Blasphemy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BlasphemyBlasphemy
BA SCORE
77.8%
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 973 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Ego on 03-10-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,880
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
973
Liked:
757
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
11.9%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
223
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 973 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of Jimmys
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 05.06.13. poured into tulip.

A: a very cloudy pour. a bit too cloudy considering the upright condition this bottle was held in. caramel hued. head is slightly off-white. good retention. limited lacing.

S: great bourbon character right off the bat. oak, vanilla, heat. a lot of those characteristics with a rich caramel malt backbone highlights the nose.

T: definitely get a lot booze. a lot of caramel too. really rich but not sticky. really present vanilla bean flavor. soft and smooth. finish is filled with sweet unfermentables and more booze. wish I got a bit more Belgian quad flavors out of this. that or fermentation flavors. I suppose the majority was overtaken by the bourbon barrels. not the worst thing to overtake a flavor...

M: a really gentle fizz. subtle bottle conditioning. I think it works well. huge body.

D: really impressed with this brew from weyerbacher. this and their Insanity are two top notch bourbon barrel aged brews imo. got another one in the cellar, should be really good in about a year after some of the heat has perhaps dissipated. ill report back.

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Photo of undeadozzy
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a bottle at a local bar.

Appearance: Kind of a dirty, murky brown color. Had a frothy head that kind of lingered but wasn't very thick. Almost opaque, but not as dark as a stout.

Smell: The second I sat down with the freshly opened bottle in front of me, I instantly smelled the high ABV of this one. The faint fruity smell is instantly overpowered by the rush of alcoholic musk, but you can tell it was expertly crafted to be that way. Not a bad thing, but I've never been attracted to many beers that smelled more like a liquor then a beer.

Taste: Big surprise here. Tastes nothing like it smells. Fruity tones with some hints of vanilla or some kind of other flavoring. Almost a kind of rustic taste. You would never guess that this beer has such a high ABV by taste alone, it hides it well.

Mouth Feel: Thick. Creamy. Almost stout like at first, but then as its small head went away it felt almost like a soda with a little too much syrup in it, almost gooey feeling but still drinkable.

Drinkability: It's definitely drinkable, but after a few you'll more then likely be reeling from its effects. The fruity tones taste great, but for people who are more attracted to scent then taste, this may be a one and done deal.

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Photo of rypkr
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smurf2055
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours much like a brown ale, dark amber with a two finger head, clear.

Smell is oak and vanilla, sweet molasses, and Belgian Candi Sugar.

Taste is fruity, fig, vanilla, date and prune, bit of Bourbon and alcohol, very sweet almost tropical finish.

Really great Quad.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the large bottle into a large tulip.
Pours a ruddy reddish brown with minimal head.
Aromas are vanilla, toffee, whiskey, raisin...complex.
Taste is incredible lots of whiskey flavor and raisin, sweetness.
Mouthfeel is very nice too...enough to chew on.
I really liked this quad quite a lot. Very nice balance and big flavor!

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kaelingirl
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 fatmcb1
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a wine glass

Pours a hazy light brown that leaves a thick ring of head.

The smell is very sweet, lots of candied malt. Also, there is plenty of dark fruit - figs, raisins, and cherries. Reminiscent of some brandy qualities.

Taste encompasses all of the previously mentioned qualities, but adds some layers. The bourbon and oak really come out more in the taste. Also, there is definitely some vanilla. A very complex taste!

Full body and low carbonation, which works well for this beer.

Overall, it is enjoyable, and definitely a sipping beer. Big full nose and taste. I particularly liked how they integrated the bourbon barrel without it overpowering the other flavors.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 wchesak
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a La Fin du Monde Tulip

A- like a brown ale with hints of red and orange, not too much head, a thin pale tan color

S- sweet toasted toffee with hints of vanilla and cherry

T- can pick up the alcohol right off the bat but then leaves for malt and then slight bourbon taste, the alcohol hits in the chest but is more warming than hot

M- alcohol certainly noticeable but every thing else coming through masks it well, nice carbonation bite towards the end of the drink that turns into the smooth vanilla notes of bourbon

D- so great, loved the quad and love this even more

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Photo of atsprings
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 jera1350
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber brown with a ring of sandy colored foam that retains well but leaves little lacing.

Pretty boozy nose with noteworthy or bourbon, vanilla, oak and belgian yeast.

Big time bourbon taste with loads of vanilla and notes of oak, spice and caramel sweetness. You will be hard pressed to know this is a quad, but the flavor is great and not overly hot although I think a little age will help.

Very dry with low carbonation, but a smooth full bodied beer.

The huge flavor makes me a fan, as does the $8 price tag for a 750. Such a flavorful and well priced beer, I will be getting more for sure.

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Photo of don1481
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a glass. Finally warm enough to be able to sit on my patio for this!

