Wizard Burial Ground
Brewery Vivant

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Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #26
Ranked #2,292
4.2 | pDev: 8.33%
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
Wizard Burial GroundWizard Burial Ground
Notes: Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel
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kemoarps from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to @FBarber for sending this along as one of the mystery beers during NBS BIF #13, fulfilling a longtime want. Thanks Frank!

Review written completely blind

4.25Pour is a beautiful crisp amber. Little swell of sappy off-white head that settles down to a cozy little cap... honestly it reminds me of old school PNW IPAs (maybe a little dark/amber for that, but in that vein), and it makes me real nostalgic.

4Nose is sweet, but not in like a juicy NEIPA sweetness, more in like a barleywine/ryewine/wheatwine kind of way. Like caramel/boozy raisins/etc. Yum.

4.25Flavour carries a lot of the same. Boozy raisins and very sweet caramel and a bit of depth with some leather and a little spicy tobacco. Above it all is still that candy sweet, like the sweetness of dulce de leche, but not quite as... bold/rich/thickness of that. Finishes with that tobacco spicy character which is nice. I would guess some sort of barrelling, but could easily be persuaded against as well.

3.75Much thinner than the flavours listed above would suggest. Not quite watery, but certainly thin. Small blanketing pricks of carbonation help give it some body. I don't know what the ABV is, but I would not guess this is is something that warrants a 'high abv' label, just based on tasting it. I'm not saying it tastes sessionable or anything, but it doesn't carry it's octane on its sleeve, as it were, to mix some metaphors.

Revealed to be a 2018 can. Thanks Frank!

Apr 26, 2021
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 2021 Review
2019 vintage, canned Dec 2019. Poured into a pint glass.

Pour: deep ruby/mahogany color. One finger tan foam head. Lots of bubbles, minimal lacing, layer of clouds. Other than no lacing and a small head, a very attractive beer. 3.75

Nose: bready malt, dark stone fruit. Not particularly fragrant. 3.5

Taste: sweet, bready malt, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, sweet bourbon, distinct cherry flavor, very smooth, slightly sticky. Enjoyable but maybe a bit too much going on. 3.75

Feel: sticky, low carbonation, although plenty of bubbles. Smooth and easy drinking. 3.75

Overall: I’m not real familiar with a quad, or a BA quad, but this, as others note repeatedly, tastes and feels like a BA barleywine. Interesting and works on a cold evening. Probably not a got to or something I’ll seek out again but wouldn’t turn it down. 3.75

Jan 10, 2021
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elNopalero from California

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 1/21/18
Hallows Eve 2020 beer.
Pours a caramel colored tan. Big boozy barrel aroma, lots of vanilla and bourbon notes. Nicely carbonated. Lots of caramel sweetness, little roughness on the end. Touch of cola character that it doesn’t quite shake.

Dec 15, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter,2019 vintage, courtesy of a swap with @whyteboar. Thank you!
The beer pours a clear amber color with reddish ruby highlights. A dense creamy eggshell white head of 2 cm foams up and fades slowly to one large sturdy island in my glass and a solid edge layer as well. This foam remains throughout the sampling. Several active streams of carbonation also rise towards the surface of the beer.
The aroma on this brew is what I would expect from a barrel aged beer, some caramel and light fruitiness, mixing with a bit of vanilla and hints of brown sugar and a faint boozy scent. No hop presence to speak of here.

First sip reveals a medium body and sticky slightly syrupy textured body. Very mild almost non existent carbonation. Seriously smooth physical experience.
Flavor is sweet from start to finish with brown sugar, some light fruit notes, actually cherries, caramel and vanilla. I also get some black peppery booze bite on the finish and also faint warming after the swallow.
Smooth sweet quad with no hops and hidden ABV. I like it!

Dec 04, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review #1443
I rarely drink quads. I am spoiled when it comes to quads. My first few quads were the best anyone could get. Many I have tried afterward had not been up to that par. This beer is difficult to brew correctly. I have decided several times not to review this beer. Today, I said I am evaluating it. This beer is a 2017 vintage. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a craggy and airy head with zero retention. I was hoping for some glimmer of hope from the head. The head of the beer did not leave any lacing on the glass. Mahogany color with a reddish tint is the color of the beer. The clarity is mostly clear.

The aromas in the beer are big malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, bready, raisin, figs, cherries, alcohol, fruity esters, prunes, spicy phenols, fruit esters, a hint of herbal, vanilla, wood, and earthiness.

