8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (19649) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle at Ungstrup. Hazy orange coloured with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of berries. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of berries. Fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2014
Bottled. An unclear amber beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of brettanomyces, berries, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of berries, alcohol,malt, and a bit of brett, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2014
Very fine & dense dark cream head over fully hazy red-amber beer. Lactic acid and (dark red) fruit explosion; old wood & freshly filled (wine)barrels. Touch of young green herbs (cilandre?), old preserved cherries. Superb nose! Sourish-sweet with a marked dry-woody finish. Woodstainer, dried red fruit as cherries, and a character as from dry fortified wine. In the finish, the sweetness has an unmistakeable sultanas-on-alcohol streak. Quite well-bodied; slick to viscous; feels more carbonated than it looks. Another one that hides its alcohol quite succesfully. Strong Oud Bruin from New Hobbitland? Where is this world going to? Whatever, this is more than worthwile to search for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (762) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle to tulip Port, vanilla, wheat, coconut, malt, Brettanomyces, and raisins. Deep brownish red with a thin off white head and a few dregs at the end. Pinot noir, caramel, cherry, Brett funk, lactose, dark fruits. This is surprising that itís 11% as thatís hidden well...this went down pretty quick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MunBro (132) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
Pours a dark amber with a tan head. Aroma of wine, oak, fruits and funk. Tastes basically the same, the pinot noir barrels are a huge influence on the flavor here. Very odd fruit taste with a lot of sourness and tart cherry notes. Tastes almost like a kriek but with more wine notes. Pretty good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reimer96 (1064) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
Pours a hazy medium brown with a nice frothy brown lacey head. Aroma of oaky funk, barnyard, caramel, brett, dark dried fruits and red wine. Taste is oak, funk, barnyard, light sour puckering cherries and a nice light boozy warming while being super dry like itís wine counterpart. Love what 8 wired did with this one... Complex and smooth and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (920) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
Pours a cloudy brown with a large tan head that slowly settles but not without leaving some lace up the glass. Aroma is funky oak, brettanomyces, fruity, cherries, plums, and mild red wine notes. Flavour is funky oak, brettanomyces, rich maltiness, mild alcohol warming, dark fruity esters, cherries, plums, and some red wine notes. Iím a big fan of this more and more as I drink it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (2785) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle shared in London for my farewell drinks. Thanks to Paul for this hard to get 8 Wired. Pours murky amber with a small, sticky beige head. Nose is slightly acidic with massive berry focus on it. The barrels come through in a big way. Dark and tarty berries - black cherry, plum, quite earthy and a hint of sherbert. The barrel is almost too much but it makes this very unique. Taste is huge on the barrel emphasis with massive tarty cherries, tangy blueberry skin, woodiness and chocolate cake. Big pinot like finish makes it odd but it works. The brett never overpowers and sits nicely in the background. A cracker of a beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (6994) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle shared at Joshís Farewell Hoorah - big thanks to Paulo for this Kiwi Whale, 20/02/14. Murky dark amber with a moderate light beige covering. Nose is tangy dark fruits, bitter orange, apricot jam, earthy, light brett, toffee, lightly musty BA booze effect. Taste comprises orange marmalade, nutty twang, caramelised sugars, wine BA effect, musty wood, bitter orange, funky. Medium + bodiment, fine carbonation, sweet tangy close. Nice stuff, fair complex offering, lots going down !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (9838) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle shared in London to say goodbye to Josh. Thanks to Paul for this one. Pours hazy, golden-brown with a mild, tan cream head. Some floaties. The nose has lightly tangy, ripe fruits, berries, a bit of wood, hints of caramel. Medium sweet flavor, plenty of woody dryness, light earth, dried and lightly leathery fruits, dates. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with dry wood, light grass, toasted pine, more leathery and lightly tart fruits, berries. Lingering wood. Quite tannic. Not bad.

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