Eschaton - Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by cosmicevan:
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
I know that this is a draft only offering and i am reviewing a bottle...that is because barrelandzachary is badass and he counter-pressure filled this bottle for me.
Enjoyed from a wild heaven snifter.
a - glistening purple with a thin grey bubbly head...no creaminess that i love about the style. Looks like an american quad. Semi transparent, nice ruby tones. Spotty lacing.
s - nose is malty. Plum and nuts...some earthiness. Hints of the pinot oak chips, but subtle on the nose.
t/m - WOW, that is impressive! Opens with a really nice nuttiness and round plum flavors. Oak mellows things out...pinot is a glustening if not just a mental flavor. The feel though...OH DAT FEEL! Super smooth and silky. Abv is non existent. Is this quad juice?
o - overall, this beer is amazing. One of the best american quads i have tasted. It is nothing like a true belgian, but the feel is so juicy that you cant not love this...unless you are some beer hating alien of some sort, in which case, why would you even read this review? So there is that.
Cheers, great job on this beer!
01-19-2014 03:51:40 | More by cosmicevan
More User Reviews:
4.7/5 rDev +13%
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.
07-25-2012 21:27:14 | More by Mavajo
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
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!
08-23-2012 22:04:38 | More by jsanford
4.95/5 rDev +19%
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.
03-07-2012 14:21:11 | More by DKter
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
08-15-2012 03:12:48 | More by ThickNStout
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
05-08-2012 16:35:21 | More by julian89
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
08-21-2012 01:13:41 | More by NODAK
5/5 rDev +20.2%
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.
03-21-2012 13:57:27 | More by whinton
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
A: Dark brown with reddish tinge at edge of glass. Two finger frothy khaki head with decent retention along rim. Poured from fresh growler into pint glass.
S: Red wine, malt, oak, dark fruits, yeast.
T: Malt with touch of berry/dark fruit flavors are quickly overtaken by red wine and oak tastes. There is some vanilla present as well.
M: Full bodied without much carbonation. Warm alcohol finish.
O: A big American beer with big Belgian flavor. Glad I got to taste the first batch. Very enjoyable.
10-05-2011 01:47:35 | More by Paincane
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
Wild heaven Eschaton Quad
Poured from a growler on 9/17 with the Thomasville Beer Club
Appearance is red/dark brown, 2 finger head which is light khaki in color that dissipates to moderate lacing.
Smell - dark fruit, raisiny brown sugar. Plums with a bit of bread on top.
Taste is complex with raisin, cinnamon, an lots of dark fruit almost as if the fruit has been burnt.
Dark sugar flavors that turn into more spices, peppery bite on the end.
Mouthfeel is full bodied which feels syrupy on my tongue. Not overwhelming, the heat cleans it up.
Overall - I'm not usually a fan of sweet Belgian styles but this is decent. Lots of fruit and complex flavors.
09-18-2012 02:10:12 | More by SGDJosh
Eschaton from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
92 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.