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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

644 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%


Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007)
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siege06nd

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Putrid in appearance, more of that light and supremely cloudy dirty toilet water appearance. Yikes. No head to speak of until I reach the bottom of the bottle and the sediment spikes it up. Minimal lacing.

S. Cherry, dark fruit, plum, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and bourbon. Lovely bouquet.

T. Chocolate, char, oak, bourbon, dark fruit, and vanilla. This is still quite hot considering the year of age it has. Delicious flavors though. Drink it warm.

M. Slightly undercarbed and a little watery. Flavors, though, are nicely balanced.

O. This is a hard style, but I think Weyerbacher is near the top here. This is a little astringent and dry due to the boozy finish. The nose, though, is excellent and the flavors are well rounded. Very good example of a BA quad here.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 18:20:27 | More by siege06nd
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this. The bottle has 040811 printed on it, so I assume this is an '11 vintage.

3.0 A: Well hazed orange amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Tons of plum with almost as much cherry. Figs and red grapes underneath that. Bourbon isn't too aggressive, which is a good thing. It adds a melon and earthiness foremost. The barrel is probably a bigger influence with a good bit of oak and a lesser amount of vanilla. Generic spiciness from the yeast. Smells good, but I think I prefer my quads unadultered with barrels.

3.5 T: Tastes like the nose, but the base beer comes off more genuine than in the nose. By this I mean more old school Belgian quad. Ironically, the bourbon has a greater influence in the taste. Plum, cherry, prune, grape, date, and fig fruitiness. It's still missing a direction in the yeasty spiciness department. It's there, but it's a generic, innocuous spiciness. Bourbon gives off melon and apple fruitiness and earthiness. Moderately boozy. Plenty of vanilla and oak.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. It's lightly spritzy, but could be more so. Still, not bad here.

3.5 D: This is a tasty beer, but it can't compare to the subtlety driven quads out of Belgium. While the bourbon makes this a fun change from the usual, it's not something I'd come back to again and again.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 04:40:41 | More by DavoleBomb
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. 2011 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep burnt orange. Not much head and no retention. Light in color for the style.

Smell - Bourbon, cherries, and booze. Caramel malts and Belgian candi sugar. Maybe some yeastiness.

Taste - More quad on the taste than the smell. The bourbon is less intense. Cherry and dark fruits. Sweet caramel malts. I'm such a sucker for this sort of beer.

Mouthfeel - Thick for a quad. Syrupy, but nice. Boozy and low carbonation.

Overall - These are my guilty pleasure. Giant, boozy, sugar bomb quads. I know it's not what a great quad should taste like (I love those, too), but it's still like drinking candy.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 13:00:19 | More by Alieniloquium
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, nearly transparent brownish, carmel color. A nice tan head develops. Minimal lacing.
S: Muted. Hints of sweet malts and bread. Slightly fruity.
T: very sweet. Bready, sugary malts accompanied by dark fruits. Kind of like a sweet wine. Pretty good, perhaps a bit too sweet.
M: Creamy, low to medium carbonation. A warming, boozy hang that is sweet, but pleasant.
O: This is a tasty brew, although it reminds me of a barley wine more than a quad. I think it needs a little more to balance the sweetness. This is a sipper, for sure. Give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 02:12:05 | More by Infamous7100
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A: Hazy reddish gold-brown, with a 1/2 finger white head. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Boozy aromas dominate, with dark fruit (figs), and brown sugar.

T: Booze, oak, caramel malts. It gets more sweet in the middle, accompanied by more booze. It does have a bit of a dry finish that persists after swallow.

M: Nice weight to mouthfeel, and more carbonation sensation than expected from appearance. This certainly seems alcohol-forward, even for the ABV.

O: This was a decent beer - a sipper, to be sure. But I wouldn't pick it up all the time. Definitely not overly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 04:17:23 | More by macrosmatic
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle, bottled 051712, best by 051717

A: Pours a light mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that is gone within minutes

S: Pungent cherries and other dark fruits along with candied sugar, slight oak, alcohol, and malts

T: Follows the nose, with the dark fruits and malts taking full charge. Oak and vanilla take a back seat, but make themselves known along with the alcohol, which is surprisingly subdued for nearly 12%. Sweet, but not overly so. Impressive

M: Moderate-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation

O: A solid example of an American-brewed barrel-aged quad. The barrel merely compliments the solid base beer. A nice sipper, and one that should age very nicely

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 04:03:34 | More by BEERMILER12
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a goblet glass

Served at cellar temperature and no date on bottle

A- Pours a really nice copper orange brown with 2 fingers of white head that don't stick around leaving a really tight bubbled rim around the edges of the glass. Nice lacing and legs for days.

