Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
4.13/5 rDev +7%
330ml bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Bought with two others from the series, the Saison and the Brett. lambicus.
Pours a rather clear orange-amber hue, with a filmy head of white that only sticks around as a ring. Lacing is excellent, forming intricate, artistic streaks across the glassware. Body has some weight, and holds a good deal of very fine carbonation. Overall, looks pretty good.
Nose is impressive. Big funky aromas from the yeast, giving a multitude of different flavours: peach, plasticky gueuze-tones, green apple skin, lemon dish cloth. It has an acidity noticeable in it as well, or at least the suggestion of acidity. Oh, it's very good: and this all comes from the yeast. Having just tried the Saison version, this one quite clearly gets its advantages from the yeast and the yeast alone. It's a funky bonanza, quite beautifully drawn.
The taste is also pretty decent, although it does suffer the same fate as the Saison did, namely that it's almost bone dry. Here, though, the yeast lifts it a little. Green apple flavours and a mild flat acidity help drive this forward, while the hops seem a lot muted by the funk. Carbonation seems to be a bit strong. In the end, it feels a better showcase of the yeast than the Saison version did: this has a lot of Brett-y characters and a truly wild genesis.
Overall, this is good stuff. This would actually be a pretty decent wild ale in its own right: the aroma in particular is superb, giving a full spectrum of impressive yeasty funk. And otherwise it's very solid. I feel like this gave me a good look at the underbelly of the yeast.
05-05-2013 23:29:33 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.74/5 rDev -3.1%
12oz snifter @beerrevolutionedm.
This beer appears a clear medium bronzed amber colour, with one finger of thinly foamy, slightly wispy off-white head, which leaves little beyond some random specks of remote islet lace around the glass as things move south.
It smells of bready caramel malt, musty orange peel, roundly funky yeast, a bit of mouldy pine, and some soft overripe lemon. The taste is more strangely even pale malt - still bready, a tad doughy, and tamely caramelized, understated, rather toothless earthy funk, citrus cream, softly leafy pine, and more month-old lemon.
The bubbles are quite laid-back and generally just supportive, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, the hops and 'yeast' not really interested in making a fuss. It finishes off-dry, the malt, wavering funk, and somewhat peppy hops all still active and relevant.
A nice, less than challenging introduction in the wild world of Brett - the funk here seems all too polished and denatured, which isn't a bad thing, of course, but I'm assuming that this was made strictly without any other competing yeasts. It's actually rather approachable, despite the bartender's protestations.
06-21-2013 00:09:40 | More by biboergosum
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Burnt orange. Hazy. Smaller head than the other yeasts I've had. Retains pretty well.
Smell - Brett is very strong. Kinda fruity, a little appley. Some hops, too. Citrusy. Not much malt comes through.
Taste - Malt is more prominent right up front, then brett. Earthy brett flavors. They get sharper and fruitier. The earthy brett combines with a substantial hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Dry and acidic. Medium carbonation. Medium body.
Overall - Much more complex than the other yeasts I've had from this series. A bit abrasive and more difficult to drink, but nice.
06-19-2013 20:21:51 | More by Alieniloquium
3.89/5 rDev +0.8%
A: The beer is clear orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a short and pillow-like head consistently covering the surface along with some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has light to moderately strong and interesting aromas of fruity and funky yeast. Inhaling a deep whiff from the snifter glass produces smells of horse blanket along with hints of ammonia.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of fruitiness and funk along with bits of sweetness from the underlying malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer a lot more compared to the Brettanomyces Lambicus version of Mikkeller's yeast series. It was definitely a lot more drinkable and a beer that you could sip and savor.
03-29-2013 02:15:49 | More by metter98
Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.