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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 356
Hads: 871
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 19.18%
Wants: 65
Gots: 177 | FT: 9
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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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Reviews: 356 | Hads: 871
Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to melbatoast 93 for this'un; thanks Hart!

Pours an effervescent caramel with a pinky of tan head. Zero head retention & a smidge of lacing, nice oily appearance

S: Nice vanilla & rum

T: Nice toffee notes, warming booze, vanilla, &rum soaked raisins up front. Some tangerine & pineapple, plus candi sugar to go along with nice vanilla & oakyness, toffee & nice booze warmth as this warms up. Finishes dry, fruitty & sweet. More malt sweetness or some complexity would've pushed this towards a 5.0

MF: Sticky/syruppy with low carbonation

Drinks great, you do feel the heft, but a damn fine quad!

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supposedly an oak-aged Belgian-style Quadrupel, this was a very unique beer with a very unique taste. I had a bottle of this at the Drafting Room in Spring House, PA (suburban Philadelphia).

Really does taste like you would expect an oak-aged Quad to taste like. The typical spicy/fruitiness you expect from a quad with the unique bitter/oak taste the barrels must have added. This was very strong and not very sessionable. Fairly drinkably however, especially when its strength is considered.

Worth trying... unlike anything I had previously encountered.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- beautifully colored murky burnt red-orange that clears up as it warms. it's a striking vermilion when held up to an incandescent light turning to scarlet/garnet as it clears. beige head is dense and consistent, leaving little fingers of lace, but falls pretty quickly leaving a shiny film on top of the beer encompassed by a thick soapy ring. the stream of bubbles rising up the middle creates an opening in the middle of the foam sheen, expanding and contracting like some creepy biological orifice.

S- fruity, woodsy, and alcoholic, teeming with complexity. sofy vanilla underlies tart cherries, old oak barrels, apple cider, red plum, dark berries, apricot, jamaican rum, fumes of alcohol, and some belgian yeast funkiness. overall aroma of fermenting fruit punch works perfectly with the barrel aging and nothing seems overly dominant but the alcohol esters. even so, they are in no way unpleasant and may actually facilitate the other aromas up my nostrils.

T- holy shot of bourbon, this one actually burns goin down. intensely alcoholic with a mild but sharp noble hop bitterness. goes from sweet to tart to bitter in a flash. the oak barrels make a definite impact, as do the whiskey remnants. soft vanilla taste creates a creamy sweetness that balances the somewhat harsh bourbon flavor and nicely compliments the hops. i've been swirling my duvel tulip for a few minutes now trying to release some of these alcohol vapors so i can actually taste other things. bourbon soaked cherries & raspberries, plum skin, banana peel, strawberry candy, burnt orange, grassy noble hops, shiraz wine, cream sherry, red grapes, burnt caramel, and a slight toasted barley flavor. finishes fruity and alcoholically bitter with a lasting esterous solvent flavor. could have a higher score if the alcohol didn't mask everything.

MF- rich and decadent, feels caloric like a desert and the alcohol that has been a bane to the flavor profile may actually keep it from cloying. this one has a definite heat to it and the first few sips were like doing shots. there's filmy and coating qualities, but also an unexpected cleanliness after everything dissolves. carbonation is on the low side of medium and alcohol definitely dries the inner cheeks.

D- despite it's tasty complexity, this is a tough beer to drink due to the alcoholic heat and flavor. it would be much better appreciated in 4 oz servings in a wine glass instead of 16 oz in a tulip. i'm no lightweight, and this brew is an asskicker. my only gripe is the up front nature of the alcohol, having had higher abv beers that hide it better. to my chagrin, it takes away from an otherwise great offering.

***note: if the extreme moonshine characteristics are bothersome (like they are to me) this beer vastly improves if it's let to air out in the glass for a few HOURS. even though it lowers the carbonation significantly, treating it as a red wine softened the overall profile and made it more enjoyable. let it open up, decant it if you will, then park it in the fridge and chill it down to 60 degrees or so. think grapes.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Holy Smoke - never seen it in this form.

