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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
88
very good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 108
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark Wild Beer with brettanomyces and lactobacillus aged over 1 year in red wine American white oak barrels.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-18-2010)
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Reviews by vacax:
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vacax

California

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black at first glance, but closer inspection reveals a muddy dark brown color, thick, high carbonation during the pour leaves some floaties fron the last third of the bottle. Not really distracting due to the dark color, and the high carbonation also makes for a very thick carpet of eggshell colored head that doesn't go anywhere and leaves some very nice strands of lace swooping around the glass.

The aroma reveals lactic sourness mixed with a milder, floral funkiness. Spice on the nose as well along with some strong esters, leather, and cranberries. Floral lotus-like barnyard funk defines the flavor, followed by lactic acid, coriander, crusty bread, and tart greens. Spots of diacetyl hint at a Flemish Red, but this is more floral and spicy. Moderately sour with a tart and bitter finish with twangs of roast and earth.

What seems very carbonated during the pour fizzles out and becomes an exceptionally integrated and smooth carbonation reminding me of my favorite Flemish Red ales. While the bubbles feel amazing, the body is considerably thin for a dark wild ale. Overall this is a complex and tasty beer. I'd like to see it tweaked to include a touch more malt and body, and this could be an excellent beer. Looking forward to trying the next batch.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 03:00:38 | More by vacax
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

06-16-2014 12:23:33 | More by tectactoe
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Mcvs1507

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-15-2014 13:42:51 | More by Mcvs1507
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CTJman

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-08-2014 15:49:00 | More by CTJman
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-26-2014 17:51:06 | More by jaasen64
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-18-2014 03:25:54 | More by bsuedekum
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-04-2014 08:34:42 | More by zestar
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-16-2014 03:33:58 | More by funkyaudio
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

04-14-2014 16:27:50 | More by trxxpaxxs
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-13-2014 23:40:12 | More by vermilcj
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 16:34:14 | More by alpinebryant
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-23-2014 21:24:50 | More by tom10101
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tsauce2

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-02-2013 04:51:13 | More by tsauce2
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

10-30-2013 14:45:00 | More by rowingbrewer
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

10-27-2013 13:17:52 | More by thebigredone
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vfgccp

New York

3/5  rDev -23.9%

06-23-2013 23:10:53 | More by vfgccp
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 00:10:06 | More by Jwale73
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California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

05-28-2013 19:09:11 | More by mookihouse
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-14-2013 19:50:39 | More by FullObs
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-28-2013 22:31:23 | More by spycow
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kscaldef

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

04-22-2013 05:47:02 | More by kscaldef
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davewlfpckfan29

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:29:32 | More by corby112
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Dantalion Dark Wild Ale from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.