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8 Wired Grand Cru 2011

8 Wired Brewing
Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Warkworth, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoponmate (150) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2016
Sharp sour and yet at the samw time sweet thanks to the sultanas and pinot noir cask. Complex with a strong beautifully balanced quadrupel. So happy to have found the 2011 version. Aged extremely well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
explosivedog (355) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2016
375ml bottle shared. Very excited to find an old bottle of this at the Lumsden, and pretty reasonably priced considering the age. Huge aroma with a bunch of sultanas, cinnamon spiciness, sherry, tartness, cherries and altogether fantastic. Flavour is dried fruit, red wine vinegar, spice, cherries, sultanas. Big tartness, big sweet fruitiness. This is just huge flavour, and there’s still all manner of stuff I couldn’t pick out. Hugely complex and crazy delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bulldogops (2270) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 20, 2016
Rating #2180 - 2015.11.17 - Bottle from Master Mason’s Cellar - 2011 - Dark chestnut coloured pour with a creamy, bubbly tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is predominantly yeast, hint of roast malt and dried pear. Flavour is dried fruit, sourness from the yeast and a lingering bitterness. Lovely quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9110) - Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2016
12.7 oz bottle picked up locally from notes. Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a large off white head. The aroma and flavor have big dark fruits, some tart character, pinot noir barrel really shows, wood, vinous, Brett, funk, some of the base quad sweetness still shows, caramel, the alcohol remains well hidden but does warm a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Murky brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, some oak, vanilla, & dark fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, oak, fruit (notably grapes), raisons, and vinous notes; Finish is somewhat tart; Interesting & pretty decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (6518) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 8, 2015
375ml bottle. Cloudy dark amber colour with small, micropored, creamy, fully lasting, beige head. "Rumtopf" aroma, notes alcohol soaked dried fruit, raisin, sultanine, some chocolate, a spicy touch of blue cheese, an alcoholic whiff. All flavours are reproduced in taste, warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1625) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
Pours murky orange brown. Transient beige head. Musty red grape aroma. Flavor is caramel/treacle, must, oak, red berry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (797) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle at the brewery with the grandparents. Belgian yeast, dark fermented fruits, Pinot barrel, oak and musty characteristics. Lots of carbonation which is pleasant. Musty barrel sight tartness and while warming some brown ale and oak notes power thru. Vinous. Digging this as it held up well ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2015
Bouteille verte de 375 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de fruité légèrement sûrette avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de raisins avec une pointe de caramel et boisé. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de raisins en arrière goût. (Rating #6261)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex dark fruity aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Good complex dark sweet flavor with a medium dark sweet finish of moderate duration. Good complex brew.

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