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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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89
very good

799 Ratings
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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 52
Gots: 144 | FT: 7
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 deltatauhobbit
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with very little head and virtually no lacing.

Smell is predominately malty with undertones of vanilla and some other kind of fruity aroma, little hop presence.

Taste is malty, diacetyl being present so it's quite buttery, vanilla is intrusive, a very warming beer as the alcohol is pretty evident as the oaked aspects mellows the sweetness.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange-yellow, with very little head but a ring of bubbles around the edge.

S: Smells of a mix of bourbon and spicy yeast also a hint of vanilla. The barrel really is prominent in the nose.

T: Plum, raisins, dates, caramel, oak, pepper, cracker/bread yeast and alcohol warmth.

M: Nice carbination with a dry finish.

D: If you enjoy alcohol warmth, as I do, this is a great sipper. Great beer to settle down with after a long day.

There was a lot of bourbon in the nose but the flavor was more plain or red wine oak. Iwould like to know what they used. Great beer.

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

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a bit of a dense body that glows brown in the sunlight, showing of a red hue. Strands of tiny bubbles glide to the surface supporting a bubbly light tan head. The head last for much of the beer.

S- This beer has a pretty clean smell with note of light caramel sweetness and some faint vanilla and cream coming through. There was a fusel alcohol smell at the finish that was of hard alcohol in the barrel.

T- The soft floral caramel sweetness had vanilla notes with a light marshmallow quality to it. The finish was soft wet wood with a fusel bourbon quality to it.

M- The light mouthfeel finish with an alcohol that seems to increase with each sip.

D- This beer has a nice blend of beer and barrel but they both bring their fusel flavors to the party. Surprisingly it didn't bother me and started to balance with the sweetness.

Photo of blakesell
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 22oz bomber bottle into a belgian goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear amber with a 2 finger head of foam that quickly dies down to little bacteria shapes on the top of the liquid. Lacing is thick and clingy with tiny bubbles.

Smell- Mighty american oak with a rich plum and yeasty phenol character. Honey and breads but mostly the wood. Isn't a quad supposed to be aged with oak anyway? This oak is just a tad strong. No hops.

Taste- Big oak that tastes as if they have left the beer in the barrel too long. Sweet brown sugar more from malts than candi. Plums, honey, starfruit, rasins. Big alcohol burn on the finish. No hops. Really can't get past all that oak.

Mouthfeel- Beer kicks back like I've just taken a shot of whisky. All that oak really overpowers the mouthfeel leaving a sticky sensation on the lips. Medium Carbonation.

Drinkability- I was really under the impression that for a beer to be a quad, it had to be aged in an oak barrel anyway, but in this case, it has been aged too long in an American oak barrel. This severely detracts from the light drinkability of the beer and makes me want to run for the hills. That said, I will age my other bottle back and see what this does in a few years.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one I have been wanting to try for quite a while now. The idea of a Quad aged in barrels definitely seems like something to get excited about. Pours a decent amber color, with lively carbonation, which leads to the head fading very quickly. Smell is of honey and dark fruits. Taste was the same. Mouthfeel is heavy and boozy. Although this is a very decent beer, it tastes a lot more like a Barleywine than a Quad. The price tag is also a bit of a setback. Worth a try I guess, but I would go with teh Insanity before this one. Cheers

Photo of dsa7783
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copped a 22oz bomber from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa... Really nice logo sticker with a monk covering his mouth with his hand... Blasphemy... According to the label, this beer is the result of aging Weyerbacher's Quad in Oak Barrels - the final product is an excessively sweet, slightly overbearing oak-aged taste with vanilla and strong caramel aftertones... pours a very nice dark-copper color with minimal head and impressive carbonation... Smell is replete with a malty, sweet, sugar-laden aroma... taste is ultra-flavorul, very rich and thick with a strong syrup taste pouring through...Strong alcoholic presence is noticeable in the tongue and nose, but is not entirely dominating, although the ABV is certainly up there at 11.8% ABV... as with many Weyerbacher brews, this one wasn't bad, but was slightly over-the-top, powerful, and should be sipped slowly... Overall, a flavorful, interesting brew... Worth a try...

Photo of BlindPig
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 1" tan head on a cloudy amber/brown body.
S- Big alcohols with lots of oak and hot whiskey. Dark fruits are hidden in all the alcohol. I really wouldn't be surprised if this was from the first run off from one of the barrels.
T- Strong alcohol, oak and vanilla comes through a bit with cherries and other dark fruits. The more you drink of it and get used to the alcohol toffee and chocolate come out, fruits get stronger, and some light spice like clove start to show themselves
M- Full body with low smooth carbonation.
D- The alcohol just over powers the beer IMO. Just seems like through a beer together and didn't refine it.

Photo of beerking1
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very red-amber, with a medium reddish-cream head that fades fast to a small collar of dense foam. Aroma: WOW, big time alcohol with lots of wood, hints of bourbon, and barest touch of hops. Flavor follows through with the alcohol nose, this is a BIG beer. Lots of malt back up the substantial but pleasant alcoholic bite. Body is big, as one would expect of a quad style beer. This beer is warming all the way down, with a pleasant sweet but warm aftertaste. Another great barrel aged beer from Weyerbacher.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of crwills
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of quasimoto
2.58/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of dbatch
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.