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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

696 Ratings
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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 48
Gots: 103 | FT: 6
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007)
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22-ounce bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass yields a murky chestnut-orange with a thin cap of beige foam that recedes quickly into a grainy-bubbled collar. A few freckles of lacing on the glass mark the passing of the drink.

The smell is oaky, to be sure, with fruity notes of pineapple with tangy lime zest, plus an aroma of red and green apples drizzled with light caramel syrup. Mysteriously spicy, sweeter and toastier as the drink warms.

The taste opens with a nice oaky dryness that is quickly overwhelmed with sweet, juicy, fruity flavors. Sweet red apples, ripe pears, sticky sourwood honey, and a touch of zesty grapefruit sweetened with brown sugar swirl around with notes of clove and muskmelon and a fine bitterness that emerges briefly in the finish... if only to get its ass beat down with more sweet fruitiness! The brew is spicy with peppery alcohol that warms the drinker.

Full-bodied, sticky, lightly-carbonated and slick. Superb and substantial feel, drinkability severely limited by a smoking-big ABV. The copious booze in this brew makes itself a presence in the flavor and feel of the drink, and in the functionality of the drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 14:26:06 | More by cvstrickland
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - cloudy dark caramel color with no head to speak of.
S - mildly sweet lightly fruity fragrance that is very pleasant. Some alcohol in the nose.
T - we're moving from mildly sweet smells to a quite sweet taste but some of that sweet is from the high alcohol which becomes very apparent now. I get wood; in the taste that is, as well as a little spice. Fruity = figgy
M - viscous but flowing. The alcohol leaves a tingly aftertaste. Carbonation is low.
D - it's good but it's not your everyday beer.
Overall a nice brew if your in the mood for sweet and mellow.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:44:14 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Cracked open a bottle of the latest (2011) batch on release day. I have been so psyched to try this guy. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours a hazy dark brown/amber color with a nice small cap of eggshell white foam that slowly recedes to a collar.

S - LOTS of Belgian spice right up front; more than other Quads I have encountered. Caramel, toffee, and vanilla come next with subtle oak undertones and rum soaked fruits (raisins, plums, dates). Really have to search the bourbon out, but it is there as it warms.

T - Sweet and spicy right off the bat. Alcohol soaked fruits (plums and raisins mostly) come next with toffee, caramel and vanilla. Some alcohol heat in the throat, but nothing offensive at all. Diggin' what's goin' on here.

M - Nice smooth, creamy feel. Medium to full bodied with lighter carbonation. Alcohol heat sticks around a bit, but is a nice warming feel. Highlight of the beer for me.

O - Barrel is well integrated, more oak than bourbon, and was a great beer to get to have. Really looking forward to how aging works this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 03:25:17 | More by KAP1356
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml C&C bottle for $7 from Jersey into a Weyerbacher tulip, split with oglmcdgl. Wathching the season 8 opener of Curb.

Blasphemy into the tulip pours out a very pronounced brown shade with some light reds towards some light. Alot of sediment on the bottom of the bottle so watch out. A small cap of off white foam, no stick.

Smell is different for a quad. I like the American versions a bit more because the candi suga is not as big. A spice rack of spice with a underlining vanilla scent, not overly run over from bourbon, but there is some barrel character. Spice and vanilla, slight bourbon, that's about it.

Taste is very spiced up, a few of them and barrel character. oak over bourbon, vanilla gives off a faint sweetness melding nice like with the spice. Plums with a small grape hit and some alcohol on the back end, nothing to shake a stick at, it aint all that hot.

The heat is very laid back, it's there but not a deal breaker. It works well and remains in the aftertaste and would do me good in the dead of winter eating some christmas ham. Feel is a step up from medium and the carb is light and not bitey. Pretty smooth sailing with some kinks in the way.

All in all, Im glad Dan made this again, it gives me another tick and it shows what chops the brewers in Easton have. I don't think this spent a whole lot of time in the barrels, but enough to keep the bourbon from overpowering the base quad. I'd drank it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 05:30:14 | More by BARFLYB
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into snifter

Pours a clouded auburn color with some ruby hues. A thin beige head fades quickly leaving some bubbled lacing and thin film.

Plenty of fruit scents with pear, apple, and dates. Some oak and bourbon with spice. Light warmth and vanilla, sweetness as well.

