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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 55
Gots: 148 | 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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Ratings: 814 | Reviews: 345
Photo of joerodiii
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Amber with moderate head. Smell is primarily of bourbon with a hint of sweetness. No hop aroma.
Taste is sublime. The bourbon dominates, but the malt balances it. Alcohol is present but does not burn. Slight oak flavor as well. Tastes much more like an old ale than a quad. There are no "belgian" flavors whatsoever, yet the beer is so good, it doesn't matter.
Mouthfeel is perfect for the flavor. Not too thick, not too thin. Moderate carbonation works just right.
For an almost 12% ABV beer, t is amazingly drinkable. This is a beer definitely worth seeking out. Once my Papier runs out (what a sad day that will be!!), Blasphemy will definitely keep me going.

Photo of emmasdad
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange in the glass, with an off white head which quickly disappears. Huge apple aromas, along with some bourbon , mulling spices and a bit of oak. Vanilla, apple, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, maybe a hint of cinnamon and some nice, warming alcohol. Finishes somewhat dry, with a touch of bitterness. Not an everyday drinker, but delicious none the less.

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a copper-amber color with no head
S: The nose has a strong, intense aroma of bourbon mixed with hints of other flavors
T: There are lots of malty sweet flavors.
M: There's a smooth body with a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: I could definitely have more than one of these in a single sitting

Photo of undeadozzy
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a bottle at a local bar.

Appearance: Kind of a dirty, murky brown color. Had a frothy head that kind of lingered but wasn't very thick. Almost opaque, but not as dark as a stout.

Smell: The second I sat down with the freshly opened bottle in front of me, I instantly smelled the high ABV of this one. The faint fruity smell is instantly overpowered by the rush of alcoholic musk, but you can tell it was expertly crafted to be that way. Not a bad thing, but I've never been attracted to many beers that smelled more like a liquor then a beer.

Taste: Big surprise here. Tastes nothing like it smells. Fruity tones with some hints of vanilla or some kind of other flavoring. Almost a kind of rustic taste. You would never guess that this beer has such a high ABV by taste alone, it hides it well.

Mouth Feel: Thick. Creamy. Almost stout like at first, but then as its small head went away it felt almost like a soda with a little too much syrup in it, almost gooey feeling but still drinkable.

Drinkability: It's definitely drinkable, but after a few you'll more then likely be reeling from its effects. The fruity tones taste great, but for people who are more attracted to scent then taste, this may be a one and done deal.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This ale purs ruddy cloudy brown with a thin collar of tan foam. Smells of cherry, booze and vanilla. Really love the scent imparted from the oak. Very sweet and fruity scent as well.

Very sweet, really a bit too much for me. The booze is felt rather than tasted, which is certainly a plus for such a big beer. The oak aging seems to smooth out some of the edges in their standard quad, but the sweet fruity flavors are not held in check. The mouthfeel is full and lucious with the usual belgianesque carbonation. The sweetness holds back on the drinkability.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-deep brownish amber color with some hues of red, very hazy. thin barely one finger of kahki colored head that dissipates quickly

S-the nose is quite nice and brings the oak and bourbon through right off the bat. there is some sweet dark fruit, dark tart cherry and a hit of the alcohol at the back

T-this beer keeps getting better as i move through the review. no taste is overpowering and it starts with a nice blend of the oak and a light taste of bourbon, there is a sweet malt backbone that has some caramel followed by some sweet cherry flavor and even a hint of citrus, the belgian yeast, clove and touch of banana also become present

M-very full bodied almost chewy with a smooth texture, almost syrupy that leaves a warming from the alcohol as you finish the sip

D-this has a great flavor and is very smooth, it is extremely thick and the alcohol is prevalent. great beer, very strong!

Photo of bminor7
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY.

First off, I have to disagree with most prior reviews. This beer is either so unique that I think it's offputting to most people, or my bottle was superfluous, or my palate is shit. Personally, I'm a fan of the unorthodox (last batch I brewed was Mosher's Jaggery Pale Ale with cardamom and fenugreek) and I definitely appreciate it when someone goes outside the mould for something intriguing such as this. Thus far i have not been blown away by Weyerbacher, but this may be their one redemption.

