Yeast Series: Brettanomyces | Mikkeller ApS

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Yeast Series: BrettanomycesYeast Series: Brettanomyces
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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by drabmuh on 07-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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46
Ratings:
62
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funky aroma wafts through the room. Cloudy golden body with a ridiculous amount of thick foam. A bit of a tongue number, active carbonation. A little toastiness, carmel, citrus. Really good, and fun, if you like funk. Very drinkable, ends in tartness, and then a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 of 4 in Yeast Series; all tasted at the same time.

Pours a deep orange with a big fluffy and firm, long lasting white head. Nicest and f irmest head I've seen in a long time. Lovely.

Nose is "Belgian Ale" with just a hint of brett, which is surprising since this is a brett brew! Has more of a sweet fruity brett character, not the wet blanket/horse shit character one might usually expect.

Mouth is rich, bold, creamy and nicely integrated.

Flavors are just wonderfully integrated, complex and appealing - the best and most complex of the yeast series in my opinion. Big, bold and complex flavors of malt, coffee, herbs and spices, white pepper, celery and hint of salt along with the compleities of the brett character.

This is delicious, drinkable and with a bit of an earth, funk, burnt toast bitter finish. All around a complex, appealing and nice drink.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a slightly cloudy, copper color with a small, white head of fluffy foam. It slowly receded to leave soapy trails of residue on the glass.

S - Great phenolic aroma with funky barnyard aroma.

T - Great sour fruit flavor with a good deal of funky bite. Some underlying maltiness adds a little balance along with some hop spice.

M - It has a bit of puckering mouthfeel with all of the tart and sourness. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is the best of the yeast series - a really tasty wild ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at ChurchKey.

The first entry in my...horizontal???...at ChurchKey. You know the staff knows you when, as you sit down at the bar, the bartender asks, "Let me guess, you want one of each?" Indeed I do. This one pours a clear copper-amber topped by about two fingers of ecru froth. They all pretty much look like this. The nose comprises sour white grapes, funk, wet blanket, wet hay, must, and, oddly enough, peanuts. The taste dips a bit, dominated by a harsh lactic sour that just doesn't seem to fit like other wilds. Cobwebs, wet blankets, limes, and swiss cheese round out the taste, making a not-so-enjoyable combination on the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, I thought this the weakest of the series, the brett not really in synch with the base beer as much as some of the other strains.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours an orange-golden color with moderate carbonation evident and 1.5 fingers of fluffy off white head that lasts for several minutes.

s - Smells of funk, sour fruit, citrus, and some tart.

t - Tastes of bret, and is super funky. Also tastes of citrus, tart fruits, and wheat. Also some lactic sourness in the taste.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent wild ale that is high on funk. This is the first beer in the yeast series I've gotten to try and I'm looking forward to seeing where it stacks up against the other beers in the series. I enjoyed the smell more than the taste, but would try again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been trying to locate this beer for some time now, and finally I got a hold of it. And at $7, it better be good. We've got all the hallmark characteristics of the style/yeast. Seems a bit acidic. Very direct and distinct profile. I mean, it's Brett, so what do ya expect. I guess this is what I'd expect, and I got it. A nice production.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer experiment from Mikkeller. The same wort fermented with 5 different yeast strains. They made their point but I would have used a cleaner malt bill to make this point. Most of the beers were big and heavy for the different yeasts and imparted too much of their own character to the beers.

Both my wife (who doesn't really like wild ales) and I agreed that this was the best out of the 5. Beer is red and slightly hazy. Almost no carbonation visible and the head breaks quickly.

Aroma is kind of basementy and funky with this strong lactic note. Very Bretty.

Beer is almost cherry flavored with this distinct tartness. Mildly sweet, lactic sour with some citric as well. Drinkability high and mouthfeel is great. Minimal carbonation in the mouth. Most unique out of the group and the best beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, purchased at De Cicco's, Ardsley, NY, no bargain @ $5.99, no freshness/bottling date info to be had.

Pours a nice dense shade of orange/mango, cloudy, the head is soft medium tan, leaving cascades of tiny bubble film, sheeting and very fine lace , a full 3 inches up the glass.

Complex nose with hints of tropical fruit, sour fruit, slight barnyard funk, minty - cirtusy flourishes.

Highly enjoyable Belgian, plenty of subtle sweet and moderate sour, some light smoke, cheesy funk on the back side. I love this style of brew (BSPA? I think not, more of a wild ale/lambic/saison mix) and I love this brew. Complex, subtle/bright, great looking.

Bring on the funky and acidic cheeses and enjoy.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a huge white head. The aroma is excellent. I could smell this beer all day long. I get a lot of orange citrus notes with some great brett and leather qualities. The flavor is brett, oranges and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was sampled with the other four beers in this series and this one is head and shoulders above the rest.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at De Cicco's in NY after visiting the captain. Im guessing this is sort of a brett IPA type deal. In a snifter.

