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Yeast Series: Brettanomyces - Mikkeller ApS

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88
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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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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.

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.

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