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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TyggaBrown (430) - NORWAY - DEC 1, 2012
Great beer from NZ. Dark, dried fruits in the aroma, bitter and sweet at the same time tastewise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcnielsen (2484) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with white head. Raisin, grapes, malty aromas. Very raisin flavored. Not my favorite quad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (8151) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2012
500ml bottle. Dark fruity syrupy molasses nose. Smooth, light carbonation. Bigger body. Dry texture. Nice spicy sweet light bitter taste. Aroma of mediterranean spice, candi sugar, light dark fruit (raisin, fig). Mildly hazy darker red color. Good thin tan head. For me, this is just alright, as far as the quads I’ve tried go. Unlike most Belgian ales, this doesn’t get any better as it sits. Price is not justified.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11378) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph. Pours hazy amber with a small, off-white film head. Aroma has fat caramel, light milky chocolate, raisins, plums, light spicy. Low carbonation, fat and oily mouthfeel. Flavour has caramel, chocolate, plums, raisins. Quite bitter with some spicy dryness. Mild liquorice, vinious, soft ashy dry. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (11259) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle. Frothy off-white god mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy and heavy yeasty aroma. Dark fruits very present. Moderate bitter sweet flavor. Prunes to dominating. Long moderate bittter finish. Creamy palate. Lacks drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1386) - Bodø, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle at Henrik, Bergen. Has a hazy dark amber colour with a small off-white head. The aroma is wonderful with caramel, sweet berries, cocoa, leather, wood, spices and brown sugar. The flavour is even more sweet with sweet berries, leather, wood and caramelized sugar. Has a rich and slick mouthfeel, and a light bitterness. A fantastic and well-balanced ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (16775) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle at home ... deep red brown ... deep dark brown ... thin tan head ... rich sweet raisin ... fruity nose ... little fizzy ... zezty fruits ... mellow toffee ... sweet berry ... rich ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2012
In bottle at Craig’s. Pours a dark amber colour with a decent beige head. Aroma of sultanas, toffee, chocolate, raisins and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Nicely bitter. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2755) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Yeasty-fruity with only a hint of banana. Excellent and smooth full body. Very drinkable; with a fine and very long lasting aftertaste. Lots of dark fruit flavor, including raisins. Good bitter/sweet balance. High ABV is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phredrik (1011) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - SEP 16, 2012
Pours clear bronze with a small head. This beer smells a lot like red berries - red currants, ripe raspberries, red roses, and lots of quad-style yeast esters. Some caramel and raisin qualities bring forth the malt characteristics, otherwise very yeast estery. Taste wise, I quite like this quadrupel, because it is very dry for the style, almost no residual sweetness, but the sweetness that is here, comes from the yeast and the esters. Lots of red berry impressions, still, as well as some sugary notes and a slight astringency in the finish. I like how dry and attenuated this beer is. Very well made.

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