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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 107
Gots: 39 | 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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raveskdr

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

03-07-2012 21:31:01 | More by raveskdr
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scottfrie

California

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the BA who sent me this years ago. Bottled 7/12/2010. Snifter.

A: Pours a murky raisin dark brown with a thin scum of a head that faded into a faint collar.
S: Lightly tart notes of berries, slight acid, and fruit skins. Clean smelling.
T: Smoother than I was expecting. Flavors of berries, acid, cocoa, citrus, tart and dry berry skins and light funk.
M: Drying mouthfeel, medium body, smooth carbonation. The acid becomes smoother as the beer warms.
O: Good fruity flavor and exceptionally easy to drink. Just a solid, clean, sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 18:45:56 | More by scottfrie
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Spider889

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened this bottle on New Years Eve. Fittingly poured into a champagne flute.

Appears nearly black. Has a nice frothy head - sandy in color. Average retention.

The aroma was immediatly funky. Dusty and dank. It has all of the prototypical souring bacteria funk without much actual sourness in there. Also a bit grassy and flowery with more subtle hints of red wine and leather.

Tastes mildly sour, but also nice and malty. Sweet but not too much so. Caramel. Acid. Bitter berry greens on the finish.

The carbonation is actually rather restrained and not bad at all.

This was a nice, balanced sour. I typically dislike darker sours but this one did the trick well.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 07:14:57 | More by Spider889
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Diomede

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-17-2012 06:28:22 | More by Diomede
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-14-2012 20:48:52 | More by sholland119
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-27-2012 19:11:19 | More by PhineasGage
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marisatheyounger

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-25-2012 21:43:44 | More by marisatheyounger
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-18-2012 19:08:41 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.9%

01-13-2012 23:10:11 | More by ygtbsm94
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Bottle says it was Summoned on 7/12/10. Pours a dark brownish color with a light tan had that quickly settles. Dark fruit and the recognizable brett and lacto type sour notes. Slightly earthy as well. Medium/light mouthfeel. Tart dark cherry upfront with a nice level of sourness kicking in. Oaky and earthy. Reminds me a little of a red wine. Overall, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 16:27:00 | More by kbutler1
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to raveskdr for this one.

Pours a hazy dark brown. Smells of wood, wine and sour, but it doesn't quite come together perfectly. Taste follows the nose, not particularly impressive, but not bad either. Body is medium with nice carbonation. Overall, this is an okay sour, but probably the worst thing I've had from Upland. The components are all there, but it seems to be missing that certain something.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:39:21 | More by starrdogg
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-02-2012 17:48:32 | More by JAHMUR
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MrHirschybar

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-02-2012 07:54:08 | More by MrHirschybar
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Up next we have the curious and weirdly artworked "Dantalion" from good ole Upland. This beer was proudly "Summoned" on 2.4.2010 and delivered to me by my friend and world-renown traveler, Unclejedi. 750ml bottle, corked / caged opens with a snap, and goes into our glasses.

A. Clear russet, low 2cm head with no real lacing. Looks like a good Flanders Red. Mostly still. Nice looking. Good retention.

S. Excellent. Cherry vinegar, sweet malt notes, tart and bold with a little oak in the bargain. Quite sharp, acidic and bright, but not overly so, and maintains a sweetness to the nose that is delicious.

T. Surprisingly sweet, still, but the sweetness here collides rather messily with a too-acidic sharpness that could be toned down a few notches. Vinegary and appealing for what it is - think an American Rodenbach Grand Cru - but the burning in my throat after a long sip tells me there is more work to be done here. In turns sweet, cherry-fruit, vinegar and sour, the rest is quite tasty. It just lacks that magic that one can achieve when making the same beer for a few decades.

M / O. Excellent carbonation, full without being distracting and appropriate for what this is. Thinner body, as expected, but a long fruity-sweet vinegar lingers, though regrettably the acidic burn makes its way into your throat. Otherwise, Dantalion is highly enjoyable. I'd be curious to know if this will change much going forward, alas, it was my only bottle. Was glad to have tried this - thanks to my friends for making it happen.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 04:27:02 | More by kkipple
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown somewhat hazy root beer color with the consistency of root beer as well. Smells of sour green apples and tart cherries mixed with a tad of malt sweetness. First sip is both sweet and sour with the sourness dominating but not by a lot. As it warms this puppy starts to shine. Some red wine acidic notes appear but overall still a tad too sweet and not a lot of complexity. Hopefully the remaining sweetness will get eaten over time. A very nice sour as most Uplands are.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 04:14:19 | More by ATLbeerDog
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narmada

Indiana

5/5  rDev +26.9%

12-27-2011 05:53:51 | More by narmada
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Lukafer

Michigan

5/5  rDev +26.9%

12-13-2011 04:58:33 | More by Lukafer
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southhousebrew

Indiana

5/5  rDev +26.9%

12-13-2011 02:59:39 | More by southhousebrew
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pwoody11

Delaware

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-27-2011 06:17:38 | More by pwoody11
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-25-2011 17:16:16 | More by nmann08
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-20-2011 14:15:20 | More by hooliganlife
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-19-2011 18:21:10 | More by Exiled
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-18-2011 21:31:35 | More by brandoman63
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-18-2011 18:57:17 | More by Rochefort10nh
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stevefinny

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-18-2011 02:10:11 | More by stevefinny
Dantalion Dark Wild Ale from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.