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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 54
Gots: 148 | 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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Ratings: 814 | Reviews: 345
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.

Photo of bruachan
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -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.

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.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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 -0.3%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
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 -34.5%
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.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
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
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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 -12.9%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of jdg204
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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!).

Photo of EPseja
2.63/5  rDev -33.2%
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...

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Photo of kaelingirl
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Photo of Risser09
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of macster
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of ccrida
2.6/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber bought on 6/07, so at least 3.5 years old. I'd forgotten how bad I thought this was until I looked up the review just now. Decent carbonation, looks fine. Smell is pretty good, really nice vanilla notes, but hot.
Taste is the the same, nice barrel notes at first, hints of bread pudding, and them bam - red hot fusels, finishes like a gulp of cheap vodka. As my palate adjusted, which happened faster then I expected (and noticed happened in my last notes - is it the brew or intoxication), I really enjoyed the underlying oak aged quad flavors - but the burn in my gullet persisted as a reminder this would no doubt be better at 10%, unless they could clean up the ferment at this higher gravity. Would have been fun to age for like 6 years, but in my experience, fusels never really disappear.

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First review, 09-01-2007, from which it was scored:
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Poured from a 22oz bomber (thx yobdoog!) into my New Belgium goblet, Blasphemy is a slightly hazed amber with a 2 finger, off-white head, that fades fairly quickly to a steady skim that leaves light lace.

Smell is very rich and sweet, more candi then fruits though, with some yeasty spice and lots of rubbing alcohol fusels.

Unfortunately, the taste is just as heavy on the solvents, not as sweet but very boozy, bourbon with a hint of cherries and black pepper. Like the other oaked Weyerbachers, there's a very enjoyable vanilla presence. Sadly, it's the only pleasant taste, and doesn't mange to hide the plasticy phenols that are running rampant. There is another, more subtle flavor towards the finish that just seems off, like spoiled salted vegetables or something. Not sure what it is, maybe the oak, or diactyl that isn't so obviously butterscotch? After really enjoying Insanity (and Prophecy, albeit less so), this is quite the disappointment. Letting it breath a bit may have helped, but if it wasn't so hard to drink, I'd never have know that...although it went from bad to ok, I'm still hesitent to bump up the score too much just b/c it's getting me drunk in a hurry! Sorry about the low score guys, but what can I say? I'm not impressed!

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side of average for a quad, a little under-attenuated, leaving a corn syrup stickiness in it's wake.

This was not very drinkable. It's super high ABV, tastes super strong, and generally not very good. I'd wager 999/1000 average beer drinkers would take one sip of this and say it sucks. Fans of quads, big beers, and weyerbacher may be more forgiving, but it's probably just the alcohol clouding their judgment after they power through a bottle of this beast! I've actually got another bottle of this in the cellar, from a trip to NY earlier this summer, that I'm now certainly in no hurry to break into. We'll see how a few years treat this. Right now it's pretty rough, like drinking like a sweet/weak brandy, 22 oz at a time! I honestly doubt it will really improve that drastically, but I'll surely forget (or maybe never forget!) about this one long enough that who knows?

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A moderate pour yielded two fingers of thick head that worked its way down to a thin layer of suds after a few minutes. Color was burnt orange that shone like sunburst. Some lace.

S: Very subtle bouquet. Soft malt and sugar notes are present, slightly yeasty. Like a Belgian without as much potency.

T: This has a rather wine-like quality to it, the sweetness being reminiscent of (red wine) grape tannins. Also had an accent of whisky. The oak aging dried it out toward the end, which was nice, much like a chardonnay would actually, and wasn't too parching. The middle is mostly yeasty and sweet, and the transition to the oak toward the finish is also combined with a bit of hop bitterness, blending well. Notes of cherry in the aftertaste. Wave of sweet flavor in the finish washes away the sharpness of the whisky.

M: Bubbly, but not as carbonated as most Belgians. Still rather smooth and slightly syrupy, not as dense and creamy as others.

D: Overall, I reveled in this Belgian interpretation with a twist from Weyerbacher. The oak aging was nice, and added an unexpected quality, making for a unique quaff. While it may not have surpassed its ancestors, it's still a worthy offering and worth a try.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.