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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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88
very good

744 Ratings
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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 49
Gots: 125 | 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 BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml C&C bottle for $7 from Jersey into a Weyerbacher tulip, split with oglmcdgl. Wathching the season 8 opener of Curb.

Blasphemy into the tulip pours out a very pronounced brown shade with some light reds towards some light. Alot of sediment on the bottom of the bottle so watch out. A small cap of off white foam, no stick.

Smell is different for a quad. I like the American versions a bit more because the candi suga is not as big. A spice rack of spice with a underlining vanilla scent, not overly run over from bourbon, but there is some barrel character. Spice and vanilla, slight bourbon, that's about it.

Taste is very spiced up, a few of them and barrel character. oak over bourbon, vanilla gives off a faint sweetness melding nice like with the spice. Plums with a small grape hit and some alcohol on the back end, nothing to shake a stick at, it aint all that hot.

The heat is very laid back, it's there but not a deal breaker. It works well and remains in the aftertaste and would do me good in the dead of winter eating some christmas ham. Feel is a step up from medium and the carb is light and not bitey. Pretty smooth sailing with some kinks in the way.

All in all, Im glad Dan made this again, it gives me another tick and it shows what chops the brewers in Easton have. I don't think this spent a whole lot of time in the barrels, but enough to keep the bourbon from overpowering the base quad. I'd drank it again.

BARFLYB, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pour from a bottle thanks to onix1agr.

A- a small cap of off white head that holds just a bit and settles to a solid ring and a few wisps on top. Hazy dark orange brown in color with some red highlights and a nice glow when held to light.

S- caramel sweetness up front with a good alcohol punch and hints of spice.

T- opens up sweet and bready with some fall spice hits. The barrel gives an added layer of sweetness with some vanilla and a good bit of booze. The flavors come together nicely and I can't stop thinking of a holiday baked good.

M- on the fuller side of medium in body and rather light in carb. There is a good amount of heat on the palate and belly for that matter.

O- well integrated barrel profile and nicely done over all but a bit overly sweet are rough around the edges. I'm going to bet with some time down this would be amazing.

oglmcdgl, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Mikkeller glass on 6/21/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing

Copper/rust with orange highlights at the stem. 1/3rd inch head. Thin ring of retention.

Deep, complex aromatic tones. Rum-soaked raisins, plum, oak, vanilla, hints of soft spices, faint grape notions and a bit of sweet bourbon. Decent spot of brown sugar. Suggestions of cinnamon. Spicier as it warms.

Tastes just as complex, featuring sugars of the moderately-dense variety. Brown sugar and a good spicy character. True to form, the spiciness unfolds over time, peppered with alcohol heat. Whiskey and charred oak (the char being subtle). Raisins and other dark fruit. Really impressive.

Full enough feel. Nearly syrupy. Low carbonation. Slick and hot with alcohol; more so as it warms. Long, lingering finish.

Overall impression - a bit too hot and almost too sweet but the complexity trumps out in the end.

Ryan011235, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of wo87810
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This aged quadrupel is a totally different animal than young quads. It is a slightly clouds, red-brown in appearance. Aroma is dominated by scents of woodiness and alcohol, with something that borders on licorice.
Taste: good malty at first, followed by a strong woodiness. It is not too harsh, but the alcohol and bite from the oak taste combine to give this beer some teeth.

Overall: I would buy again, it is a good beer to sip and enjoy slowly.

wo87810, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours a ruddy amber color. It has two inches of tan head.

S - Sweet at first, brown sugar, molasses. Then the spices hit me. There is also an odor of alcohol.

T - It has a sweet candied taste at first. I get some caramel malt and plenty of spices. The alcohol is better hidden in the taste. I get a warming sensation.

M - Smooth with a slight carbonation bite

O - At first I was disappointed with this one, but as it warmed and the flavors and aromas opened up it became quite good.

buschbeer, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into cervoise.

A - Pours a clear medium to light brown/copper colour. No much white head formation and small retention with little lacing

S - Bourbon and port alcohol notes. Dark cherries, plums and brown sugar

T - Pretty fruity with some funky from the yeast. A bit bready and caramelly. Pick up some vanilla and molasses mixed in with the bourbon. A touch of clove and pepper

M - A touch boozy but not too bad. Drying and medium

O - Tasty quad. Not up to the level of some of the frontrunners but I enjoyed this one. Would definitely like to have it again.

