8 Wired Saison Sauvin

So, it’s rare that I do this (and slightly embarrassing), but I forgot to put this review up. I usually like to post the beers that I’ve had in order, and being the quintessential Virgo, this really annoys me that I’ve missed one. Anyways, I had this one last week. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Saisons have been around for ages. Traditionally brewed by Belgian and French farmers to provide refreshment during harvest. I’m guessing that flavour wasn’t a main concern back then; the priority was to provide a beverage that was safe to drink, because water usually wasn’t. Never the less, over time they developed a beverage chrarissed by beer geeks of the modern world. The alcohol content was low, so the workers could consume enough to keep hydrated and still perform their job: To load the barn with enough barley for next years brewing season. I bet these hardworking, humble farmers never imagined, that centuries later, their style of brewing would inspire brewers from all over the world. As all our beers, this is a very modern, you might say new world, interpretation of this style. Based on the tradition we have used a French Saison yeast, which provides a plethora of funky, earthy, very ‘Belgian’ flavours. From there we have upped the ante a fair bit by doubling the amount of malt, and thereby the alcohol, and loaded the kettle with punchy Nelson Sauvin hops. Unlike the original, this is not a beer meant to be drunk by the gallon. Moderation is the key for full enjoyment of all great beers.”

Random: I was happy to see that this was a saison and not a single hop IPA. I’ve been really in the mood for saisons.

So, when I had this one, I ran out of clean glasses, so this went into an IPA glass. This brew poured with a huge, four finger eggshell colored head. It dissipated very slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark hazy orange with insanely high carbonation visible. The nose had some citrus, especially lime with a touch of yeast but not much and white grapes. The taste had peach and lemon with yeast and some mango as well. Pineapple came through after a few sips as well. There was also a bit of booze warming as well. It had high carbonation and medium thickness body. It had a long finish with tropical fruit and white grapes. This was a really good beer. It really showcased the hops, especially with the tropical fruit notes. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

8 Wired The Sultan

We’re onto Day 2 without the other half. I’m seriously missing her. I think I’ve overloaded on watching television. I did get a bunch of things done around the house, which is nice. But, it’s definitely way too quiet around here. Anyways, I picked this one up at the beer store. I’ve only had one other beer from 8 Wired. Let’s see if number 2 is as good.


ABV: 10%

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Originally named The Sultan of Swing, I have brewed this beer every year since I started home brewing. Every batch has been different but it was always Belgian inspired and always brewed with a large dose of sultanas. This commercial batch is the fifth version and I finally decided to base it on a Belgian Quadrupel”

Random: The Flyers tie the series up and force a game 7. I’m very excited.

This beer poured with a two finger, light brown head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose had notes of dark fruit, specifically raisins with Belgian yeast and caramel as well. The taste was even better. I got raisins with nougat and booze and some fruitcake as well. There was also some burnt brown sugar as well. The body was on the heavy side with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with alcohol and raisins. Although this beer was really hard to compare to the big Belgians that I’ve had, this was a very solid brew. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

8 Wired Hopwired IPA

So, this was a beer that I had at Twin Light as well. It’s weird watching News 12 now during the hurricane and hoping that Twin Light is making it through. The pictures of Atlantic Highlands and Highlands are just terrible. It looks like pretty much everything is underwater. So far, we’ve lost a few plants but we still have power. We’ll see how long this lasts.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’re pretty sure HopWired is the first bottled new world India Pale Ale made with NZ grown pale ale malt and 100% unique NZ hops. We bet you’ll find nothing else like it on the shelves. Although there’s plenty of malty sweetness, this beer is all about the hops. But unlike an American IPA, which will mainly challenge you with grapefruity and pine-like flavours and aromas, the kiwi hops used in HopWired produce something more like a tropical punchbowl: Passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to name but a few. A local Marlborough winemaker even said it smelled like gooseberries… Gooseberries? When did you last actually smell a gooseberry??”

Random: I definitely don’t think that I’m getting to work tomorrow.

This one poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark orange with high carbonation visible throughout. The nose was lots of hops with some definite tropical fruit. I’d say passion fruit, grapefruit and pineapple. The taste was almost exactly like the nose, except with a decent dose of malt. It was hoppy and fruity and then the malt came up to balance it. This was really well-balanced with no booze apparent on it. The body was medium thickness with medium carbonation. I loved this brew. There was just so much going on with it and the tropical fruits made it unique. Grab one if you can!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0