Blasphemy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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88
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970 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ego on 03-10-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
970
Reviews:
383
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
222
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8
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Photo of mendvicdog
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark copper body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Oaky, alcohol-drenched aroma. Lesser notes of raisins, vanilla, toasted coconut, and malts, but you can easily foresee the punishment coming up in the flavor.

Taste: Strongly oaken and boozey all wrapped up with a harshness. No surprises there. Unfortunately, it squashes the delicate vanilla, coconut, and malt flavors. Mild spiciness. Hint of nut shells. Golden raisins marinated in ethanol. Boozey, astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe a few years in the cellar would help Blasphemy come together better, but as it stands, I'd rather just stick with the QUAD. Even the dude on the label is struggling to keep it down.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."

--George Bernard Shaw

Rose-tinted kumquat with a massive amount of suspended yeast. The golden ecru colored crown is the appearance's only misstep. The light and airy foam is fizzy and unsticky, which leads to a rapid disappearance and a clean snifter.

The aroma isn't knocking my socks off either. It lacks power and personality, smelling more like oak barrels than a quadrupel. There's a little caramel and a smattering of fruit, but an above average score is as much as it deserves.

For the unaware, this beer is Weyerbacher Quad aged in oak barrels. Just like the base beer, Blasphemy tastes much better than it looks or smells. While I'd need to drink them side-by-side to pick a favorite, I'm really enjoying the caramelized sugar and vanilla notes of this one.

The brewery doesn't say, but I wonder if those barrels previously held bourbon. Then again, the oak is probably enough to accent the beer with the exact same flavor notes with which it accents whiskey. Specifics include well-toasted bread, caramel, ripe figs, cherries, bitter orange and plenty of oak. There's a little too much unmasked alcohol for the next highest score to be a consideration.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a letdown. It starts out thin and fizzy (just like the head). The good news is that it firms up over time and is eventually lightly sticky-slick and gently bubbled.

If the rumors are true, it's too bad that Weyerbacher has decided to give Blasphemy the axe. I'd like to see them continue to tinker (with both Quad and this beer) in an effort to create something truly special. It wouldn't take much. Besides, the craft beer world can always use a good oak-aged quadrupel.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to melbatoast 93 for this'un; thanks Hart!

Pours an effervescent caramel with a pinky of tan head. Zero head retention & a smidge of lacing, nice oily appearance

S: Nice vanilla & rum

T: Nice toffee notes, warming booze, vanilla, &rum soaked raisins up front. Some tangerine & pineapple, plus candi sugar to go along with nice vanilla & oakyness, toffee & nice booze warmth as this warms up. Finishes dry, fruitty & sweet. More malt sweetness or some complexity would've pushed this towards a 5.0

MF: Sticky/syruppy with low carbonation

Drinks great, you do feel the heft, but a damn fine quad!

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Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a slight cloudiness. Impressive head that leaves good ring lace.

Sweet aromatic sugary malts. Really no balance to the smell.

Strong alcohol warmth in each sip, which would be expected at 11.8%. No noticeable hop counterpoint except well after the swallow. Extremely rich, almost oily; the carbonation is present but not strong enough to counter-punch the body.

This is a one-sided beer. If you like that side, you'll love this beer. It's contrary to my preferences and thus, the relatively light review. If you like mega-malty, powerfully alcoholic beers, this may be perfect for you.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that I got to catch the end of with Ding down at the Brick Store

A - Poured a very nice and reddish tinted brown with a smallish tan head of lace peaking over the top and giving away quietly to a thin layer of stickiness across the top. Nice color on this as the red tone was easily visible.

S - The aroma was full of a bourbon barrel like smell. Lots of wood in here with a bit of a whiskey like hotness. A touch of something else running around in there too, maybe cherries. A touch of yeast up front but nothing too drastic.

T - The flavor was very big. This is a big beer at over 11% abv and it was obvious. The flavor was full of barrel aged goodness. A really great job aging this one here. Notes of bourbon and a touch of cherry were very noiceable on top of the nice full yeast flavor. The alcohol was very present and still a touch hot, but still a very nice treat.

M - Very smooth, it was a bit thicker then I thought it would have been and most of the carbonation long ago died giving it a somewhat syrup like feel, although significantly lighter.

D - Very nice sipper, though more then a glass is gonna hurt you in the end. This was a monster and there was no mistaking it.

Overall Weyerbacher usually does a fantastic job with the barrel aging and this was proof of that. A very big Quad that beared its teeth and took a bite, but wasnt as big as it could have been. Very nice flavors and very robust I would love to try this one again some day. Very nice.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured into my Stoudt's Y2K Ipa Tulip glass. Fleecy but massive head that evolves into a moderate 2 finger head that allows a decent skirt of lace. Brilliant deep garnet with a copious amount of bubbles that rise and settle into a band of pin sized globular bodies. A smooth tan head adorns the liquid resembling frosting.

Aroma - Subdued at first, the smell over overripe bananas and caramelized sugar is evident. Boozy, slightly woody sweetness pervades.