S- First thing that hits me is the spiciness from the belgian yeast that gives off beautiful clove and mild banana notes but is quickly taken over by the barrel character in a good way. Tons of bourbon and vanilla with a slight boozy alcohol note that is very well rounded and blends in with the overall aroma and creates a spiciness to it. This beer has a lot of subtle notes to it as well like dark fruits, dark candy sugars, and maybe some molasses.

T- Man I love this beer. It's so well balanced in the super complex array of flavors it has. To start off the base beer comes through once again right away with that classic american belgian quad taste that I love. Tons of dark fruits and belgian candy sugars followed by a bunch of strong belgian yeast esters like banana and clove. After it goes farther down the throat the after taste brings out a strong punch of delicious bourbon with hints of oak, vanilla, spice, and a almost char like finish which can also come from possible roasted grains in this beer. With so many flavors coming through you would think this beer would be a mess or the bourbon would take over but it's so well done and aged perfectly creating a great easy drinking Quad. The alcohol is barely noticeable and definitely sneaks up on you. A genuine sipper

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a really nice smooth finish that's leaves you wanting more.

Overall if you get a chance I say grab this beer. If you were to ask me I would rank this up there with Firestone Walker and their big barrel aged beer like Parabola and Abacus. It's that good! The only mark I give against it is the color, I feel being a Quad it should be a little darker especially when comparing it to the real Belgian ones.

Skål!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 01:23:08 | More by Arenbeer
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tmiceli23


4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber color, no lacing, no head, hazy whole way through.

S- Booze right off the bat, the bourbon really comes through in the smell. Notes of carmel, sweet malts come through, little to no hop presence.

M- Rich, full bodied, good carbonation.

T- Matches the nose, booze is very strong, even stronger with the bourbon. As it warms up the rest of the malt notes come through. Notes of cherry and malt cut through the bourbon.

Overall- One of my favorite bourbon barrel aged beers. Putting a few away for aging. Should get better with time, another great beer for wheyerbacher.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 02:56:49 | More by tmiceli23
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phishgator

Florida

2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 16:25:07 | More by phishgator
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: inviting hazy copper. Looks like liquid candy.
Smell: not a lot of depth but very nice bready, fruity, sweetness.
Taste: Wow, that's nice and from the reviews, quite surprising. Gotta wonder if I'm drinking the same beer. This is a work of art. Smooth (for an 11+% ), mellow even. All the notes from the nose within being overly sweet.
Overall: a big pleasant surprise. I expected a passable quad. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 22:00:48 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

spring 2012 version purchased at the RT 8 Giant Eagle for only 8 bucks.

A - Damn for almost 12 percent I got almost two inches of head that doesn't seem too fizzy which is a good start. Color is a dark amber brown but clear.

S - Smell is also very pungent I get strong oak tones, caramel like sweetness, and also some dark fruit. Little to no solvent alcohol smell which is also good.

T - Like others said the ABV is well masked and you get some raisin/fig like taste but the star is the sweet caramel like toffee sweetness that brings the whole thing together. Not sure where people are actually getting any heat from this since I got no warming feeling or burn on the palate just sweet fruit and oak. It's quite good.

M - Syrup like consistency yet has bubbly consistency to easily roll on the palate. Quite good.

Overall I really like this beer. Sure it doesn't have a ton of dark fruit character but it is a great high ABV quite that hides it quite well. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 04:49:18 | More by DrDemento456
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Pahn

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily. Pours a hazy chestnut and leaves decent slopes of lacing.

Smell: Tangy, somewhat banana-like Belgian yeast. With a little time, some big vanilla oak aromas begin underpinning the Belgian yeast. With more time, the smell is dominated by floral alcohol, with vanilla oak and spicy yeast in the background.

Taste: Oaky up front, then some bland quad flavors, then very oaky in the finish. Punch in the chest alcohol heat.

Wow, what a heavyhanded beer. BAM oak, some raisiny/spicy (good but unexciting) quad flavors, BAM oak again, HEAVYBAM alcohol heat (with some extreme sweetness underneath the heat).

This beer is kind of ridiculous, but it tastes good. My only outright complaint is that the quad flavors in the middle can be a little apple juicy at times. Other than that, it's just not particularly well done--yet really delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy. Moderate carbonation. Hot as hell. The time in barrels has done it well; hasn't lost its carbonation, and has gotten silkier.

Overall: To be honest, I love this beer. It gets right to the point: oak and booze. Not to mention the excellent price: $8 for 750ml of barrel aged, drinkable beer is an incredible value at the moment.

