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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 52
Gots: 145 | FT: 7
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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 bkilpatr
2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/01/08.

Pours an orange amber color with about one finger of soft beige head. The head disappeared quickly and left no lacing. Aroma is mostly vanilla and whiskey. Not very quadruple-y in the aroma, the oak aging seems to have dominated the aroma.

The taste is very similar to the aroma. Whiskey, oak, vanilla, and alcohol are the primary flavors. The flavors that used to make up this quadruple are nearly indistinguishable. Usually oak aging will retain some qualities of the original beer while introducing subtle new flavors, but all I get from this is a whiskey/vanilla flavor.

Feel is thick and syrupy, low-medium carbonation. Drinkability is alright, considering the flavor profile. The alcohol is very present, and there is a lot of it.

This doesn't taste like an oak aged quadruple, it just tastes like whiskey and oak. It's disappointing that something which should have complex flavor profiles has been reduced to what it is. I really can't recommend this. If anything, try the original quadruple.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark ruby red color, with a thin fizzy white head that left no lacing.

S: a nice dark caramel aroma with some cherries and raisins. There was also some noticeable alcohol (burbon) and oaky-vanilla hints.

T: The initial flavor yielded huge oaky/burbon flavor with a smooth tartness. Dried fruit, (raisins, plums) and fresh baked bread, and oaky-vanilla tones round out the flavor. I thought the alcohol was fairly well hidden for 11.8% abv, noticeable, yet was smooth and less potent then one would imagine leaving only a minimal calling card behind on the swallow. Finishes dry with spicy dried fruit (cherries).

M: full bodied, syrupy with oaky-alcohol and a light carbonation.

D: Great oak character compliment and adds to their already very good Quad beer. Very much worth a try. A great sipping quad that lives up to is name the next morning if you drink to many of these the night before.

Photo of yourunclewalt
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured slowly into Brandy Snifter. Deep ruby read body with minimally lasting caramel head receding quickly to similarly bodied lace. No carbonation visible in the thick, opaque body.

S - Very fruity, with a strikingly malted backbone (caramels). Fruits are mostly grapes on inspection, and while the body isn't quite there, the smell is something akin to a sweet red wine.

M - Syrupy with a dissipating, frothy back. Surprisingly full for the luminosity of the body.

T - Did I say sweet? I meant Dry. This has all the candied malts you'd expect from a Quad with the flagrant tastes of a fairly dry red wine; so much so that my beer-hating, wine-loving girlfriend, upon tasting, remarked that she liked it and "had never had a beer like this before." That said, it isn't all roses. The alcohol bite is pronounced near the end, and the malts tend to dominate the subtler citrus notes. As for the oak? My palate may not be sensitive enough, but I don't detect much of a peaty, or oaky, flavor whatsoever.

D - An exceptional brew for the wine lover in you, though as a Belgian, it's only good.

Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Joey R. This came from the first bottling of this brew.

A: Pours a nice light bright amber red hue with a nice bubbly head. Good retention and some lace noted.

S: Tons of bourbon to start. Lots of booze, oak and vanilla. Beneath the barrel lies some dark fruit and molasses.

T: Flavor is big on the bourbon. Tons of booze and oak up front. The dark fruit does come thru as does caramelized brown sugar. Lots more bourbon burn in the finish with a touch of the vanilla showing thru.

M: Full in body with nice carbonation.

D: To be sipped slowly.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass chalice:

Pours reddish copper with a thin head that immediately becomes a thin swirl with active carbonation in the center. Some vanishing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of caramel, a general fruitiness, alcohol and some oak. The oak part doesn't come out quite as clearly as in the other two of this series I've had (Heresy and Insanity). Still, it is a pleasant, more subtle, aroma.

The taste is of caramel, sweet general fruitiness (banana/strawberry?) Woody oak with some whiskey notes. Oddish finish - sometimes drier, sometimes sweeter, always boozy, and a bit raw.

Soft carbonation with a body that is just about medium. A bit tongue-numbing, with lingering heat.

A boozy sipper here. The bourbon didn't really make that great of an impression on me, relatively speaking. The "quad" aspect was fine, though didn't really nail the style. A bit of an awkward combo here. Not as impressed with this one as with the other two of the series I've had. Still, in all, it's a fair enough attempt, and certainly worth trying.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nut brown with little to no head.

Smells of oak and alcohol.

The oak taste has a lot of influence on the over all flavor, really adds a whiskey-like taste to the beer that I can't say I was overly fond of.

The alcohol is heavy in this, not at all camoflauged. I think it added a few hairs to my chest.

It was okay. I had no desire to have another one, and I doubt I would seek this one out or recommend it to anyone. I wouldn't steer anyone away from this, but nor would I talk it up.

