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Dantalion Dark Wild Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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Dantalion Dark Wild AleDantalion Dark Wild Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 100
Gots: 91 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-18-2010

Dark Wild Beer with brettanomyces and lactobacillus aged over 1 year in red wine American white oak barrels.
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Ratings: 211 | Reviews: 69
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weird name and label.

Did they use dandelions in this? I see little things floating around and it tastes like they are in there as well. (Certainly smells like it too.) Beyond that floral tone, this is definitely a dark ale in all aspects. Dark, almost somewhat malty even? Interesting. Smooth. Lactic tones are in there as accents with a biting funk-ery (that's a word now) in the backend. I like this one. Could drink this all day and all night.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an aggressive sand colored head. The head and carbonation is persistent and leaves a cascading lace.

Aroma is Apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and light anise.

Acidic, apples, vinegar, ginger, light peppery finish.

Light body with high carbonation.

A very nice beer. I like the peppery finish in contrast with the acidity.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With a notion of citrus orchards that has been overcome by fire, that taste is captured, bottled and enjoyed as the Upland brewers invite us to drink on the dark side.

Dantalion's ominous crimsons and blacks cast a mysterious appearance to the eye. Scorched candy, toast and peppercorn kick off the aroma and early taste with sherry, red wine vinegar and burnt limes set a sour tone.

Over the middle, the toasted grain and candied malt sweetness retreats and the souring agents step forth, bringing the bitter sourness of lime, sour grape, orange, dry red wine and crabapple. Its soft and musty perfume is of burlap and cobweb. Complexity builds when the sharp pang of fresh cracked peppercorn, rye bread, sea brine and something of soil.

Medium-light in body, the beer is off dry but still highly refreshing because of its sheer winey acidity that strips the palate of thirst and cleans the palate for the last prickle of pepper, toast and sour fruit.

Photo of Bkspicer
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

A decent local sour.

Photo of RyanPoff
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Pours dark brown, almost Pepsi dark. Medium tan lacing with good retention.

S: Berries, pears, cherries, and sparkling cider. Crisp and refreshing.

T: Tart - pears, berries, apple cider. SOUR, but good.

M: Crisp, peppy, very fresh. Well carbonated.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, not sure what the exact age of it is but I picked it up as part of Upland's recent sour release a couple weekends ago. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours very dark brown with some reddish tints. There's about an inch tan head that stayed around a long time, and a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like tart cherries, oak, red grapes, sweet spices and some vinegar. It tastes like tart dark fruit, vinegar, oak, blackberries, earthy spices, and a bit of brown sugar. It's a tasty, tart and fruity brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has a good amount of soft carbonation. I thought this was good, glad I got to try this one!

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Dark cherry color with an upfront flowery taste and smell. Not very sour- almost Flemish style without all the vinegar. It's different than most Uplands and I'm kind of on the fence as to whether I really like it or downright hate it. Will open another bottle in a few months and give it another chance.

Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottled 2/4/10

Dark cherry color. Sour, but not mouth puckering. Cherries and oak. Caramel. Light acidity. Vinegar.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Summoned on 7/12/10 wow time flies. I thought I only got this two years ago.

A: Pours a clear cherry wood caramel into a wide mouth glass

S: Aromas of sour lacto, wood, bitter spices and brettonmyces. Flemish Sour ale aromas. Reminds me of Monks Café Flemish Sour ale.

T: This starts off super bitter at first, lots of oak, a bittering taste that does definitely have some dandelion like qualities to it. Bitter ornamental salad tastes presumably from spices and dandalions. Light red wine flavors mixing with a bretty oak and lacto. Behind the first few flavors I do not pick up a ton of complexity . The beer is relatively watery without a ton of depth.

M: Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Slightly thin for the style in my opinion.

O: Overall not bad, but would not seek out again. After having a number of Uplands wild ales a few years back, I held onto this one and am just getting around to opening it. Not sure it was worth the wait.

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Jedwards for the final pre-move blowout cellar crash. Color is brown with a soapy cluster of bubbles around the edges. Nose reveals tart dark fruits. Taste is exactly what you would expect from the nose - vinous and earthy with some medicinal phenols. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation and some acidity. Overall, a solid dark sour. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and I wasn't disappointed.

Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, dark amber/chestnut brown color with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Splotchy lacing left behind.  