While it's no Insanity (I would say Weyerbacher proved themselves barrel aging masters with the recent Insanity batch, of which I've bought about a case already and will buy more until it disappears from stores), it's a tasty beer at a great price.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 03:11:27 | More by Pahn
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky russet tone while yielding a 3/4" beige head that lapses into a thin cap, collar around the glass; moderate lace. nose is somewhat unexciting with notes of raisin and artificial cherry jumping out, also some caramel and candi sugar.

flavor is decidedly sweet although doesn't get to the cloying realm; malty with dark fruit and candi sugar flanked by bourbon undertones. some oak and a distinct alcohol showing, notably in the finish. yeast and a little spice evident... medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this one is decent. i'm enjoying it although i'm by no means wow-ed. worth a try. as a sidebar, it's getting to the point where to me there should be two separate styles: belgian and/or trappist quad vs. american/elsewhere. there are some tasty renditions within the latter category but i've yet to find anything that can approach the powerhouses that reside under the banner of the former.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 03:59:26 | More by BostonHops
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 12:30:05 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new bottle stood out to me on the shelf. Reviewed from notes.

A- Slightly cloudy dark body with a light tan head. Foamy, fine bubbled cap has decent retention. Good pillow and ring leave thick spotty lace.

S- Fairly bourbon forward here with nice fresh oak, vanilla and subdued whiskey hints. Some banana and raisin but good smooth barrel influence.

T- Yeast moves into the spotlight here. Spiced raisins, banana and clove esters, general Belgian yeast spice work well with oak, vanilla and whiskey. Some cherry and apple fruit hints as well.

MF- Oily thick body with warming from alcohol. Lower end carbonation finishes slightly spicy.

A nice Quad flavor blends smoothly with whiskey barrels.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 01:48:11 | More by cbutova
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cam for sharing this 750ml, new size format and label for this beer.

Pours a hazy orange/amber with brownish tones. Beige head retains pretty well and leaves some lace, good for the ABV.

Nice smell. Big bourbon and oak there but not overpowering, brown sugar, dark+light fruits, spice.

Quite tasty, improves upon the scent. Lots of banana, apple, and spice blend well with vanilla, bourbon, yeast, caramelly/brown sugar notes. Bourbon is quite strong but the other flavors hold up fine.

Slick feel, a little thin with highish carbonation. A bit boozy, but it is almost 12%.

Really good flavors, it's pretty sweet and fruity for a quad but it melds very well with big bourbon flavors. May pick up one to age.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 14:23:29 | More by Chico1985
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on tax day, '11. Best before 4/15/16. Splitting with the girlfriend; her pour is in a Westy goblet, mine's in a St. Bernardus.

Pours a caramel plummy amber with little bits of sediment that slowly fall in the glass. Very subdued head. Too many large bubbles that spread and dissipated. A ring and some wispy surface foam is all that's left.

Luden's Cherry Drops and soft marshmallow in the nose. Some vanilla bean, red grape, whipped cream, fresh figs, eucalyptus oil, booze, and light clover honey. Smells overly ripe and effing phenomenal.

Red grapes, fruit punch, bourbon, caramel, alcohol, dried figs, cherry cough syrup, buckwheat honey, and candi sugar. Impressive quad, and a vast improvement over regular Weyerbacher Quad. There's a faint sprig of oakiness in the backdrop that provides some much needed bitterness. This beer is seductively sweet. The bourbon melds very well with the Belgian yeast and fruit notes. Too much bourbon in this kind of beer and it's just brawny and over-the-top. In Blasphemy, the bourbon is mostly concealed only offering flavor rather than adding perceived strength, as one would gather reminiscing having a glass of two or three fingers of whiskey.

Very full and syrupy with all kinds of stick. Stick on the lips, stick in the mouth, sticky going down. Rife with sugars with next-to-no carbonation to shuffle the mouthfeel. Goes down rather leaden with insane warmth on every swallow and carrying some serious firepower. Not a flagrant foul. Treating it as a dessert beer (which no doubt it is), I give it a higher score.

Blasphemy is one of the aces in Weyerbacher's deck. Looking at past reviews and thinking about past drinks, I have to concede to the fact that Weyerbacher is one of my favorite all-time breweries. They do great things, and then, they do not-so-great things surprisingly well. I'd have to be one broke mofo if I see this on a shelf and DON'T pick it up. Another notch in the belt for Weyerbacher, I'm sure, as they must know they're killing it.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 03:29:54 | More by thecheapies
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 02:51:09 | More by jtierney89
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ryanonline

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

very clear dark brown that has a lot of ruby highlights with a rather thick yet consistent off white foamy head, that dissipates in less than a minute. big ol' sheets of lacing on the side.

very heavy hit of booze off the bat, not a very subtle presence of bourbon, more scotch like than anything. I want to think there is more, but I cant get past the bourbon. Maybe shouldn't have used my chalice.

