Blasphemy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Ego on 03-10-2007

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382
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967
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
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Photo of br3wmeister
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark orange almost brown beer with some haziness. Small bubbly head that dissipates quickly with no lacing.

S- Layers of sweet caramel, honey and molasses on top of some nice spicy notes. There is some pretty good funk and sourness in the nose and lots of oak. Also hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

T- This is one of the more complex beers I have tasted to date. Caramel, honey and roasted nuts then some good hop bite and bitter notes. Some good pear and plum fruitiness with some herbal spice and bitter citrus. Lots of oak flavors and waves of subtle vanilla in the end and dry tartness, also some pleasant alcohol warmth. This beer taste great, I just wish I could describe it better. As this warms up the alcohol becomes more apparent.

M- Full bodied that coats your mouth with complex flavors that keep on keeping on.

Overall- This is a very complex and bold beer though I wish would have shared it with a friend.

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Photo of bkilpatr
2.51/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/01/08.

Pours an orange amber color with about one finger of soft beige head. The head disappeared quickly and left no lacing. Aroma is mostly vanilla and whiskey. Not very quadruple-y in the aroma, the oak aging seems to have dominated the aroma.

The taste is very similar to the aroma. Whiskey, oak, vanilla, and alcohol are the primary flavors. The flavors that used to make up this quadruple are nearly indistinguishable. Usually oak aging will retain some qualities of the original beer while introducing subtle new flavors, but all I get from this is a whiskey/vanilla flavor.

Feel is thick and syrupy, low-medium carbonation. Drinkability is alright, considering the flavor profile. The alcohol is very present, and there is a lot of it.

This doesn't taste like an oak aged quadruple, it just tastes like whiskey and oak. It's disappointing that something which should have complex flavor profiles has been reduced to what it is. I really can't recommend this. If anything, try the original quadruple.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange-yellow, with very little head but a ring of bubbles around the edge.

S: Smells of a mix of bourbon and spicy yeast also a hint of vanilla. The barrel really is prominent in the nose.

T: Plum, raisins, dates, caramel, oak, pepper, cracker/bread yeast and alcohol warmth.

M: Nice carbination with a dry finish.

D: If you enjoy alcohol warmth, as I do, this is a great sipper. Great beer to settle down with after a long day.

There was a lot of bourbon in the nose but the flavor was more plain or red wine oak. Iwould like to know what they used. Great beer.

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Photo of techdiver
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear deep amber red with a modest head that quickly recedes leaving a thin film of foam.

Complex nose; vanilla, cherries, and so much more. The high ABV is also quite perceptible.

Taste is also complex with the oak being predominant. Bourbon and a degree of bitterness in the finish.

Full bodied and smooth, but feels lighter with no degree of stickiness.

Has good drinkability for a brew with this much alcohol.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

very clear dark brown that has a lot of ruby highlights with a rather thick yet consistent off white foamy head, that dissipates in less than a minute. big ol' sheets of lacing on the side.

very heavy hit of booze off the bat, not a very subtle presence of bourbon, more scotch like than anything. I want to think there is more, but I cant get past the bourbon. Maybe shouldn't have used my chalice.

The taste has a similarly overpowering characteristic, yet it is a bit easier to detect other flavors than in the aroma. I also get some spearmint and sweet malt, not quite toffee like, with some light fruity esters.

Mouthfeel is super dry, and a bit on the thin side for a quad. almost no trace of carbonation, somewhat creamy though. Dry.

I don't particularly care for this, so I can't really comment on the drinkability.

this beer is not all that great, it disappoints in the noise, but redeems itself slightly in the flavor, though not enough.

afterthought: it kind of tastes like a whiskey and coke with crappy whiskey, so still not bad.

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Photo of mhewes
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice dark copper color with a little head

S : Strong oaky smell with some vanilla hints

T : Starts off with a ripe fruit flavor. Has a lot of oaky flavor to it. It also has hints of vanilla and brown sugar. You can definitely taste the alcohol

M : Rich and heavy which works perfectly

D : Definitely a sipper. I could see aging this one would help mellow out the alcohol heat

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A moderate pour yielded two fingers of thick head that worked its way down to a thin layer of suds after a few minutes. Color was burnt orange that shone like sunburst. Some lace.

