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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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89
very good

791 Ratings
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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 140 | 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 mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that I got to catch the end of with Ding down at the Brick Store

A - Poured a very nice and reddish tinted brown with a smallish tan head of lace peaking over the top and giving away quietly to a thin layer of stickiness across the top. Nice color on this as the red tone was easily visible.

S - The aroma was full of a bourbon barrel like smell. Lots of wood in here with a bit of a whiskey like hotness. A touch of something else running around in there too, maybe cherries. A touch of yeast up front but nothing too drastic.

T - The flavor was very big. This is a big beer at over 11% abv and it was obvious. The flavor was full of barrel aged goodness. A really great job aging this one here. Notes of bourbon and a touch of cherry were very noiceable on top of the nice full yeast flavor. The alcohol was very present and still a touch hot, but still a very nice treat.

M - Very smooth, it was a bit thicker then I thought it would have been and most of the carbonation long ago died giving it a somewhat syrup like feel, although significantly lighter.

D - Very nice sipper, though more then a glass is gonna hurt you in the end. This was a monster and there was no mistaking it.

Overall Weyerbacher usually does a fantastic job with the barrel aging and this was proof of that. A very big Quad that beared its teeth and took a bite, but wasnt as big as it could have been. Very nice flavors and very robust I would love to try this one again some day. Very nice.

mikesgroove, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

note: I had this immediately after a Quad.

a: Looks very much like Quad. Perhaps the copper color is a bit darker. This also pours with a minimal head.

s: The sour cherries and yeasty wheat notes from Quad are still here, blanketed now by faint vanilla and bourbon aromas. While not an improvement, this is at least an interesting lateral move.

t: Weyerbacher has done a superb job of barrel aging here as this quite a bit better than naked Quad. The bourbon flavors are kept nicely in check allowing the cherry and yeast tastes to remain at the forefront.

m: If only this beer was a bit more lively. Carbonation aside, the texture is silky and thick.

d: This a fantastic treat to sip and savor every now and then.

DIM, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of crwills
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a tasting of about 20+ beers, it's a bit weird that one of the ones I brought was my favourite of the night but, well, there you go. In my notes, it reads (and I quote): "Holy crap OAK!!" So, you get where I'm going with this. In addition to blow-your-head-off oak aromas and flavours, there are some quite complex undertones of butter, vanilla, and mild fall fruits, which make this more drinkable than some of its oak-aged brethren. Pretty tough to hide 12% ABV, but they do a decent job of trying. Probably one of my favourite Weyerbacher big beers so far.

crwills, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i've had the Quad, but not recently enough to really compare the brew with or without oak. i've been sitting on it for some time. i'm excited

fairly frothy and a brilliant deep orange. burnt amber, we'll say

ooh...wild. incredibly oaky. strong, though not as hot perhaps as i remember the original. still quite warming, but not quite hot. fruitiness, some: mostly in the form of sugary plums. brown sugar, too. the mouthfeel is fairly creamy/silky, and really quite nice. the whole thing has thinned out a bit in the barrell and consequently doesn't sport the maltiness that i remember in the naked version. i thought of it as much like a barleywine but far from it now. the belgianness is impossible to cut through

i am a little disappointed that the aroma doesn't reflect the complexity i get with each sip. i definitely pick up a yeasty malt character. some oak—and it grows with time—and brown sugar

bruachan, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to DrJay for sending this my way for BC2.

Pours a hazed orange/copper, thin off white head, no lace, settles to a thin ring, unhealthy looking. Smell is caramel, alcohol, fusels, raisin, oak, banana, bit malty, typical Weyerbacher but somewhat appealing. Taste is toffee, oak, raisins, sweet fusel middle, lots of alcohol, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but feels slightly syrupy, low carbonation, lots of heat. Pretty good for Weyerbacher, lots of fusel but works okay in this one. Thanks Jay!

Viggo, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-brown, light tan head, very little retention, slight leg/lace.

S: Big alcohol aroma, toffee, nut, slight banana, spice.

T: Woody, caramel, beer nuts, slight spicing, bourbon. Alcohol is fairly assertive, it'd be interesting to cellar.

M: Moderate body & carbonation. Really well-attenuated & dry. Well-crafted for it's weight.

D: Big, but I like it.

Derek, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty aroma firstly, and also yeasty. Oak-barrel vanilla, which added to the nose. Tasty, like a barley wine, also sweet and woody. Bittery mouthfeel. This brewery does not outstand, yet is quite competent.
Had again three years later, aged. Noticed more bourbon taste. Hid the booze, but its very high.