Rich and warm up front with candied fruit notes. Burnt sugar with dates and some apple/pear tones. Sticky and somewhat sweet with oak and vanilla bourbon tones and a dash of spice. Finishes sweet and warm.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and full on the tongue. This bottle definitely benefited from about 6 months of age, as the harsh boozy tones mellowed out and allowed the fruit and oak flavors to shine through. I'm glad I have another bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 03:49:04 | More by xnicknj
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a amber tea like color. No head to speak of, very little lace. Cloudy and a tawny brown. Some off white spotty laceing that rims the glass. Good looking quad.

Smells of raisins and other dark fruits. Good maltiness and some booze as well. Smells good.

Earthy hops; balanced brew. Dark fruits and a nice yeasty malt in here. Smooth and finishes slightly dry. Good quad.

Very good stuff here, nice balance and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 14:47:31 | More by magine
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Shroud0fdoom

Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle. Reviewed on 6-24-12.
Weyerbacher always does magical things when they oak age any of their brews. The only thing I see any setbacks with this brew is the appearance. This is "too clean" to be a Quad. It might be from me grading it on the first half (Since this is the 750ml Corked and Caged.) I was looking forward to an ugly brew, yet I found a clean Quad. Other than the appearance, I found this to be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 22:03:50 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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wo87810

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This aged quadrupel is a totally different animal than young quads. It is a slightly clouds, red-brown in appearance. Aroma is dominated by scents of woodiness and alcohol, with something that borders on licorice.
Taste: good malty at first, followed by a strong woodiness. It is not too harsh, but the alcohol and bite from the oak taste combine to give this beer some teeth.

Overall: I would buy again, it is a good beer to sip and enjoy slowly.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 17:59:10 | More by wo87810
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claspada

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper/cloudy golden color with a two finger white head. The head dissipated pretty rapidly, which is expected because of the ABV.

Aromas of white grape and possibly honey. The oakiness is there but not overpowering at all. Smells a little musky as well.

The taste starts off with some sugary/white white flavors but then the alcohol shows up a little. Finishes with an oakiness and a little more honey sweetness. I really enjoy this beer because each of the above flavors play an equal role and don't fight with one another.

Beer starts out thick and solid and still finishes fairly dry because of the oak aging. Definitely a sipper, though.

This is a good, after-dinner, sitting-around-the-fireplace sort of beer. Solid overall!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 15:08:09 | More by claspada
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jale

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Chris for this bottle.

A: Pours a dirty cloudy light brown with very little head.

S: Light roasted malt, oak and apple cider.

T: Booze upfront followed by oak tannins and a strange fermented apple type taste/feel? I get a hint of burnt sugar and caramel as well. The taste is slightly sweet to me. As it warms I get raisins and figs. Drinks like a cream sherry.

M: Medium body with low carbonation.

O: I think I've had this bottle for a while but I really like this beer, in a strange way.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:11:41 | More by jale
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle, bottled 051712, best by 051717

A: Pours a light mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that is gone within minutes

S: Pungent cherries and other dark fruits along with candied sugar, slight oak, alcohol, and malts

T: Follows the nose, with the dark fruits and malts taking full charge. Oak and vanilla take a back seat, but make themselves known along with the alcohol, which is surprisingly subdued for nearly 12%. Sweet, but not overly so. Impressive

M: Moderate-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation

O: A solid example of an American-brewed barrel-aged quad. The barrel merely compliments the solid base beer. A nice sipper, and one that should age very nicely

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 04:03:34 | More by BEERMILER12
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 00:49:18 | More by Fish113d
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 01:16:13 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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Foyle

Wyoming

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper color and cloudy. Pours a thin ½” head that recedes quickly and leaves slight lacing.
Aroma: this brew is aged in bourbon barrels and the aroma makes that evident. Also pick up some fruity aroma (almost wine like), some clove, and a bit of hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat sticky, finish is dry and somewhat boozy.
Flavor: bourbon, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, raisins, and some hops.
Overall: This is an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 01:22:38 | More by Foyle
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked bottle, served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a copper-red, a bit of sediment, good amount of off white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing

S - good amount of belgian yeast, sour cherry notes, at the end some alcohol on the nose

T - up front the sour cherries and yeast, followed by caramel and raisins

M - Not too thick, good amont of carbonation, but a bit heavy on the booze

O - I don't drink too many Quads, but this was pretty good. Maybe a bit hot with the alcohol, but other than that, I enjoyed the complexities of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 03:37:58 | More by ncketchum
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Greywulfken

New York

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: into a goblet, center-pour produced a dark amber brown ale with a finger of tan foam for head. No lacing.

