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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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88
very good

762 Ratings
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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 50
Gots: 133 | 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 merlin48
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle pours a chill hazed coppery auburn body with a creamy beige head. Some sheet lacing is left on the goblet.

Aroma is fruity apricot and orange, vanilla, hints of berries, woody oak, and some booze.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some hot alcohol.

Taste has some peppery hot alcohol all the way through that is a major distraction. Whisky soaked tropical fruits, vanilla, and a soft oakiness struggle against the alcohol.

I didn't care much for the QUAD but the oak aging does add some complexity. If this were available in a smaller bottle I might try it again.

merlin48, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep amber, with an off white head. Aromas that are oaky and a small presence of a dark fruit. In the taste, an oaky plum, alcohol, yet very minimal. A small alcoholic burn, and a alcoholic aftertaste, small oaky flavor left behind as well. Big taste, but it is smooth. Great sipping beer.

OWSLEY069, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - reddish dull brown with a decent off-white head
S - Rich vinous malts, vanilla, oak and alcohol warmth dominate.
T - follows the nose but with a nice underlying brush of belgian candi sugar and belgian yeasts.
M - full bodied, medium carbonated, sweet and warming
D - one is plenty at this ABV but well done and thoroughly enjoyable!

barleywinebrewer, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of chefdejour
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle - no BOD.

A: Amber brown with a 1/2 " thick creamy head that dissipated to nothing. no lacing

S: WOW HOT - tons of alcohol and dried fruit - molasses and scotch - spicy aromatics

T: molasses/whiskey flavored bubble gum meets Belgian quad . . . but it tastes slightly thin, if that's possible. Spicy Belgian yeast character.

M: tight carbonation, thin viscosity and hot.

D: This is a sipping beer . . . any more than that and you'll be on your arse before you realize it. One tops, it's quite laborious toward the end, but definitely a labor of love.

chefdejour, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single in a mixed case form the brewery.

Whoa, put this one back, it ain't ready yet. I'm not saying it's a bad beer, but it feels like it needs some time. The nose has some great vanilla and oak notes, but they're overwhelmed by alcohol there and in the flavor. There's a background sweetness in the taste, but again the booze prevails. I recommend this beer because it seems like there's some great stuff going on, but let it sit for at least 6 months before consuming.

tempest, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

AP: Several thousand tiny bubbles stream rather slowly to the top creating a 1" thick, sticky and foamy tan colored head that rises and falls slowly over a beautiful, crystal clear, deep amber color with auburn hues. Amazing long, sticky legs remain stuck to the glass until the last drop.

Nose: Chocolate, brown sugar, caramel malt, single-malt whiskey scent and heat, beach-wood chips, herbal and meaty yeast Wonderfully aromatic until the last drop.

flavor: first off, overall impression...wow. This one is complex and very deep! The oak-aged process has obviously brought this beloved Belgian style to a new level, with a chocolate, oak, and caramalized sweet malt (but not really overlly sweet) It's mind blowing really... The oak'd, wood-chip, aged effect really counter balance's the sweetness. After the oak effect subsides we're left with a whiskey-like flavor and feel, because the 11.8% ABV is noticable in taste and feeling. The leafy green, mild but noticably bitter hop comes on the heels of the alcohol heat which mellows it out dramatically at the end. The finish is a delightful smoked caramel malt and subtle sour and herbalized yeast flavor. The depth and the intricate flow of flavors makes this one of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had. I simply can't keep it down for long.

Feel: Heavy, thick, sticky but damn lively too!

DA: This amazing Belgian style takes on a new depth with it's oak-aged effect, leave it up to an american brewery to *enhance* such a beloved style, the name is appropriate for this reason. 11.8% is felt rather fast, and eventhough it's highly enjoyable i was seriously buzzed after this bomber...so the key is too enjoy slowly. I have a feeling this stuff will be killer with some cellaring.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of ClassicBrad
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle indicates reason for name of beer is due to the idea being proclaimed as blasphemy. But more importantly, 11.8% ABV. This shall do as a nightcap.

This is Weyerbacher's take on their Quad but with a nice oak aging.

Appearance is a dark brown bottle hue with a simmering head that shows no promise or intent to lace.

You can grasp a good amount of alcohol heat and oak suggestions from the nose; very tingly.

