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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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16289) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arve_Christian (2984) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RuneStumo (2144) - 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!!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esp0r (1890) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10202) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RedSox2004 (1200) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6303) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with a medium off white head. The aroma is dark fruity and somewhat yeasty with notes of sweet caramel. The flavour is sweet caramel, sweet malt, dark fruit and ligth yeast. Bit too sweet and sugary overall. Creamy palate.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 5, 2012
Bottle 500ml from Dispensary Enoteca. Delicious; malty treat, with nice bitter notes. Aromas of caramel, nuts, toffee, cherries, with hints of chocolate. liquorice, and alcohol. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (3593) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 4, 2012
500ml bottle. Dark reddish amber to brown colour with small quickly fading off-white head. Aroma has dried dark fruit, dark berries, raisin, caramel, some alcohol. Taste is sweet, dark fruity, slightly alcoholic. I miss notes referable to the funky yeast. Lacks complexity overall I suspect the candy sugar is accountable for.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2012
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, raisin, fruit, dark ripe fruit, figs, Belgian yeast, and caramel. Poured deep amber/copper/brown in color with a small, off-white head that diminished quickly, but lasted throughout around the edges. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, caramel, Belgian yeast, candi-sugar, toasted caramel, hops, and a hint of roasting. Medium body. Viscous, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, candi-sugar, toasted caramel, hop, Belgian yeast finish is dry. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.


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