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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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88
very good

760 Ratings
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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 50
Gots: 132 | 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 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
Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a smallish just off-white head that melts quickly to a small ring.
Aroma is strongly oak and alcohol, alcohol and oak, with a hint of Belgium yeasts and a breath of banana.
Whoa! There are many, many things going on in the flavor. This one needs 6 months to a year to balance itself out and behave.
Sweet candy sugars, vanilla, brown sugar, oak and whisky...maybe a little rum, more Belgium candy, dark fruits, and lots of alcohol.
I can't seem to stop smelling this brew...it's wild .
I want to try this one after it has cellared a while. Right now it is very hot.

IntriqKen, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber. 1/2" khaki colored head rises and fall rather quickly. It's not the type of head I've come to expect from Begian styled beers. Sticky spotted lacing.
Aroma is boozy. Burbon. Oak is faint in the nose.
The flavor is rich and complex. The oak aging certainly adds to the flavor. Hints of vanilla, dates, and sugar. All with a strong whisky like backbone. This is one huge tasting beer.
The mouthfeel is excellent and imo is what really makes the beer. Rich and full with some alcohol burning and warming. Yet smooth in a wierd sort of way.
This one is definately a sipper. Eventhough the alcohol is what gives it the character it has, it's still not easily quaffable. I had touble finishing my 12oz bottle.
I can thank the Florida Gators for this one.

wcudwight, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of asabreed
4.95/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: A dark amber as the quad would probably be, with not the best head retention but some globs of lacing all over the place, and a relentless off-white ring on the out edges right above the body of the brew.

Smell: Oak, vanilla (and bourbon), plum, bananas, cream, raisins, bread crust, molasses, a bit of sherry, sour cherries, woodsmoke, slight charcoal, some orange (and maybe tangerine), and so much more. Wow.

Taste: I love what's going on here, and to me it deserves a perfect rating. Not sure how or why the pineapple's so much at the forefront as far as the fruits go, but it is. Back behind that is the oak, a bit of bourbon and vanilla extract, maple, caramel, heavy cream, angel food cake, sugar cookies, citrus (especially coming together at the finish), bacterial earthiness, heavy bread crust, sherry, slight molasses, slight tobacco, and more. This is extremely complex, and in this case the meld of the quad with the oak's extracting a lot, and instead of making it disparate and challenging to the palate, it reveals itself more slowly as it warms, with the complexity becoming more and more evident.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, sticky, coating (all in a fantastic way), with enough carbonation to make this a sipper that lets you know it's a sipper, and one I'd treat more like a whiskey than most beers.

Drinkability: For me this is second to how amazing Insanity is (which continues to be one of my favorites). And I say that especially after really not being a big fan of Eleven at all (here's high hopes for twelve, though). The barrel aging for Weyerbacher continues to be a great experiment, and one I'll certainly continue to look forward to. I'm a huge fan of the quad by itself, but this is just beyond amazing. I'm so glad they continue to be ballsy and not only be experimental, but make great beer while doing it.

asabreed, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh yeah, found a new fave. Pours dark brown, looks a bit like a brown ale, very little head. Smells sweet, way to sweet. However the taste, oh yeah how to describe. Quite sweet but balanced with the high alcohol level, sweetness is like figs, strange artifical sweetner, alcohol and spices. This combo just works and it is damn delicious. Overall this is a very serious nightcap sipping beer. I have to get more of this, love it, highly recommended.

Manosbeeroffate, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of NJBeerguy
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the hits just keep on coming form this brewery that stays on style while trying to be different. Blasphemy is a BIG beer that has great drink ability even at this young age. I'm still excited about the possibilities of this beer as it ages. The 11.8% ABV does not hide itself, it attacks your tongue, throat, and senses right off the bat. When held to the light, it shows to be a beautiful light red color. The pour for me was into a large goblet that produced a fine off- white head. The early flavor is all candy sugar with a hint of vanilla. The flavors are clean leaving a light aftertaste that fades to a fruity finish. The glass is coated with the oils and tannins with each sip. Mouthfeel seem perfect for the style. Drink this bad boy with care for the alcohol can and will get you. This is another one of those beer to add to the collection for future use, some winter night to come when a good book beckons, or to treasure in the distant future as the flavors meld and mature.