Taste - Estery, creamy and spicy roundness in the first sips leads to a relaxed smooth maltiness. Creamy and syrupy as oak seeps from the nose of this fine ale while it begins to warm. Slightly sour cherry acidity, and somewhat tannic qualities with hints of light brown sugar. A tinge of saltiness is felt along with alcoholic warmth in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Chewy, round, warming booziness. Mellow spiciness with a subtle creamy quality. The alcohol is evident coating the mouth with a sugary dryness. Incredible feel with above average carbonation to match the strength.

Drinkability - A blend of sweetness and booziness dominate this fruity and slightly spicy quad. A subtle woody effect and pleasant mouthfeel allow this strong ale to unleash the vigor and suppleness in equal measure. A very drinkable beer that lets you know it is a contender up front.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, it was Heresy, now it's Blasphemy! As a practicing Beer Monk (Brother Woody with the Order of Disorder), I find myself taking exception to the naming of some of these beers. Of course, once I begin to sample them, my earlier concerns melt away like the polar ice caps.

It started with a nice, foamy finger of medium-tan head but the retention was so marginal that when I looked back, it had dissipated into wisps. The color had a slight haze, but it was definitely a deep-amber with reddish highlights. The nose was very oak-y, with lots of vanilla, caramel and coconut evident. The mouthfeel, besides being medium-to-full, was really HOT! This beer seems to cry out to be aged. This is what I have deemed a "Now 'n' Later beer" after the children's candy that advised "Have some now, and save some for later." I might have to see about procuring another bottle for cellaring purposes. After the initial heat died down, I tasted a lot of dried fruit - raisins, prunes, even banana along with the sweet caramel and vanilla that I noted on the nose. The finish was still really sweet and coupled with its high ABV, one was plenty on this go-'round. If I can score another, it will go in the basement to await its time.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. 2011 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep burnt orange. Not much head and no retention. Light in color for the style.

Smell - Bourbon, cherries, and booze. Caramel malts and Belgian candi sugar. Maybe some yeastiness.

Taste - More quad on the taste than the smell. The bourbon is less intense. Cherry and dark fruits. Sweet caramel malts. I'm such a sucker for this sort of beer.

Mouthfeel - Thick for a quad. Syrupy, but nice. Boozy and low carbonation.

Overall - These are my guilty pleasure. Giant, boozy, sugar bomb quads. I know it's not what a great quad should taste like (I love those, too), but it's still like drinking candy.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured vigorously with a one inch short lived head carbonation fizzes out pretty quickly after the pour, body is a deep ruby amber tone with a beige fleeting head leaves behind very thin specks of lacing. Aromatics come off with heavy barrel aging overtones vanilla, oak, whiskey edge with deep plum and raisin yeast notes arising from the Quad while fusel alcohol cinges the nose hairs the sweetness is so outwardly sugary, not sure if this is a good thing. Flavors come crashing in with alcohol not hidden at all I'm going to age a bottle of this bruiser to see if it mellows my nose hair is past the tickling point it's definitely burning high alcohol and syurpy sweetness overrides alot of flavor aspects of this beer although it's nice to have a quad aged on oak the charred wood, vanilla, and whiskey notes all come to play but hide the parts of the beer that were once really desireable, man it's so boozy I don't feel like I'm drinking beer anymore this is definitely blasphemy. Mouthfeel is sticky with residual sugars alcohol sizzles on the palate with each sip really begins to become cloying when it warms up a bit carbonation is ample but the barrel aging is definitely evident. Drinkability I'm just such a fan the standard quad and the alright tripel they brew why throw them in oak barrels I don't think it's helps these styles on the other hand I'm in love with both Hersey and Insanity amazing, and this seems much different in color than the standard Quad I remember drinking.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can't find a vintage on the bottle.
Pours a clear deep orange/amber with a bubbly white head the dissipates, but never really goes away. Smell is sugary sweet with lots of dark fruits cherries and plums predominantly a bit of vanilla and rubbing alcohol. The alcohol stings the nose if I take a deep breath after swirling the glass a bit. Taste is sweet with cherries prunes and plums, some oaky vanilla and a whole lot of hot alcohol. Harsh alcohol burn! Mouthfeel is sticky, body is thick, carbonation is medium. I don't know how to feel about this one. It is hot as hell, there is no hiding of the alcohol here. I think its tasty but the burn is a bit to much to allow me to enjoy this one, maybe with some age?

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Photo of stakem
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml corked and caged bottle which I believe is from a fresh release. The brew appears a clouded mahogany color with lighter orange clarity seen around the edges. A tan khaki head rests atop with decent retention.

The aroma comes across very sweet like candy or beet sugar moreso than malt. As I smell the beer more, I pick up a little hint of caramel, toffee and vanilla with fruity alcohol. Some herbal and cheesy aspect evolves as it opens up.

The taste is sweet like candy then notes of toffee, caramel and vanilla come out from the barrel aging along with a little herbal note mixing with whiskey. There is a raw woody aspect and mild oxidation noticed as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy yet some of that is hidden by the excessive amount of residual sugar. After drinking some of this I could not tell if I was drunk or on a sugar high...

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 970 ratings.
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