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Dantalion Dark Wild Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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88
very good

69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 241
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 5.84%
Wants: 99
Gots: 100 | FT: 16
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: 69 | Hads: 241
Photo of Luk13
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Dark brown pour, white head, quite a few chunks. Aroma of cherries, vinegar, quite lactic, jolly pumpkin like funk. Taste is sour, vinegar, but very fruity, quite sweet some roast caracter on the finale. Palate is silky, low carbed and heavy bodied. Pretty tasty sour. (276 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 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 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 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. (578 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 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 koopa
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a fairly bland dark brown with a small off white (dirty khaki) crown that displays moderate retention and lacing.

Smell: Definitely my favorite aspect of the brew. Nice acidic bite from dark fruits, cherries and lemon brett coupled with some leather, spice, lactic acid and oak.

Taste: Same as nose but muddled. A bit of a let down after enjoying the nose so much.

Mouthfeel: Tastes a bit flat on the way down with a touch of carbonation at the end. Body is on the light side of medium bodied.

Overall: A drinkable wild ale with lots of great ingredients that come together in the nose much more than the taste. (712 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 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)

Photo of kundog18
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 7-12-10, poured into a tulip.

Aggressive pour yields deep chestnut brown, nearly black color with one finger tan head that settles into a nice collar. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is a bit underwhelming, revealing a hint of oak, lactic acid, and cherries.

Taste is much more impressive than the smell, with much more prominent oak, roasted malt, cherry, fig, and a hint of berry. A hint of spice - mulling spice, maybe? Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel. Lactic acid is predominant, but acetic acid emerges as the beer warms, and the taste becomes somewhat more puckering.

This is a good beer, but not on par with my favorite dark wild ales (I'm looking at you, Bourbonic). Would happily drink again. (723 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 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 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. (367 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 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 brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from 2010.

Pours dark mahogany with chunks of sediment in suspension and a half inch head of tan. A solid skim coat with solid sheets of lacing remained for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with tart cherries, light roasted chocolate, and hints of spice. Barely traceable shades of cinnamon, cardamon, peppercorns and cloves ride atop red apple and pineapple skin. Mildly funky, fruity, and tart.

Medium bodied with a creamy, lush mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on the money.

Tart fruit with hints of bright acid, soured apples, and light roast start the palate. A mild burn builds in the throat as well as some peppery spice and lactic-laced cherries.

Finishes with lingering tart cherries, mild roast, and a hint of vinegar.

Tasty enough but pretty light-duty for a sour. The spicing is very subdued (which I like) and the cherry character adds some nice complexity.
Basically if this beer had more substance and was more acidic/sour it would be more enjoyable..Which can be said for the other Upland sours as well. (1,050 characters)

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

A: Pours a dark blackish red, with an inch of white foam and a good amount of carbonation on the pour.

S: Some funk is present accompanied by tart cherries and plums/raisins, with a hint of the oak.

T: A red wine, with tart cherries. Oak and vanilla come through too.

M/D: A very carbonated bottle, almost a gusher. Beer is pretty solid, interesting, but nothing amazing. (374 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, I've had this beer in my cellar long enough. I have been staring at this bottle for some time and tonight's the night I'm gonna try it. 2nd batch from Upland. I took it from my cellar and let it cool for 2 hours in my fridge. 750ml bottle - cork and caged.

WHOA! The cork was nearly impossible to remove and when it did, I received a tan gush-bomb with brown yeast chunks! This thing was eager to get out. I poured about 1/5 of this thing into the sink before even getting a taste...

Well, as the foam monster subsided, I poured about 10 ounces into my Lost Abbey tulip. As it poured, it looked like root beer, but it settled in my glass an opaque dark brown. After the initial head simmered down there was a constant, 1/8 inch, light tan head that resided during the tasting. No legs present, just an ominous brown mass sitting before me. Unfortunately, I am going to have to dock it a a point in my rating because of the gusher effect...

On the nose I get hints of light caramel and moderate sourness. I can't really peg the sourness on a particular flavor, but it was sour. I can also smell a light, bread-like yeast.

Compared to the nose, the flavor explodes with flavors. Right off the bat, this is pretty unique. I get a blurry mix of sour, indiscernible spices... It's moderately sour and almost carries a cinnamon quality in the after taste. I can definitely get a wine like flavor from the time in the oak, as well.

Overall, this is a nice beer. It's unique because it's not a fruit flavored version of their lambics, but rather a muted, slightly spicy version with that same characteristic sourness that comes from all of the Upland lambic offerings.

Recommended, but be careful when opening (go outside)! (1,727 characters)

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. (487 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 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 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 rhodeska
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (588 characters)

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. (419 characters)

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Dantalion Dark Wild Ale from Upland Brewing Company
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