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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

644 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%


Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007)
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Clear copper amber color. alcohol and oak nose. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet, alcohol, woody actually complex. Clean finish. Very warming. $8.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 23:18:29 | More by jdhilt
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear deep amber red with a modest head that quickly recedes leaving a thin film of foam.

Complex nose; vanilla, cherries, and so much more. The high ABV is also quite perceptible.

Taste is also complex with the oak being predominant. Bourbon and a degree of bitterness in the finish.

Full bodied and smooth, but feels lighter with no degree of stickiness.

Has good drinkability for a brew with this much alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 18:35:51 | More by techdiver
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khiasmus

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Amber with cream-colored head that stays as a single layer.

S- Alcohol at first. The most alcoholic smelling beer I've had. Some banana, a tinge of sour fruit, overridden by tons of sweet malt. A bit of oak, but just a tinge.

T- Initially sweet, cloyingly so. Some oak coming in, and then TONS of alcohol that overrides everything else. Some golden raisins, banana, oak, and honey. Finish is alcohol and sickly sweet malt.

M- Smooth, full-bodied at first, medium-low carbonation, a very warming finish with the sweetness leaving a slick, unpleasant feeling on the tongue.

D- Not really drinkable. Far too strong. The alcohol makes it simply too intense, even for an intense beer lover... overall, i think it'd be good if you lay it down for a couple years... everything's too intense right now.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 02:32:21 | More by khiasmus
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance-It didn't look that good with a head that fell to almost nothing almost immediately.
Not even a vigorous swirl could bring much head back.

Smell-The smell is quite complex with a woody aroma, I also get vanilla and dried fruit, there is also a distinct Belgian yeast "funk" (not negative) as well, this would be otherwise joy to smell were it not for the solvent like assault by the alcohol esters that starts immediately and lingers in the sinuses long after the sniff.

Taste-The taste is very much like the nose, very complex, only more so. There is definitely a wood aged aspect here, raw toothpick, charcoal. Elements of both bourbon and scotch, not necessarily smooth ones. The dried fruits also make an appearance as well in caramelized rum raisin way. There is an underlying sweetness that is pushed back by the solvent like alcohol. The Belgian strong ale nature does make an appearance after, there is a characteristic yeasty-ness and a little wheat like grain. However, as with the nose, all of these qualities are overwhelmed by the big alcohol esters.

M-Medium body with a fairly thick syrupy consistency that coats the mouth in a pleasing way. Carbonation is a little prickly, unexpected given the lack of head.

D-Not very drinkable, the alcohol is overwhelming to me. I have had many brews in the 10-12% that did not overwhelm like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 19:09:22 | More by jackorain
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 13:20:31 | More by NEhophead
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blasphemy pours a light brown with a slightly foamy off-white head. Aroma is dominated by a chalky yeast with some sweet esters. Taste is sweet dark fruits, more of the yeasty flavor and some phenol-banana flavor. Alcohol is present, but not over the top for a beer that borders on 12%. Oak flavor is there but not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 00:27:50 | More by ericj551
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey copper brew. Head fades gradually down to a skim of froth, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, with vanilla and tart composing a large part as well. Taste follows along, sweet upfront, strong vanilla and tartness in the middle, and then it all closes up nicely with vinous alcohol, heavy on the warmth. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and the drinkability is very nice, although a little hot, which of course is to be expected at 11.8%abv. I think this is my favorite of the BA Weyerbachers.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 00:35:17 | More by ppoitras
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With a lot less Bourbon than might be expected, the Blasphemy version of Weyerbacher Quad might be the most drinkable of the Bourbon barrel series yet.

It pours a clear copper body that reveals streams of tiny bubbles rising steadily towards the surface. The creamy off-white head starts with an impressive girth, maintains it, and then steadily drops to a thin covering - all the while leaving behind a solid wall of creamy lace.

It expresses Bourbon in the nose with some vanilla and wood, and alcohol and spice along with it, but also some very nice dark-skinned fruit.

The flavor is very much the same, and very supple, with a rich malty blanket of dark-fruit woven with caramel-accented fruit and a dark fruit edge. It's very appleish, and malty with a caramelish edge and a slap of alcohol.

Nicely done with just an edge of Bourbon. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 03:55:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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jjayjaye

New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber color with better than a full finger stiff light tan head that resists fading. Little lacing observed.

