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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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


3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3351) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2012
My rating #2400! This was supposed to be something VERY special but i wanted to share with my two daughters so it’ll have to wait. 16.9 oz bottle. Chestnut brown with clear edges and a ring of bubbles. Nose is caramel, dates, cinnamon and brandy. Body a bit on the heavy side for a quad, lightened by zesty carb. Taste is honey, graham crackers, fig and citrus peel. Finishes bitter and earthy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer4000 (4476) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2012
500 ml bottle @ Patricks. Reddish amber body with a decent beige head. Aroma has caramel malt, dry fruit, berries, raisins and warming alcohol. Flavor is sweet malty, fruity, raisins, warming alcohol and hint of wood. Quite sweet, but feels balanced somehow. Full body. I can’t really decide if this beer is complex or not, but the taste crows for each mouthful.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Pours an amber/red color. Big malty sweetness on the nose. And that same thing follows into the flavor but at the back, there is a tinny note that disrupts the proceedings.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (2767) - Mosterřy, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2012
Shared 500 ml bottle at Cardinal. Pours a clear deep amber-orange body with a small creamy, light brown head. Wood and berries, spices, butterscotch, fruity notes on the nose bringing cherished memories of fresh saisons to mind. Full body. Alcohol, oyster and herb notes, sweet and acidic flavors. Fruity and wooden. Good stuff!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aniela (2313) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2012
From a 50 cl bottle at home in Skövde. Brown beer with a small offwhite head. Dried sweet fruits an d a bit tar/licorice aroma and flavour. A bit metallic notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alexus (240) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2012
Shared bottle @ Cardinal. This is a great ale! And the 10% ABV is well masked. Nice aromas of dried fruits (the sultan raisins) and the typical nice floral aroma of belgian yeasts. Again I can’t describe it as it’s to complex for a 1’st level beer geek.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnar (5295) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2012
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours dark amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet berries and malts. Taste is sweet berries and malts, some alcohol and belgian yeast, easy to forget.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 7, 2012
Flöska heima viđ hús út á kvöldi. Deep dark brown colour with a nice beige creamish like head. Quite sweet well toasted malt and caramel dominates the aroma, along comes chocolate and dark fruit, vinious like too. Good filling mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet with dark malts and roasty like caramel with dark fruit, chocolate, spice and alcohol. Sweet dark malty caramel fruit finish. Vćlsmakkandi bjór!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5118) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2012
500 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.0%. Cloudy dark brown colour, moderate but lasting off-white head. Moderate aroma of sultanas, oaked fortified wine, rum-raisin and liqueur-filled chocolates. The flavour is oaky / woody with notes of sultanas / raisins and other dark dried fruits, but not nearly as sweet as I feared. The hops are very moderate. Nice and drinkable, but has not quite the complexity of best Belgian ales in the abt / quadrupel style. Still well worth sampling.


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