Yeast Series: Brettanomyces - Mikkeller ApS

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 13
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drabmuh on 07-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 46
Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Brix, Omaha, NE
Date: None on bottle (purchased in 2011)
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

I enjoyed Mikkeller's Yeast Series: Brettanomyces beer, despite initial reservations on what the Brett intensity and characters of this beer would be. I found the beer to be a pleasant mix of toasted malt fermented mixed with Brett characters of slightly spicy phenolics, burnt dust, leaf litter, sugary-acidic candy, composting hay, and a mild burnt plastic. Aside from price, this is a beer I would try again, and consider brewing a version of myself.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white foam, composed of small and medium-sized bubbles, the result appearing quite frothy. Retention is above average, lasting over a minute while fading to a thin cap atop the body. A significant amount of lacing is left along the glass in a variety of shapes and patterns. Body is a light caramel brown color, somewhat hazy from suspended sediment, with light bringing out orange and rust-colored tones. Darker than I expected, and with some visibly active carbonation.

Aroma is a pleasant mix of toasted or otherwise browned malts that have been fermented alongside Brettanomyces yeast: slightly spicy phenolics, burnt dust, leaf litter, sugary-acidic candy, composting hay, and a mild burnt plastic that is not strong enough to be off-putting.

Overall flavor of the beer is similar to its aroma, a mix of toasted malt and attendent sweetness with Brettanomyces-induced spicy phenolics, sugary-acidic candy, leaf litter, and mild burnt plastic. Front of palate opens with toasted malt flavors tied to sugary-acidic candy (think US Smarties), seamlessly transitioning to a mid-palate that features subdued sweetness behind spicy phenolic compounds, leaf litter flavor, and a bit of burnt dust. Back of palate picks up continued sweetness with mild burnt plastic flavors arriving, slightly on top of spicy phenolic compounds, leaf litter flavor, and a bit of burnt dust. I do not detect the presence of ethanol, despite this being 8%.

The beer has a medium weight to it, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a slightly fizzy at first, but quickly becoming foamy and somewhat smooth, mouthfeel. Closes semi-dry, with little residual stickiness and a bit of ethanol warmth.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been trying to locate this beer for some time now, and finally I got a hold of it. And at $7, it better be good. We've got all the hallmark characteristics of the style/yeast. Seems a bit acidic. Very direct and distinct profile. I mean, it's Brett, so what do ya expect. I guess this is what I'd expect, and I got it. A nice production.

Photo of skotster13
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: purchased at Perry's Liquors (Livermore, Ca)
Consumed from Michael Jackson's "Tasting Glass"
A: Cloudy, blood orange colour. Pours with a thin white head.
Promises tart flavours.
S: Nose is tart orange, bitter citrus.
T: Taste of soft orange and tangerine. Tart brett is apparent but not overstated.
M: Delicate and lively. Tartness is playful yet smooth. Wonderful puckering.
O: Have had better Brett beers, but as always Mikkeller comes through with a delicious adventure into the world of Brett. Would almost call it a sour for beginners. Quite liked it.

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

9oz draft pour, served in a snifter, and sampled on 10/22/11.

A: Arrives with a small white head that lasts fairly long and provides random slings of lace. The body is medium orange, very radiant.

S: Great nose and unexpected hop aroma. Even though the yeast character is strong, the hops contribute floral notes plus citrus scents of orange, lemon and clementine. Barnyard,funk and Smarties are prevalent, but not overwhelmingly so.

T: Just a small drop off from the nose. Citrus fruit forward flavors continue while adding peach and pineapple. The malt bill is grainy and nondescript - a sensible decision for the yeast series. Brett is much more intense here and adds a butterscotch flavor plus chalk on the finish.

M: Medium body with a mineral-like texture. Carbonation is fizzy and adequate. Lightly sweet at first. Finishes dry with a moderate amount of bitterness on the backend.

O: Pretty darn good beer from Mikkeller. And redeeming enough for me to continue to take chances on this spotty brewery.

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funky aroma wafts through the room. Cloudy golden body with a ridiculous amount of thick foam. A bit of a tongue number, active carbonation. A little toastiness, carmel, citrus. Really good, and fun, if you like funk. Very drinkable, ends in tartness, and then a bitter aftertaste.

Photo of SMortiL987
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange, cloudy, rust color. Nice off white head which slowly fades. Nice lacing down the glass as it is drunk.

S - Obvious Brett character. Slightly spicy, earthy smell. Slightly medicinal, slightly acidic. A touch of funk.

