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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14036) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1252) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4292) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperTiti33 (505) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Brune voilé. Sédiment. Acide. Vinaigre balsamique. Café. Âcre. Mélasse. Fruité. Pomme. Cassis. Datte. Boisé. Bonne amertume. Bien.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours brown, tart, brett funk, sweet toffee, grapes, quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Bacteria galore and wood scent this creation’s aroma and flavor profile before delving into delicate cherries and raisins.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the pale brown.
-The Quadrupel base can be found, but smothered in wilderness and bacteria.
-Mouthfeel is rather elegant.
-While lactobacillus is dominant, citric acid also gives a lot of character.

Bottles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14834) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
27th May 2014
Almost opaque dark red - amber beer, tidy pale tan head. Palate is a little soft, mild fine carbonation. Light Flemish red sourness. Little caramel, well buried. Touches of cherry and dark fruits. Whisper of spice. Smooth finish. Pretty tasty and drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (4913) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle. A gusher! Dark brown opaque beer with a tan head. First sniff brings complex fruit and some funk. Rich malts. A Flanders Red aroma. The first sip goes through at least 4 changes and all in rapid fire action. Vinous notes, chocolate malts, funk, fizzy carbonation. This beer is so much fun to drink. Wood, bacteria, berries. Catching all of the flavors is like herding cats. They flit by so quickly! A lot of fun to drink, interesting, and flavorful.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
erickok (3514) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAY 19, 2014
Dark brown glowing body and stable head. Clearly very vinous, lots of oak, barley wine concentrated malts, fermenting fruit sweetness, lactic and powerful. Taste isn?t as sweet as expected, instead turning your taste buds around from the middle inwards with its fruity start and milk sour ending. Bitter herbal undertone. Long complex ending. Great beer, really worth the grand cru name. Complex, powerful, interesting and delicious. Respect to the brewer for making this complex recipe to such a beer. (Bottle brought by Bertanne from De Molen)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (985) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Appearance: Ruby/ brown with large beige head....exploded all over the place. Aroma: Raisin, leather, toffee/treacle, spice, funk, vinous notes. Taste: Medium bitterness and sourness and low sweetness. Palate: Thick coarse texture, medium body, average carbonation once it settled down, lingering dry, funky, vinous, hint of marzipan/cherry, dried fruit finish with alcohol warmth. Comments: Lovely, glass lace. Wished more of it was in my glass than on the draining board!


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