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8 Wired Grand Cru 2011

8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Grand Cru 2011.
Style: Belgian Quadrupel, aged for 16 months in Pinot Noir Barrels with Brettanomyces and Pediococcus.
Grand Cru started out as The Sultan. When we made this beer last year I filled 8 old Pinot Noir barrels and more or less forgot about it. The native bugs in the barrels kept fermenting the beer, making it slightly sour. To further enhance the funky character, I blended it with 2 barrels of a Flanders Red kinda thing, that has also been fermenting funky for about 18 months.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgb1991 (111) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2014
Whilst it smells amazingly sticky and sweet, the taste is a bit overpowering and sultanish. Too sour for me. However the after taste is warm and enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2014
A wine aroma comes through along with some funk. The flavor is sour with grape or cherries. The funk adds a nice character. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6549) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle. Hazy auburn body with exuberant carbonation generating a lasting tan head. Aroma is certainly vinous, as promised, Pinot Noir with sweet undertones, some funk. The palate is more vinous with sour edges, more sour than funky but not too sour, sweet sultanas and dark cherries in the background. More like a Flemmish sour brown than a quad, but really really tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7280) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle 375ml @ fonefan
Pours hazy copper with floaties and a off-white head. Aroma is sour with notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits, funk, brett and hint of vinegar. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter and light to medium sour with a long sour, funky and fruity finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3448) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2014
Hazy reddish brown with an off white head. An aroma of vinegar, weak sour, raisins, sweets and candy. A flavor of cherries, sour, vinegar, raisins, spice and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (10633) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Gusher. Hazy reddish amber with an off-white head and small floaties. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, sour fruit and wood. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 040714

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (10824) - DENMARK - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle, 11%. Murky dark amber/brown with small tan head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits, red wine, sour fruit and a little sour. Flavour is malt, yeast, dark fruits, sour fruits, over carbonated, sour, red wine, oak, wood, notes of alcohol, medium sweet and quite bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (13833) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are vinous, caramel, fruits, wood, brett, malt and hops. Nice and funky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1208) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
Bière rouge-brune, acajou finalement, aux accents mis sur les levures sauvages, et un peu de malts boisés ; mi-épaisse et assez effervescente. La bouche est délicieusement acidulée, l’alcool est dissimulé à merveille, le tout est étonnamment accessible et fort savoureux à la fois. Intéressante concoction, si bien faite qu’elle est audacieuse et accessible, sans peine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4153) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. pours cloudy light brown, red hue, with a nice light beige head, some retention and lacing. very spicy and sweetish fruitiness - berries, grapes and raisins, fairly present oak, tannins, nice blend of wild bugs, moderate sweetness, lively to average carbonation, light to medium body - bit oily, lightly tart, slightly tannic/astringent and grassy-spicy finish. not overly complex but pleasantly sweet, tart, astringent, spicy and above all tasty.

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