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Blasphemy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear copper color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of unrefined sugar with some light bourbon notes. Taste is extremely sweet, probably too sweet for my taste buds with some light vanilla and bourbon notes. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Nice application of the barrel but the base beer is just too sweet for me – interesting experiment.

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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 Tonyjenlasc
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - Typical quad look. Mixture of a brownish/copper/purple type color. Quickly dissipating head. Legs for days
Smell - Cherries, raisins, some figs and whiskey on the nose.
Taste - Starts off with those dark fruit Belgian quad notes but quickly fades. Fusel booze and whiskey barrel take control.

Overall - I love Belgian Quads but this one is too aggressive with the whiskey/booze for my liking. Insanity or SMS are much better options if you're looking for a big Weyerbacher beer.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, nearly transparent brownish, carmel color. A nice tan head develops. Minimal lacing.
S: Muted. Hints of sweet malts and bread. Slightly fruity.
T: very sweet. Bready, sugary malts accompanied by dark fruits. Kind of like a sweet wine. Pretty good, perhaps a bit too sweet.
M: Creamy, low to medium carbonation. A warming, boozy hang that is sweet, but pleasant.
O: This is a tasty brew, although it reminds me of a barley wine more than a quad. I think it needs a little more to balance the sweetness. This is a sipper, for sure. Give it a go.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this. The bottle has 040811 printed on it, so I assume this is an '11 vintage.

3.0 A: Well hazed orange amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Tons of plum with almost as much cherry. Figs and red grapes underneath that. Bourbon isn't too aggressive, which is a good thing. It adds a melon and earthiness foremost. The barrel is probably a bigger influence with a good bit of oak and a lesser amount of vanilla. Generic spiciness from the yeast. Smells good, but I think I prefer my quads unadultered with barrels.

3.5 T: Tastes like the nose, but the base beer comes off more genuine than in the nose. By this I mean more old school Belgian quad. Ironically, the bourbon has a greater influence in the taste. Plum, cherry, prune, grape, date, and fig fruitiness. It's still missing a direction in the yeasty spiciness department. It's there, but it's a generic, innocuous spiciness. Bourbon gives off melon and apple fruitiness and earthiness. Moderately boozy. Plenty of vanilla and oak.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. It's lightly spritzy, but could be more so. Still, not bad here.

3.5 D: This is a tasty beer, but it can't compare to the subtlety driven quads out of Belgium. While the bourbon makes this a fun change from the usual, it's not something I'd come back to again and again.

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Photo of Durge
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A slightly cloudy dark amber color with a fair off-white head and lacing. The aroma brings on whiskey and nut, berry and oak. Seems potent. The first mouthful is fizzy and full of the same flavors I detected in the aroma. As advertized this suggests oak barrels and Jack Daniels. Still, not quite what I expected. Highly carbonated and lots of warming alcohol, viscous and challenging to push through quickly, not a session brew for me. These flavors aren't my wheelhouse, somewhat clove in the Belgian tradition, conducive to food to help cut the sharp acidic attack of this aggressive ale. There is a nice vanilla caramel hint that comes out as it warms. A quality brew but not suited to the average consumer. Definitely worth a try to anyone that enjoys a strong ale, and possibly a big winner for some.

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Photo of phisig137
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber copper color, with a one finger head. Pour retention leaves only trace bubbles behind. I swear, I think that Weyerbacher's labels get tackier and worse every time they have a new item... Great beers from these folks, but good lord do that have some ugly labels.

Aroma is chock full of alcohol, sugar, vanilla, and bright fruit.

Flavor is much the same... sticky sweet malt and sugar flavors from front to back, huge vanilla overtones, and a searing alcohol finish. Not incredibly well balanced, but not quite poor either. The alcohol could be a bit more tame, but after the first half glass, you don't notice it as much. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. Drinkability is fairly low.

I do love Weyerbacher, but this one is a little odd. This is better than some of the other wood aged Weyerbachers (like prophecy). I think this may also be the one occasion that this is better than the unoaked version. I'll be curious to see what this does with some age on it...

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Photo of polisanl
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle poured into Chimay goblet. Pours a murky brown with a reddish tone. Small white head that reduces to the glass edge. Smells of sweet caramel, fruit and alcohol. Tastes of sweet banana and other dark type fruit at first. No denying there's lots of belgian yeast. Oak and vanilla flavors as well. Very complex and lots going on, but flavors are short lived due to the booziness that follows immediately after. Medium bodied with little carbonation. Truthfully, had a hard time finishing. I would definitely share AND age the next one, to mellow out that alcohol burn. This could be a high rating beer at the right age, especially for the price.

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Photo of tpd975
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Joey R. This came from the first bottling of this brew.

A: Pours a nice light bright amber red hue with a nice bubbly head. Good retention and some lace noted.

S: Tons of bourbon to start. Lots of booze, oak and vanilla. Beneath the barrel lies some dark fruit and molasses.

T: Flavor is big on the bourbon. Tons of booze and oak up front. The dark fruit does come thru as does caramelized brown sugar. Lots more bourbon burn in the finish with a touch of the vanilla showing thru.

