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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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7234) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5027) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (7208) - 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.

3.1
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2052) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2012
500 mL bottle. I was a little disappointed with this one, but perhaps it was my fault for not letting the beer age longer. It is a big, wet beer that tastes like a quad, but is lacking the complexity of some of its betters. For example, the alcohol is too well hidden; in a quad, I want to taste booze. There is nothing wrong with it, and maybe age would improve it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - JUL 10, 2012
Bottle......It pours clear amber with a medium tan head.......The aroma is dark fruits and caramel..... The flavor is light roasted malts, caramel, dark fruit and yeast......

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (2611) - NORWAY - JUL 4, 2012
Bottle, picked up at Vika, shared and rated june 9th 2012. Dark amber body, beige creamy head Aroma of dark fruits, sugar, malts. Spicy and fruity taste, with yeast notes and some alcohol. Warm and bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berlinoise2go (647) - NORWAY - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle (50cl) from Vinmonopolet (Vika), Oslo. Half-inch offwhite head that recedes to a stable thick ring with a small amount of lacing. Clear, dark reddish brown colour. Sweet, dark aroma of dried fruit (raisin/fig/prune), molasses, sweet sherry, soy sauce, Belgian ale yeast. Full body, ’small-scale’ lively carbonation. A fascinating ’tongue-wrapping’, sticky/oily mouth sensation. Sweet taste, delicately balanced by mild herbal bitterness, discreet fruity acidity and hint of soy sauce saltiness. Long, bitter-sweet herbal aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2309) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2012
Bottle from the Craft Beer Co, London. Dark reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Raisin, plum pudding and damson aroma. Flavours of sultanas, licorice and toffee with a hint of chocolate. Sweet throat warming finish.


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