Dantalion Dark Wild Ale - Upland Brewing Company
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
Thanks msquared2!! Bottled 7/12/10
Appearance. Pours a very deep, dark red-brown with a finger of creamy, pale-khaki head.
Smell. Sour cherries and old wood with just a dash of vinegar.
Taste. Sour cherry again, but not as big as the smell would lead on. Some tannic wood with a light, almost herbal bitterness along with some fruity (Belgian) yeast, especially in the finish.
Mouthfeel. Medium body, slick felling, and low+ carbonation.
Overall. A nice wild with some moderate sourness and some interesting complexity from the yeast and the barrel.
02-19-2013 01:01:45 | More by Rutager
3.66/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
02-06-2013 17:09:58 | More by liamt07
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
3.23/5 rDev -18%
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.
12-19-2012 18:30:29 | More by jmarsh123
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
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
Not quite two years old. I bought it about a year ago and have been properly cellaring it ever since, because I'm a fancyman and my home is equipped with a real-life cellar.
Pours very dark, medium fizzy with a whole helluva lot of particulates floating tantalizingly within. To think, there's some people who are so square they get turned off by the sight of yeast floating in their beer. The mind boggles...
Smells a little tame. I worry that maybe I had it in the fridge too long. Even cold, big brett and lactobacillus nodes are present, with tinges of cherries, raspberries, and ascorbic acid against light wisps of alcohol. Again, tantilziing. (As it warms, the fruit nodes mellow but the overall flavor becomes more complex, livened by vinous hints of oak).
Tastes woodier and more mellow, but still very pleasantly tart. Big lactobrett starts things off, getting mellowed out by nodes of wood and booze about halfway down your tongue, and ending on a natural-seeming, fruity tartness that's similar to the aftertaste of a pomegranate.
This is an absolute gem.
05-29-2012 02:28:29 | More by mynie
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
05-22-2012 02:35:33 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
05-21-2012 03:33:17 | More by mikereaser
Dantalion Dark Wild Ale from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.