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 canít personally guarantee it, but I bet that it will get better with time. Soren Eriksen Brewer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1545) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4497) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2012
Bottle @ Henrik, Bergen. Pours a deep hazy bronze-hued brown body with a small white head. Nose is nuts, sour-ish dried fruit tones, candy sugars and hints of red berries. Taste is tart, fusel-like tones up front, then cellar must, burnt sugar and hints of nuts and candy sugar. Medium body and carbonation. Interesting take on the quadrupel style, with a sour-ish touch (probably from the "funky" yeast and possibly the sulatana grapes) and quite all right but not really impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a dark hazy amber brown with some ruby hints around the edges. Aroma is sweet with lots of candi sugar and Belgian yeast. There is a sweet fruity character outside of that though, presumably from the sultanas. Taste is slightly more tart than I was expecting up front with the raisiny sweetness present but nor as dominant as in the nose. The backbone is Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Lightly bitter and tart finish. Mouthfeel is lively and medium bodied for the style. This is a decent beer and fairly average as quads go, though itís tough to compare to some of the big boys (hello, St. Bernardus). Nonetheless, I do enjoy seeing great craft beer from new places like NZ.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2012
0.5l bottle @ Henrik, Bergen. A quad from New Zealand? Interessting.. This one pours a nougat-red-brown body with a nice big and lasting off-white lacing head. A bit tart and almost sour on the aroma. Quite woody, lots of ripe red berries, raisins, some dog and itís also quite malty. Soft carbonation levels between a thick, oily and almost sticky mouthfeel. Flavors are light tart and almost on the edge of sour in this one. I would much rather classify this as a strange cousin of a oud bruin more than a quadruple. Itís really woody and vinious this also, before it continues with some old red fruit-berries, oxidized sweet caramel and some alcohol twitches towards the quite dry finish. Nice enough, but as I mentioned, not a Belgian quad. 05.01.2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4374) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2012
Bottle. Brownish black beer with a fairly strong head. The aroma is malty and vinous, and the flavour is spiced, gingery and malty roasted. Overall a nice very strong malty and spiced Belgian style beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
Looks great and thick, and is above average mouthfeel. Otherwise rather ordinary.Not a great quad, but merely OK. Stephenís bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wlajwl (4316) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Dark fruit, grape or raisin in aroma. The flavor is dark fruit and a slight odd funkiness. Not bad just a bit off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2012
Pours copper with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, raisin, citrus, fruit esters and alcohol. Flavour is caramel, alcohol, raisin and fruity notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2011
From SkjoldBurne, Aarhus, DK. Bottled, 211211. Brown with beige head. Aroma of malt and dried fruit. Flavor with alcohol, caramel and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12012) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours hazy dark amber with a creamy tan head. Lots of dark fruit in the aroma. And kandi. Flavor is very raisin/dark fruit with some yeast/spice and remnants of kandi. Thereís a very slight suggestion of chocolate. Itís more than mildly bitter, and Iíd say fairly dry. Glad to have tried this.

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