Wizard Burial Ground | Brewery Vivant

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4.21/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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:
#1,570
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
251
pDev:
7.6%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
95
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 251 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of richj1970
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lukass
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drunkenmess
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Junior
4/5  rDev -5%
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 +1.4%
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 -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of needMIbeer
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
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 +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of breakingbland
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Isarnan
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip glass.
A dark caramel color with a small light head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.
Smells a rich malty sweetness with caramel overtones.
Taste is caramel and vanilla with a slight aftertaste of oak and bourbon.
Feel is medium bodied a little syrupy but with a refreshing carbonation.
Overall this is an outstanding beer!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Wizard Burial Ground from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 251 ratings