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The Sultan - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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The SultanThe Sultan

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Originally named The Sultan of Swing, I have brewed this beer every year since I started home brewing. Every batch has been different but it was always Belgian inspired and always brewed with a large dose of sultanas. This commercial batch is the fifth version and I finally decided to base it on a Belgian Quadrupel.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: ADZA on 09-09-2011)
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

DavoleBomb, May 30, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a murky mahogany color with a fine tan head that imparts plenty of lacing durinf consumption.

S: yeasty-fruity including a hint of banana.

M: full body; smooth

T: a very drinkable quad, with a pleasant and very long lasting aftertaste. Lots of dark fruit flavor, including raisins. Good bitter/sweet balance.

O: an excellent quad nearly on par with a very good Belgian. High ABV is well hidden.

chinchill, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy dense deep caramel body with a wall of microbubbles racing to the surface. There is a meniscus of beige cream that last for a good bit.

S- The marshmallow yeasty esters has a slight earthy grape skin note to it with a gentle vinous note in the finish.

T- The fruit cocktail flavor has caramel malt to follow and some green raisins note to follow. There is a fruity dank yeast ester note in the finish with a dark nougat flavor and some dark bitter hops and alcohol linger for a moment.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slight slippery texture but no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice blend of flavors with some interesting twist on yeast and grapes but the nougat flavor grows pretty strong and there are some odd characters about the aroma and flavor as it opens up.

rhoadsrage, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Looks great and thick, and is a tad above average mouthfeel. Great fruity yeasty aromas. Was a decent beer to try, average taste, some sourness perhaps from the raisin. Fresh bottle though it travelled a great deal.Not a great quad, but merely OK for the style. Stephen’s bottle.

Sammy, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of MrKennedy
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%

500ml bottle from Platinum Liquor, poured into a Victory Golden Monkey tulip.

Pours a russety amber colour with a beige head of foam that is three fingers in height before falling away quickly. When agitated, it forms back up well and then slips away again.

Smell is certainly different. Has a slight boozy heat to it, before some spice and caramel come through. Some yeastiness.

Taste is initially super-boozy to the point where i was wondering if i could finish it. Plenty of heat upfront. Fortunately some dark fruit comes through to save its blushes a bit.

Body is pretty well in line with other quads i've had. Feel is hit by the heat and booze a bit.

Big boozy quad that packs plenty of heat. Give it time and plenty of agitation to open up. It needs it! However, it does improve quite a bit. This was looking like i was staring down a gun barrel to start with, before becoming a fruity, still warmish, slightly boozy big ale.

MrKennedy, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jpajpajeff
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jpajpajeff, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, dark red amber with ruby highlights at the edges. Thin but persistant light tan head that left lacing. Aroma is sweet raisins and dark fruit, a hint of caramel. Flavor follows, dominated by dried dark fruit, caramel malt, slightly vinous. Finishes with dry vinous overtones and some oxidation flavors reminiscent of a well aged barley wine. Alcohol warming in the finish, but no stark boozy flavors. This bottle has been cellared for a half year under proper temperatures and may well have some age to it providing the aged oxidation flavors. Medium bodied with some creaminess and good mouth feel from active carbonation. I enjoyed this more as it (and I) warmed up over an evening. A nice quadrupel that borders on barleywine territory. Well made and I would like to try other ales from this brewery.

LiquidAmber, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Drank from my Duvel Tulip at room temperature.

A - Pours a nice clear Mahogany colour with a Ivory coloured head that retains well and laces.

S - Aromas of sticky caramelised toffee and brown sugar. Slight boozy. It doesn't say drink me.

T - Not much up front. Stewed caramelised dark fruits that lead to a bitter finish. Slightly sticky finish.

M - Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Smooth overall.