Photo of jim102864
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Chimay goblet and poured from a bomber bottle, this 11.8% brew pours bourbon in color with a brandy tint. No head and zero carbonation. The nose was mild but vanilla notes were there but little else. The taste spoke of caramel,bourbon notes, vanilla and slightly sugary. Mouthfeel was boozy, and quite warming in the finish. This is very much a creeper as to alcohol as it hides from the taste, but also a pleasant brew. A quad? Yes, deceptive though it may be since it's about an inch away from a barleywine too. Nice effort from Weyerbacher.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is not to be f#$%ed around with, to put it blasphemously. Pours a dark amber with a prune-ish tint, and a couple fingers of head that settle in a ring around the rim of my snifter. There's a sharp blast of booze in the nostrils comprised of bourbon, vanilla extract, banana and some raisin, though not as much as the Quad, it's close cousin.

Even more bourbon in the flavor, and while it's hard to cut through the booziness, some of the raisin and fruity esters present themselves on the sides of the tongue. Although only .6% higher in abv than the Quad, this is a whole different ballgame due to the sharpness of the alcohol. Make sure you're not going anywhere for a while; this is one of few beers I would recommend sharing your bomber with a friend. Acidic on the throat and heavy in the stomach, it's not something you'll probably need or want seconds of. That said, I'm always a fan of extremes, and this one certainly fits the bill.

Photo of thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely a sipper!!! Beer poured dark amber with a nice sized head. Aroma of bourbon abounds, and gets stronger as the beer gets to room temp. Can't gulp this one, too stong. Could be a dessert sipper. I plan on getting to Weyerbacher to taste this baby out of the tap for sure!

Photo of pershan
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a clear, dark amber with a thick, almond head into a pint glass. The aroma was of Bourbon and candy sugar. The initial taste was of sweet malt/candy sugar, immediately smothered by an enormous Bourbon-infused, alcoholic component - no attempt to mask the 11.8% ABV. Definitely a sipping beer, and would benefit from a larger malt presence to counteract the alcoholic esters.

Photo of mhewes
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice dark copper color with a little head

S : Strong oaky smell with some vanilla hints

T : Starts off with a ripe fruit flavor. Has a lot of oaky flavor to it. It also has hints of vanilla and brown sugar. You can definitely taste the alcohol

M : Rich and heavy which works perfectly

D : Definitely a sipper. I could see aging this one would help mellow out the alcohol heat

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Roughly a year old, stored in my refrigerator pretty much by accident, just discovered it hiding in the back.

A: Light mahogany, cherry-like liquid with an off white head that dissipates to a thick ring of film, not much lacing. Slow pour still resulted in a lot of sediment in the glass.
S: Very strong, sweet and slightly sour smell. Green apple and honey are most prominent aromas. Other spices like cinnamon are also present and obviously still a lot of alcohol, even a year later, present.
T: Full body, very thick and smooth on the tongue with a light, but active carbonation. After aging for a year, the alcohol is much more tolerable in this, but still very present. Sweeter than most other quads, very strong honey, sweet spice presence. As other reviews have said, this is a different beer than quad, not just an oak aged version. The oak aging adds a rum like, alcohol presence to Quad. I'm usually quick to fault Weyerbacher beers for having a samey, boozy, house yeast taste, but after aging this for a year, it rises above that stereotype for me. I still prefer Quad to this, but I highly recommend trying this beer for a different take on this style (but if you find a bottle, you should probably let this sit for awhile).

Photo of beavers
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been holding onto this one for almost a year now, and I'm ready to try before it ages any longer. 22 oz. poured into a Chimay glass (I never use this glass...and I have three of them). I have never tried the Quad (non oak aged version of this brew) by the way..

A: Pours a cherry mahogany with a finger of tan head. An impressive whirl of carbonation when held up to light. Leaves a covering that looks like a lot of other big belgians.

S: Powerful oak aroma as well as sweet yeasty sourdough, with notes of cinnamon and a faint alcohol presence. Very reminiscent to the aroma of aged English Barleywines I've tasted.

T: Rich cherry oak flavor with a peppery bite and a noticeable alcoholic finish. Sourdough still comes through strong. I can tell that the Quad probably had noticeable fruity esters but they have been masked by the rich oak overtones. Noticeable alcohol heat, but not overpowering.

M: Full bodied with an even carbonation. This is a big beer but not with an overwhelming mouthfeel.

D: I finished a 22 over the course of almost 2 hours. A sipper, but its richness is in check and is inviting.

Aging this longer would mask the alcohol perception, but increase the sweetness...I haven't enjoyed beers aged for long periods of time because of the sweetness. So ultimately I like aging rich belgians and english barleywines to a good medium where the alcohol meshes well with the sweetness. This beer fits that equation. Will definitely enjoy again.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a copper brownish aurburn with a thin tan head that disappears immediately.