Sunset orange with some straw hay color within, looks kinda clouded with a careful pour, hazy. Semi syrupy looking. White vanilla creamy bubbly froth on top that looks scrumptious. Leaves with a cap and some gunk on the glass. A semi powerful smell that's mostly brett and barnyard, hay, must, and some small tropics, grapefruit, etc. Not so much a brett bomb in taste ala Bullfrog 'Undead Ed', not crazy fruity with hops ala this years 'Victory Wild Devil' and not as much of a spritzy mouthfeel ala 'Superfriends' but what's here is a split of the three. I would say the base beer is a hoppy golden ale with brett added giving of some earth, brett, barnyard. A nice amount of hops with tropics in the middle finished off with some toasty malt. This is not sweet, it's quite nice. I would love to have this on a hot day. Feel is even medium with a somewhat syrupy feel and some activity with the carb but not spritzy. Comes off funky, not tart or sour, yet, maybe. A great beer but for the price I'll go with Victory. This is about 5 months old, so this may evolve some in the cellar, but I don't see it becoming sour. The most approachable Mikeller beer I've had thus far.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours slightly hazy, honey amber color (I should add that all of these yeast ales from Mikkeller look pretty much the same), with good decent head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is about what you'd expect, with the beer showing considerable sour funk, orange and cherry. On the palate, there's really a lot going on in this beer. The sour funk and fruit are all there, but with some pepper, a hint of ginger and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. The sweet fruit plays very well with the sour funk, adding to the beer's complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied in this nicely carbonnated beer, and I'm impressed by the amount of flavor it delivers. Drinkability is quite good, with the alochol well disguised and nicely integrated into the flavor profile.

Not bad at all. Very nive effort from Mikkeler.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Farmers' Cabinet.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head.  Good retention slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lace.  

Slightly funky, dry aroma with subtle barnyard notes and funky dry Brett.  Also pretty hoppy/earthy with lots of grass, straw and a bunch of citrus.  Hints of mango, papaya and orange peel.  

Medium bodied with a nice balance of dry, earthy,funk, bitter earthy hops and sweet citrus notes.  Dry funky brett up front that lingers over the sweet citrus into a lingering funky, dry finish. Hints of mango, pineapple and orange peel.  Complex and unique.  One of the better ipa/Bret hybrids.   Abv well masked subtle heat in the finish.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color thats maybe a touch cloudy. Craggy three finger head, that recedes to a sos-so foam after a sip or two. Very cool bubbling.

Some toasted mlats and cereal grains swirl with unripened Granny Smith Apple skins, and some sod and grass earthiness.

Tart and soft chalky palate throughout. The chalky palate accentuates the tart green apples flavors. The yeast adds a little more funkiness to the flavor than the smell. You get some sod, meadow, and a little barnyard and horse blankets. All very subtle mixed in with the toasted mlats, and unmalted grain flavors.

This is a good beer, and would serve as a starter beer to compare and tweak after each batch for a homebrewer using Brett. for the first time.

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Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice sweet, fruity smell, with a touch of hops and yeast.

T: Tasted pretty much like it smelled. Hops, a mild yeast flavor, fruits, and a funky/musty quality. Slightly odd in character, but complex and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A dynamic, focused, drinkable beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, cap of stiff white bubbles, good retention and lacing. Scent is dominated by brett as expected, earthy barnyard funk, nice underlying fresh dried hay and grapefruity hops come through. Taste is brett forward as well, some tartness acompanies the funkyness. Unexpected light fruityness aside from grapefruity hops. Lighter side of medium bodied, lingers on lips and palate. A nice beer, very much a showcase for brett, but good underlying beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's yesterday. Tried them all side-by-side

Orange/light amber with decent clarity, there's a dense, off-white head with decent retention, it falls off to a ring as it warms up. As for the nose - finally, one of the beers in this series smells like it should. A blend of clove and bandaid Brett character, these components blend really well with the citrus hops. The Brett has chewed through the sweetness, though some caramel character is present. Mildly tropical fruit-like too, I quite like this. The palate opens with a blend of Bretty compounds - clove, bandaid, pineapple, all of which work well with the citrus. Sweetness is moderate, there's some caramel, but thankfully, not too much. Decent finish with a blend of sweetness and Brett, this is mildly drying too. Medium-light in body with a solid finish, this is actually quite drinkable!

In summary, I found this Yeast Series to be very disappointing. The beers were too hoppy, too sweet, and too high in alcohol (which hindered drinability) to be educational.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into my Orval glass...If you are the best of a bad bunch, does that make you good, that is the questions Socrates posisted...Anyway this is a lightly sour beer from start to finsih. Its just sour, no flavor, depth or complexity. If you like sour you might like this, but its really just boring.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Unibroue tulip.

