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Yeast Series: Brettanomyces - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
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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5/5  rDev +26.6%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

clegolfski, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer experiment from Mikkeller. The same wort fermented with 5 different yeast strains. They made their point but I would have used a cleaner malt bill to make this point. Most of the beers were big and heavy for the different yeasts and imparted too much of their own character to the beers.

Both my wife (who doesn't really like wild ales) and I agreed that this was the best out of the 5. Beer is red and slightly hazy. Almost no carbonation visible and the head breaks quickly.

Aroma is kind of basementy and funky with this strong lactic note. Very Bretty.

Beer is almost cherry flavored with this distinct tartness. Mildly sweet, lactic sour with some citric as well. Drinkability high and mouthfeel is great. Minimal carbonation in the mouth. Most unique out of the group and the best beer.

drabmuh, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of brendan13
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass a hazy copper colour with a massive off white head that hangs around. Crazy lacing.
S - Must be Brettanomyces Bruxellensis as the smell is very reminisent of Orval. Peach & citrus fruitness with some horsey barnyard character.
T - Light sweet maltiness with a lot of fruity character and noticeable yet pleasent barnyard funk.
M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Bitterness is there but not overpowering.
D - An extremely tasty beer. Only downside is $10 for a 330ml bottle. I'll be buying more though.

brendan13, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Billolick, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

GRG1313, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

thagr81us, Apr 01, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of skotster13
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

skotster13, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Tucquan, Oct 23, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

rfgetz, Jun 06, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

John_M, Aug 13, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Trilogy31, Mar 08, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

avalon07, Aug 25, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

scottfrie, Aug 23, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Feb 18, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

TriGuy20, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Richardberg, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Bobbydigi
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Bobbydigi, Feb 16, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

dgfair, Dec 12, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

GbVDave, Jul 22, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, but a fairly rich amber ale color. Thick orange head dissipates quickly, but leaves a lot of lacing.
S - Floral, and very lemony, with an obvious brett funk. The grassy hop notes, combined with the horse blanket brett, kind of evoke zoo smells, but I love it.
T - Orange/citrus notes, with a severe bitterness and a dry brett overtone. Grassy, earthy undertones. Overall, though, a somewhat obviously dry beer, where the brett and hops dominate, but seem to lack any sort of accompanying malt or sweetness for balance. It is certainly tasty, and refreshing, and the brett is the title character, but I think just a slight increase in the depth of the malt would benefit the beer. The aftertaste leaves a tiny taste of malt, and it really seems to balance the flavor. My particular bottle had very little lactic sourness, though many tastings seem to have had a strong sourness. No idea how old this bottle is, though.
M - Remarkably dry, truly...this beer really does continue the point of the series, and highlights all the good that brett can bring to a beer. It has a nice creaminess to contrast the pop of the hops and brett.
D - Very easy drinking for 8%, and a nice summer sipper with its floral, zesty dryness.

mobyviacheslov, Jul 29, 2010
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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.

falloutsnow, Jan 06, 2013
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Yeast Series: Brettanomyces from Mikkeller ApS
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