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Yeast Series: Brettanomyces - Mikkeller ApS

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Yeast Series: BrettanomycesYeast Series: Brettanomyces

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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 62
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 13
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of dubinsky
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Axic10
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into my Orval glass...If you are the best of a bad bunch, does that make you good, that is the questions Socrates posisted...Anyway this is a lightly sour beer from start to finsih. Its just sour, no flavor, depth or complexity. If you like sour you might like this, but its really just boring.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great looking beer, the head is as chunky as it could possibly get, there are layers and chunk of head stuck like lacing to the edge of the glass, totally suspended. pretty cool. I'm kinda surprised how not-hazy this one is too, i figured Yeast series + Brett would mean pretty hazy.
The aroma is subtle for brett, you can see the influence but it's not a big barnyard party, like "It's Alright" was, its musty and dusty road character is much more approachable with fruity undertones.
There is a soft bite coming on the palete from the brett, not unlike a senior citizen without dentures, involving wet hay warmed in the sun, rinds of fruit, and leather. I like it. Once again it's approachable and a good way to explain or showcase brett.

I may buy a few bottles to age and see what happens after a year, i wonder if the Brett character will increase over time.
Maybe i'll get the whole series and have a tasting, hmm....things to ponder.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of hops1337
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jamescain
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours an orange-golden color with moderate carbonation evident and 1.5 fingers of fluffy off white head that lasts for several minutes.

s - Smells of funk, sour fruit, citrus, and some tart.

t - Tastes of bret, and is super funky. Also tastes of citrus, tart fruits, and wheat. Also some lactic sourness in the taste.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent wild ale that is high on funk. This is the first beer in the yeast series I've gotten to try and I'm looking forward to seeing where it stacks up against the other beers in the series. I enjoyed the smell more than the taste, but would try again.

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Photo of SMortiL987
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of philosobeer
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of alpinebryant
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange caramel with a sticky looking white head.

Smell of sweet malt, ripe citrus fruits and apricot. Caramel , apricot and sticky hop aromas dominate.

Taste of sweet malt, cotton candy / pineapple and a hint of funk. Just enough brett to make you believe that it is in there. Probably the most 'fresh' tasting Brett ale that I have had, it was refreshing and light although a nice heavy hoppy ale to start with. Deceivingly brett on the label, probably more of a hoppy citrus Ale with a taste of brett. Maybe more of an introduction to brett for those who have not had a lot of sours / brett flavored beers.

Definitely worth a try - probably one of the better beers I have had from Mikkeller.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Yeast Series: Brettanomyces from Mikkeller ApS
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