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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

807 Ratings
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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 56
Gots: 144 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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 deskim
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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

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 dbossman
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany brown with a gorgeous, bready, thick head and okay lacing

S: Sweet caramel malts with lots of dark fruits and some boozy whiskey and oak undertones

T: Very balanced, big, boozy beer; sweet up front but balanced by a dry slightly bitter finish: the bready malts and dark fruits play well of of each other (cherries, dates, raisins, plums)

F: Quite creamy; medium body

O: A boozy but not overpowering beer--I wish there was more of a barrel presence but it's a really nice beer nonetheless

Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cam for sharing this 750ml, new size format and label for this beer.

Pours a hazy orange/amber with brownish tones. Beige head retains pretty well and leaves some lace, good for the ABV.

Nice smell. Big bourbon and oak there but not overpowering, brown sugar, dark+light fruits, spice.

Quite tasty, improves upon the scent. Lots of banana, apple, and spice blend well with vanilla, bourbon, yeast, caramelly/brown sugar notes. Bourbon is quite strong but the other flavors hold up fine.

Slick feel, a little thin with highish carbonation. A bit boozy, but it is almost 12%.

Really good flavors, it's pretty sweet and fruity for a quad but it melds very well with big bourbon flavors. May pick up one to age.

Photo of ethanmc12
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrStiffington
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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 jmz62565
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt orange red with a medium head that disappears quickly. The smell is pungent with bourban,oak wood,alcohol,vanilla,and dark fruit. The taste is thick and sweet with alcohol,bourban,oak wood,cherry,vanilla,and rum. Very good and very complex. The m/f is heavy with the flavors mixing very well,but I found this beer very syrupy and thick. All in all,this is a very good beer from a brewery that I always seem to enjoy.

Photo of cfadams17
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

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 sevreng
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle purchased from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh, PA on 6/19/14. Served in tulip glass.

A - Deep red velvet, one finger head on pour sinking to thin residual head quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - Bourbon, caramel and vanilla dominate.

T - Bourbon, chocolate, and caramel up front drying out slowly. Vanilla and caramel lingers on the palate.

M - Rich and creamy but balanced with appropriate carbonation. Leaves mouth a little sticky.

O - A sipping beer for sure, Weyerbacher demonstrates its talents with maltier ales and lives up to what a Quadruple should be. Definitely not an everyday beer, heavy and rich for the holidays.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle to tulip. $13 for the single. 11.8% ABV. Sampled 6/19/12.

A: One and a half fingers of compact head - just shy of tan in color - rises slowly and sticks around for quite some time before falling to a thick foamy collar. The body is a medium auburn and almost entirely opaque. The thickness of this brew is apparent from the slow pace in which the bubbles are moving within. Broken webs of lace in modest amounts.

S: Very pleasant nose. There is a wonderfully subtle smokey bourbon presence that in no way overshadows the sweet malt character of hearty bread and dark Belgian candi sugars. Accents of berry laden jam. Complexity is not exactly high and the estery presence is really drawn back, which is a plus in my mind.

T: Again, the restrained bourbon works well with the straightforward and tame quad character. The sweet flavor is balanced towards the end of the palate as mild dryness sets in. Mild bourbon notes find their way back toward the finish. ABV is there, but cheers to Weyerbacher for concealing most of the high gravity. There is some heat, but it's not out of line.

M: Full-medium body with a slight chewiness that is quickly offset by just the right amount of carbonation. Fine and tingling, particularly on the finish. Tongue stays relatively clean throughout.

O: Pretty decent American Quad actually.

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 CharlieMopps
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A moderate pour yielded two fingers of thick head that worked its way down to a thin layer of suds after a few minutes. Color was burnt orange that shone like sunburst. Some lace.

S: Very subtle bouquet. Soft malt and sugar notes are present, slightly yeasty. Like a Belgian without as much potency.

T: This has a rather wine-like quality to it, the sweetness being reminiscent of (red wine) grape tannins. Also had an accent of whisky. The oak aging dried it out toward the end, which was nice, much like a chardonnay would actually, and wasn't too parching. The middle is mostly yeasty and sweet, and the transition to the oak toward the finish is also combined with a bit of hop bitterness, blending well. Notes of cherry in the aftertaste. Wave of sweet flavor in the finish washes away the sharpness of the whisky.

