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Wizard Burial Ground | Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
4.2/5
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230 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
breweryvivant.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel

Added by MasterSki on 11-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,654
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
230
pDev:
7.86%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
89
Trade:
13
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Ratings: 230 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

NBS BIF #6 Mystery Beeeeeeerrrr!!!! From @FlintB A true blind taste test.
Poured from a heavily duct taped 16 0z can into my beautiful 18th Street tulip (courtesy of @Prager62) .
Ooooh, deep dark amber hued brown leather in color. Sandy head forms a sandy head less than an inch high. This quickly bubbles and retreats to a smatter of the tiniest bubbles ever. But they are almost golden in the light.
Aroma leaps forth with sweet bourbon barrel. Not overpowering but graceful and confident. Me thinks we have an English barleywine or perhaps an Old Ale.
Well the flavor has a smooth Bourbon kiss but there's a lot more going on. Some caramel notes round out into dates, dried figs, and maybe a nod toward fig jam with a hint of dried apricot. I'm searching now, so I don't know if I'm ACTUALLY tasting it, but maybe a hint of maple syrup.
Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, a tad sticky, and almost no carbonation.
So, I pretty much come to the same conclusion...barleywine. Now I'm not SURE about Bourbon barrel aged, but I suspect as much. And if it IS a BBA barleywine, WOW, what a smooth barrel note.
So I finally found out that this is a BBA Quad.

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Photo of Muss42
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice sweet flavor with a good Barrel presence. Not my go to style but second year getting a tasty can of this. One of the better Belgian quads that I've had.

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Photo of YalovaIA
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikecd234
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful brick red/currant color with a popcorn colored head of 1 finger.

Aroma of caramel, raisin, plum, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Some earthy notes as well.

Aaaaaaand, mind blown. Huge walls of kettle corn, savory raisins, bourbon, honey, hot caramel, popcorn ball, vanilla, and plum. Wow. Wow. Wow. Initially you think it's gonna be too sweet, but then the bourbon pulls it back and hits you in the face with a huge alcohol slap.

Feel is creamy, coating, perfectly carbonated, hot, boozy, and warm.

I'm drinking this in the middle of June but it could be snowing outside for all I care. This beer is cozy. And it's so incredibly tasty. It's like the perfect winter warmer, and it's the best Quad I've ever had.

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4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a clear reddish brown, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like really strongly of port-soaked raisins, plums, and prunes, with caramel, vanilla, and silky sweet bourbon.

There's not a ton of barrel here- there's definitely a little bourbon and vanilla, but not much in the way of oak. There's some sticky brown sugar, cherry juice, toffee, etc. There's not a ton of Belgian character to this, but it's still very delicious.

This is light bodied, a little bit thin, but very drinkable, with a soft level of carbonation.

I've been wanting to try this one for a while, and it was a treat. It's very sweet, but that doesn't detract from the deliciousness.

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Photo of cmukid87
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaximalC
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a vibrant, tawny color with a thin glaze of off-white foam. Rich aroma smells of cherries, raisins, dates, bourbon, and caramel--like some sort of decadent dessert.

The taste features ample booze at the fore, which is soon augmented by a barrage of prunes, butterscotch, vanilla, and raisins. The bourbon barrel is in full throat here, as if it was literally oozing with boozy goodness as the beer was aged. Warming reveals notes of leather and brown sugar. Light body and negligible carbonation make for a thin, slippery mouthfeel, while a palpable stickiness lingers on the lips.

Overall, this is quite the flavor-bomb of a quad, even if the thin body and aggressive alcohol leave some room for improvement. The rich, complex sweetness could just as easily pass for an English barleywine, even if the yeast does lend a Belgian pedigree.

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Photo of Michiganman2325
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerbom
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbuzz
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gambyt20
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JDizzle
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goblue30
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can dated November 16, 2016 and poured into an oversized wine glass. 12.3% abv this year, I guess, as advertised on the can. I absolutely love this beer, aged 12 months in bourbon barrels, it has a depth and complexity that to me is lacking a tad in similars such as boulevard BBQ. Vanilla, charred, oak, burnt candied sugar, so great to drink. I don't quite get the other reviewers who talk about this one being too sweet and/or too one-dimensional.

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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pineapple_playa
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Wizard Burial Ground from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 230 ratings
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