Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
I loved Weyerbacher's Quad. They went and threw some in oak barrels, and now we have Blasphemy. Very Russian River/Avery-sounding, no? (I'm betting Weyerbacher isn't bottling this in homage to the Canadian metal band. My dream is to professionally brew a triple IPA called Nuclear Death.)
The head may be thin, and it may dissolve to a crown quickly, but wow, that color and the sediment inside...there are tons of I-don't-know-whats hanging in suspension inside a bee-yoo-tiful rusted/burnt blood-orange body. I look at that and think "exotic".
Although there are certain spices, flowers and fruits hanging out in the aroma, they're dominated by wood, yeast and alcohol. Mostly wood and alcohol. In this area, the Quad smells better.
I'm basically okay with barrel-aged beers, but they're more novelty than anything. I know that sounds like (ahem) blasphemy to some BAs, but when the wood takes over the flavor, I end up wishing I was tasting the virgin version of the beer. Blasphemy teeters on the balance of too-much-wood and the pureness of the pre-barreled beer. Oakiness definitely puts a stamp on the flavor, but there's more to decipher if you give it time and warming. Seductive honey, gin-soaked blackberries, brown sugar, caramel, hotter dessert/pie spices, plenty of hops and a fair nip of alcohol weave through the woody element. It's a success because this doesn't merely taste like Quad-meets-Oak; it's a different beer entirely. Finish is a mellow melange of oak/booze, without tasting at all like whisky (another downfall of some barrel-aged beers, in my not so humble opinion).
Texture is slightly syrupy, round and moderately-carbonated, yet with a wonderful lightness at the same time. Almost perfect.
Of all the beer I bought on my last run to Vintage Cellar, this is the only one the guy at the counter opinionated on, and he endorsed it highly. I like it too. I prefer the more playful and colorful Quad over its barrel-aged cousin, but this is no slouch. Pick it up if you see it.
03-05-2008 23:58:36 | More by Metalmonk
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
Picked this one because of its name, the ABV, and the brewery, Weyerbacher of course...
Pours rather dark red with a short white head, a bit of lacing. Nose is at first rather strong with alcohols, but what do you expect from a nearly 12% ABV beer? Taste is also a bit strong with some funkiness, semisweet heavy fruits, but overall pretty good. The funk takes over a bit, but isnt' 100% overwhelming. Considering the high octane of the brew, it is rather drinkable and pretty good.
03-05-2008 04:14:55 | More by aquatonex
3.23/5 rDev -18%
Hazy caramel orange colour with a thin layer of fine beige bubbles. Solid collar with a bit of spotty lacing. Fruity aroma, some banana, coconut flesh, oak, mild vanilla, and a bit of caramel. Same in the flavour, but with additional oak and sweetness, it's also got an earthy and bready character, plus alcohol towards the end and a lot of heat in the finish. The sweetness really seems to be reigning in the alcohol here, and it's needed. The body is definitely on the full side with plenty of carbonation and a fair bit of dryness. Lots of warmth that stuns the tongue too. This one really seems like a car wreck, but somehow it hangs together. I'm not sure how Weyerbacher pulls that off in some of these big beers, but the result is pretty good here.
02-27-2008 02:32:51 | More by DrJay
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
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured from bottle into oversized wine glass. Thick foamy head formed and was quickly gone. The beer is a deep ruby color. Smells of malt, plums, and vanilla. Tastes of malt, raisons, and vanilla. The alcohol is warming. Mouthfeel is smooth and light.
02-16-2008 04:48:56 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
I first had BLASPHEMY last summer after an all night bender over the 4th of July. I wasn't very familiar with the concept of Belgium Quadruples or oak aging beers at the time, so I figured it would be good to take the time and review it since I've matured since then.
I poured a 12 oz. bottle into a crystal snifter. It had a creamy head that left little lacing. The color was a deep red, almost opaque with a rim of white foam around the inside of the glass. The smell, again as with the OMMEGANG Abby Ale, was of dried fruits...dates and figs. The taste was smooth with fruity sweet and chocolate malty notes. This is an awesome beer. I love how Weyerbacher will take one beer, age it in oak, and then release it as an entirely different beer. It is amazing how a little bit of wood can make such a difference in the taste and complexity of a beer.
02-16-2008 03:23:24 | More by steelcutoats
3.23/5 rDev -18%
Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark copper body with a small, fizzy, white head.
Smell: Oaky, alcohol-drenched aroma. Lesser notes of raisins, vanilla, toasted coconut, and malts, but you can easily foresee the punishment coming up in the flavor.
Taste: Strongly oaken and boozey all wrapped up with a harshness. No surprises there. Unfortunately, it squashes the delicate vanilla, coconut, and malt flavors. Mild spiciness. Hint of nut shells. Golden raisins marinated in ethanol. Boozey, astringent finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Maybe a few years in the cellar would help Blasphemy come together better, but as it stands, I'd rather just stick with the QUAD. Even the dude on the label is struggling to keep it down.
02-15-2008 21:00:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.18/5 rDev -19.3%
Pours a copper color with very little head and virtually no lacing.
