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Sur Munk - Mikkeller ApS

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Sur MunkSur Munk

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BA SCORE
82
good

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at Amager Bryghus.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2011)
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

FreshHawk, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of JustinMatthew
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

JustinMatthew, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of pohldogg356
2/5  rDev -44.3%

pohldogg356, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of sammo
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

sammo, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

savagepm, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of SittingOnAMtnTop
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

SittingOnAMtnTop, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bit cold with a fizzy, light tan head that soon settles to a ring andno lace. Color is a hazy red orange with amber highlights. Aroma is fruit, grape, vinegar. Flavor's like nose but much more intense, to the point that some of the flavors are chemically. Pronounced sweettartness with some bitter. Body is ok although the chemical thing isn't too good, carbonation is just right. Finish is like flavor, long, and this is the only bottle for me.

drpimento, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A rather stimulating sour take on a quad...

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Simple Mikkeller label illustrated ala naive/ironic mode by Keith Shore with a car full of enraged monks, one holding a cocktail molotov, over a pink/orange background. Small side note with icon of brewer and an explanation of intent and character. Notes 9.99% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Deep amber to deep amber brown pour, fair frothy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and some spotty lacing.

S - Nose is nicely sour with a sugary hint...

T - …and whoa! Switching seats at first boozy crushed sugar leading to a sour tone. What a nice sense of fruits, crushed sugar, woody sourness, hint of vinegar emerging, light tartness back to the complex malt sugar touch. Cherries, malty sugar, fresh vinegar (if there is such a thing…)

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, and a smooth sense broken by sourness. Nice flow...

O - It grows on you… One of the most memorable Mikkellers I´ve had recently.

Notes: Truly stimulating to me. That crushed sugar with the sour notes felt bizarre to some but how it weaved soft vinegar notes, with caramel, and fruit was something quite memorable.

Daniellobo, May 28, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

standardcherry, May 21, 2012
Photo of mlazzaro
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. no dates indicated.

The smell is nice wild yeast character mixed with some scary straight rotten musk. Overall I'm scared. I usually have a fear no beer attitude. Obviously some truly funkified yeast and bacteria at work.

Pours a murky brown color. Off white head that eventually diminishes. Average carbonation. I really don't care what a beer looks like, but it's kind ugly.

Whoa.. Tastes much much better than it smells. Berries/Raisin/Citrus "yeast" flavors. Backed up by caramel malty body. Bitterness is suiting. Alcohol is pleasantly warming. Mouthfeel has wide range of textures. Aftertaste is tart and tasty.

Found myself drinking rather aggressively considering it's a sour ale @ 9.99%. I'm really impressed. Not a very appealing appearance or aroma, but a delicious and inspiring taste.

mlazzaro, May 01, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Almost no foam on this, but what little that does show up sticks around. Body is cloudy, mostly brown with only the slightest hint of red. Some lacing

S - I don't know about this one. It's a weird smell that is artificial or medicinal or something. When you get past that, it is a nice raspberry sour.

T - A little funk on the front. Slight sourness with raspberry and maybe green apple. Still a little artificial-ness to it.

M - Light bodied and low carbonation. Not great. Drying on the finish.

O - I'm not a big fan of this. Doesn't taste natural to me and that turns me off. Really not a lot going for the beer.

RuckusDu, Apr 27, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

cpinto6, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

JohnnyHopps, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

TheCrowsNest, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of dav
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

dav, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

kaelingirl, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev +11.4%

kiki3drt292, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
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!!!

DeanMoriarty, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of AlastairM
4/5  rDev +11.4%

AlastairM, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of lanbewardin
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

lanbewardin, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

sliverX, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Sammy, Feb 20, 2012
Sur Munk from Mikkeller ApS
82 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.