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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: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (2955) - 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 (6278) - 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 doesn’t 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 (6125) - 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 (112) - 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 (2673) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6641) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle. Hazy auburn body with exuberant carbonation generating a lasting tan head. Aroma is certainly vinous, as promised, Pinot Noir with sweet undertones, some funk. The palate is more vinous with sour edges, more sour than funky but not too sour, sweet sultanas and dark cherries in the background. More like a Flemmish sour brown than a quad, but really really tasty!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7384) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle 375ml @ fonefan
Pours hazy copper with floaties and a off-white head. Aroma is sour with notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits, funk, brett and hint of vinegar. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter and light to medium sour with a long sour, funky and fruity finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3454) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2014
Hazy reddish brown with an off white head. An aroma of vinegar, weak sour, raisins, sweets and candy. A flavor of cherries, sour, vinegar, raisins, spice and wood.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (10828) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Gusher. Hazy reddish amber with an off-white head and small floaties. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, sour fruit and wood. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 040714

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (10870) - DENMARK - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle, 11%. Murky dark amber/brown with small tan head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits, red wine, sour fruit and a little sour. Flavour is malt, yeast, dark fruits, sour fruits, over carbonated, sour, red wine, oak, wood, notes of alcohol, medium sweet and quite bitter.


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