A - chestnut brown, 1 finger foam settles leaving lacing on the glass and surface. yeasty chunks floating about on the first pour, and I was careful! NOTE: this beer has legs! not long ones, but this is a first that i've found.

S - holy bourbon batman. where is the beer? my olfactory factory cannot find the malt or hops. this smells distinctly like bourbon, with almost no trace of beer whatsoever. maybe like a bourbon beer. i am bewildered.

T - upfront oaky whisky - rich and delicious. oak is very strong. the hops and malt play second fiddle but form the backbone, really, for the liquor flavors. bold and elegant.

M - thick and creamy. no Old Ruffian, but still good.

D - the weak point. obviously you don't drink whisky and beer at the same rate. this is a sipper, but that's what it should be. savor the flavor and the 11.8% ABV bombardment. i shared this with a friend, and although my hangover lackthereof is nice (note - i felt even better than I would have had I not drank anything) this beer is one you could really enjoy all to yourself. just...don't...move.

Photo of jrallen34
2.68/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium brown, almost a dark tea. There is light tan finger head high, lasts about 1 minute with good lacing.

The aroma is light with sweet malts, caramel, and banana.

The taste is so-so kinda of similar to Rochefort but a Rochefort that has kind of gone bad.

Mouthfeel is ok, ok drinkability. Check that 5 sips in I have to dump it. Not good.

Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 bottling; tasted 9/6/09

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with the vaguest of heads and no lacing

Smell: Still boozy, with fusel alcohol jumping out in the aroma; bourbon and vanilla notes are underneath but it is hard to reach the Belgian quad elements

Taste: Opens with a fruity character, with dried raisins, figs and stone fruit elements; by mid-palate, the Bourbon aspect becomes well-pronounced and overwhelms the fruit flavors; after the flavor, brown sugar joins the Bourbon, providing a sweet finish; oaky undertones persist underneath, as well

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: After a couple of years of aging, this beer has probably settled down, but it hasn't come together particularly well; the quad elements are missing and the alcohol is heavy handed

Photo of CrellMoset
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Wine Gourmet, Roanoke, VA. Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a turgid dull brownish amber, capped by two-fingers of tan head with average retention - the first pour fizzled and faded quickly, but the second lasted substantially longer, ultimately receding to a thick foamy collar and a persistent and uniform but thin dusting. The lacing is surprisingly good for an 11.8% abv quad, an alcohol level and style not particularly known for its stick. Blobs of glittery and watery lacing somehow manage to hold on and present a few interesting patterns. Perfectly suspended sediment is present in the second pour, as are a few stray streams of fast and tiny bubbles.

Aroma: Caramel malts and sweet, sticky doughy notes dominate, though there's an equal amount of both: 1) dark fruitiness (raisins, mainly); and 2) paint thinner-esque alcohol. The latter is quite unfortunate, and characteristic of Weyerbacher. Lighter stone fruits - mostly cherry - emerges as it warms. Only the faintest barrel notes in the aroma, though vanilla is actually stronger here than it is in the taste.

Taste: Both the good and the bad attributes of Weyerbacher really shine through in this brew. First of all, it's a great stylistic example of a quadrupel, showcasing all the standard notes you'd expect. You have your array of dark malts, a little lighter than many in this one, but still very nice - moderately roasted toffee, caramel, sweet bready notes, and candi sugar. Dark fruits intermingle with these, with overtones of raisins and figs mingling with lighter stone fruits. Behind that you have a nice light array of spicy notes and a few vanillin and green, lighter woody notes. However, you also have the notoriously strong.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, with fine, well-integrated effervescence in a thick but not syrupy and only slightly sticky body. The sublimation effect - which is what I really like about quads and higher abv% Belgians in general - is sorely lacking in this one, unfortunately.