A - Poured a crisp amber with a tall collar and super frothy and clingly lacing.

S - Pretty hoppy, but a pleasant even hoppy smell. Not overbearing. Subtle sour notes in the background as well as a hint of citrus, spices, and earthy tones. Not as funky as I was expecting. Actually, quite pleasant smelling.

T - Nicer balance of hops than the nose would lead you to believe. A touch sour, but somewhat subdued. A little funky, but nowhere near as funky as some other Brett beers I've tried.

M - Pretty boring. Very smooth, but not really alive. Kind of watery, but flavorful. Leaves a dry mouth with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Has almost an applejuice like feel to it with a slightly sour beer flavor.

D - Extremely easy to drink. Not really powerful in any one direction and very smooth. Alc is hidden pretty well. Not too sour, not too hoppy. A very easy drinker. If there was a beer flavored juice out there, this would be it.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured red-orange with a four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and barnyard funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, bubble gum, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This one definitely showcased the Brett for me. There was a massive funk going on in this one in the followthrough. This was also the first time I've picked up on bubble gum in a beer, I definitely hope this isn't the last time. Definitely get your hands on this one!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper colored beer with a bit of haze. Fluffy white head that left some spots on the sides.

S - Some tropical fruit, funk, citrus. Smells better than the other two I had.

T - Taste is about like the nose. Some funk, light sour notes. Little bit of lactic notes on the end.

M - Lower carbonation, medium bodied.

O - I guess this is the best one, although it's not great. I don't really care for the yeast series. I think if you are going to focus on different yeasts you should make sure the beers you're making are better.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pours a dark blood-orange amber with an oily thick tan head that took forever to reduced into a very thick film that left patches of sticky lace. Very good head retention.
S: Light notes of hay and fruit. Smells wonderful! There is a slight tartness to the scent with notes of unripened raspberries, green apples, ripe melon, blueberries, bubblegum and plastic (band aid).
T: Lightly tart and fruity flavors. Tastes almost like a tart Belgian pale ale with light herbal and spicy hop flavors. Loads of berries, cotton candy and bubblegum with a subtle malt undertone. Aftertaste has some sour funk and a light bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with a smooth "wet" mouthfeel and creamy soft carbonation. Dry finish.
D: Not outstanding but a really drinkable and fairly delicious beer. Great smell. Worth a try.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-10-15 at Capone's (from notes)

A - Dark amber with a big, tan head and excellent lacing. Deep-hued red light refracts around the edges of the glass. A great looking beer.

S - Certainly smells like brett yeast with hay, earthy spice and funk.

T - There's a big malt base that is earthy and spicy, followed quickly by plenty of sourness and some hay. Less than a Rodenbach Grand Cru but significant. A big sour-spicy finish.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Light, crisp and just a touch resinous.

O - A really nice sour. My wife would like this one a lot too. I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Pours a rich looking, deep golden-orange. Sitting on top is a massively thick and creamy, khaki colored glob of foam that retained for ages. Much sparkly lace was left behind and the carbonation was pretty lively.

S: Equal parts musty funk, bright citrus, white grape, lime zest, and a hint of piney hops.

T: Pretty tart with a funky back. Loads of lime with snatches of lemon here and there. Old, musty hay and damp dirt.

M: Pretty bright on the tongue at first. As it develops, it becomes drier with a hint of chalkiness at the end of the finish.

D: Really pretty nice. This was my first of the series and I hope the rest to follow are at least as good if not better!

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lots of carbonation with the pour. A finger of white head. The beer itself is a orangish copper color. Tons of visible carbonation.

S: The bret was bright in the nose. Lots of hay and other barnyard funk. Little bit of citrus going on as well.

T: The taste was pure bret. Lots of funky barnyard notes. A little bit earthy. I did not get alot of phenolic notes like some of the reviews I saw. There was not that much complexity just the bret itself.

M: Light bodied. Well carbonated. Orval esque.

D: Really enjoyable beer. The $6 price tag is hard to swallow but it was enjoyable. Just not something I will pick up again.

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Photo of crossovert
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a decent pale brownish/honey/amber color. The head is huge and ivory in color. As it slowly recedes it leaves some nice lacing behind.

The smell remnds me of some other Mikkeller Brett ales. It is sweet and caramally but with the signature bretty must and funkiness. It isn't super funky since this is a young bottle, but enough to excite the nose. There is also a nice pinch of hops in there for a nice balance.

The flavor is suprising to me. It is very flavorful, even with my alergies acting up. There is a very intriguing and nice hopiness along with a nice big mouthful of brett. It isn't super funky but nice and spicy and yeasty. There is a nice hint of lemon and fruit.

The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit undercarboanted and would serve as the weak point of this beer. Think hoppy wild ales for this one, it would be in the realm of a Wild Devil.

Another Great mikkeller beer, but too bad about the price.

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