S: ripe dark fruits and boozy whiskey barrels, some hints of spices and molasses

T: fruity sugars and caramel toffee, oak and whiskey, holiday dessert spices and candy apples; woodsy

M: rather thin-bodied, no perceptible abv, smooth, very slight coating effect, just a touch of stickiness

O: having had their "Quad" quadrupel, I find this to be very similar, but with the additional of barrel aging, which produces that tell-tale whiskey barrel flavor overlay - certainly serves the beer well - a bit better than their Quad, but again, I find the beer to be good, but without the benefit of anything to really demand your attention.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 23:59:54 | More by Greywulfken
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cork and caged bottle picked up in 2012. Poured into a Boulevard Brewing tulip.

Pours a reddish brown with a white sand head. Left a little cap and ring. Pretty good for a barleywine. On the nose vanilla, butterscotch, prunes, brown sugar and caramel. Smooth oak, vanilla, brown sugar and candi sugar. While there is plenty of spicy, bourbon bite it's quite mellow. Mouthfeel is very warming with low carbonation. Body is just a bit thinner than expected. Overall, solid bourbon barrel quad. A good deal for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 03:25:36 | More by CowsandBeer
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottled 5/6/2013. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark, rusty orange/brown color with almost no head to speak of save for a thin light collar. Body is nearly opaque.

Smell: Booze soaked dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, red grape skins.

Taste: Big malt sweetness with flavors mirroring those in the aroma. Bourbon soaked raisin and fig, brown sugar, hint of red grape and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Low levels of prickly carbonation. Booze is there, but masked well.

Overall: Another solid beer from Weyerbacher. Strays away from a traditional quad, but still a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 05:03:23 | More by Jonada
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morimech

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml cork and caged bottle. Reddish amber color with one finger of head that did not hang around for very long. The head settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Intriging aroma. Dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, and alcohol. Smells a little like brandy.

The taste is brandy like as well. Surprised this was aged in bourbon barrels. I pick up a lot of caramel, raisins, and vanilla. The alcohol is very hot and that hurts the score for me. Almost seems the ABV is in the teens. Sweetness is kept in check.

The alcohol affects the mouthfeel as well. The alcohol evaporates off the tongue. Enough carbonation to let me know I am drinking a beer.

A lot of nice things going on but just too boozy to be thoroughly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 19:00:53 | More by morimech
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mcallister

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 18:19:57 | More by mcallister
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taez555

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 02:09:41 | More by taez555
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 00:27:50 | More by ericj551
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supposedly an oak-aged Belgian-style Quadrupel, this was a very unique beer with a very unique taste. I had a bottle of this at the Drafting Room in Spring House, PA (suburban Philadelphia).

Really does taste like you would expect an oak-aged Quad to taste like. The typical spicy/fruitiness you expect from a quad with the unique bitter/oak taste the barrels must have added. This was very strong and not very sessionable. Fairly drinkably however, especially when its strength is considered.

Worth trying... unlike anything I had previously encountered.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 05:22:52 | More by webmanspidey
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hoppymeal

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brownish copper, mostly clear, with a small cream colored head that fades quickly. Aroma is soft and sweet, like a nice banana custard, some spices and bread, and a dose of alcohol. Taste is at first soft and sweet up front, spiced dessert bread. A slightly tannic oak comes in and mixes into the drying finish along with a major bite of alcohol that is warming and somewhat harsh. Medium to heavy in body, the beer is easily cut through by the large alcohol presence and the dry oak character. I enjoyed this beer, I liked its large bite of alcohol although its richness and strength would prohibit too much. Will definitely like to see if age mellows this or if it thins out.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 02:02:56 | More by hoppymeal
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Mongrel

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and cage bomber. Appearance is dark toffee brown with a thin, quick-receding head. Little to no lace.

Smells like sweet, sweet dark fruit, toffee, raisins and intense red wine. A hint of banana and Belgian spices. There's not really any whiskey on the nose, just a slight whiff of booze that is more reminiscent of strong red wine.

Taste is rich and sweet, and includes vanilla, caramel, fig, prunes, brown sugar, green raisins, apple. There's not much whiskey here either, but there is definitely some nice oak character. There is also nice Belgian yeast character with only the slightest tinge of banana flavor. The yeast is smoothed out by tons of sweet malts, giving it a velvety profile.

Overall this is a very nice beer that's definitely on the sweet side (a lot of quads are too sweet for my taste -- this one is borderline). It could use a stronger whiskey and/or hop presence, but it's still a complex, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:56:11 | More by Mongrel
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.