M: Bubbly, but not as carbonated as most Belgians. Still rather smooth and slightly syrupy, not as dense and creamy as others.

D: Overall, I reveled in this Belgian interpretation with a twist from Weyerbacher. The oak aging was nice, and added an unexpected quality, making for a unique quaff. While it may not have surpassed its ancestors, it's still a worthy offering and worth a try.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark ruby red color, with a thin fizzy white head that left no lacing.

S: a nice dark caramel aroma with some cherries and raisins. There was also some noticeable alcohol (burbon) and oaky-vanilla hints.

T: The initial flavor yielded huge oaky/burbon flavor with a smooth tartness. Dried fruit, (raisins, plums) and fresh baked bread, and oaky-vanilla tones round out the flavor. I thought the alcohol was fairly well hidden for 11.8% abv, noticeable, yet was smooth and less potent then one would imagine leaving only a minimal calling card behind on the swallow. Finishes dry with spicy dried fruit (cherries).

M: full bodied, syrupy with oaky-alcohol and a light carbonation.

D: Great oak character compliment and adds to their already very good Quad beer. Very much worth a try. A great sipping quad that lives up to is name the next morning if you drink to many of these the night before.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick, sourdough head with moderate soapy lacing. Very nice mahogany body - minimal visible carbonation at first but a few bubbles show when the hazy concoction is held to light.

Nice and heavy on apple, mild cinnamon and cloves. What little carbonation there is accentuates a tangy, piney hop presence and alcohol. Vanilla, ginger and bourbon provide good oak-y backdrop. Alcohol is definitely there.

Bourbon and strong apple cider give hints of "apple jack" of old. Pine in hops, more ginger and copious caramel malt are at first hindered when still a little cold by slight carbonic, metallic aftertaste. This dissipates with warmth to reveal slight slate tones on back of palate.

Tinny when cold - this goes away with warmth. Tangy, bourbon caramel apple finish is very warming.

This isn't quite as drinkable as its cousin Insanity - it's definitely a sipper. Best suited to cold weather - maybe hovering over a grill in the cold New England winter months. Still, this is great stuff. For some reason previous Weyerbacher offerings haven't blown my doors off but Insanity and Blasphemy are definitely bringin' it...

Photo of zdk9
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 100th review! (my excitement may possibly skew this review)

A- Pours out a crystal clear dark amber color, dark enough to hit the ruby spectrum. The head was a finger at best in my tulip glass and weak, even with a strong pour. Lacing was faint also.

S- The first smell, and the dominating one, is whiskey- not in a sweet, corny bourbon way, which I'm accoustomed to in barrel aged bears, but in a lovely oaky vapor kind of way. After this comes a burst of fruit, cherry being the biggest, but giving way to orange, apple and perhaps a touch of bannana. Any malt breadiness or hops presence in the nose is really blown away by the whiskey tones.

T- A bit of hops bitterness rolls across my tongue preparing the way for a fruity burst. As in the nose this is mostly cherry, but accompanied by some red apple and orange. The whole taste is held in the halo of whiskeyness, which lends a strong alcoholic taste, almost a burn. Delicious, but not what I expected.

M- Syrupy with a juiciness that coats my mouth and leads me to sip rather than gulp. This is balanced with a great alcoholic hit that instead of feeling harsh, is appreciated as combination to the flavors of the beer.

D- This is not what I've come to expect from a barrel aged beer, but I suppose I haven't had to many. It was delicious however. The strong malt flavor of quads I've had did not rear it's head in this beer but instead took a back seat to fruitiness and whiskey. Not at all for sessioning, this beer is instead one to sip and calm the nerves when relaxation is required, what I generally reserve whiskey rather than beer for. I'm happy to have chosen this one for my 100th review and will be happy to enjoy it again.

Photo of lessthanhadley
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cherry/Amber color with a think layer of head retention

S: Bourbon, oak, and vanilla in the nose, sweetness

T: Oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, very sweet and boozy

M: Thick syrup like.

D: Definitely a sipper. A very good oak aged beer ould not do more than one in a sitting

Photo of NEhophead
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt, 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Pours a full caramel-oak in color. Creamy, white head that settles to a fluffy sheet. Thin and spotted lacing with good strength.

