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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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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 107
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of 321jeff


4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

02-10-2011 03:52:01 | More by 321jeff
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

02-04-2011 15:20:49 | More by grub
Photo of rhodeska


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

The Dantalion (thanks kruthar!) was different than I expected. I figured it would be a strong wild, with a lot of sour and some good back-end flavor just like the other lambics. I didn't really get that with this bottle that we opened, though. It gushed pretty quickly as we opened it, and we were able to save most of it. Good dark look to the beer, followed up by a powerful sour smell. And that is all I got in the flavor too: sour. I didn't get any other undertones or really strong flavors, which was really disappointing to me. Drinkable, but just not my favorite beer in the world.

02-01-2011 15:22:25 | More by rhodeska
Photo of mdfb79

New York

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
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

Thanks again to Dan (mdfb79) for this one.

Very dark maroon with ring of head and a little lacing.

S: Nice funky smell that has definite notes of dark fruit and a dark cherry oak vibe to it.

T: Follows the smell plus some vegetable type of tastes/plant notes, vanilla, lighter fruit, with dark cherry coming through for me too. Would like it to be a little more tart, and this one upland lambic also has a semi infected buttery taste to it but it kind of works with this one.

M: Mouth is great, smooth and just enough carbo.

Good overall.

01-26-2011 02:10:41 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of Arbitrator


2.3/5  rDev -41.6%

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."

01-22-2011 09:07:34 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of nickd717


4/5  rDev +1.5%

750ml bottle shared by someone at the post-Bruery bottle share. Forgive me for not knowing who it was through all the melee going on there.

Hazy dark brown with a lasting light tan head.

Wild funky dark fruit aroma, sour, acetic, and funky, with some roastiness.

Slightly sweet and sour flavor. Very tasty. Somewhat acetic with caramel and roasty malt notes, red wine, berries, and some floral aspects.

Medium-full body with average carbonation and good acidity.

Another solid sour beer from Upland. These guys are really getting their act together as far as the wilds go.

01-21-2011 19:10:43 | More by nickd717
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

01-14-2011 00:38:20 | More by largadeer
Photo of womencantsail


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
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

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!

01-12-2011 20:41:00 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Gobzilla


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

01-10-2011 17:21:51 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of SirSketch


4.38/5  rDev +11.2%

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!

01-06-2011 01:00:47 | More by SirSketch
Photo of cetherid


4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

poured into a tulip


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.

01-02-2011 02:01:00 | More by cetherid
Photo of parktravis

New York

4.97/5  rDev +26.1%

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.

01-01-2011 18:51:23 | More by parktravis
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

12-23-2010 21:02:58 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of JAXSON


3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

12-14-2010 02:00:29 | More by JAXSON
Photo of vacax


4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

12-02-2010 03:00:38 | More by vacax
Photo of jrallen34


4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

11-15-2010 20:28:32 | More by jrallen34
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

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!

09-27-2010 11:54:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of alleykatking


4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

08-31-2010 03:12:55 | More by alleykatking
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of emerge077


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
Photo of Thorpe429


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
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Dantalion Dark Wild Ale from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.