Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +26.9%
Poured from a 750ml corked and muzzled bottle (Bottled On: 5/08/2014, Best By: 5/08/2019),
A- Being bottled conditioned, Blasphemy pours a lightly hazy and gorgeous ruby red with a quickly dissipating single finger, off-white head. (5.0)
S- Absolutely decadent...brown sugar, toffee, caramel and bourbon soaked dark fruits (figs, plums, raisins, grapes, apples) are all wrapped together in a blanket of vanilla goodness. (5.0)
T- Like the nose, bourbon soaked dark fruits (plums, raisins, grapes, apples) along with a strong presence of brown sugar and vanilla consume the palate. However, once you thought things would get cloying, tannins from the barrel enters and create a dry, semi-oaky finish. (5.0)
M- Blasphemy is full bodied and supports the complexity of flavor and aroma very well. Bottle conditioning affords a lush and creamy carbonation making this a dreamy elixir to consume. (5.0)
O- Considering the style and its treatment, you cannot get better. Taking their Quad and gently aging it in Bourbon Barrels raises an already solid beer to dizzying heights. I cannot say enough positive things about this brewery and they deliver once again with Blasphemy. I certainly will not be waiting around to age this beauty of a beer, as it is absolutely brilliant right now! (5.0)
07-04-2014 17:36:14 | More by threeviews
4.95/5 rDev +25.6%
Bomber into a snifter.
Appearance: A dark amber as the quad would probably be, with not the best head retention but some globs of lacing all over the place, and a relentless off-white ring on the out edges right above the body of the brew.
Smell: Oak, vanilla (and bourbon), plum, bananas, cream, raisins, bread crust, molasses, a bit of sherry, sour cherries, woodsmoke, slight charcoal, some orange (and maybe tangerine), and so much more. Wow.
Taste: I love what's going on here, and to me it deserves a perfect rating. Not sure how or why the pineapple's so much at the forefront as far as the fruits go, but it is. Back behind that is the oak, a bit of bourbon and vanilla extract, maple, caramel, heavy cream, angel food cake, sugar cookies, citrus (especially coming together at the finish), bacterial earthiness, heavy bread crust, sherry, slight molasses, slight tobacco, and more. This is extremely complex, and in this case the meld of the quad with the oak's extracting a lot, and instead of making it disparate and challenging to the palate, it reveals itself more slowly as it warms, with the complexity becoming more and more evident.
Mouthfeel: Heavy, sticky, coating (all in a fantastic way), with enough carbonation to make this a sipper that lets you know it's a sipper, and one I'd treat more like a whiskey than most beers.
Drinkability: For me this is second to how amazing Insanity is (which continues to be one of my favorites). And I say that especially after really not being a big fan of Eleven at all (here's high hopes for twelve, though). The barrel aging for Weyerbacher continues to be a great experiment, and one I'll certainly continue to look forward to. I'm a huge fan of the quad by itself, but this is just beyond amazing. I'm so glad they continue to be ballsy and not only be experimental, but make great beer while doing it.
04-16-2007 04:41:33 | More by asabreed
4.9/5 rDev +24.4%
AP: Several thousand tiny bubbles stream rather slowly to the top creating a 1" thick, sticky and foamy tan colored head that rises and falls slowly over a beautiful, crystal clear, deep amber color with auburn hues. Amazing long, sticky legs remain stuck to the glass until the last drop.
Nose: Chocolate, brown sugar, caramel malt, single-malt whiskey scent and heat, beach-wood chips, herbal and meaty yeast Wonderfully aromatic until the last drop.
flavor: first off, overall impression...wow. This one is complex and very deep! The oak-aged process has obviously brought this beloved Belgian style to a new level, with a chocolate, oak, and caramalized sweet malt (but not really overlly sweet) It's mind blowing really... The oak'd, wood-chip, aged effect really counter balance's the sweetness. After the oak effect subsides we're left with a whiskey-like flavor and feel, because the 11.8% ABV is noticable in taste and feeling. The leafy green, mild but noticably bitter hop comes on the heels of the alcohol heat which mellows it out dramatically at the end. The finish is a delightful smoked caramel malt and subtle sour and herbalized yeast flavor. The depth and the intricate flow of flavors makes this one of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had. I simply can't keep it down for long.
Feel: Heavy, thick, sticky but damn lively too!
DA: This amazing Belgian style takes on a new depth with it's oak-aged effect, leave it up to an american brewery to *enhance* such a beloved style, the name is appropriate for this reason. 11.8% is felt rather fast, and eventhough it's highly enjoyable i was seriously buzzed after this bomber...so the key is too enjoy slowly. I have a feeling this stuff will be killer with some cellaring.
08-06-2007 15:10:33 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
4.78/5 rDev +21.3%
Thanks to sholland119, one of the finest traders &/or members of BA, for two bottles of this fine brew. When I heard it was being discontinued, & being the only of the "regular" lineup I hadn't had, I needed to try it. Scott was my man on the spot & he never disappoints!
I liked the Weyerbacher Quad a lot, so I was looking forward to this and holy hell, is it good.
Screw the smell & appearance, this brew rocked my world with the very first sip, even fridge-cold, out of the pint glass. I know I shouldn't be sipping this like a glass of lemonade, should let it warm a bit, but I can't help it. All the full flavors of the original Quad are still here, lent a helping hand by the wood, which lends a marvelous dry, lean quality to the beer, & just the barest hint of bourbon that also serves to augment, rather than overpower, the rest of the brew. At 11.8%, I could easily & happily drink these until I woke up with a dog licking my face, my wallet gone, only one shoe, and one leg over the curb in a puddle. Does that warrant a good drinkability score?
This is the best Quad I've had, hands down, including one that's prominent in the Best of BA. Subtle, sweet, woody, bourbony, drinkable...damn. I need to get some more of these. Scott? You still out there?
This is one killer beer. Absolutely top-notch.
02-06-2009 03:09:32 | More by maximum12
4.75/5 rDev +20.6%
Dark Amber with moderate head. Smell is primarily of bourbon with a hint of sweetness. No hop aroma.
Taste is sublime. The bourbon dominates, but the malt balances it. Alcohol is present but does not burn. Slight oak flavor as well. Tastes much more like an old ale than a quad. There are no "belgian" flavors whatsoever, yet the beer is so good, it doesn't matter.
Mouthfeel is perfect for the flavor. Not too thick, not too thin. Moderate carbonation works just right.
For an almost 12% ABV beer, t is amazingly drinkable. This is a beer definitely worth seeking out. Once my Papier runs out (what a sad day that will be!!), Blasphemy will definitely keep me going.
04-09-2010 22:50:13 | More by joerodiii
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 732 ratings.