NJBeerguy, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt from the Beer Yard for this sample.I have been waiting to try this beer for a while and didnt want to take my bottle from the cellar but thankfully I got another bottle and so heres how it goes...Poured into a wide mouthed wine glass.I didnt have a chalice or the like with me at the time.Im not sure what to expect with this beer.

Light red body with a small white head and not much carbonation bubbles.Head leaves a small white ring.Vanilla,oak?,candi sugar and some berry mabey.and some phenols in my nose.Hard liquor taste,like whiskey.candi sugar,spice and vanilla.Warming sensatio in my chest,fizzy carbonation and a bit creamy from the vanilla I think.One 12 ounce bottle is enough for me.The first sips were a bit out of the ordinary for me.Its not half bad at all.I like it and would recommend it but now to a new craft beer drinkiner or the faint of heart.This brew is also hot, I have one in my cellar and I think a year there will do some good.The oak taste is tasty but overwhelming all in the same.The drinkability would be higher but I started to feel a small buzz off a few sips.Deffinetly SIP THIS!

MmmIPA, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber copper color, with a one finger head. Pour retention leaves only trace bubbles behind. I swear, I think that Weyerbacher's labels get tackier and worse every time they have a new item... Great beers from these folks, but good lord do that have some ugly labels.

Aroma is chock full of alcohol, sugar, vanilla, and bright fruit.

Flavor is much the same... sticky sweet malt and sugar flavors from front to back, huge vanilla overtones, and a searing alcohol finish. Not incredibly well balanced, but not quite poor either. The alcohol could be a bit more tame, but after the first half glass, you don't notice it as much. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. Drinkability is fairly low.

I do love Weyerbacher, but this one is a little odd. This is better than some of the other wood aged Weyerbachers (like prophecy). I think this may also be the one occasion that this is better than the unoaked version. I'll be curious to see what this does with some age on it...

phisig137, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Fish113d
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into a tulip from a 22 oz chilled bottle.

Pours a slightly ruby/honey color with a creamy, tightly-packed eggshell colored 1/2 finger thick head. Clings to glass and sustains well. Aroma is quite interesting: Bananas right away is very prominant, while I also detect some cloves and (is that?) pineapple? Very interesting! A bit of alcohol touches my nose as well. For 12%, aroma is quite mild in respect to the alcohol. Carbonation is light in this full body. Flavor is quite mild at first, with the flavor of plums, bananas, and other tropical fruits (pineapple). However, the alcohol really comes in and wallops my palate killing off much of the flavor. I have a hard time believing this is only 11.8%! A bit of bourbon flavor here, with a drying finish, but not much oak flavor as I expected. Actually, after thinking about it, the finish has a little medicinal flavor that doesn't settle well with me really. I enjoy drinking anything Weyerbacher, but this is definitely a one-bottle sitting brew. Anything more, operating "heavy machinery" is out of the question. ;)

Actually, I prefer the Quad over this, but I still am enjoying this one. Cheers!

Fish113d, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher- Blasphemy

Appearance- Dark reddish brown with a big thick foamy head.
Smell- Strong tropical fruit. Pinapple, coconut, banana. Light woodsy aroma. Wood chips.
Taste- Very mild with a strong alcohol bite in the end/ aftertaste. The body is comprised of a "malibu" type flavor- coconut, pinapple, cranberry, banana/ cloves. Slight oak wood chip flavor comes through at times.
Mouthfeel- very smooth and mild, almost bland. Finishes off boozey- strong with the alcohol. This is 11.8% but definitely doesn't seem so.

Overall- this might sound like Blasphemy but this beer was a letdown. Just bland and boring. I guess an aged bottle's flavor would kick it up a level or 2. Buy this and age it- thats my take!

sidenote- I "aged", if you can call it that, this beer for 1 whole month!!

NJpadreFan, Apr 13, 2007
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.