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8 Wired The Sultan Quadrupel

8 Wired Brewing
Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Warkworth, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1678) - 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 (21583) - 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 (4267) - 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 (1024) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of dark caramel malts, raisin and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, red grapes, candi sugar, light spiciness and some booze. T - Starts off with a mix of dark caramel malts, raisin, dates and other dark fruits, red grapes, and some candi sugar. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast and spices come through with some more dark fruits. The finish is a mix of dark fruits, dark caramel malts, candi syrup, Belgian yeast, and some booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a sweet and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. Good fruity and malty Quad with some nice added flavor from the grapes and good yeast character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a cream head. Dried fruit and toffee aroma. Toffee and yeast flavor with dried fruit. Fuller bodied. Toffee and dried fruit lingers with light yeast and light earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2012
0.5 l bottle. Bright reddish amber color. Sweet aroma with berry liquer, almonds, caramel, toffee, some raisins and some perfumed alcohol. Very sweet taste of caramel, almonds, tart alcohol, cork (of wine bottle). Full bodied and thick. Nice dessert liquer like taste, but also quite heavy and tart from alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (9380) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2012
500 ml bottle from Randall’s. 2011 vintage. Pours a deep, mostly clear amber color with a finger of beige head. There’s a film on top that lasts. Aroma of caramel malts, plums, figs, graham crackers, and boozy bread. Flavor of plums, figs, caramel malts, berries, and booze. Medium-bodied, with a boozy, vinous mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. A little sub-par for a quad. Lacked the nuance and complexity I usually see in the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olsonerr (37) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Aroma has very little of the Belgian character I would expect, and after a blind pour I’d guess a barleywine or maybe a brown. Flavor is good, but missing the dark fruit I’d hope for and just a little simple sweetness. Adhered closely to the rating here as it was a *good* beer that I’d have again, but didn’t stack up to other quads when viewed as a quad itself.

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