S - Brown sugar, cherries, caramel, toffee, a bit of spice from the yeast and slight mix of vanilla, oak and bourbon.

T - Similar to aroma with some heat. Cherries, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla and oak with some noticeable alcohol.

M - Thick and warming. A definite sipper.

D - A big, sweet sipper that has a nice slight barrel quality.

Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick, sourdough head with moderate soapy lacing. Very nice mahogany body - minimal visible carbonation at first but a few bubbles show when the hazy concoction is held to light.

Nice and heavy on apple, mild cinnamon and cloves. What little carbonation there is accentuates a tangy, piney hop presence and alcohol. Vanilla, ginger and bourbon provide good oak-y backdrop. Alcohol is definitely there.

Bourbon and strong apple cider give hints of "apple jack" of old. Pine in hops, more ginger and copious caramel malt are at first hindered when still a little cold by slight carbonic, metallic aftertaste. This dissipates with warmth to reveal slight slate tones on back of palate.

Tinny when cold - this goes away with warmth. Tangy, bourbon caramel apple finish is very warming.

This isn't quite as drinkable as its cousin Insanity - it's definitely a sipper. Best suited to cold weather - maybe hovering over a grill in the cold New England winter months. Still, this is great stuff. For some reason previous Weyerbacher offerings haven't blown my doors off but Insanity and Blasphemy are definitely bringin' it...

Photo of dnichols
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a brownish hazy body that was tinted with red and orange hues. There was a modest and short lived head consisting of large tan bubbles. There was spotted lacing that lingered long into the experience.

S: It exhibited big caramel and brown sugar sweetness with hints of alcohol, vanilla and a creamy buttery aroma.

T: The super sweet front of caramel and vanilla dominated long into the drink. There were some hints of raisins, figs and plums.

M: It was light to medium bodied with an overwhelming sweetness that was only offset at the end when the high ABV clean the palate and warmed my mouth.

D: This is a nice quad that requires much cellaring to allow it to blend better.

Photo of bboven
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cross between deep bronze and garnet; clear body. Thin head with smatterings of lacing.

Initial sweet/sour cherry aroma, high alcohol. A small swirl brings some malt into the picture, but it mellows the cherry out to fruitcake. Not often can I point something out so exactly, but this smells like alcoholic fruitcake.

The cherry oxidation in this is rampant. There is a small amount of oak, but you have to strain to taste it.

Sticky and drying, pretty evenly carbonated.

Way too much cherry and hot alcohol here. I've had big beers like this that hide the alcohol much better.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of very active deep tan bubbley head finely calms to about a half an inch. It sits attractive in the glass with a ruby amber glow. Nose is wonderfully syrupy sweet with great complexity. Showcases notes of vanilla taffy, honey, soft spicey slchol and banana. There is a hint of woodsy oak tword the end of the nose. On first sip you get a loud mixture of sharp spice fronted alchol, and a peppery biscuity richness. Sweet tones are of buttery dark fruit. Alchol is very present throughout the palate and hop in the belly. There is a dry bitterness on the finish that I actually pick up a bit of coconut rum. Mouthfeel is of thick bitter spice. With these facts it is as drinkable as it could be being this big and hot.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have tried the Quad from Weyerbacher so it is only natural to try the barrel aged version.

Served from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy and murky orang/rust color. Good lacing present and accounted for.

Aroma was certainly boozy and whiskey like. As the beer warms, the aromas really start to open up. However, I was looking for a little more of the bourbon barreled aspect from this one. The other BA's I have had were strongly flavored and strong aromas as well so while this wasnt bad, it was different and less than expected.

Pretty good balance between the bourbon and Belgian qualities. Pretty spicy up front with a decent hop flavor. The bourbon lingers around for quite a while.

Very warming and alcoholic and somewhat boozy. This was a huge and extreme beer. I enjoyed it but as far as BA's go, I expected more. This is certainly one that should be shared; I shared this one with my dad and he liked it as well. I would probably have this on again in the future.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I loved Weyerbacher's Quad. They went and threw some in oak barrels, and now we have Blasphemy. Very Russian River/Avery-sounding, no? (I'm betting Weyerbacher isn't bottling this in homage to the Canadian metal band. My dream is to professionally brew a triple IPA called Nuclear Death.)

The head may be thin, and it may dissolve to a crown quickly, but wow, that color and the sediment inside...there are tons of I-don't-know-whats hanging in suspension inside a bee-yoo-tiful rusted/burnt blood-orange body. I look at that and think "exotic".

Although there are certain spices, flowers and fruits hanging out in the aroma, they're dominated by wood, yeast and alcohol. Mostly wood and alcohol. In this area, the Quad smells better.

