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Sur Munk - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
81
good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at Amager Bryghus.
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by DeanMoriarty:
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a capped single pint bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Odell branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy dark carmel hue with golden edges when held up to the bar light - head is thin with nice amounts of lacing and foamy bubbles around the edge of my glass from start to finish.

S: Strawberry vanilla funky goodness - can't really conjure any other words to describe the nose on this one. Has similarities to a traditional Belgian Oud Bruin but with a sour/sweet fruitiness like strawberries or cherries with hints of vanilla - almost like a Pop Tart - some oak and bready characteristics that completely hide the booze in this one that clocks in at nearly 10% ABV - how the hell did he do it ???

T: Totally on point with the nose, but much more dry woodiness in the flavor and more cherry than strawberry, less Oud style and just straight forward fruity sour funk - man I love this one!

M: Medium-bodied, slick and smooth, perfect carbonation for the style with some lingering funk that sticks around for a while.

My goodness - I would love to hate on a beer that costs nearly $20. a pint, but it's really hard to with this one. Would gladly trade or pay for this one again, no problem!!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of interistacanadese
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a quintessential sour ale. i am not sure why BA didn't give this a 90!

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light brown color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of tart apple notes as well as well as some bread from the malt. The flavor is a little more complex. I get a lot of tart apple and tart cherry notes, as well as some tobacco and bread notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A nice sour, that seemed to split our tasting group down the middle in regard to our scores.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 aroma ml. of malt vinegar, but fun at that. bottle from bruery provisions. the. aroma, malt vinegar. some sugars. medium brown colour. very tasty stuff, despite cloying sugar. medium mouthfeel. pretty drinkable, but glad i shared . SOmething different, change up between other sours.

Photo of dbossman
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Reddish brown with a thin film of a head; decent lacing

S: Tart apples, cherries, oranges, funky feet and musty grains and grass; this is malty and funky and tart and I'm excited to try it

T: Not nearly as sour as aromas indicated--still funky but a bit more of a medicinal finish; the fruitiness does help: cherries, apples--but it doesn't quite together as I'd hoped

F: Medium mouth feel; a bit sticky and nice overall

O: A weird, funky beer: fruity, malty, boozy, musty, funky

Photo of zep9865
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into aecht snifter. Pours a hazy ruby-brown with 1 1/2 fingers of white foam head.

Smells of dark cherry with a tad bit of apricot and raisin. Smell is strong and distinct. There is also a touch of nut.

Cherry is nice, tart, sour, and slightly sweet, with a vanilla, slight booze finish.

How bout a quality almost 10abv sour!!! Very tart on the nose without transitioning into insane alcohol.

Good for you mikkeller, despite being pricey, you killed it on a strong sour that tackled a lot of flavor notes.

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of cherries, cream cheese and oak along with hints of funkiness in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and has flavors of cream cheese, sour cherries, oak
and vanilla with some metallic notes and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some creaminess, which coats your mouth well.
O: The taste has an interesting contrast between sweet flavors from the quadruple and sourness from the sour ale. The alcohol is very well hidden and no traces are detectable in the taste.

Photo of spicelab
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby mahogany with a modest though persistent off-white head. Falls to a raised collar and a slow, steady bead.

Plenty of sour cherry and balsamic, veering slightly into boozy nail-polish remover territory. There's some good nutty undertones and a slight mustiness which work well, and prevent it from becoming one-dimensional.

Flavours are straightforward but tasty. Juicy sweet and sour cherries, marzipan and a mild woodiness. Thankfully the nailpolish remover is completely absent.

Excellent mouthfeel. Lovely tangy acidity and just adeqaute carbonation balance the heft and syrupiness in the body. No hint of booze.

Not a bad wild ale at all. Expected more in the complexity department for 10%, but the simple, approachable flavour profile makes it rather moreish.

Photo of foles
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Browny, coppery, red, with a creamy head, low carbonation. Rich sour cherries on the nose. Heavy on the funky deep malty/sour smell. Wow. Somewhat scary... Almost worried about how big and sour this baby is going to be.

Into the mouth – bang – devilishly sour & funky up front, but to my surprise smooths out on the palate -certainly not harsh or puckering. Bit of cherry sweetness comes through with a quick and sharp finish with the sweetness lingering. Rather light mouthfeel. Not detecting any alcohol in the flavour, despite the abv of 10%. I can appreciate how the cherries are used to balance out the high ABV, in the same way malt would in another beer. Very nice and not overbearing like I was expecting. However maybe missing that middle palate complexity that would make it great.

