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Eschaton - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 21
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Paincane on 10-05-2011

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Reviews by brentk56:
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a rusty brown color capped by an inch of foam which disappears far too quickly for the style though it does leave quite a few squiggles of lacing behind

Smell: The burnt brown sugar base is enhanced by a range of dark fruit (dates and figs, primarily) along with vanilla; on the top layer is the viniferous cherry elements imbued by the Pinot Noir oak chips

Taste: All of the elements detected in the aroma layer immediately on the taste buds, with the vanilla moving to prominence, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure how this was bottled but that may have impacted the carbonation (the bottles were used for a beer dinner rather than production), but the remarkable thing about this beer is that it was brewed without Candi sugar; that decision was genious as it keeps the beer from having the cloying aspect of many Belgian quads; also, the Pinot Noir oak chips really do their work to set this beer apart as they add a really distinctive element

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
2.81/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 12/2014.

Poured with a good sized, somewhat creamy tan head over a clear, dark, reddish brown body. Fine lacing.

Aroma: over ripe fruits including banana, wet wood, and some clove and other spices.

Flavor: too sweet with a strong sense of artificial vanilla, over-ripe soft fruits, dark dried fruits and mild bitterness.

Feel: full bodied with medium carbonation. High ABV a bit too apparent

O: I've had this beer several times and am always disappointed given how much I like many other beers of this style. Not bad, certainly, and will probably be much more appealing to some others.

Photo of ltdantheman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mavajo
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body; nearly opaque, with mahogany highlights when the light hits it. Thin light cream colored head.

Aroma is vinuous red wine, apple, caramel, brown sugar. The vinuous notes really hit it big. Taste follows the nose -- sweet, vinuous, dark fruits. I also pick up some of the "winter spices" -- can't quite pick out which one. Nutmeg, cinnamon? A slight warming from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied, smooth with brisk yet tame carbonation.

This is excellent. Absolutely the best domestic quad I've ever had.

A prior reviewer said he felt that Eschaton was getting overrated a bit and that it couldn't even compare to its progenitors in Belgium. I completely disagree. It lacks some of the typical Belgian quad characteristics, but this isn't a Belgian quad -- it's an American quad. The typical Belgian yeast notes are replaced by the vinuous notes, and I feel like it's a wonderful twist on the style. If this had a Trappist label smacked on the front of it, no one would be the wiser and they'd be praising it for its ingenuity.

Oh, and it's a whole hell of a lot better than Weyerbacher's quad. And BSP, which is a nostalgic favorite of mine which I still hold onto a couple bottles of, can't even hold a candle to Eschaton.

Photo of bisonfort
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of poopsmitherson
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of kjc111
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Keith_R
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Levin0013
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jsanford
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy mahogany-red with a thin bone-colored head. Big aromas of raisin and fig with oak and red wine. Taste is quite close to the nose, big malt flavors backed up with raisin, baked bread, oak barrels, and red wine. Very smooth. Nice mouthfeel, perhaps a bit sticky, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall a solid Quad, I applaud the use of wine barrel-aging!

Photo of DKter
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown with a beautiful creamy head. It's malty and robust without being too candy sweet. And it has that lovely, spicy Belgian complexity. This is the first American quad that rises to the level of my favorite Belgian quads like St. Bernardus, Rochefort 10 or even Westy 12.

Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 13.99. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours a deep ruby hued brown with a half finger beige head that occasionally leaves small patches of lacing. 

Smells of sweet grapes, caramel, cherries, and oak. 

Tastes of dark fruits, white grapes, candy sugar, woodsy vanilla, apples, wet leaves and some Belgian funk. Layer upon layer of flavor that opens up nicely as it warms. Goes down dangerously easy for over 10% alcohol. 

Medium full feel with light carbonation. Slightly creamy. A long sweet dry aftertaste. 

Probably my favorite quad. Wild Heaven has been teasing for close to a year about bottling this and it can't happen soon enough for my liking. The combination of dark fruits and smooth oaky wine is delightful. Highly reccomended. 

Photo of Roland
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of GABrew
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of rrski198
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Bluecup
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of julian89
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium brown orange body with a white 1.5 inch head and tiny bubbles, medium clarity.

S: Dark fruit mainly grape and raisin are most present coated in light caramel. There is a light flowery hops smell that is masked by a stronger alcohol scent.

T: This is one strong beer with big grape, plum, and raisin flavors. It's not as sweet as other quads. There is some honeylike, light caramel sweetness. They balance this beer brilliantly. Kudos.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Very good quad, I read somewhere that Wild Heaven used pinot noir grapes in this one, all the more awesome.

Photo of AmandaRae
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mjmoon15
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of NODAK
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma here has the Belgian candied sugars, but more predominately has a red grape smell to it, predominately what you'd find in a somewhat dry red wine. Not surprising given how it's aged. That said, I'm surprised it has so much grape character.

Pours a dark ruby in my Orval chalice. Looks nice, but with minimal to no head. Could be the growler's fault.

The taste initially has a good bit of Belgian sugars and some dark fruit to it...a hint of spice. Where the red grapes come in comes near the finish where they become a fairly dominant note in this beer. It's not tart nor really sweet at all. It's actually like the taste in a red wine without most of the dryness. Only a slight dry character is imparted. Pretty tasty.

Interesting and tasty take on a Belgian style. I really enjoyed this...and the alcohol wasn't really apparent either, which is impressive given the ABV.

Photo of random846
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of whinton
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at Kaleidoscope in Brookhaven.

A - Dark brown with very little head.

S - Raisons and currents along with Pinot Noir. Can definitely tell this is a big beer from the smell.

T - Incredible complexity. Dark fruit flavors up front followed quickly by oak and Pinot Noir. I expected this to be more boozy but the alcohol is masked very well. The smooth finish made me want more.

M - Very good viscosity without much carbonation.

O - This is the best American-made quad I have had. Wild Heaven hit the nail on the head with this Belgian-style quad with an American twist. I'd recommend ordering this any chance you get.

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BelgiumsFinest
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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Eschaton from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
91 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.