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Yeast Series: Brettanomyces - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 07-12-2010)
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Reviews by Axic10:
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Axic10

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

05-20-2011 03:12:28 | More by Axic10
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weatherdog

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a John Smith's tulip glass

It pours a very cloudy rusty brown with a generous 3 fingered pillowy ivory colored head. As it dies down into nice cap, sticky bubbles cling to the sides.

The aroma is classic brett. A marriage of earthy funk and pineapple fruit. I tried to find the strain used or whether it is a blend. I recently homebrewed a 100% Brett c. beer and the nose is very similar. I really enjoy an all Brett fermentation.

The taste is pretty earthy with a sweet finish. Not as much pineapple or fruit in the taste as the aroma. Alcohol can be tasted in the backend. This beer is probably designed to be pretty neutral in the malt and hop charecter and that is what it accomplishes. I can't fault it for that because the series is meant to be educational.

The mouthfeel is full and the carbonation high. It works with this beer well and in turn makes for a highly drinkable although relitively expensive beer.

09-19-2010 20:16:16 | More by weatherdog
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

11.2 oz bottle, purchased at De Cicco's, Ardsley, NY, no bargain @ $5.99, no freshness/bottling date info to be had.

Pours a nice dense shade of orange/mango, cloudy, the head is soft medium tan, leaving cascades of tiny bubble film, sheeting and very fine lace , a full 3 inches up the glass.

Complex nose with hints of tropical fruit, sour fruit, slight barnyard funk, minty - cirtusy flourishes.

Highly enjoyable Belgian, plenty of subtle sweet and moderate sour, some light smoke, cheesy funk on the back side. I love this style of brew (BSPA? I think not, more of a wild ale/lambic/saison mix) and I love this brew. Complex, subtle/bright, great looking.

Bring on the funky and acidic cheeses and enjoy.

09-12-2010 01:55:28 | More by Billolick
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a huge white head. The aroma is excellent. I could smell this beer all day long. I get a lot of orange citrus notes with some great brett and leather qualities. The flavor is brett, oranges and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was sampled with the other four beers in this series and this one is head and shoulders above the rest.

07-30-2010 01:50:47 | More by Mora2000
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

01-25-2012 03:57:53 | More by Sammy
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

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!

04-01-2011 18:49:47 | More by thagr81us
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GRG1313

California

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

1 of 4 in Yeast Series; all tasted at the same time.

Pours a deep orange with a big fluffy and firm, long lasting white head. Nicest and f irmest head I've seen in a long time. Lovely.

Nose is "Belgian Ale" with just a hint of brett, which is surprising since this is a brett brew! Has more of a sweet fruity brett character, not the wet blanket/horse shit character one might usually expect.

Mouth is rich, bold, creamy and nicely integrated.

Flavors are just wonderfully integrated, complex and appealing - the best and most complex of the yeast series in my opinion. Big, bold and complex flavors of malt, coffee, herbs and spices, white pepper, celery and hint of salt along with the compleities of the brett character.

This is delicious, drinkable and with a bit of an earth, funk, burnt toast bitter finish. All around a complex, appealing and nice drink.

10-23-2010 23:27:04 | More by GRG1313
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theminutemen

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1%

06-22-2012 18:58:47 | More by theminutemen
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

02-18-2012 14:26:48 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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skotster13

California

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

02-28-2012 19:08:09 | More by skotster13
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Pours a rich looking, deep golden-orange. Sitting on top is a massively thick and creamy, khaki colored glob of foam that retained for ages. Much sparkly lace was left behind and the carbonation was pretty lively.

S: Equal parts musty funk, bright citrus, white grape, lime zest, and a hint of piney hops.

T: Pretty tart with a funky back. Loads of lime with snatches of lemon here and there. Old, musty hay and damp dirt.

M: Pretty bright on the tongue at first. As it develops, it becomes drier with a hint of chalkiness at the end of the finish.

D: Really pretty nice. This was my first of the series and I hope the rest to follow are at least as good if not better!

07-21-2010 23:08:21 | More by GbVDave
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

06-06-2011 14:26:36 | More by rfgetz
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Bobbydigi

Kansas

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

02-16-2011 06:05:31 | More by Bobbydigi
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

07-15-2011 03:20:52 | More by AgentZero
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crossovert

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a decent pale brownish/honey/amber color. The head is huge and ivory in color. As it slowly recedes it leaves some nice lacing behind.

The smell remnds me of some other Mikkeller Brett ales. It is sweet and caramally but with the signature bretty must and funkiness. It isn't super funky since this is a young bottle, but enough to excite the nose. There is also a nice pinch of hops in there for a nice balance.

The flavor is suprising to me. It is very flavorful, even with my alergies acting up. There is a very intriguing and nice hopiness along with a nice big mouthful of brett. It isn't super funky but nice and spicy and yeasty. There is a nice hint of lemon and fruit.

The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit undercarboanted and would serve as the weak point of this beer. Think hoppy wild ales for this one, it would be in the realm of a Wild Devil.

Another Great mikkeller beer, but too bad about the price.

08-28-2010 05:04:51 | More by crossovert
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%

Served in a tumbler at ChurchKey.