Drinkability: Weyerbacher Blasphemy is a slightly above average beer from a slightly above average brewery that really typifies the strengths and weaknesses of them. Though not quite as bad as Lagunitas (i.e., I don't expect to have a splitting headache tomorrow morning), but they really do have a hard time covering up their alcohol. It's spicy, hot, quasi-solventy, and really hides a lot of what I imagine are really nice, pleasant, well-integrated barrel flavors. But, also, at 11.8%, this one can't be too terribly drinkable. So, Weyerbacher, work on this! You'll be one I keep coming back to if you do.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can't find a vintage on the bottle.
Pours a clear deep orange/amber with a bubbly white head the dissipates, but never really goes away. Smell is sugary sweet with lots of dark fruits cherries and plums predominantly a bit of vanilla and rubbing alcohol. The alcohol stings the nose if I take a deep breath after swirling the glass a bit. Taste is sweet with cherries prunes and plums, some oaky vanilla and a whole lot of hot alcohol. Harsh alcohol burn! Mouthfeel is sticky, body is thick, carbonation is medium. I don't know how to feel about this one. It is hot as hell, there is no hiding of the alcohol here. I think its tasty but the burn is a bit to much to allow me to enjoy this one, maybe with some age?

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500th review here, thought this would be somewhat appropriate. This bottle is the 2008 vintage. Pours a very hazy, bright orange color with an initially fat tan head that fades ridiculously fast to near nothingness. Lacing is minimal. Not much of a looker here as it is very light colored for a quad and head retention is very poor.

Ahh, the smell makes up for the poor visual aspect...it is phenomenal! Vanilla, oak, alcohol, cotton candy, almonds, brown sugar and an elusive fruitiness that I cant put my finger on...perhaps some pears and red grapes? Nonetheless, this is an outstanding nose.

Barrel aging is very evident upon tasting, as is the alcohol. It is rummy and even a bit like whiskey. Could cellar for a while longer, for sure. Light bodied for a quad and drier than most, but it still retains some sweetness typical of the style. There is a nice bready, yeasty characteristic, but not quite enough. To me, it almost seems like a tripel and a half, as it needs a bit more body-adding malts and the alcohol is a bit rough...but that is being a bit picky, I am very glad I brought this out for my 500th. Great beer and I am sad that Weyerbacher has discontinued the brew.

Photo of aubuc1
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy orange with a white head.

Winey smell and ripe fruit in oak. Boozy but intoxicating.

Taste is sweet, caramelly booze with an oaky dry finish. Pretty hot. Tastes like bourbon but still very smooth and continues to open up as this beer warms.

Mouthfeel is pretty good and the drinkability isn't too bad considering how big this beer is. An experience beer that I am sad is apparently retired.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big old 22oz bomber of this one pours into my glass a fiery red orange hue with good clarity and a small head that quickly fades away. Aromas start with sweet malts, toffee and fruits. Woody oak barrel accents and a boozy undertone. Mellow vanilla running underneath.

First sip brings sweet malts upfront with a syrupy undertone. Toffee and fruits wind their way in and out. Big bourbon and woody boozy accents seep through this brew. Flows down with a lingering boozy sweetness and oak tannins. Not really to my liking.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick and syrupy. Mellow carbonation. Overall it's a bit too hot and sweet for me personally, but there are good flavors running throughout. Glad I got to try it but I enjoy the other Weyerbacher barrel aged offerings much better.

Photo of codyace
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep amber color, obviously hazy with a small (yet thick) white head that most certianly sticks around for some time

A- WOW. This is a huge beer. Belgian Yeast + American Bourbon notes dominate this beer. Some earthy fruit and darker flavors exist, but this is distinctly bourbon tasting.

F- Am I drinking a beer or whiskey? Either way is + when it comes to Weyerbacher! This beer is heavy on the vanilla/oak notes, but nevertheless delivers.

M - Slight carbontation (this beer IMO does not need a carbonation precsense), with an underlying fruity sweet quad taste. Is it heavy? perhaps not...but this beer would put hair on the chests of those who believe it is sessionable.