The taste has a similarly overpowering characteristic, yet it is a bit easier to detect other flavors than in the aroma. I also get some spearmint and sweet malt, not quite toffee like, with some light fruity esters.

Mouthfeel is super dry, and a bit on the thin side for a quad. almost no trace of carbonation, somewhat creamy though. Dry.

I don't particularly care for this, so I can't really comment on the drinkability.

this beer is not all that great, it disappoints in the noise, but redeems itself slightly in the flavor, though not enough.

afterthought: it kind of tastes like a whiskey and coke with crappy whiskey, so still not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 02:33:25 | More by ryanonline
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tulip glass.

A: Pours light copper, good clarity, but barely manages to eke out a thin film of sand-colored head after a vigorous pour. Surface looks still, except for a thin ring of head.

S: Candied, caramel malt and light dark fruit, some Belgian spice, a little booze. Not bad.

T: Sweet, candy malt overwhelms the palate, some fruit is noticeable, also bubblegum.

M: Thick, syrupy texture and very light carbonation.

O: This is sweet enough to be a dessert beer. This might work in small quantities, but gets tiring after more than 6oz.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 06:09:11 | More by pmarlowe
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eclipse54

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle from inlimbo77; thanks man! Bottled on 04/15/2011 (and best by 04/15/2015), and opened almost one later. Split into a chalice and a goblet, reviewed from the former (girlfriend requested the Chimay goblet...).

Pours a light brown/caramel color with some amber and deep copper hues. Virtually no head develops, save for a very thin ring of off-white bubbles barely surrounding the surface of the liquid; no retention or lacing, and the ABV is the only reason this one didn’t get scored lower here (I mean, at ~12% I can’t be too picky, can I?).

The aroma is lighter than anticipated for a quad as well, with date, raisin, plum, some black cherry, cane sugar, light caramel, and toasted malt coming off first. A bit of ethanol pulls through as well, but it’s quite subtle and seems to lend a faint “buttered popcorn” aroma as well (theater-only style).

Taste is, again, lighter than expected for the style. Perhaps this blends a bit with the mouthfeel, but it just seems thin and lacking in the usual unfermented sugar and flavor goodness that more traditional quads boast. Flavor-wise, elements of caramel, toffee, roasted almond, date, plum, raisin, cane sugar, wood (oak and cedar, primarily), and prominent EtOH are the mark of this brew. Much more alcohol on the tongue than in the nose, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel, as alluded, is thin and almost worthy of the descriptor “watery.” The sugary flavors are felt as an almost gritty but certainly dry finish, the alcohol and it’s accompanying burn contributing to the latter.

Overall, this was a “meh” beer for me, seemingly average for the style; I've had worse and better. With almost a year on it, I had hoped the EtOH would have died down a bit more as there seems to be a solid flavor profile lurking in the background. I just wished it had thickened up a bit and brought the intended flavors to the forefront more. Still, another new brew to me that I'm happy to have tried!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 01:34:22 | More by eclipse54
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 13:09:19 | More by wisrarebeer
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Steasy66

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 into a snifter
A Deep orange, dense head that diffuses fast.
S Strong bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow, really great smell.
T Bourbon, alcohol, candy sugar
M Low carbonation, fairly thick, strong alcohol burn
O Hard call this a quad, but its a pretty nice beer. Pretty hot, will save my other bottle for at least a year.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 05:54:40 | More by Steasy66
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Duff27

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Murky dark orange color. Average size off white head, some lacing.

S- Woo, very nice smell. Hints of bourbon.

T- Caramels, apple cider. Great Belgian yeast spiciness that comes out at the end of each sip. Lower hop profile.

M- Medium mouthfeel, lower end of carbonation.

D/O- Very intoxicating, high drinkability considering the ABV. Every here enjoyed it. Right up there with Boulevard's offering as the best bourbon barrel quad that I've had. Thanks a bunch MaxSpang!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 03:32:57 | More by Duff27
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Mdog

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky brown-orange, ok head.

Smell: Booze soaked fruits, vanilla.

Taste: Plenty of vanilla, boozy, raisins. Very sweet and fruity as it warms up.

Drinkability: Strong, and you can tell. A definite sipper. Pretty good price ($9) for a 750mL barrel aged quad.

This was an interesting beer, I could definitely tell the barrel aging added some vanilla flavor and probably some booze. I think this might have been a little better with some age on it to better meld the alcohol. Maybe I'll pick up another bottle to do that.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 21:22:28 | More by Mdog
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.