Appearance - Nice deep copper color bordering a brown.
Smell - Intense. Can smell the malts with a hint of hops and definitely the bourbon.
Taste - Started off really nice with the malts and whisps of oak, but then the bourbon and oak came on too much to really taste the beer. A touch of heat from the 11+ abv hit.
Mouth - Average honsetly. A bit dry and the oak lingered over everything.
Drinkability - interesting brew and nice, but the oak was a bit much for me even though i love oaked beers.

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Photo of jordoo
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poored into a snifter.

Its a transparent amber/orange colored brew with a white fluffy head that almost completely disappears and left very minimul lacing. It smells strongly of rubing alcohol but also has a wiskey/oak smell, some malt, hint of fruity esters and a very nice vanilla smell. Overall the taste is dominated by an acidic chemical/solvent type of flavor. Its unfortunate because there are some nice flavores there that get pretty blown away like vanilla, oak and some slight apple cider. The mouth feel was very nice however I really struggled to drink the whole bottle.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bomber poured into a couple of snifters. Has a light amber color and a white foamy head with good retention and some lace. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, maple and a hint of oak. Smell is quite pleasant. Tastes to match with a heavy booze flavor and finishes cloyingly sweet. Mouthfeel is very heavy. Tough to drink this one, it might benefit from some aging.

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Photo of bkilpatr
2.51/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/01/08.

Pours an orange amber color with about one finger of soft beige head. The head disappeared quickly and left no lacing. Aroma is mostly vanilla and whiskey. Not very quadruple-y in the aroma, the oak aging seems to have dominated the aroma.

The taste is very similar to the aroma. Whiskey, oak, vanilla, and alcohol are the primary flavors. The flavors that used to make up this quadruple are nearly indistinguishable. Usually oak aging will retain some qualities of the original beer while introducing subtle new flavors, but all I get from this is a whiskey/vanilla flavor.

Feel is thick and syrupy, low-medium carbonation. Drinkability is alright, considering the flavor profile. The alcohol is very present, and there is a lot of it.

This doesn't taste like an oak aged quadruple, it just tastes like whiskey and oak. It's disappointing that something which should have complex flavor profiles has been reduced to what it is. I really can't recommend this. If anything, try the original quadruple.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured slowly into Brandy Snifter. Deep ruby read body with minimally lasting caramel head receding quickly to similarly bodied lace. No carbonation visible in the thick, opaque body.

S - Very fruity, with a strikingly malted backbone (caramels). Fruits are mostly grapes on inspection, and while the body isn't quite there, the smell is something akin to a sweet red wine.

M - Syrupy with a dissipating, frothy back. Surprisingly full for the luminosity of the body.

T - Did I say sweet? I meant Dry. This has all the candied malts you'd expect from a Quad with the flagrant tastes of a fairly dry red wine; so much so that my beer-hating, wine-loving girlfriend, upon tasting, remarked that she liked it and "had never had a beer like this before." That said, it isn't all roses. The alcohol bite is pronounced near the end, and the malts tend to dominate the subtler citrus notes. As for the oak? My palate may not be sensitive enough, but I don't detect much of a peaty, or oaky, flavor whatsoever.

D - An exceptional brew for the wine lover in you, though as a Belgian, it's only good.

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Photo of tpd975
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Joey R. This came from the first bottling of this brew.

A: Pours a nice light bright amber red hue with a nice bubbly head. Good retention and some lace noted.

S: Tons of bourbon to start. Lots of booze, oak and vanilla. Beneath the barrel lies some dark fruit and molasses.

T: Flavor is big on the bourbon. Tons of booze and oak up front. The dark fruit does come thru as does caramelized brown sugar. Lots more bourbon burn in the finish with a touch of the vanilla showing thru.

M: Full in body with nice carbonation.