A very crisp quad with influence from the barrel and a slight hint of chocolate in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel was awkward and it felt like I had a plastic bag surrounding my mouth for lack of a better description.

This is a nightcapper. This put me right in the mood to toss on a game and hit the sack... Maybe that's why this review is a little shorter... gnite.

ClassicBrad, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of Franchise
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering pours a maroon clear body leaving a thin tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma is very strong fruit, dark pitted, plums, vanilla, oak, earthy grassy hop feel. The taste starts sweet upfront, fruity, a bit of heat from the alcohol. The finish is bitter more than expected with a faint bourbon oaky, vanilla feel. This is a darn smooth quad, one that is made for sipping.

Franchise, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased during Weyerbacher's 2007 Open House.

A: The quad has a robust orange color that is highlighted by an obvious reddish hue. As with the Quad that I had last night, the ale is lacking any sediment. The head was large but not to the point that it overflowed the glass. That size quickly receded after pour.

S: The quad's aroma has been almost entirely supplanted by sweet corn bourbon. Some vanilla flavors waft out to match the Quad's cherry remnants.

T: Sweet bourbon in a beer bottle! The strong flavors that define QUAD have been completed crowded out by the barrel aging. Sweet, bitter bourbon notes scorch the tongue immediately, burning with alcoholic heat. As the ale sits on the tongue, some stronger grain flavors emerge, some green grape to remind you of the base on which the barrel aging is built. The bourbon barrel aging was done to perfection here, creating a drink that is bourbon without the punch.

M: Oh sweet, silky sweet bourbon, how I love thee. This beer is a perfect match for the bourbon whiskey fans. Well done.

D: The abv is huge and accentuated by the heat from the bourbon. This is a nightcap, I suspect that I'll sleep soundly tonight.

akorsak, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and solid mahogany semi transparent body. Tan head with a lemon tint. Head starts out big but falls quickly to a thin float. Good lace.
Clear alcohol presence. Strong spiced malts, almond, vanilla and sugar with a hint of prune and peach.
Strong vanilla and oak liquor flavors. Almond, prune, brown sugar and very malty. Aftertaste is alcohol, spiced raw hops and abit of malt.
Full body, good coating and slick.
Good drinkability, this is a sipper obviously due to the high abv.
HD.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a slight cloudiness. Impressive head that leaves good ring lace.

Sweet aromatic sugary malts. Really no balance to the smell.

Strong alcohol warmth in each sip, which would be expected at 11.8%. No noticeable hop counterpoint except well after the swallow. Extremely rich, almost oily; the carbonation is present but not strong enough to counter-punch the body.

This is a one-sided beer. If you like that side, you'll love this beer. It's contrary to my preferences and thus, the relatively light review. If you like mega-malty, powerfully alcoholic beers, this may be perfect for you.

smcolw, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured vigorously with a one inch short lived head carbonation fizzes out pretty quickly after the pour, body is a deep ruby amber tone with a beige fleeting head leaves behind very thin specks of lacing. Aromatics come off with heavy barrel aging overtones vanilla, oak, whiskey edge with deep plum and raisin yeast notes arising from the Quad while fusel alcohol cinges the nose hairs the sweetness is so outwardly sugary, not sure if this is a good thing. Flavors come crashing in with alcohol not hidden at all I'm going to age a bottle of this bruiser to see if it mellows my nose hair is past the tickling point it's definitely burning high alcohol and syurpy sweetness overrides alot of flavor aspects of this beer although it's nice to have a quad aged on oak the charred wood, vanilla, and whiskey notes all come to play but hide the parts of the beer that were once really desireable, man it's so boozy I don't feel like I'm drinking beer anymore this is definitely blasphemy. Mouthfeel is sticky with residual sugars alcohol sizzles on the palate with each sip really begins to become cloying when it warms up a bit carbonation is ample but the barrel aging is definitely evident. Drinkability I'm just such a fan the standard quad and the alright tripel they brew why throw them in oak barrels I don't think it's helps these styles on the other hand I'm in love with both Hersey and Insanity amazing, and this seems much different in color than the standard Quad I remember drinking.

WVbeergeek, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to mjgardner for this great beer

A - Into the goblet, a dark red and brown color, mostly see through. Head faded quickly to a thin island of head in the middle.

