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8 Wired Once Upon A Time In Blenheim

Brewery: 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 8.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)
Other Notes: Barrel aged for 3 years. Ale brewed with wild Sauvignon Blanc grape juice. 100% spontaneously fermented lambic style. 2014 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This is the last barrel aged beer we brewed in Blenheim, before uprooting and setting up a new brewery in the North. A 100% spontaneous fermented and barrel aged lambic inspired beer, co-fermented with the equally spontaneous fermented Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc juice from our fine friends at Cirro Wines.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.94
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 500ml bottle, 2014 vintage, with a best before date of 24th November 2025. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A very nice clear golden colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left behind no lacing.
Aroma: Funky, barnyard, oak, vanilla, white grape and a touch of lemon juice.
Taste: Tart and sour, white grape, vinous, lemon, green apple, oak, funk and light vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Maybe the oak and vanilla flavours were a little strong and overpowering, but I think it was saved a bit by the Sauvignon Blanc flavours which came through nicely.

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8 Wired Snake Charmer

Brewery: 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 7.7%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Barrel aged Sour Ale with blackcurrants. 2017 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A sour ale brewed the traditional way. Aged in Pinot Noir barrels for two years with Blackcurrants and a bunch of microbes, creating a complex melange of funk, fruit and tartness.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.11
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 500ml bottle, 2017 vintage, with a best before date of 19th February 2026. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear reddish orange colour with an almost three finger slightly off white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, blackcurrant, Ribena, oak, vanilla and funk.
Taste: Pretty much exactly what you get in the aroma, sour and tart, blackcurrant, Ribena, mixed berries, oak, vanilla and funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with spritzy moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Great fruit flavours with strong barrel character. Just really good to drink.

Garage Project Beyond The Pale – Strange Ways

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 4.4%
Style: International Sour Ale

Brewer Description: (from can) Beyond The Pale, our yearly celebration of New Zealand’s fabulous fringe festival and the perfect excuse to brew something a little ‘out there’… even a little bizzare. This year, for the organoleptic delight of the avant garde drinker, we present Strange Ways – a kettle soured beer infused with raspberry, tomato and basil. Odd bedfellows indeed, but the result is a distinctly refreshing sour beer with a truly unique fruity twist. Strange Ways here we come.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.04
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 27th November 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy pale orange pinkish colour with a two finger very slightly off white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart raspberries with maybe a hint of tomato.
Taste: Sour, tart, raspberry and lemon juice with a touch of tomato juice at the end.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: Refreshing and very easy to drink with nice fruity flavours. Carbonation might be a bit too high, but not a big problem. I’m only getting hints of the tomato but none of the basil, which was unfortunate since raspberry and basil is a good combo.

8 Wired Superdank IPA

Brewery: 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 6.2%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Dank hop IPA

Brewer Description: (from bottle) American style IPA, brewed with the Dankest super hops we can find. Very aromatic – pungent, sweaty, grassy, and sticky. Massive grapefruit and zesty orange peel bitterness flavours cut through the hysteria to save the day.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.56
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 6th March 2019. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: It was a lightly hazy golden orange colour with a big four finger off white head that had good retention and left lots of lacing.
Aroma: Guava, honeydew melon, pine, grapefruit zest, pith and flesh plus some grassiness.
Taste: Guava, pine, melon, grapefruit and orange with hints of pine, grass, herbal, floral and funky notes.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: Carbonation was a bit too low for my liking, and the herbal, floral and funky flavours weren’t my favourite, but still a drinkable IPA.

Garage Project White Mischief

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 2.9%
Style: German Gose
Other Notes: Salted White Peach Sour

Brewer Description: (from can) Kettle soured wheat, lightly salted and infused with white peaches – a delicate three way salty, sweet and sour balancing act. A little bit of white mischief in a beer where anything gose. Brewed for Burger Wellington 2015.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.96
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 5th July 2018. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear golden colour with a just over one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left pretty much no lacing.
Aroma: Strong aroma of peaches and sour peach gummy candy with a hint of lemon.
Taste: Tart sour peach, a hint of salt and some wheat of the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Light, refreshing and thirst quenching with its low ABV.