Blasphemy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by Ego on 03-10-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
971
Reviews:
383
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
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73
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222
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8
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Ratings: 971 |  Reviews: 383
Photo of atsprings
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a decent head that diminished rather slowly to nothing. The aroma was of dark malts, dried fruits and some subdued hops. The taste was extremely complex. Dried fruit dancing nicely with a subtle oak flavor. The beer was heavy but not overbearing, excellent alcohol warmth. This was a unique enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jampics2
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

Looks decent in the glass, an orangeish garnet red color with some honey yellow edges. The color is fine, but the beer is not dense looking (it looks like it may have been filtered) and the head retention is nonexistent. It just doesn't compare to a Westy 12 or Rochfort 10, which I consider to be the crème de la crème of quads.

Smell is good, though. Touch of dark fruit, Belgian sugar candy, banana, bourbon, oak, and a touch of vanilla and caramel. The malt is certainly sweet and it seems like the barrel has a chance to shine because the yeasty esters are just not too expressive. I'd like a touch more raisin, fig, and plum notes though for this to be rated higher as a quad.

Upon taking the first sip, I'm taken aback at how deep and complex this is. There's a plethora of fruit tastes, notably fig, plantain, raisin, and cherry. The malt is sweet and reminiscent of caramel with just a touch of toast. The barrel adds nice bourbon, vanilla, and oak. There is a lot of booze, but that's OK for a 12% BA beer. A wonderful sweet vanilla, raisin and caramel aftertaste lingers. This tastes really nice and, aside from more yeasty esters and a touch less booze, this is a really good BA quad.

I like the way this beer feels in general, but, for the style, I have had American quads with more body that I like more. This is decent, though, but looses its malty focus because the malt isn't heavy enough to ground everything. Carbonation is nice, and the finish has some great lingering flavors but a touch too much noticeable alcohol. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again. It's an adventurous take on the quad and I think Weyerbacher hit the mark. However, to rate this up there with the best quads in the world would be a sin. But to give it poor marks would be utter blasphemy.

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Photo of shehateme
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

A pour from a bottle thanks to onix1agr.

A- a small cap of off white head that holds just a bit and settles to a solid ring and a few wisps on top. Hazy dark orange brown in color with some red highlights and a nice glow when held to light.

S- caramel sweetness up front with a good alcohol punch and hints of spice.

T- opens up sweet and bready with some fall spice hits. The barrel gives an added layer of sweetness with some vanilla and a good bit of booze. The flavors come together nicely and I can't stop thinking of a holiday baked good.

M- on the fuller side of medium in body and rather light in carb. There is a good amount of heat on the palate and belly for that matter.

O- well integrated barrel profile and nicely done over all but a bit overly sweet are rough around the edges. I'm going to bet with some time down this would be amazing.

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Photo of twenty5
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Poured into a 20oz pint glass
Orange-amber in color. Thick off-white head that fades quickly but the lace lingers.
Strong vanilla, alcohol, borbon oak aroma.
The flavor is a warm fruity vanilla oak alcohol and as it gets warmer the alcohol begins to dominate.
Nice mouthfeel and surprisingly drinkable. I should have saved this bottle until January or February

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Vylo
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of very active deep tan bubbley head finely calms to about a half an inch. It sits attractive in the glass with a ruby amber glow. Nose is wonderfully syrupy sweet with great complexity. Showcases notes of vanilla taffy, honey, soft spicey slchol and banana. There is a hint of woodsy oak tword the end of the nose. On first sip you get a loud mixture of sharp spice fronted alchol, and a peppery biscuity richness. Sweet tones are of buttery dark fruit. Alchol is very present throughout the palate and hop in the belly. There is a dry bitterness on the finish that I actually pick up a bit of coconut rum. Mouthfeel is of thick bitter spice. With these facts it is as drinkable as it could be being this big and hot.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

AP: Several thousand tiny bubbles stream rather slowly to the top creating a 1" thick, sticky and foamy tan colored head that rises and falls slowly over a beautiful, crystal clear, deep amber color with auburn hues. Amazing long, sticky legs remain stuck to the glass until the last drop.

Nose: Chocolate, brown sugar, caramel malt, single-malt whiskey scent and heat, beach-wood chips, herbal and meaty yeast Wonderfully aromatic until the last drop.

flavor: first off, overall impression...wow. This one is complex and very deep! The oak-aged process has obviously brought this beloved Belgian style to a new level, with a chocolate, oak, and caramalized sweet malt (but not really overlly sweet) It's mind blowing really... The oak'd, wood-chip, aged effect really counter balance's the sweetness. After the oak effect subsides we're left with a whiskey-like flavor and feel, because the 11.8% ABV is noticable in taste and feeling. The leafy green, mild but noticably bitter hop comes on the heels of the alcohol heat which mellows it out dramatically at the end. The finish is a delightful smoked caramel malt and subtle sour and herbalized yeast flavor. The depth and the intricate flow of flavors makes this one of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had. I simply can't keep it down for long.

Feel: Heavy, thick, sticky but damn lively too!

DA: This amazing Belgian style takes on a new depth with it's oak-aged effect, leave it up to an american brewery to *enhance* such a beloved style, the name is appropriate for this reason. 11.8% is felt rather fast, and eventhough it's highly enjoyable i was seriously buzzed after this bomber...so the key is too enjoy slowly. I have a feeling this stuff will be killer with some cellaring.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cam for sharing this 750ml, new size format and label for this beer.

Pours a hazy orange/amber with brownish tones. Beige head retains pretty well and leaves some lace, good for the ABV.

Nice smell. Big bourbon and oak there but not overpowering, brown sugar, dark+light fruits, spice.

Quite tasty, improves upon the scent. Lots of banana, apple, and spice blend well with vanilla, bourbon, yeast, caramelly/brown sugar notes. Bourbon is quite strong but the other flavors hold up fine.

Slick feel, a little thin with highish carbonation. A bit boozy, but it is almost 12%.

Really good flavors, it's pretty sweet and fruity for a quad but it melds very well with big bourbon flavors. May pick up one to age.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We were told in the tasting room at the brewery that the barrels used to oak age this beer were from Jack Daniels. Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle purchased fresh from the brewery. Poured into a snifter glass. Appears a dark mahogany toned amber with about a finger of fluffy off-white head. Smells of whiskey soaked oak, sweet caramel, and vanilla. Tastes of whiskey soaked cherries, vanilla, candy, crisp fruit and alcohol. Rich and full bodied with nice carbonation. A very warming beer that is certainly a sipper. Well done Weyerbacher.

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Photo of Dogleg
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of DavidHume
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of polloenfuego
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jayhunter357
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of clvand0
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a tall head that doesn't have great retention, but leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of alcohol as well as a lot of fruit and some spices. The flavors are very complex and alcoholic. Lots of alcohol and lots of sweet dark fruit combine with some oak and finishes with a nice hop bitterness. The body is medium and the drinkability is pretty good for the apparent alcohols. Tasty.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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