Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains dark fruit, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.
T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit. Then a strong alcohol sting comes in along with breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent sipper but can be a bit over-powering and there are better choices within in the style.
08-30-2012 03:24:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured vigorously with a one inch short lived head carbonation fizzes out pretty quickly after the pour, body is a deep ruby amber tone with a beige fleeting head leaves behind very thin specks of lacing. Aromatics come off with heavy barrel aging overtones vanilla, oak, whiskey edge with deep plum and raisin yeast notes arising from the Quad while fusel alcohol cinges the nose hairs the sweetness is so outwardly sugary, not sure if this is a good thing. Flavors come crashing in with alcohol not hidden at all I'm going to age a bottle of this bruiser to see if it mellows my nose hair is past the tickling point it's definitely burning high alcohol and syurpy sweetness overrides alot of flavor aspects of this beer although it's nice to have a quad aged on oak the charred wood, vanilla, and whiskey notes all come to play but hide the parts of the beer that were once really desireable, man it's so boozy I don't feel like I'm drinking beer anymore this is definitely blasphemy. Mouthfeel is sticky with residual sugars alcohol sizzles on the palate with each sip really begins to become cloying when it warms up a bit carbonation is ample but the barrel aging is definitely evident. Drinkability I'm just such a fan the standard quad and the alright tripel they brew why throw them in oak barrels I don't think it's helps these styles on the other hand I'm in love with both Hersey and Insanity amazing, and this seems much different in color than the standard Quad I remember drinking.
07-03-2007 15:30:49 | More by WVbeergeek
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
Props to melbatoast 93 for this'un; thanks Hart!
Pours an effervescent caramel with a pinky of tan head. Zero head retention & a smidge of lacing, nice oily appearance
S: Nice vanilla & rum
T: Nice toffee notes, warming booze, vanilla, &rum soaked raisins up front. Some tangerine & pineapple, plus candi sugar to go along with nice vanilla & oakyness, toffee & nice booze warmth as this warms up. Finishes dry, fruitty & sweet. More malt sweetness or some complexity would've pushed this towards a 5.0
MF: Sticky/syruppy with low carbonation
Drinks great, you do feel the heft, but a damn fine quad!
08-30-2008 03:27:43 | More by russpowell
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Looking at it, and getting a whiff of it, though, it's clear that it's a barley-wine, barrel-aged. Fiercely carbonated, rich plummy crimson coloring, small, but lasting off-white head.
Aroma: Deep and vinous. Myriad wine-like flavors play out, intense berries, grapes etc. like a port or a wine, mixed with brandy or cognac.
Taste: Even more intense, and deep, and rich. Now I'm getting it…bourbon-barrel barley-wine. Blithering Idiot mixed with whiskey barrels. The fierceness is now mellowing, it's getting rather cool on the tongue, but the alcohol is taking it's place and rising up, ringing in the brain, quietly now, but getting louder. Rich, complex fruitiness melds with the brash bourbon qualities, making a grand, majestic mix.
This may be more than I can take in one session, but I'm strapped in for the long haul. Or am I? Let's see, and find out how sober I am in the other end.
Flavor continues strong, but doesn't completely overwhelm. It's rich, and complex, and very manageable. The only burden is the ever-increasing alcohol presence.
But, beyond that, this blasphemer is damnably delicious. I'd be best off with a smaller sample maybe, or share with friends, but I had to take this one down by myself. I've got probably eight ounces to go, and it's getting louder in here, boom-boompbbom-boom.
08-27-2012 08:57:14 | More by feloniousmonk
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Appearance - Poured into my Stoudt's Y2K Ipa Tulip glass. Fleecy but massive head that evolves into a moderate 2 finger head that allows a decent skirt of lace. Brilliant deep garnet with a copious amount of bubbles that rise and settle into a band of pin sized globular bodies. A smooth tan head adorns the liquid resembling frosting.
Aroma - Subdued at first, the smell over overripe bananas and caramelized sugar is evident. Boozy, slightly woody sweetness pervades.
Taste - Estery, creamy and spicy roundness in the first sips leads to a relaxed smooth maltiness. Creamy and syrupy as oak seeps from the nose of this fine ale while it begins to warm. Slightly sour cherry acidity, and somewhat tannic qualities with hints of light brown sugar. A tinge of saltiness is felt along with alcoholic warmth in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Chewy, round, warming booziness. Mellow spiciness with a subtle creamy quality. The alcohol is evident coating the mouth with a sugary dryness. Incredible feel with above average carbonation to match the strength.
