a friend of this brew.

phishgator, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: inviting hazy copper. Looks like liquid candy.
Smell: not a lot of depth but very nice bready, fruity, sweetness.
Taste: Wow, that's nice and from the reviews, quite surprising. Gotta wonder if I'm drinking the same beer. This is a work of art. Smooth (for an 11+% ), mellow even. All the notes from the nose within being overly sweet.
Overall: a big pleasant surprise. I expected a passable quad. Very nice.

cindyjeffsmith, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

spring 2012 version purchased at the RT 8 Giant Eagle for only 8 bucks.

A - Damn for almost 12 percent I got almost two inches of head that doesn't seem too fizzy which is a good start. Color is a dark amber brown but clear.

S - Smell is also very pungent I get strong oak tones, caramel like sweetness, and also some dark fruit. Little to no solvent alcohol smell which is also good.

T - Like others said the ABV is well masked and you get some raisin/fig like taste but the star is the sweet caramel like toffee sweetness that brings the whole thing together. Not sure where people are actually getting any heat from this since I got no warming feeling or burn on the palate just sweet fruit and oak. It's quite good.

M - Syrup like consistency yet has bubbly consistency to easily roll on the palate. Quite good.

Overall I really like this beer. Sure it doesn't have a ton of dark fruit character but it is a great high ABV quite that hides it quite well. Worth a try.

DrDemento456, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Snellgg5
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Snellgg5, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of rkasten1
4/5  rDev +1.5%

rkasten1, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +1.5%

ohtheguilt, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Pahn
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily. Pours a hazy chestnut and leaves decent slopes of lacing.

Smell: Tangy, somewhat banana-like Belgian yeast. With a little time, some big vanilla oak aromas begin underpinning the Belgian yeast. With more time, the smell is dominated by floral alcohol, with vanilla oak and spicy yeast in the background.

Taste: Oaky up front, then some bland quad flavors, then very oaky in the finish. Punch in the chest alcohol heat.

Wow, what a heavyhanded beer. BAM oak, some raisiny/spicy (good but unexciting) quad flavors, BAM oak again, HEAVYBAM alcohol heat (with some extreme sweetness underneath the heat).

This beer is kind of ridiculous, but it tastes good. My only outright complaint is that the quad flavors in the middle can be a little apple juicy at times. Other than that, it's just not particularly well done--yet really delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy. Moderate carbonation. Hot as hell. The time in barrels has done it well; hasn't lost its carbonation, and has gotten silkier.

Overall: To be honest, I love this beer. It gets right to the point: oak and booze. Not to mention the excellent price: $8 for 750ml of barrel aged, drinkable beer is an incredible value at the moment.

While it's no Insanity (I would say Weyerbacher proved themselves barrel aging masters with the recent Insanity batch, of which I've bought about a case already and will buy more until it disappears from stores), it's a tasty beer at a great price.

Pahn, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky russet tone while yielding a 3/4" beige head that lapses into a thin cap, collar around the glass; moderate lace. nose is somewhat unexciting with notes of raisin and artificial cherry jumping out, also some caramel and candi sugar.

flavor is decidedly sweet although doesn't get to the cloying realm; malty with dark fruit and candi sugar flanked by bourbon undertones. some oak and a distinct alcohol showing, notably in the finish. yeast and a little spice evident... medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this one is decent. i'm enjoying it although i'm by no means wow-ed. worth a try. as a sidebar, it's getting to the point where to me there should be two separate styles: belgian and/or trappist quad vs. american/elsewhere. there are some tasty renditions within the latter category but i've yet to find anything that can approach the powerhouses that reside under the banner of the former.

BostonHops, Jun 25, 2012
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.