OakedCanuck, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of shamrock1343
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle. Brown color with cloudiness, very little foam and disappears quickly.

Some Bourbon smell with a hint of vanilla

A little sweet.. you can taste the bourbon.

Nice and smooth mouthfeel. Sweet at first then a little tart.

A great beer. I need to buy another to age.

shamrock1343, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Bierguy5
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 11.8% abv. Cloudy chestnut color. Small white head disappears immediately. Not much carbonation showing.

Oaky notes show through first, with hints of vanilla and toasted coconut. Dark bready malt, with figs and darker fruit. A whiff of alcohol seems to blend in well.

Darker malt, some fig and date flavors. Darker fruit flavors. Barrel notes come in strong, but not overpowering. Tannins combine with toasty coconut and vanilla. Some heat from the alcohol. Drying at the finish.

Lighter body, carbonation is pretty low. This is a bit hot, and has some amazing cellar potential. Very well made.

Bierguy5, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About 2 years old.

Pours a slight fizzy head, hazy darker peach maroon brown color, murky and a bit milky.

Nose explodes with bourbon, whiskey and oak, a bit if booze still, plenty of sweet malts reddish and brown, crystal malts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, a slight nougat, candy, hints of dark fruits like brandy soaked raisins, all surrounded by the nice bourbon and oak.

Taste starts again with sweet malts, a nice aged soft malt, crystal, caramel, molasses, candy, a light nougat and toffee, a bit of booze cuts through, following closely is the bourbon, a nice juicy sweet bourbon, another whisky flavor as well, a bit if a toasty oak flavor with that, buttery and light vanilla oak. Again a light fruit kick. Finishes a bit sweet with lingering malts, brown sugar, candy, hint of bitterness, little sticky, done bourbon, a bit of booze left behind.

Mouth is heavier bodied, fairly rich and complex, some booze and lower but decent carb.

Overall great beer, nice bourbon and whisky flavors, nice oak rounding, great malts and sweet syrups, and hint of fruit and bitterness, a nice aged taste too. The aging did this very well as the booze quieted down, the malts aged nicely, and the bourbon stayed a nice flavor but not too hot.

jlindros, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown w/ a sliver head that quickly goes away. Decent lacing and ok carbonation. Very earthy looking, and you can actually somewhat see through it when held to the light.

S- Bourbon, oak, cherry, liquor. Very strong and nice smelling brew. Don't get too close or you might burn your nose!

T- Wow- Big tasting beer. You get all the smells, but it's actually not overpowering and fairly balanced. Somewhat dry finish as well w/ a nice alcohol burn in the aftertaste. At 11.8% ABV that's to be expected.

M- Very bready and chewy feeling. Nice alcohol burn in the end. A little on the thin side for the style, but still pretty good. Enjoyable, and not overwhelmingly heavy. Nice.

O- A very nice brew from Weyerbacher that I will definitely look for again. Not quite world class, but I really enjoyed it. Just a touch away from 4.5 in a lot of areas. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Stunner97
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- very dark brown with thin white head that quickly turns into a very thin white layer barely there on top of the beer, murky cloud low carbonation,

Smell- sweet fruit, spice, slight alcohol and booze, nice nose,bourbon,

Taste- yummy would be my first thought, you definitely get good hit of bourbon, has alot of the original flavors of there quad which i am a fan of but that bourbon whiskey barreling does add another layer of complexity, flavor is just beautiful complexity and nice sweet vanilla tones and just really nice flavor profile that i greatly enjoy

Mouthfeel- very heavy thick and viscous, smooth

Drinkability/overall- this beer to me was extremely drinkable because the alcohol is so well hidden and the flavor was just so yummy, i already was big fan in the past of the weyer quad but this takes it to and all new level, really happy i made this purchase and will probably seek out a few more bottles, to me this is another example of how much i love and how well done barrel age beers can be when done right, in the words of borat "great success"

Stunner97, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

jera1350, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Beejay
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown, with a hazy quality. A little bit of nice caramel head but it goes away quickly and leaves a smooth surface.

