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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

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#5,217
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
976
pDev:
11.9%
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Ratings: 976 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of antinexus
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one while touring their brewery lately, and had to make it a point to grab some for the road (especially since it's apparently retired, for the time being).

Poured darker than expected into a plastic sampling cup with a bit of foam up top.

Smelled richly sweet, and reminded me of old oak barrels.

Taste was powerful but smooth, with a rich mouthfeel that left a nice sweet coating. You can definitely observe the bourbon that it leeches from the walls of the barrels as it's aging, which lends to its strength.

I absolutely can't wait to open one of the bottles I brought home. Delicious beer, if you like 'em strong.

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Photo of codyace
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep amber color, obviously hazy with a small (yet thick) white head that most certianly sticks around for some time

A- WOW. This is a huge beer. Belgian Yeast + American Bourbon notes dominate this beer. Some earthy fruit and darker flavors exist, but this is distinctly bourbon tasting.

F- Am I drinking a beer or whiskey? Either way is + when it comes to Weyerbacher! This beer is heavy on the vanilla/oak notes, but nevertheless delivers.

M - Slight carbontation (this beer IMO does not need a carbonation precsense), with an underlying fruity sweet quad taste. Is it heavy? perhaps not...but this beer would put hair on the chests of those who believe it is sessionable.

Overall: What a huge beer. I lvoe every bit of it! Weyerbacher Quad is a fantasitc beer in itself, and (while retired) the bourbon aged aspect lends a completly new taste to the beer. While many may dismiss this as 'to boozy' or 'to exteme', I find it very good in the sense that this beer makes you recognize the fact that good beer is big beer. Huge ABV, big time Bourbon Taste, Quad undertones...what more could a beer drinker ask for? Not much (this side of scantily clad women).

Blasphemy is a beer that 'big beer' guys will long debate of being potentially over the edge. If you like Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot, Insanity, Quad, or Merry Monks...this beer is for you. In your face, HUGE in flavor, and big in ABV...perfect IMO. I have 3 6 packs in my cellar as we speak, and I look forward to finnishing them all.

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Photo of Heynow007
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great taste and mouth feel. Has a fruity /alcohol taste. You can taste the whiskey. I picked this up at the local Joe CAnals. Cost wasn't too bad am
Nod was in a bomber bottle. There's not much head, but you can expect that from a 11.8% beer.
I generally like the stouts, but also like these whiskey barrel beers. This one tastes a lot like Dogfish Heads Olde School, but with a little less ABV. (15% vs 11.8).

Deep red color

I love the smell. It has a fruity smell and makes me want to drink it.

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Photo of MaxPowers
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spiatt
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dylan_TBB
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of tmiceli23
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber color, no lacing, no head, hazy whole way through.

S- Booze right off the bat, the bourbon really comes through in the smell. Notes of carmel, sweet malts come through, little to no hop presence.

M- Rich, full bodied, good carbonation.

T- Matches the nose, booze is very strong, even stronger with the bourbon. As it warms up the rest of the malt notes come through. Notes of cherry and malt cut through the bourbon.

Overall- One of my favorite bourbon barrel aged beers. Putting a few away for aging. Should get better with time, another great beer for wheyerbacher.

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Photo of MaoZ49
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about this beer that would serve it justice? By all means, it is not perfection, but if perfection were a destination, 'Blasphemy' would be a stop very near the end of your journey. The first couple of sips were a little overwhelming. Afterwards, however, the ride is smooth sailing. The vanilla tones are very pronounced, which is a good thing in my opinion. I am also a bourbon drinker when it comes to the harder variety of alcoholic beverages. The bourbon barrel aging process makes drinking this beer akin to going home and enjoying a nice glass of lemonade on the porch with grandma. I have nothing negative to say about this brew, so drink up and enjoy!

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Photo of Burg
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice reddish brown with minimal head. The smell is raisiny with sugar underneath. The mouth is amazing. Tiny soft carbonation like caramel cotton candy. The taste is rich - bourbon soaked dark fruits, burnt sugars. Lots of alcohol notes and a bite at the end. A great beer to hang around with for the evening. This is one I will get any time I see it.

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Photo of Franchise
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering pours a maroon clear body leaving a thin tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma is very strong fruit, dark pitted, plums, vanilla, oak, earthy grassy hop feel. The taste starts sweet upfront, fruity, a bit of heat from the alcohol. The finish is bitter more than expected with a faint bourbon oaky, vanilla feel. This is a darn smooth quad, one that is made for sipping.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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 SteveB3014
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Figjammin
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sulldaddy
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a bottle of this beer with Stopper last nite. The beer is cellar temp and probably 6 months old. I am pouring into a snifter.
The beer is clear amber color with ruby highlights. Fizzy off white head fades to an edge layer quickly. Aroma is boozy, with mild bourbon and wood, some general fruitiness, and a lot of cherry scents. First sip reveals a slightly syrupy texture with fine rolling gentle carbonation. Flavor is complex with mostly sweet malt notes mixing nicely. I get caramel and bourbon with dark fruit, again I think cherries are in the flavor too. Not as boozy on flavor as nose advertised. Fairly easy to drink and nicely done.

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Photo of kennethkomentai
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of mattsucks
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daveshawley
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Mealy58
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of johnwetterstrand
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of sjones5045
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Flaherbear
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Bouder32
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of apasternak
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 976 ratings
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