Blasphemy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
386
Ratings:
987
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
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227
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Reviews: 386 | Ratings: 987
Photo of bbtkd
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Weyerbacher Blasphemy Quad, 11.8% ABV. Pours dark brown, with a half finger of tan head. Nose is moleasses and grapes/wine/dark fruit. Taste follows, some sweetness, some alcohol taste, with a slight bitter close. Good mouthfeel. Overall very good.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(750 ml bottle, probably most recent release... poured into a snifter)

L: crystal-clear, ruby red liquid; very little foam on pour (not at all unusual for a Weyerbacher beer as of late)... after a minute, all traces of foam are gone, leaving it to look like a red-brown fortified wine

S: strong red wine dominant, subtle vanilla barrel character coloring... smells straight up like red wine for awhile; dark, toffee-like malts eventually poke through... nice aromas, but lacks punch without foam

T: rich, concentrated malt base - caramel, dried berries, hint of chocolate... dried fruits and vanilla, caramel cookie/chew emerge in the finish... aftertaste is moderately dry but carries lingering notes of med-dark caramel malt, brandy-like booze note, and a booze/wood derived mildly spicy/tannic bitterness

F: medium sagging body, stretched oily viscosity; mellow boozy flame alight at a fixed point at the back of the palate... virtually no carbonation, no tickle, flows still - but not a terribly big deal here

O: not too bad considering how off the wall strong Weyerbacher ales have been as far as alcohol profile / solvent-like phenols... honestly, this was the best (-tasting, >8% abv) beer of theirs I've had in quite awhile, however, the consistent raw/rough alcohol character and absence of foam structure/retention in their line is alarming... a bottle this size is a must-share - no reason to do it alone

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a goblet. BB date of May 2019.

Well hidden alcohol in this sweet, moderately complex quad.
Proper carbonation. Hints of dark dried fruits, wood, whisky and vanilla.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottled on 2/23/16, best before 2/23/21.

Beautiful clear copper color with a large light tan head. Great head retention. Looks awesome when poured into a Weyerbacher cuvee tulip glass.

Aroma is a healthy dose of raisin and fig. A little bit of spice as well. The whiskey has really mellowed out but there is just a touch of vanilla. Smooth, rich malt flavor. No heat at all. Medium-full bodied and creamy.

Really enjoyed this one but the high ABV will sneak up on you. I cellared it for a year and I haven't had it fresh but I'm willing to bet it mellowed out some of the heat from the whiskey barrels. It's also a great value, as I picked it up for only $7 at the brewery.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Burnt sugar, brown sugar, molasses, some alcohol, sweet and chewy. This is about on par with the best barrel aged Quads, even Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee.

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Photo of Imperialjake
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Its really hard to rate this as a beer because every sip reminds me of wine. However the smell and taste is that of dried fruit and bourbon. The taste is a bit on the sweet side for me. This "beer" is big and you'll know it immediately after your first sip. I really like quads but in my opinion this one slightly misses the mark. Maybe some aging will do this beer some justice.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork & cake bottle poured into a snifter
2013 Vintage

Pours a deep ruby color with a small foamy off-white head that has short retention before settling into a ring around the edge. Smells of woody bourbon, caramel, toffee, molasses, candied dark fruit & dark malts. Tastes of caramel, molasses, fig & raisin with a sugary candy sweetness. Bourbon barrel isn't as pronounced as in aroma but definitely there. Slightly boozy finish. Medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish. A little rough around the edges, but still a delightful sipper

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/5/17
$ 10.59 (Including tax)/750 mL bottle ($ 0.497/oz). Purchased at the brewery, Easton, PA.
Bottle dated 03/23/16, 03/23/21, at 42 degrees into a Weyerbacher tulip at 42 degrees; allowed to warm to 50 degrees.
Aroma – mildly fruity, as if the person next to you is eating dates. I really had to horn it with my nose deep in the glass to pick up much aroma.
Head average (Maximum four cm, aggressive pour), tan, fizzy settling to creamy, low density and mostly gone while I set up the photo. Diminishing to a two mm ring and thin partial layer
Lacing - none
Body – Amber, chill haze, no effervescence. As it warms, the chill haze disappears reveling the presence of minute suspended particles. No mention is made whether this is bottle conditioned.
Flavor – begins thick and sweet. As it warms, flavors of candy sugar, some caramel, and a light, non-specific, fruitiness appear. There is no trace of hops except for a slight bitterness at the end. No diacetyl nor dimethylsulfoxide are present. No alcohol flavor or aroma are found. It takes several minutes for the gastric alcohol burn to begin.
Palate – full, creamy, soft carbonation

