Wizard Burial Ground | Brewery Vivant

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4.2/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel

Added by MasterSki on 11-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,352
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
258
pDev:
7.86%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
94
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 258 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of BenHoppy
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.

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Photo of darktronica
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).

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Photo of Sammy
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.

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

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

A very nice Quad base with a nice fruit flavor. Dates/grapes, red apple, candied sugar. The bourbon makes it borderline too sweet because this style is already fairly sweet, but is still a nice compliment with good aroma and flavor. Very drinkable for the abv with the alcohol pretty well integrated. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Jason1221
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maximum12
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HIGHPA for this 16 oz. can. I’ll confess I took a picture of the full glass & can with a 1991 issue of DUNGEON magazine in the background. Yes, I was a geek. Was.

The pour is a splendid copper that appears like it could be worked into plumbing with minimal encouragement. Lots of oak coming off the surface of the beer, along with red apple & light caramel. Interesting.

Wizard Burial Ground tastes like distilled red apples & true love. Strong red apple with shadows of plum, along with a solid shot of booziness, gives this a distinct apple brandy feel to it. Somebody dropped a square of caramel in this to dissolve, along with vanilla syrup, before the bourbon shows up (late, as usual) to clean up. Rich, decadent, sweet, viscous. Sixteen ounces is the correct format. I’d drink more if available, though.

The world needs more barrel aged quads. Good ones. Not like this, because this is one of the best quads I’ve ever had. Great base, unique, perfect use of the barrel. Transcendent.

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Photo of richj1970
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can with no visible date but 2017 vintage.

A: Clear ruby red with smallish one finger off white head that dissipates quickly with no lacing.

S: Bourbon, caramel, molasses, plums, cherries, raisins, figs, and dates.

T: Sweet bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and molasses with dark fruits - plums, dates, figs, cherries, and raisins. Tending towards a bit overly sweet.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. Warming alcohol heat.

O: Excellent BA Quad. We need more examples of this style for sure!

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Photo of rab53
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lukass
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drunkenmess
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Look - Dark amber, with a tint of caramel. Foamy tan head.
Smell - Sweet malt, bourbon and fig.
Taste - Sweet malt, caramel, fruit, bourbon. You can taste the alcohol, but its not overwhelming.
Feel - Full with some carbonation and a little syrupy.
Overall - Solid brew. A litte sweet, otherwise very drinkable for 11.8% ABV

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium reddish orange with a half finger, fizzy light brown head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of caramel and candi malt, vanilla, bourbon, raisins and figs. Flavor follows, sweet caramel malt, bourbon, raisins, fresh plums, oaky vanilla; finishes with dates, raisins, fresh and dried plums soaked in bourbon. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. Almost exactly what I would expect from a big, barreled quad: lots of mixed fruit flavors, sweet malt, oak, vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon level is well done, melding with the fruit flavors and with clear flavor, while not dominating. A little on the sweet side, but not unexpectedly so. Don't see many barreled quads and glad to have both tried this big bad Belgian and be introduced to the brewery. Well done.

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Photo of CSO
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is deep ruby with perfect clarity. A minimal tan head fades almost instantly, leaving zero lacing. The aroma is sweet caramel, raisins, and whiskey. Taste is sweet caramel and toffee, then brown sugar, plums, and vanilla. Medium bodied, almost syrupy, but not in a sticky sweet way. Really good Quad.

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

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of needMIbeer
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – a thin layer of head over a clear brown body.

Aroma – Rich caramel malts and dark fruits with a hint of booze.

Taste – Rich malt, caramel and toffee, dark fruitiness, a little bit of oak tannin and light hints of booze

Mouthfeel – full and rich, coated the tongue.

Overall – Glad I got to try it. Worth trying once but the barrel aging wasn’t as evident as expected, maybe because of the strength of the caramel flavors.

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Photo of Gunjak74
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of breakingbland
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Session Room. Served in a goblet. The beer pours as a beautiful clear brown/red with a ring of tannish foam. The aroma started with hints of wood and bread on top of bourbon barrel aged sweetness. The taste follows with a big hit of sweetness that toned down a bit after a few sips. The primary notes are of stone fruit. The body and carbonation were appropriate for the style. Overall, an excellent beer, one that was fun to drink. Will look for this one again.

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

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Wizard Burial Ground from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 258 ratings