Belgian-candied sugar whaffs. Honeydew, melon with a slick, but mellow alcohol infusion. Generous notes of vanilla bean.

Slick, candied sweetness met with a mild, tropical fruit flavor of melon, cantelope, and honeydew. Sweet sherry with a layer of warm, sweet vanilla. A smooth finish is followed by a warming alcohol, vanilla aftertaste.

Almost full in body; slick mouthfeel from the alcohol. Spots of thinness in body every once in a while.

The biggest difference between Blasphemy and Quad is the strong vanilla tones and young alcohol presence.

Photo of yourefragile
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Roughly a year old, stored in my refrigerator pretty much by accident, just discovered it hiding in the back.

A: Light mahogany, cherry-like liquid with an off white head that dissipates to a thick ring of film, not much lacing. Slow pour still resulted in a lot of sediment in the glass.
S: Very strong, sweet and slightly sour smell. Green apple and honey are most prominent aromas. Other spices like cinnamon are also present and obviously still a lot of alcohol, even a year later, present.
T: Full body, very thick and smooth on the tongue with a light, but active carbonation. After aging for a year, the alcohol is much more tolerable in this, but still very present. Sweeter than most other quads, very strong honey, sweet spice presence. As other reviews have said, this is a different beer than quad, not just an oak aged version. The oak aging adds a rum like, alcohol presence to Quad. I'm usually quick to fault Weyerbacher beers for having a samey, boozy, house yeast taste, but after aging this for a year, it rises above that stereotype for me. I still prefer Quad to this, but I highly recommend trying this beer for a different take on this style (but if you find a bottle, you should probably let this sit for awhile).

Photo of nickss
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a deep amber hue with a smallish 1/2" head, which quickly disipates.

Whew! This one has quite the nose... huge phenolic notes burn the nostrils, followed by ripe berries. The oak comes in slowly as the beer warms. Very "in your face"... typical Weyerbacher style.

Hmm... not sure what to make of this one. Good oaky balance... but wow is this one hot.... alcohol is VERY noticeable, and in my opinion, is a bit much. This one could use some aging. However, as the beer warms, a bit more vanilla comes through, and seems to mellow the beer out a bit.... nice.

Nice creamy mouthfeel... subdued carbonation.... fantastic.

I initially thought this beer was too hot to be drinkable, but as it warms, the drinkability is greatly enhanced. You can definitely tell that this is a 10+% brew.... but pretty delicious overall.

Photo of cjgiant
4.02/5  rDev +2%

Bottle (undated)
Pours an auburn color, seemingly clear but translucent dye to color. The head pours to a decent level of medium bubbles, but fades fairly quickly; a decent swirl is needed to bring it back for a couple seconds. The nose is dark fruit, tart - currant, raisin, but there is a significant wine feel to the scents, as well. Other sniffs I get a light tartness of blackberry and hints of alcohol.

The taste starts with the dark fruit from the nose, with some of the perceived tartness missing. Honey or maybe even diluted molasses sweetness comes first, then a fig taste that seems to want to tend to raisin, but is subdued by a drying woody flavor. From this comes an alcohol burn, which isn't storm and doesn't last too long. The ending is more if the dry wood notes.

This is an iffy style for me, but I enjoyed the flavors, and enjoyed the subtle complexities in the beer. The beer had an unexpected thinness (watery feel) too it, more noticeable as it warmed, but that was ok. On the other hand, the complexities mellowed as well, and since the style and ABC in general would make it a sipping beer for me, this prevented it from a higher rating.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 Spider889
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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 drpimento
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured on the warm side too long out of the fridge with a smallish, somewhat fizzy, tan head and no lace. Color is a clear orange amber brown with no bubble trails. Aroma is malt, sherry, dark ripe fruit, with a little oak and vanilla. Flavor's much like nose with sweet front and center, tapered with some bitter and a tiny bit of tang. Body is good, full and round, true to style, but carbonation is a little soft. Finish is like flavor, lingering, and has no off characteristics although the alcohol give only the barest hint of the power. Good beer, but a little does go for a distance.

Photo of siege06nd
4.01/5  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.

Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.