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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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88
very good

744 Ratings
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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 49
Gots: 125 | 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 NEhophead
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt, 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Pours a full caramel-oak in color. Creamy, white head that settles to a fluffy sheet. Thin and spotted lacing with good strength.

Belgian-candied sugar whaffs. Honeydew, melon with a slick, but mellow alcohol infusion. Generous notes of vanilla bean.

Slick, candied sweetness met with a mild, tropical fruit flavor of melon, cantelope, and honeydew. Sweet sherry with a layer of warm, sweet vanilla. A smooth finish is followed by a warming alcohol, vanilla aftertaste.

Almost full in body; slick mouthfeel from the alcohol. Spots of thinness in body every once in a while.

The biggest difference between Blasphemy and Quad is the strong vanilla tones and young alcohol presence.

NEhophead, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of ericj551
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blasphemy pours a light brown with a slightly foamy off-white head. Aroma is dominated by a chalky yeast with some sweet esters. Taste is sweet dark fruits, more of the yeasty flavor and some phenol-banana flavor. Alcohol is present, but not over the top for a beer that borders on 12%. Oak flavor is there but not overpowering.

ericj551, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey copper brew. Head fades gradually down to a skim of froth, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, with vanilla and tart composing a large part as well. Taste follows along, sweet upfront, strong vanilla and tartness in the middle, and then it all closes up nicely with vinous alcohol, heavy on the warmth. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and the drinkability is very nice, although a little hot, which of course is to be expected at 11.8%abv. I think this is my favorite of the BA Weyerbachers.

ppoitras, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With a lot less Bourbon than might be expected, the Blasphemy version of Weyerbacher Quad might be the most drinkable of the Bourbon barrel series yet.

It pours a clear copper body that reveals streams of tiny bubbles rising steadily towards the surface. The creamy off-white head starts with an impressive girth, maintains it, and then steadily drops to a thin covering - all the while leaving behind a solid wall of creamy lace.

It expresses Bourbon in the nose with some vanilla and wood, and alcohol and spice along with it, but also some very nice dark-skinned fruit.

The flavor is very much the same, and very supple, with a rich malty blanket of dark-fruit woven with caramel-accented fruit and a dark fruit edge. It's very appleish, and malty with a caramelish edge and a slap of alcohol.

Nicely done with just an edge of Bourbon. Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, May 30, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber color with better than a full finger stiff light tan head that resists fading. Little lacing observed.

Immediately smells of the oaked alcohol, vanilla and dark fruit and Belgian yeast.

The mouth feel is complex. The visible effervescence continues into the mouth and mixes well with the alcohol. The burn is out in front on this one.

Dark fruit, bourbon and creamy vanilla flavors. The Quad component is getting lost a bit inside all of this but i'm a big fan.

Drinkability - The 11.8% is magnified by a factor of two...this is definately an armchair beverage. Wow.

The girls at Weyerbacher have another winner.

jjayjaye, May 28, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jesus' penis, this is a damn good beer! (sorry, i felt it would be appropriate to blaspheme)

Pours shiny, clear and brown with a puffy off-white head. Nose is alcohol and ethanol filled with some cherry and strawberry notes. Taste hits you first with a huge smack of alcohol that really burns as it goes down. Spicy and fruity with sweet malt tones, but its all overwhelmed to some extent by the alcohol. Makes my saliva glands open like a scotch will. Thick and full bodied, almost even syrupy. Overall, a bit too much for me in terms of the alcohol and not enough flavor, i think.

aforbes10, May 23, 2007
Photo of joeskirkie
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, it's whiskey colored with a strong red tint. Fairly clear, with a small to medium head that laces well.

Smells a bit like port, bourbon, and oak. I've never really picked this up from a beer before. I'm delighted.

There’s a bourbon sweetness, slight tartness and alcohol, with oak throughout. Good stuff that oak is.

It's light and sticky sweet. I'm glad I picked this one up. I'll have to grab another to age.

joeskirkie, May 20, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt orange red with a medium head that disappears quickly. The smell is pungent with bourban,oak wood,alcohol,vanilla,and dark fruit. The taste is thick and sweet with alcohol,bourban,oak wood,cherry,vanilla,and rum. Very good and very complex. The m/f is heavy with the flavors mixing very well,but I found this beer very syrupy and thick. All in all,this is a very good beer from a brewery that I always seem to enjoy.

jmz62565, May 19, 2007
Photo of nriech
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber. Decent inch head, lots of lacing.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, rasins, molasses, bourbon. Very very nice. One of those you just love to smell and dont care if people stare at you smelling your beer.

Taste: I get a hit of the oak and alcohol at first. Very good bourbon flavor with some sugary, citrusy aftertaste. Really really complex. Warming reveals some earthy tobacco flavors. Pretty sticky.

