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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 352
Hads: 861
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 63
Gots: 175 | 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: 352 | Hads: 861
Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of cichief
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  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. (1,307 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of Contra
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of WAP
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.94/5  rDev +26.7%
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. (1,884 characters)

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.68/5  rDev +20%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of NJBeerguy
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the hits just keep on coming form this brewery that stays on style while trying to be different. Blasphemy is a BIG beer that has great drink ability even at this young age. I'm still excited about the possibilities of this beer as it ages. The 11.8% ABV does not hide itself, it attacks your tongue, throat, and senses right off the bat. When held to the light, it shows to be a beautiful light red color. The pour for me was into a large goblet that produced a fine off- white head. The early flavor is all candy sugar with a hint of vanilla. The flavors are clean leaving a light aftertaste that fades to a fruity finish. The glass is coated with the oils and tannins with each sip. Mouthfeel seem perfect for the style. Drink this bad boy with care for the alcohol can and will get you. This is another one of those beer to add to the collection for future use, some winter night to come when a good book beckons, or to treasure in the distant future as the flavors meld and mature. (991 characters)

Photo of MmmIPA
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt from the Beer Yard for this sample.I have been waiting to try this beer for a while and didnt want to take my bottle from the cellar but thankfully I got another bottle and so heres how it goes...Poured into a wide mouthed wine glass.I didnt have a chalice or the like with me at the time.Im not sure what to expect with this beer.

Light red body with a small white head and not much carbonation bubbles.Head leaves a small white ring.Vanilla,oak?,candi sugar and some berry mabey.and some phenols in my nose.Hard liquor taste,like whiskey.candi sugar,spice and vanilla.Warming sensatio in my chest,fizzy carbonation and a bit creamy from the vanilla I think.One 12 ounce bottle is enough for me.The first sips were a bit out of the ordinary for me.Its not half bad at all.I like it and would recommend it but now to a new craft beer drinkiner or the faint of heart.This brew is also hot, I have one in my cellar and I think a year there will do some good.The oak taste is tasty but overwhelming all in the same.The drinkability would be higher but I started to feel a small buzz off a few sips.Deffinetly SIP THIS! (1,133 characters)

Photo of phisig137
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber copper color, with a one finger head. Pour retention leaves only trace bubbles behind. I swear, I think that Weyerbacher's labels get tackier and worse every time they have a new item... Great beers from these folks, but good lord do that have some ugly labels.

Aroma is chock full of alcohol, sugar, vanilla, and bright fruit.

Flavor is much the same... sticky sweet malt and sugar flavors from front to back, huge vanilla overtones, and a searing alcohol finish. Not incredibly well balanced, but not quite poor either. The alcohol could be a bit more tame, but after the first half glass, you don't notice it as much. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. Drinkability is fairly low.

I do love Weyerbacher, but this one is a little odd. This is better than some of the other wood aged Weyerbachers (like prophecy). I think this may also be the one occasion that this is better than the unoaked version. I'll be curious to see what this does with some age on it... (988 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into a tulip from a 22 oz chilled bottle.

Pours a slightly ruby/honey color with a creamy, tightly-packed eggshell colored 1/2 finger thick head. Clings to glass and sustains well. Aroma is quite interesting: Bananas right away is very prominant, while I also detect some cloves and (is that?) pineapple? Very interesting! A bit of alcohol touches my nose as well. For 12%, aroma is quite mild in respect to the alcohol. Carbonation is light in this full body. Flavor is quite mild at first, with the flavor of plums, bananas, and other tropical fruits (pineapple). However, the alcohol really comes in and wallops my palate killing off much of the flavor. I have a hard time believing this is only 11.8%! A bit of bourbon flavor here, with a drying finish, but not much oak flavor as I expected. Actually, after thinking about it, the finish has a little medicinal flavor that doesn't settle well with me really. I enjoy drinking anything Weyerbacher, but this is definitely a one-bottle sitting brew. Anything more, operating "heavy machinery" is out of the question. ;)

Actually, I prefer the Quad over this, but I still am enjoying this one. Cheers! (1,167 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher- Blasphemy

Appearance- Dark reddish brown with a big thick foamy head.
Smell- Strong tropical fruit. Pinapple, coconut, banana. Light woodsy aroma. Wood chips.
Taste- Very mild with a strong alcohol bite in the end/ aftertaste. The body is comprised of a "malibu" type flavor- coconut, pinapple, cranberry, banana/ cloves. Slight oak wood chip flavor comes through at times.
Mouthfeel- very smooth and mild, almost bland. Finishes off boozey- strong with the alcohol. This is 11.8% but definitely doesn't seem so.

Overall- this might sound like Blasphemy but this beer was a letdown. Just bland and boring. I guess an aged bottle's flavor would kick it up a level or 2. Buy this and age it- thats my take!

sidenote- I "aged", if you can call it that, this beer for 1 whole month!! (804 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Tremendous tasting beer. Chewy dark fruit flavors, with hints of vanilla and a lovely sweetness overall. The oak component is nearly undetectable. It provides an extremely light toasted wood flavor, hints of vanilla, but no bourbon. In fact, I wouldn’t think this was oak aged if they didn’t mention it. Unfortunately, it’s not the most aromatic brew, but it’s still great. Weyerbacher is a really great brewery, imho. (430 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured into my Stoudt's Y2K Ipa Tulip glass. Fleecy but massive head that evolves into a moderate 2 finger head that allows a decent skirt of lace. Brilliant deep garnet with a copious amount of bubbles that rise and settle into a band of pin sized globular bodies. A smooth tan head adorns the liquid resembling frosting.