S - Aroma is a nice nutty caramel malt, sweet and mildly bitter. Light cherry smell, as well as dark fruits also detected.

T - Taste starts thick and creamy with a bit of carbonation bite. Into hints of cherries with vanilla and an odd bitterness I can't really put my finger on, not bad tasting by any means though. Finish is excellent, very creamy, slightly bitter and dominated by dark cherry fruits.

M - Consistency is medium to thick with medium carbonation.

D - I like this a lot. It's a very creamy beer with very complex taste and smell. Try it if you can...I want more!

umustdrink, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of taez555
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear reddish tan body with an off-white head.

Nose is a mix of dough, tropical fruit, pineapples, cherries, very weak but intense caramel, a very very very faint dry wood, mild alcohol without any burn, and some touches of candy sugar which is very reminiscent of some big Belgian triples or quads.

Taste is full bodied with a strong alcohol note. Starts soft with layers of liquid caramel and progresses quickly into a huge hop bitterness. Dark fruits, dark raisins, dark plums, and big caramel. Ends with a lingering numbing bitterness. Very little in the way of a strong oak flavor, although there are some mild touches of wood, it tends to be somewhat dry without any deep oak flavor. The alcohol really takes hold and although doesn't kill it really hits you hard. Some earthy hops but the overwhelming belgian candy flavor dominates. Ends with a long lingering bitterness and knock out alcohol punch.

I was expecting more in the way of wood in this beer, but overall very nice. I've never really been overly impressed by weyerbacher, but this is really good. Although, the alcohol is seriously strong. I don't know what it is, I've had bottles of wine and other big beers that don't seem to hit as hard as this. Weird.

taez555, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Clear copper amber color. alcohol and oak nose. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet, alcohol, woody actually complex. Clean finish. Very warming. $8.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear deep amber red with a modest head that quickly recedes leaving a thin film of foam.

Complex nose; vanilla, cherries, and so much more. The high ABV is also quite perceptible.

Taste is also complex with the oak being predominant. Bourbon and a degree of bitterness in the finish.

Full bodied and smooth, but feels lighter with no degree of stickiness.

Has good drinkability for a brew with this much alcohol.

techdiver, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Amber with cream-colored head that stays as a single layer.

S- Alcohol at first. The most alcoholic smelling beer I've had. Some banana, a tinge of sour fruit, overridden by tons of sweet malt. A bit of oak, but just a tinge.

T- Initially sweet, cloyingly so. Some oak coming in, and then TONS of alcohol that overrides everything else. Some golden raisins, banana, oak, and honey. Finish is alcohol and sickly sweet malt.

M- Smooth, full-bodied at first, medium-low carbonation, a very warming finish with the sweetness leaving a slick, unpleasant feeling on the tongue.

D- Not really drinkable. Far too strong. The alcohol makes it simply too intense, even for an intense beer lover... overall, i think it'd be good if you lay it down for a couple years... everything's too intense right now.

khiasmus, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of jackorain
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance-It didn't look that good with a head that fell to almost nothing almost immediately.
Not even a vigorous swirl could bring much head back.

Smell-The smell is quite complex with a woody aroma, I also get vanilla and dried fruit, there is also a distinct Belgian yeast "funk" (not negative) as well, this would be otherwise joy to smell were it not for the solvent like assault by the alcohol esters that starts immediately and lingers in the sinuses long after the sniff.

Taste-The taste is very much like the nose, very complex, only more so. There is definitely a wood aged aspect here, raw toothpick, charcoal. Elements of both bourbon and scotch, not necessarily smooth ones. The dried fruits also make an appearance as well in caramelized rum raisin way. There is an underlying sweetness that is pushed back by the solvent like alcohol. The Belgian strong ale nature does make an appearance after, there is a characteristic yeasty-ness and a little wheat like grain. However, as with the nose, all of these qualities are overwhelmed by the big alcohol esters.

M-Medium body with a fairly thick syrupy consistency that coats the mouth in a pleasing way. Carbonation is a little prickly, unexpected given the lack of head.

D-Not very drinkable, the alcohol is overwhelming to me. I have had many brews in the 10-12% that did not overwhelm like this.

jackorain, Jun 04, 2007
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
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.