T - Malty, with a touch of medicinal. Citrusy and bitter. A touch of earth; not as extreme in the funk as many Brett / sour examples. Just enough to perhaps introduce someone into the world of Brett without being overbearing.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice, slick coating on the tounge. Medium, tight carbonation. A tad bit of alcohol warmth creeps in not long after swallowing.

O - A very mild Brett sour. Personally, I think the bitterness of hops slightly overshadows the Brett which the beer is attempting to showcase. However, I would def purchase this beer again and use it to help convert friends to the Brett sours.

Photo of Tucquan
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-10-15 at Capone's (from notes)

A - Dark amber with a big, tan head and excellent lacing. Deep-hued red light refracts around the edges of the glass. A great looking beer.

S - Certainly smells like brett yeast with hay, earthy spice and funk.

T - There's a big malt base that is earthy and spicy, followed quickly by plenty of sourness and some hay. Less than a Rodenbach Grand Cru but significant. A big sour-spicy finish.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Light, crisp and just a touch resinous.

O - A really nice sour. My wife would like this one a lot too. I'd seek it out again.

Photo of dubinsky
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle covered with yeast spores into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a fluffy two finger off white head. The head sticks around for a minute and eventually recedes, but leaves a trace of lace that marked how tall the head was. Great retention.

B - Bretty funk dominates the nose of this beer. Its super tropical smelling with , passion fruit, grapefruit, some sour fruits.

T - Not what i was expecting. I had thought this would be a sour beer based on the smell but this one is really bitter initially. Kind of like the white rind of a grapefruit. The brett is very strong and funky leaving a tartness in the back of the mouth. Very earthy.

M - Medium to heavy body with really good carbonation. Its pretty creamy for the style. The abv is a bit evident as it goes down a bit hot.

O - Like everyone else this beer threw me a curve ball. My mouth had an internal argument with my brain because my nose told it that it would taste different than it was. I really wanted this to be great, it was fun and good at best. I think its great that mikkeller is doing this sort of series with yeast and hops. It allows me to really understand what im drinking with other beers.

Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper colored beer with a bit of haze. Fluffy white head that left some spots on the sides.

S - Some tropical fruit, funk, citrus. Smells better than the other two I had.

T - Taste is about like the nose. Some funk, light sour notes. Little bit of lactic notes on the end.

M - Lower carbonation, medium bodied.

O - I guess this is the best one, although it's not great. I don't really care for the yeast series. I think if you are going to focus on different yeasts you should make sure the beers you're making are better.

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Farmers' Cabinet.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head.  Good retention slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lace.  

Slightly funky, dry aroma with subtle barnyard notes and funky dry Brett.  Also pretty hoppy/earthy with lots of grass, straw and a bunch of citrus.  Hints of mango, papaya and orange peel.  

Medium bodied with a nice balance of dry, earthy,funk, bitter earthy hops and sweet citrus notes.  Dry funky brett up front that lingers over the sweet citrus into a lingering funky, dry finish. Hints of mango, pineapple and orange peel.  Complex and unique.  One of the better ipa/Bret hybrids.   Abv well masked subtle heat in the finish.

Photo of jamescain
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks StoneBrewFanatic for sharing this one

Appearance: Orange-copper with a white head about one finger thick.

Aroma: Tropical fruits dominate the nose with a spicy character and a little funk, but not over powering.

Taste: Not nearly as nice as the nose. Rather subdued and muted, not much going on. Slightly fruity with a sweet finish, but nothing impressive.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and light body with a slightly sweet finish.

Overall: I wonder what strain of brettanomyces because the funk just wasn’t there. I would assume they used one of the more mild strains which produce more fruity esters or the beer was just too young and could use more time for the brett to work.

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, cap of stiff white bubbles, good retention and lacing. Scent is dominated by brett as expected, earthy barnyard funk, nice underlying fresh dried hay and grapefruity hops come through. Taste is brett forward as well, some tartness acompanies the funkyness. Unexpected light fruityness aside from grapefruity hops. Lighter side of medium bodied, lingers on lips and palate. A nice beer, very much a showcase for brett, but good underlying beer.

Photo of Axic10
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with two fingers of foamy, off white head that settled down after a few minutes of sitting.

Smell: Brett, grapefruit, some slightly sour fruits and a weird perfume aroma.

Taste: Bitter grapefuit, funky tart brett, hints of earthy dirt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall: I had higher hopes for this beer, but this is one of the instances that brett doesn't make a beer better. Kudos to Mikkeller for trying something different with the yeast series.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color thats maybe a touch cloudy. Craggy three finger head, that recedes to a sos-so foam after a sip or two. Very cool bubbling.

Some toasted mlats and cereal grains swirl with unripened Granny Smith Apple skins, and some sod and grass earthiness.

