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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
Ranking:
#5,163
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
974
pDev:
11.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 974 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of phishgator
2.56/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip glass. Solid copper color with a decent two finger head. Fusel alcohols and belgian sugar in the nose. The favor is too sweet; there are a bunch of unfemented sugars in there. A sipper to say the least. Big malt body and little to no hop pressence. carbonation is fine for the style, but I would compare it to an old ale or old stock ale more than a quad. Not a friend of this brew.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: inviting hazy copper. Looks like liquid candy.
Smell: not a lot of depth but very nice bready, fruity, sweetness.
Taste: Wow, that's nice and from the reviews, quite surprising. Gotta wonder if I'm drinking the same beer. This is a work of art. Smooth (for an 11+% ), mellow even. All the notes from the nose within being overly sweet.
Overall: a big pleasant surprise. I expected a passable quad. Very nice.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

spring 2012 version purchased at the RT 8 Giant Eagle for only 8 bucks.

A - Damn for almost 12 percent I got almost two inches of head that doesn't seem too fizzy which is a good start. Color is a dark amber brown but clear.

S - Smell is also very pungent I get strong oak tones, caramel like sweetness, and also some dark fruit. Little to no solvent alcohol smell which is also good.

T - Like others said the ABV is well masked and you get some raisin/fig like taste but the star is the sweet caramel like toffee sweetness that brings the whole thing together. Not sure where people are actually getting any heat from this since I got no warming feeling or burn on the palate just sweet fruit and oak. It's quite good.

M - Syrup like consistency yet has bubbly consistency to easily roll on the palate. Quite good.

Overall I really like this beer. Sure it doesn't have a ton of dark fruit character but it is a great high ABV quite that hides it quite well. Worth a try.

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Photo of Snellgg5
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of rkasten1
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Pahn
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily. Pours a hazy chestnut and leaves decent slopes of lacing.

Smell: Tangy, somewhat banana-like Belgian yeast. With a little time, some big vanilla oak aromas begin underpinning the Belgian yeast. With more time, the smell is dominated by floral alcohol, with vanilla oak and spicy yeast in the background.

Taste: Oaky up front, then some bland quad flavors, then very oaky in the finish. Punch in the chest alcohol heat.

Wow, what a heavyhanded beer. BAM oak, some raisiny/spicy (good but unexciting) quad flavors, BAM oak again, HEAVYBAM alcohol heat (with some extreme sweetness underneath the heat).

This beer is kind of ridiculous, but it tastes good. My only outright complaint is that the quad flavors in the middle can be a little apple juicy at times. Other than that, it's just not particularly well done--yet really delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy. Moderate carbonation. Hot as hell. The time in barrels has done it well; hasn't lost its carbonation, and has gotten silkier.

Overall: To be honest, I love this beer. It gets right to the point: oak and booze. Not to mention the excellent price: $8 for 750ml of barrel aged, drinkable beer is an incredible value at the moment.

While it's no Insanity (I would say Weyerbacher proved themselves barrel aging masters with the recent Insanity batch, of which I've bought about a case already and will buy more until it disappears from stores), it's a tasty beer at a great price.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky russet tone while yielding a 3/4" beige head that lapses into a thin cap, collar around the glass; moderate lace. nose is somewhat unexciting with notes of raisin and artificial cherry jumping out, also some caramel and candi sugar.

flavor is decidedly sweet although doesn't get to the cloying realm; malty with dark fruit and candi sugar flanked by bourbon undertones. some oak and a distinct alcohol showing, notably in the finish. yeast and a little spice evident... medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this one is decent. i'm enjoying it although i'm by no means wow-ed. worth a try. as a sidebar, it's getting to the point where to me there should be two separate styles: belgian and/or trappist quad vs. american/elsewhere. there are some tasty renditions within the latter category but i've yet to find anything that can approach the powerhouses that reside under the banner of the former.

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of morningthief
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle to tulip. $13 for the single. 11.8% ABV. Sampled 6/19/12.

A: One and a half fingers of compact head - just shy of tan in color - rises slowly and sticks around for quite some time before falling to a thick foamy collar. The body is a medium auburn and almost entirely opaque. The thickness of this brew is apparent from the slow pace in which the bubbles are moving within. Broken webs of lace in modest amounts.

S: Very pleasant nose. There is a wonderfully subtle smokey bourbon presence that in no way overshadows the sweet malt character of hearty bread and dark Belgian candi sugars. Accents of berry laden jam. Complexity is not exactly high and the estery presence is really drawn back, which is a plus in my mind.

T: Again, the restrained bourbon works well with the straightforward and tame quad character. The sweet flavor is balanced towards the end of the palate as mild dryness sets in. Mild bourbon notes find their way back toward the finish. ABV is there, but cheers to Weyerbacher for concealing most of the high gravity. There is some heat, but it's not out of line.

M: Full-medium body with a slight chewiness that is quickly offset by just the right amount of carbonation. Fine and tingling, particularly on the finish. Tongue stays relatively clean throughout.

O: Pretty decent American Quad actually.

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Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of cbutova
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new bottle stood out to me on the shelf. Reviewed from notes.

A- Slightly cloudy dark body with a light tan head. Foamy, fine bubbled cap has decent retention. Good pillow and ring leave thick spotty lace.

