Eschaton | Wild Heaven Beer

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#37 ranked Belgian Quadrupel (Quad) | 10.50% ABV

Wild Heaven Beer
Georgia, United States
wildheavencraftbeers.com

Notes: Year-round availibility. 
BA SCORE
91
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Reviews by MJSFS:
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4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of mntlover
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown with some burgundy highlights when held to the light, thumb sized tan head falls slow laces well.

Aroma is sweet some light sweet sugary malts with dark fruit notes, plums, raisins light toffee /peat/nutty blend hard to put a finger on it. Some earthy spices no noticeable alcohol notes maybe when it warms.

Taste like the nose I guess definite sweet malts with dark fruit notes figs coated with a faint hint of toffee. Some earthy spice and lingering malts in the finish no real alcohol noted in the flavor either. Really not bad for an American attempt at this style not great but better then most who seem to butcher it with overly hot beers.

Mouthfeel is big medium the free floating sugars seem to add some body. Love the mellow carbonation.

Overall hmm not a bad beer is it a great Quad, no but its favorable and enjoyable enough going down. Not a bad attempt at all for a little Georgia brewery. Would have again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of whinton
5/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce pour - $8.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Viscous-looking, dark brown body with a slim, beige head.

Smell: Very thick malts with Eschatons of maltiness - notes of toasted bread, caramel, and butterscotch. Large grape-like scent here, coming across more like a large-sized snifter of port.

Taste: Presents a super sweet maltiness, pouring caramel and butterscotch sauce over bready, toasty, full-on chewy malts. A pass of port reduction with a hint of spice peering through the sugars. Spoonful of fruit chutney for a bit more, well, fruitiness. Warming and picking up more and more port-like tones on the heavy finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: This one's sweet, succulent, and a real slow sipper.

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Photo of shivtim
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had Eschaton a few times before; finally sitting down with a growlette to review.

Picked this up at Hop City.

Poured into a chalice. Murky but translucent brown with orange tints. Small off-white lacing.

Nose is earthy malts, grapes, oak, brown sugar, peat and almond. Spicy notes.

Taste is bready malts, Belgian sugars, oak and wine. Slight lingering sweet ethanol. Stronger pinot and plum flavors emerge on warming. Terrific example of the style, with the slight wine twist.

Mouthfeel is solid.

Probably the best Atlanta-area beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter the beer was a dark brown color. It had a thick, sticky tan head.

Sweet fruit aroma. Light toasted malt.

Very nice taste. Plums, raisins, peaches. Some late earthiness.

Chewy in the mouth.

Nice beer.

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Photo of npurdy
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growlerette I purchased from Taps in Atlanta. I've been wanting to try this for some time, and I have to say, it didn't disappoint. To me, this an excellent example of wood treatment for a beer. The marriage of the classic quad style with the wood and especially the Pinot Noir is beautiful. Fairly robust, but a bit less sweet and heavy than a traditional quad, you still get the bready dried winter fruits and the bit of spicebox combined with the bright cherry, forest floor, and vinous notes of the Pinot, as well as some vanilla and wood notes from the oak chip itself. Perfectly balanced and truly enjoyable. I found the carbonation level just right, and certainly wouldn't review it from a growler unless that was true. A great beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark-chocolate brown that is opaque with a fairly thick light tan head. Malty, slightly spicy aroma has notes of caramel and brown sugar. Rich, sweet flavor has molasses and caramel tones, almost like a creme brulee, with hints of toffee, coffee and licorice. Very tasty, if a bit heavy on the sweetness. Smooth, full-bodied texture has a decent amount of fizz and leaves a sweet caramel finish.

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Photo of argock
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz brown mini-growler into a clear glass goblet. Purchased from Hop City (Decatur, GA) by my good friend Erinn.

A: Dark brown with orangish edges and a short cap of light beige head with a few reandom spots of lace.

S: Dark fruit dominated by grape and raisin are most present coated in light carmael and earthy hops.

T: This is one hefty and wonderful brew with big grape, date, and raisin flavors, but without being overly sweet. It is broad in its maltiness. There is some honeylike, light caramel sweetness. The alcohol is enhancing and not overly prominent. The earthy hoppiness is minor. The complex play of maltiness, light sweetness, and heavy body is masterfully accomplished. The grape from the pinot noir barrels are virtually free of tannins and prevents the tangy sourness that I dislike. Still they manage to prevent it from being an overbearing maltbomb. Amazing.

M: The body is full with low carbonation and dark fruit and rumlike aftertaste.

O: Eschaton is a superb beer with superior body and exceptional flavor. The pinot noir barrel treatment enhances the dark fruitiness without pushing tannins whcih leaves it with just the right amount of dryness.

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Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours an extremely dark, cloudy mahogany with an out of control head that has to be waiting on to continue pouring. nose; sweet dates, & light ethanol. taste; toasted caramel malt, dates, brown sugar, light vanilla, & oak. extreme carbonation & heavy, soft mouthfeel. not as complex as i like for the style, and definitely far onto the sweet & malty side.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Genx
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elgiacomo
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Growler from Beverage World. Served at around 50F.

Pours dark reddish brown with a very small head, recedes to just a tiny ring and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Aroma is oaky, vinous, bready, a lot of dark fruit, figs, plums. Good to very good strength.

Flavor features tons of really rich dark fruits, oak, vinous notes, bready & yeasty, rather sweet, alcohol is REALLY well hidden for 10.5% ABV. Very rich, tons of flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, a bit sticky, low carbonation.

Nice, complex Quad. The Pinot Noir oak adds a nice dimension. Only real faults are the lack of carbonation and a sometimes high level of sweetness.

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Photo of envizz1
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This hits the right spot for me -- Rich color, fruity malt aroma, lovely balance of hop sharpness and malt sweetness, luscious mouthfeel. I like big beers and barley wines but sometimes it is good to have something that leaves you standing. This is a beer that has all the richness of the really big ones. Fantastic find.

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Photo of kell50
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of shuajw
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of grover37
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jayray
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 12/2014 (revised and revised in July 2015).

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 [earlier review]. Dark fruit and light vanilla-oak notes. OK bitter-sweet balance.

Feel: full bodied with soft 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TheSSG
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soapy, tan head that has good persistence. Strong, sweet aroma is a bit spicy and reminiscent of raisins and dates. Nice ruby/burnt sienna color. Starts with a rich mix of sweet dates and toasted malt. The toasted characteristic builds for a bit near the finish. The finish is dates on top of toasted malt, with a faint trace of floral hops.

This isn't bad. I am not a fan of this style, usually, but the toasted malt is balanced off the sweetness really well.

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Eschaton from Wild Heaven Beer
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 138 ratings