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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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88
very good

759 Ratings
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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 50
Gots: 131 | FT: 8
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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Photo of Infamous7100
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, nearly transparent brownish, carmel color. A nice tan head develops. Minimal lacing.
S: Muted. Hints of sweet malts and bread. Slightly fruity.
T: very sweet. Bready, sugary malts accompanied by dark fruits. Kind of like a sweet wine. Pretty good, perhaps a bit too sweet.
M: Creamy, low to medium carbonation. A warming, boozy hang that is sweet, but pleasant.
O: This is a tasty brew, although it reminds me of a barley wine more than a quad. I think it needs a little more to balance the sweetness. This is a sipper, for sure. Give it a go.

Infamous7100, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A: Hazy reddish gold-brown, with a 1/2 finger white head. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Boozy aromas dominate, with dark fruit (figs), and brown sugar.

T: Booze, oak, caramel malts. It gets more sweet in the middle, accompanied by more booze. It does have a bit of a dry finish that persists after swallow.

M: Nice weight to mouthfeel, and more carbonation sensation than expected from appearance. This certainly seems alcohol-forward, even for the ABV.

O: This was a decent beer - a sipper, to be sure. But I wouldn't pick it up all the time. Definitely not overly impressed.

macrosmatic, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

ABokononist, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle, bottled 051712, best by 051717

A: Pours a light mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that is gone within minutes

S: Pungent cherries and other dark fruits along with candied sugar, slight oak, alcohol, and malts

T: Follows the nose, with the dark fruits and malts taking full charge. Oak and vanilla take a back seat, but make themselves known along with the alcohol, which is surprisingly subdued for nearly 12%. Sweet, but not overly so. Impressive

M: Moderate-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation

O: A solid example of an American-brewed barrel-aged quad. The barrel merely compliments the solid base beer. A nice sipper, and one that should age very nicely

BEERMILER12, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Arenbeer
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a goblet glass

Served at cellar temperature and no date on bottle

A- Pours a really nice copper orange brown with 2 fingers of white head that don't stick around leaving a really tight bubbled rim around the edges of the glass. Nice lacing and legs for days.

S- First thing that hits me is the spiciness from the belgian yeast that gives off beautiful clove and mild banana notes but is quickly taken over by the barrel character in a good way. Tons of bourbon and vanilla with a slight boozy alcohol note that is very well rounded and blends in with the overall aroma and creates a spiciness to it. This beer has a lot of subtle notes to it as well like dark fruits, dark candy sugars, and maybe some molasses.

T- Man I love this beer. It's so well balanced in the super complex array of flavors it has. To start off the base beer comes through once again right away with that classic american belgian quad taste that I love. Tons of dark fruits and belgian candy sugars followed by a bunch of strong belgian yeast esters like banana and clove. After it goes farther down the throat the after taste brings out a strong punch of delicious bourbon with hints of oak, vanilla, spice, and a almost char like finish which can also come from possible roasted grains in this beer. With so many flavors coming through you would think this beer would be a mess or the bourbon would take over but it's so well done and aged perfectly creating a great easy drinking Quad. The alcohol is barely noticeable and definitely sneaks up on you. A genuine sipper

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a really nice smooth finish that's leaves you wanting more.

Overall if you get a chance I say grab this beer. If you were to ask me I would rank this up there with Firestone Walker and their big barrel aged beer like Parabola and Abacus. It's that good! The only mark I give against it is the color, I feel being a Quad it should be a little darker especially when comparing it to the real Belgian ones.

Skål!

Arenbeer, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of steve8robin
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

steve8robin, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of tmiceli23
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber color, no lacing, no head, hazy whole way through.

S- Booze right off the bat, the bourbon really comes through in the smell. Notes of carmel, sweet malts come through, little to no hop presence.

M- Rich, full bodied, good carbonation.

T- Matches the nose, booze is very strong, even stronger with the bourbon. As it warms up the rest of the malt notes come through. Notes of cherry and malt cut through the bourbon.

Overall- One of my favorite bourbon barrel aged beers. Putting a few away for aging. Should get better with time, another great beer for wheyerbacher.

tmiceli23, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of cld253
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

cld253, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
4/5  rDev +1.8%

TonyTalon, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

atone315, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of phishgator
2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip glass. Solid copper color with a decent two finger head. Fusel alcohols and belgian sugar in the nose. The favor is too sweet; there are a bunch of unfemented sugars in there. A sipper to say the least. Big malt body and little to no hop pressence. carbonation is fine for the style, but I would compare it to an old ale or old stock ale more than a quad. Not a friend of this brew.

phishgator, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: inviting hazy copper. Looks like liquid candy.
Smell: not a lot of depth but very nice bready, fruity, sweetness.
Taste: Wow, that's nice and from the reviews, quite surprising. Gotta wonder if I'm drinking the same beer. This is a work of art. Smooth (for an 11+% ), mellow even. All the notes from the nose within being overly sweet.
Overall: a big pleasant surprise. I expected a passable quad. Very nice.

cindyjeffsmith, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

spring 2012 version purchased at the RT 8 Giant Eagle for only 8 bucks.