Immediately smells of the oaked alcohol, vanilla and dark fruit and Belgian yeast.

The mouth feel is complex. The visible effervescence continues into the mouth and mixes well with the alcohol. The burn is out in front on this one.

Dark fruit, bourbon and creamy vanilla flavors. The Quad component is getting lost a bit inside all of this but i'm a big fan.

Drinkability - The 11.8% is magnified by a factor of two...this is definately an armchair beverage. Wow.

The girls at Weyerbacher have another winner.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 18:09:39 | More by jjayjaye
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jesus' penis, this is a damn good beer! (sorry, i felt it would be appropriate to blaspheme)

Pours shiny, clear and brown with a puffy off-white head. Nose is alcohol and ethanol filled with some cherry and strawberry notes. Taste hits you first with a huge smack of alcohol that really burns as it goes down. Spicy and fruity with sweet malt tones, but its all overwhelmed to some extent by the alcohol. Makes my saliva glands open like a scotch will. Thick and full bodied, almost even syrupy. Overall, a bit too much for me in terms of the alcohol and not enough flavor, i think.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 13:19:41 | More by aforbes10
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joeskirkie

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, it's whiskey colored with a strong red tint. Fairly clear, with a small to medium head that laces well.

Smells a bit like port, bourbon, and oak. I've never really picked this up from a beer before. I'm delighted.

There’s a bourbon sweetness, slight tartness and alcohol, with oak throughout. Good stuff that oak is.

It's light and sticky sweet. I'm glad I picked this one up. I'll have to grab another to age.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 01:19:03 | More by joeskirkie
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 22:05:58 | More by jmz62565
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nriech

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber. Decent inch head, lots of lacing.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, rasins, molasses, bourbon. Very very nice. One of those you just love to smell and dont care if people stare at you smelling your beer.

Taste: I get a hit of the oak and alcohol at first. Very good bourbon flavor with some sugary, citrusy aftertaste. Really really complex. Warming reveals some earthy tobacco flavors. Pretty sticky.

Great sipping beer. An awesome example of an oak aged beer. And one thats better than the original unoaked version. I think this might be a little much for the uninitiated craft drinker and should be saved for special in the know people.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 13:46:44 | More by nriech
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MaoZ49

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about this beer that would serve it justice? By all means, it is not perfection, but if perfection were a destination, 'Blasphemy' would be a stop very near the end of your journey. The first couple of sips were a little overwhelming. Afterwards, however, the ride is smooth sailing. The vanilla tones are very pronounced, which is a good thing in my opinion. I am also a bourbon drinker when it comes to the harder variety of alcoholic beverages. The bourbon barrel aging process makes drinking this beer akin to going home and enjoying a nice glass of lemonade on the porch with grandma. I have nothing negative to say about this brew, so drink up and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 01:38:34 | More by MaoZ49
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt scent along with a Belgian yeast fruitiness as well as an oakey/vanilla aroma. The taste is good also. It has a warm, malty flavor that's rich in crystal malts and oak esters. It goes down smooth with firm oak finish. It blends well with the barrels, but not as well as the Heresy and Prophesy beers. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I love the oak aged series. It adds a whole other element to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 23:19:49 | More by WesWes
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Garnet brown with a small head of light khaki that quickly settles into a thin veil.

Aroma is a balanced mix of dark fruit, raisins, molasses, grape, and wonderful oaky notes of vanilla, coconut, and Bourbon.

Flavor is just huge! Starts with generous dark fruit, cherries, figs, and prunes followed by earthy must, and booze soaked fruitcake. The wonderful oak notes provide a warm, lingering finish of spiced vanilla, toasted coconut, scorched creme brule', and good Bourbon.

Body is big, but retains a bit of delicate Belgian characteristic. Slick and thick, it is a sipper for sure. I don't recommend tackling aa 22 oz bottle without a little help.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 23:25:39 | More by AlexJ
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mcallister

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby amber on the pour with orange streaks abound. Head is between off white and tan with a whispy carbonation. Thin, thin lace left behind in a spotty manner.

Very nice nose with a good amount of toasty oak which lends toward vanilla. Full of nutty aromas, dried smyrna figs, red currant, bing cherry, a spicy bite with some alcohol behind.

