Dantalion Dark Wild Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 238
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 99
Gots: 102 | FT: 17
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Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of parktravis
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers from Upland. Got one of the last bottles. Very complex sour ale. It has an explosive, vibrant mouthfeel. Sour, but not too sour. Maybe a hint much carbonation. A little fruity, but not too much. Very nice for afternoon drinking. (250 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark brown, very hazy and cloudy with a rich tan colored head. Excellent retention left behind thick coating side glass lace. Some light carbonation at first, but this quickly diminished.

So intricate and complex, it almost was beyond description. The first notes to come across were funky and sour, which were to be expected, however, letting this one warm up brought about all sorts of goodness. lots of earthy notes and tons of rich dark funk that seemed to really dominate. This one had to warm though to really let you appreciate all of the subtleties that were going on here. Rich notes of caramel and tart cherries, light notes of oak and woodsy like malts. Started out a nice rush of Brett funkiness in all of its glory, rich notes of fruit, cherries layered in on top of that with an almost toffee like flavor as the base. lots of funk comes though in the finish dryin the palate and leaving a smooth finish

overall it was as solid as could be, really well done. (979 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (1,073 characters)

Photo of grub
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. justin contributed this one. thanks justin!

750ml corked and caged bottle.

pours clear brown with nice red highlights. a small light brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is great. dark fruit. dark chocolate. bit of lemon. leather and horse blanket. honey. caramel and toffee. light vanilla. bit of spiced cherry. whole wheat bread. good sourness.

taste is great. much like the aroma, but with less sourness. great full malty and fruity character. light alcohol. very restrained sourness.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body with a nice dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. good balance. great depth. restrained and balanced sourness. (758 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark chestnut with a nice cream-colored head. Good lacing as it goes down and quite a bit of sediment, even in the first pour from the bottle.

S: Sweet and tart dark cherries. Some caramelized malt, dark candi sugar, figs, dates, and some nice sour notes. The sourness is definitely not overpowering, but increases as it warms up, and I believe will become more prominent as it ages a bit.

T: Very similar to the nose with a nice lactic character developing throughout. The combination of the typical Belgian dark flavors alongside the sour notes is very nice.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice level of sourness--certainly not bracing, but its presence is easily detectable.

D: Very nice all around and quite unique--I wish there were more (or at least I were aware of more) beers around like this. Much better as it warms up and I think this will age really well.

Also, the label's artwork is awesome. (949 characters)

Photo of SummitVA
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Pete for opening this one up.

A - Dark brown pour, steady carbonation, and decent head retention for a sour.

S - Lactic sourness foremost, followed by earth-y brett, dark fruit (cherries, esp.) leather, spice, oak, and vanilla.

T - Solid tartness upfront, followed by dark fruits (some dates along with the cherries), a bit of brown sugar, and earthiness of funk. Leather and oak character in the finish, along with a crisp sourness.

M - Nice medium body here, which is a nice change from a lot of thinned out American wilds.

O - Just a fantastic funky dark brew. Goes down far too easy for the ABV. Beautiful. (632 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, a generous extra from backfat (thanks Dave!). The cork was stuck in the bottle damn tight, and broke in half on the way out. As with other Upland wild ales there was a slow gush, manageable but something to watch for.

The beer is a dark and murky reddish brown color, with a tan foam that lasts for a few minutes. Very nice aroma, sour cherries and wild notes, reminiscent of a non-vinagar oude bruin. Same in the flavor, nice lactic acidity and sour fruits. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, giving a decent mouthfeel. An excellent wild ale, my favorite so far from Upland. (592 characters)

Photo of SirSketch
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Mountain of fizzy head that looks rather sturdy. Deep mahogany color, slightly lighter around the edges, with tiny yeast particulates floating around despite proper storage and pour, but nothing I'm too concerned with.

A - Wonderful combination of light, acidic fruits, as well as the distinct aroma of sour cherries. Altogether, very sour and sweet nose. A leather component comes through, too.

T - Amazing sour character that stops before making you pucker too much and leaves a fairly malty sweetness behind. Banana and rye flavors towards the end.

