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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Photo of SLeffler27
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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 -3.8%
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 +3.1%
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 -0.5%
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 +21%
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 +13.8%
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 +5.6%
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 -6.4%
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 +9.7%
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 -6.9%
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 +10.3%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.6%
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 +0.5%
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 -4.4%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, it was Heresy, now it's Blasphemy! As a practicing Beer Monk (Brother Woody with the Order of Disorder), I find myself taking exception to the naming of some of these beers. Of course, once I begin to sample them, my earlier concerns melt away like the polar ice caps.

It started with a nice, foamy finger of medium-tan head but the retention was so marginal that when I looked back, it had dissipated into wisps. The color had a slight haze, but it was definitely a deep-amber with reddish highlights. The nose was very oak-y, with lots of vanilla, caramel and coconut evident. The mouthfeel, besides being medium-to-full, was really HOT! This beer seems to cry out to be aged. This is what I have deemed a "Now 'n' Later beer" after the children's candy that advised "Have some now, and save some for later." I might have to see about procuring another bottle for cellaring purposes. After the initial heat died down, I tasted a lot of dried fruit - raisins, prunes, even banana along with the sweet caramel and vanilla that I noted on the nose. The finish was still really sweet and coupled with its high ABV, one was plenty on this go-'round. If I can score another, it will go in the basement to await its time.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to melbatoast 93 for this'un; thanks Hart!

Pours an effervescent caramel with a pinky of tan head. Zero head retention & a smidge of lacing, nice oily appearance

S: Nice vanilla & rum

T: Nice toffee notes, warming booze, vanilla, &rum soaked raisins up front. Some tangerine & pineapple, plus candi sugar to go along with nice vanilla & oakyness, toffee & nice booze warmth as this warms up. Finishes dry, fruitty & sweet. More malt sweetness or some complexity would've pushed this towards a 5.0

MF: Sticky/syruppy with low carbonation

Drinks great, you do feel the heft, but a damn fine quad!

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supposedly an oak-aged Belgian-style Quadrupel, this was a very unique beer with a very unique taste. I had a bottle of this at the Drafting Room in Spring House, PA (suburban Philadelphia).

Really does taste like you would expect an oak-aged Quad to taste like. The typical spicy/fruitiness you expect from a quad with the unique bitter/oak taste the barrels must have added. This was very strong and not very sessionable. Fairly drinkably however, especially when its strength is considered.

Worth trying... unlike anything I had previously encountered.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- beautifully colored murky burnt red-orange that clears up as it warms. it's a striking vermilion when held up to an incandescent light turning to scarlet/garnet as it clears. beige head is dense and consistent, leaving little fingers of lace, but falls pretty quickly leaving a shiny film on top of the beer encompassed by a thick soapy ring. the stream of bubbles rising up the middle creates an opening in the middle of the foam sheen, expanding and contracting like some creepy biological orifice.

S- fruity, woodsy, and alcoholic, teeming with complexity. sofy vanilla underlies tart cherries, old oak barrels, apple cider, red plum, dark berries, apricot, jamaican rum, fumes of alcohol, and some belgian yeast funkiness. overall aroma of fermenting fruit punch works perfectly with the barrel aging and nothing seems overly dominant but the alcohol esters. even so, they are in no way unpleasant and may actually facilitate the other aromas up my nostrils.

T- holy shot of bourbon, this one actually burns goin down. intensely alcoholic with a mild but sharp noble hop bitterness. goes from sweet to tart to bitter in a flash. the oak barrels make a definite impact, as do the whiskey remnants. soft vanilla taste creates a creamy sweetness that balances the somewhat harsh bourbon flavor and nicely compliments the hops. i've been swirling my duvel tulip for a few minutes now trying to release some of these alcohol vapors so i can actually taste other things. bourbon soaked cherries & raspberries, plum skin, banana peel, strawberry candy, burnt orange, grassy noble hops, shiraz wine, cream sherry, red grapes, burnt caramel, and a slight toasted barley flavor. finishes fruity and alcoholically bitter with a lasting esterous solvent flavor. could have a higher score if the alcohol didn't mask everything.

MF- rich and decadent, feels caloric like a desert and the alcohol that has been a bane to the flavor profile may actually keep it from cloying. this one has a definite heat to it and the first few sips were like doing shots. there's filmy and coating qualities, but also an unexpected cleanliness after everything dissolves. carbonation is on the low side of medium and alcohol definitely dries the inner cheeks.

D- despite it's tasty complexity, this is a tough beer to drink due to the alcoholic heat and flavor. it would be much better appreciated in 4 oz servings in a wine glass instead of 16 oz in a tulip. i'm no lightweight, and this brew is an asskicker. my only gripe is the up front nature of the alcohol, having had higher abv beers that hide it better. to my chagrin, it takes away from an otherwise great offering.