Smell is predominately malty with undertones of vanilla and some other kind of fruity aroma, little hop presence.
Taste is malty, diacetyl being present so it's quite buttery, vanilla is intrusive, a very warming beer as the alcohol is pretty evident as the oaked aspects mellows the sweetness.
02-06-2008 21:06:40 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.55/5 rDev +15.5%
A: Dark orange-yellow, with very little head but a ring of bubbles around the edge.
S: Smells of a mix of bourbon and spicy yeast also a hint of vanilla. The barrel really is prominent in the nose.
T: Plum, raisins, dates, caramel, oak, pepper, cracker/bread yeast and alcohol warmth.
M: Nice carbination with a dry finish.
D: If you enjoy alcohol warmth, as I do, this is a great sipper. Great beer to settle down with after a long day.
There was a lot of bourbon in the nose but the flavor was more plain or red wine oak. Iwould like to know what they used. Great beer.
02-03-2008 01:39:08 | More by Biscuit033
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
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
Poured from the 22oz bomber bottle into a belgian goblet.
Appearance- Beer pours a clear amber with a 2 finger head of foam that quickly dies down to little bacteria shapes on the top of the liquid. Lacing is thick and clingy with tiny bubbles.
Smell- Mighty american oak with a rich plum and yeasty phenol character. Honey and breads but mostly the wood. Isn't a quad supposed to be aged with oak anyway? This oak is just a tad strong. No hops.
Taste- Big oak that tastes as if they have left the beer in the barrel too long. Sweet brown sugar more from malts than candi. Plums, honey, starfruit, rasins. Big alcohol burn on the finish. No hops. Really can't get past all that oak.
Mouthfeel- Beer kicks back like I've just taken a shot of whisky. All that oak really overpowers the mouthfeel leaving a sticky sensation on the lips. Medium Carbonation.
Drinkability- I was really under the impression that for a beer to be a quad, it had to be aged in an oak barrel anyway, but in this case, it has been aged too long in an American oak barrel. This severely detracts from the light drinkability of the beer and makes me want to run for the hills. That said, I will age my other bottle back and see what this does in a few years.
01-29-2008 01:59:23 | More by blakesell
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
This one I have been wanting to try for quite a while now. The idea of a Quad aged in barrels definitely seems like something to get excited about. Pours a decent amber color, with lively carbonation, which leads to the head fading very quickly. Smell is of honey and dark fruits. Taste was the same. Mouthfeel is heavy and boozy. Although this is a very decent beer, it tastes a lot more like a Barleywine than a Quad. The price tag is also a bit of a setback. Worth a try I guess, but I would go with teh Insanity before this one. Cheers
01-28-2008 04:24:41 | More by jamie2dope
3.15/5 rDev -20.1%
Copped a 22oz bomber from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa... Really nice logo sticker with a monk covering his mouth with his hand... Blasphemy... According to the label, this beer is the result of aging Weyerbacher's Quad in Oak Barrels - the final product is an excessively sweet, slightly overbearing oak-aged taste with vanilla and strong caramel aftertones... pours a very nice dark-copper color with minimal head and impressive carbonation... Smell is replete with a malty, sweet, sugar-laden aroma... taste is ultra-flavorul, very rich and thick with a strong syrup taste pouring through...Strong alcoholic presence is noticeable in the tongue and nose, but is not entirely dominating, although the ABV is certainly up there at 11.8% ABV... as with many Weyerbacher brews, this one wasn't bad, but was slightly over-the-top, powerful, and should be sipped slowly... Overall, a flavorful, interesting brew... Worth a try...
01-25-2008 23:54:53 | More by dsa7783
3.7/5 rDev -6.1%
A- 1" tan head on a cloudy amber/brown body.
S- Big alcohols with lots of oak and hot whiskey. Dark fruits are hidden in all the alcohol. I really wouldn't be surprised if this was from the first run off from one of the barrels.
T- Strong alcohol, oak and vanilla comes through a bit with cherries and other dark fruits. The more you drink of it and get used to the alcohol toffee and chocolate come out, fruits get stronger, and some light spice like clove start to show themselves
M- Full body with low smooth carbonation.
D- The alcohol just over powers the beer IMO. Just seems like through a beer together and didn't refine it.
01-07-2008 03:17:51 | More by BlindPig
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours very red-amber, with a medium reddish-cream head that fades fast to a small collar of dense foam. Aroma: WOW, big time alcohol with lots of wood, hints of bourbon, and barest touch of hops. Flavor follows through with the alcohol nose, this is a BIG beer. Lots of malt back up the substantial but pleasant alcoholic bite. Body is big, as one would expect of a quad style beer. This beer is warming all the way down, with a pleasant sweet but warm aftertaste. Another great barrel aged beer from Weyerbacher.
12-23-2007 00:24:15 | More by beerking1
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
22oz bottle that I got to catch the end of with Ding down at the Brick Store
A - Poured a very nice and reddish tinted brown with a smallish tan head of lace peaking over the top and giving away quietly to a thin layer of stickiness across the top. Nice color on this as the red tone was easily visible.