M/D - Medium body and medium-high carbonation (though there could have been more). My only complaint is that it is not dry enough, resulting in a less than ideal finish. That said, this is still a pretty drinkable beer. Overall, a great take on the wild ale style! (823 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to Rempo for this one. 2010 vintage, summoned on 7/12/10.

4.0 A: Pours a murky deep brown color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy hybrid beige head with average retention and nonuniform lacing.

4.0 S: Fairly simple by wild ale standards, but really nice. Good amount of earthy, musky brett funkiness. Some tangy lactic acid, but not really any acetic acid. Oak and a light tannic astringency. A light orange citrus aroma and a touch of spiciness.

4.5 T: More complex than the nose and all the flavors are well integrated. Lots of musky brett funk again. Some combination of spices that combine to taste a little like yerba mate and licorice. A lot fruitier than the nose. I suppose the lactic acid is a big contributor here. I'm picking up plum, wild apple, and cherry foremost with berries on the underside. Maybe a touch of acetic acid as this is just short of mouth puckering. Oak, some yeastiness, and a touch of supple tannins.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Quite creamy and incredibly smooth.

4.5 D: I've been drinking some great sours lately and this is no different. The nose is a bit subdued, but the taste opens up and puts forth a ton of complexity that all contribute to a wonderful whole. (1,251 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive thanks to womencantsail for sharing this one at Beachwood BBQ during the Bruery RS Post-Party. Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured a murky brown with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and floral notes. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. A very nice flavor and excellent aroma going on here. A pretty nice Wild Ale without doubt. If you haven't had this it is worth seeking out. Glad I have a bottle set aside for me in a future trade! (640 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark for being an awesome member of the Equidae family and sending me this one.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin tan head. A mild murkiness to the beer as I inspect the glass.

S: Starts off sort of how I expected. Lots of sour cherries with just a touch of acetic acid. Quite a bit of oak is present and some miscellaneous dark fruits.

T: This actually reminds me a fair amount of Cuvee de Tomme. Tart cherries, big lactic sourness, a touch of vinegar, and a lot of oak. There seems to be a bit of red wine flavor, too, which maybe leans a bit toward the Flemish Red side of things.

M: The body is medium with a pretty high level of carbonation which helps accentuate the acidity rather than the malt, which does sometimes creep in.

D: This is probably my favorite so far of the Upland sours. Really nicely done and decently complex, quite flavorful. (878 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of 321jeff
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle provided by Adam. "Summoned on 2/4/10"

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and about a finger of off white head.

Aroma is sour with some funk. Pretty straightforward and reminds me of Supplication but without the cherries.

Taste is sour right off the bat but not overpowering. Some hints of dark fruit sweetness in the background, but the focus is on the light vinegar sour.

It's medium in body with some light prickly carbonation. Overall a very drinkable sour. No outside fruit sweetness needed to offset the sour. (537 characters)

Photo of cetherid
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip

A.

Beer looks black but held up to the light you get a dark burgundy color. About 1 finger of very light brown head. A unique look that could be described as "dirty toilet water". Don't let it turn you off though!

S.

the smell screams Belgian sour. Not as barnyardy as some but you can definitely tell it's brewed to match an authentic lambic. I'm getting some slight fruity and floral notes as well as a touch of spice and wood.

T.

The best lambic I've had out of the four that just came out. I'm getting of course a nice lactic sour kick at the beginning but then the flavors really come out. I get some dark fruit (cherries?) that give the beer a really nice sweetness to balance out the sourness. A little spice that i can't put my nose on but gives it something a little extra. Every sip I'm getting something different it seems. Such a great tasting beer.

M.

About medium bodied with loads of carbonation. A lot of sourness in this beer that you can feel as it makes it's way to the back of the throat and towards the nose. Slightly dry in the finish.

D.

Such a drinkable lambic. I'd drive back down to B-town just to get some more of these, however at 20 bucks a bottle, I'd probably have others pitch in on these. A great tasting lambic by Upland. I very surprised that an American microbrewery can make such an authentic lambic. After tasting the others, I can honestly say that they could probably drop all of their beers and just concentrate on lambics and they could do quite well. (1,524 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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. (254 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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! (684 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked bottle. Popped at my wedding. Sweetness!