Overall: What a huge beer. I lvoe every bit of it! Weyerbacher Quad is a fantasitc beer in itself, and (while retired) the bourbon aged aspect lends a completly new taste to the beer. While many may dismiss this as 'to boozy' or 'to exteme', I find it very good in the sense that this beer makes you recognize the fact that good beer is big beer. Huge ABV, big time Bourbon Taste, Quad undertones...what more could a beer drinker ask for? Not much (this side of scantily clad women).

Blasphemy is a beer that 'big beer' guys will long debate of being potentially over the edge. If you like Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot, Insanity, Quad, or Merry Monks...this beer is for you. In your face, HUGE in flavor, and big in ABV...perfect IMO. I have 3 6 packs in my cellar as we speak, and I look forward to finnishing them all.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.06/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of bourbon and sweet malt, but strongly bourbon. Flavor of candy corn, sweet malt, and LOTS of bourbon. Very boozy and hard to get through. Ick. This is bad...not reminiscent in any way of an abt/quad.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review of the reincarnation batch. Reviewed on 6/21/11. Score adjusted since originally this was one of my first ever BA beers.
Poured into a Chimay goblet.

A- Not as dark as I like my Quads, but it ends up being a deep chestnut color. Nice head, but less than amazing retention.

S- Very nutty, which is a surprise, but a good one. Butter toffee, peanut brittle, lots of vanilla and a good showing of cherry, dried cranberry and figs.

T- Wow, what was I thinking back in '09? This stuff tastes great. Coconut is very strong and lends a lot of interesting things to this. Toasted marshmallow, sweet dates and figs, brown sugar and vanilla. Alcohol can become a problem for some, I'm sure. The bourbon, while remaining exceptionally velveteen, plays a big role here on the finish.

M- Full bodied, low carbonation and an unreal smoothness. Alcohol is big. This beer is warming and should be treated as a looong sipper. This 750 can do well at tastings and amongst friends.

O- Wow, I liked this one much better this time around. One worth trying.

Got this in a trade, only because its retired. I used to be able to get it around here, but I never got around to it so it was thrown in to the box.

Poured into a thick walled chalice.
A- Lots of effervescence at first that collects into a 1 finger caramel head that dissipates quickly leaving no trace behind.
Once the head calms all activity stops. No more effervescence. No lacing. The beer is a transparent bourbon red/brown. The edges are nearly colorless.

S- The nose is heavy with bourbon. Its sweet, alcoholic and at times a little sour.

T- Bourbon is very noticeable. Behind that are some of the typical notes found in quads. Sugary dark fruits.
Im having a hard time picking out much else through all the alcohol and bourbon notes.

M- Hot, alcohol, very little carbonation smooth medium body.

D- Im taking this one slow. The bourbon is a bit strong for me. The 11.8%abv feels so much bigger than that.

In all Im glad I tried this one since its retired now but I dont think I would be buying it again
2.5-3-4-3-2.5

Photo of scifan
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 into a tulip glass. Kind of amber copper color with a minimal head and leaves no lacing.
Smells very sweet, and kind of a peppery spiciness to it as well. Oh yeah and tons of bourbon.
Tasting sweet caramel malts, a touch of vanilla, the spiciness in there as well. Oh yeah and tons of bourbon. This stuff is hot, the bottle I'm drinking is over a year old and the bourbon and oakiness are still very dominant.
Its a little thick in chewy in the mouth, and with all that alcohol its not too drinkable. I've been working on this 22 for almost 2 hours now. Great Beer.

Photo of antinexus
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one while touring their brewery lately, and had to make it a point to grab some for the road (especially since it's apparently retired, for the time being).

Poured darker than expected into a plastic sampling cup with a bit of foam up top.

Smelled richly sweet, and reminded me of old oak barrels.

Taste was powerful but smooth, with a rich mouthfeel that left a nice sweet coating. You can definitely observe the bourbon that it leeches from the walls of the barrels as it's aging, which lends to its strength.