S: Very subtle bouquet. Soft malt and sugar notes are present, slightly yeasty. Like a Belgian without as much potency.

T: This has a rather wine-like quality to it, the sweetness being reminiscent of (red wine) grape tannins. Also had an accent of whisky. The oak aging dried it out toward the end, which was nice, much like a chardonnay would actually, and wasn't too parching. The middle is mostly yeasty and sweet, and the transition to the oak toward the finish is also combined with a bit of hop bitterness, blending well. Notes of cherry in the aftertaste. Wave of sweet flavor in the finish washes away the sharpness of the whisky.

M: Bubbly, but not as carbonated as most Belgians. Still rather smooth and slightly syrupy, not as dense and creamy as others.

D: Overall, I reveled in this Belgian interpretation with a twist from Weyerbacher. The oak aging was nice, and added an unexpected quality, making for a unique quaff. While it may not have surpassed its ancestors, it's still a worthy offering and worth a try.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, nearly transparent brownish, carmel color. A nice tan head develops. Minimal lacing.
S: Muted. Hints of sweet malts and bread. Slightly fruity.
T: very sweet. Bready, sugary malts accompanied by dark fruits. Kind of like a sweet wine. Pretty good, perhaps a bit too sweet.
M: Creamy, low to medium carbonation. A warming, boozy hang that is sweet, but pleasant.
O: This is a tasty brew, although it reminds me of a barley wine more than a quad. I think it needs a little more to balance the sweetness. This is a sipper, for sure. Give it a go.

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Photo of chaz410
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beautiful beer wonder at the Common Market in Charlotte NC.
Poured a dark cloudy brown body. Thin silky white head.
Smell is full of deep fruit malts, raisens, dates, licorice, honey and bourbon like alcohol. A terrific smell to say the least!
Taste is amazing! Oak notes all over some heavy fruit malts and alcohol. Good hoppy zest at the end that is mostly fruity in nature and slightly tart.
I love this beer and it really should be tried by any strong beer fan!

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Photo of eclipse54
3.04/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle from inlimbo77; thanks man! Bottled on 04/15/2011 (and best by 04/15/2015), and opened almost one later. Split into a chalice and a goblet, reviewed from the former (girlfriend requested the Chimay goblet...).

Pours a light brown/caramel color with some amber and deep copper hues. Virtually no head develops, save for a very thin ring of off-white bubbles barely surrounding the surface of the liquid; no retention or lacing, and the ABV is the only reason this one didn’t get scored lower here (I mean, at ~12% I can’t be too picky, can I?).

The aroma is lighter than anticipated for a quad as well, with date, raisin, plum, some black cherry, cane sugar, light caramel, and toasted malt coming off first. A bit of ethanol pulls through as well, but it’s quite subtle and seems to lend a faint “buttered popcorn” aroma as well (theater-only style).

Taste is, again, lighter than expected for the style. Perhaps this blends a bit with the mouthfeel, but it just seems thin and lacking in the usual unfermented sugar and flavor goodness that more traditional quads boast. Flavor-wise, elements of caramel, toffee, roasted almond, date, plum, raisin, cane sugar, wood (oak and cedar, primarily), and prominent EtOH are the mark of this brew. Much more alcohol on the tongue than in the nose, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel, as alluded, is thin and almost worthy of the descriptor “watery.” The sugary flavors are felt as an almost gritty but certainly dry finish, the alcohol and it’s accompanying burn contributing to the latter.

Overall, this was a “meh” beer for me, seemingly average for the style; I've had worse and better. With almost a year on it, I had hoped the EtOH would have died down a bit more as there seems to be a solid flavor profile lurking in the background. I just wished it had thickened up a bit and brought the intended flavors to the forefront more. Still, another new brew to me that I'm happy to have tried!

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Photo of Spica66
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from randomdanger. Thank you, Will!

