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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavoleBomb (1513) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3455) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (9064) - 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (18904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty aroma with weak sour hints. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arve_Christian (3777) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2012
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika Dark, amber reddish color, some foam Full body & high complexity. Dried fruit ( raisin) in taste, alcoholic taste Long aftertaste Enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RuneStumo (2342) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2012
04.05.2012. 0,5l Bottle. Vinmonopolet Bergen - Valkendorfsgate. Dark brown colour with tan off-white head. Strong malty aroma with lots of dark malts and sweetness. Very nice malty flavours. Dark malts with notes of bitter chocolate and raisins. Medium bitterness with a rather dry bitter finish between all the sweetness. Very good beer!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esp0r (2291) - NORWAY - APR 23, 2012
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Pours dark brown with a big nice tanned head. Smells of spice, yeast, roasted malts, dark fruits and plenty of caramel. Taste is very malty, heavy sweetness, some disturbing malt bitterness that makes a sharp short break in the body. Also some dark fruits and alcohol. Full bodied, oily feel. Only thing that mess up a high palate score is that early malt bitterness. Finish has some nice hops and medium bitterness. Totally a well crafted beer but it lacks somehow the overall balance i want in a big quad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12067) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 21, 2012
Bottle. Red amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, sugar, alcohol, caramel, malt. flavour is sweet, sugar, alcohol, malt, caramel, raisin. Full bodied nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RedSox2004 (1410) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Reddish medium brown with a small head, little retention or lace. Aromas of dark fruit, burnt brown sugar, banana and yeast. Ripe dark fruit tartness and candy sugar sweetness lead the flavor profile, with yeast funk, alcohol warmth and hints of hop bitterness. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel, minimal carbonation and a candy sweet finish. A bit of a disappointment for the style.

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