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8 Wired Grand Cru 2011

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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (2136) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Des raisins nleus, mŻres, doux tanins et bretts grassouillets surfant sur une vague de pinot vivant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6276) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
375 ml bottle.
Pours dark red-orange color with a small head, some yeast sediment in the bottle also. Sour dark fruity aroma, some dark berries, yeast and wood too. Flavor is also sour and a bit stuffy, woody, a bit yeasty, tangy vinous notes too. Quite nice and complex, but wouldnít have guessed the style, more in vein of Sour Red/Brown.
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5755) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
37,5 cl bottle @ home
Aroma is somewhat tart and vinous with red wine and woody tones. Flavour has red wine, vinegar, woody tones, some ripe fruits, tartish cherries and berry juice. Feels a bit thin and watery for this ABV. This has something in common with HOTD/Deschutes Collage. I would not recognize this as abt/quad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3818) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
375ml bottle

Pours dark reddish brown with a small head. Aroma of tart berries, vinous notes, wood, oak, plums, ripe fruits and loads of malts. Taste is smooth, warming, sweetish and woody with plums, ripe fruits, bretta, vinous notes and funky yeastiness. Finish is funky, sweetish and syrupy with notes of bretta, red wine, oak, tartness and ripe fruits. Quite nice and complex. Iíd categorize this as a sour red/brown instead of abt/quadrupel though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3448) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2014
0.375l bottle brought home from 2d2dspuma. Gusher alert! Itís most definitely cloudy this, near what can be described as murky. Not just brown in color, itís also slightly reddish/rusty and it has a small at first foamy, eventually islandy beige head on the top. It has so many nuances of different things on the nose this. Mainly itís tart woody with a little vinegar hint but itís also build up by lots of different types of sweet and tart fruits. Superbly complex! Thereís dark dates, prunes, lots of salty Linton berries and black currants. I get malt vinegar and white whine grapes. Chocolate is also detected here, the dark and really dry kind. Yeah, a superbly complex nose indeed and I really like it. Itís way to aggressive on the carbonation this! Definitely over carbonated and it has a shockingly thin and near watery feeling in the mouth. Thatís a bit of a downer. The taste is quite nice though. Definitely not your average whatever this is. A quad? Well.. Tastes slightly infected, lots of sour white currants and slightly sharp white vine vinegar. Itís really tasty though. Red salty and tart Linton berries, lots of slightly mouthdrying wood. Traces of cocoa and chocolate wrapper in the finish. Lots and lots of flavor. The abv is quite elegantly masked, even if it feels surprisingly light in the mouth. Yeah, I quite enjoyed this strange but really complex creation. 13.09.2014

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3074) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle pour thanks to drsilverworm. Pours a hazy copper color with a fizzy beige head of foam. The aroma is musty and mildly tart. The taste is earthy, musty, with some tartness, and some buttery popcorn. Thicker mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6575) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2014
375ml 2011 bottle, shared with jstax. Hazy dark red color. Kinda brown. Some particles and yeast chunks in the body. Thin off-white kind of khaki head. Dots and ropes of lace. Looks pretty nice. Smells great; great aroma. Dark fruit, pinot noir wine barrel aromas, light spice. Some vanilla and creme in the nose. Taste is light to moderate sour, certainly a little tart. Light spiciness. Moderate bitter. Very little sweet, more of a dry finish really. Alcohol doesnít really cross my mind until I think on it. Pretty well-hidden for 11% though. Maybe just a light bit of warmth on the end of the palate. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, light to moderate strength carbonation. Dry finish. Pretty tasty, enjoyable, complex stuff to sip on. Very nice stuff. Much better than expected. I was expecting a sweet sugary malt bomb. The end result was much nicer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
A strong, heady, funky and vinous in the fruity and alcoholic sense perfume emanates from the bottle as soon as the cap is partly opened. Dull brown pour wearing a lasting beige crown. Interesting aroma, dominated by leathery, spicy phenols (clove, Ginger, black pepper) and grapey, plummy, juicy esters from the Brett that have seemingly been at work for years and eaten much of the sugars that must have been in this toasty yet not caramelly ale that still bears some minor chocolate and cerealic notions. In mouth, this quickly gets very warming. palate is dry, medium bodied or rather light bodied for a beer of this strength, supported by an engaging effervescence and minimal woodsy tannins, less so than I would have anticipated from the long wood aging. Spicy, vinous, warm finish lingers on and on. Good stuff, albeit not quite a show-stopper for a beer whose creation seems so complicated. It appears as if the brett has at this stage overwhelmed some of the fruity and textural complexities that may have laid in there some time ago.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgb1991 (113) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2714) - 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.


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