Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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2.53/5 rDev -35.6%
Bomber bought on 6/07, so at least 3.5 years old. I'd forgotten how bad I thought this was until I looked up the review just now. Decent carbonation, looks fine. Smell is pretty good, really nice vanilla notes, but hot.
Taste is the the same, nice barrel notes at first, hints of bread pudding, and them bam - red hot fusels, finishes like a gulp of cheap vodka. As my palate adjusted, which happened faster then I expected (and noticed happened in my last notes - is it the brew or intoxication), I really enjoyed the underlying oak aged quad flavors - but the burn in my gullet persisted as a reminder this would no doubt be better at 10%, unless they could clean up the ferment at this higher gravity. Would have been fun to age for like 6 years, but in my experience, fusels never really disappear.
First review, 09-01-2007, from which it was scored:
Poured from a 22oz bomber (thx yobdoog!) into my New Belgium goblet, Blasphemy is a slightly hazed amber with a 2 finger, off-white head, that fades fairly quickly to a steady skim that leaves light lace.
Smell is very rich and sweet, more candi then fruits though, with some yeasty spice and lots of rubbing alcohol fusels.
Unfortunately, the taste is just as heavy on the solvents, not as sweet but very boozy, bourbon with a hint of cherries and black pepper. Like the other oaked Weyerbachers, there's a very enjoyable vanilla presence. Sadly, it's the only pleasant taste, and doesn't mange to hide the plasticy phenols that are running rampant. There is another, more subtle flavor towards the finish that just seems off, like spoiled salted vegetables or something. Not sure what it is, maybe the oak, or diactyl that isn't so obviously butterscotch? After really enjoying Insanity (and Prophecy, albeit less so), this is quite the disappointment. Letting it breath a bit may have helped, but if it wasn't so hard to drink, I'd never have know that...although it went from bad to ok, I'm still hesitent to bump up the score too much just b/c it's getting me drunk in a hurry! Sorry about the low score guys, but what can I say? I'm not impressed!
The mouthfeel is on the thicker side of average for a quad, a little under-attenuated, leaving a corn syrup stickiness in it's wake.
This was not very drinkable. It's super high ABV, tastes super strong, and generally not very good. I'd wager 999/1000 average beer drinkers would take one sip of this and say it sucks. Fans of quads, big beers, and weyerbacher may be more forgiving, but it's probably just the alcohol clouding their judgment after they power through a bottle of this beast! I've actually got another bottle of this in the cellar, from a trip to NY earlier this summer, that I'm now certainly in no hurry to break into. We'll see how a few years treat this. Right now it's pretty rough, like drinking like a sweet/weak brandy, 22 oz at a time! I honestly doubt it will really improve that drastically, but I'll surely forget (or maybe never forget!) about this one long enough that who knows?
09-01-2007 01:21:18 | More by ccrida
2.53/5 rDev -35.6%
Poured into a tulip glass. Solid copper color with a decent two finger head. Fusel alcohols and belgian sugar in the nose. The favor is too sweet; there are a bunch of unfemented sugars in there. A sipper to say the least. Big malt body and little to no hop pressence. carbonation is fine for the style, but I would compare it to an old ale or old stock ale more than a quad. Not a friend of this brew.
07-02-2012 16:25:07 | More by phishgator
2.58/5 rDev -34.4%
Bottle poured into a snifter. Aromas of deep malts, fresh wood flooring ( I just re-did my house) some vanilla sweetness, and that aroma you get from a banana, minus the sweet banana flavor, but that tartness you get from a green banana. The green banana flavor comes out even more in the flavor, along with the super sweet plum-like malt. The mouth feel is really sweet and almost cloying. Full-bodied that finishes with a slight dryness and a little bitter. Overall, the oak barrel phenomenon is over taking beers. There is a little too much oak cloyingness to make this a really drinkable beer. Would go great with a caramel apple tart.
10-15-2007 23:28:46 | More by quasimoto
2.6/5 rDev -33.8%
Served from a 22oz. bomber at between fridge and cellar temp in a Duvel Tulip.
A - Medium chestnut brown -- completely transparent. Massive uprush of carbonation after the completion of the pour, resulting in a massive, bubbly off-white head that reduces to a more compact, frothier state after a few moments. Lacing is decent, and head retention is average for this style.
S - Massively sweet and malty, with quite pronounced vanillin and a hint of sweet cherry. Not much else can cut through the massive sweetness, so no real hoppiness in the nose. For an oaked up strong beer, it lacks the depth and subtelty that should really be present.
T - Super sweet with a cordial-like acidity and alcohol bite. Some yeastiness and warm woodiness comes through in the middle and some hop dryness is detected in the back. The swallow is hot and full of alcohol. If there were yeast in the bottle, I would normally swirl it in at this point for this style, but there is none available to perhaps cut through the jagged edges. Aftertaste, however is fairly pleasant. Too little too late, however.
M - Slightly watery going in, but puffing to a nice, soft pillow in the mouth. Swallow is also a bit watery, and quite hot from the alcohol. Belly warmth is unmissable.
