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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

699 Ratings
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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 48
Gots: 104 | FT: 6
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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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Is a hazy, dark honey color with a shortlived white head and no lacing.
S-Is heavy duty alcohol smell that wafts over from a couple of feet away. Then there is bourbon, oak and some vanilla.
T-Is a dose of warming alcohol and the same short cough I have on a first sip of whiskey. Flavors include sweet malt and dark dried fruits like rains & figs. There is a lot going on in this beer, it's the kind of beer that you could continue to find different things as you drink and it warms.
M-Is pretty thick & syrupy-very nice.
D-I don't think so, it drinks nicely but I couldn't do more than one at a sitting-this is a sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 01:42:25 | More by meatyard
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Magery

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-20-2011 05:07:07 | More by Magery
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured with a head that quickly dissipated, clear, copper color
S: medium nose, malty with good well-balanced barrel-aging that doesn't dominate
T: very nice, tons of EtOH, still a bit hot after a few years of aging, roasted malt, well-balanced and very mellow that comes with being well-made and balanced, slightly cloying
M: nice, creamy, well-balanced

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 13:09:19 | More by wisrarebeer
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-18-2011 20:34:08 | More by victory4me
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jkane101

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-09-2013 15:38:01 | More by jkane101
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pknyc

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-29-2013 22:38:58 | More by pknyc
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany brown with a gorgeous, bready, thick head and okay lacing

S: Sweet caramel malts with lots of dark fruits and some boozy whiskey and oak undertones

T: Very balanced, big, boozy beer; sweet up front but balanced by a dry slightly bitter finish: the bready malts and dark fruits play well of of each other (cherries, dates, raisins, plums)

F: Quite creamy; medium body

O: A boozy but not overpowering beer--I wish there was more of a barrel presence but it's a really nice beer nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 12:55:19 | More by dbossman
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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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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle to tulip. $13 for the single. 11.8% ABV. Sampled 6/19/12.

A: One and a half fingers of compact head - just shy of tan in color - rises slowly and sticks around for quite some time before falling to a thick foamy collar. The body is a medium auburn and almost entirely opaque. The thickness of this brew is apparent from the slow pace in which the bubbles are moving within. Broken webs of lace in modest amounts.

S: Very pleasant nose. There is a wonderfully subtle smokey bourbon presence that in no way overshadows the sweet malt character of hearty bread and dark Belgian candi sugars. Accents of berry laden jam. Complexity is not exactly high and the estery presence is really drawn back, which is a plus in my mind.

T: Again, the restrained bourbon works well with the straightforward and tame quad character. The sweet flavor is balanced towards the end of the palate as mild dryness sets in. Mild bourbon notes find their way back toward the finish. ABV is there, but cheers to Weyerbacher for concealing most of the high gravity. There is some heat, but it's not out of line.

M: Full-medium body with a slight chewiness that is quickly offset by just the right amount of carbonation. Fine and tingling, particularly on the finish. Tongue stays relatively clean throughout.

O: Pretty decent American Quad actually.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 12:30:05 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-06-2012 05:02:37 | More by steve8robin
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3/5  rDev -23.7%

06-07-2012 19:45:40 | More by OriolesFan1008
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-23-2013 03:59:04 | More by RobertColianni
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hustlesworth

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- beautifully colored murky burnt red-orange that clears up as it warms. it's a striking vermilion when held up to an incandescent light turning to scarlet/garnet as it clears. beige head is dense and consistent, leaving little fingers of lace, but falls pretty quickly leaving a shiny film on top of the beer encompassed by a thick soapy ring. the stream of bubbles rising up the middle creates an opening in the middle of the foam sheen, expanding and contracting like some creepy biological orifice.

S- fruity, woodsy, and alcoholic, teeming with complexity. sofy vanilla underlies tart cherries, old oak barrels, apple cider, red plum, dark berries, apricot, jamaican rum, fumes of alcohol, and some belgian yeast funkiness. overall aroma of fermenting fruit punch works perfectly with the barrel aging and nothing seems overly dominant but the alcohol esters. even so, they are in no way unpleasant and may actually facilitate the other aromas up my nostrils.

T- holy shot of bourbon, this one actually burns goin down. intensely alcoholic with a mild but sharp noble hop bitterness. goes from sweet to tart to bitter in a flash. the oak barrels make a definite impact, as do the whiskey remnants. soft vanilla taste creates a creamy sweetness that balances the somewhat harsh bourbon flavor and nicely compliments the hops. i've been swirling my duvel tulip for a few minutes now trying to release some of these alcohol vapors so i can actually taste other things. bourbon soaked cherries & raspberries, plum skin, banana peel, strawberry candy, burnt orange, grassy noble hops, shiraz wine, cream sherry, red grapes, burnt caramel, and a slight toasted barley flavor. finishes fruity and alcoholically bitter with a lasting esterous solvent flavor. could have a higher score if the alcohol didn't mask everything.

MF- rich and decadent, feels caloric like a desert and the alcohol that has been a bane to the flavor profile may actually keep it from cloying. this one has a definite heat to it and the first few sips were like doing shots. there's filmy and coating qualities, but also an unexpected cleanliness after everything dissolves. carbonation is on the low side of medium and alcohol definitely dries the inner cheeks.

D- despite it's tasty complexity, this is a tough beer to drink due to the alcoholic heat and flavor. it would be much better appreciated in 4 oz servings in a wine glass instead of 16 oz in a tulip. i'm no lightweight, and this brew is an asskicker. my only gripe is the up front nature of the alcohol, having had higher abv beers that hide it better. to my chagrin, it takes away from an otherwise great offering.

***note: if the extreme moonshine characteristics are bothersome (like they are to me) this beer vastly improves if it's let to air out in the glass for a few HOURS. even though it lowers the carbonation significantly, treating it as a red wine softened the overall profile and made it more enjoyable. let it open up, decant it if you will, then park it in the fridge and chill it down to 60 degrees or so. think grapes.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 05:10:11 | More by hustlesworth
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-01-2013 03:35:34 | More by ucsbmullet
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-04-2013 19:07:41 | More by KJ2013
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-11-2013 23:57:10 | More by bmjivi221
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-01-2013 00:59:34 | More by Hessian257
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-15-2013 13:51:06 | More by brycevolk
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dcloeren

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-21-2013 19:44:26 | More by dcloeren
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theminutemen

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-10-2012 20:07:20 | More by theminutemen
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geexploitation

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 00:59:59 | More by geexploitation
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-12-2013 02:36:20 | More by jayhunter357
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e30todamax

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-15-2013 19:55:01 | More by e30todamax
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cbl2

New York

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

3/19/2007 $6.99 22 oz. 11.80% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a beautiful clear brown with ruby red highlights. Topped by a thin wispy film of tan head that rapidly settles.

Aroma:

Rich heady, overripe dark/tropical fruit. Hints of cherries, figs, raisins with a whiff of alcohol, and just a touch of oak.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Chewy mouthfeel accompanies intense vanilla and oaky flavors alongside a burst of ridiculously hot alcohol. Ripe cherries appear in the finish, but the fruitiness is dominated by the alcohol and a touch of wood.

This ones needs a while to settle down. It's not undrinkable as it is now, but it will definitely improve by some softening, which only age can provide. I picked up a few bottles, and I'll give this one another go next year.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 19:48:57 | More by cbl2
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alamode

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

12-12-2011 14:52:30 | More by alamode
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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