Tart and soft chalky palate throughout. The chalky palate accentuates the tart green apples flavors. The yeast adds a little more funkiness to the flavor than the smell. You get some sod, meadow, and a little barnyard and horse blankets. All very subtle mixed in with the toasted mlats, and unmalted grain flavors.

This is a good beer, and would serve as a starter beer to compare and tweak after each batch for a homebrewer using Brett. for the first time.

Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured red-orange with a four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and barnyard funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, bubble gum, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This one definitely showcased the Brett for me. There was a massive funk going on in this one in the followthrough. This was also the first time I've picked up on bubble gum in a beer, I definitely hope this isn't the last time. Definitely get your hands on this one!

Photo of Trilogy31
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: slightly cloudy dark amber with lots of carbonation, with the head slow to dissipate. Poured into a tulip.

S: very bright with some funk but i really get alot of citrus along with sour raspberries.

T: very nice, some light barnyard and wet earth, but i really enjoy the apple/raspberry notes, followed by some oxidized sherry.

M: My favorite part - high level of carbonation seems to wash away thr funk and play up the fruit alot more. It seems like a funky sparkling cider to some extent and the 8.0abv is well hidden.

D: easily could do two of these and be happy for the evening.

Photo of Bobbydigi
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tripel Karmeliet Tulip.

A - Very cloudy brown/tan. Almost muddy looking. Thick foamy tan head is formed when the glass is swirled.

S - Lots of funky goodness, citrus, band aid and a faint spiciness cinnamon maybe.

T - Obviously this beer is brett forward so the funkiness from the nose is there. Same with the citrus/grapefruit from the hops that leaves a bitter finish. Also getting some lemon. After a few more sips the bitterness really lingers.

M - Good carbonation and a light to medium body.

D - The only thing that would keep me from drinking a few of these in a sitting is the price tag. Very good all around beer.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lots of carbonation with the pour. A finger of white head. The beer itself is a orangish copper color. Tons of visible carbonation.

S: The bret was bright in the nose. Lots of hay and other barnyard funk. Little bit of citrus going on as well.

T: The taste was pure bret. Lots of funky barnyard notes. A little bit earthy. I did not get alot of phenolic notes like some of the reviews I saw. There was not that much complexity just the bret itself.

M: Light bodied. Well carbonated. Orval esque.

D: Really enjoyable beer. The $6 price tag is hard to swallow but it was enjoyable. Just not something I will pick up again.

Photo of Khazadum
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Snow days are the perfect days to tick.

A- Good work on the body and presentation of this one. Easy to form creamy head, off white in color, with thin layers of lacing developed. Retention a bit better than average, leaves me with a thick fluff for collar and central pillar. Tons of carbonation above this caramel apple sauce body.

S- There is an interesting spice to this beer. Some bubblegum hints, a nice fruit background that is citrusy, and some minor funk, and floral hops. The funk is relatively minor and nothing unique. Not a horse blanket or barnyard funk... more of a compost heap fermentation funk. Little bit of hop to it as well on the end. Bitterness.

T- Opens sweet, belgian candied sugars, some caramels, and grapefruit hits. Bubblegum does burst right before the citrus zest middle with the funk coming out here. Fades to a very hopped finish. The bitterness and crisp character lingers in the centre of my tongue giving me a dry feeling.

M- Mild bodied, creamy, crisp, zesty, clingy, resinous. It has some strong lingering potential. Very heavy in that respect. The alcohol never comes out for being an 8% pale.

D- The brett really isn't on display. It should be stronger, more apparent. This just places it in the middle and tells you to experience a minor thing that Brett can do. Very dissappointing. The fruit characteristics overwhelm the funk, but they also incorporate it and make it their own. Its a nice rendition, but not a better rendition than what could have been. Glad to tick it, never again will I buy it.

Photo of mikereaser
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Ithaca Brewing tulip on 1/8/11

Pours a deep orange almost reddish with a big white fluffy foam that covered the glass with nice lacing. Aroma is a nice sour apple funk. Grapes, orange and lemon and some cloves. All wrapped up in the funky brett. All this just in the smell. The taste starts out with the bretty funk right away, followed by the fruit. Mustiness throughout, a bit of grapefruit finishing with the dry funk of brett. Champagne like carbonation with a light body. Easy to drink and very enjoyable. I'd definitely grab this one again.

Photo of TriGuy20
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into wide mouth (burgundy) glass.

A: Burnt Orange with two fingers of nice lush head. A very nice lace sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Orange Peel/ Clove/ Cinnamon / Grapefruit/ Brett

T: The cinnamon and grapefruit really come out on the palate with just a touch of funk from the brett, which adds a nice sour note. Note, as this beer warms the orange peel flavor turns more sour and just a touch too sweet for my liking.