Sammy, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. I've got a few more of these aging...
Apepars a semi-transparent dark, caramel toned amber with plenty of bubbles rising to the top of the 2 finger, off-white head that fades into a mild layer of film with a thick collar. Scattered webbing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, oak, caramel, coconut, brown sugar, raisins, prunes, and a touch of cocoa.
Taste is of raisins, rum cake, vanilla, sugar, coconut, and oak.
Mouthfeel is chewy, meaty, cake-like all in a full body that's sugary, hot, yeasty, oaky with dark fruit lingering along the palate. It's yummy now but I think the best is yet to come with some age under it's belt.

weeare138, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

They might as well call this Bourbon Beer. That is what I am experiencing out of it. I let it age for a while after the release but boy oh boy is this sucker hot. It is alcohol in the nose and mouth and all across the palate it vanilla wood oak caramel Bourbon and loads of sweet sweet syrupy sugars. It is mighty tasty as long as you expect liquor. This beer is, with out question, meant for sipping slowly.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous deep red color leaning to the brown side and has a short live tan head with no lace.

Smell: Extremely sweet with big notes of alcohol in the nose; and syrup cinnamon vanilla tart cherry and oak.

Taste: Loaded with over ripe fruit and vinous alcohol and paired with the oak and alcohol it really is, despite the sounding repetitious, very Bourbon flavored. Plum prune and cherry, cinnamon nutmeg brown sugar and lots of vanilla buried in heavy spiced rum alcohol with a Bourbon aftertaste. This is an Oaked Quad, and Makes no apologies for being as much.

Mouthfeel: Rich heavy sticky sugars are thinned only by the touch of burn from the alcohol that works just right in this particular case.

Drinkability: Well here comes the question of defining interpretations of drinkability. First, I think this will improve further with more ages. It is hot. It is a sipping beer. It is not a beer that would likely need a second or third to follow but the three hours of nursing it is very enjoyable time spent. Buy a case and try one a month for the next 24 months, IMO.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good brew to sip on on Halloween night,poured into an oversized wine glass a deep rich amber it looked very nice in the light a thinner head atop.Deep dark fruit aromas with passing oak/vanilla tones a sweet alcohol prevails as well,somewhat sweet on the palate liked alcohol infused raisins and or prunes along with brown sugar and vanilla oaky tones.Its a sipper not something you would wanna drink early in the day but it fit the moment well.

oberon, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a bottle of this beer with Stopper last nite. The beer is cellar temp and probably 6 months old. I am pouring into a snifter.
The beer is clear amber color with ruby highlights. Fizzy off white head fades to an edge layer quickly. Aroma is boozy, with mild bourbon and wood, some general fruitiness, and a lot of cherry scents. First sip reveals a slightly syrupy texture with fine rolling gentle carbonation. Flavor is complex with mostly sweet malt notes mixing nicely. I get caramel and bourbon with dark fruit, again I think cherries are in the flavor too. Not as boozy on flavor as nose advertised. Fairly easy to drink and nicely done.

sulldaddy, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of quasimoto
2.58/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Aromas of deep malts, fresh wood flooring ( I just re-did my house) some vanilla sweetness, and that aroma you get from a banana, minus the sweet banana flavor, but that tartness you get from a green banana. The green banana flavor comes out even more in the flavor, along with the super sweet plum-like malt. The mouth feel is really sweet and almost cloying. Full-bodied that finishes with a slight dryness and a little bitter. Overall, the oak barrel phenomenon is over taking beers. There is a little too much oak cloyingness to make this a really drinkable beer. Would go great with a caramel apple tart.

quasimoto, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of mnstorm99
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Nice amber color with a quickly dissipating head, but it laces pretty well down the glass
Aroma is sweet alchohol, not much hops to be found.
Taste is alchohol, probably a little too much. raisen sweetness and the sweet over powers any hops I might be looking for.
smooth feel on the tounge and easy going down, with just a touch of a burn.
I might be able to have one of these at a time, but there are many better options in my opinion for that type of usage. Average beer that I am not sure the oak really helps at all.

mnstorm99, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a chalice...

Pours a copper-ish amber hue, translucent with no visible carbonation (a testament to the high ABV). A light tan head, thick at first, vanishes quickly to a patch of bubbles.

The acidic oaken notes hit the nose immediately, followed by a big, pungent alcohol aroma, vanilla, cranberry, and shoe polish.

