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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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very good

71 Reviews
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Reviews: 71
Hads: 253
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 101
Gots: 98 | FT: 15
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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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 253
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Andrew.

Cloudy reddish-brown. The head recedes to a thin but persistent tan collar.

Smells floral and earthy, mildly sour. Lactic and acetic acid are present, leaning slightly more toward the acetic side. Balsamic vinegar, toasted malt.

The palate is earthy and acetic, the bugs have thinned out the dark malt base quite a bit. Balsamic vinegar and floral flavors lend some depth. Dry and oaky, especially toward the finish. Light in body, easy enough to drink but not particularly outstanding.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large shared bottle.
Pours very dark brown with a minimal head. Nearly black in the glass.
Very tart ... even smells tart.
High ABV according to the flavor, but this is not evident in the medium body.
Very flavorful. Near puckering tart.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 01/21/11 notes. Brought to a small tasting.

a - Pours a reddish mahogany color with an inch of off white and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of blueberries, tart dark fruits, lactic, oak, red wine, and funk.

t - Tastes of lactic, blueberries, tart berries, funk, and oak.

m - Light body and high carbonation.

d - A solid wild ale from Upland. Not super tart, but still quite enjoyable. Would have again.

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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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a signal to my complete indifference to the Upland drama of today I am drinking this ale. Served in a stein. Beer is brown and hazy with a thin off white head strong carbonation no lacing. Looks fine.

Aroma is consecration-esque...acetic mildly lactic and some succinate. Smells nice.

Beer us surprisingly spicy and has an almost sorachi ace sort of element. Grassy sweet with a dry finish. The finish isn't bitter and quite tart. Some acetic brightness and some lactic smoothness. Overall I like it but the general lack of availability leaves me not really wanting more.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is a hazy, dark orange, bordering on brown. The aroma consists of cherries soaked in alcohol, as well as a lightly dank and sour quality. Dark ale, yeast, cherries, subtle alcohol comprise the flavor profile. The feel is medium bodied with a solid carbonation level. Overall, a pretty decent sour. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. My first sour from Upland.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the flowers, with some tartness and flowery notes mixed in. Interesting.

The flavor is more of the same. I get toffee and cocoa up front, but I also get some floral notes and some light tartness. The beer is not as sour as I expected it to be. There are some nice fruit notes to the beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from the bottle...Pours a medium brown, very dark for a wild, light tan head good retention and lacing...An interesting aroma of dark fruits, tart cherries, oak and spice, I like it...The taste is oak wine with dark fruits, differnt but I'm diggint it. Sour oakyness to it. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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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!

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Dantalion Dark Wild Ale from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.