8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 125   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 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5181) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martinrumsam (536) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2012
A New Zealand quad - looking forward to this one . Pours deep ruby redwith a full beige head . Aroma is jumping out of the glass - rich dark dried fruits , caramels , malts , plums . Sweet taste again of dark fruits and caramelised sugar. Vinous oily body . Alcohol burn comes through. A good attempt at a quad but lacking complexity and balance compared to the best Belgian examples

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6592) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours mahogany with a disappearing beige head and an enticing plum and candi sugar aroma. There is a fruity dark malt and raisin flavor with a grape finish. Not a standard quad, but pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pentaz (1240) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle. Dark red pour with small beige head. Aroma is sweet with caramel and dried fruit and a hint of licorice. Taste is sweet and alcoholic with raisins, plum, slight overripe fruit, yeast, nut and rye-tasting caramel. Nice oily texture, ends malty/fruity and slightly warming for quite some time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours a reddish brown color with a light brown head. I found out they use wine grapes in their flavoring. And I can taste it. Okay quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scottw86 (1111) - Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Poured a slightly red color with a medium sized off-white head. Smells boozy with plumb and wine. Taste also has alcohol. Pretty sweet at first but iy becomes dry towards the finish. Fruity with grapes and dates. Overall not that great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (9284) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Bottle @ home. I’ve had WAY too many mediocre Quads lately. Hope this sucker is a winner. Pours a hazy, reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. Huge candy sugar/caramel aroma, moderate dark fruity, ultra sweet, a touch spicy aroma. Fairly high carbonation. Incredibly sweet to the point of cloying taste. Super rich candy sugar, toffee, plum, caramel, black cherry, dark grape/raisin flavor. Another disappointing (and cloying) Quad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - JAN 17, 2012
#1202 bottle; nose is plum, decent red apple, quite sharp sour alcohol note, then toffee, feel is mediumfat, carb is medium, taste is weak raisin note, leather, rosehip, then earth, sour leaves, sweet malt aftertaste with a comfortable alcohol burn

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1509) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Bottle picked up at StateLine. Poured into a snifter, decent little head that didnt stick around. Light brown in color... Aroma of sweet malts and some dark fruits. Taste is sweet..... more sweet than I like but not offensive. Dark fruits, candy, grapes, sugary, sweet malts, belgian yeast. Medium body, carbonation level is slightly low. To piggy back off the brewer I bet this beer will get better with age. Overall: This is a good beer, which I enjoyed sipping on..... but its hard to have a quad and not compare it to St Bernardus abt 12 or Rochefort.... so compared to them its a little let down but I would like to revisit this in a couple years or so.

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