A - Damn for almost 12 percent I got almost two inches of head that doesn't seem too fizzy which is a good start. Color is a dark amber brown but clear.

S - Smell is also very pungent I get strong oak tones, caramel like sweetness, and also some dark fruit. Little to no solvent alcohol smell which is also good.

T - Like others said the ABV is well masked and you get some raisin/fig like taste but the star is the sweet caramel like toffee sweetness that brings the whole thing together. Not sure where people are actually getting any heat from this since I got no warming feeling or burn on the palate just sweet fruit and oak. It's quite good.

M - Syrup like consistency yet has bubbly consistency to easily roll on the palate. Quite good.

Overall I really like this beer. Sure it doesn't have a ton of dark fruit character but it is a great high ABV quite that hides it quite well. Worth a try.

DrDemento456, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Snellgg5
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Snellgg5, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of rkasten1
4/5  rDev +1.8%

rkasten1, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +1.8%

ohtheguilt, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Pahn
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily. Pours a hazy chestnut and leaves decent slopes of lacing.

Smell: Tangy, somewhat banana-like Belgian yeast. With a little time, some big vanilla oak aromas begin underpinning the Belgian yeast. With more time, the smell is dominated by floral alcohol, with vanilla oak and spicy yeast in the background.

Taste: Oaky up front, then some bland quad flavors, then very oaky in the finish. Punch in the chest alcohol heat.

Wow, what a heavyhanded beer. BAM oak, some raisiny/spicy (good but unexciting) quad flavors, BAM oak again, HEAVYBAM alcohol heat (with some extreme sweetness underneath the heat).

This beer is kind of ridiculous, but it tastes good. My only outright complaint is that the quad flavors in the middle can be a little apple juicy at times. Other than that, it's just not particularly well done--yet really delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy. Moderate carbonation. Hot as hell. The time in barrels has done it well; hasn't lost its carbonation, and has gotten silkier.

Overall: To be honest, I love this beer. It gets right to the point: oak and booze. Not to mention the excellent price: $8 for 750ml of barrel aged, drinkable beer is an incredible value at the moment.

While it's no Insanity (I would say Weyerbacher proved themselves barrel aging masters with the recent Insanity batch, of which I've bought about a case already and will buy more until it disappears from stores), it's a tasty beer at a great price.

Pahn, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky russet tone while yielding a 3/4" beige head that lapses into a thin cap, collar around the glass; moderate lace. nose is somewhat unexciting with notes of raisin and artificial cherry jumping out, also some caramel and candi sugar.

flavor is decidedly sweet although doesn't get to the cloying realm; malty with dark fruit and candi sugar flanked by bourbon undertones. some oak and a distinct alcohol showing, notably in the finish. yeast and a little spice evident... medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this one is decent. i'm enjoying it although i'm by no means wow-ed. worth a try. as a sidebar, it's getting to the point where to me there should be two separate styles: belgian and/or trappist quad vs. american/elsewhere. there are some tasty renditions within the latter category but i've yet to find anything that can approach the powerhouses that reside under the banner of the former.

BostonHops, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of HamGlade10
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

HamGlade10, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of morningthief
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

morningthief, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

O: Pretty decent American Quad actually.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -23.7%

leschkie, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new bottle stood out to me on the shelf. Reviewed from notes.

A- Slightly cloudy dark body with a light tan head. Foamy, fine bubbled cap has decent retention. Good pillow and ring leave thick spotty lace.

S- Fairly bourbon forward here with nice fresh oak, vanilla and subdued whiskey hints. Some banana and raisin but good smooth barrel influence.

T- Yeast moves into the spotlight here. Spiced raisins, banana and clove esters, general Belgian yeast spice work well with oak, vanilla and whiskey. Some cherry and apple fruit hints as well.

MF- Oily thick body with warming from alcohol. Lower end carbonation finishes slightly spicy.

A nice Quad flavor blends smoothly with whiskey barrels.

cbutova, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chico1985, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of baybum
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

baybum, Jun 18, 2012
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.