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8 Wired Grand Cru 2011

8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 53   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2179) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 21, 2014
Bottled. Pours hazy amber with a tsmall, an head. Aroma of brett, berries, red grape notes and caramel. Sweet flavor that ends up dry with alcohol notes. Medium to full bodied, oily texture an flat to soft carb. An excellent Quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2014
375cl bottle @ Geers. Thanks for the shop for warning the buyer about the gusher. Indeed, big gusher on this one, and a rather sloppy job at 8Wired especially for how much this one was going for. I guess my drain enjoyed about 3€ worth of wasted beer. De couleur acajou sur un col beige se dissipent rapidement. Arôme offre une belle alternance de barrique de vin rouge, boisé sur un sucre brun modéré. Léger sur le côte fermenté fruits noirs avec un boisé arrivant en rétro-nasal accompagné par le côté raisin vert. Les brett offrent également un caractère supplémentaire sans pour cela enlever du Pinot. Niveau palais on retrouve le côté boisé avec une note brett qui contre balance le profile fruité sucré de Pinot Noir. Alcool reste assez discret et ce malgré les 11%. Malt demeure de caractère pâle, pâle voire crystal. Le raisin est présent. Reste correcte mais décevante si on rajoute le facteur explosif de l’ouverture de la bouteille et un visuel à la ramasse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9072) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 12, 2014
from Erzbierschof - cloudy dark brown beer with a long lasting beige foam; vinous and woody aroma, notes of prunes and black cherries, some spicyness; sweet and full-bodied, fairly sour, light sticky and umami, long sourish woody finish with notes of prunes

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bullit (3857) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 7, 2014
Bottle @ skortila. Brown - dark reddish colour, small off-white head. Nose is slightly sour, fruity, red wine notes. Flavour is malty, slightly sweet, some red wine sourness and wood. Tannines well noticable, which is nice. Slightly alcoholic. Good sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cirrhosis (1175) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
Ok.... Beer just lost points for exploding all over the floor and foaming up so much I lost half the beer before I even poured. Booooooooo explosive beer. Mucky chunky brown body with a massive crown floating on top. Still pissed off my pants and socks are soaked. Smells good, big quad with diffanet wine factor, oaky, and a big booze finish. The wine is starting to dominate the aroma. Can you say quad with a twist that works, sure you can. Banana, heavy thick wine, harshless booze, oak. Tatse is good, taste is diffrent. Full bodied, very smooth. My sock smells like a bar floor after last call. This is a gooder probably would have been over a 4 if it didn’t explode all over my pants.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle at home from ales by mail
Slightly funky strong grape must and vanillins on nose. Medium body, sweet fruity and heavy, very full bodied with a slight barnyard character which helps lift the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (1551) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2014
@ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Cloudy orange brown with a frothy tan head, lace slips back into drink. Aroma is sweet fruity malt, very inviting. Taste doesn’t match, staying in some inner conflict that never gets resolved. There is sweet malt going in, but dark fruit masks that early in the palate, followed by sour ale. During the whole thing, malt continues to grab attention, gumming up everything. Interesting, yes. Good brew? No.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10359) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Capped 375 from Monument. Pours murky orange brown. Transient beige head. Musty red grape aroma. Flavor is caramel/treacle, must, oak, red berry. Sort of BFM light. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6022) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a modest beige head and a wine aroma. There is a sweet dark molasses flavor that fishes a bit sour and funky. Complex with lots of oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2014
33 cl bottle. Pours hazy brown to amber with an off white head. Aroma is bretty, citric and berry fruity. Smooth wineous and light citric flavoured. Earthy to wooden, sweet and citric. Mellow berry fruity too. Nice lingering mild acidic finish.

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