MF: Nicely balanced on the mouth with solid texture. The finish of this beer is a little lacking as I wish the beautiful aromas that come out on the nose would linger on the palate.

D: For 8% abv this beer goes down pretty easy and is quite nice to drink. However, as noted when it warms I find the sweetness is out of balance with the hop profile.

Overall:
Great beer! The aroma is awesome with the taste lagging slightly behind. I would definitely recommend.

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

A - poured into a tulip. Deep, hazy amber. Big foamy head at first; it didn't last, but remains slightly sticky.

S - sour apple, musty earth, black licorice, orange zest, bitter grapefruit (good call dgfair, would've never remembered that, but it's right on!), celery salt. Great stuff going on; the barnyard/brett side of things doesn't overpower at all.

T - starts sour, quickly turns sweet & rich, then somehow finishes quite bitter. The aftertaste isn't unpleasant but it's kind of a shock -- until it hits, you don't sense that this is a super-hopped beer.

M - moderate body, moderate carbonation. About right for a strong ale. I'd prefer a little more silky / creamy feel but in fairness that might not mesh with the overall brew profile.

D - smooth, enjoyable, complex. You do feel the alcohol, and some of the flavors are sufficiently harsh that I'm not sure I'd pound several in a row. Plus it's expensive. But overall, job well done.

Photo of dgfair
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into Westmalle goblet.

Pours a dirty amber color with a huge yellowish head that fills the entire goblet and leaves cottony cloudlike chunks of lace all over the glass...completely covered.

The smell is fruity and funky sweet. I get hints of candi sugar, tart apple, sour grape, star anise, dried orange/lemon zest, light tree bark, and clove. Tons going on here in addition to the funkiness of the brett. Just layer after layer of aroma.

The taste is very funky upfront followed by a musty spicy sweetness. Get some notes of fennel and bitter grapefruit. The taste is somewhat champagne-like in its dry crispness that is a little more of a funky dryness.

Mouth is fairly prickly and somewhat detracts from the tasting. I wish there was a little less carbonation and foam here.

Overall drinkability is nice with pretty agressive brett flavor that makes it difficult to work through. However, I enjoy each sip. Probably couldn't do more than one of these, but I like the one I have.

Photo of philosobeer
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A // Poured this into a goblet. Distinct reddish-orange, slight haze, and a nice off-white head that clings to the side of the glass.

S // It smells like a Brett beer first of all, which I do really like. Funk, dusty summer days, and yeah, typical 'barnyard' odor. But dear lord does it do this fantastically. And while that's the strongest smell, I get some nice grassy and floral characteristic... that's right, there are hops on the nose here.

T // Candied sugar and caramel (this definitely starts sugary.) Maybe a touch of butter (diacetyl?) and herb (hops). And then the Brett comes out swinging its stellar funk. I like it, and the funkiness really dries out, crisply and bitterly.

M // The sugariness transfers into a sticky and heavy mouthfeel, like old ale but not as becoming on it at first. What it does have for it there is the crispness lightens it up enough where I don't really mind. Nice carbonation, and it's sharp, which complements S and T above.

D // I'm not opposed to drinking this at all (proportionate to 8% abv) but I am also not reaching for another quite at the moment.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at De Cicco's in NY after visiting the captain. Im guessing this is sort of a brett IPA type deal. In a snifter.

Sunset orange with some straw hay color within, looks kinda clouded with a careful pour, hazy. Semi syrupy looking. White vanilla creamy bubbly froth on top that looks scrumptious. Leaves with a cap and some gunk on the glass. A semi powerful smell that's mostly brett and barnyard, hay, must, and some small tropics, grapefruit, etc. Not so much a brett bomb in taste ala Bullfrog 'Undead Ed', not crazy fruity with hops ala this years 'Victory Wild Devil' and not as much of a spritzy mouthfeel ala 'Superfriends' but what's here is a split of the three. I would say the base beer is a hoppy golden ale with brett added giving of some earth, brett, barnyard. A nice amount of hops with tropics in the middle finished off with some toasty malt. This is not sweet, it's quite nice. I would love to have this on a hot day. Feel is even medium with a somewhat syrupy feel and some activity with the carb but not spritzy. Comes off funky, not tart or sour, yet, maybe. A great beer but for the price I'll go with Victory. This is about 5 months old, so this may evolve some in the cellar, but I don't see it becoming sour. The most approachable Mikeller beer I've had thus far.

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Yeast Series: Brettanomyces from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.