Blasphemy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Ego on 03-10-2007

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Reviews: 365 | Ratings: 921
Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of joeskirkie
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of nriech
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of MaoZ49
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of atsprings
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Higravity
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of nickss
4.02/5  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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of cichief
3.52/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap the other day at Mahaffey's.

The beer pours a very good looking darkish brown color. Very impressive looking beer with excellent head retention and good lacing. The nose is not huge, but one gets a sense of sweet spices and oak on the nose. On the palate this beer is quite sweet with candy, cherries, vanilla, chocolate, licorise and raisens. The alcohol is pretty noticeable in this one, making it not the most drinkable of beers. Definitely a sipper, but a good beer for all that. The beer finishes moderately well; sweet with a bit of crispness/dryness at the end. A very good beer from Weyerbacher, albeit not the easiest beer to drink given the high abv.

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Photo of Contra
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, Weyerbacher took their Quad and aged it in oak barrels, making a fuller line of aged beers. Personally, I find Insanity & Heresy to be fantastic, but that Prophecy needs work, despite being a quality beer. This is my first tasting of Blasphemy.

22oz bottle, served in a goblet.

Like the normal Quad, it pours out like maple syrup. Deep color, minimal head. The aroma is not too strong when I sniffed it, but it does give a good hint at what it tastes like - that being dates, molasses, bourbon, and for a second, coco-butter. The closet thing I can compare it to is if the matching characteristics of a Tripel and a Barelywine were blended. Each sip is incredibly strong, not with alcohol, but the flavors masking the alcohol. Still, it's pretty easy to tell it is high in alcohol percentage. The sweetness, oddly enough, does not leave the mouth feeling dry, which is fortunate. Some might find it a bit thick, but that's really what to look for in this style. "Drinkability" is always a rough category on thick beers like this. Taking this into consideration, it turns out fairly well compared to similar beers.

Overall, I highly recommend it if you like the style. Quads, on their own, are a bit of an acquired taste, so I think the same can be said about Blasphemy.

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Photo of WAP
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an gorgeous ruby-orange with more a 1 finger head that leaves a few leaves of lacing. The smell on this one is wonderful - candied sugars, vanilla, a hint of the oak. The taste on this one is raw -- nice dark fruit, brown sugar, followed by a nice smooth oak back and a pronounced, borderline unpleasant, alcohol bite. My bet would be that this one will be very tasty if cellared for a while to mellow out the alcohol bite. Still, this one exhibits nice flavor complexity is quite enjoyable. I'll probably go back and buy a few bottles to hide for a while.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Florian's. Tramslucent copper-brown body with under a half inch of off-white head. Banana and woodiness dominate the aroma. Wood, banana, and spice all play prominent roles in the flavor. Lighter-bodied. Little carbonation to speak of. A pretty decent beer - more mellow and drinkable than its non-barrel-aged cousin.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a smallish just off-white head that melts quickly to a small ring.
Aroma is strongly oak and alcohol, alcohol and oak, with a hint of Belgium yeasts and a breath of banana.
Whoa! There are many, many things going on in the flavor. This one needs 6 months to a year to balance itself out and behave.
Sweet candy sugars, vanilla, brown sugar, oak and whisky...maybe a little rum, more Belgium candy, dark fruits, and lots of alcohol.
I can't seem to stop smelling this brew...it's wild .
I want to try this one after it has cellared a while. Right now it is very hot.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber. 1/2" khaki colored head rises and fall rather quickly. It's not the type of head I've come to expect from Begian styled beers. Sticky spotted lacing.
Aroma is boozy. Burbon. Oak is faint in the nose.
The flavor is rich and complex. The oak aging certainly adds to the flavor. Hints of vanilla, dates, and sugar. All with a strong whisky like backbone. This is one huge tasting beer.
The mouthfeel is excellent and imo is what really makes the beer. Rich and full with some alcohol burning and warming. Yet smooth in a wierd sort of way.
This one is definately a sipper. Eventhough the alcohol is what gives it the character it has, it's still not easily quaffable. I had touble finishing my 12oz bottle.
I can thank the Florida Gators for this one.

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Photo of asabreed
4.94/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: A dark amber as the quad would probably be, with not the best head retention but some globs of lacing all over the place, and a relentless off-white ring on the out edges right above the body of the brew.

Smell: Oak, vanilla (and bourbon), plum, bananas, cream, raisins, bread crust, molasses, a bit of sherry, sour cherries, woodsmoke, slight charcoal, some orange (and maybe tangerine), and so much more. Wow.

Taste: I love what's going on here, and to me it deserves a perfect rating. Not sure how or why the pineapple's so much at the forefront as far as the fruits go, but it is. Back behind that is the oak, a bit of bourbon and vanilla extract, maple, caramel, heavy cream, angel food cake, sugar cookies, citrus (especially coming together at the finish), bacterial earthiness, heavy bread crust, sherry, slight molasses, slight tobacco, and more. This is extremely complex, and in this case the meld of the quad with the oak's extracting a lot, and instead of making it disparate and challenging to the palate, it reveals itself more slowly as it warms, with the complexity becoming more and more evident.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, sticky, coating (all in a fantastic way), with enough carbonation to make this a sipper that lets you know it's a sipper, and one I'd treat more like a whiskey than most beers.

Drinkability: For me this is second to how amazing Insanity is (which continues to be one of my favorites). And I say that especially after really not being a big fan of Eleven at all (here's high hopes for twelve, though). The barrel aging for Weyerbacher continues to be a great experiment, and one I'll certainly continue to look forward to. I'm a huge fan of the quad by itself, but this is just beyond amazing. I'm so glad they continue to be ballsy and not only be experimental, but make great beer while doing it.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh yeah, found a new fave. Pours dark brown, looks a bit like a brown ale, very little head. Smells sweet, way to sweet. However the taste, oh yeah how to describe. Quite sweet but balanced with the high alcohol level, sweetness is like figs, strange artifical sweetner, alcohol and spices. This combo just works and it is damn delicious. Overall this is a very serious nightcap sipping beer. I have to get more of this, love it, highly recommended.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.