Dantalion Dark Wild Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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Dantalion Dark Wild AleDantalion Dark Wild Ale

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88
very good

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 238
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 99
Gots: 102 | FT: 17
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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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Photo of Arbitrator
2.38/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks Dabe.

A: Pours a dark mahogany body with a finger or so of light tan head. The bottle is a slow gusher out of the glass, and even a moderate pour produces fluffy carbonation that collapses in clumps. Somewhat nice, but the uncontrolled carbonation is a drawback.

S: A good nose. It has a light bretty presence with a moderate floral aroma. Grapes and oak come out nicely. It's nothing mindblowing, but it's reasonably decent.

T: Red wine and oak with a mild tartness. Some floral presence in the finish. It's just... lacking in flavor. I was surprised, because this was the first beer of the night, and my palate was fresh. I simply couldn't pick up a lot beyond that. Not much bacterial character; it's mildly lactic, but the barnyard of the nose is weak, and the beer is just unsatisfying and bland at best.

M: Medium-bodied, with high carbonation. It's on the drier side for the style, with a mild tannic astringency.

D: Wound up being tossed out in favor of other, better beers on the table. As far as American Wild Ales go, this defines the middle ground pretty well. Maybe bottles vary; someone sampling this for the second time noted that it "wasn't as good as the last time." (1,229 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.54/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to emerge077 for the share

A - It pours a deep chestnut-brown, between hazy and opaque, with a persistent wisp of ecru froth. There is some lace collaring deposited as I drain the glass.

S - I am not enthusiastic about this based on the initial impression offered by the nose; it smells unpleasantly sweet and somewhat oaty-chalky. As the brew airs out for a minute, I get some dark cherry and other dark fruity notes, and perhaps some scorched malt or burnt sugar. It also smells somewhat of artificial sweetener.

T - I don't find the taste to be any better than the nose. This is not a terrible beer, but it is nothing great either; it tastes kind of like some experimental homebrew with mixed results. There is a bad base beer and a chalkiness that is pervasive; I have no idea what to attribute this to, but I don't like it. The fruit flavors are pretty nice, offering cherry, fig, dried unsweet papaya and various stone fruit impressions, but unfortunately it is not enough to offset the detractions. And as far as tartness goes, it is moderate; the level of sourness seemingly corresponds to the suggestions of the fruit profile.

M - I find the body to be an aggravating factor in this beer's shortcomings. The thinness and fizziness exacerbate the chalky aspect and mitigate the tart fruit.

D - I am not terribly fond of this. Glad I tried it, thrilled I did not trade for it.

[Review from backlog, July 2010] (1,433 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Claaark (Sean) for this one. Shared with capra12 and schen9303 at an Upland tasting. Poured from a corked and caged bottle (bottled 7/12/10) into a Darkness snifter.

Pours a .5 finger light coffee colored foamy head with low retention. Beer is slight cloudy, dark brown. Stringy and patchy lace with moderate cling. Color is a bit off-putting.

Nose is an odd combination of soap, mint, plastic, and sweet grapes. Not bad, but very strange.

Opens sweet grape, spicy, plastic. Yeasty towards the middle with some Brett funkiness and cane sugar. Some residual sweetness towards the end with just a touch of tart. Not really sour at all and the barrel characteristic is almost entirely missing. A touch too sweet too.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Prickly and bubbly in the mouth and abrasive doing down. Smooths nicely as it warms though. Messy finish with a clean aftertaste. Good for its style.

A pretty middle-of-the-road beer here. A bit too sweet with near no funk and little to no tartness. I'm not really sure what was trying to be accomplished here but the end result, why not bad, is a bit pedestrian. (1,154 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark burgundy, a tad cloudy, with a large head. Nose is big wine barrel, brett, grapes, just a lot of vinous character and wet wood. Flavor is a smack of wet, red wine barrel. Quite sweet, finishes long and drier with a weird herbal kick. I actually enjoy that finish but this is way too much wine barrel for my liking. In that way it's pretty loose and sloppy. Mildly acidic. I have certain pet peeves with beer, one of them is dark sours with sloppy, excessive wine barrel, and this one has it written all over. (519 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 07-12-10 bottled date. Thanks to kyle for the bottle!

(A)- Gusher! Probably lost a few ounces in the process. Pours a fairly dark brown color. Produced a nice cap of tan froth. Some lace.

(S)- An acidic, almost floral funk. Bits of a dry oakiness.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A sour, floral oaky funk with a dry finish.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. A decent balance of oak funk and sour.

