pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
BungEye (15) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
mcberko (5219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Theis (12528) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Reimer96 (1016) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
andrewturba (890) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
rather complex quad here, which almost tastes more like wine than beer due to the barrel aging in pinot barrels. not sure about pinot specifically, but definitely plenty of deep fruits in here. lots of fresh apples too. then you’ve got all the typical belgian stuff of yeast and sultanas...also some alcohol but subtle enough to be pleasant, and certainly well hidden for 11%. quite odd to say the least, but also rather delicious.
McNeillR (867) - SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightish red. Odd filmy broken head. Buzzing funk, floral gum. Warming, vibrant wine vibe with faint tart tang. Earthy/woody towards the middle.
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reebtogi (3797) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle pours a murky brown color with a 2 finger light mocha head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruit with some yeasty notes. Taste is a fruity and malty sweetness up front finishing with a herbal bitterness. Medium to heavy body with loads of carbonation leave a nice tickle on the tongue. Alcohol is mostly hidden but still present. A well done brew for the style and quite enjoyable.
kbudd19 (368) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
So much FOAM! But wow what a smell when they say this was in Pinot barrels they weren’t kidding...one smell and feels like your drowning in one.. Cool. As for the taste, sour from the wine boozy with some grease on the way down, I think the wine barrel is a bit much for me here it really dominates the palate but an interesting brew.