A- Pours a murky brown color with light red hues to it when held to the light. Three finger beige head stays around forever before dying down. Sheet style lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink this down.

S- Tons of darker fruit in the nose. Light cherry scent but I figured there would be more. Some oaky barrel notes blended with a spicy earthy tone. I'm sure as this one ages even more there is going to be more defined aromas. This one is still a baby!

T- Acidic notes right off the get go with the beer. Darker fruits come into play with a light sour cherry note. Some oak present but still I think the malts take over this beer which means it should be still sitting in your cellars people!

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is getting there and while not all the way I like it it's showing signs of vast carbonation. More darker fruits left on the palate with some acidic tones in the aftertaste. Flavors are starting to take on their own and should be there in a year or so. Very drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer was good for what it was right now. It still has a long way to go and I'm glad I have someone who has a bottle still. I can't wait to try this in a year or so. (1,267 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (955 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this for some time. It's easily the darkest wild I've seen thus far (not having had Bourbonic Plague yet). It pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights with a one finger beige head. Unfortunately, this was a gusher. I suppose I should have thrown this one in the freezer like I did the Strawberry. The aromas are pretty sour and have a good amount of funk. It smells of cherries and dark fruit. It's excellent on the nose. The flavors are hard to describe. It's sweet yet sour. It features kriek likes characteristics, as if oak aged. It also has this odd, vegetable like after taste that you get from some V8 blended juice drinks. It's also a little earthy. I like it though. The flavors aren't as in your face as I expected, or as they could be. This makes it very drinkable. This beer surprised me in being different from what I expected and surprised me again by still being very good. (917 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lookin out drew for sharing this brew

Poured a dark brown in color with maroonish highlights that had a thin head and left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma had some bretty funky oaky character alongside citrusy, floral, mild vinegar and acidic notes but it did have faint cherries, spice, and vinous notes. The floral flavor was more apparent on the palate with some vinegary character but had citrusy, fruity, oaky, acidic, vinous accents but had a touch of underlying spice. The brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a vinous, fruity, citrusy, oaky, and tart finsh. Actually was a tasty brew that drank better than I thought and makes me wanna seek out more of these upland lambics. (743 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally opened this after cellaring for awhile, as instructed by the label. Figured 5 months was long enough.

Sustained pop from the cork, poured into a champagne flute. Highly active carbonation, with champagne streamers trailing up the sides. Murky with a patchy skim across the surface, as the initial head fades. Sticky crown of lacing as it sits in the glass, and all the way down as the glass is drained. Dark mahogany in the center, and a lighter reddish brown in the meniscus.

Soft aroma of musty barrel, minerals, a bit underdeveloped and not showing much funk yet. It's still pleasant and integrates with the rest of the beer.

Mild tartness, woody complexity, earthy and dry in the finish. A hint of washed rind cheese under the wood and dark malt. Well carbonated, it dries out quickly. Lingering woody tannins in the aftertaste. More of an Oud Bruin than anything, and a nice example. (902 characters)

Photo of vacax
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. (1,271 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to emerge077 for sharing this at our impromptu Thursday night beer tasting event. Served in the usual Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of foam that leaves behind splotchy lacing, thick collar, and thin ring of foam. Dark brown hazy body. This has definitely carbonated - glad Matt followed the instructions on the label.

S - This reminds me a little Sui Generis, with elements of spicy barrels, notes of earth and char, and a hefty dark malt bill that imparts dark fruits as well as some light sour cherry. Less alcohol here, which is a plus.

T - Taste is sweeter, with more vinous notes and funkiness than the nose suggests. Again, there are some barrel, lactic, and light acidic notes, but this could probably use some more time for the latter two to grow and help offset the strength of the malt bill.

M - Moderate carbonation, and a smooth, creamy, medium body that is pleasant but seems out of place. Lightly tannic finish, but not overly puckering or drying. Minimal heat.

D - I liked this one enough to take a to-go cup to the movies after our tasting. I'm curious to see how my bottle will taste after a few more months. (1,158 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (436 characters)

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Dantalion Dark Wild Ale from Upland Brewing Company
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