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Sur Munk - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
82
good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Diomede, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

disemgrowler, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +11.4%

John11486, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of bluesplit63
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

bluesplit63, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Adrianized
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Adrianized, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

dbrauneis, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  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.

metter98, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of mantissa
4/5  rDev +11.4%

mantissa, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of fragilehearted
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

fragilehearted, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of mriyanto
4/5  rDev +11.4%

mriyanto, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Stumpy29er
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Stumpy29er, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

noyellowfizzbeer, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of gford217
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

gford217, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a dark copper with a finger of off white head. Deeply tart aroma with cherries and some vinegar. Lighter side of medium bodied, not a lot of carbonation. Taste is similar to the aroma, very tart and acetic. I don't really get much Quad character, it is more like Duchesse de Bourgogne, but more over the top. I didn't know the abv, but I wouldn't have pegged it at 10%, the alcohol did show. Interesting beer, but I doubt that I would buy it again, especially at the price.

homebrewhawk, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

RyanBeer13, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

marct, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of flannelman808
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: oddly colored this pours a mars brown with an orange ochre tinge where the glass thins. Light pale tan head forms, fairly thin and quickly fleeting, atop the beer. decent lacing though.

S: Tart vanilla yogurt is the first thing that comes to mind. black sugared raisins and fig come through as well.

T: FUNKeeee. This is truly a weird one... bitter, sweet; and acetic flavors of hay, mild aged vinegar; orange pith, and Fig newton interact with one another in a ass backwards way. Its not all bad but desperately needs both more acid and more carbonation.

M: pretty flat' overall

O: not one to sought after, but It might be worth trying again in a year to see if anything has changed for the better.

flannelman808, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of zep9865
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

zep9865, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of aasher
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

aasher, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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

kojevergas, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Soxfanmcgee, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

PEIhop, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3/5  rDev -16.4%

polishkaz, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Jason. A blend of quad and sour ale. Serve in a Jester King tulip.

A - Finger of white foam settles to a thin collar, partial cap, and a few splotches of lace. Hazy orange-brown body.

S - Sweet tarts and other candy, savory notes, balsamic vinegar, oak. Very Flanders Red-esque with the combination of sweet caramel and candy malts and the moderate sourness - a bit BBQ sauce-esque.

T- Taste is less sour with more honey glaze and BBQ sauce flavors. Actually, it's surprisingly bland and understated in comparison to the aroma.

M - Zesty carbonation, extremely dry candy-like texture, medium-light body, and shockingly little alcohol. I would have guessed this was closer to 6%.

D - Very strange beer based on the aroma, but the flavor is ultimately quite dull. Not terrible, but not something I'd feel the need to revisit either.

MasterSki, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Onibubba
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll never say no to a new sour. Nice pour, typical of a flemish brown or red. Smell is monsterously confrontational. Similar to Victinar, but more like a potent combination of duck sauce and balsamic vinegar strained though a dirty sweat soak. Woof. It is strong and sweet smelling in an almost rotten way. Kind of like raw meat a day or two past expiration. Taste is sweet sour, somewhat similar to Duchesse, but with that weird, almost unpleasant, leftover chinese food aftertaste. Still, I have to rate the taste and smell highly, because, what the hell, there is nothing else like it.

Drinkability is awesome for a nearly 10% beer, and right on target for a flemish red or brown - Which, by the way, is much more on target a description for this beer than "american wild."

Recommended with reservations. Scary good stuff. Like, really scary.

Onibubba, Jan 02, 2012
Sur Munk from Mikkeller ApS
82 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.