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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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


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 (1779) - 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 (2041) - 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 (2033) - 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 (604) - 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 (1907) - , 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Poured into a goblet. 3.5 A: Mildly hazed (I think) deep amber mahogany. Just under one finger of frothy beige head. Retention is poor, but a short ring of lacing if left. 3.5 S: Superbly vinous. I didn’t know they made them this vinous. I’m overrun with grape flavored tobacco. Aside from the main attraction, there’s a lot of raisins, dates and plums, lesser amounts of currants and prunes. Some vegetal component. Caramel, booze, molasses, and brandy. Aroma is intense for sure, but I can’t decide whether I like it or hate it. It’s not seemlessly integrated like a lot of the finer quads out there. 3.5 T: It tastes like it smells. Aggressive, wild, and unkept. Vinous grape and brandy. Earthy tobacco. Raisin, plum, prune, currants, and dates. Caramel and molasses. It’s not necessary "unclean," but I wouldn’t call it clean either. Lightly boozy. For the most part the alcohol is well in check. On the sweeter end for the style. 3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. I’d prefer this to be a bit lighter, but it’s fine. Reasonbly smooth. 4.0 D: Gets better as you drink it, or maybe that’s just the alcohol talking. This was $11, so I probably wont’ purchase it again, but it was worth a try. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-30-2012 03:51:10

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3159) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Pour is a muddy looking brown with a small white head. Aroma is big sugar with some dry dark fruit. Flavor is brown sugar with some figs and molasses. Very thick mouthfeel. This is a very dark fruit and dark sugar type of beer and it looks like that is what the brewer was going for. A decent sipper, and the alcohol is well hidden, that I found in the bargan bin

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2012
500ml bottle, seasonal release, 5th version, bought at Vinmonopolet Vika. Fawn-coloured head, close to clear. Fragile lacing. Dark apricot coloured body. Blended dark fruits to the nose. Prunes, plums, cherries and apricot in a rather heavy taste character. The joining touch of brown sugar makes it very sweet. Sharp ending of dried fruits and alcohol. Full bodied and suitable for slow sipping (hotel room, Oslo 25.05.2012).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012

Date: March 16, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Greenville Beer Exchange
Appearance: opaque rusty red, creamy beige head
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, rich dark fruits, plums, pears, apricots, touch of alcohol
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, rich ripe fruit, light phenolic spicyness, growing earthyness
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4


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