Mmmmm quite delicious but with slightly too much alcohol in the mouth and chest. Again oak is very toasty and vanilla-fied. Tastes of new american variety. And again fig and nutty flavors at the forefront with the same red currant, and bing cherry. Nice and spicey with a light carbonation that makes this a bit creamy and lively on the palate. I really like the mouthfeel and nothing is overpowering which really helps drinkability. Definitely a sipper but a sipper you can sip for a day. In other words nicely integrated with modest complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 18:19:57 | More by mcallister
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a decent head that diminished rather slowly to nothing. The aroma was of dark malts, dried fruits and some subdued hops. The taste was extremely complex. Dried fruit dancing nicely with a subtle oak flavor. The beer was heavy but not overbearing, excellent alcohol warmth. This was a unique enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 16:53:09 | More by atsprings
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with relatively little depth. Head is a slight dusting on top of the liquid. Many constant upward streams of bubbles keep things fresh. The nose is oak all the way: vanilla fudge bananas, treacle, and a dry/toasted woodiness dominate. The wood treatment has covered up some of the solvent alcohol that plagued the Weyerbacher Quad. On the palate it's very sweet (it's dying for some rich, creamy cheese as a pairing) with a powerful vanilla flavor and some banana notes. The alcohol, while masked in the nose, comes out in force on the palate, providing a big burn. Considering the very active carbonation there's relatively little in the mouthfeel. This is a big, sweet beer best suited for dessert. It's decent but not revelatory.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 00:59:59 | More by geexploitation
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Higravity

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep amber color with a slight white hat of small bubbles. The nose is sugary with some smokiness and an oak earthy presence. The taste is sublime the Quad lifts the tongue in joy and the woody oak which is perfectly tuned here hits the tongue in a long aftertaste. The body belies the gravity of the beer, a sipper for certain as the whole bottle with have you singing songs you don't even like.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 12:09:13 | More by Higravity
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nickss

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 16:31:45 | More by nickss
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Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tier Ale Hse in NYC a few weeks ago and reviewed from notes. Pours cloudy darkish, smoky almond, minor light tan head and leaving a tiny bubble film and fine light lacing. The nose here is boldly of crisp spicing and alcohol. One sip and its obvious that this a strong, heady and complex brew. Notes of currents, rum, brandy, burnt grains, alot going on here, not for the faint of heart/palate, not for quaffing, and not for fans of pissy yellow beer. Fine night capper/late night sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2007 14:14:05 | More by Billolick
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cichief

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

Pours a deep brown, somewhat hazy, with a big, light-brown head. Smells very spicy, yeasty, with hints of ripe fruit. Taste is very powerful, yeast, spice, raisins, and a lot of alcohol, too much alcohol. Very sweet. It is medium on the tongue, with a dryish finish. The alcohol burn makes this less drinkable than I would prefer, but all in all an occassional treat.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2007 03:21:42 | More by cichief
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy and carbonated orangey brownish amber. Two fingers of tight light beige head are quite longstanding. Splatters of lacing Pollock the inside of the glass.

The aroma is rife with deeply sweet toasted malt, carrying black cherry, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, and bread crust. Minty alcohol wraps around a spicy yeast ester-flow and a fine mist of wood smoke.

Upon sipping, with due emphasis on SIPPING, the cloyingly sweet sugar syrup malt is fruity with dark cherry and earthy with leather and a lesser spray of mature oak. A general yeasty spiciness bows before a searing tongue of demon alcohol. Hard pretzel baked dough precedes a candy sugar replay. The finish is long, lip-smacking, and ultimately green-apple crisp. This is one tasty head-swimmer.

Full bodied, it's thick, rich, and treacly with just a bit of fizzy bite on the palate.

The oak aging seems to take a little roast edge off the standard issue Quad. So it's just different enough to be new and still comfortably old. The ABV raises a rambunctious red alert, and only a simpleton would disregard the high-temp warning. Even so, finishing the bottle could carry consequences. And yet, in spite of this, I did enjoy it, and even if one bottle, or less, is the limit, it does leave a good impression in the end.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 17:39:30 | More by Foxman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. I was trying to compare this to Quad, and found this one a little more interesting. It had a dark amber color with a thin head. It had a sweet, fruity aroma, with a vinous character. An explosion of taste. Fruity, some chocolate, yeasty, and wine. I thought it was very smooth and mellow. However, I don't think I'd drink this and Quad together in one sitting again. Next time, Blasphemy alone.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 22:03:58 | More by lordofthewiens
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.