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 rDev +1.8%
A: poured with a head that quickly dissipated, clear, copper color
S: medium nose, malty with good well-balanced barrel-aging that doesn't dominate
T: very nice, tons of EtOH, still a bit hot after a few years of aging, roasted malt, well-balanced and very mellow that comes with being well-made and balanced, slightly cloying
M: nice, creamy, well-balanced
03-18-2012 13:09:19 | More by wisrarebeer
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
A - Clear auburn to amber with a medium head that dissipates in about two minutes leaving flecks of lacing.
S - Sweet caramel malt, vanilla, oak, very faint pears, diacetyl is present, but I really like the way this mixes.
T - A strong oaky, caramel malty flavor. Diacetyl is again present, but mesh witht he other flavors seamlessly. Some red Bartlett pears, faint bubblegum. The aftertaste is a lingering malty caramel flavor with some pears, a peppery harshness is there too. Alcohol burn is present at warmer temperatures.
M - Very smooth, medium to thick boy, a little drying from the alcohol in spite of a superficial thirst quenching.
D - Very strong and flavorful, the mouthfeel is less than ideal. Hard to drink a lot of it.
09-21-2007 06:28:09 | More by mrasskicktastic
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
A - reddish dull brown with a decent off-white head
S - Rich vinous malts, vanilla, oak and alcohol warmth dominate.
T - follows the nose but with a nice underlying brush of belgian candi sugar and belgian yeasts.
M - full bodied, medium carbonated, sweet and warming
D - one is plenty at this ABV but well done and thoroughly enjoyable!
08-13-2007 19:30:03 | More by barleywinebrewer
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
750ml bottle, 2012 batch. Served at cellar temperature.
Pours clear copper (hazy 2nd half) with a one finger beige head that leaves some spots of lacing and recedes to a wispy cap and ring.
Aroma starts like a typical Quad with fruity esters of banana, cherries, raisins, overripe dark fruits, bread, yeast, some toffee and some mild notes of the barrel aging with a bit of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Very good strength.
Flavor is toffee, fruity, cherries, banana, dark fruits, some caramel, brown sugar, the bourbon, oak and vanilla come through more here than on the nose, pretty darned sweet, some alcohol on the finish but not bad for a nearly 12% brew.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, sticky, creamy, the carbonation is low overall but what is there is fairly prickly.
Good stuff. I never got a chance to try their QUAD, so I can’t compare as far as the differences the barrel aging brings, but a very nice and unique Quad in its own right. Pretty sweet, even for this style and may be a little tough to make it through the 750ml on my own. Monstrous beer, too. Every bit of the 11.8% ABV...this sucker will give you the hiccups and put you to sleep...
09-15-2012 04:00:21 | More by elgiacomo
3.18/5 rDev -19.1%
750 mL bottle, appears to have been bottled 04/06/11. Allowed to warm some before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.
Weyerbacher Blasphemy pours hazy, and is somewhere between brown and maroon. There are very nice light red highlights shining through. The bone colored head is barely there, fades quickly, and doesn't leave a stitch of lacing. A disappointment all around, although I do have to cut the beer just a little slack on this count due to the prodigious alcohol level. The barrel aging is readily apparent in he aroma. Notes of caramel and vanilla immediately jump out, before fading in with some dark berry and fruit smells. The nose is balanced in equal measure by a spicy phenolic character and a warming bourbon and boozy note, which could stand to be a little more subdued. The flavor works off that blueprint, but dials up the alcoholic heat and bourbon even a bit more The plum and raisin flavors up front don't seem as dark and intense as they normally are. The peppery phenols are there, but largely drowned out by the hot alcohol aspect of the beer. The body is somewhat full (though also somewhat dried out for a 12% beer) and nicely creamy. It's aided by an expansive, yet subdued carbonation. I had high expectations for Blasphemy, as I think Belgian style beers do better in bourbon barrels than a lot of brewers realize, and I think Weyerbacher does some great barrel aging (Heresy, and especially Insanity). This one though, was definitely a bit underwhelming. I chalk it up more to the base beer than the barrel aging.