Overall a decent quad, somewhat different in the flavor profile from the quads from Belgium that I have had.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4.5, Overall 4

Edit: price data added 1/24/17

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Photo of KevCan
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared a 750mL bottle at my parents' house. My dad bought it from Craft Beer City in Jupiter, FL. Bottled on 5/8/2014. Best by 5/8/2019.

Look: Medium brown, cloudy. Little to no head.

Smell: Fruity sweetness and lots of alcohol, whisky.

Taste: Strongly fruity and sweet. Apricot. Not really what I'd call a Belgian quad. Apple cider vinegar in the aftertaste.

Feel: Light body, barely any carbonation.

Overall: Neat idea, but disappointing execution. Maybe it needed more time in the cellar to reduce the sweetness.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a finger of dense light tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, oak and spicy alcohol
T: Taste is dark fruits and alcohol soaked cherries, with some caramel and toffee, spicy yeast, caramel, vanilla and oak. This beer is big and complex in the mouth. Swallow is more alcohol soaked cherries, dark fruits, caramel, spice and oak with some lingering vanilla.
M: This beer is big and smooth on the palate with soft but adequate carbonation. This beer has a dry finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this beer rocks the house. Great flavors and complexity that are complemented well by the time in the barrel. I like this one better than BBQ from Boulevard. I definitely need to get more of this.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky reddish brown with a thin off white head.

S - Aroma is raisins, plums, toffee, vanilla and whiskey.

T - The taste is Belgian yeast, plums, raisins, caramel and a nice spicey quality from the whiskey barrels.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a nice barrel aged Quad. The dark fruit plays nicely with the whiskey barrel. Definetly worth checking.

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Photo of dogchasecats
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I can't figure this beer out. It tastes totally unique. It has a sweet whisky-ness about it, but has a fruity vanilla note as well. It's like a beer that wants to be a wine, probably because of its near 12% ABV. I like the description I read below 'boozy' as very apt. I bought a Howler from tap/growler shop. I'm drinking it from a totally inappropriate container, a Yeti 12 oz. The next taste will be from a CHICAGO CUBS 12 oz glass stein.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep mahogany with a nice fluffy tan head and some sediment floating around. Smells of sweet caramel and dark fruits along with some wood and bourbon. Taste follows, but with a strong alcohol presence. Very rich, creamy feel, slightly bitter, and a good amount of alcohol warmth. Overall a good Quad, but a bit too much for me. Cheers!

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Photo of udfan07
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stein and it was a dark brown color with a small amount of head on top. Tastes of dark fruits and reminds me of bourbon with the taste. A great beer

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: cloudy, dark amber color, tan head
A: faint Belgian yeast, dark fruit, booze
T: follows the nose, has a wine like quality
F: lighter in body than expected
O: decent sipper, but I was hoping for more

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Photo of gutbuster
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a densely murky dark amber in color that had a very brief showing of a light brown head, but dissipated completely shortly after the pour. No lacing present whatsoever.

Dark fruits on the aroma. Figs, raisins, prunes. Very earthy. A hint of wood. Boozy.

Up front we have a light caramel sweetness that quickly fades into our dark fruits. By mid palate the bourbon character shows up and mingles well on the palate briefly with our fruits of prunes and raisins. Somewhat sweet on the finish, with a amount of burn from the alcohol.

Full body. Very low carbonation. Dry and boozy.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark attractive mahogany with a one-finger head. Aroma is spice, dark fruit, a little whiskey booze. Taste is bourbon, brown sugar, sugared plums, smoke. Wood of the barrel through the middle. Boozy. Hmm, taste is sticky and lingers, very brandywine; I'm getting some malt and some caramel, user justinb444 calls out "butter" and now I'm getting that too. Alcohol is a little harsh but I've come to expect this from Weyerbacher. They don't worry about hiding the ABV.