S: Raison and bread notes, with a nice banana ester profile. Dark fruits and clove, as well as a good hit form the booze. Sweet and fragrant.

T: Booze right up front. There is a certain harshness to it that I think would die down from aging. Dark fruit and brown bread in the flavor. Clove notes, and a bit of spice. Some of the banana transfers over. Definitely hot with alcohol. As it warms you start to pick up oak notes, and a touch of bourbon.

M: Thick in body, with an almost biting carbonation.

O: This seems to be lacking refinement. Perhaps if it was laid down for a few years it would smooth out. Right now it's too hot, and carbonation is a little rough. I originally wrote that it might help to throw it in a barrel for a while, then realized once it warmed up that they had done exactly that. Maybe let it sit for a while longer... Jus' Sayin'.

Beejay, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a snifter - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy brown color with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass. Not as carbonated as I expected but maybe the bottle conditioning hasn't fully set in yet.

S: The nose is full of candied fruit and brown sugar with a vanilla aroma in the background. There's also that belgian yeast aroma that I associate with all belgian quads.

T: The taste is beautiful brown sugar, toasted oak, caramel malt, and buttery bourbon. There's also the belgian yeast flavors in there. Very tasty.

M: The feel is on the thicker side of medium and very oily...this is a big beer and you can tell by the feel.

O: Very well done and I'm glad I have a few more of these to enjoy over the next few years. Definitely worth a try if you like Barrel Aged Quads.

GregSVT, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of phillybeer7779
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch, poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Orangish brown, some haze, a half inch of head, with a little bit of lacing.

Smell- Bourbon, oak, some dark fruits, with biscuity malts.

Taste- Bourbon and dark fruit up front, then green apple with a little bit of bourbon mixed in. Lots of flavors, all very well integrated with nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel- The green apple flavor lingers on the palate nicely. There's a little bit of heat, which is not suprising given the abv. I found it enjoyable, but this is a beer to drink slowly.

Overall- At $9 for a 750 of a barrel aged quad, this is a great value. I would recommend this beer pretty much on that alone, however it is a very tasty and enjoyable beer.

phillybeer7779, May 29, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Batch just picked up. Wasn't expecting to see this one so soon after the release.

Pours a clear ruby brown color with a tiny bit of head. No lacing what so ever.

Smell is of vanilla, plums, spices, raisins, oak, bread, caramel, and a hint of biscuits.

Taste opens with dark fruits and vanilla mixing with caramel after a moment. Moves into a bread and plum flavor as it sits around after the swallow and a little bit of warming in the chest.

Mouthfeel is full, but not too carbonated.

Overall its good, would love to see what some more time would do to this one.

bs870621345, May 20, 2011
Photo of mikey711
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw one of the new cored and caged bottles yesterday and was very excited by the chance to have it, price was awesome as well.

A: Slightly cloudy copper with a thin layer of head that quickly dissipates

S: was not too aromatic, some spiciness, some oak and vanilla, an fruit notes.

T: Despite the nose, it tasted great, lots of fruity green apple notes, big boozy and woody presence, some hints of caramel and toffee as well.

M: Nice dry finish, however, as i got to the end i found it started to become a bit sweeter and more difficult to finish

D: Overall, a nice bourbon aged quad that i would have no problem going back for another bottle or two. I really enjoyed the boozy presence and enjoying the bottle over the course of a couple hours

mikey711, May 19, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours as a brownish copper color with not much head on it. The alcohol must kill it off right away. The appearance isn't too bad but it's not great either. The aromas are boozey and doesn't have a whole lot more to be said other than some malts in there and a little wood from the barrel aging. The taste is strong with alcohol and hasn't got much of the elements of a good Quad, It's missing complexity on this level, not really sure why. The mouthfeel is a little light too, this should be much thicker I think and should be a little more complex with some dark fruits in there and what not.

Knapp85, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to csmiley for the bottle! About damn time, huh???

Blasphemy pours a very hazy copper color. It has a reddish-orange tint with backlighting. An off-white head collects on the surface, but rises no further. It dissipates quickly from there. Lacing was definitely on the light side.