D - I was never a big fan of Weyerbacher's Quad, and unfortunately, oak aging does not lend it the help I hoped it would as far as mellowing. The oak overtones are very welcome -- I love oaked up beers -- but oaking an out-of-balance beer doesn't seem to fix that aspect.
Drinking it young reveals a ton of character flaws that will definitely round out given the proper time and storage, but once a beer hits the shelves, it should be ready to drink IMHO. I think I may buy just one more bottle and sit on it for three years and try again. If it rounds out the way I think it may, it will be well worth the wait, even up to the tune of a full point gain or more in every rating category. Fingers crossed...
09-25-2007 00:38:44 | More by EPseja
2.65/5 rDev -32.6%
I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.
It pours a medium brown, almost a dark tea. There is light tan finger head high, lasts about 1 minute with good lacing.
The aroma is light with sweet malts, caramel, and banana.
The taste is so-so kinda of similar to Rochefort but a Rochefort that has kind of gone bad.
Mouthfeel is ok, ok drinkability. Check that 5 sips in I have to dump it. Not good.
09-26-2009 21:52:46 | More by jrallen34
2.7/5 rDev -31.3%
Pours a light golden color with a reddish tint. Slight head on the pour, but nothing that sticks around. Smell is alcohol and belgian sugars. Taste is, wow, very hot. This thing is like drinking a straight shot. This definitely needs some time to calm down. This beer will absolutely light you up! If you can get past the alcohol, there is a nice Quad underneath there, but God help you if you can find it. Full and complex on the mouthfeel. This is a beer that the whole time you're drinking it, there's no mistaking that you're going to be f'd up. This needs to be put down and cellared for a very long time.
03-14-2009 01:29:56 | More by FtownThrowDown
2.75/5 rDev -30%
A tan/ruby pour; a bit hazy. Two finger head that reappears after a quick swirl. Not sure this is a quadrupel, almost looks like a barley wine.
Smells like one, too. High alcohol in the nose. Some sweet vanilla and caramel creep in, along with some fig and malt.
Taste is thin and full of alcohol. Oak and vanilla dominate. Caramel, malt, prune and biscuit come in waves.
Thin and filmy. Does not finish clean one bit. Again, this is a quadrupel?? If so, if fails to impress.
09-07-2007 18:56:12 | More by Mebuzzard
2.8/5 rDev -28.8%
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.
08-11-2008 15:25:40 | More by jordoo
2.93/5 rDev -25.4%
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.
07-02-2008 14:28:51 | More by TheBCrew
2.93/5 rDev -25.4%
Appearance-It didn't look that good with a head that fell to almost nothing almost immediately.
Not even a vigorous swirl could bring much head back.
Smell-The smell is quite complex with a woody aroma, I also get vanilla and dried fruit, there is also a distinct Belgian yeast "funk" (not negative) as well, this would be otherwise joy to smell were it not for the solvent like assault by the alcohol esters that starts immediately and lingers in the sinuses long after the sniff.
Taste-The taste is very much like the nose, very complex, only more so. There is definitely a wood aged aspect here, raw toothpick, charcoal. Elements of both bourbon and scotch, not necessarily smooth ones. The dried fruits also make an appearance as well in caramelized rum raisin way. There is an underlying sweetness that is pushed back by the solvent like alcohol. The Belgian strong ale nature does make an appearance after, there is a characteristic yeasty-ness and a little wheat like grain. However, as with the nose, all of these qualities are overwhelmed by the big alcohol esters.
M-Medium body with a fairly thick syrupy consistency that coats the mouth in a pleasing way. Carbonation is a little prickly, unexpected given the lack of head.
D-Not very drinkable, the alcohol is overwhelming to me. I have had many brews in the 10-12% that did not overwhelm like this.
06-04-2007 19:09:22 | More by jackorain
2.93/5 rDev -25.4%
A cross between deep bronze and garnet; clear body. Thin head with smatterings of lacing.
Initial sweet/sour cherry aroma, high alcohol. A small swirl brings some malt into the picture, but it mellows the cherry out to fruitcake. Not often can I point something out so exactly, but this smells like alcoholic fruitcake.
The cherry oxidation in this is rampant. There is a small amount of oak, but you have to strain to taste it.
Sticky and drying, pretty evenly carbonated.
Way too much cherry and hot alcohol here. I've had big beers like this that hide the alcohol much better.
04-03-2008 01:52:37 | More by bboven
2.98/5 rDev -24.2%
Big old 22oz bomber of this one pours into my glass a fiery red orange hue with good clarity and a small head that quickly fades away. Aromas start with sweet malts, toffee and fruits. Woody oak barrel accents and a boozy undertone. Mellow vanilla running underneath.
First sip brings sweet malts upfront with a syrupy undertone. Toffee and fruits wind their way in and out. Big bourbon and woody boozy accents seep through this brew. Flows down with a lingering boozy sweetness and oak tannins. Not really to my liking.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick and syrupy. Mellow carbonation. Overall it's a bit too hot and sweet for me personally, but there are good flavors running throughout. Glad I got to try it but I enjoy the other Weyerbacher barrel aged offerings much better.
08-01-2009 04:34:53 | More by orbitalr0x
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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