O - A bold attempt at a difficult brew. Its not a Westy 12, but full marks for trying. I recommend this brew out of curiosity. Lacks the complexity of a Belgian Quad.

eric5bellies, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of exlex
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%

Ok so first of all I've tried 2 beers before this but oh my f@$&ing god this is the most amazing quadruple I've had in a damn long time. So any of my fellow brewers out there get your buts into gear and start you creative train on the road to something moderately as awesome as 8 wired Sultan! Cheers and may it never end!

exlex, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ygtbsm94, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

IHyphySF, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

jsurfs82, May 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

YeastEnthusiast, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9%

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brownish color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A very yeasty aroma, with some malt and fruit as well.

T: Tasted of yeast, malt, apples, caramel, and some spices. There was also a slight metallic quality, but it wasn't too overbearing. Slightly boozy. Not a bad flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a decent enough beer. Not the greatest quad I've tried, but drinkable.

avalon07, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Not paired with food. Expectations are high; I usually love quadrupels. Reviewed live. I think this is me first beer from this brewery.

A: Pours a one finger head of great cream, good thickness, and impressive retention for the ABV. A clear dark amber colour. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Dark fruit, plums, raisins, biscuity yeast, and cream. A light to mild strength aroma, and an appealing one. I'd like it stronger, but it's pleasant.

T: Creamy throughout, but most pleasantly on the open. Some lovely amber hops are nice but unobtrusive. The dark candied sugar fits in wonderfully. Light toasted malt comes through a bit. Nicely subtle, but not horribly complex. I get a bit of grape, but not much. The finish is nicely shallow. It's a bit empty for a quad, but it's still got its own character and I find it enjoyable, if light. No alcohol comes through - an impressive feat.

Mf: Smooth and wet - quite smooth in fact. Graceful and light on the palate. Too thin to adequately support the flavours.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV, but too thin and a bit too simple. I like it, but it could use some work. I don't see this getting better with age.

B-

kojevergas, Jan 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jabo134, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

kjkinsey, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -18.3%

malfunxion, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of tclang
3/5  rDev -18.3%

tclang, May 12, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

Pours a dark Hellish red, head is off-white-to-beige actually, with nice small bubbles and pleasant trails of lace. Looks pretty nice.

Smell is quite red, with metallic hops dominating. Overripe red apple characters, pear and touch of lemon to it, with cuprous metal and maybe some pineapple. Nothing outstanding though, smells like watered-down Belgian aromas mostly.

Taste is very metallic. Starts quite organic, with some banana notes, copper and rich soil, then develops mild citric notes midway and a touch of malt, maybe sultana-y but back is all metal. Just battery acid and copper on there with some mild sour notes. Really, quite unimpressed with the palate. Bland, mostly, and almost unpleasant.

Not a bad texture, bit thin at times though. Very dry on the back.

Drinking this beer is like kissing a dude with a moustache - you can definitely notice and feel that there's something there, but it's nothing you really want and the overall experience leaves you wanting.

laituegonflable, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%

Purchased from Slowbeer, despite Chris saying he was less than impressed with it. Oh well. Let's see how it ends up.

Pours a pretty deep mahogany red-brown colour, flashingly bright in places, which gives it the appearance of a gemstone. Head is very fine and full, a pale beige overtone that seems quite separate to the refined and bright body. Minimal lacing, and quite a light fluid body. Not bad.

Nose is dusty and a little dank, giving hints of oxidised booze, wet cardboard and wine cork. As it warms, it gains a little sweetness, perhaps the dark fruit character of sultanas. All up, it's a miss, feeling lacklustre overall, and really genuinely lacking in the individual characters it should have.

Palate is similar. Again, there's a thinness to it, that suggests an oxidation, or at least would in wine—more dusty characters and cardboard. Very little body, and a booze that feels rather unrestrained, and unbalanced by sweetness or body in the beer. Finish is dry and tannic, and missing the point.

Wow. This is an astonishing miss by 8 Wired. They brew some of the very best beers in the world, in my opinion, but this is thin, insipid and missing the point of the style. Ends up very disappointing. I was hopeful that Belgium might have found their match in Søren, but they can hold their head up and say "leave this to the professionals, son".

lacqueredmouse, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of gford217
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

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 it's 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.

gford217, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
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The Sultan from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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