D: To be sipped slowly.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass chalice:

Pours reddish copper with a thin head that immediately becomes a thin swirl with active carbonation in the center. Some vanishing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of caramel, a general fruitiness, alcohol and some oak. The oak part doesn't come out quite as clearly as in the other two of this series I've had (Heresy and Insanity). Still, it is a pleasant, more subtle, aroma.

The taste is of caramel, sweet general fruitiness (banana/strawberry?) Woody oak with some whiskey notes. Oddish finish - sometimes drier, sometimes sweeter, always boozy, and a bit raw.

Soft carbonation with a body that is just about medium. A bit tongue-numbing, with lingering heat.

A boozy sipper here. The bourbon didn't really make that great of an impression on me, relatively speaking. The "quad" aspect was fine, though didn't really nail the style. A bit of an awkward combo here. Not as impressed with this one as with the other two of the series I've had. Still, in all, it's a fair enough attempt, and certainly worth trying.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nut brown with little to no head.

Smells of oak and alcohol.

The oak taste has a lot of influence on the over all flavor, really adds a whiskey-like taste to the beer that I can't say I was overly fond of.

The alcohol is heavy in this, not at all camoflauged. I think it added a few hairs to my chest.

It was okay. I had no desire to have another one, and I doubt I would seek this one out or recommend it to anyone. I wouldn't steer anyone away from this, but nor would I talk it up.

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Photo of jim102864
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Chimay goblet and poured from a bomber bottle, this 11.8% brew pours bourbon in color with a brandy tint. No head and zero carbonation. The nose was mild but vanilla notes were there but little else. The taste spoke of caramel,bourbon notes, vanilla and slightly sugary. Mouthfeel was boozy, and quite warming in the finish. This is very much a creeper as to alcohol as it hides from the taste, but also a pleasant brew. A quad? Yes, deceptive though it may be since it's about an inch away from a barleywine too. Nice effort from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is not to be f#$%ed around with, to put it blasphemously. Pours a dark amber with a prune-ish tint, and a couple fingers of head that settle in a ring around the rim of my snifter. There's a sharp blast of booze in the nostrils comprised of bourbon, vanilla extract, banana and some raisin, though not as much as the Quad, it's close cousin.

Even more bourbon in the flavor, and while it's hard to cut through the booziness, some of the raisin and fruity esters present themselves on the sides of the tongue. Although only .6% higher in abv than the Quad, this is a whole different ballgame due to the sharpness of the alcohol. Make sure you're not going anywhere for a while; this is one of few beers I would recommend sharing your bomber with a friend. Acidic on the throat and heavy in the stomach, it's not something you'll probably need or want seconds of. That said, I'm always a fan of extremes, and this one certainly fits the bill.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely a sipper!!! Beer poured dark amber with a nice sized head. Aroma of bourbon abounds, and gets stronger as the beer gets to room temp. Can't gulp this one, too stong. Could be a dessert sipper. I plan on getting to Weyerbacher to taste this baby out of the tap for sure!

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Photo of pershan
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a clear, dark amber with a thick, almond head into a pint glass. The aroma was of Bourbon and candy sugar. The initial taste was of sweet malt/candy sugar, immediately smothered by an enormous Bourbon-infused, alcoholic component - no attempt to mask the 11.8% ABV. Definitely a sipping beer, and would benefit from a larger malt presence to counteract the alcoholic esters.

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Photo of mhewes
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice dark copper color with a little head

S : Strong oaky smell with some vanilla hints

T : Starts off with a ripe fruit flavor. Has a lot of oaky flavor to it. It also has hints of vanilla and brown sugar. You can definitely taste the alcohol

M : Rich and heavy which works perfectly

D : Definitely a sipper. I could see aging this one would help mellow out the alcohol heat

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Photo of yourefragile
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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).

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Photo of beavers
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been holding onto this one for almost a year now, and I'm ready to try before it ages any longer. 22 oz. poured into a Chimay glass (I never use this glass...and I have three of them). I have never tried the Quad (non oak aged version of this brew) by the way..

A: Pours a cherry mahogany with a finger of tan head. An impressive whirl of carbonation when held up to light. Leaves a covering that looks like a lot of other big belgians.