Great sipping beer. An awesome example of an oak aged beer. And one thats better than the original unoaked version. I think this might be a little much for the uninitiated craft drinker and should be saved for special in the know people.

nriech, May 18, 2007
Photo of MaoZ49
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about this beer that would serve it justice? By all means, it is not perfection, but if perfection were a destination, 'Blasphemy' would be a stop very near the end of your journey. The first couple of sips were a little overwhelming. Afterwards, however, the ride is smooth sailing. The vanilla tones are very pronounced, which is a good thing in my opinion. I am also a bourbon drinker when it comes to the harder variety of alcoholic beverages. The bourbon barrel aging process makes drinking this beer akin to going home and enjoying a nice glass of lemonade on the porch with grandma. I have nothing negative to say about this brew, so drink up and enjoy!

MaoZ49, May 14, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt scent along with a Belgian yeast fruitiness as well as an oakey/vanilla aroma. The taste is good also. It has a warm, malty flavor that's rich in crystal malts and oak esters. It goes down smooth with firm oak finish. It blends well with the barrels, but not as well as the Heresy and Prophesy beers. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I love the oak aged series. It adds a whole other element to the beer.

WesWes, May 14, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Garnet brown with a small head of light khaki that quickly settles into a thin veil.

Aroma is a balanced mix of dark fruit, raisins, molasses, grape, and wonderful oaky notes of vanilla, coconut, and Bourbon.

Flavor is just huge! Starts with generous dark fruit, cherries, figs, and prunes followed by earthy must, and booze soaked fruitcake. The wonderful oak notes provide a warm, lingering finish of spiced vanilla, toasted coconut, scorched creme brule', and good Bourbon.

Body is big, but retains a bit of delicate Belgian characteristic. Slick and thick, it is a sipper for sure. I don't recommend tackling aa 22 oz bottle without a little help.

AlexJ, May 12, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby amber on the pour with orange streaks abound. Head is between off white and tan with a whispy carbonation. Thin, thin lace left behind in a spotty manner.

Very nice nose with a good amount of toasty oak which lends toward vanilla. Full of nutty aromas, dried smyrna figs, red currant, bing cherry, a spicy bite with some alcohol behind.

Mmmmm quite delicious but with slightly too much alcohol in the mouth and chest. Again oak is very toasty and vanilla-fied. Tastes of new american variety. And again fig and nutty flavors at the forefront with the same red currant, and bing cherry. Nice and spicey with a light carbonation that makes this a bit creamy and lively on the palate. I really like the mouthfeel and nothing is overpowering which really helps drinkability. Definitely a sipper but a sipper you can sip for a day. In other words nicely integrated with modest complexity.

mcallister, May 05, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a decent head that diminished rather slowly to nothing. The aroma was of dark malts, dried fruits and some subdued hops. The taste was extremely complex. Dried fruit dancing nicely with a subtle oak flavor. The beer was heavy but not overbearing, excellent alcohol warmth. This was a unique enjoyable beer.

atsprings, May 04, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with relatively little depth. Head is a slight dusting on top of the liquid. Many constant upward streams of bubbles keep things fresh. The nose is oak all the way: vanilla fudge bananas, treacle, and a dry/toasted woodiness dominate. The wood treatment has covered up some of the solvent alcohol that plagued the Weyerbacher Quad. On the palate it's very sweet (it's dying for some rich, creamy cheese as a pairing) with a powerful vanilla flavor and some banana notes. The alcohol, while masked in the nose, comes out in force on the palate, providing a big burn. Considering the very active carbonation there's relatively little in the mouthfeel. This is a big, sweet beer best suited for dessert. It's decent but not revelatory.

geexploitation, May 04, 2007
Photo of Higravity
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep amber color with a slight white hat of small bubbles. The nose is sugary with some smokiness and an oak earthy presence. The taste is sublime the Quad lifts the tongue in joy and the woody oak which is perfectly tuned here hits the tongue in a long aftertaste. The body belies the gravity of the beer, a sipper for certain as the whole bottle with have you singing songs you don't even like.

Higravity, May 03, 2007
Photo of nickss
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a deep amber hue with a smallish 1/2" head, which quickly disipates.

Whew! This one has quite the nose... huge phenolic notes burn the nostrils, followed by ripe berries. The oak comes in slowly as the beer warms. Very "in your face"... typical Weyerbacher style.

Hmm... not sure what to make of this one. Good oaky balance... but wow is this one hot.... alcohol is VERY noticeable, and in my opinion, is a bit much. This one could use some aging. However, as the beer warms, a bit more vanilla comes through, and seems to mellow the beer out a bit.... nice.

Nice creamy mouthfeel... subdued carbonation.... fantastic.

I initially thought this beer was too hot to be drinkable, but as it warms, the drinkability is greatly enhanced. You can definitely tell that this is a 10+% brew.... but pretty delicious overall.

nickss, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tier Ale Hse in NYC a few weeks ago and reviewed from notes. Pours cloudy darkish, smoky almond, minor light tan head and leaving a tiny bubble film and fine light lacing. The nose here is boldly of crisp spicing and alcohol. One sip and its obvious that this a strong, heady and complex brew. Notes of currents, rum, brandy, burnt grains, alot going on here, not for the faint of heart/palate, not for quaffing, and not for fans of pissy yellow beer. Fine night capper/late night sipper.

