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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3.91
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12.02%
 
 
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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 PatrickJR
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into oversized snifter.

A - Clear with slight haze. Reddish, light brown in color. Two fingers of off white head rise with short to moderate retention, leaving some lace.

S - Lots of character from the oak aging present. Wood, bourbon, vanilla, and pineapple all come to mind. Behind the oak aging is a base of dark fruits accented by caramel and butter. Big alcohol presence as well.

T - Sweetness hits first with a big vanilla and pineapple taste. Some dark fruit juice enters the arena with a suggestion of butterscotch. Oak flavors kick in next subsiding the sweetness mid palate. A bit of woody bitterness hits followed by a smack of alcohol. Although the alcohol is extremely noticable, it is suprisingly devoid of harshness.

M - Medium bodied, insanely thin for a quad. Moderate carbonation. Needs more body.

D - For whatever reason, Blasphemy is a very drinkable beer considering the high ABV. Although the ABV isn't hidden well, it isn't hot, which helps. Overall I would've prefered a greater depth of flavor and in the end I think the lack of body is what really holds this brew back as is the case with most of Weyerbacher's brews. A good beer, but not all that it could be.

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Photo of number1bum
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, slightly reddish dark amber color with about one finger of head. Head is pretty fizzy and disappears pretty quickly, leaving some bubbles and minimal lacing.

Nose is quite boozy. Smells strongly of oak and bourbon. Actually at first it hits me like spiced rum, but is clearly bourbon as it warms. There is some dark fruit here too but it's masked by the alcohol. Likewise with some sweet malt and candi sugar. It's there, but underneath a lot of booze.

Taste is much better; still quite a bit of bourbon and general booziness but the base beer shines through more than it did in the smell. Some candi sugar and caramel malt sweetness are here, plus a good amount of dark fruit. Raisins and prunes come to mind; maybe some cherry too. The bourbon and oak are pervasive but add some nice complexity rather than overwhelming the beer like they did in the smell. There's a bit of vanilla as it warms, as well. The alcohol is not terribly well hidden, though, as it finishes pretty hot with some alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and relatively smooth, save for the alcohol burn which takes away from it a bit.

This is pretty tasty, but it's a little too hot to trot in the alcohol department. I like bourbon aged beers, but this one is a little too boozy. Flavor is good but it's a bit rough around the edges. Definitely a sipper. I actually prefer the base beer Quad; it's a bit more drinkable and not as boozy.

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Photo of damienblack
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber, way lighter than expected. Billowing head formed up and reinforced by some lovely carbonation. Head is peach colored, big and billowing at first, settles over time to be patchy. Lacing still leaves a nice effect. Smells like raisiny sweetness, also like a candied sugar thing going on, very pleasant. All sweet, nothing I don't like.

Overall, a mostly sweet, slightly sour americanized version of a belgian, and a good one at that. Very fruity and sweet, with some alcoholic burn behind it. Almost like a very sweet barleywine. Tastes like plum, fig maybe, dark cherry, all the awesome dark fruits, backed by sweet malts. True belgian in style and implementation. Almost like a belgian dark ale, except lighter in body, but a lot of the same tastes are there. Strong, full mouthfeel, flavorful and coating whilst being refreshing at the same time. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit because of the booziness, but that's only a slight hit. This is my favorite Weyerbacher so far, definitely worth seeking out. The barrel aging leaves its mark all over the experience without being totally distinct, able to be picked out. Highly recommended.

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Photo of flexabull
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of seanpachefddfa, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy gold / orange color with a slight white head.

Aromas are of sour apples, honey, cider, and some other ripe fruits like pears.

Taste is strong with big alcohol warmth. Lots of fruit flavors, dark ripe fruits, mostly apples, and a crisp, slightly sour, dry, and biting finish.

Mouthfeel is thick, and very full. I like beers that are this big, and feel this full.

Drinkability is pretty good. This beer needs a little more depth to the flavors, it comes off a little too strong, with pretty noticeable alcohol. But it does have a nice mouthfeel, and good aromas. All in all... it's a pretty solid quad.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper with a two finger white head. Lighter then I would have expected for a quad. The head dissipated pretty rapidly. Left only a little bit of lacing, which is surprising considering how vigorous the initial head was.

Smell: Grape seems to dominate. If I didn't know better I would think I was drinking a white wine. Odd for a beer.

Taste: An alcohol burn right off the bat - the 11.8% APV is clear. The oak is evident with the alcohol, and right after that a mild sweetness. Some honey, maybe? It's hard for me to place, as the alcohol seems to dominate the beer. This is not balanced at all. Some dark fruits come out as the beer warms. It doesn't really taste like beer - more like a cross between wine and bourbon or whiskey. That doesn't make much sense, but it's very difficult to describe the taste. It's not really a bad taste...but not at all like something I've had before.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation accentuates the harshness of the alcohol. Definitely a sipper.

