Eschaton | Wild Heaven Beer

EschatonEschaton
BA SCORE
83.6%
Liked This Beer
4.08 w/ 128 ratings
EschatonEschaton
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wild Heaven Beer
Georgia, United States
wildheavencraftbeers.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Paincane on 10-05-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,637
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
128
Liked:
107
Avg:
4.08/5
pDev:
12.99%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
38
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of whinton
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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 npurdy
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of RogerDeRok
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of DKter
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of ndepriest
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a reddish brown with little to no head.

S - Dark fruits, wine and a whole lot of oak.

T - Dark fruit up front, but the Pinot Noir chips quickly come in to sweeten it up even more. Oak and vanilla are noticeable throughout. It finishes with a bit of heat from the alcohol, but it's incredibly smooth for the amount of alcohol.

M - Full bodied and very little carbonation.

O - One of the best quads I've ever had. It rivals the big name Belgiums that it models. It's sweet and dangerously smooth for the alcohol. This is one I'll go out of my way to find.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorites. It's a bit on the heavy side, but it has a fantastic taste of preserved fruit and the appropriate aroma. It's one of a handful that keeps me devoted to Wild Heaven. I also love the new cans.

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Photo of chiefbender
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kjc111
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Keith_R
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of rrski198
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Bluecup
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of random846
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of BelgiumsFinest
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Zach136
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled March 2015, enjoyed May 19, 2015 from a WH first anniversary Spiegelau glass.

Appearance: May be confused as deep brown in a dimly lit bar, but shows a brilliant ruby red when held to the light. One beige head leave exceptional lacing for the alcohol content.

Aroma: Rich notes of pit fruit, raison, red wine, and oak, with subtle background characters of molasses, chocolate, holiday spice, and fresh earth. A truly spectacular bouquet.

Flavor: Follows pretty close to the nose. More yeast driven spice, oak up front, with a main course of dark fruit and red wine. Zero alcohol presence, even as it warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, with a scrubbing carbonation that keeps it insanely drinkable for 10.5%.

Overall: Call me fan boy, but this is an exceptional representation of the style. The best I've had from an American brewery. As with the rest of WH's beers, it's given a tasteful twist that adds a great layer of depth without being heavy handed and staying with in the style. An inspiring beer for anyone who has ever attempted to brew a quad.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Taco Mac Decatur. 11 Ounce Pour. Reviewed from Notes.

(Apprarance) appears dark brown with a round ring of cream lacing and light surface cover. Nice appearance. 4.5

(Smell) Dark candied sugars, vanilla maple sugar, bourbon, oak and cinnamon. Lots of flavor, fantastic. Potency medium. 4.5

(Taste) sweet maple syrup, dates, deep honey, touch of vanilla and minor spices like cinnamon and cloves. This is fantastic, offering a variety of wonderful flavors that mesh perfectly. Highly recommended. 5

(Mouthfeel) smooth with a touch of crispnesss. Heavy mouthfeel, minor alcohol presence. Great pairing. 4.5

(Overall) Fantastic beer by Wild Heaven, I foresee this brew going places and recommend it amongst Georgia's finest beers available. A must try. 4.5

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Photo of Mavajo
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
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 FATC1TY
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler.

A: Dark murky reddish brown color. 1 finger head to it after an aggressive pour to it. Slight bubbles, low carbonation to it.

S: Red wine, oak, sweet fruits. Woodsy fruit smell, figs, and apricots.

T: Wow, this shit is good. Smooth taste to it. Fruits and the red wine flavors come in, sweet malts. The oak flavor comes in, but it's not over powering, support role. The Pinot nior chips did a really great job of flavoring it. Berries and figs, sweet vanilla to it as well from the oak. Warm alcohol finish to it, that isn't too much, but lets you know it's not a wimp of a beer.

M: Full body to this one. It's not chewy, but the low carbonation makes it feel a bit heavy.

Overall: This is a damn good beer. Complex with alot going on for it, and some great taste to it. Not sessionable, but worth trying in my book!!!!

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Photo of epall
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shivtim
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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 EtOHMD
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Distillery in Savannah. Poured into sniffer. Really dark brown to black. opaque. Tan head only at the edges. Intense aroma with taste following. Oak, lots of bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate covered cherries. definitely sweet but seriously good. Dry warming mouthfeel. Couldn't drink more than 1 or 2 at 10.5% but still more drinkable than most quads. One of other reviewers said Wild Heaven has even better brews - would love to try em because this one is pretty damn good!

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Photo of MtnDewd
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vitruvius
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of argock
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Eschaton from Wild Heaven Beer
Beer rating: 83.6% out of 100 with 128 ratings
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