Billolick, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

Pours a deep brown, somewhat hazy, with a big, light-brown head. Smells very spicy, yeasty, with hints of ripe fruit. Taste is very powerful, yeast, spice, raisins, and a lot of alcohol, too much alcohol. Very sweet. It is medium on the tongue, with a dryish finish. The alcohol burn makes this less drinkable than I would prefer, but all in all an occassional treat.

cichief, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of Foxman
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy and carbonated orangey brownish amber. Two fingers of tight light beige head are quite longstanding. Splatters of lacing Pollock the inside of the glass.

The aroma is rife with deeply sweet toasted malt, carrying black cherry, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, and bread crust. Minty alcohol wraps around a spicy yeast ester-flow and a fine mist of wood smoke.

Upon sipping, with due emphasis on SIPPING, the cloyingly sweet sugar syrup malt is fruity with dark cherry and earthy with leather and a lesser spray of mature oak. A general yeasty spiciness bows before a searing tongue of demon alcohol. Hard pretzel baked dough precedes a candy sugar replay. The finish is long, lip-smacking, and ultimately green-apple crisp. This is one tasty head-swimmer.

Full bodied, it's thick, rich, and treacly with just a bit of fizzy bite on the palate.

The oak aging seems to take a little roast edge off the standard issue Quad. So it's just different enough to be new and still comfortably old. The ABV raises a rambunctious red alert, and only a simpleton would disregard the high-temp warning. Even so, finishing the bottle could carry consequences. And yet, in spite of this, I did enjoy it, and even if one bottle, or less, is the limit, it does leave a good impression in the end.

Foxman, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. I was trying to compare this to Quad, and found this one a little more interesting. It had a dark amber color with a thin head. It had a sweet, fruity aroma, with a vinous character. An explosion of taste. Fruity, some chocolate, yeasty, and wine. I thought it was very smooth and mellow. However, I don't think I'd drink this and Quad together in one sitting again. Next time, Blasphemy alone.

lordofthewiens, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap the other day at Mahaffey's.

The beer pours a very good looking darkish brown color. Very impressive looking beer with excellent head retention and good lacing. The nose is not huge, but one gets a sense of sweet spices and oak on the nose. On the palate this beer is quite sweet with candy, cherries, vanilla, chocolate, licorise and raisens. The alcohol is pretty noticeable in this one, making it not the most drinkable of beers. Definitely a sipper, but a good beer for all that. The beer finishes moderately well; sweet with a bit of crispness/dryness at the end. A very good beer from Weyerbacher, albeit not the easiest beer to drink given the high abv.

John_M, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of Contra
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, Weyerbacher took their Quad and aged it in oak barrels, making a fuller line of aged beers. Personally, I find Insanity & Heresy to be fantastic, but that Prophecy needs work, despite being a quality beer. This is my first tasting of Blasphemy.

22oz bottle, served in a goblet.

Like the normal Quad, it pours out like maple syrup. Deep color, minimal head. The aroma is not too strong when I sniffed it, but it does give a good hint at what it tastes like - that being dates, molasses, bourbon, and for a second, coco-butter. The closet thing I can compare it to is if the matching characteristics of a Tripel and a Barelywine were blended. Each sip is incredibly strong, not with alcohol, but the flavors masking the alcohol. Still, it's pretty easy to tell it is high in alcohol percentage. The sweetness, oddly enough, does not leave the mouth feeling dry, which is fortunate. Some might find it a bit thick, but that's really what to look for in this style. "Drinkability" is always a rough category on thick beers like this. Taking this into consideration, it turns out fairly well compared to similar beers.

Overall, I highly recommend it if you like the style. Quads, on their own, are a bit of an acquired taste, so I think the same can be said about Blasphemy.

Contra, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of WAP
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an gorgeous ruby-orange with more a 1 finger head that leaves a few leaves of lacing. The smell on this one is wonderful - candied sugars, vanilla, a hint of the oak. The taste on this one is raw -- nice dark fruit, brown sugar, followed by a nice smooth oak back and a pronounced, borderline unpleasant, alcohol bite. My bet would be that this one will be very tasty if cellared for a while to mellow out the alcohol bite. Still, this one exhibits nice flavor complexity is quite enjoyable. I'll probably go back and buy a few bottles to hide for a while.

WAP, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Florian's. Tramslucent copper-brown body with under a half inch of off-white head. Banana and woodiness dominate the aroma. Wood, banana, and spice all play prominent roles in the flavor. Lighter-bodied. Little carbonation to speak of. A pretty decent beer - more mellow and drinkable than its non-barrel-aged cousin.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 18, 2007
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.