S: Powerful oak aroma as well as sweet yeasty sourdough, with notes of cinnamon and a faint alcohol presence. Very reminiscent to the aroma of aged English Barleywines I've tasted.

T: Rich cherry oak flavor with a peppery bite and a noticeable alcoholic finish. Sourdough still comes through strong. I can tell that the Quad probably had noticeable fruity esters but they have been masked by the rich oak overtones. Noticeable alcohol heat, but not overpowering.

M: Full bodied with an even carbonation. This is a big beer but not with an overwhelming mouthfeel.

D: I finished a 22 over the course of almost 2 hours. A sipper, but its richness is in check and is inviting.

Aging this longer would mask the alcohol perception, but increase the sweetness...I haven't enjoyed beers aged for long periods of time because of the sweetness. So ultimately I like aging rich belgians and english barleywines to a good medium where the alcohol meshes well with the sweetness. This beer fits that equation. Will definitely enjoy again.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a copper brownish aurburn with a thin tan head that disappears immediately.

S - Brown sugar, cherries, caramel, toffee, a bit of spice from the yeast and slight mix of vanilla, oak and bourbon.

T - Similar to aroma with some heat. Cherries, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla and oak with some noticeable alcohol.

M - Thick and warming. A definite sipper.

D - A big, sweet sipper that has a nice slight barrel quality.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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...

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Photo of dnichols
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a brownish hazy body that was tinted with red and orange hues. There was a modest and short lived head consisting of large tan bubbles. There was spotted lacing that lingered long into the experience.

S: It exhibited big caramel and brown sugar sweetness with hints of alcohol, vanilla and a creamy buttery aroma.

T: The super sweet front of caramel and vanilla dominated long into the drink. There were some hints of raisins, figs and plums.

M: It was light to medium bodied with an overwhelming sweetness that was only offset at the end when the high ABV clean the palate and warmed my mouth.

D: This is a nice quad that requires much cellaring to allow it to blend better.

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Photo of bboven
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cross between deep bronze and garnet; clear body. Thin head with smatterings of lacing.

Initial sweet/sour cherry aroma, high alcohol. A small swirl brings some malt into the picture, but it mellows the cherry out to fruitcake. Not often can I point something out so exactly, but this smells like alcoholic fruitcake.

The cherry oxidation in this is rampant. There is a small amount of oak, but you have to strain to taste it.

Sticky and drying, pretty evenly carbonated.

Way too much cherry and hot alcohol here. I've had big beers like this that hide the alcohol much better.

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3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of very active deep tan bubbley head finely calms to about a half an inch. It sits attractive in the glass with a ruby amber glow. Nose is wonderfully syrupy sweet with great complexity. Showcases notes of vanilla taffy, honey, soft spicey slchol and banana. There is a hint of woodsy oak tword the end of the nose. On first sip you get a loud mixture of sharp spice fronted alchol, and a peppery biscuity richness. Sweet tones are of buttery dark fruit. Alchol is very present throughout the palate and hop in the belly. There is a dry bitterness on the finish that I actually pick up a bit of coconut rum. Mouthfeel is of thick bitter spice. With these facts it is as drinkable as it could be being this big and hot.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have tried the Quad from Weyerbacher so it is only natural to try the barrel aged version.

Served from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy and murky orang/rust color. Good lacing present and accounted for.

Aroma was certainly boozy and whiskey like. As the beer warms, the aromas really start to open up. However, I was looking for a little more of the bourbon barreled aspect from this one. The other BA's I have had were strongly flavored and strong aromas as well so while this wasnt bad, it was different and less than expected.

Pretty good balance between the bourbon and Belgian qualities. Pretty spicy up front with a decent hop flavor. The bourbon lingers around for quite a while.

Very warming and alcoholic and somewhat boozy. This was a huge and extreme beer. I enjoyed it but as far as BA's go, I expected more. This is certainly one that should be shared; I shared this one with my dad and he liked it as well. I would probably have this on again in the future.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.