Aroma - Subdued at first, the smell over overripe bananas and caramelized sugar is evident. Boozy, slightly woody sweetness pervades.

Taste - Estery, creamy and spicy roundness in the first sips leads to a relaxed smooth maltiness. Creamy and syrupy as oak seeps from the nose of this fine ale while it begins to warm. Slightly sour cherry acidity, and somewhat tannic qualities with hints of light brown sugar. A tinge of saltiness is felt along with alcoholic warmth in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Chewy, round, warming booziness. Mellow spiciness with a subtle creamy quality. The alcohol is evident coating the mouth with a sugary dryness. Incredible feel with above average carbonation to match the strength.

Drinkability - A blend of sweetness and booziness dominate this fruity and slightly spicy quad. A subtle woody effect and pleasant mouthfeel allow this strong ale to unleash the vigor and suppleness in equal measure. A very drinkable beer that lets you know it is a contender up front. (1,343 characters)

Photo of scott
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

V.07
Very nice look - medium head that quickly finds resolve. Light perpetual carbonation, with a beautiful deep bloody amber resin-esque look, much like a barleywine/olde ale.
Nose is lacking, but I can't detect 11.8%, so that's a plus. Earth, fruit, bread - with hints of butter & vanilla.
Tongue is lead by the nose - sweet, but not overtly. Smooth, rich appeal, with a nice oak backbone.
At $8/22oz, far from outstanding. As a drink alone, it's just okay. Nothing to gush over, and nothing to run out and get. I was expecting a bit more from this troupe. (562 characters)

Photo of NoLiberty
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: Pours from a 12oz. bottle into a wide bowl-shaped margarita glass. I know, maybe not the best vessel for this beast but it definitely allows for the full body of the beer to waft throughout my face. Rich, coppery and dark; this quad glows from deep within a reddish belly. Head stands up tall and proud, doesn't settle for several minutes and provdes an active lacing through the drink.

Aroma: Big, alcohol, fruity, noxious and sweet. Belgian strong? Triple? Doppel? Oh yeah, BARREL AGED QUADRUPEL!!

Taste: Starts out strong like upripe fruit, slightly tart and bold. Aggressive. Simmers down to enormous raisin. Yup, big. Follows through candy sweet and like an after dinner drink happy.

Mouth: Light and snappy for the size of this beer. Oh damn, it pours over my entire mouth coating everything. Despite drinking a Stoudts Mai Bock, Ommegang Abbey, Anchor Steam Bock, and Arcdia Double IPA this beer holds tough and dominates.

Drink: Hm. It's good. I'd like more. But that's the problem. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a lot of high alcohol beers usually pour with a short and brief-lived head. But this one is different. Nice reddish orange color with a one finger head that lasts several minutes. Mild lacing developed during the session.

Smell: big vanilla, oak, candy sweetness, and alcohol are bold and easy to detect well outside the glass.

Taste: this follows the nose as vanilla, oak, candy sugars, overripe plums, prunes, cherries, and nice bitterness are wrapped in a warming alcohol blanket. Improves as it warms.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish with a long flavorful aftertaste.

Drinkability: definite a slow sipping beer. One bottle was slow to finish on my own, I wish this was in 12 oz bottles. I think this may mellow nicely in the cellar. (783 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brownish copper, mostly clear, with a small cream colored head that fades quickly. Aroma is soft and sweet, like a nice banana custard, some spices and bread, and a dose of alcohol. Taste is at first soft and sweet up front, spiced dessert bread. A slightly tannic oak comes in and mixes into the drying finish along with a major bite of alcohol that is warming and somewhat harsh. Medium to heavy in body, the beer is easily cut through by the large alcohol presence and the dry oak character. I enjoyed this beer, I liked its large bite of alcohol although its richness and strength would prohibit too much. Will definitely like to see if age mellows this or if it thins out. (683 characters)

Photo of cbl2
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

3/19/2007 $6.99 22 oz. 11.80% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a beautiful clear brown with ruby red highlights. Topped by a thin wispy film of tan head that rapidly settles.

Aroma:

Rich heady, overripe dark/tropical fruit. Hints of cherries, figs, raisins with a whiff of alcohol, and just a touch of oak.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Chewy mouthfeel accompanies intense vanilla and oaky flavors alongside a burst of ridiculously hot alcohol. Ripe cherries appear in the finish, but the fruitiness is dominated by the alcohol and a touch of wood.

This ones needs a while to settle down. It's not undrinkable as it is now, but it will definitely improve by some softening, which only age can provide. I picked up a few bottles, and I'll give this one another go next year. (787 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We were told in the tasting room at the brewery that the barrels used to oak age this beer were from Jack Daniels. Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle purchased fresh from the brewery. Poured into a snifter glass. Appears a dark mahogany toned amber with about a finger of fluffy off-white head. Smells of whiskey soaked oak, sweet caramel, and vanilla. Tastes of whiskey soaked cherries, vanilla, candy, crisp fruit and alcohol. Rich and full bodied with nice carbonation. A very warming beer that is certainly a sipper. Well done Weyerbacher. (541 characters)

Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.