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): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel

Added by MasterSki on 11-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,408
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
272
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
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29
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100
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Ratings: 272 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of KAP1356
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersampler6
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.

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Photo of Roguer
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.

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Photo of iebforever
2.84/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Way, way too sweet! Lacks the barrel character, dark fruit flavors that the name evokes. Bought a can from Tavour. Disappointed.

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Photo of grm1007
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rogerdclark
4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of j25stew
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite quads made in the US. This is a great example of what can be done for this style , easy to drink but very complex, ages very well.

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Photo of Greywulfken
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...

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Photo of Sauced4life
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ssitron
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Wizard Burial Ground from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 272 ratings