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

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 99
Gots: 101 | 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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Ratings: 234 | Reviews: 72
Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Bottled 2/4/10

Dark cherry color. Sour, but not mouth puckering. Cherries and oak. Caramel. Light acidity. Vinegar.

Photo of Lunch
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rhodeska
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of kundog18
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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)!

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cpmichael
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at SAVOR 2015. Rich and smooth and sour and amazing. Really acidic, but paired great with venison.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of koopa
4.07/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an aggressive sand colored head. The head and carbonation is persistent and leaves a cascading lace.

Aroma is Apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and light anise.

Acidic, apples, vinegar, ginger, light peppery finish.

Light body with high carbonation.

A very nice beer. I like the peppery finish in contrast with the acidity.

Photo of Luk13
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of kkipple
4.11/5  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.

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Jedwards for the final pre-move blowout cellar crash. Color is brown with a soapy cluster of bubbles around the edges. Nose reveals tart dark fruits. Taste is exactly what you would expect from the nose - vinous and earthy with some medicinal phenols. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation and some acidity. Overall, a solid dark sour. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and I wasn't disappointed.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of vacax
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Dantalion Dark Wild Ale from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.