Photo of oline73
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy dark amber color with some red showing up as well. There is a layer of fluffy off white head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells like very sweet vinegar. Fruity notes and some caramel like malt.

Taste: This is the sweetest sour beer I have ever tried. I know it is a blend of a Quad and a sour, but I feel like the flavors remain parallel to each other and don't really mix well. I'm picking up some dark fruit and cherry along with the caramel and a vinegar sourness and acidity. Too much going on here.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with delicate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one is too sweet for me. The tastes just don't mix well with each other. I'd pass on trying this beer again.

Photo of aasher
2.71/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a strange, auburn off red in color with an off white bubble ridden lacing. It smells like fruity miracle whip. I instantly think of backfat. It would be right up his alley. It also has an add steamed veggies aspect with a moderate amount of vinegar. It's pretty sweet and full or vinegar, almost like an odd raspberry vinagrette. Oh the miracle whip, the humanity! It gets sweeter as you go along. Overall this just isn't my thing. I know people who would like this but if I wanted to drink dried berry mayonnaise I would. I don't.

Photo of lanbewardin
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown amber red, tan head w/ good lacing, cool label

Smells, tart, cherries, sweet, brown sugar, smells like a flanders red or oud bruin

Taste was a bit shocking at first, a lot like the duchess, vinegar, sweetness, tartness, cherries, all rolled into one.

This was very interesting, if you like flemish sours you will probably like this, if you like the Duchess I think you will love this. The Duchess is hard to drink for me and this is kind of the same. The alcohol really isnt very present. I would have guessed this is a 6 or 7 percenter. Its a sipper.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy brownish amber with very little head some some large bubbles on the surface of the beer. There was no lacing present in the glass.

S: Aromas of a cheese like funkiness that is not unpleasant but with a lot of complexity. I would best equate the smell of this beer to cream cheese.

T: Flavors in the beer are slightly metallic with a funky sourness followed by some sweetness. The taste of alcohol is very well masked and there are hints of oak, vanilla, and sour cherries.

M: Light to medium bodied with not a lot of carbonation and a slight creaminess that makes your tongue want to curl slightly.

O: The smell and taste of the beer were unexpected but not unpleasant and something that I would like to enjoy again - though maybe not by having multiple of these in a single evening. I imagine this would pair very well with smoked salmon. Also, this beer has an awesome label.

Photo of crossovert
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

It pours a nice color. It is a reddish caramel brown with a slight murkiness and a nice creamy off-white head.

The smell is surprising. It has elements of lunch meat and strawberry yogurt. There is also a big hit of processed caramel. It is pretty funky, not too sour on the nose.

The flavor is a bit more sour. It is also sweet. It really has a tangy yogurty taste to it with berries. The caramel "quad" base comes through as well.

This one grows on you as you drink it. I was initially skeptical but it is pretty good.

Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sur Monk is a fantastic blend of a Belgian Quad and a Lambic. It’s similar to a Flemish Red, pouring a deep reddish brown with a meringue-colored head that’s gone before you can take a sip. It smells like vinegar and cherries that are basted with a little soy sauce. Maybe a little cheese? The taste isn’t easy to pin point, it’s pretty complex. Upfront it’s like apple cider vinegar with some dark sour cherries and vanilla. It’s wild (get it?) that Sur Munk has so many tart/acidic flavors, but the finish is like silk. There’s so much going on here. Unreal.

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I dig the artwork on the label. No best before date. I'm excited, as I enjoy sours and Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in existence.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of light cream, decent thickness, and good retention for the ABV. Colour is a murky caramel-brown. It isn't particularly good looking for a sour.

Sm: Heavy yeast and caramelized malt, with maybe some wild yeast - though it doesn't seem to be bretts. I get some nuts, which is strange and unexpected. A moderately strong aroma, and not a great one by any standards.

