Note: This bottle was provided FOC specifically for a review.

As I’ve mentioned before and will certainly say again: I love when liquids are put into barrels. It always results in amazing things happening.

One such amazing thing is the Eight or Better beer by The Publican House. This is a “strong ale” which I personally think is closer to a quad that has been aged in barrels for a year at the brewery.

We drank this beer pretty soon after bottling but would recommend you age a bottle for a bit before trying it.

This beer is only available at the brewery and prices change. It sits at 8.1% ABV.

Appearance: Copper colour with off-white head that fades fast. Filtered.
Aroma: Spicy and yeast forward. Cinnamon and coriander. A bit of cherry.
Taste: Cinnamon and dark chocolate. Candied sugar. Alcohol warmth, not really hidden.
Aftertaste: Lingering and sweet but not over the top.
Overall: A good Belgian quad, pair with lamb or duck. Buy a couple and age them.

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com