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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Photo of tviz33
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz. cork top bottle, served in a tulip.

A- Pours a murky brown body with some orange hues and one finger of off-white head that goes away pretty quickly.

S- Sweet and sour fruitiness. Figs and raisins. Boozy bourbon; maybe just a little too much

T- If you think the nose is boozy, the taste is even more so. The sweetness helps it out, but it doesn't appear to be overly complex or anything out of the ordinary.

M- Full bodied brew and lightly carbonated.

O- I know this beer is almost 12% ABV, but the alcohol isn't hidden too well. This is the only thing preventing this beer from being really good.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this out of a cork caged bottle: the brew pours a dark brown/orange color with a thin, creamy looking head. No real lacing to speak of; low carbonation.

The smell is strong with whiskey, oak, fruit, nuts, vanilla and some caramel. I took a few points off on the smell because the alcohol dominated, just a little too much.

Whew, if you like a boozy, sweet beer then this is for you. Whiskey caramel, brown sugar, nuts, a woody flavor and vanilla. Again the whiskey dominates too much for my tastes but I know there are some who like this quality, if so go for it.

The feel is creamy but intense in the sense that the whiskey leaves a warm tingling in the mouth and throat after swallowing. This brew definitely has a "warming" effect.

Overall this is a strong, boozy and sweet beer. A little to sweet and boozy for my tastes but if you like a beer ages in whiskey barrels this is a good one to try.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and cage bomber. Appearance is dark toffee brown with a thin, quick-receding head. Little to no lace.

Smells like sweet, sweet dark fruit, toffee, raisins and intense red wine. A hint of banana and Belgian spices. There's not really any whiskey on the nose, just a slight whiff of booze that is more reminiscent of strong red wine.

Taste is rich and sweet, and includes vanilla, caramel, fig, prunes, brown sugar, green raisins, apple. There's not much whiskey here either, but there is definitely some nice oak character. There is also nice Belgian yeast character with only the slightest tinge of banana flavor. The yeast is smoothed out by tons of sweet malts, giving it a velvety profile.

Overall this is a very nice beer that's definitely on the sweet side (a lot of quads are too sweet for my taste -- this one is borderline). It could use a stronger whiskey and/or hop presence, but it's still a complex, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy ruby amber with a thin layer of light tan head

S-rum soaked dark fruits, backbone of malts, subtle chocolate, and a nice bourbon booziness

T-similar to the smell with lots of boozey dark fruits, vanilla, lots of bourbon

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, lot of alcohol warming

Overall this is a really big Quad, really boozey. I'd be curious what a little time could do to it.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

First thing that comes to mind is WOW!
This is great it's kind of like a low abv bourbon boilermaker. The bourbon flavors and aromas are extremely prevalent. They mingle well with the Belgian yeasty flavors ones would expect from a quadruple. This is perfect harmony, the hops keep the sweet bourbon flavors in check while the malt is all smooth and graceful. Alcohol is a little strong on the nose but it's well hidden on the tongue. This was only 9$! For a something that is aged 2 years they could easily charge more but they don't! You have to try this if you like beer and you like bourbon.

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Photo of Etan
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml with the new labeling into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky prunish brown with a small beige head. Not a pretty beer by any means.

S: Nose brings sharp raisiny sweetness, buttery whiskey, brown bread, some notes of yeasty clove and nutmeg, a bit of oak.

T: Spike of booze, sherry, fig, moderate tannic whiskey, slight banana, grapes. Some vanilla and cooked sugar notes come out as it warms.

M: Thick-bodied with the appropriate coarse carbonation. Dry tannic feel on the tongue.

O: This beer is boozy as all hell, predictably. Not bad though. Let it warm up.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

75 cl

Pours a hazy apple brown, yellowish head is coarse and dissipates surprisingly quickly to a bit of lacing.

Smells of apples, coriander, citrus, caramel, cloves, and bready malts like pie crust.

Flavor is of rich whiskey and apple with some spice notes and some darker fruit sweetness in the range of figs. Additionally, there is some citrus tartness and a mild floral hop bitterness.

Fuller body with sharp tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth and a slight booze numbness followed by a bit of warmth going down.

A real powerhouse quad, pretty good but not fantastic. Definitely worth trying and Weyerbacher rarely disappoints, but there are some other Quads I'd take before this and definitely other offerings from Weyerbacher I'd go for. But I will enjoy finish this one.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark reddish color (nice when held up to the light) with a thin head of khaki foam. The aroma is really nice with big notes of plum, raisin, cinnamon, vanilla, wood and bourbon. Very inviting. The flavor is very sweet with sugar, plums, alcohol, caramel, wood and a lot of vanilla in the finish. Warming and fruity with some cinnamon, but a bit too sweet in the finish for my tastes.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with a thin white head.

Smells-Vanilla, caramel,bourbon.

Tastes- The bourbon flavor was a bit over powering. But once the alcohol flavor faded a bit there is some brown sugar/vanilla sweetness that saves the beer from being to boozy.

MF-Very boozy beer with little to no carbonation.

Overall-Better than most beer with such a high ABV. The sweetness manages to prevent it from being too overwhelming but I will probably stick to Tripels and Dubbels in the future.

