Wizard Burial Ground
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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #22
Ranked #1,959
4.21 | pDev: 8.31%
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
Wizard Burial GroundWizard Burial Ground
Notes: Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel
Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 301 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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woemad from Washington, Apr 05, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey, Feb 27, 2020
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4/5  rDev -5%
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...

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Dec 27, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Sep 04, 2019
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4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Apr 29, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, Apr 23, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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beergoot from Colorado, Feb 03, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Trueant1 from Minnesota, Feb 03, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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NCSapiens from Indiana, Jan 26, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

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dd53grif from Michigan, Jan 25, 2019
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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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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beersampler6 from Michigan, Jan 17, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Roguer from Georgia, Jan 16, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Greywulfken from New York, Dec 24, 2018
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3.37/5  rDev -20%
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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BenHoppy from Michigan, Dec 07, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
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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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Sammy from Ontario (Canada), Nov 04, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4.63/5  rDev +10%
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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maximum12 from Minnesota, Apr 21, 2018
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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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richj1970 from Alabama, Apr 19, 2018
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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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Junior from Michigan, Feb 18, 2018
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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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LiquidAmber from Washington, Feb 13, 2018
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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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rarigney from Washington, Jan 26, 2018
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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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connecticutpoet from Connecticut, Jan 13, 2018
Wizard Burial Ground from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 301 ratings