M: Full in body with nice carbonation.

D: To be sipped slowly.

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Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown, with a hazy quality. A little bit of nice caramel head but it goes away quickly and leaves a smooth surface.

S: Raison and bread notes, with a nice banana ester profile. Dark fruits and clove, as well as a good hit form the booze. Sweet and fragrant.

T: Booze right up front. There is a certain harshness to it that I think would die down from aging. Dark fruit and brown bread in the flavor. Clove notes, and a bit of spice. Some of the banana transfers over. Definitely hot with alcohol. As it warms you start to pick up oak notes, and a touch of bourbon.

M: Thick in body, with an almost biting carbonation.

O: This seems to be lacking refinement. Perhaps if it was laid down for a few years it would smooth out. Right now it's too hot, and carbonation is a little rough. I originally wrote that it might help to throw it in a barrel for a while, then realized once it warmed up that they had done exactly that. Maybe let it sit for a while longer... Jus' Sayin'.

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Photo of ELind77
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Strange Quad. Nutty on the nose (with banana?), just like you'd expect. But the middle is sour: grapefruit, granny smith apples, hint of raisins and nuts. And then the after is sour and a bit bitter with hops but not overpowering. It's a very interesting beer and definitely worth drinking, but the sourness is a little much and I'm not sure I'd buy it again.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange, almost ruby, not much carbonation, half a finger head.

S-Alcohol, some darker fruits and plums.

T-Dark fruits, some alcohol, wood no bitterness, poor balance.

M-Light, not much carbonation at all and a tad watery.

O-Poor balance, alcohol head, this beer was not that good, and it had been aged for a few months. Was expecting better.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - towards the red end of reddish brown, wells up a big brown head that fades to a thin single layer of bubbles swiftly, small amounts of both carbonation and sediment

S - a big bit of alcohol straight up front, which fades into dark fruits and grapeskins quickly, dark fruits like plums or prunes

T - sweet malts, dark fruits, and vanilla and toffee sweetness followed up with an alcohol boozy burn

M&D&O - too much burn for a high mouthfeel score, some decent fruits and sweet malts underneath the 11.8%. gets better as it warms in my glass. Though maybe I put too much age on this one, but I think its ok quality wise, a decent quad, but won't compare to the European versions of course, but apporaching benchmark for American versions.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely a sipper!!! Beer poured dark amber with a nice sized head. Aroma of bourbon abounds, and gets stronger as the beer gets to room temp. Can't gulp this one, too stong. Could be a dessert sipper. I plan on getting to Weyerbacher to taste this baby out of the tap for sure!

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Photo of merlin48
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle pours a chill hazed coppery auburn body with a creamy beige head. Some sheet lacing is left on the goblet.

Aroma is fruity apricot and orange, vanilla, hints of berries, woody oak, and some booze.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some hot alcohol.

Taste has some peppery hot alcohol all the way through that is a major distraction. Whisky soaked tropical fruits, vanilla, and a soft oakiness struggle against the alcohol.

I didn't care much for the QUAD but the oak aging does add some complexity. If this were available in a smaller bottle I might try it again.

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Photo of cichief
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

Pours a deep brown, somewhat hazy, with a big, light-brown head. Smells very spicy, yeasty, with hints of ripe fruit. Taste is very powerful, yeast, spice, raisins, and a lot of alcohol, too much alcohol. Very sweet. It is medium on the tongue, with a dryish finish. The alcohol burn makes this less drinkable than I would prefer, but all in all an occassional treat.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured at Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Pours a lighter amber color, mostly clear, with a creamy off white head on top. Smells like nearly straight neat whiskey booze and not much else here, maybe some extra sweetness from the malts. Flavor is a bit harsh with sweet candi sugar, light spices, some caramel, vanilla, and lots of straight phenolic booziness. Body is medium, not standing up to the barrels, with low to medium carbonation. Overall this was a bit hot for me, with the whiskey masking the nice hearty sweet flavors from the quad.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with relatively little depth. Head is a slight dusting on top of the liquid. Many constant upward streams of bubbles keep things fresh. The nose is oak all the way: vanilla fudge bananas, treacle, and a dry/toasted woodiness dominate. The wood treatment has covered up some of the solvent alcohol that plagued the Weyerbacher Quad. On the palate it's very sweet (it's dying for some rich, creamy cheese as a pairing) with a powerful vanilla flavor and some banana notes. The alcohol, while masked in the nose, comes out in force on the palate, providing a big burn. Considering the very active carbonation there's relatively little in the mouthfeel. This is a big, sweet beer best suited for dessert. It's decent but not revelatory.

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Photo of Aenema
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aged for about a year.
Appearance - Pours a clear mahogany topped with a thin, off white head and no lacing.
Smell - Lots of vanilla, some oak, dark fruit/raisin.
Taste - Dark fruit, alcohol, some vanilla. Lots of heat.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Smooth but still very boozy, rather hot after a year of aging.
Overall - Quick enjoyable and an interesting change of pace. I went back and forth on this one, some interesting flavors though it has a lot of heat and lacks integration.

