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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: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2013
UPDATED: APR 26, 2013 HTH with Aurora Borealis: This is a fantastic and balanced beer. Beautiful flavours, great sourness, magnificent mouthfeel, and inconspicuous ETOH level. You can appreciate the barrel treatment. By far the best Abt/Quad / sour in Australasia; a tribute to this formidable brewer. Other brewers please take note!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BungEye (27) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2013
Wow. Wow. Complex. Beautiful Pinot Noir aroma with a hint of "beeryness". Fruity(dates, figs, raisins). Nice tan head, initially with cloudy dark amber colour. Head dissipates quickly, which one would assume for a beer of 11% ABV. The taste is amazing. Like a Trappist Quad beer but somehow more complex. Like a beautiful red wine. Hint of, dare I say, blue cheese funk, which is amazing. Perfect balance with bitterness and sweetness. Smokey finish. As enjoyable as any of the Abt’s I have tried and somehow more complex. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (13894) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 5, 2013
375mL bottle, pours a dark mahogany with a large, lingering foamy tan head. Aroma brings out tons of pinot noir barrel notes that dominates everything, followed by some tart red fruits, and wild yeast - very elegant on the nose. Flavour is no less elegant, with loads of funky wild yeast notes coming out in the front, along with the red wine notes. Subtler hints of tart red fruits and wood. The complexity on this is incredible. The barrels are front and centre, but are utilized superbly. The wild yeast also lifts this beer up even more. What an amazing brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
erickok (5271) - Leuven, BELGIUM - 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)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5996) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Almost gusher, but the box contains a warning... Medium ti smaller dozed creamy vanilla colored foamy head on top of a dark ruby colored beer. Lots of yeast chunks in the foamy head as well as in the beer... Aroma is seriously delicious: white wine, wild yeast, grapes, berries, some lacto tones, light crispy wood tones and a mix of something like flowers, yeast, hops and light sweet malty tones. Flavours of white wine, grapes, wilder yeast, white wood, oak, bitters, lot of grapes and white wine notes come through, some slight slight hints of malts with herbs and hops and a light yet more present crispy dryness. Crispy, balanced and very interesting! Aftertaste is a mix of white wine, oak, grapes, yeast and bitters. Low carbo, creamy close to silky mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and a light oily light watery texture. This is not a Quad! This is a white wine orientated beer, I loved it! Good balance of multiple different (yeast) bacteria and the white wine tones with cruit and wood. Delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (4759) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Des raisins nleus, mûres, doux tanins et bretts grassouillets surfant sur une vague de pinot vivant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15119) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Clear dark brown - white head. Lively bretty, light wild, minerals, coconut, roasted, chocolate, cocoa, nice fruity, light grapey notes, nice malty, some sour notes, tannins notes, raisins, dried fruits, caramel notes. Lovely balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reimer96 (1743) - 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 it’s 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11360) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 24, 2014
Bottled. Welcome home from Berlin beer. Dark amber coloured. Dense beige head. Aroma. Ripe fruits, sweetness, barrel, light Brett, berries, funk. Flavour. Berries, Brett, ripe fruits, some light sourness. Medium to full bodied. Ends full of berries and subtle sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1190) - 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. I’m a big fan of this more and more as I drink it!

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