(D)- A decent wild. I can see this getting much better overtime. Pretty straightforward currently in an oaky sour funk sense, but pretty decent nontheless. (620 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark ruby-mahogany pour, no real head or lacing. A bit murky.

Smell: Muddled tart cherries, brown sugar, figs, dates and malt. Not very sour.

Taste: Again, a bit muddled mix of tart cherries, figs, dates, brown sugar, molasses, oak and dark malts. Lightly sour, no real vinegar or funk.

Mouthfeel: undercarbonated

Overall: A bit underwhelming. Needs more sour, more funk, better flavors. (403 characters)

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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. (306 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/27/2010. Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours a clear dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of lactic sweetness, light buttery popcorn. Flavor of yogurt, lactic acid with a sweet malty and sugary finish. It's somewhat bland, although easy to drink, and does improve by the end of the glass. I do wish there was a little more complexity here though. I was expecting a little bit more from this Upland sour. (429 characters)

Photo of BrewIrish98
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a thick lipped wine glass.

A: Brownish, Black Cherry color. Nice airy head. Maintains through the consumption of the glass. Slight champagne overflow after uncorking.

S: Woody, cherry and floral. Not a whole lot of power behind it, but enough to make you to want to take it in.

T: Still picking up the cherry and floral flavors. Has just a bit of sour, tartness to it. It doesn't slap you in the face, but a solid bit. Sweet and sour to the taste.

M: Fairly thin and carbonated just right for the style. Slight head tingles your mouth.

O: There are always complaints about the price of this one. Suck it up and drop the $20 bucks and try it. It's not exactly as "Wild" as the name, but still a lot of interesting flavor and texture is there. If you spend the time to cellar this one too long you might be a bit disappointed. (843 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Starts like a mediocre sour brown. Then there is a bunch of grassy type spices. Not much else. One of Upland's worse sour offerings. (yet they make a lot it...) (164 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle opened by the guys at Upland at the GLBF, the last of the three special bottles they had. 2 oz pour into a taster.

A - Pours a dark brown color but clear. Absolutely no head on it. A ring of very loose bubbles though.

S - The aroma bursts with sourness and wild funk but is backed up with a lightly sweet, floral scent.

T - Interesting weedy floral flavor with a potent lactic, wild sourness. A combination of funk and acidity.

M - The finish is very dry and highly carbonated with a wild, sour, mouth-puckering finish.

D - This is an alright wild that, like the other two 750s of Upland's stuff would be better shared. It didn't impress but that's not to say it's not a good beer. Just lost in a sea of amazing American Wild beers. The name and label are badass though! (789 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium/dark brown, hazy and a bit cloudy with a khaki head.

Complex "brown" carmel vegetal nose, with hints of some funk and hints of a light sour. Almost some earthy/mushroom character to the nose. Not bad and it is unique.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good balance with, for Upland, a proper carbonation. (Didn't gush!) Retained light/medium carbonation without being fizzy. Decent mouth.
(Note: first taste is very different and one might react negatively; give it a chance with a few tastes before making a judgment. I didn't like it when first tasted; a few tastes later I realized this was a pretty good effort.)

Flavors of earth tones, mushrooms, unsweetened caramel and light tart cherries. There is some wood character undertones. Not as funky as I expected from prior reviews; just a hint of sour and just a hint of funk. Actually was like a decent red ale with some "different" complexities.

All in all, this is one of Uplands best and most assertive flavor profiles in its lambic line. Tasted Blueberry and Peach at the same time. This was the one that cleary left the best impression and was clearly the most complex. I'd drink again. (1,163 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark and wild, without a doubt.

Pours a dark medium stout like color. Slightly merky brown, cloudy yeast. Pours a decent head, very carbonated and acidic looking.

The nose if sour acids, coca nips, pepper.

A lot more funky than expected. Make no mistake, a very sour beer but the flavor starts up with a lot of spices, peppers, rye like hints. Then it turns sour, and a very acidic with a bit of a burn type acid.

The body is medium, well carbonated.

This is a really solid sour. I'm not sure I'll be rushing out to buy more, but definitely a worthy offering. Really glad to have had this bottle. (617 characters)

Photo of Lunch
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Mr. Thorpe, thanks!

Poured into a Jester King snifter and this one is certainly dark(er). A dark burnt orange with a bit of light tan head that fades quickly.

Not a aggressive in smell as I am use to with Upland Wilds. Some oak and acidic cherry perhaps. Taste is yeastie and sour with a dark ale base. The cherries come through with some alcohol. Well carbonated, but overall this is so far my least favorite Upland Wild. (441 characters)

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Dantalion Dark Wild Ale from Upland Brewing Company
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