Sweet vinous aroma with earthy oak, vanilla, roasted malts and vinous dark fruit notes.  Strong red wine barrel with toasted oak, red wine, dark grape and cherry.  Underneath, there's some roasted dark malt, vinous fruits, musty brett and subtle acetic acid.

Medium bodied with tart, acidic sournesss along with toasted oak and vinous dark fruit flavors.  Tart with dry, musty brett and lactic funk followed by caramel malt, toffee, cherry, grape and currants.  Light and easy to drink which is surprising considering the complexity.  A very solid dark sour from Upland.

Photo of Rutager
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks msquared2!! Bottled 7/12/10

Appearance. Pours a very deep, dark red-brown with a finger of creamy, pale-khaki head.

Smell. Sour cherries and old wood with just a dash of vinegar.

Taste. Sour cherry again, but not as big as the smell would lead on. Some tannic wood with a light, almost herbal bitterness along with some fruity (Belgian) yeast, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, slick felling, and low+ carbonation.

Overall. A nice wild with some moderate sourness and some interesting complexity from the yeast and the barrel.

Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml into a tulip. Bottled August 12, 2010.

Muddy dark brown with a cream head. Moderate retention and light lacing. Nose has some dark fruits/berries, a complex herbal/spice tone, coffee perhaps and oak? Really peculiar. Taste has cola, herbal, again chocolate/coffee notes, dark fruits and some acidity in the finish. Medium body with some alcohol. Interesting/unique, but I wasn't taken aback by this.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My Bottle from a forgotten good store. Above average mouthfeel. Darker colour than you would normally see from the style.Bretty. Coca cola,nutmeg, pepper, mint, and we need more of that than the sourness from the remaining lactic acid. Aged close to a year. Bubbly head. Cross saison/mild.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy brown with red hues and a small white head fading to little retention or lacing.

A little bit of a toffee sweetness in the aroma with a little bit of berry. Not overly sour aroma.

More malty sweetness in the flavor along with a little berry/cherry tartness. Not very sour at all especially compared to the fruit lambics and not overly complex.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.

Nothing really bad about this, just sort of unimpressive all around. I remember liking this more when it was fresh so not sure if the bottle fell off or my sour palate improved. Most likely the latter. Not a bad beer, but would prefer Uplands fruit lineup or something more sour in general to this.

Photo of oline73
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a layer of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: There is a red berry tartness with a malt sweetness. I'm also getting a slight vinegar note.

Taste: I'm getting a red berry tartness along with a malt sweetness. There is also a slight vinegar sourness. Not a whole lot more going on here.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a very mildly dry finish.

Overall: I didn't think this beer was very interesting. There was a tart note along with some sweetness, but nothing much more. I'm glad I had this, but I don't know that I would trade for another.

Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite two years old. I bought it about a year ago and have been properly cellaring it ever since, because I'm a fancyman and my home is equipped with a real-life cellar.

Pours very dark, medium fizzy with a whole helluva lot of particulates floating tantalizingly within. To think, there's some people who are so square they get turned off by the sight of yeast floating in their beer. The mind boggles...

Smells a little tame. I worry that maybe I had it in the fridge too long. Even cold, big brett and lactobacillus nodes are present, with tinges of cherries, raspberries, and ascorbic acid against light wisps of alcohol. Again, tantilziing. (As it warms, the fruit nodes mellow but the overall flavor becomes more complex, livened by vinous hints of oak).

Tastes woodier and more mellow, but still very pleasantly tart. Big lactobrett starts things off, getting mellowed out by nodes of wood and booze about halfway down your tongue, and ending on a natural-seeming, fruity tartness that's similar to the aftertaste of a pomegranate.

This is an absolute gem.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken on 5/18/12.

750 cork and cage bottle split 3 ways. Poured into snifter.

Appearance: murky brown beer with a light white head that drops to a ring.

Smell: lemons, cherries, hay, mild funk, dust and grass.

Taste: mild to moderately tart beer. Tart cherries with sour apples and a little hint of caramel sweetness. Also a little earthy and woody. Lots of different flavors playing off each other here, but not sure if they all play off each other very well.

Mouthfeel: on the light end of a medium body with almost medium carbonation, but less carbonated then most Upland sour beers.

Overall: Never had a dark wild ale before. So the beer really made me think when i was drinking it. Its very different and interesting flavors.

