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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
372
Ratings:
945
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
19.49%
 
 
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219
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Photo of CoreyC
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - brown with red hues, super popping carbonation that fizzes away very quickly
S - light sweet malty aroma
T- Very nice sweet malt flavors of dark stone fruits, barrel is very subdued
M - nice smooth
O - Very good and a very good deal for the price. Maybe could age, but very smooth fresh. The flavor reminds me of Gulden Draak (one of my very favorites).

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Photo of SawDog505
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks @jzeilinger for this monster. Poured into my giant Duvel tulip glass bottled on 2/23/16. Poured slowly down the center at close to room temperature and got a massive 3 finger white head that settles quickly into a thin layer of bubbles and leaves behind no lace to speak of, the beer itself is a beautiful ruby red.

Smell is huge bourbon, vanilla, ripe fig, clove, banana peel, brown sugar, oak, hard candy, and more booze.

Taste just grabs a hold of you immediately starts with vanilla, oak, clove, banana bread, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, and slaps you in the face with bourbon and really gets your attention.

Overall this is the finest Quad I have ever had, but if you don't appreciate a BA aged beer then you have no business attempting this monster!

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Photo of Sabtos
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Black with fizzy yeasty bubbles.

Super potent whiskey on the nose, with the Belgian notes detectable only in the background. The taste is about identical.

Too much American booze in the Belgian inspired brew.

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Photo of hman43
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours brown with some clouding. The head doesn’t last very long.

Aromas: It has aromas of bread, plums, spices, alcohol and whiskey.

Taste: The malt is very dominant in initial flavors with toast, a rich taste, caramel, alcohol, whisky elements, plums, and a bit of vanilla. The flavors work well together as part of the complexity of this particular brew.

Feel: It feels moderate on the heavy side with a fair amount of alcohol warming. It a complex bitter-sweet finish.

Overall: It is a warming, malty, rich and complex. Malts are more prominent but are balance well with the fruit and spice flavors.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - deep red color, foamy head that disapates quickly
A - bourbon, vanilla, sugar and booze
T - sweeter than dark fruits, bourbon and vanilla
F - medium body, sweet, nice boozy bite on finish

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Photo of FFreak
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at a store in Trenton, ME for ~10 for 750 ml. Poured into tulips and shared. Pours a clear and translucent light brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates leaving very little lace. Lots of aroma...dried fruit, brown sugar, sweet malt, molasses, currant...very nice aroma. Flavor was also good, with some caramel, whiskey, brown sugar and dried stone fruit. I don't know the age of this bottle, but I detected a little oxidation or something metallic in the taste that detracted a little. Mouth was slightly thin for such a big beer, low carbonation, smooth. Overall, a good domestic BA quad.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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 justinp444
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter it has a clear amber black body with a quickly dissipating 1 inch slight beige head (no lacing). Smell is of buttered toast, dried fruit, vanilla, bourbon, cherry, caramel, toffee, plum, and prune. Taste is the same with even more buttered toast, a okay amount of bourbon, vanilla, cherry, burnt sugar, caramel, and brown sugar. Full oily mouth feel and body with a good amount of alcohol bite. Really a bad quad, maybe I just picked up a bad bottle with a ton of butter but I this is totally disappointing.

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Photo of Burg
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
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 Brutaltruth
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 babaracas
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, best by 4/2016...running out of time! Cork barely fizzles out, pours a hazy garnet, instantly fading head. Smell: vanilla and booze presence upfront, beneath is overripe black plums, brown sugar, cola and buttered brown bread notes. Taste: dark brown sugar, booze soaked date bread, grapeskin, prune, cola, a little toasted graininess.
Low carb, but nails the feel...full bodied, sugary, boozy, finishing fairly dry with herbal and grapeskin notes. This was good. I've sampled this "fresh" as well and found it too hot...4 years might be the right number of years.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. The color is dark brown with a reddish hue. I was somewhat surprised that there is no head or lacing. The first smell is the whiskey followed by dark fruit and malt. When sipped, the first thing that hits you is the alcohol, followed by the dark fruit - raisin or fig, and then a nice sweet vanilla or toffee at the finish. This ale has a nice mouth feel; strong carbonation and alcohol burn. It's definitely a sipper. I'm a big fan of Weyerbacher and this barrel-aged quad did not disappoint.

