Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
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.
06-12-2012 02:51:09 | More by jtierney89
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
They might as well call this Bourbon Beer. That is what I am experiencing out of it. I let it age for a while after the release but boy oh boy is this sucker hot. It is alcohol in the nose and mouth and all across the palate it vanilla wood oak caramel Bourbon and loads of sweet sweet syrupy sugars. It is mighty tasty as long as you expect liquor. This beer is, with out question, meant for sipping slowly.
Appearance: Pours a gorgeous deep red color leaning to the brown side and has a short live tan head with no lace.
Smell: Extremely sweet with big notes of alcohol in the nose; and syrup cinnamon vanilla tart cherry and oak.
Taste: Loaded with over ripe fruit and vinous alcohol and paired with the oak and alcohol it really is, despite the sounding repetitious, very Bourbon flavored. Plum prune and cherry, cinnamon nutmeg brown sugar and lots of vanilla buried in heavy spiced rum alcohol with a Bourbon aftertaste. This is an Oaked Quad, and Makes no apologies for being as much.
Mouthfeel: Rich heavy sticky sugars are thinned only by the touch of burn from the alcohol that works just right in this particular case.
Drinkability: Well here comes the question of defining interpretations of drinkability. First, I think this will improve further with more ages. It is hot. It is a sipping beer. It is not a beer that would likely need a second or third to follow but the three hours of nursing it is very enjoyable time spent. Buy a case and try one a month for the next 24 months, IMO.
Hope this is helpful.
11-05-2007 20:54:31 | More by Phatz
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.