Yeast Series: Brettanomyces - Mikkeller ApS

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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 ChadQuest
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of brendan13
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of weatherdog
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of mobyviacheslov
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
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!

Photo of hops1337
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Yeast Series: Brettanomyces from Mikkeller ApS
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