The Sultan | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
8wired.co.nz

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by ADZA on 09-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2011; drank 2/23/14.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Murky dark plum color.

Tan head; thick lacing.

Caramel & dark fruit nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Dry plum up front, with a boozy, cloying caramel finish. Dry yet cloying?! Not ideal. Barely worth drinking.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kdown
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque purplish red with a tan head.

S: Grape, lemon, orange, funky belgian yeast and malt in the nose.

T: Lemony with some kiwi, orange and grapefruit peels, some funky belgian yeast and malt.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: This was not the hoppy nz hop quad I was hoping for. It was decent, a bit of a cross between a quad and a wild ale, with the Belgian funkiness. Recommended.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of jabo134
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of tclang
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Tom-Peters
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Envelopes
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of dark caramel malts, raisin and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, red grapes, candi sugar, light spiciness and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark caramel malts, raisin, dates and other dark fruits, red grapes, and some candi sugar. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast and spices come through with some more dark fruits. The finish is a mix of dark fruits, dark caramel malts, candi syrup, Belgian yeast, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good fruity and malty Quad with some nice added flavor from the grapes and good yeast character.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on a quad with a hefty profile of raisins.

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Dark purple stripped label with name of the ale and branding of brewery. Side narrative goes over history, intent, and main characteristics. Shows 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Hazy amber brown pour, short lived creamy head, air surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Nice nose, plenty of caramel with the dark fruits, Belgian feel, plenty of raisins/sultanas emerge before the taste.

T - Gentle flavor at first with a growing intensity, the malty caramel profile hits first, the fruits emerge leading to the assertive accent of raisins coated in the Belgian caramal character.

M - Medium/full body with medium/high carbonation, creamy feel punctuated by a long finish pointing to the assertive range of raisins and alcohol.

O - Nice flow and worth the try but while not badly integrated in character the sultanas make for a slow drink unlikely of a second pour.

Notes: Nice brews coming from 8 Wired. I like what I have tried so far, and while this one would not be a favorite of mine it is an stimulating and quality brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

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The Sultan from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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