Drinkability - A blend of sweetness and booziness dominate this fruity and slightly spicy quad. A subtle woody effect and pleasant mouthfeel allow this strong ale to unleash the vigor and suppleness in equal measure. A very drinkable beer that lets you know it is a contender up front.
04-05-2007 05:27:48 | More by Slatetank
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
About 2 years old.
Pours a slight fizzy head, hazy darker peach maroon brown color, murky and a bit milky.
Nose explodes with bourbon, whiskey and oak, a bit if booze still, plenty of sweet malts reddish and brown, crystal malts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, a slight nougat, candy, hints of dark fruits like brandy soaked raisins, all surrounded by the nice bourbon and oak.
Taste starts again with sweet malts, a nice aged soft malt, crystal, caramel, molasses, candy, a light nougat and toffee, a bit of booze cuts through, following closely is the bourbon, a nice juicy sweet bourbon, another whisky flavor as well, a bit if a toasty oak flavor with that, buttery and light vanilla oak. Again a light fruit kick. Finishes a bit sweet with lingering malts, brown sugar, candy, hint of bitterness, little sticky, done bourbon, a bit of booze left behind.
Mouth is heavier bodied, fairly rich and complex, some booze and lower but decent carb.
Overall great beer, nice bourbon and whisky flavors, nice oak rounding, great malts and sweet syrups, and hint of fruit and bitterness, a nice aged taste too. The aging did this very well as the booze quieted down, the malts aged nicely, and the bourbon stayed a nice flavor but not too hot.
06-24-2011 00:20:56 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev +1.5%
The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt scent along with a Belgian yeast fruitiness as well as an oakey/vanilla aroma. The taste is good also. It has a warm, malty flavor that's rich in crystal malts and oak esters. It goes down smooth with firm oak finish. It blends well with the barrels, but not as well as the Heresy and Prophesy beers. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I love the oak aged series. It adds a whole other element to the beer.
05-13-2007 23:19:49 | More by WesWes
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a clear medium brown with a very small white head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla and cherry. The flavor is bourbon, cherries and other dark fruit, alcohol, vanilla, oak and chocolate. This is one boozy quadrupel. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this although the alcohol could be toned down a little bit in order to make it more drinkable. I have only had a few oak aged quadrupels but I really like the way they react with the barrels. This beer is no exception.
05-19-2010 01:57:59 | More by Mora2000
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured into glass chalice:
Pours reddish copper with a thin head that immediately becomes a thin swirl with active carbonation in the center. Some vanishing lace slides down the glass.
The smell is of caramel, a general fruitiness, alcohol and some oak. The oak part doesn't come out quite as clearly as in the other two of this series I've had (Heresy and Insanity). Still, it is a pleasant, more subtle, aroma.
The taste is of caramel, sweet general fruitiness (banana/strawberry?) Woody oak with some whiskey notes. Oddish finish - sometimes drier, sometimes sweeter, always boozy, and a bit raw.
Soft carbonation with a body that is just about medium. A bit tongue-numbing, with lingering heat.
A boozy sipper here. The bourbon didn't really make that great of an impression on me, relatively speaking. The "quad" aspect was fine, though didn't really nail the style. A bit of an awkward combo here. Not as impressed with this one as with the other two of the series I've had. Still, in all, it's a fair enough attempt, and certainly worth trying.
06-01-2008 13:30:31 | More by jwc215
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a rich, reddish-tinged, amber colored brew that shows a lightly hazy, red-tinged, honey color when held up to the light. The aroma starts out sweet and fruity, but quickly picks up vanillin oak aromas and touches of oak-derived butterscotch. These notes are followed by deeply caramelized malt aromas, spicy wood notes, some toasty grain and more concentrated fruit notes of prunes and raisins. Touches of spicy, lightly warming alcohol towards the finish add some complexity, but somehow this seems to be missing a depth and richness that one would expect from the nose of a Quad, much less an oak aged one.