S - The aroma was full of a bourbon barrel like smell. Lots of wood in here with a bit of a whiskey like hotness. A touch of something else running around in there too, maybe cherries. A touch of yeast up front but nothing too drastic.
T - The flavor was very big. This is a big beer at over 11% abv and it was obvious. The flavor was full of barrel aged goodness. A really great job aging this one here. Notes of bourbon and a touch of cherry were very noiceable on top of the nice full yeast flavor. The alcohol was very present and still a touch hot, but still a very nice treat.
M - Very smooth, it was a bit thicker then I thought it would have been and most of the carbonation long ago died giving it a somewhat syrup like feel, although significantly lighter.
D - Very nice sipper, though more then a glass is gonna hurt you in the end. This was a monster and there was no mistaking it.
Overall Weyerbacher usually does a fantastic job with the barrel aging and this was proof of that. A very big Quad that beared its teeth and took a bite, but wasnt as big as it could have been. Very nice flavors and very robust I would love to try this one again some day. Very nice.
12-16-2007 18:24:29 | More by mikesgroove
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
note: I had this immediately after a Quad.
a: Looks very much like Quad. Perhaps the copper color is a bit darker. This also pours with a minimal head.
s: The sour cherries and yeasty wheat notes from Quad are still here, blanketed now by faint vanilla and bourbon aromas. While not an improvement, this is at least an interesting lateral move.
t: Weyerbacher has done a superb job of barrel aging here as this quite a bit better than naked Quad. The bourbon flavors are kept nicely in check allowing the cherry and yeast tastes to remain at the forefront.
m: If only this beer was a bit more lively. Carbonation aside, the texture is silky and thick.
d: This a fantastic treat to sip and savor every now and then.
12-11-2007 12:06:29 | More by DIM
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
In a tasting of about 20+ beers, it's a bit weird that one of the ones I brought was my favourite of the night but, well, there you go. In my notes, it reads (and I quote): "Holy crap OAK!!" So, you get where I'm going with this. In addition to blow-your-head-off oak aromas and flavours, there are some quite complex undertones of butter, vanilla, and mild fall fruits, which make this more drinkable than some of its oak-aged brethren. Pretty tough to hide 12% ABV, but they do a decent job of trying. Probably one of my favourite Weyerbacher big beers so far.
12-02-2007 17:31:18 | More by crwills
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
i've had the Quad, but not recently enough to really compare the brew with or without oak. i've been sitting on it for some time. i'm excited
fairly frothy and a brilliant deep orange. burnt amber, we'll say
ooh...wild. incredibly oaky. strong, though not as hot perhaps as i remember the original. still quite warming, but not quite hot. fruitiness, some: mostly in the form of sugary plums. brown sugar, too. the mouthfeel is fairly creamy/silky, and really quite nice. the whole thing has thinned out a bit in the barrell and consequently doesn't sport the maltiness that i remember in the naked version. i thought of it as much like a barleywine but far from it now. the belgianness is impossible to cut through
i am a little disappointed that the aroma doesn't reflect the complexity i get with each sip. i definitely pick up a yeasty malt character. some oakand it grows with timeand brown sugar
12-02-2007 03:30:08 | More by bruachan
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
Big thanks to DrJay for sending this my way for BC2.
Pours a hazed orange/copper, thin off white head, no lace, settles to a thin ring, unhealthy looking. Smell is caramel, alcohol, fusels, raisin, oak, banana, bit malty, typical Weyerbacher but somewhat appealing. Taste is toffee, oak, raisins, sweet fusel middle, lots of alcohol, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but feels slightly syrupy, low carbonation, lots of heat. Pretty good for Weyerbacher, lots of fusel but works okay in this one. Thanks Jay!
11-20-2007 20:48:03 | More by Viggo
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev -1%
A: Amber-brown, light tan head, very little retention, slight leg/lace.
S: Big alcohol aroma, toffee, nut, slight banana, spice.
T: Woody, caramel, beer nuts, slight spicing, bourbon. Alcohol is fairly assertive, it'd be interesting to cellar.
M: Moderate body & carbonation. Really well-attenuated & dry. Well-crafted for it's weight.
D: Big, but I like it.
11-14-2007 02:09:56 | More by Derek
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
Malty aroma firstly, and also yeasty. Oak-barrel vanilla, which added to the nose. Tasty, like a barley wine, also sweet and woody. Bittery mouthfeel. This brewery does not outstand, yet is quite competent.
Had again three years later, aged. Noticed more bourbon taste. Hid the booze, but its very high.
11-11-2007 05:08:02 | More by Sammy
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
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
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
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
A good brew to sip on on Halloween night,poured into an oversized wine glass a deep rich amber it looked very nice in the light a thinner head atop.Deep dark fruit aromas with passing oak/vanilla tones a sweet alcohol prevails as well,somewhat sweet on the palate liked alcohol infused raisins and or prunes along with brown sugar and vanilla oaky tones.Its a sipper not something you would wanna drink early in the day but it fit the moment well.
11-01-2007 14:15:26 | More by oberon
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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