The flavors in the beer are malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, bready, raisins, figs, cherries, prunes, fruity esters, phenolic, wood, earthiness, alcohol warming, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and toasty malts.

The mouthfeel of the beer is warming, thick, and sticky sweet.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and full finish.

I am sorely disappointed with this beer. This beer is not a quad; furthermore, it is more akin to an English Barleywine. This beer is overly sweet and sticky. The barrel age on the beer is hiding deep in the swamp they call a beer. I was wanted more from this beer; it did not deliver.

Aug 18, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2018 vintage.

A- Tall can pours into an 8oz glass with a fairly light copper-ruby body and foamy one finger cap that falls down pretty quickly to a small ring. Thin foamy island in the middle and lacing is rare with a few small webs and spottiness.

S- The aroma is shaped mostly by fruits and the barrel. The fruity notes are a mix of pale and dark with strong apple, plum, fig and raisins joined by oak wood, spicy whiskey and slight vanilla notes. Not as sweet as malty as one might expect. Minor suggestions of orange zest, prunes, grapes, caramel and brown sugar.

T- A touch more balanced as sweetness, some alcohol hints and malts join the fruits and barrel on the palate but still very, very fruity. Prunes, plum, raisins, grapes, apples and pear come to mind alongside a heavy sweetness with notes of caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. The whiskey note not as apparent here but you get some wood and a hint of the spirit itself. Surprisingly sweet considering the aroma. Hints of spicy yeast and bread but the fruits are dominant.

MF- For 10% the mouthfeel is very silky and borderline creamy with a nice texture overall. Carbonation is somewhat low but not shocking for this style and BA. Ends a bit warm and very sticky sweet.

Have to echo the others that bring up English Barleywine here. The beer ends up being very sweet on the taste buds and fruits are heavy in both the aroma and the flavor.

Aug 10, 2020
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Want to thank Charity for this treat, can say 2019 version.

Pours a reddish copper not as dark as you would thing nice two finger tan head from aggressive pour. Leaves some descent lace for a big beer.

Aroma is malts, dark fruits, brown sugars, bourbon notes with vanilla. Lots of sugar coated figs, plums and raisins the Belgian yeast notes aren't strong with this one could be more old ale or English barley wine.

Taste is wow lots of sweet malts plenty of free sugars roaming about. Dark fruits sugar coated figs, plums and raisins dominating and other fruit esters underneath. The bourbon is mild and just accents the fruity sweet flavors. No sign of the 10% also not much in the way of Belgian yeast flavors mostly really sweet and fruity.

Mouthfeel is medium with nice smooth carbonation.

Overall I like it reminds me of a local Quad not quite to style but tasty non the less.

Jul 16, 2020
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woemad from Washington

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can of the 2018 vintage (assuming this is released yearly: it does say "2018 Release" on the can) courtesy of Whyteboar.

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet (apt, as St. Bernardus Abt 12 is pretty much my all-time favorite Quad), this was unexpectedly light colored compares to most other Quads I've had, which have usually been a very dark brown. This is a dark amber color that takes on a rubyish hue when held up to light. A two-finger thick beige head dropped fairly quickly, but left lots of lace behind.

The nose is good, but kinda deceiving. If trying this blind, I would probably assume from the aroma that this is a BBA English Barleywine instead of a Quad. I got some vanilla and brown sugary notes from the barrels, and a sweet toffee-like scent. It's good, but doesn't seem quite right for the style.

After the nose, the taste was confounding - in a good way! This is considerably more complex tasting than the nose, delicious smelling as it was, led me to expect it to be. Sure it's sweet, like the nose led me to expect, but there's some dark fruit, plummy, raisiny notes and a bit of pipe tobacco. Despite the barrels being bourbon ones, I think my taste buds are getting a little bit of rum, too, as well a slight tang of apple juice.

Medium bodied. While the body and mouthfeel is not heavy, like a dessert-sy beer with this kind of sweetness up front might be expected to be, it doesn't quite have that light, effervescent feel that one can expect from the best Belgian examples of the style. In this regard, it doesn't differ from a great many American Quads really, and it's certainly not to a deal-breaking degree.

Perhaps the most unusual Quad I've had, American or otherwise, but it works. This would be great after a hearty meal. I don't have a fireplace, but I bet this would be lovely to drink next to a fire. Maybe I'll go start one outside and finish this next to it! Thanks, Craig!

Apr 05, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent copper with beautiful bubble formation. Watching the bubbles travel to the top had me transfixed. A finger of creamy smooth off white head. Nice clarity on this.

