Dantalion Dark Wild Ale - Upland Brewing Company
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3.79/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
01-21-2013 17:11:00 | More by Sammy
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
05-18-2010 00:32:31 | More by Thorpe429
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
07-06-2011 00:29:30 | More by mikesgroove
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
01-12-2011 23:17:33 | More by womencantsail
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
09-05-2011 19:37:20 | More by GRG1313
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
07-09-2010 03:25:52 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
01-14-2011 00:38:20 | More by largadeer
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
07-11-2010 16:41:21 | More by MasterSki
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-21-2011 03:21:29 | More by drabmuh
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
06-16-2012 04:59:15 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
02-19-2011 05:33:52 | More by Mora2000
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
01-28-2011 01:00:48 | More by mdfb79
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
03-20-2013 00:29:32 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
04-09-2011 05:23:07 | More by Huhzubendah
Dantalion Dark Wild Ale from Upland Brewing Company
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