Whoa! This is a big beer. Astringent alcohol flavor pair with (again) acid-rich oak, sour apple & cherry. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, dry, and bitter all the way. It's a bit like swallowing nail polish, wood stainer, or some other dangerous substance. It's quite difficult to put this one away, which is strange, because I've not had trouble with other high ABV beers (Dark Lord, Bell's Batch 7000, Rochefort 10). This one just has too much acidity and bite behind it's oaken "bark". It would be interesting to see how this brew matures, as it might mellow out some of the more pungent aromatics and flavors.

wagenvolks, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of dbatch
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twenty two poured into my Duinen goblet...

A: Pours a reddish brown with a very thin amount of head, and a little bit of lacing.

S: Very sweet nose, with a strong alcohol aroma there as well. Vanilla, with a fig/raisin and cherry smell. Works well together.

T: Sweet up front, the oak has a pretty strong role here too, gives it an almost cognac like flavor - it coats the mouth with the oak aged flavor. Very fruity, with cherry and raisin dominating the palate.

M: If you've had a fine cognac, this is what it feels like. Leaves an almost smoky feel to the mouth. Its very thin as well.

D: Not the easiest to drink, a slow sipper for sure, and the alcohol definitely lets you know its there.

dbatch, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear copper color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of unrefined sugar with some light bourbon notes. Taste is extremely sweet, probably too sweet for my taste buds with some light vanilla and bourbon notes. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Nice application of the barrel but the base beer is just too sweet for me – interesting experiment.

Phyl21ca, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for this one.

Pours a slightly cloudy tannish/amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slight vanilla, spicy, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet at the beginning, spicy, hot/tangy/bitter, and some caramel. Medium body, complex brew. Drinkable, another very tasty brew from Weyerbacher, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Wasatch, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of jdg204
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another first timer for me from the boys @ Weyerbacher's mixed variety case. Never really got into QUAD's, after this beer, I'll be reconsidering that position.

Appearance - Lovely traslucent bronze color with a thin white head.

Smell - Once you get this in a goblet, bourbon barrel effect comes through wonderfully with a buttery/ vanilla combo.

Taste - This made the brew, the buttery flavor dominated with some hints of vanilla and dark fruits was wonderful. A masterful combo of a big beer and a fine liquor.

Mouthfeel - The buttery flavor really felt wonderful on the tongue and this was a surprisingly smooth drink for 10%+ ABV, aftertaste was a wonderful savory sense and the balance made mouth happy.

Drinkability - Loved it, that simple. I'm going to have to try the non-barreled version as well, but this brew will definetly open me up to more QUAD's. The guys at Weyerbacher have another big brew winner and this bourbon barrel aging is something I'm definetly going to have to investigate as there's an RIS and Barleywine version (Yes, I'm jacked!).

jdg204, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of EPseja
2.6/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served from a 22oz. bomber at between fridge and cellar temp in a Duvel Tulip.

A - Medium chestnut brown -- completely transparent. Massive uprush of carbonation after the completion of the pour, resulting in a massive, bubbly off-white head that reduces to a more compact, frothier state after a few moments. Lacing is decent, and head retention is average for this style.

S - Massively sweet and malty, with quite pronounced vanillin and a hint of sweet cherry. Not much else can cut through the massive sweetness, so no real hoppiness in the nose. For an oaked up strong beer, it lacks the depth and subtelty that should really be present.

T - Super sweet with a cordial-like acidity and alcohol bite. Some yeastiness and warm woodiness comes through in the middle and some hop dryness is detected in the back. The swallow is hot and full of alcohol. If there were yeast in the bottle, I would normally swirl it in at this point for this style, but there is none available to perhaps cut through the jagged edges. Aftertaste, however is fairly pleasant. Too little too late, however.

M - Slightly watery going in, but puffing to a nice, soft pillow in the mouth. Swallow is also a bit watery, and quite hot from the alcohol. Belly warmth is unmissable.

D - I was never a big fan of Weyerbacher's Quad, and unfortunately, oak aging does not lend it the help I hoped it would as far as mellowing. The oak overtones are very welcome -- I love oaked up beers -- but oaking an out-of-balance beer doesn't seem to fix that aspect.

Drinking it young reveals a ton of character flaws that will definitely round out given the proper time and storage, but once a beer hits the shelves, it should be ready to drink IMHO. I think I may buy just one more bottle and sit on it for three years and try again. If it rounds out the way I think it may, it will be well worth the wait, even up to the tune of a full point gain or more in every rating category. Fingers crossed...

EPseja, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear auburn to amber with a medium head that dissipates in about two minutes leaving flecks of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt, vanilla, oak, very faint pears, diacetyl is present, but I really like the way this mixes.