Nose is interesting. Pouring it right out while at its coldest led me to believe it was a barleywine. Brown sugar, bourbon, and malt right up front. As it warms though, it shows its true Quad identity. Fig/prune/raisin, banana, bready malt, distinctive hop profile. For a quad this smells sweet and juicy. Very different, but enjoyable.

Taste is bourbon, dark fruit, bright fruit brown sugar, bready malt. This tastes like fruit juice. A little bit of apple, a touch of grape, banana. Sweet, bright fruit similar to the nose. An incredibly easy drinking brew. Not a hint of that 10% makes this dangerous.

Mouthfeel is medium to fullbodied with a slight bit of stickiness. Mild to medium carbonation. Adding another layer of drinkability.

This was very different from what I was expecting. It took me completely by surprise. A quad that is not really spicy or bitter but light and sweet. Very enjoyable and drinkable. A interesting take on the style, but well done.

Feb 27, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 vintage; drank 1/7/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque purple appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small khaki head; nice lace.

Grape juice, cedar, leather & plum notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Plum & grape juice flavors up front; leather & faint oak notes on the finish. Booze heat emerged as this warmed.

A touch sweet but unique & worthy of a quaff. I wish I was patient enough to age one...

Dec 27, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, ruby-orange with a finger-and-a-half of light tan head. Settles into a nice cap, and leaves spotty lacing.

Restrained aroma of wood, carbon dioxide, orange peel, some distant plum-and-cherry sweetness and a hint of vanilla.

Creamy, vanilla bourbon shows first in the taste, with lots of orange peel and cherry, and hints of raisin, honeycrisp, caramel and cola.

Creamy, sticky feel with moderate carbonation.

Tasty. Reminds me of an overly-sweet old fashioned or other fruity bourbon cocktail.

Sep 04, 2019
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Mike_Garber from Florida

4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This quad took me by surprise. Appreciated the amber/reddish color, and a smooth finish after sipping. What I didn’t expect was the rich flavors of oak coming through along with banana and raisin. Good stuff.

Jul 04, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent ruby-copper with a finger of off-white foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is heavy caramel, toffee, raisins, dark fruits and yeast esters with bits and fragments of spicy hops, banana, clove, toasty, nutty malts and bourbon. It smells like a big, sugary quad with a little bourbon heat at the end. Despite the bourbon heat at the end, balance still leans heavily towards sweet. Flavor profile is caramel, toffee, raisins, dark fruits, plum, molasses, apple juice, and yeast esters. Bourbon and a kiss of chocolate at the end round it out. Despite the lengthy list of sugary notes, flavor profile carries a better balance of sweetness than the aroma. Mouth feel is still and medium in thickness, with barrel time contributing to the thinner, more-still texture than most quadruples. This light carbonation combined with the thinner consistency continues to push the apple juice narrative. Overall, a sticky sweet quadruple with a little bourbon create a flavorful, sugar rush beer with a little heat at the finish.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.

Apr 29, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brewery Vivant Wizard Burial Ground, 10% ABV. Pours pale red, with a few bubbles. Nose is sweet caramel, some honey, some flowers, and fruity. One of the best smelling beers I've had. Taste follows, very sweet caramel, with no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall world-class.

Apr 23, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown fairly clear with a thin tan head that didn't stick around long.
Smells of caramel malts, sweet, definitely barrel aged, vanilla, bourbon.
Taste is definitely sweet, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, fruity, grape, raisin.
Medium to full body, good carb levels, a bit syrupy.
Overall a good beer, the sweetness is a touch too much for my tastes.

Apr 15, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fine brownish-orange body, great clarity; thin yet creamy and lasting head; huge sheets of clinging foam inside the glass. Excellent charred and toasted grain aroma; caramel with a trace of orange; brown sugar. Deep caramel and and nougat flavor; some boozy notes deep within the heavy sweetness. Heavy body; velvety and warm; lots of residual sugar heft.

A big, powerful beer, very malt forward with a warm, sweet bread-like presence, and delivering just the right touch of bourbon heat and flavor for balance.

Feb 03, 2019
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Trueant1 from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding quad.
Pours a nice light tan head that diccipates fast. Odors of bread, yeast, and alcohol. Tasts sweet and alcoholic up front. Lots of breadiness within. This brew is similar to westi 12 but much sweeter. Mouthfeel is slick, and carbonated. Even though the sweet overpowers here, I loved this brew!