Appearance: caramel colored liquid with a two fingered white head on top. Vigorous bubbling action in the beer. Takes a bit of time for the head to diminish.

Smell: plums and vanilla and spices, like a normal quad, but with some bourbon notes mixed in. Happy that the bourbon doesn't overpower the base quad notes.

Taste: at first sip, it tastes like your normal quad and then... BAM. The bourbon notes come out of nowhere. This has a lot of complexity to it. Not to the level of Abt 12, mind you, but this is still pretty darn good.

Mouthfeel: pretty full bodied. Sticky. Bourbon surprisingly doesn't linger, but the sweetness does.

Overall: definitely like this. Definitely expect to be feeling this bottle later on.

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Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml caged and corked bottle into goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy brown with golden orange tones. Small white head that disappears quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Figs, dates, raisin, bourbon mixed with sweet caramel.

T: Sweetness and whiskey dominate the palette. Some fruits including dates and plum. A bit of spices in the back maybe a bit of clove.

M: Full bodied with little carbonation. Sweet alcohol on the tongue.

O: Very nice brew especially if you like a stronger ABV with some sweetness. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I wished it was in 12 oz bottle to make smaller portions easier.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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 SonictheBeerhog
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of phillybeer7779
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch, poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Orangish brown, some haze, a half inch of head, with a little bit of lacing.

Smell- Bourbon, oak, some dark fruits, with biscuity malts.

Taste- Bourbon and dark fruit up front, then green apple with a little bit of bourbon mixed in. Lots of flavors, all very well integrated with nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel- The green apple flavor lingers on the palate nicely. There's a little bit of heat, which is not suprising given the abv. I found it enjoyable, but this is a beer to drink slowly.

Overall- At $9 for a 750 of a barrel aged quad, this is a great value. I would recommend this beer pretty much on that alone, however it is a very tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter glass. This excellent quad pours a dark brownish mahogany with a light off white head of foam, borderline tan, that quickly dissipates leaving nothing but a very thin ring. Nose of bourbon, butterscotch, vanilla, toffee, figs, and brown sugars. Flavors explode with brown sugar and bourbon soaked fruit cake on all sides. Flavors fade to the back with brown sugars and dark fruits that mingle nicely with vanilla and figs. Slick and very low carbonation. A sipper for certain. Excellent. Another triumph from Weyerbacher.

Cheers

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taylor714914
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Spica66
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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 feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking at it, and getting a whiff of it, though, it's clear that it's a barley-wine, barrel-aged. Fiercely carbonated, rich plummy crimson coloring, small, but lasting off-white head.

Aroma: Deep and vinous. Myriad wine-like flavors play out, intense berries, grapes etc. like a port or a wine, mixed with brandy or cognac.

Taste: Even more intense, and deep, and rich. Now I'm getting it…bourbon-barrel barley-wine. Blithering Idiot mixed with whiskey barrels. The fierceness is now mellowing, it's getting rather cool on the tongue, but the alcohol is taking it's place and rising up, ringing in the brain, quietly now, but getting louder. Rich, complex fruitiness melds with the brash bourbon qualities, making a grand, majestic mix.

This may be more than I can take in one session, but I'm strapped in for the long haul. Or am I? Let's see, and find out how sober I am in the other end.

Flavor continues strong, but doesn't completely overwhelm. It's rich, and complex, and very manageable. The only burden is the ever-increasing alcohol presence.

But, beyond that, this blasphemer is damnably delicious. I'd be best off with a smaller sample maybe, or share with friends, but I had to take this one down by myself. I've got probably eight ounces to go, and it's getting louder in here, boom-boompbbom-boom.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter glass

Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed ruby-brown color. The off-white head upon pouring has only a light retention. The fast fading head, when gone, leaves a persistent foam film on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The smell is heavy of dark fruits of cherry and prune. Other sweet aromas of a caramel nature mare also mixed within. A bourbon-boozy smell with accents of vanilla and oak are there as well and when mixed with the sweeter smells create a warming sweet smell.

Taste – A sweet caramel taste is big up front, but soon melds with a good dose of dark fruits. The cherry and plum flavors soon begin overwhelming the caramel. Around the same time a yeasty spice and boozy taste starts to enter the tongue. The yeast spice flavor remains relatively light through the rest of the taste but the alcohol gets stronger. A bourbon and almost rum like flavor get big, where some lighter notes of vanilla and a oak come to the tongue as well. In the end a warming rum and bourbon soaked dark fruit flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy. It is very smooth feeling on the tongue, allowing the flavors of a sweet and boozy nature to soak in; taking these tastes to their maximum. The lighter carbonation level only accentuates the smooth body helping to create this creamy thick brew.

Overall –A wonderful sipper with some big flavor. Sit, sip, chat with a good pal, and enjoy. It’s delicious.

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Photo of GrumpyGirl
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 77.8% out of 100 with 973 ratings
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