Slightly soft and chewy up front, a nice, prickly carbonation adds a bit of zip to the middle of this brew and it even seems to dry out a bit in the finish. The beer is sweet overall, though not quite sticky, and this accents a middle that tasted distinctly of bananas; it is distinct enough that I don't know how I don't get any banana notes in the aroma. It is perhaps a bit over carbonated for the chewy, lightly viscous texture as the two seem to clash a bit, but a quick swirl of my glass takes care of that. The oak adds lots of character to the flavor without drowning out the base beer; the middle sees a mix of soft vanillin and light tannins kick in, while as we move to the finish the beer first picks up solid butterscotch, then spicy oak notes and a touch of tannic astringency that lingers on for quite some time. Other fruit notes of prunes, fresh (though concentrated) figs, light cherry flavors and a touch of apricot; this last combines with a light nuttiness and the lightly noticeable alcohol to produce a flavor combination reminiscent of Amaretto.
One of the better Weyerbacher beers that I have had. I get the sense that the base beer here (a Quad) would not be as complex or tasty as I would want from the style, but the addition of the oak adds an extra dimension that really helps to make this beer work.
02-22-2008 05:15:47 | More by Gueuzedude
3.3/5 rDev -16.2%
Pours dark amber with a slight cloudiness. Impressive head that leaves good ring lace.
Sweet aromatic sugary malts. Really no balance to the smell.
Strong alcohol warmth in each sip, which would be expected at 11.8%. No noticeable hop counterpoint except well after the swallow. Extremely rich, almost oily; the carbonation is present but not strong enough to counter-punch the body.
This is a one-sided beer. If you like that side, you'll love this beer. It's contrary to my preferences and thus, the relatively light review. If you like mega-malty, powerfully alcoholic beers, this may be perfect for you.
07-04-2007 21:35:59 | More by smcolw
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
Appearance: a lot of high alcohol beers usually pour with a short and brief-lived head. But this one is different. Nice reddish orange color with a one finger head that lasts several minutes. Mild lacing developed during the session.
Smell: big vanilla, oak, candy sweetness, and alcohol are bold and easy to detect well outside the glass.
Taste: this follows the nose as vanilla, oak, candy sugars, overripe plums, prunes, cherries, and nice bitterness are wrapped in a warming alcohol blanket. Improves as it warms.
Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish with a long flavorful aftertaste.
Drinkability: definite a slow sipping beer. One bottle was slow to finish on my own, I wish this was in 12 oz bottles. I think this may mellow nicely in the cellar.
03-28-2007 11:56:00 | More by Gavage
3.13/5 rDev -20.6%
Pours a dark, golden chestnut/honey brown color with ruby edges and a half dinger white foam head that quickly fades. Minimal spots of lace.
Boozy aroma with hints of dark fruit, oak, vanilla and sweet alcohol. Hints of dark cherry, plum and raisin but it's dominated by the alcohol and barrel presence.
Very sweet with again, a lot of boozy heat as well as a lot of dark fruit, oak and vanilla. I'm picking up hints of raisin, plum and dark cherries and more boozy heat in the warm finish.
01-13-2011 03:30:35 | More by corby112
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
12 oz bottle. I've got a few more of these aging...
Apepars a semi-transparent dark, caramel toned amber with plenty of bubbles rising to the top of the 2 finger, off-white head that fades into a mild layer of film with a thick collar. Scattered webbing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, oak, caramel, coconut, brown sugar, raisins, prunes, and a touch of cocoa.
Taste is of raisins, rum cake, vanilla, sugar, coconut, and oak.
Mouthfeel is chewy, meaty, cake-like all in a full body that's sugary, hot, yeasty, oaky with dark fruit lingering along the palate. It's yummy now but I think the best is yet to come with some age under it's belt.
11-08-2007 20:54:30 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +1.5%
12 oz bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Roughly a year old, stored in my refrigerator pretty much by accident, just discovered it hiding in the back.
A: Light mahogany, cherry-like liquid with an off white head that dissipates to a thick ring of film, not much lacing. Slow pour still resulted in a lot of sediment in the glass.
S: Very strong, sweet and slightly sour smell. Green apple and honey are most prominent aromas. Other spices like cinnamon are also present and obviously still a lot of alcohol, even a year later, present.
T: Full body, very thick and smooth on the tongue with a light, but active carbonation. After aging for a year, the alcohol is much more tolerable in this, but still very present. Sweeter than most other quads, very strong honey, sweet spice presence. As other reviews have said, this is a different beer than quad, not just an oak aged version. The oak aging adds a rum like, alcohol presence to Quad. I'm usually quick to fault Weyerbacher beers for having a samey, boozy, house yeast taste, but after aging this for a year, it rises above that stereotype for me. I still prefer Quad to this, but I highly recommend trying this beer for a different take on this style (but if you find a bottle, you should probably let this sit for awhile).