Feb 03, 2019
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Attractive appearance. Pours deep clear ruby brown with nice white foam that settles around the rim with only a bit of lacing. Retention could be a bit better.
S: fruity Belgian yeast and bourbon barrel aroma is nice.
T: tastes good. A bit too sweet for my personal preference, but not overly cloying for the style. Upfront notes of figs and raisins, finishes with notes of bourbon. Interesting taste that changes from beginning to end. Lacks sufficient bitterness to fully round out the flavor.
O: I enjoyed this Belgian quad. Probably the best beer on tap at Brewery Vivant.

Jan 26, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a red/currant color with a foamy head that disappears quickly. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Tastes of bourbon, honey, caramel and vanilla. Feel is creamy and smooth.

Jan 25, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable Belgian beer that surprised me as I don’t usually choose these brews. Sampled on tap at a local gastropub. Pours a deep rich amber color with a little head and scant lingering lacing that quickly dissipated. Smells of fruity banana, clove, bourbon, oak and faintly of a little Belgian yeast. Taste follows the nose, but the balance between the bourbon and the Belgian yeast was very well done. The flavors mixed well and the beer wasn’t overly sweet like many Belgian beers seem (to my palate). There’s also some banana and weaker coconut in the aftertaste. Smooth mild mouthfeel and decent carbonation. A fair amount of warming alcohol, which was expected given the higher ABV. Really an enjoyable, strong sipper of a beer.

Jan 17, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown brew, almost completely opaque, with orange, red, and purple highlights. Head production is weak, and retention follows that trend.

The nose couldn't possibly represent the style more accurately: big bourbon notes, with mash, oak, vanilla, and coconut; huge tones of fruit, ranging from prunes, raisins, and dates to bananas, figs, and grapes; bready malt tones of brown sugar, rye and wheat bread, black pepper, toffee, caramel, and fruit bread. A wonderful marriage of a classic quad profile and bourbon barrel aging.

Flavor is a true melange. Up front, it's initially a lighter quad, more fruit than bread; before the first third is over, sweet red and white grape flavor rises to the forefront; by the middle, the bourbon takes over strongly, with a huge coconut tone going with the mash. From about the midpoint on, brown sugar and caramel begin to reassert.

Bourbon has a quick peak mid-palate, but lasts through the finish as it slowly fades in prominence, the flavor strength seemingly inversely proportional to the growing back-end heat.

Other tones match the aroma, at various points throughout the sip: black pepper; rye, wheat, and fruit bread; banana; figs, dates, prunes, and raisins; restrained oak.

Very, very easy to sip; silky smooth, full bodied, with back-end throat-warming heat. It's a sipper not because of the high ABV, but rather because of the delectable flavor profile, with tons of sugars begging you to savor each moment.

Jan 16, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear ruby brown beer with next-to-nothing by way of a head after a center-pour into a goblet... Aromas of fruit syrup on the nose, suggesting candied fruits and fruit bread... Tasted similar - not really appreciating much by way of the bourbon barrel - I'll call it a subtle influence - the beer is mostly sweetly fruity... Light-bodied, with just a bit of stickiness and no palpable carbonation at all... Basically decent but unimpressive...

11/20/18 canning...

Dec 24, 2018
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BenHoppy from Michigan

3.37/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Always wanted to try this yet nowhere met my expectations as it is a poor rendition of a quad that resembles much more like a barleywine if marketed as a barleywine I may have upped the score but marketed as a quad it lost some points even from the golden opaque buterscotch look it looks like a barleywine. This beer also is very sweet as other reviews have pointed out. Barrel character is there but lost in the overly sweet sugary maple flavor that is easily drinkable but nothing what I was hoping or expecting and when it comes to barrel aged barleywines there are many better ones out there so for $25 a 4pk is a bit overpriced too, sure it's 16oz cans but to be in that market price Vivant needs to brew something better. If anything the best part of this beer is the name just wish the taste lived up to it.

Dec 07, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 release. I'm a little conflicted about this one, because on the one hand, it does taste good. On the other hand, it's totally out of whack, very sweet and imbalanced, with significant barrel character that I personally enjoy but don't think makes this a good example of the style (despite it being a style that is typically already sweet).

Nov 10, 2018
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 edition in a can. Thought I should drink this can, as not sure the can was made with technology to store at length. Met expectations, bourbon and quad malt sweet all right. Not super outstanding, but good and met expectations. Sweetness hid booziness.

Nov 04, 2018
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