The first entry in my...horizontal???...at ChurchKey. You know the staff knows you when, as you sit down at the bar, the bartender asks, "Let me guess, you want one of each?" Indeed I do. This one pours a clear copper-amber topped by about two fingers of ecru froth. They all pretty much look like this. The nose comprises sour white grapes, funk, wet blanket, wet hay, must, and, oddly enough, peanuts. The taste dips a bit, dominated by a harsh lactic sour that just doesn't seem to fit like other wilds. Cobwebs, wet blankets, limes, and swiss cheese round out the taste, making a not-so-enjoyable combination on the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, I thought this the weakest of the series, the brett not really in synch with the base beer as much as some of the other strains.

07-13-2010 14:32:10 | More by TMoney2591
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John_M

California

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours slightly hazy, honey amber color (I should add that all of these yeast ales from Mikkeller look pretty much the same), with good decent head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is about what you'd expect, with the beer showing considerable sour funk, orange and cherry. On the palate, there's really a lot going on in this beer. The sour funk and fruit are all there, but with some pepper, a hint of ginger and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. The sweet fruit plays very well with the sour funk, adding to the beer's complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied in this nicely carbonnated beer, and I'm impressed by the amount of flavor it delivers. Drinkability is quite good, with the alochol well disguised and nicely integrated into the flavor profile.

Not bad at all. Very nive effort from Mikkeler.

08-13-2010 18:24:50 | More by John_M
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Khazadum

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

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.

02-02-2011 19:55:29 | More by Khazadum
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice sweet, fruity smell, with a touch of hops and yeast.

T: Tasted pretty much like it smelled. Hops, a mild yeast flavor, fruits, and a funky/musty quality. Slightly odd in character, but complex and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A dynamic, focused, drinkable beer.

08-25-2010 12:12:54 | More by avalon07
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

On tap at Max's yesterday. Tried them all side-by-side

Orange/light amber with decent clarity, there's a dense, off-white head with decent retention, it falls off to a ring as it warms up. As for the nose - finally, one of the beers in this series smells like it should. A blend of clove and bandaid Brett character, these components blend really well with the citrus hops. The Brett has chewed through the sweetness, though some caramel character is present. Mildly tropical fruit-like too, I quite like this. The palate opens with a blend of Bretty compounds - clove, bandaid, pineapple, all of which work well with the citrus. Sweetness is moderate, there's some caramel, but thankfully, not too much. Decent finish with a blend of sweetness and Brett, this is mildly drying too. Medium-light in body with a solid finish, this is actually quite drinkable!

In summary, I found this Yeast Series to be very disappointing. The beers were too hoppy, too sweet, and too high in alcohol (which hindered drinability) to be educational.

08-17-2010 13:08:32 | More by DefenCorps
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hops1337

Mississippi

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

First and only yeast series i have had so far. Poured up a nice golden color with a nice white head. Smelled like fermented horse piss and dirt. Tasted funky and semi sour with some grape tones being thrown around as well. I enjoyed this beer but its definitely an acquired taste.

07-15-2010 21:42:28 | More by hops1337
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Trilogy31

California

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

03-08-2011 05:06:39 | More by Trilogy31
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

A - Poured a slightly cloudy, copper color with a small, white head of fluffy foam. It slowly receded to leave soapy trails of residue on the glass.

S - Great phenolic aroma with funky barnyard aroma.

T - Great sour fruit flavor with a good deal of funky bite. Some underlying maltiness adds a little balance along with some hop spice.

M - It has a bit of puckering mouthfeel with all of the tart and sourness. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is the best of the yeast series - a really tasty wild ale.

07-27-2010 03:56:36 | More by zeff80
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cosmicevan

New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Unibroue tulip.

A - Poured a crisp amber with a tall collar and super frothy and clingly lacing.

S - Pretty hoppy, but a pleasant even hoppy smell. Not overbearing. Subtle sour notes in the background as well as a hint of citrus, spices, and earthy tones. Not as funky as I was expecting. Actually, quite pleasant smelling.

T - Nicer balance of hops than the nose would lead you to believe. A touch sour, but somewhat subdued. A little funky, but nowhere near as funky as some other Brett beers I've tried.

M - Pretty boring. Very smooth, but not really alive. Kind of watery, but flavorful. Leaves a dry mouth with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Has almost an applejuice like feel to it with a slightly sour beer flavor.

D - Extremely easy to drink. Not really powerful in any one direction and very smooth. Alc is hidden pretty well. Not too sour, not too hoppy. A very easy drinker. If there was a beer flavored juice out there, this would be it.

08-04-2010 03:34:12 | More by cosmicevan
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scottfrie

California

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

11.2oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pours a dark blood-orange amber with an oily thick tan head that took forever to reduced into a very thick film that left patches of sticky lace. Very good head retention.
S: Light notes of hay and fruit. Smells wonderful! There is a slight tartness to the scent with notes of unripened raspberries, green apples, ripe melon, blueberries, bubblegum and plastic (band aid).
T: Lightly tart and fruity flavors. Tastes almost like a tart Belgian pale ale with light herbal and spicy hop flavors. Loads of berries, cotton candy and bubblegum with a subtle malt undertone. Aftertaste has some sour funk and a light bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with a smooth "wet" mouthfeel and creamy soft carbonation. Dry finish.
D: Not outstanding but a really drinkable and fairly delicious beer. Great smell. Worth a try.

08-22-2010 23:20:43 | More by scottfrie
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Yeast Series: Brettanomyces from Mikkeller ApS
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