I'm basically okay with barrel-aged beers, but they're more novelty than anything. I know that sounds like (ahem) blasphemy to some BAs, but when the wood takes over the flavor, I end up wishing I was tasting the virgin version of the beer. Blasphemy teeters on the balance of too-much-wood and the pureness of the pre-barreled beer. Oakiness definitely puts a stamp on the flavor, but there's more to decipher if you give it time and warming. Seductive honey, gin-soaked blackberries, brown sugar, caramel, hotter dessert/pie spices, plenty of hops and a fair nip of alcohol weave through the woody element. It's a success because this doesn't merely taste like Quad-meets-Oak; it's a different beer entirely. Finish is a mellow melange of oak/booze, without tasting at all like whisky (another downfall of some barrel-aged beers, in my not so humble opinion).

Texture is slightly syrupy, round and moderately-carbonated, yet with a wonderful lightness at the same time. Almost perfect.

Of all the beer I bought on my last run to Vintage Cellar, this is the only one the guy at the counter opinionated on, and he endorsed it highly. I like it too. I prefer the more playful and colorful Quad over its barrel-aged cousin, but this is no slouch. Pick it up if you see it.

Photo of aquatonex
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one because of its name, the ABV, and the brewery, Weyerbacher of course...

Pours rather dark red with a short white head, a bit of lacing. Nose is at first rather strong with alcohols, but what do you expect from a nearly 12% ABV beer? Taste is also a bit strong with some funkiness, semisweet heavy fruits, but overall pretty good. The funk takes over a bit, but isnt' 100% overwhelming. Considering the high octane of the brew, it is rather drinkable and pretty good.

Photo of DrJay
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy caramel orange colour with a thin layer of fine beige bubbles. Solid collar with a bit of spotty lacing. Fruity aroma, some banana, coconut flesh, oak, mild vanilla, and a bit of caramel. Same in the flavour, but with additional oak and sweetness, it's also got an earthy and bready character, plus alcohol towards the end and a lot of heat in the finish. The sweetness really seems to be reigning in the alcohol here, and it's needed. The body is definitely on the full side with plenty of carbonation and a fair bit of dryness. Lots of warmth that stuns the tongue too. This one really seems like a car wreck, but somehow it hangs together. I'm not sure how Weyerbacher pulls that off in some of these big beers, but the result is pretty good here.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a rich, reddish-tinged, amber colored brew that shows a lightly hazy, red-tinged, honey color when held up to the light. The aroma starts out sweet and fruity, but quickly picks up vanillin oak aromas and touches of oak-derived butterscotch. These notes are followed by deeply caramelized malt aromas, spicy wood notes, some toasty grain and more concentrated fruit notes of prunes and raisins. Touches of spicy, lightly warming alcohol towards the finish add some complexity, but somehow this seems to be missing a depth and richness that one would expect from the nose of a Quad, much less an oak aged one.

Slightly soft and chewy up front, a nice, prickly carbonation adds a bit of zip to the middle of this brew and it even seems to dry out a bit in the finish. The beer is sweet overall, though not quite sticky, and this accents a middle that tasted distinctly of bananas; it is distinct enough that I don't know how I don't get any banana notes in the aroma. It is perhaps a bit over carbonated for the chewy, lightly viscous texture as the two seem to clash a bit, but a quick swirl of my glass takes care of that. The oak adds lots of character to the flavor without drowning out the base beer; the middle sees a mix of soft vanillin and light tannins kick in, while as we move to the finish the beer first picks up solid butterscotch, then spicy oak notes and a touch of tannic astringency that lingers on for quite some time. Other fruit notes of prunes, fresh (though concentrated) figs, light cherry flavors and a touch of apricot; this last combines with a light nuttiness and the lightly noticeable alcohol to produce a flavor combination reminiscent of Amaretto.

One of the better Weyerbacher beers that I have had. I get the sense that the base beer here (a Quad) would not be as complex or tasty as I would want from the style, but the addition of the oak adds an extra dimension that really helps to make this beer work.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into oversized wine glass. Thick foamy head formed and was quickly gone. The beer is a deep ruby color. Smells of malt, plums, and vanilla. Tastes of malt, raisons, and vanilla. The alcohol is warming. Mouthfeel is smooth and light.

Photo of steelcutoats
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had BLASPHEMY last summer after an all night bender over the 4th of July. I wasn't very familiar with the concept of Belgium Quadruples or oak aging beers at the time, so I figured it would be good to take the time and review it since I've matured since then.

I poured a 12 oz. bottle into a crystal snifter. It had a creamy head that left little lacing. The color was a deep red, almost opaque with a rim of white foam around the inside of the glass. The smell, again as with the OMMEGANG Abby Ale, was of dried fruits...dates and figs. The taste was smooth with fruity sweet and chocolate malty notes. This is an awesome beer. I love how Weyerbacher will take one beer, age it in oak, and then release it as an entirely different beer. It is amazing how a little bit of wood can make such a difference in the taste and complexity of a beer.

Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.