Sweeter than I might expect from a quad. Bourbon is not overpowering but present. Alcohol bites a little sharp and overpowers the spice as it warms. Hey, this is not bad.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany reddish brown with a fizzy finger of slightly tan foam that dissipates into a thin fluffy crown.

Immediate spicy whiskey notes, caramel, dark fruits, toasted malt, slight smoky/earthiness.

Strong whiskey spiciness up front, slight flavor of baker's spices, big sturdy caramel and toasted malt bill, and tons of caramel and vanilla creamy sweetness.

Medium-full bodied, high carbonation, semi-chewy, prickly carbonation, a tad boozy.

Overall, I rather thoroughly enjoyed this stab at the style. Would certainly try again and age may do this some justice to mellow it out a bit.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark ruby mahogany with a large head that hangs out for a minute. nose; ethanol-fueled cherry, oak, toffee, hops, & leather. taste; heavy caramel malt, bourbon, fig, mint, citrus pith, earthy hops, light vanilla, oak, and... boy oh boy, ethanol. the booze isn't unbearable, but this is a hot beer. medium carbonation & slightly heavy mouthfeel. a bit indulgent & hot; boozy, but definitely has a nice, complex profile.

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Photo of LMO1190
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Like like what a Quad should.
Smells like dark cherries and whiskey.
A lot of whiskey taste here. Some Quad. A bit of a medicine taste to it.
Overall, this beer is ok!!!!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - Typical quad look. Mixture of a brownish/copper/purple type color. Quickly dissipating head. Legs for days
Smell - Cherries, raisins, some figs and whiskey on the nose.
Taste - Starts off with those dark fruit Belgian quad notes but quickly fades. Fusel booze and whiskey barrel take control.

Overall - I love Belgian Quads but this one is too aggressive with the whiskey/booze for my liking. Insanity or SMS are much better options if you're looking for a big Weyerbacher beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish copper with practically no head. The nose is fairly mild for the style - maybe some vanilla with a touch of alcohol. The flavor profile is overwhelmingly sweet and fruity - in a way that a Quad should NOT be.

The body is very thin for the style. The lack of heft in the body also makes both the sweetness and the alcohol burn hard to take.

This offering is a bit of a hot mess and nothing close to a Quad.

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Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a chalice.

Pours a garnet color, slightly opaque, with not much head or cling. Might have poured it too cold. Smells pretty good- malt, dates, figs, raisins, some cherry, some plum. Light bourbon and vanilla, a slight sherry aroma. Taste leads with the malt, much more bourbon than the nose, figs, cherries, vanilla, dates, raisins, some oak, a little anise when warm. Really smooth, lighter body for the style, but still full bodied, appropriate level of carbonation.

Great flavor, well blended, the right amount of the barrel. Have only had a few beers from these guys, but they've all been above average. This one is well worth a purchase.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @Ozzylizard for this PA gem. I received this in a glorious box of beer greatness in the NBS BIF #3
Pours a deep mahogany with hints of amber. An active and assertive foam leaps upward with a tan head that slowly recedes. Smells of bourbon, mainly bourbon, with dark fruit notes, hints of more subtle malts. Taste is even more bourbon. Bourbon really does take the driver's seat in this. As I search past the booze, I find date, raisin, fig, and slightly burnt molassess. Also, there's an herbal yeasty Belgian thang to give it some complexity. But it is a bit too bourbon forward. It does dominate the other flavors trying to com through. Mouthfeel is medium, yet warm from the booze. Overall, it's pretty good, but I'm wondering how this would be with a year or more on it. Would the booze be a more democratic dance partner? Well, I already popped the cork, so I may never know.

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Photo of CoreyC
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - brown with red hues, super popping carbonation that fizzes away very quickly
S - light sweet malty aroma
T- Very nice sweet malt flavors of dark stone fruits, barrel is very subdued
M - nice smooth
O - Very good and a very good deal for the price. Maybe could age, but very smooth fresh. The flavor reminds me of Gulden Draak (one of my very favorites).

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 987 ratings