11-08-2011 06:57:28 | More by axeman9182
4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
A-Is a hazy, dark honey color with a shortlived white head and no lacing.
S-Is heavy duty alcohol smell that wafts over from a couple of feet away. Then there is bourbon, oak and some vanilla.
T-Is a dose of warming alcohol and the same short cough I have on a first sip of whiskey. Flavors include sweet malt and dark dried fruits like rains & figs. There is a lot going on in this beer, it's the kind of beer that you could continue to find different things as you drink and it warms.
M-Is pretty thick & syrupy-very nice.
D-I don't think so, it drinks nicely but I couldn't do more than one at a sitting-this is a sipping beer.
01-07-2009 01:42:25 | More by meatyard
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Thick, sourdough head with moderate soapy lacing. Very nice mahogany body - minimal visible carbonation at first but a few bubbles show when the hazy concoction is held to light.
Nice and heavy on apple, mild cinnamon and cloves. What little carbonation there is accentuates a tangy, piney hop presence and alcohol. Vanilla, ginger and bourbon provide good oak-y backdrop. Alcohol is definitely there.
Bourbon and strong apple cider give hints of "apple jack" of old. Pine in hops, more ginger and copious caramel malt are at first hindered when still a little cold by slight carbonic, metallic aftertaste. This dissipates with warmth to reveal slight slate tones on back of palate.
Tinny when cold - this goes away with warmth. Tangy, bourbon caramel apple finish is very warming.
This isn't quite as drinkable as its cousin Insanity - it's definitely a sipper. Best suited to cold weather - maybe hovering over a grill in the cold New England winter months. Still, this is great stuff. For some reason previous Weyerbacher offerings haven't blown my doors off but Insanity and Blasphemy are definitely bringin' it...
04-14-2008 10:52:36 | More by IBUnit63
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
750mL corked and caged bottle to tulip. $13 for the single. 11.8% ABV. Sampled 6/19/12.
A: One and a half fingers of compact head - just shy of tan in color - rises slowly and sticks around for quite some time before falling to a thick foamy collar. The body is a medium auburn and almost entirely opaque. The thickness of this brew is apparent from the slow pace in which the bubbles are moving within. Broken webs of lace in modest amounts.
S: Very pleasant nose. There is a wonderfully subtle smokey bourbon presence that in no way overshadows the sweet malt character of hearty bread and dark Belgian candi sugars. Accents of berry laden jam. Complexity is not exactly high and the estery presence is really drawn back, which is a plus in my mind.
T: Again, the restrained bourbon works well with the straightforward and tame quad character. The sweet flavor is balanced towards the end of the palate as mild dryness sets in. Mild bourbon notes find their way back toward the finish. ABV is there, but cheers to Weyerbacher for concealing most of the high gravity. There is some heat, but it's not out of line.
M: Full-medium body with a slight chewiness that is quickly offset by just the right amount of carbonation. Fine and tingling, particularly on the finish. Tongue stays relatively clean throughout.
O: Pretty decent American Quad actually.
06-23-2012 12:30:05 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.93/5 rDev 0%
A - cloudy dark caramel color with no head to speak of.
S - mildly sweet lightly fruity fragrance that is very pleasant. Some alcohol in the nose.
T - we're moving from mildly sweet smells to a quite sweet taste but some of that sweet is from the high alcohol which becomes very apparent now. I get wood; in the taste that is, as well as a little spice. Fruity = figgy
M - viscous but flowing. The alcohol leaves a tingly aftertaste. Carbonation is low.
D - it's good but it's not your everyday beer.
Overall a nice brew if your in the mood for sweet and mellow.
