Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 52
Gots: 144 | FT: 7
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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(Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007)
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Photo of polisanl
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle poured into Chimay goblet. Pours a murky brown with a reddish tone. Small white head that reduces to the glass edge. Smells of sweet caramel, fruit and alcohol. Tastes of sweet banana and other dark type fruit at first. No denying there's lots of belgian yeast. Oak and vanilla flavors as well. Very complex and lots going on, but flavors are short lived due to the booziness that follows immediately after. Medium bodied with little carbonation. Truthfully, had a hard time finishing. I would definitely share AND age the next one, to mellow out that alcohol burn. This could be a high rating beer at the right age, especially for the price.

Photo of justintcoons
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The first pour was ruby red with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation and some decent lacing. The second pour got all the yeast and yielded a murky copper color.

N: Sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit and nail polish remover.

T: Ripe plum and other dark fruits, toffee, banana and some cherry. This is followed by some huge bourbon, oak and vanilla flavors. Some light barnyard flavors also make an appearance. Finishes with some sweet red grape, wood and coriander spice.

M: Medium-full bodied, smooth, warming and semi-sticky.

O: This is a nice, rich & sweet sipper. Very complex with a lot of sweet notes; some of which I can't decipher. Nicely done oak-aging. Weyerbacher did this one just right.

Photo of Spider889
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the cork and caged bottle for $8.99 at 101 Bottles in Kent.

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip. Fairly good clarity, the beer is a ruddy dark amber color. The off-white head was fast to rise to a couple fingers high.

Smells every bit of 11.8%; very boozy. Lots of heavy bourbony fusel alcohol and maybe a hair of vanilla.

The flavor is rich, varied, and complex. At first the strong quad flavors come through. Lots of nutmeg and raisin along with some sweetened fig. The bourbon actually tastes more like brandy to me. The alcohol is quite sweet. With warmth Blasphemy takes on some cinnamon and bread crust flavor, which then leads into a pseudo-fruit cake flavor. The beer finishes with a mild phenolic band-aid flavor which I imagine is attributable to the whiskey barrels.

Blasphemy isn't offensively hot or overpowering, but it's boozy enough that the alcohol is well felt and the beer is a definite sipper. Low carbonation with a medium body.

Overall this is a really satisfying beer, with a great value, though I couldn't drink it very often.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice barrel aged quad, with a long lingering range.

Presentation: 750 ml brow caged and capped bottle. Nocturnal purple sky label with the image of a crow resting on a stone cross and the silhouettes of barren trees, with a gothic-metal-retro typography, a bit cliche but not as bad as other Weyerbacher designs. Lacks apparent bottling or freshness date, or any other info. Shows Alc. by Vol. (11.8%) Served into a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazed deep amber to amber brown pour, with a short and short lived head, minimal surface memory and lacing.

S - Nose is nice but a bit soft, with a good sweet yeastiness, fruity touches, and a soft hint of bourbon.

T - The taste expands the nose beyond expectations and takes the brew to another label. Long and hefty range, malty sweetness, unfermented sugar and fruity spectrum with prunes figs… quite a bit of bourbon, hint of wood and vanilla.

M - Medium to medium-full body with soft carbonation, some nice sweet stickiness, long lingering flavor with an emerging boozy touch.

O - Quite a nice sipper, pleasing range and nice notes.

Notes: Maybe not a brew for the ages, but in general they do their barrel aging fairly well. In a soft, almost subdued manner that actually works pretty well. This is a quality and nice take at aging a US quad and worth the occasion.

Photo of DrStiffington
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this once before, and really enjoyed it. Here goes. Pours a very dark brown, almost a mud color, into my tulip glass. Smell is strongly of alcohol (I don't remember that from last time), some fruit, like raisins or, hell, I don't know. The taste is somewhat sweet, with a slight fruitness. There is definitely a noticeable alcohol burn as an aftertaste, but that's not a bad thing here. I dig it. This beer is thick and creamy. A lot going on here. I will get another couple of these soon. At under $7 for a 750 mL bottle, this beer is a steal.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy brown, almost rust. Looks like it will be a complex drink.

S - Fruits like fig and prune. A touch of booze and wood too, but not too much.

T- Sweet fruits; raisin, fig, prune and even a touch of raspberry. Strong booze factor and only a touch of American oak.

M - Lighter than expected but still covers the mouth and leaves you wanting more.

O - A very tasty brew, and a good value from one of my favorite breweries. Glad they brought this one back so I could try it. The base Quad is one of the best (if not the best besides Three Philosophers) of the American style and I am glad the barrel aging helped make it a more striking beer.

Photo of KAP1356
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Cracked open a bottle of the latest (2011) batch on release day. I have been so psyched to try this guy. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours a hazy dark brown/amber color with a nice small cap of eggshell white foam that slowly recedes to a collar.

S - LOTS of Belgian spice right up front; more than other Quads I have encountered. Caramel, toffee, and vanilla come next with subtle oak undertones and rum soaked fruits (raisins, plums, dates). Really have to search the bourbon out, but it is there as it warms.

T - Sweet and spicy right off the bat. Alcohol soaked fruits (plums and raisins mostly) come next with toffee, caramel and vanilla. Some alcohol heat in the throat, but nothing offensive at all. Diggin' what's goin' on here.

M - Nice smooth, creamy feel. Medium to full bodied with lighter carbonation. Alcohol heat sticks around a bit, but is a nice warming feel. Highlight of the beer for me.

O - Barrel is well integrated, more oak than bourbon, and was a great beer to get to have. Really looking forward to how aging works this one out.

Photo of boomer31
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Insanity and Heresy are both great barrel aged beers so I was very excited to pop this one open tonight.

A - Pours a deep gold with a touch of read. Nice off white head, thick but does not stic on the glass

S - The nose is candied fruit, belgian yeast and bread. A definate belgian brew from the nose.

T - Very nice mix of sweet fruit, yeasty bread and vanilla oak from the barrel. Sweet is the key word. Long finish, sweet long finish. Love the barrel character

M - Full and rich quad, low carb, sticky sweet

O - Overall a good beer. I like my barrel aged beers with a lot of barrel This has the sweetness and the barrel character bt a touch too sweet.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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"

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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

Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.