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Ninkasi - The Wild Beer Co.

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14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Wild Beer Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CwrwAmByth on 02-27-2013)
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of danielfda
3/5  rDev -19.8%

danielfda, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Sammy, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Hopbomber
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Hopbomber, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

kjkinsey, May 24, 2014
Photo of 77black_ships
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

75 cl. bottle sampled at RBESG 2013.

Label: Really liking the look of these Wild Beer labels. This one is obviously no exception. Description says that this is beers contains New Zealand hops, apple juice and wild yeast. That champagne yeast was used for second fermentation, sounds very promising.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a creamy white head.

Smell: Light yoghurt, touch lactic, dash sour, light apples & sour malts.

Taste: A not entirely successful mishmash of spoiled yoghurt, wild farmhouse stuff, rotting apples, fermenting berries, bitter barnyard, some hay, spices.

Body: Thick yeast and malts.

Overall: The concept sounds very interesting but the executions leaves a lot to be desired. It is not bad necessarily but it is a large and only slightly enjoyable mess in the end.

77black_ships, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

mdagnew, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Brewer1980
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Brewer1980, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

wl0307, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap in the Cask (Pimlico). Served in a half pint tulip. Note the keg is different to the bottle, as it gets bottled with added champagne yeast (apparently).

Pours a highly carbonated golden-yellow colour, with a large white head.

Smells quite musky and yeasty. Hint of zest.

Tastes strongly of apple juice, some earthy, peppery yeast, and quite a decent dose of dry tartness - lemon/apple.

Overall a very interesting beer, lively and strongly flavoursome.

CwrwAmByth, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

TX-Badger, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of ADZA
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big fan of these guys and ill buy every release I see anyway it pours a cloudy honey hue with a creamy four finger rising head with creamy clingy sticky lacing everywhere,the smell is Granny Smith apples,Brett and funky yeast so enticing,the feel is creamy carbonated moderately and the tastes are basically the three elements of apples,Brett and saison are so beautifully entwined that they really just bring out the best in each other and work so well ill definitely be buying another bottle good stuff fellas don't change.

ADZA, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Kirk
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Kirk, Aug 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Dracook, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of soulgrowl
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Don't get much purtier than this. A lot of British breweries just don't give good head. Not so Wild Beer Co., at least not on this one. Big and foamy yet firm and sturdy, sparkly white atop a clear golden body that gets slightly hazy towards the bottom of the bottle. The Belgians would appreciate this one, and so do I.

The aroma, too, I think the Belgians might enjoy. It isn't classically 'Belgian,' but it's certainly pointed in that direction. The apples manifest themselves as themselves, a tart, fresh, crunchy fragrance, but there's quite a bit more going on here thanks to the wild yeast used. An unusual note of carrots accompany aromas of sourdough, cucumber, medicinal phenols, and even some kaffir lime. There is a biscuity character to it as well, which in tandem with the apples, gives an impression of champagne. The flavor is focused yet interesting; tart, refreshing, and fruity. A touch of grassy funk and a lip-smacking bitterness – a combination of medicine and grapefruit – balance out sweeter notes of apple, apricot, and orange blossom.

The bottle boasts 'bubbles' as one of its defining characteristics, as it should. It pulls of that very Belgian kind of carbonation that's at once frothy, fizzy, and ultimately creamy. The sprightly aeration serves to counter its strength and its sweetness and make this drink far easier than its 9% ABV ought to allow.

This just might be the best beer in Britain right now. As for food, it would play well with all sorts of things: strong and creamy cheeses, Szechuan, French, Bangladeshi, British seafood, tapas. A beer for all seasons, I think.

soulgrowl, May 08, 2013
Ninkasi from The Wild Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.