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Photo of teromous
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark murky brown body with a slight red tint. No head.

Aroma: There is a very faint oak aroma backed by a pervasive alcohol aroma which is obviously forgivable given the 11.8% ABV.

Taste: I get a light banana and sweet caramel flavor with some light sweet alcohol flavor at the end. It has a nice mellow taste and it is easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice smooth mouthfeel. There's no alcohol bite or punchy flavors.

Overall: It's a pretty good quad but it didn't have much complexity. While it is still an enjoyable beer I feel that it's kind of like driving a Lamborghini that has a "moderate ride." I would recommend looking elsewhere for a quad.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice deep red, almost brown color with few bubbles but they do lace the glass as you drink. The smell was full of whiskey and deep oak notes combinging with the sweetness of the malt. The taste was heavy with a lot of alcohol but a good amount of calming notes of toffee and sweet bread. Really liked the feel which was thick without being syrupy. Really liked it.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured an auburn brown boy with minimal head (if that) and no lace ring or patches to speak of. A very boozy, somewhat woody aroma with notes of dark fruits like figs and plums and there is this hint of candi-sugar/apricot like sweetness (no idea why). The beer is smooth and has a fuller yeast feel to it along with sugary and malty sweetness, like caramel, toffee, figs, dates(?) and possible raisins, even notes of vanilla sweetness from the barrels. There is a woodiness to this beer and some balance but the alcohol burn seems to overpower the sweet/fruit notes and the beer is good but seems disjointed and not cohesive.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! Hello! What a huge surprise! Quad resting in whiskey barrels less than an hour from my house? I picked up a corked and caged bottle from my local bottle shop only out of curiosity. Poured into my Westvelerten chalice - a (slight) bit of Belgium right here in eastern PA......relax, really just a reminder. Nice and tasty. If you can't get to Belgium, get to Easton, PA.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You are not ready for this beer. You think you've had strong beer? You think you're tough with your stout? This beer is strong enough to get me, as a 275 pound, 6 foot 1 man, drunk in one 12oz glass. I feel about the same now as when I've done 5 shots of whiskey. I'm not joking. As for the review:

Look: Dark and foreboding. You realize the sheer power you are meddling with when you pour it. Gets a very intense head, easily 2 inches tall, and lingering. Stays carbonated for quite some time.

Smell: The intensity really comes through here. It smells sort of like Teriyaki or Worcestershire sauce.

Taste: Again, very, very intense. This is not a beer you would want to , or *could* drink quickly. The wheat taste is very pungent, and this beer does not mess around- I really couldn't detect any other spices or flavors, but I will note I typically miss the subtle flavors other reviews pick up on.

Feel: The carbonation offsets the heaviness just enough for you to remember you're drinking beer and not the blood of a goat or something. But this is a very thick, heavy brew.

Overall: I did not realize what I was getting into. I like strong beer, but I think I've met my match. This is a beer for those that normally put away lager like its water. You will RESPECT this beer.

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Photo of dank203
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

totally awesome beer. aroma has sweet sugar coated date, fig notes etc. flavors have hints of spice, caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, so well balanced and complex and awesome!

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Photo of m_hall
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip yields a clear dark amber beer capped by a cream-colored head that left light lacing. This is a bottle-conditioned beer that has a considerable amount of sedimentation at the bottom, so expect a few floaters, though not enough to really make the beer cloudy if you're gentle with the pour.

Nose has sweet malt notes with ripe banana esters prominent. Traces of oak, vanilla and bourbon follow (unsurprising, given the bourbon barrel aging.)

Taste is very tart up-front; dark fermented berries, sour apple, some citrus come at you right out of the gate. Brown sugar comes in later along with a pleasant alcoholic warmth. Very little hops to be found. The finish is dry, Belgian-style.