S- Fairly bourbon forward here with nice fresh oak, vanilla and subdued whiskey hints. Some banana and raisin but good smooth barrel influence.

T- Yeast moves into the spotlight here. Spiced raisins, banana and clove esters, general Belgian yeast spice work well with oak, vanilla and whiskey. Some cherry and apple fruit hints as well.

MF- Oily thick body with warming from alcohol. Lower end carbonation finishes slightly spicy.

A nice Quad flavor blends smoothly with whiskey barrels.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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 baybum
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of thecheapies
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on tax day, '11. Best before 4/15/16. Splitting with the girlfriend; her pour is in a Westy goblet, mine's in a St. Bernardus.

Pours a caramel plummy amber with little bits of sediment that slowly fall in the glass. Very subdued head. Too many large bubbles that spread and dissipated. A ring and some wispy surface foam is all that's left.

Luden's Cherry Drops and soft marshmallow in the nose. Some vanilla bean, red grape, whipped cream, fresh figs, eucalyptus oil, booze, and light clover honey. Smells overly ripe and effing phenomenal.

Red grapes, fruit punch, bourbon, caramel, alcohol, dried figs, cherry cough syrup, buckwheat honey, and candi sugar. Impressive quad, and a vast improvement over regular Weyerbacher Quad. There's a faint sprig of oakiness in the backdrop that provides some much needed bitterness. This beer is seductively sweet. The bourbon melds very well with the Belgian yeast and fruit notes. Too much bourbon in this kind of beer and it's just brawny and over-the-top. In Blasphemy, the bourbon is mostly concealed only offering flavor rather than adding perceived strength, as one would gather reminiscing having a glass of two or three fingers of whiskey.

Very full and syrupy with all kinds of stick. Stick on the lips, stick in the mouth, sticky going down. Rife with sugars with next-to-no carbonation to shuffle the mouthfeel. Goes down rather leaden with insane warmth on every swallow and carrying some serious firepower. Not a flagrant foul. Treating it as a dessert beer (which no doubt it is), I give it a higher score.

Blasphemy is one of the aces in Weyerbacher's deck. Looking at past reviews and thinking about past drinks, I have to concede to the fact that Weyerbacher is one of my favorite all-time breweries. They do great things, and then, they do not-so-great things surprisingly well. I'd have to be one broke mofo if I see this on a shelf and DON'T pick it up. Another notch in the belt for Weyerbacher, I'm sure, as they must know they're killing it.

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Photo of halo913
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Lynn
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doing a side by side of two American made Quads. Blasphemy by Weyerbacher and Judgment Day by the Lost Abbey. I'm a huge fan of both breweries so I'm wondering which I'll prefer and I'm sure whichever one wins, they'll both be pretty good. I havent had too many American Quads that I've liked but I recall having weyerbachers Quad a few years back and being rather impressed. Both bottles are fresh so lets see how it goes.

Deep amber color with a very thin head, noticeably lighter than Lost Abbey's Quad. Not much lacing. Vanilla oak and rum soaked raisins on the nose. Dark juicy and ripe fruits. Some toffee and candy underneath it all. Subtle considering the size of the beer. No detectable booziness. Blasphemy is much fruitier smelling than Judgment Day.

Very nice and smooth. Body thinner than expected. Pretty subtle, the way quads should be. Subtle sweet fruits and candy on the tip of the tongue. Vanilla and caramel coat the sides of the mouth. Oak dominates the finish but it's not overbearing, just reminds you that the beer is barrel aged. Warm alcohol coats the throat on the swallow. Aging has really mellowed Weyerbachers quad out a lot and the barrel introduced some more complex flavors to the mix. Lots of deep flavors to dig for including hints of butterscotch, belgian candy sugars, the obvious dark fruit bowl mix and even some brighter fruits. Balance is pretty damn good and the beer overall is pleasant to drink, slowly of course. Not as good as most of the Belgians I've had but a good show for being brewed on American soil.

Overall I preferred the Weyerbacher Blasphemy to the Lost Abbey Judgment day but this doesnt mean Judgment Day was bad in the least. While neither can really compete with true Belgian Quads, both breweries did a pretty damn good job of not destroying the style, in fact I'd have to say they both made progress of being truer to style than most. While I do chose Weyerbacher Blasphemy as the victor, it has had the advantage of having a bit of aging on it at the brewery letting the beer mellow out and become a bit more complex. If I recall, while weyerbacher quad was very good, it was a little sloppier than it's barrel aged counter part. Good show by both breweries though, I enjoyed them both.

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2013 release is AMAZING!

Dark fruit and bourbon notes on the nose, cherries and raspberries with notes of oak and vanilla.

Smooth and much lighter bodied then expected. Super fruity and complex. Dark fruits, raisins, currants, rolls into this sweet vanilla infused berry marmalade as the oak takes over. Bourbon comes through just enough to let you know it's there, sweet belgian candi sugar notes make a suprise appearance on the back end. Finish consists of a drying touch of oak making this one of the smoothest Quads, Bourbon Barrel Aged Beers, and above 11% abv brews I've ever had. Go wyerbacher, this beer is ready to drink and one of weyerbachers cleanest tasting offerings yet.

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Photo of shockrocker65
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Vylo
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of closisinthehouse
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ryanonline
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
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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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 974 ratings
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