***note: if the extreme moonshine characteristics are bothersome (like they are to me) this beer vastly improves if it's let to air out in the glass for a few HOURS. even though it lowers the carbonation significantly, treating it as a red wine softened the overall profile and made it more enjoyable. let it open up, decant it if you will, then park it in the fridge and chill it down to 60 degrees or so. think grapes.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Holy Smoke - never seen it in this form.

Appearance - Nice deep copper color bordering a brown.
Smell - Intense. Can smell the malts with a hint of hops and definitely the bourbon.
Taste - Started off really nice with the malts and whisps of oak, but then the bourbon and oak came on too much to really taste the beer. A touch of heat from the 11+ abv hit.
Mouth - Average honsetly. A bit dry and the oak lingered over everything.
Drinkability - interesting brew and nice, but the oak was a bit much for me even though i love oaked beers.

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Photo of jordoo
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poored into a snifter.

Its a transparent amber/orange colored brew with a white fluffy head that almost completely disappears and left very minimul lacing. It smells strongly of rubing alcohol but also has a wiskey/oak smell, some malt, hint of fruity esters and a very nice vanilla smell. Overall the taste is dominated by an acidic chemical/solvent type of flavor. Its unfortunate because there are some nice flavores there that get pretty blown away like vanilla, oak and some slight apple cider. The mouth feel was very nice however I really struggled to drink the whole bottle.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bomber poured into a couple of snifters. Has a light amber color and a white foamy head with good retention and some lace. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, maple and a hint of oak. Smell is quite pleasant. Tastes to match with a heavy booze flavor and finishes cloyingly sweet. Mouthfeel is very heavy. Tough to drink this one, it might benefit from some aging.

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Photo of bkilpatr
2.51/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/01/08.

Pours an orange amber color with about one finger of soft beige head. The head disappeared quickly and left no lacing. Aroma is mostly vanilla and whiskey. Not very quadruple-y in the aroma, the oak aging seems to have dominated the aroma.

The taste is very similar to the aroma. Whiskey, oak, vanilla, and alcohol are the primary flavors. The flavors that used to make up this quadruple are nearly indistinguishable. Usually oak aging will retain some qualities of the original beer while introducing subtle new flavors, but all I get from this is a whiskey/vanilla flavor.

Feel is thick and syrupy, low-medium carbonation. Drinkability is alright, considering the flavor profile. The alcohol is very present, and there is a lot of it.

This doesn't taste like an oak aged quadruple, it just tastes like whiskey and oak. It's disappointing that something which should have complex flavor profiles has been reduced to what it is. I really can't recommend this. If anything, try the original quadruple.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark ruby red color, with a thin fizzy white head that left no lacing.

S: a nice dark caramel aroma with some cherries and raisins. There was also some noticeable alcohol (burbon) and oaky-vanilla hints.

T: The initial flavor yielded huge oaky/burbon flavor with a smooth tartness. Dried fruit, (raisins, plums) and fresh baked bread, and oaky-vanilla tones round out the flavor. I thought the alcohol was fairly well hidden for 11.8% abv, noticeable, yet was smooth and less potent then one would imagine leaving only a minimal calling card behind on the swallow. Finishes dry with spicy dried fruit (cherries).

M: full bodied, syrupy with oaky-alcohol and a light carbonation.

D: Great oak character compliment and adds to their already very good Quad beer. Very much worth a try. A great sipping quad that lives up to is name the next morning if you drink to many of these the night before.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured slowly into Brandy Snifter. Deep ruby read body with minimally lasting caramel head receding quickly to similarly bodied lace. No carbonation visible in the thick, opaque body.

S - Very fruity, with a strikingly malted backbone (caramels). Fruits are mostly grapes on inspection, and while the body isn't quite there, the smell is something akin to a sweet red wine.

M - Syrupy with a dissipating, frothy back. Surprisingly full for the luminosity of the body.

T - Did I say sweet? I meant Dry. This has all the candied malts you'd expect from a Quad with the flagrant tastes of a fairly dry red wine; so much so that my beer-hating, wine-loving girlfriend, upon tasting, remarked that she liked it and "had never had a beer like this before." That said, it isn't all roses. The alcohol bite is pronounced near the end, and the malts tend to dominate the subtler citrus notes. As for the oak? My palate may not be sensitive enough, but I don't detect much of a peaty, or oaky, flavor whatsoever.

D - An exceptional brew for the wine lover in you, though as a Belgian, it's only good.

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