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours much like a brown ale, dark amber with a two finger head, clear.

Smell is oak and vanilla, sweet molasses, and Belgian Candi Sugar.

Taste is fruity, fig, vanilla, date and prune, bit of Bourbon and alcohol, very sweet almost tropical finish.

Really great Quad.

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Photo of drpimento
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured on the warm side too long out of the fridge with a smallish, somewhat fizzy, tan head and no lace. Color is a clear orange amber brown with no bubble trails. Aroma is malt, sherry, dark ripe fruit, with a little oak and vanilla. Flavor's much like nose with sweet front and center, tapered with some bitter and a tiny bit of tang. Body is good, full and round, true to style, but carbonation is a little soft. Finish is like flavor, lingering, and has no off characteristics although the alcohol give only the barest hint of the power. Good beer, but a little does go for a distance.

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Photo of dar482
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a copper, ruby color without much of ahead.

The aroma has some booze in the back with some brown sugar, molasses, spiciness, and a bit of dark fruit.

The flavor is different. Booze follows with some woodiness, brown sugar, toffee, and some toasty malt. There's some cherries, vanilla, spice, rum soaked raisin. Not much of a deep sweet fruit flavor from quads.

It's a boozy beer with a bit of caramel. It's not deep in its flavor with low carbonation. It almost tastes like a barrel aged doppelbock if anything. Definitely a sipper and lacks sweetness.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a "do-over" from the 3-13 review. This is a 2013 cork & cage version.

A - Pours a dark ruby copper color with a generous one fingered head initially and dies down very quickly to leave nothing on top.

S - Belgian candy spice, bourbon, caramel, figs, bready, and yeasty.

T - Very sweet with an assertive amount of bourbon, warming, and alcohol effervescence. Belgian candy sugar & spice, sweet toffee, figs, raisins, a slight hint of brown sugar.

M - Very thick for a quad with a full, slick feeling body and light carbonation.

O - Big and boozy but far superior to the 12 oz capped bottle being much richer and more flavorful.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: into a goblet, center-pour produced a dark amber brown ale with a finger of tan foam for head. No lacing.

S: ripe dark fruits and boozy whiskey barrels, some hints of spices and molasses

T: fruity sugars and caramel toffee, oak and whiskey, holiday dessert spices and candy apples; woodsy

M: rather thin-bodied, no perceptible abv, smooth, very slight coating effect, just a touch of stickiness

O: having had their "Quad" quadrupel, I find this to be very similar, but with the additional of barrel aging, which produces that tell-tale whiskey barrel flavor overlay - certainly serves the beer well - a bit better than their Quad, but again, I find the beer to be good, but without the benefit of anything to really demand your attention.

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Photo of tspadoni
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I’m drinking the whiskey barrel aged Blasphemy. I don’t know if there’s any other version, I just want to make note of that.
A: Dark Reddish-Brown color with a light brown head that quickly dissipates.
S: Dark fruit aroma possibly from some dark caramel malt. A strong whiskey/alcohol aroma comes through as well. I’m also detecting some spiciness
T: Predominantly whiskey flavor with dark fruit and oaky qualities. Very slight residual bitterness (very, very slight) with a more prevalent sweet after-taste
M: Very nice and smooth, medium bodied with a warming sensation from the alcohol content
O: I really enjoyed this beer. It’s not like any quad I’ve ever had. This reminds me of sipping a class of scotch. Definitely to be enjoyed slowly with some friends.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is really, really good. For starters, you pop the cork (well maybe, this cork broke off halfway, leaving me wondering if I will enjoy this beer this AM. And a little frustrated, damn corks. OK, no worries, I got the other 1/2 and it just pops. Big aroma of whiskey, oak, vanilla, butterscotch. Yes butterscotch, delicious.

Nice appearance. Opaque, murky, wonderful brown. Aroma? Yes this has it, previously mentioned. Insane, lovely whiskey, like the Crown Royal I've been sipping on since Christmas. Taste, yes it's got that too, fruits, whiskey, vanilla, oak, wood, sweets, apples, pears and cherries with a wonderful, exquisite bitter tart finish with more sweetness. Like a Slam Dunkel on steriods. Probably why I like this beer so much, the recently retired Dunkel was always a favorite. I will seek this one out again, as in today, its pretty damn good, at a great price for barrel aged deliciousness. Weyerbacher killing it, as always.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a an off white head that recedes quickly

S: Banana, concord grapes, plum, fig, blackberry, currant, mixed with a strong oaky whisky sort of ether

T: Almost bittersweet dark fruit, as if the dark fruits were drained of their sugary flesh and sun-dried. Figs, plums, dark berries, all dried out up front, with a hint of sweetness in the middle that's quickly followed by a dry, oaky, woody whisky finish

O: This is a great interpretation of the style, but I much prefer a straight up quad to one thats been aged in bourbon/whiskey/scotch barrels

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Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany brown with a gorgeous, bready, thick head and okay lacing

S: Sweet caramel malts with lots of dark fruits and some boozy whiskey and oak undertones