Drinkability: This is a tough one for me. This doesn't taste like any beer I've ever had, and the closet comparison I can think of is Dogfish Head's Midas Touch. It doesn't taste like a quad...and yet, it's still good. If I was blind-tasting this, I probably wouldn't be able to peg this as a beer. It's a good, after-dinner, sitting-around-the-fireplace sort of drink.

I can understand why Weyerbacher has stopped producing this, as I can see a very limited appeal. I wouldn't mind keeping a few bottles of this around, for special occasions.

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Photo of bgjohnston
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was curious to try this beer (their oak-aged Quad) along with a bottle of their straight (non wood aged) Quad. The result of this comparison surprised me, as I expected this one to be the more drinkable of the two.

I poured each into goblets, and let them warm a little from cellar temperature. This one poured a somewhat cloudy dark amber, with a white head. There was a nice fruity smell, with a hint of oak and alcohol.

The flavor was very big, with a lot more going on than I can really describe, but there was fruit, cinnamon, and bourbon present. Unfortunately, I found it to be a bit harsh. It was a little better at room temperature, but even then it still reminded me of cheap whiskey that hasn't been aged enough.

In the end, I found the bottle of Quad that I picked up right next to this one on the shelf to be a much more harmonious combination of flavors, and significantly more drinkable.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice redish hue when poured produced 2 fingers of head which quickly dissipated into a thin haze over the top. Minimal lacing.

S- Very potent bourbon and oak scents right off the bat. Lots of alcohol smell with a hint of sweetness.

T- The first thing I noticed in this fine brew was the upfront bourbon flavor. Not overpowering, as other flavors such as oak and dried fruits mingle in the mix. The alcohol heat is also present.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Not too think, not too thin. Little carbonation feel.

D- This is a great beer to sit down and sip at, and I could probably drink 2 at best over an hour and a half or so.

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle.

Poured a deper orangish color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of oak and bourbon with some fruitiness, and vanilla. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, woody, and caramel. Alcohol burn in the finish.

Notes from: Jul 12, 2008

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Photo of meatyard
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like warm syrup into a snifter glass, yet still raises a good two fingers of off-white head over a clear, copper-brown beer, lining the glass with a leggy film.

Wow, the wood really pops with whiskey overtones. The alcohol fumes carry sweetness as they gently, but firmly grab the nose. Blasphemy reminds me of happy hour in my grandfather's drawing room.

Heavily malted, but not overpowering the hoppy bitterness, as it leaves room for vanilla, raisins, and some toasted flavors. A touch of sourness, this quadrupel warms to a strong brandy.

Rich and velvety smooth with warming alcohol and light carbonation.

Blasphemy is a really nice play on Quad, and is equal to the standard Weyerbacher has set. Great any time, but probably best as a sipper with a book or good conversation while sitting in leather chairs surrounded by a cherry-paneled drawing room as a fire crackles below a stone mantle.

Date consumed: 11 July 2008

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a chalice

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a tight off-white cap. No staying power and minimal lacing. A good amount of active carbonation.

Very astringent, medicinal nose. Fruit, woods/outdoors, ethanol, very complex and rough. Oak, vanilla, cherries, booze, and a band aid funk.

Wow, big dose of bourbon here. Soft vanilla rises about midway through and gives a rather sweet finish to mask the alcohol burn. Cherries, plums, oak, and a medicinal--solvent quality.

Big and billowy, yet soft and supple. Creamy in the right spots, but the alcohol burn take a good amount away from this score.

This is a tough beer to get through because of the alcoholic heat. It is very complex and really needs to be sipped. It's too bad the booze is so forefront on this beer, everything else seems to be in check and right where it needs to be.

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Photo of lessthanhadley
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cherry/Amber color with a think layer of head retention

S: Bourbon, oak, and vanilla in the nose, sweetness

T: Oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, very sweet and boozy

M: Thick syrup like.

D: Definitely a sipper. A very good oak aged beer ould not do more than one in a sitting

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Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, white head and decent retention. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruits in the nose. Bourbon, oak, cherry, and a little bit of vinous character in the taste. Lighter side of medium bodied and light carbonation. I'd try this again for sure.

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Photo of CoalCellar
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my goblet.

A: The glass displays a gorgeous golden/red color when held up to the light.
S: Outstanding! A nose of oak and bourbon with strong funky belgian phenols follows...
T: Outstanding! Flavors of oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, maple, nougat, toffie, caramel, belgian fruits, prunes, raisons....the list goes on.
M: Thick like syrup, the mouthfeel complements the taste...

