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Eschaton | Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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Wild Heaven Craft Beers
Georgia, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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119
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4.16
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12.74%
 
 
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 119
Photo of whinton
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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 DKter
4.95/5  rDev +19%
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 +17.5%
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 +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This would be my favorite, but I have recently found a few bottles over-carbonated, which has made me hesitate to pick up a 4-pack. Maybe it was a bad batch, but the brew still tasted fine, but slightly off the mark.

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Photo of Zach136
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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 +13%
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 +12.3%
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 +12.3%
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 shivtim
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
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 +11.1%
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 argock
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Heischman
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - Eschaton/Wild Heaven Craft Beers
City/State- Decatur, Georgia
STYLE – Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV – 10.5%
IBU – 20
DATE – 19 OCT
SERVING TYPE – Growler
GLASSWARE – Beer Snifter
First, let me say thank you to the guys at “The Beer Growler” in Athens GA. Such a cool store!
APPEARANCE – A murky reddish brown, with almost no head
AROMA- Oak and bourbon with some roasted malts and hints of the unique Belgium smell
TASTE – Bitter sweet, more sweet than bitter. The bourbon slowly creeps up but it is defiantly there. The Belgium taste really stands out.
MOUTHFEEL – crisp, lacking in the carbonation but it works for this brew
CONCLUSION – A good brew, I really enjoy this one. I cannot wait to try it once bottled. It is a great brew, however not Wild Heaves best.
-JH-

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.45/5  rDev +7%
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 beer-princess
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Flimsy hangnail of a head disappeared quickly leaving neglible lacing.

Smell of brown sugar, pitted fruit, toffee, malts.

Very light carbonation with an oily feel.

What if you, being unfamiliar with oranges, bit into an unpeeled orange but inside the peel was actually toffee, brown sugar, rainier cherries, apricot. Ever think about that huh

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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 cosmicevan
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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 ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. 

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Photo of QuentinCall
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Porter in the ATL.
This beer arrives with a tumescent bloom of head that immediately fizzles into oblivion leaving meager lacing atop a strikingly garnet and opaque body. Appearance-wise, this beer is not markedly impressive - with its stillness and particular redness it could easily be mistaken for a glass of Pinot or Cabernet. Accordingly, the nose (what little manages to announce itself) is wholly dominated by obvious wine-like grape notes and supple/elegant esters; there might be a spicy undertone (nutmeg? cinnamon? oak?) but I'd be hard pressed to effectively parse it and it might just be a cerebral concoction. However, once we have moved beyond these categories, this beer is radiant. The upfront taste is, primarily, a subtle grape sweetness that works cooperatively with a rather pleasant alcohol burn which is, in turn, ideally ballasted by a dense malt profile and an arresting clove note. The finish is faintly sour and wine-like with some hop bitterness, more pungent clove and a dream moment of graham cracker presence - of course, all of this is beautifully balanced. The feel is gently carbonated, extremely dense and somewhat ideal. Ultimately, this beer is a stunner, a lovely Quad possessive of a masterfully executed tangle of flavors, a rich, sweet and perilously complex beer that shouldn't be ignored.

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Photo of normanbeats
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Little head that flattens out quick. Malty with dark fruits and a nice spice but a bit too sweet. Like most beers, it doesn't beat Ommegang (Three Philosophers) but its worth a try.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Paincane
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of julian89
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We are learning to LOVE quads! Dark Fruit, roasted malt and a touch of vanilla. Tasty but lacking in complexity IMHO. We loved this quad until we found Three Philosophers. Then this took a back seat. Still a tasty brew nonetheless.

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