The Sultan - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of MrKennedy
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of tclang
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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".

Photo of laituegonflable
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ADZA
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi see through copper hue which leaves a two finger head and clingy lacing,the smell is sultanas,candy,funk,dark fruits and yeasty bread,the mouthfeel is only medium bodied and a bit light for my liking of the style and has tastes of raisin bread,sultanas,dark plums,some funk,candy,brown sugar and finished with a dark fruit hoppy dryness and overall its alright without being great i mean the mouthfeel lacks and the taste is nice without being sensational i just have high hopes for this brewery everytime they release something cheers.

Photo of Tom-Peters
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gford217
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of impending
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B

500ml into a tulip. Pours a ruddy mahogany, minor coffee colored head even with an encouraging pour, minor lacing.

Aroma is peculiar in a pleasant way. The raisins are obvious but it also has a roasty pseudo chocolate note and I'm guessing the saison yeast adds the yogurt scent. Funny as The Sultan has a middle eastern mysterious undertone.

Big flavor, more bitterness than expected. The roastyness is strong in the flavor. More of a belgian stout than a quad. Not particularly complicated. Hint of zinc in the finish. The aftertaste is not a strength but improves with warmth. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

I've learned a new word.
cheers
jd

Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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-

Photo of tbeckett
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Cloudy medium brown pour. Film of white head. No retention or lace.

S - Lot's of rich dark fruit, raisins, brown sugar, plums. Really quite inviting.

T - Fair bit of sugar. An odd blend of flavours. Raisin is pretty strong. A little vinous. Red grapes. Boozy fruitcake. You can tell the richer dark fruit malty goodness is in there but it's covered by the sultana character.

M - Fairly strong carbonation and a medium to full body. Lacking body perhaps?

O/D - So so for a Quad. You definitely can't taste the ABV, but the raisin character might be a little too strong for my tastes. A decent Quad but I wouldn't want any more.

Photo of jpajpajeff
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Envelopes
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dgilks
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, red-brown colour with a large but short-lasted, light tan head.

Rich fruity aroma with lots of dark fruit, raisins and stone fruit. Golden syrup. Overripe pear. Good.

More of the same from the aroma with a touch of burnt sugar. The stonefruit and raisins are interesting.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Quite silky and full.

A decent quad with the unique note lent by the dried fruit. I find it a little simplistic in the attack of dark sugar and fruit but not bad on the whole.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jabo134
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of seand
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but dark mahogany with a fair amount of off white head. Most of that dissipates quickly, with adjust a ring around the edge of the glass retaining, which leaves just a few spots of lacing here and there.

S: Intense, focused sweetness, with burnt caramel, raisin, and just a hint of anise.

T: Medium raisiny sweetness, much less than the aroma suggests. Fairly dry with a relatively strong but unusually short aftertaste, characterized by dark sweetness.

M: Medium body, and medium but prickly, small bubbled carbonation.

Overall, enjoyable, but I like some cheaper and more readily available quads more.

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The Sultan from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.