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Photo of Doshkin
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - in my opinion, the appearance was the best part of the beer. it poured a deep copper, cloudy with sediment at first. as the sediment settles, the beer clears to a beautiful maple copper color. this is a great looking brew.

s - mildly fruity. the alcohol is very prominent. mild banana aroma and heavy whiskey bourbon smells.

t - strong alcohol flavors. definitely a bourbon or scotch flavor with some mild fruity sweetness. the twang of alcohol i get kind of reminds me of a homebrew batch i made with 64 oz of maple syrup. there are lots of fermentable sugars boosting this brew for sure, which is kind of contradictory to the liquor tastes it gives off.

m - thick, viscous. strong twangs hit all around the edges of the tongue and then at the back of the throat when swallowed.

o - if you like whiskey or scotch, i think you will really really like this beer. it is very bold in its alcohol content and it comes through in the smell and the taste without holding back. it is balanced out with a little bit of fruit.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This ale purs ruddy cloudy brown with a thin collar of tan foam. Smells of cherry, booze and vanilla. Really love the scent imparted from the oak. Very sweet and fruity scent as well.

Very sweet, really a bit too much for me. The booze is felt rather than tasted, which is certainly a plus for such a big beer. The oak aging seems to smooth out some of the edges in their standard quad, but the sweet fruity flavors are not held in check. The mouthfeel is full and lucious with the usual belgianesque carbonation. The sweetness holds back on the drinkability.

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Photo of gregy55902
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an almost-burgundy color into the glass. One inch of tan head that quickly dissipates into nothing.

S - Fruity esters, Belgian yeast, bready malt, a hint of clove, and alcohol.

T - Follows the nose. Decently balanced but there is definitely an alcohol presence. Doesn't have a lasting quality except for reminding you of the high abv.

M - Honestly it could use more carbonation and a bigger body. I like thick and robust beers.

O - Not too impressed but I am not a quad expert to begin with. Barrel aging helped calm things down a bit, but I would recommend the cellar treatment for a year or 2.

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Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Limited to no head... Nothing much more that a quickly fading thin veil of rich off white lacing... All that is left is a thin to moderate collar... The color is a slightly warm caramel brown... Some suspended sediment... Mostly still with just a couple of stray sluggish carbonation bubbles...

S - The booziness is at the forefront... There is also an unexpected tannin quality... Caramel... Raisins... Assorted other dark fruits... Dark breads... Brown sugar... Decent complexity, but the booziness is a bit too heavy handed throughout...

T - The booze and more so the heat from the booze dominate the palate and distract from the rest of the flavors... Lying beneath the surface is some caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisins, and dark fruit... Sadly, it's a bit of a muddled mess in which the heat of the bourbon barrel is somewhat unpleasant and serves as a distraction... Evens out a bit more as it warms, but still a disappointment overall...

M -Teetering between medium and full bodied... Sleek, smooth and rather robust... A bit of prickly carbonation... The heat of the booze is undeniable...

D - This one sat in the cellar for close to a year, but this one has a bit too much heat... Bourbon barrel aging can either add nuance or overpower and distract from the rest of the beer... Unfortunately it serves as a big distraction and creates a lot of unpleasant noise for an otherwise solid offering... I'll take the standard version (Weyerbacher Quad) any day of the week...

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Photo of Immortale25
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that bears almost no retention before fizzling away to a beyond paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and zero surface foam. Lacing is minimal and brief. From a heavier second pour there's much more head that retains longer and leaves sticky webs of lacing that stay suspended on the side of the glass.

S- Heavily astringent alcohol smell with some sweet Belgian candy sugar in the back. Wow, this is boozy.

T- The flavor is much more calm and not as hot as the aroma would lead you to expect. The Belgian yeast and sweetness are on hand lending a complexity to the flavor that goes beyond the blatantly high amount of alcohol. Notes of brandy, raisin and a little bit of oak.

M- Semi-syrupy with a bright alcohol sting. Low carbonation and a medium-heavy body.

O- I held on to this for a few months but it's still pretty hot and messy. I would say that I should have let it go even longer, but then the carbonation would have faded even more when it's already lacking in that area. I think I just prefer the Quad (which is the base beer of this aged offering) in its original form.

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Photo of cbl2
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

3/19/2007 $6.99 22 oz. 11.80% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a beautiful clear brown with ruby red highlights. Topped by a thin wispy film of tan head that rapidly settles.

Aroma:

Rich heady, overripe dark/tropical fruit. Hints of cherries, figs, raisins with a whiff of alcohol, and just a touch of oak.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Chewy mouthfeel accompanies intense vanilla and oaky flavors alongside a burst of ridiculously hot alcohol. Ripe cherries appear in the finish, but the fruitiness is dominated by the alcohol and a touch of wood.

This ones needs a while to settle down. It's not undrinkable as it is now, but it will definitely improve by some softening, which only age can provide. I picked up a few bottles, and I'll give this one another go next year.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.
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