T: Very balanced, big, boozy beer; sweet up front but balanced by a dry slightly bitter finish: the bready malts and dark fruits play well of of each other (cherries, dates, raisins, plums)

F: Quite creamy; medium body

O: A boozy but not overpowering beer--I wish there was more of a barrel presence but it's a really nice beer nonetheless

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - towards the red end of reddish brown, wells up a big brown head that fades to a thin single layer of bubbles swiftly, small amounts of both carbonation and sediment

S - a big bit of alcohol straight up front, which fades into dark fruits and grapeskins quickly, dark fruits like plums or prunes

T - sweet malts, dark fruits, and vanilla and toffee sweetness followed up with an alcohol boozy burn

M&D&O - too much burn for a high mouthfeel score, some decent fruits and sweet malts underneath the 11.8%. gets better as it warms in my glass. Though maybe I put too much age on this one, but I think its ok quality wise, a decent quad, but won't compare to the European versions of course, but apporaching benchmark for American versions.

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Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Limited to no head... Nothing much more that a quickly fading thin veil of rich off white lacing... All that is left is a thin to moderate collar... The color is a slightly warm caramel brown... Some suspended sediment... Mostly still with just a couple of stray sluggish carbonation bubbles...

S - The booziness is at the forefront... There is also an unexpected tannin quality... Caramel... Raisins... Assorted other dark fruits... Dark breads... Brown sugar... Decent complexity, but the booziness is a bit too heavy handed throughout...

T - The booze and more so the heat from the booze dominate the palate and distract from the rest of the flavors... Lying beneath the surface is some caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisins, and dark fruit... Sadly, it's a bit of a muddled mess in which the heat of the bourbon barrel is somewhat unpleasant and serves as a distraction... Evens out a bit more as it warms, but still a disappointment overall...

M -Teetering between medium and full bodied... Sleek, smooth and rather robust... A bit of prickly carbonation... The heat of the booze is undeniable...

D - This one sat in the cellar for close to a year, but this one has a bit too much heat... Bourbon barrel aging can either add nuance or overpower and distract from the rest of the beer... Unfortunately it serves as a big distraction and creates a lot of unpleasant noise for an otherwise solid offering... I'll take the standard version (Weyerbacher Quad) any day of the week...

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Still had the old bottle with the raven; I bought it late this summer in Philly.

Tawny purplish brown body, fine white head that retains well and laces a bit.

Nose had an initial whiff of pear that was really nice, but that dissipated, and the remainder isn't as great, and a little boozy. In fairness, this is about as warm as this beer would ever be served (maybe 60F).

Even slightly above cellar temperature, this is really lush. Drips with pear, plum and plenty of sweet dates. Hints of caramel and oak. Mellowed but balanced, and doesn't taste as boozy as it might have, in spite of the temperature. Reminiscent of Madeira. I get 'barrel aged' maybe, but not super bourbony, which is probably a good thing.

Unfortunately, this is pretty unctuous and syrupy-- really clings to your mouth and you'll want a glass of water with this one.

About as nice a bourbon barrel quad as you might ever ask for (Hardywood Park Bourbon Cru, anyone)? Really outstanding.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber a clear dark amber color with a pillowy off white head that is an inch high. Great lacing on the glass as you drink.

S: Sweet roasted malt and bready malt aromas with candy sugar and bourbon aromas. Hops are a gentle floral bouquet.

T: Very complex blend of sweet aromatic malt, candy sugar, bourbon, and a wonderful belgian yeast strain imparting flavors of vanilla, and spice.

M: Smooth, velvety medium body with a noticeable but well hidden alcohol strength. Light smooth carbonation.

O: Well done beer and one of my favorites of the year so far it can stand up to a good belgian quad. It will also please your palate now or stand up to some good cellaring for later.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange, almost ruby, not much carbonation, half a finger head.

S-Alcohol, some darker fruits and plums.

T-Dark fruits, some alcohol, wood no bitterness, poor balance.

M-Light, not much carbonation at all and a tad watery.

O-Poor balance, alcohol head, this beer was not that good, and it had been aged for a few months. Was expecting better.

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

Caged and corked bottle, served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a copper-red, a bit of sediment, good amount of off white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing

S - good amount of belgian yeast, sour cherry notes, at the end some alcohol on the nose

T - up front the sour cherries and yeast, followed by caramel and raisins

M - Not too thick, good amont of carbonation, but a bit heavy on the booze

O - I don't drink too many Quads, but this was pretty good. Maybe a bit hot with the alcohol, but other than that, I enjoyed the complexities of this beer.

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into some Lost Abbey stemware.

Rust-colored and hazy. One finger of gloppy, off-white froth. Very sticky and retentive.

In the nose: Caramelized figs, maple syrup. Brandy, brown sugar. Nice and sweet. Rich.

Booze affects the flavor a little more than the nose. Fermented dates and figs, a little maple, brown sugar, a finish of toasted bread. Touch of tangy fig in the front. Alcohol fumes float through the nose.

Gentle nudges of carbonation in a viscous medium body. Nice and syrupy. Silky carbonation gives it a feeling like whipped cream.

Very nice. A touch too much booze, but great flavor. Nice and sugary, true to style.

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