T: It's like a great sour ale met a strangely caramelized light brown ale. The resultant flavour is perhaps more pleasant and enjoyable than it deserves to be. The first half is a light bright sour ale that turns unfavourably into a weird caramelized malt generic beer towards the climax and finish. I get a sort of weird bubblegum note right on the climax, but it's buried. Overall, it's an interestingly constructed beer that intrigues me. I suppose it's well balanced for what it is, but the caramelized malt is more intrusive than it is welcome. All things considered, it's a delightful little beer with a finish that just isn't my personal preference. I could see this being right up someone's alley, however. It's certainly unique and bold. Experimental is the right descriptor.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the curious flavours shockingly well.

Dr: I don't know what it is about this beer, but it's so unique everyone should try it. It's certainly inspired and bold; Mikkel is going for a flavour profile I'd never have imagined. ABV is well obscured. I like it quite a bit, but it just feels like too much of a strangely handled blend of a great sour ale with a generic I-don't-know-what to rate it particularly highly. If the flavours from the first half persisted for the entirety of the beer, it'd likely be an A-. As is, it feels more like a B. I just don't fancy the finish as compared to the open.

B

Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. I left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled sour and funky with some acidic notes.

T - A friend described it as honey and vinegar and he's right. That sounds awful but it didn't taste awful. It was pretty good.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slight pucker factor.

O - Mikkeller beers are always interesting and unique. This one certainly is that.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazed copper with some dark brown and deep gold at the edges. Head is a dirty white and drops to almost no cap in very short order. Pours with minimal carbonation. Leaves a loose bubbly collar. No lacing.

Smell: Funky with a slight acetic edge. Tart cherry flesh. Fruity and juicy. Powdery yeast and funk. A bit earthy. A solid caramel malt base. Some esters, pushing apple and banana. Vague clove spiciness. Leather. Some cough syrup. A distinct blend of Belgian, funk, and cherry.

Taste: A cherry fruit rollup wrapped in leather with a dusting of earth, powdery Belgian yeast, and flower petals. Funky more than tart, but carries an acetic edge. Earthy and damp. Cherry skin and tart flesh. Almost chocolate-like on the finish. Some clove and banana under it all. Loaded with esters. Candi sugar and deeply caramelized malts. A bit sweet overall. Warming produces a slightly more assertive tart cherry flavor on the edges and finish. Warms to a slightly better beer. Some oak throughout.

Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation on a medium body. Slick and smooth. Lingering dry finish. A bit wet on the start of the sip.

Overall: Sure, I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't buy it again.

A solid blend of Belgian and wild. Nice complexity, but it loses a little something with the spiked quad thing. A better beer than Three Philosophers (the only other Belgian blended with cherry that I can think of) and that's enough for me. A bit pricey for the experience. Ok, a lot pricey for the experience, but still worth trying at least once.

Photo of fragilehearted
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter. Love the label! What can I say? I love trying new sours.

A - cloudy reddish light brown. Not much head, and it goes down quickly, but leaves some nice lace.

S - cherry, vinegar...not too sour, though. A little funky and malty. There's something I can't quite put my finger on...sounds horrible, but nail polish remover? As someone who's used a lot of nail polish remover in her day, it's not exactly the same aroma, but it reminds me of it. But not really in a way that makes me not want to drink it, haha.

T - Fortunately, not like polish remover. It's pretty unusual - some of the reviews compare it to a Flanders Red, but I don't really feel that's accurate. It just doesn't quite taste fruity enough or tart enough or...Flanders Red enough. And for a Wild, it doesn't quite taste funky enough. (So how would I categorize it? Beats me.) It's really not that sour. It does taste more like the description on the bottle, quad spiked with sour. The malts really come out more in the taste than in the aroma, but then again, not really as heavy as a quad. Maybe a dubbel, an oaky one. Then the sourness, and it's pretty acidic. Kind of a weird aftertaste.

M - light-to-medium, carbonation is just fine (not overly carbonated, but appropriately for the style). I sure can taste the booze, though. Not in an unpleasant way, but just in a this-beer-has-a-10%-ABV way.

D/O - I realize my review is not really great, but somehow, I want to continue drinking this beer. I'm not sure that quad/sour was the best combination. As you can see from the reviews of the aromas/tastes, it's a little all over the place. If you like these types of beers, it's worth trying. I'll finish the bottle, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky dark honey brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of vinegar, sour fruit, and other tart and funky aromas. Taste is of vinegar, sweet and sour fruit, and other tart and funky flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good sour but it smells better than it tastes in my opinon.