Photo of mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 7/12/10
Pours a dark chestnut brown that barely shows any light through the glass, just a bit of ruby highlights. There is a little bit of faom that quickly faded to a layer of fine bubbles.
There is a nice berry aroma with hints of the wine barrel, seems like a bit of a caramel aroma as well.
Flavor falls a little flat, there is some berry fruit in there along with hints of wine barrel, some oak and some tannins. The flavors are nice but subtle.
nice creamy mouthfeel with a big foamy feel. This beer is easy to drink, its a bit tame and I was hoping for something more, but maybe every beer doesn't need to be super anything, so the nice balance of this one is kind of refreshing.

Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the BA who sent me this years ago. Bottled 7/12/2010. Snifter.

A: Pours a murky raisin dark brown with a thin scum of a head that faded into a faint collar.
S: Lightly tart notes of berries, slight acid, and fruit skins. Clean smelling.
T: Smoother than I was expecting. Flavors of berries, acid, cocoa, citrus, tart and dry berry skins and light funk.
M: Drying mouthfeel, medium body, smooth carbonation. The acid becomes smoother as the beer warms.
O: Good fruity flavor and exceptionally easy to drink. Just a solid, clean, sour.

Photo of Spider889
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened this bottle on New Years Eve. Fittingly poured into a champagne flute.

Appears nearly black. Has a nice frothy head - sandy in color. Average retention.

The aroma was immediatly funky. Dusty and dank. It has all of the prototypical souring bacteria funk without much actual sourness in there. Also a bit grassy and flowery with more subtle hints of red wine and leather.

Tastes mildly sour, but also nice and malty. Sweet but not too much so. Caramel. Acid. Bitter berry greens on the finish.

The carbonation is actually rather restrained and not bad at all.

This was a nice, balanced sour. I typically dislike darker sours but this one did the trick well.

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Bottle says it was Summoned on 7/12/10. Pours a dark brownish color with a light tan had that quickly settles. Dark fruit and the recognizable brett and lacto type sour notes. Slightly earthy as well. Medium/light mouthfeel. Tart dark cherry upfront with a nice level of sourness kicking in. Oaky and earthy. Reminds me a little of a red wine. Overall, not bad.

Photo of starrdogg
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to raveskdr for this one.

Pours a hazy dark brown. Smells of wood, wine and sour, but it doesn't quite come together perfectly. Taste follows the nose, not particularly impressive, but not bad either. Body is medium with nice carbonation. Overall, this is an okay sour, but probably the worst thing I've had from Upland. The components are all there, but it seems to be missing that certain something.

Photo of kkipple
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Up next we have the curious and weirdly artworked "Dantalion" from good ole Upland. This beer was proudly "Summoned" on 2.4.2010 and delivered to me by my friend and world-renown traveler, Unclejedi. 750ml bottle, corked / caged opens with a snap, and goes into our glasses.

A. Clear russet, low 2cm head with no real lacing. Looks like a good Flanders Red. Mostly still. Nice looking. Good retention.

S. Excellent. Cherry vinegar, sweet malt notes, tart and bold with a little oak in the bargain. Quite sharp, acidic and bright, but not overly so, and maintains a sweetness to the nose that is delicious.

T. Surprisingly sweet, still, but the sweetness here collides rather messily with a too-acidic sharpness that could be toned down a few notches. Vinegary and appealing for what it is - think an American Rodenbach Grand Cru - but the burning in my throat after a long sip tells me there is more work to be done here. In turns sweet, cherry-fruit, vinegar and sour, the rest is quite tasty. It just lacks that magic that one can achieve when making the same beer for a few decades.

M / O. Excellent carbonation, full without being distracting and appropriate for what this is. Thinner body, as expected, but a long fruity-sweet vinegar lingers, though regrettably the acidic burn makes its way into your throat. Otherwise, Dantalion is highly enjoyable. I'd be curious to know if this will change much going forward, alas, it was my only bottle. Was glad to have tried this - thanks to my friends for making it happen.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown somewhat hazy root beer color with the consistency of root beer as well. Smells of sour green apples and tart cherries mixed with a tad of malt sweetness. First sip is both sweet and sour with the sourness dominating but not by a lot. As it warms this puppy starts to shine. Some red wine acidic notes appear but overall still a tad too sweet and not a lot of complexity. Hopefully the remaining sweetness will get eaten over time. A very nice sour as most Uplands are.

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Dantalion Dark Wild Ale from Upland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.