A: Deep copper-brown color. Decent head formation and retention. Carbonation hangs on. Some lacing present.

S: Deep raisin and caramel with a hint of apple. Very light on the Belgian funk. Smells like a well-aged barleywine.

T: Very complex. Caramel, deep fig/raisin with a hint of apple brandy. Excellent balance. Nothing jumps out and grabs you.

M: Extremely smooth body and proper carbonation. A little too hot for my taste.

O: This is the first Quad that I have really enjoyed.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quarter of an inch head and clear body. Aroma of heavy malt, light bread, moderate yeast, dough, big banana and bubble gum, grape, clove, and vanilla. Pretty thick, creamy texture, and almost flat carbonation. No alcohol initially, slights hints as the finish lingers.

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Photo of nickss
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with a thin white head.

Smells-Vanilla, caramel,bourbon.

Tastes- The bourbon flavor was a bit over powering. But once the alcohol flavor faded a bit there is some brown sugar/vanilla sweetness that saves the beer from being to boozy.

MF-Very boozy beer with little to no carbonation.

Overall-Better than most beer with such a high ABV. The sweetness manages to prevent it from being too overwhelming but I will probably stick to Tripels and Dubbels in the future.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of macster
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange color. Produces a 1/2" off-white tight head. Little lacing noted.

First whiff is that of bourbon-soaked raisins and fresh cut oak. Lots of vapor-like alcohol fills the nose. Some subtle fruity aromas of cherry, apple, peach come through along with hints of brown sugar and toasted malts.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and creamy. A much subtler carbonation than expected from a Belgian style ale. Quite full, chewy and enjoyable though.

Flavor starts out sweet with fruity notes of apples, cherries, vanilla bean, oranges and light brown sugar. As the beer is swallowed the alcohol really kicks in being a bit solvent-like and hot. However, pleasant notes of bourbon, wood, spices and faint hops come through in the long finish.

Overall a bit coarse and would probably do well with a few years of aging, but good stuff and worth looking for.

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

The Quad was my real introduction to the term wow.

I first had Weyerbacher's Quad in the winter of 2002, I was blown away by the intense flavors and complexity.

I have had one bottle of Blasphemy prior to last night, and had aged this particular bottle for almost 1 year in my keg closet.

Poured about 18 oz of 22 oz bomber into a Duvel Tulip. The bottle had developed a significant layer of lees/debris in the bottom that I had no intention of pouring. To the best of my knowledge this beer is NOT bottle conditioned.

The appearance is slightly lighter than I recall the first Quad I had years ago, but it is a brilliant ruby highlighted amber color with outstanding clarity. The head is minimal and fades quickly, not surprising at nearly 12% abv and barrel aged.

The aromas are heavy of oak, red wine, and alcohol, with hints of vanilla, cherries, dried orange peel and pink grapefruit.

As it warms it develops a fruity malt ester character reminiscent of an English barley wine that blends with the alcohol. Very little Belgian spice character, namely cloves and peppery spice is detectable.

The flavor is initially a flood of wood and alcohol. I picked up similar notes and character to very good merlots and pinot noirs. The flavor had subtle hints of bready and peppery notes from the yeast but the character is dominated by the wood aging and alcohol, but not in an offensively off putting way.

Even at its heft, the alcohol was warming but not nearly hot or burning, perhaps the age helps this, but it was a very pleasant sipper on a cold night.

I have had an on again off again appreciation of Weyerbacher, but the Quad and its off shoot Blasphemy is definitely a unique and well done beer on their end. I would lean them more toward Belgian Barley wines than Quads or certainly not Strong Dark. In any case it is a worthy beer to experience and should be had more than once to appreciate its complexity and character. And it sparks my interest in getting a regular Quad which I have not had in a long time.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a lot of yeast floating around and a small, 1/8" or so, off-white head that fades quickly to a sticky ring.

Smell is honey, alcohol, some muted oak, caramel, figs, and cherries.

Taste starts with some sweet honey, caramel, and candied figs, before a slight alcohol burn. Oaky vanilla and cherry flavors lead into some sweet caramel and a spicy alcohol finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Feels a bit thin for a quad.