Mouthfeel is mildly rich, slightly oily, rather like a spirit. The moderate carbonation is just enough to keep it from getting too thick, however.

Unlike other bourbon-barrel aged beers, Blasphemy never becomes too "booze-y." This is still definitely rooted in the Belgian Quadrupel style, with the aging merely adding just a bit of heresy (if you'll pardon the pun.) A very nice example of a strong-style beer from a brewery that seems to be making such ales their trademark.

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Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blasphemy has a bourbon, sherry, over ripe fruit and oak nose with traces of light caramel and vanilla. It pours hazy tea brown over a thin wisp of a head. It enters with sticky sugar and a little oily growing quickly to big fruity alcohol flavors, sherry, bourbon and a little alcohol heat on the finish. A big, balsy, full bodied beer with average carbonation.

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Photo of Granuaile
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favourite beers EVER. (Seriously, I've cleaned out every liquor store in three counties.) It's rich and malty and wonderful. I wish they made it year round.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

C&C 750ml bottle dated 5.08.14 into a Perfect Pint glass at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: ruby-tinged brown with an offwhite pinkish tan head that sticks around. Looks syrupy and delicious.

Smell: huge cherry/pomegranate, with little overt whisky, though the vanilla and brown sugar notes may owe their presence to the barrel.

Taste: again, sweet cherry, with a tiny hint of a bite. Brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak, tiny hint of bourbon, a fair amount of booze, some other fruity esters. Very quaffable, but held back from a higher score owing to a general lack of complexity.

Feel: full-bodied and creamy. Like a really smooth, half-melted milkshake. For the style, hard to see how it could get too much better.

Overall: I had this a bit sooner than I otherwise would've out of fear of infection, of which there was absolutely no hint. I found this completely delicious and very enjoyable, and certainly holds its own against BBQ, 5 Monks, or Not the Stoic. Not in my personal top tier of BA offerings only because it's a bit one-dimensional, but for the style, it ticks all the boxes, and does so with some panache.

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Photo of hp2skater
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour. Fluffy thick head that holds well. Unique quad smell of oats and bourbon aging. Taste is smooth and clean, not overwhelmingly alcoholic. An amazing beer that I highly recommend. If you come across Blasphemy, grab it before it goes!!

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Photo of threeviews
4.95/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (Bottled On: 05/08/14, Best By: 05/08/19) into a Rastal 2.0 stemmed glass. (initial pour was ~15oz)

A- Where I have seen bottle conditioned beers with lees that cake nicely to the bottom, this particular bottle had considerable sediment that was very easy to rouse. That said, a careful pour produced a mostly clear (with a few floaties), deep ruby color with a minimal, white, soapy head. (4.5)

S- Equally intense and complex. Brown sugary malts and a medley of Bourbon-soaked fruits: Cherry, Plum, Banana, Plum, Raisin and hints of Chocolate and Vanilla. Absolutely no alcohol is found in the nose. (5.0)

T- A blast of tart cherry and Granny Smith apple attack first, followed by brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness. Later, some oak tannin, bourbon and alcohol rise from seemingly out-of-nowhere, pushing the tart and sweet aside to dry things out. (5.0)

M- The bottle conditioning produces a pronounced (bordering on prickly) carbonation that masks an otherwise viscous beer in medium-bodied armor. Couple that with the immense flavor explosion on the palate and I find myself grabbing the glass with increased frequency. I have consumed less brazen beers that had much lower drinkability. (4.75)

O- This is another massive and massively enjoyable offering from Weyerbacher. The more I contemplate, if a Manhattan and a Belgian Dark Ale produced offspring, Blasphemy would be the result. Weyerbacher knows big beers and their barrel-aging program is sadly overlooked with Blasphemy topping the list. What's more, the value for a beer of this magnitude is ~$8/bottle and cannot think of a better BBA beer for that value. Now, if they Barrel-Aged Tiny and Merry Monks as well, I just may not seek out another brewery. (5.0)

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Photo of ELind77
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.
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