Iduna Cru - The Wild Beer Co.

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Iduna CruIduna Cru

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Wild Beer Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 01-13-2014

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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of funky yeast are present in the nose along with hints of apples.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts out with some funky flavors from the yeast and then transitions to flavors of dry white wine and apples.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite bubbly and almost seems like a hybrid between a champagne and a saison. It definitely has some interesting properties and is quite drinkable considering its strength because it hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice and bubbly, thick creamy head. Smells a little funky, with the usual Belgian-style clove and banana scent. Has the banana and clove flavors too, and the apple is also apparent, but I'd say less once it warms up a bit. Has a tiny bite to it, and a little bitterness that shows up late mostly.My first beer from theses guys. I'd definitely like to try more based on this.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

I had purchased this bottle at Hunger 'n' Thirst out of a sense of curiosity and now, deep into The Great Bottle Purge of the Summer of 2014, I am preparing to drink it!

From the bottle: "Bubbles + Apples = Wild Yeast"; "Ale Brewed with Apple Juice"; "Drink Wildly Different"; "We believe exceptional brewing stems from imagination and passion, it's not just a process. Never average, every Wild brew is a result of Wilds minds conceiving, creating and crafting beers that explore the boundaries of your palate. Brewing doesn't need to be confined by rules, tradition or ingredients; by adding a Wild 5th ingredient or process to our beers we want to give you a truly memorable drinking experience, altering your perceptions and thrilling your taste buds."; "Named after the Norse goddess of youth and apples, this is an equally divine Belgian-style saison with a copious amount of New Zealand hops, freshly harvested Somerset apple juice and wild yeast added to the mix. However, we like to take things just that bit further(it's the Wild way!) - once bottled the beer undergoes a secondary fermentation with champagne yeast, giving it a brisk spritziness on the tongue. Serve chilled in a champagne flute to allow the bouquet of playfully aromatic notes to be fully appreciated. Take a sip to enjoy a further cascade of striking and sensuous flavours alongside the carefree champagne-like spritziness. The long, dry finish is both refreshing and complex."

Since the bottle directed me to "serve chilled in a champagne flute", I did just that, using one from the Seabee Ball on Diego Garcia in 1998. "Bubbles"? Most definitely! I barely began the pour when it filled the glass with foam and I had to back off. It finally settled into three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had the signature Brett funkiness along with a cider-like apple scent. Hmm. As the head finally began to fall, it left great lacing in its wake. Mouthfeel was not as spritzy as I had been led to believe, more medium than anything. Man, this was strikingly tart in the mouth, between the lemony qualities that Brett imparts and the apples may have been of a tart variety. It may be a Saison, but the Brett was really ruling the roost, giving it a tartness that made me long for some nice cheese to accompany it. Finish was dry and complex, but I am unsure about "refreshing". I felt like I was parched after drinking it. Phew!

Photo of Ben_Damboise
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Great for a stronger saison just not my style of beer...

Photo of abagofit
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy golden yellow. Nose is floral and funky. Taste does not quite match the nose: hits with floral and funk but leads to a less than spectacular mid palate and after taste. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall if the end of the taste matched the beginning and the smell it would be a great beer, unfortunately it falls short.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a hazed gold with a nice inch of head. Very nice lace.

Green apple, pale malts, a hint of Brett make up the smell.

Very well rounded in the taste. Pale malts, Brett, champaign yeast, and apple mix well right up front. The funk isn't quite as much as I expected, but that could be due to the champaign yeast addition. Goes down a little bubbly.

Not bad, fun, unique taste for a saison brewed with apples.

Photo of Pug
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The champagne funk on the finish was unappealing.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cloudy dark yellow colour with an impressive and long lasting head of foam.

The nose is funky with the usual suspects for the style...cloves, wheat. .then the apple juice comes into play. That adds the tiniest bit of tart fruit.

The taste is also funky and has some spicy notes right up to the finish where the apple adds some fruity tartness but more distinctly, an extreme dryness.

Light bodied with very active carbonation.

I have to say after the first couple of sips, I considered this to be a potential drain pour. Palate familiarity finally set in and I was able to stick it out, so to speak.

Iduna Cru still doesn't fit in to my comfort zone so there will be no more bottles for me.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Rustico (Ballston).

The beer is golden with a small, soapy, white head. The aroma offers banana, clove, mild funk, brett, champagne yeast, hints of floral scents. The flavor is much the same. Apple sweetness with a splash of white wine and zesty brett character. The feel is a bit soapy for me, but overall, a solid beer and fun to drink.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

unique brew here, did not know these guys had so much variety and oddities. a big strong blonde hazy beer with apple juice as at least a considerable portion of the fermentables, and a couple of yeast pitches, including some brett and some champagne yeast I think. cloudy almost white beer, frothy thin white film on top, and a nose of cider, saison yeast, and mulling spices. I would call it autumnal but its too light for that. warm fermenting fruity esters from the yeast go well with the leftover apple characteristics, more green than red, and pretty tart with the drying brett in the finish. light beer, light as they come for 9% abv, and loaded with flavor. there is a funny waxy texture to it though in there with the nice effervescent carbonation, like unwashed fruit it stays weird on the tongue. pilsener malts and funk to finish. overall a one of a kind beer, no doubt about that, but not as memorable as I was hoping for when I bought it, just never really all comes together for me, but the multiple yeasts make it worth trying from my end.

Iduna Cru from The Wild Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.