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%
 
 
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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-

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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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".

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
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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Photo of bylerteck
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of dgilks
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 gford217
3.42/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ADZA
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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