8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The beer you hold in your hands is the result of years of practise and refinement. I have brewed it every year since I started homebrewing, and it was one of the first beers I ever brewed. In fact before the mere thought of 8 Wired was conceived. I always knew that one day I would brew this beer commercially. Every year the Sultan has been different, but it is always Belgian inspired, of course with a large dose of sultanas. This bottle contains the fifth version of the Sultan. I finally decided to base it on a Belgian style Quadrupel. The sultanas are more present than before, and it is brewed with a hefty dose of pilsner malt, Belgian specialty malts, dark candy sugar and a funky yeast strain. Experience and enjoy it now, or mature it for years to come. I can’t personally guarantee it, but I bet that it will get better with time. Soren Eriksen Brewer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11711) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle. Poured a clear reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy malt, candy sugar, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3346) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle. Amber, very small and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sugary sweet aroma, some caramel, fruitiness - dark fruits and some alcohol. Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel, fruitiness - dark fruits, some alcohol. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, some caramel and some fruitiness - dark fruits, alcohol. Sweet quadrupel with lots of alcohol considering the body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours with a hazy chestnut to bronze hued body with a large off-white head. Good lace with some legs and fine retention. Very alcoholic on the nose, dark fruits, prunes, plums, some banana esters, brown sugar, very sweet, malty, bready, brown sugar, currants, lightly tart. Flavors of orange curacao, tart, cranberries, sweet, brown sugar. VERY messy. Vinous, metallic, earthy, raisins. Bad to be honest. Leather, dried fruit. Undrinkable. Light bubbles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2011
The beer pours a translucent mahogany color with a fairly small, beige, frothy head which is mostly diminishing and minimal, frothy lace. The nose is rich and fruity with lots of fruit cake notes, dried apricots, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, spicy alcohol wisps, spice cake, and some dates. The flavor is similar with lots of fruit and spice; spice cake, spicy warmth, dried apricots, light orange peel, chocolate syrup, light molasses, and a faint roast on the back end. The palate is more than medium, nearly lively, velvety, warm, but slightly watery. The finish is long, warming, slightly roasty, slightly herbal, and still dried apricot. Very good quad but just lacks some depth and palate depth. Still an interesting beer and looking forward to more 8 wired beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6626) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2011
Medium pale brown head. Clear brown body with carbonation. Syrupy papery aroma with fruity notes. Surprisingly mellow aroma. Sweet-dryish fruity papery taste with grape notes. Fullish body. Hot, but otherwise smooth and mild, mouthfeel. Dryish fruity alcoholic aftertaste with papery dandelion notes. Weird, and consistently papery. Not their best. (0.5l bottle, from Kihoskh, Copenhagen.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dredd (714) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2011
I always find it interesting when a new world plays in the old world space. This is one of the better contenders. The beer is dark brown with light head. The flavour is raisins with a very clean non cloying finish for a beer with this weight of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dazz3 (1589) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
75cl bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small light brown head. Smells burbon and malty. Tastes raisins, malty and alcohol with a similar finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (12851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle. Amber/mahogany color, small beige head. Malty spicy aroma, fruity, some alcohol, figs and raisins. Malty alcohol flavor, spicy, fruity, yeast notes, some notes of hops. Vinous notes. A bit too strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (38288) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011

Bottle 500ml.

Clear dark red amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, sweet riped fruit, dried fruit. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter with a long to average duration, riped fruit, sweet sweet. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111105]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2011
One of the better examples you will find outside of Europe. Plenty of cooked fruits and sugar right across the nose and palate. Almost a light touch to drink, particularly given it’s 10% abv, and some good fizz helps carry the beer. Lots of bitter aniseed to finish.

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