I absolutely can't wait to open one of the bottles I brought home. Delicious beer, if you like 'em strong.

Photo of dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz single, no BS

appearance: poured into my de koninck chalice, clear amber body, beige bubbly head with little retention

smell: thick caramel malts, sweet alcohol, soaked cherry, a touch of oak, pretty much just a mashup of malty sweetness

taste: my god is this beer strong. thick layers of spicy alcohol, huge malty sweetness, thick caramel, spicy with a big burning/tingling sensation. heavy carbonation, oak provides a splintery edge but i typically like the oak a bit smoother.

mouthfeel: thick, chewy, spicy

drinkability: man, tough

Photo of aerozeppl
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle drank side by side with a 2006 Quad.

A:Slightly darker than Quad. Tons of floaties. Minimal white head.

S: Nice big oak right up front which was surprising given the time on the bottle. Just like the quad except for the oak. Not a surprise but nice to see.

T: Much sweeter and boozier than Quad. That part was surprising.

M: Very thick mouthfeel.

D: Really boozy but very drinkable. I think I would say this beat out the Quad but both were great in their own ways. Too bad this one will soon no longer be made.

Photo of blatherbeard
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this brew into a SA sensory glass with no head whatsoever.

The head developed about 1 inch, dissipating rapidly with no lacing.

There is an overpowering smell of Whiskey mixed with oak, combined with a berry/nut smell. Whiskey definetly stands out in the forefront.

The taste is very much like a fruity glass of whiskey oak beer! Who'd have thought! ;) The finish is of nuts and raisins. As a whole, not super overpowering taste but balanced quite well. Im not a big whiskey drinker but this mild taste is great. LIke a scotch ale, this could easily gateway me into whiskey.

Nice and thick mouthfeel without heavily sticking to your throat. Washes down very well, leaving a hint of oak and whiskey taste in the back of your throat without the burn.

At 11.8 abv, its actually very drinkable. I dont think id go through more than 1 bottle (22oz bomber) at a sitting, but id definetly want to have more on hand for other nights...which i dont currently. =(

Also leaves a warm feeling in your belly. This would be nice on a cold winter night.

Photo of Hibernator
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher Blasphemy
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a murky and cloudy burnt orange. A hazy looking beer with an interesting tint. Super fluffy head on top.

The nose is fruity with whiffs of apples and sugars.

Very sugary, syrupy and sweet. Juicy and rich caramel notes with oak wood flavors give this beer a profile. Another sip reveals a funky, fruit punch blast - think apples, oranges and ripe cherries. All of this with a boozy, vodka thing going on. Raw sugars with toasted bread crust backbone.

This beer certainly packs a punch with the 11.8% ABV, but I was hoping for more from the mouthfeel and complexities that one would expect from the style and oak barrel combo. The balance is off with some sips and enjoyable with others.

Photo of chaz410
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beautiful beer wonder at the Common Market in Charlotte NC.
Poured a dark cloudy brown body. Thin silky white head.
Smell is full of deep fruit malts, raisens, dates, licorice, honey and bourbon like alcohol. A terrific smell to say the least!
Taste is amazing! Oak notes all over some heavy fruit malts and alcohol. Good hoppy zest at the end that is mostly fruity in nature and slightly tart.
I love this beer and it really should be tried by any strong beer fan!

Photo of Durge
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A slightly cloudy dark amber color with a fair off-white head and lacing. The aroma brings on whiskey and nut, berry and oak. Seems potent. The first mouthful is fizzy and full of the same flavors I detected in the aroma. As advertized this suggests oak barrels and Jack Daniels. Still, not quite what I expected. Highly carbonated and lots of warming alcohol, viscous and challenging to push through quickly, not a session brew for me. These flavors aren't my wheelhouse, somewhat clove in the Belgian tradition, conducive to food to help cut the sharp acidic attack of this aggressive ale. There is a nice vanilla caramel hint that comes out as it warms. A quality brew but not suited to the average consumer. Definitely worth a try to anyone that enjoys a strong ale, and possibly a big winner for some.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.