T - A strong oaky, caramel malty flavor. Diacetyl is again present, but mesh witht he other flavors seamlessly. Some red Bartlett pears, faint bubblegum. The aftertaste is a lingering malty caramel flavor with some pears, a peppery harshness is there too. Alcohol burn is present at warmer temperatures.

M - Very smooth, medium to thick boy, a little drying from the alcohol in spite of a superficial thirst quenching.

D - Very strong and flavorful, the mouthfeel is less than ideal. Hard to drink a lot of it.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A tan/ruby pour; a bit hazy. Two finger head that reappears after a quick swirl. Not sure this is a quadrupel, almost looks like a barley wine.
Smells like one, too. High alcohol in the nose. Some sweet vanilla and caramel creep in, along with some fig and malt.
Taste is thin and full of alcohol. Oak and vanilla dominate. Caramel, malt, prune and biscuit come in waves.
Thin and filmy. Does not finish clean one bit. Again, this is a quadrupel?? If so, if fails to impress.

Mebuzzard, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of kaelingirl
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20oz pint glass
Orange-amber in color. Thick off-white head that fades quickly but the lace lingers.
Strong vanilla, alcohol, borbon oak aroma.
The flavor is a warm fruity vanilla oak alcohol and as it gets warmer the alcohol begins to dominate.
Nice mouthfeel and surprisingly drinkable. I should have saved this bottle until January or February

kaelingirl, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of Risser09
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass - 2007 bottling
I've quite a bit of this and never reviewed it. Let's see how it goes.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a bit of brown hue in the ale. The head rises nearly 3 inches and is light tan in color. The bubbles are tiny with an overall thick and cake-like appearance.A real surprise is the lack of large bubbles. Plenty of lacing has been left on the sies of the glass. Very good.

Smell: Caramelized apples and pears. Probably moreso in the pear department. Alcohol, rum soaked raisins, Jim Beam, overripe cherries and plums. Strong aromas that lead to an alcohol nose.

Taste: Wham. Those apple and pear flavors are up front. The midtones are rum breadiness, dried figs, and roasted & sugared almonds. Finish is a comforting bourbon strength of sugar, citrus and sour cherry. Alcohol is definitely there. Complex.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation hits the tongue and sugar takes over. Then alcohol warms the mouth, throat and stomach without delay. You are left with a dry tongue and a very nice warming belt, which would accompany a cold winter night quite beatifully.

Drinkability: I wouldn't do more than two of these in one sitting, unless I had nothing else to do in the morning. QUAD was one of my favorite beers from Weyerbacher, but I think this one is better. You need to be a fan of nice liqours to appreciate this beer. It is close in flavor profile to some of the finer rums I've had the privilege of experiencing in my life. The sweetness of the barley with the bourbon risiduals is tantalizing and should age with grace. Other reviews of this beer view it as a last ditch effort to put another big beer in bourbon barrels, which is probably true, but this one is successful in the end. I for one, give big thanks to a brewery who puts the effort into barrel aging, while keeping their prices at an affordable level, AND producing a very complex product. Few could replicate this complexity with a wine or other beer that is comparable in price. Good job Weyerbacher.

Risser09, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish copper body, little cloudy, topped by a noisy light tan head that decays quickly to an oil slick.

Intense vanilla aroma, backed with big notes of alcohol.

Big sweet beginning. Not quite cloying, but big time sweet. Lots of caramel. Followed by some oak. Hot tastinghops per se, but the sweetness is being balance. Vanilla and bourbon at the swallow. Alcohol belly burn. Alcohol soaked fruit in the finish. Lot of elements but it comes together well.

Mouthfeel is big and solid. Drinkability while maybe not dangerous is a bit surprising in its ease.

Another big beer winner from Weyerbacher, though the final couple of bottles are heading to the cellar for awhile to try and take a little edge off the alcohol. Worth trying.

RonfromJersey, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of macster
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange color. Produces a 1/2" off-white tight head. Little lacing noted.

First whiff is that of bourbon-soaked raisins and fresh cut oak. Lots of vapor-like alcohol fills the nose. Some subtle fruity aromas of cherry, apple, peach come through along with hints of brown sugar and toasted malts.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and creamy. A much subtler carbonation than expected from a Belgian style ale. Quite full, chewy and enjoyable though.

Flavor starts out sweet with fruity notes of apples, cherries, vanilla bean, oranges and light brown sugar. As the beer is swallowed the alcohol really kicks in being a bit solvent-like and hot. However, pleasant notes of bourbon, wood, spices and faint hops come through in the long finish.

Overall a bit coarse and would probably do well with a few years of aging, but good stuff and worth looking for.

macster, Sep 02, 2007
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.