The nose is a little on the weak side. It kicks off with a strong, sweet caramel scent. No doubt about the base here. Oak is very strong in the mix. There's a hint of some whiskey, but I have no idea what kind. Secondary notes of vanilla, dark fruit, and a light golden fruit presence. Alcohol is relatively strong in the mix, but this is approaching 12% abv...what'd you expect? It's not bad, but more strength and clarity would help.

The flavor is easily a notch above the nose. It definitely has a strong caramel malt base. It is sweet, and even features a slight brown sugar flavor. The oak barrel aging certainly imparted a very nice wood-like flavor, and it adds quite a bit of character. Whiskey is in the mix, but it's tough to tell whether it's bourbon or not. Secondary flavors of vanilla, fig, raisin, apple, and pear all add nice depth and complement the other flavors well. Alcohol is definitely in the mix. It's integrated pretty well over time. This bottle's two or three years old. Nonetheless, it is bordering on warm. Finishes sweet, fruity, and oaky.

Blasphemy has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. It feels a little thin for the style. Carbonation is active and a little buzzy. It's not bad, but it could use a little work.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that an oak-aged Quad is blasphemy. This beer proves it. It's not a bad release from Weyerbacher, but a couple of tweaks would go a long way. Personally, I think it'd benefit from more aromatics, more body, and less alcohol. I also wouldn't mind a little Belgian yeast. Having said that, it's definitely an interesting beer that's aged pretty well over the last two or three years. Thanks, Chris.

prototypic, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

alexgash, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a dark, golden chestnut/honey brown color with ruby edges and a half dinger white foam head that quickly fades. Minimal spots of lace.

Boozy aroma with hints of dark fruit, oak, vanilla and sweet alcohol. Hints of dark cherry, plum and raisin but it's dominated by the alcohol and barrel presence.

Very sweet with again, a lot of boozy heat as well as a lot of dark fruit, oak and vanilla. I'm picking up hints of raisin, plum and dark cherries and more boozy heat in the warm finish.

corby112, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of deskim
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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

deskim, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of spartanfan
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

spartanfan, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

Looks decent in the glass, an orangeish garnet red color with some honey yellow edges. The color is fine, but the beer is not dense looking (it looks like it may have been filtered) and the head retention is nonexistent. It just doesn't compare to a Westy 12 or Rochfort 10, which I consider to be the crème de la crème of quads.

Smell is good, though. Touch of dark fruit, Belgian sugar candy, banana, bourbon, oak, and a touch of vanilla and caramel. The malt is certainly sweet and it seems like the barrel has a chance to shine because the yeasty esters are just not too expressive. I'd like a touch more raisin, fig, and plum notes though for this to be rated higher as a quad.

Upon taking the first sip, I'm taken aback at how deep and complex this is. There's a plethora of fruit tastes, notably fig, plantain, raisin, and cherry. The malt is sweet and reminiscent of caramel with just a touch of toast. The barrel adds nice bourbon, vanilla, and oak. There is a lot of booze, but that's OK for a 12% BA beer. A wonderful sweet vanilla, raisin and caramel aftertaste lingers. This tastes really nice and, aside from more yeasty esters and a touch less booze, this is a really good BA quad.

I like the way this beer feels in general, but, for the style, I have had American quads with more body that I like more. This is decent, though, but looses its malty focus because the malt isn't heavy enough to ground everything. Carbonation is nice, and the finish has some great lingering flavors but a touch too much noticeable alcohol. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again. It's an adventurous take on the quad and I think Weyerbacher hit the mark. However, to rate this up there with the best quads in the world would be a sin. But to give it poor marks would be utter blasphemy.

jampics2, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper/cloudy golden color with a two finger white head. The head dissipated pretty rapidly, which is expected because of the ABV.

Aromas of white grape and possibly honey. The oakiness is there but not overpowering at all. Smells a little musky as well.

The taste starts off with some sugary/white white flavors but then the alcohol shows up a little. Finishes with an oakiness and a little more honey sweetness. I really enjoy this beer because each of the above flavors play an equal role and don't fight with one another.

Beer starts out thick and solid and still finishes fairly dry because of the oak aging. Definitely a sipper, though.

This is a good, after-dinner, sitting-around-the-fireplace sort of beer. Solid overall!

claspada, Aug 26, 2010
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.