10-08-2011 00:44:14 | More by Beer4Baltimore
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
A: Dark mahogany brown with a gorgeous, bready, thick head and okay lacing
S: Sweet caramel malts with lots of dark fruits and some boozy whiskey and oak undertones
T: Very balanced, big, boozy beer; sweet up front but balanced by a dry slightly bitter finish: the bready malts and dark fruits play well of of each other (cherries, dates, raisins, plums)
F: Quite creamy; medium body
O: A boozy but not overpowering beer--I wish there was more of a barrel presence but it's a really nice beer nonetheless
05-03-2013 12:55:19 | More by dbossman
3.96/5 rDev +0.8%
A: into a goblet, center-pour produced a dark amber brown ale with a finger of tan foam for head. No lacing.
S: ripe dark fruits and boozy whiskey barrels, some hints of spices and molasses
T: fruity sugars and caramel toffee, oak and whiskey, holiday dessert spices and candy apples; woodsy
M: rather thin-bodied, no perceptible abv, smooth, very slight coating effect, just a touch of stickiness
O: having had their "Quad" quadrupel, I find this to be very similar, but with the additional of barrel aging, which produces that tell-tale whiskey barrel flavor overlay - certainly serves the beer well - a bit better than their Quad, but again, I find the beer to be good, but without the benefit of anything to really demand your attention.
07-03-2013 23:59:54 | More by Greywulfken
3.6/5 rDev -8.4%
A- beautifully colored murky burnt red-orange that clears up as it warms. it's a striking vermilion when held up to an incandescent light turning to scarlet/garnet as it clears. beige head is dense and consistent, leaving little fingers of lace, but falls pretty quickly leaving a shiny film on top of the beer encompassed by a thick soapy ring. the stream of bubbles rising up the middle creates an opening in the middle of the foam sheen, expanding and contracting like some creepy biological orifice.
S- fruity, woodsy, and alcoholic, teeming with complexity. sofy vanilla underlies tart cherries, old oak barrels, apple cider, red plum, dark berries, apricot, jamaican rum, fumes of alcohol, and some belgian yeast funkiness. overall aroma of fermenting fruit punch works perfectly with the barrel aging and nothing seems overly dominant but the alcohol esters. even so, they are in no way unpleasant and may actually facilitate the other aromas up my nostrils.
T- holy shot of bourbon, this one actually burns goin down. intensely alcoholic with a mild but sharp noble hop bitterness. goes from sweet to tart to bitter in a flash. the oak barrels make a definite impact, as do the whiskey remnants. soft vanilla taste creates a creamy sweetness that balances the somewhat harsh bourbon flavor and nicely compliments the hops. i've been swirling my duvel tulip for a few minutes now trying to release some of these alcohol vapors so i can actually taste other things. bourbon soaked cherries & raspberries, plum skin, banana peel, strawberry candy, burnt orange, grassy noble hops, shiraz wine, cream sherry, red grapes, burnt caramel, and a slight toasted barley flavor. finishes fruity and alcoholically bitter with a lasting esterous solvent flavor. could have a higher score if the alcohol didn't mask everything.
MF- rich and decadent, feels caloric like a desert and the alcohol that has been a bane to the flavor profile may actually keep it from cloying. this one has a definite heat to it and the first few sips were like doing shots. there's filmy and coating qualities, but also an unexpected cleanliness after everything dissolves. carbonation is on the low side of medium and alcohol definitely dries the inner cheeks.
D- despite it's tasty complexity, this is a tough beer to drink due to the alcoholic heat and flavor. it would be much better appreciated in 4 oz servings in a wine glass instead of 16 oz in a tulip. i'm no lightweight, and this brew is an asskicker. my only gripe is the up front nature of the alcohol, having had higher abv beers that hide it better. to my chagrin, it takes away from an otherwise great offering.
***note: if the extreme moonshine characteristics are bothersome (like they are to me) this beer vastly improves if it's let to air out in the glass for a few HOURS. even though it lowers the carbonation significantly, treating it as a red wine softened the overall profile and made it more enjoyable. let it open up, decant it if you will, then park it in the fridge and chill it down to 60 degrees or so. think grapes.
08-25-2008 05:10:11 | More by hustlesworth
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.