D: This is a special treat...to be sipped and savored like a fine cognac, definately not a session beer. Hats off to weyerbacher...this is a truly spectacular beer. More breweries need to experiment with bourbon barrel aged belgian style beers...

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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 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 drumrboy22
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from DIM in Rock, Paper, Scissors LIF Tournament. Thanks! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into Westmalle chalice. Beer was a rusty red color with no head. Soft, slow carbonation and no lacing.

Aroma was vanilla, cherries, wood and peanuts.

Taste was very boozy. Flavors were vanilla, cherries, bourbon, brown sugar, green apples and pepper.

Very heavy and full flavored beer. One is definitely enough. A slow sipper.

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Photo of paigertx
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amazing color almost a red ale tint and minimal head with no rings. Hits the back of the tongue and stays there with a sweet aftertaste. Good hop level with medium alcohol noticed. Would not be long night repeat drinker as the alcohol hits quickly. Mouthfeel is clean and lightly citrusy. Best Weyerbacher I have had.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with excellent clarity. Medium head, minimal lacing. Nose- sweet candi sugar, booze, grapes. Taste- medicinal hotness to it, dark fruits (plum, raisin), some earthy wood and of course bourbon. Finishes dry and hot. Cabonation is moderate, body not all that thick.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium to dark amber color with good clarity and a solid half inch of off-white head. Aromas of deep oak notes, vanilla, spicy esters, and bready/toasty malts. On the palate, the oak continues to really soften the beer while providing increased complexity to an already interesting Belgian. It finishes thick and viscous with the tannic quality of the wood really rounding things out. Overall, I think this is one of the better oak-aged beers from Weyerbacher that I've tried.

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

This poured a hazy burnt auburn with a bit of white head. It smelled like prunes and molasses with wild yeast and honey wheat malt, and a bit of citrus hops. It tasted like honey wheat and barley malt, with strong orange hops, and a hint of oakey prunes and molasses. It was fairly thick with lots of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste with alcohol warming. Overall this had a clean, bold flavor that was surprisingly bright. It had noticeable alcohol and a lasting aftertaste, which made more of a sipping beer, although still quite enjoyable. It didn't have as much oak in the flavor as I expected. I'd like to try this one again after it's been aged a few years.

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

The beer was great. Not as good as I had hoped but better than average. I was especting a bit more of the oak flavor but it mostly just tasted like a barley wine. I love barley wine and it fit that well, I'm just expected a bit more. I would buy and drink this again, and I have had a lot of Weyerbacher beer before, it's just not exceptional.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22-ounce bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass yields a murky chestnut-orange with a thin cap of beige foam that recedes quickly into a grainy-bubbled collar. A few freckles of lacing on the glass mark the passing of the drink.

The smell is oaky, to be sure, with fruity notes of pineapple with tangy lime zest, plus an aroma of red and green apples drizzled with light caramel syrup. Mysteriously spicy, sweeter and toastier as the drink warms.

The taste opens with a nice oaky dryness that is quickly overwhelmed with sweet, juicy, fruity flavors. Sweet red apples, ripe pears, sticky sourwood honey, and a touch of zesty grapefruit sweetened with brown sugar swirl around with notes of clove and muskmelon and a fine bitterness that emerges briefly in the finish... if only to get its ass beat down with more sweet fruitiness! The brew is spicy with peppery alcohol that warms the drinker.

Full-bodied, sticky, lightly-carbonated and slick. Superb and substantial feel, drinkability severely limited by a smoking-big ABV. The copious booze in this brew makes itself a presence in the flavor and feel of the drink, and in the functionality of the drinker.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into tulip glass. Picked this up really randomly, I've had a lot of the weyerbacher offerings but I've never had this--or the non-oak aged version of the quad. Pours a reddish mahogany, somewhat cloudy, very good amount of head. After a couple minutes it goes down but retains to a caked on layer, lots of lacing. Really beautiful looking beer, actually. Smell is dominated by oak and a lot of spice--I'm even getting nutmeg and cinnamon in there. Vaguely like a winter warmer. Some citrus notes in there as well. Alcohol present. Taste is really surprising, kind of aggressive on the sour cherry side, actually, especially for a quad. Alcohol is very noticeable, I have to admit. It's good, but it's quite a lot to handle. The usual chorus members show up in the taste as well: vanilla, oak, brown sugar, etc. Very thick body, moderate to high carbonation. Definitely good, but as the label admits, it's kind of a strange idea for a beer. Would have come together better if the alcohol wasn't so present.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 968 ratings.
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