04-20-2008 21:41:33 | More by yourefragile
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
First, it was Heresy, now it's Blasphemy! As a practicing Beer Monk (Brother Woody with the Order of Disorder), I find myself taking exception to the naming of some of these beers. Of course, once I begin to sample them, my earlier concerns melt away like the polar ice caps.
It started with a nice, foamy finger of medium-tan head but the retention was so marginal that when I looked back, it had dissipated into wisps. The color had a slight haze, but it was definitely a deep-amber with reddish highlights. The nose was very oak-y, with lots of vanilla, caramel and coconut evident. The mouthfeel, besides being medium-to-full, was really HOT! This beer seems to cry out to be aged. This is what I have deemed a "Now 'n' Later beer" after the children's candy that advised "Have some now, and save some for later." I might have to see about procuring another bottle for cellaring purposes. After the initial heat died down, I tasted a lot of dried fruit - raisins, prunes, even banana along with the sweet caramel and vanilla that I noted on the nose. The finish was still really sweet and coupled with its high ABV, one was plenty on this go-'round. If I can score another, it will go in the basement to await its time.
09-01-2008 23:41:49 | More by woodychandler
3.15/5 rDev -20.1%
Picked up a single in a mixed case form the brewery.
Whoa, put this one back, it ain't ready yet. I'm not saying it's a bad beer, but it feels like it needs some time. The nose has some great vanilla and oak notes, but they're overwhelmed by alcohol there and in the flavor. There's a background sweetness in the taste, but again the booze prevails. I recommend this beer because it seems like there's some great stuff going on, but let it sit for at least 6 months before consuming.
08-07-2007 04:11:44 | More by tempest
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
On tap at the Blind Tier Ale Hse in NYC a few weeks ago and reviewed from notes. Pours cloudy darkish, smoky almond, minor light tan head and leaving a tiny bubble film and fine light lacing. The nose here is boldly of crisp spicing and alcohol. One sip and its obvious that this a strong, heady and complex brew. Notes of currents, rum, brandy, burnt grains, alot going on here, not for the faint of heart/palate, not for quaffing, and not for fans of pissy yellow beer. Fine night capper/late night sipper.
04-28-2007 14:14:05 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
A 12 oz bottle purchased during Weyerbacher's 2007 Open House.
A: The quad has a robust orange color that is highlighted by an obvious reddish hue. As with the Quad that I had last night, the ale is lacking any sediment. The head was large but not to the point that it overflowed the glass. That size quickly receded after pour.
S: The quad's aroma has been almost entirely supplanted by sweet corn bourbon. Some vanilla flavors waft out to match the Quad's cherry remnants.
T: Sweet bourbon in a beer bottle! The strong flavors that define QUAD have been completed crowded out by the barrel aging. Sweet, bitter bourbon notes scorch the tongue immediately, burning with alcoholic heat. As the ale sits on the tongue, some stronger grain flavors emerge, some green grape to remind you of the base on which the barrel aging is built. The bourbon barrel aging was done to perfection here, creating a drink that is bourbon without the punch.
M: Oh sweet, silky sweet bourbon, how I love thee. This beer is a perfect match for the bourbon whiskey fans. Well done.
D: The abv is huge and accentuated by the heat from the bourbon. This is a nightcap, I suspect that I'll sleep soundly tonight.
07-08-2007 02:12:51 | More by akorsak
4/5 rDev +1.5%
(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a bit of a dense body that glows brown in the sunlight, showing of a red hue. Strands of tiny bubbles glide to the surface supporting a bubbly light tan head. The head last for much of the beer.
S- This beer has a pretty clean smell with note of light caramel sweetness and some faint vanilla and cream coming through. There was a fusel alcohol smell at the finish that was of hard alcohol in the barrel.
T- The soft floral caramel sweetness had vanilla notes with a light marshmallow quality to it. The finish was soft wet wood with a fusel bourbon quality to it.
M- The light mouthfeel finish with an alcohol that seems to increase with each sip.
D- This beer has a nice blend of beer and barrel but they both bring their fusel flavors to the party. Surprisingly it didn't bother me and started to balance with the sweetness.
01-29-2008 03:44:08 | More by rhoadsrage
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Clear copper amber color. alcohol and oak nose. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet, alcohol, woody actually complex. Clean finish. Very warming. $8.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
06-22-2007 23:18:29 | More by jdhilt
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.