Very tasty and extremely drinkable. Almost too easy to drink, given the ABV. Like a previous reviewer noted, the alcohol is present, but never hot. Another great brew from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of threeviews
4.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (Bottled On: 05/08/14, Best By: 05/08/19) into a Rastal 2.0 stemmed glass. (initial pour was ~15oz)

A- Where I have seen bottle conditioned beers with lees that cake nicely to the bottom, this particular bottle had considerable sediment that was very easy to rouse. That said, a careful pour produced a mostly clear (with a few floaties), deep ruby color with a minimal, white, soapy head. (4.5)

S- Equally intense and complex. Brown sugary malts and a medley of Bourbon-soaked fruits: Cherry, Plum, Banana, Plum, Raisin and hints of Chocolate and Vanilla. Absolutely no alcohol is found in the nose. (5.0)

T- A blast of tart cherry and Granny Smith apple attack first, followed by brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness. Later, some oak tannin, bourbon and alcohol rise from seemingly out-of-nowhere, pushing the tart and sweet aside to dry things out. (5.0)

M- The bottle conditioning produces a pronounced (bordering on prickly) carbonation that masks an otherwise viscous beer in medium-bodied armor. Couple that with the immense flavor explosion on the palate and I find myself grabbing the glass with increased frequency. I have consumed less brazen beers that had much lower drinkability. (4.75)

O- This is another massive and massively enjoyable offering from Weyerbacher. The more I contemplate, if a Manhattan and a Belgian Dark Ale produced offspring, Blasphemy would be the result. Weyerbacher knows big beers and their barrel-aging program is sadly overlooked with Blasphemy topping the list. What's more, the value for a beer of this magnitude is ~$8/bottle and cannot think of a better BBA beer for that value. Now, if they Barrel-Aged Tiny and Merry Monks as well, I just may not seek out another brewery. (5.0)

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cracked this with my good buddy pehlman. yet another awesome beer to add to the list of awesome beers that he owes me.

pours a clear amber color with a one finger white head. small lacing.

smell is by far the best thing about this beer. sweet. dark fruit with a boozy back. seriously this beer smells good enough to bathe in.

taste is good. i get a wide variety of flavors. sweet, bitter, strong booze. tried munching on a few rasinets while drinking and its a match made in heaven.

mouth is slightly thick and sweet with a prevalent booze presence.

a tasty beverage and i am glad that ive had it. not my favorite quad but still rather good. boring review but who really cares.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

First thing that comes to mind is WOW!
This is great it's kind of like a low abv bourbon boilermaker. The bourbon flavors and aromas are extremely prevalent. They mingle well with the Belgian yeasty flavors ones would expect from a quadruple. This is perfect harmony, the hops keep the sweet bourbon flavors in check while the malt is all smooth and graceful. Alcohol is a little strong on the nose but it's well hidden on the tongue. This was only 9$! For a something that is aged 2 years they could easily charge more but they don't! You have to try this if you like beer and you like bourbon.

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Photo of Aenema
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aged for about a year.
Appearance - Pours a clear mahogany topped with a thin, off white head and no lacing.
Smell - Lots of vanilla, some oak, dark fruit/raisin.
Taste - Dark fruit, alcohol, some vanilla. Lots of heat.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Smooth but still very boozy, rather hot after a year of aging.
Overall - Quick enjoyable and an interesting change of pace. I went back and forth on this one, some interesting flavors though it has a lot of heat and lacks integration.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a an off white head that recedes quickly

S: Banana, concord grapes, plum, fig, blackberry, currant, mixed with a strong oaky whisky sort of ether

T: Almost bittersweet dark fruit, as if the dark fruits were drained of their sugary flesh and sun-dried. Figs, plums, dark berries, all dried out up front, with a hint of sweetness in the middle that's quickly followed by a dry, oaky, woody whisky finish

O: This is a great interpretation of the style, but I much prefer a straight up quad to one thats been aged in bourbon/whiskey/scotch barrels

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 967 ratings.
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