Photo of SittingOnAMtnTop
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me, Mikkeller has always impressed me but for the $ it has let me down. They seem to stay a bit conservative on the palate and rarely too aggressive. I was immediately excited seeing this was a 10% Quad dosed with a Sour Ale. Having quite of few of Mikkeller Wild Ales before I wasn't expecting much on the sour side. Mikkeller's funky and sour beers have always disappointed me other than the Nelson Sauvign.

It poured a hazy, not flat but low carbonated, amber brownish color. So hazy that the color is hard to pinpoint. It sits in the glass like a beer that was matured for many years. The yeasty sediment is prevalent and looks like thick ash.

The smell is nice. Strong, sweet vinegar and wood. Yeasty and no sign of hops. It smells a bit like an Old Ale. The quad and sour have morphed into it's own unique smell. Literally, "changing as we speak". Even though I expect to smell the alcohol it's hard to fine.

The taste follows suit. Definitely a blend of a sour and a quad. I was so happy that the sour breaks through strong. The initial taste is mild but it makes you wait, it's like a tease at first but eventually delivers. Starts mellow for about 2 seconds then the balsamic vinegar, wood, & wild yeast shine through. The Old Ale characteristics come through so nicely. It is almost like a 1/3 barleywine, 1/3 triple, & 1/3 strong sour ale blend.

I love the mouthfeel. It sits so long on your palate. This is by far my favor part of the beer. I could eat this beer. It is so chewy. It rides my taste buds like a "headlight on a north bound train".

I would give this a 4.25 overall if it wasn't for the price. The 10% has finally caught up to me. Splitting a 17oz beer seems like nothing but this was pretty special. At this price I will never by more than one or two bottles a month but I am glad I tried it. Happy that Mikkeller went stronger with this beer than many I have tried. It makes me hope more breweries start trying blends with sour ales.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1/3 pint served in a Teku glass in the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. From notes. Reviewed 7 June 2011.

A: Opaque at some angles, translucent at others. The beer is an orange-tinted brown. Blackcurrantish? Yellowish as well; ochre? No head.

S: Sour. Fruity. It smells like a relish. A bit of vinegar or fermented grapes. Acerbic and harsh, yes, but perversely pleasant.

T: Initially I thought it was terrible; I could barely swallow. But, bracing myself, I rallied for a second sip. It was surprisingly palatable. Over time, it really grows on me. The taste is somewhat indescribable. It's like...eating chutney. Grapey, alcoholic, chutney. It's incredibly tart. Sourly super-acidic. Why do I like this beer? I don't know, but I really do.

M: Thin, sharp, biting, and bitter. Barely carbonated.

O: It's an odd sort of beer, I imagine it would be quite divisive, such that I can't recommend it. Paired with cheese and red onion chutney.

Photo of gford217
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.

Pours dark, murky reddish brown with a big creamy head that stays rocky on the bottom with lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom. Lacing is excellent as well.

Aroma is heavy on the vinegar with some sweet, sugar-dipped dark fruits. Lots of malty sweetness in the background as well. As some have mentioned, this smells like a Flanders Red.

Taste isn't quite as complete as the nose and starts out with a sweetness that I can't quite place - honey, brown sugar, and something else. The tartness is there but a little tame with some vinegar in the finish as well as a healthy dose of oak.

The mouthfeel is creamy but fairly dry on the palate, strong carbonation.

This is an interesting sour but the taste just doesn't come together for me. Not one I would revisit.

Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Murky dirty brown/orangish hue which leaves a one finger head and sporadic lacing.

S-Prunes,cranberry juice,sweaty socks and pungent alcoholic fruit.

T-Starts off sweet/sour with hints of cranberries,lemons,pommegranates,bready malts,sherbet and finished with a barnyard funky sourness.

M-Light to medium bodied.

O-Now this is more like it Mikkeller a nice sour that i could drink alot of and its high ABV is very well hidden.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, the beer was poured into a tulip glass giving a light brown color with a modest white head. A sour aroma was immediately noted which is typical of the style. The initial taste gave mixed signals, though the signals mixed well together. Both sweet and sour lemon notes were present. A biscuit and mild grassy flavor were also noted. In the aftertaste, the sweet and sour flavor melted into a nice warming yet spicy alcohol sensation. The level of carbonation seemed appropriate for a sour as it was not overwhelming. This is a very drinkable sour, though it is certainly not Mikkeller's best work.

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Sur Munk from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.