Sur Munk | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.99%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Amager Bryghus.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 88
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a bit old now, and has largely gone to vinegar, although I suspect it was already that kind of Flanders red type sour when it started. Has a base like a dubbel or a quad, maroon to brown in color, not a ton of head, just off white patches on the surface, lots of sediment here too. Smells harshly sour, vinegar dominant, with some oak and residual grain sweetness there too, and the taste matches that. It's absolutely harsh on the avidity, but has a fruity, red wine vinegar flavor, with some brown sugar sweetness in the grain base. Not so much complex as it is intense, time I don't think has done this one many favors unfortunately. The neatly 10% abv is exposed in the thinner body! and drinking even half a bomber of this one was a bit of a task. That said, it's unlike anything else out there, and it respect it for that. Not worth what I paid for it, but I live mikkeller and always buy the ones I have not had. Cool artwork too, but this is past it's prime. Fun little raspberry note on the back end keeps it interesting, but I would not buy this again.

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Photo of ahommell
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange to red brown. Finger head which sticks around. Good lacing.

S: I can smell the cherries as soon as I pour into a shaker pint. WOW. Apples, paint thinner, and unfresh banana round out a scent profile that can be only explained as a "hauntingly inviting scent."

T: Ummm.... TART! Cherries and apples hit early in the sour. Can come across as entirely too sweet (which I didnt think possible for the style). Takes at least 3-5 sips to get used to and really look into the flavors. There is a consistent alcohol burn that is unwanted for how good the fruit tastes.

M: Sticky and sweet. Medium feel.

O: Looking for something off the wall? This is it. I bopped over to Louisiana's closest gas station where everyone buys liquor (although it is slightly more expensive) and for some reason they have a sizable craft beer selection. This was sitting with three friends that had a considerable age to the bottle. I wish I had picked them all up. Tried on a whim. Not bad at all. Not sessionable... but that is obvious.

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Photo of dgilks
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear red-amber colour with a small, light tan head. Fair head retention.

Nice red currant notes. Cherries. Touches of lactic and acetic. Good balance of fruit and tart. Bits of enteric character but good on the whole. A little red wine.

Tart. Bloody tart. But then there is great fruit character. This is rocking red currants, cherries, berries and rhubarb. Big acetic character but I like that. Fantastic.

Medium body with moderately-high prickly carbonation. Solid.

An excellent beer. Big fruit character with a lot of acid.

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Photo of spicelab
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby mahogany with a modest though persistent off-white head. Falls to a raised collar and a slow, steady bead.

Plenty of sour cherry and balsamic, veering slightly into boozy nail-polish remover territory. There's some good nutty undertones and a slight mustiness which work well, and prevent it from becoming one-dimensional.

Flavours are straightforward but tasty. Juicy sweet and sour cherries, marzipan and a mild woodiness. Thankfully the nailpolish remover is completely absent.

Excellent mouthfeel. Lovely tangy acidity and just adeqaute carbonation balance the heft and syrupiness in the body. No hint of booze.

Not a bad wild ale at all. Expected more in the complexity department for 10%, but the simple, approachable flavour profile makes it rather moreish.

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Photo of dbossman
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Reddish brown with a thin film of a head; decent lacing

S: Tart apples, cherries, oranges, funky feet and musty grains and grass; this is malty and funky and tart and I'm excited to try it

T: Not nearly as sour as aromas indicated--still funky but a bit more of a medicinal finish; the fruitiness does help: cherries, apples--but it doesn't quite together as I'd hoped

F: Medium mouth feel; a bit sticky and nice overall

O: A weird, funky beer: fruity, malty, boozy, musty, funky

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazed copper with some dark brown and deep gold at the edges. Head is a dirty white and drops to almost no cap in very short order. Pours with minimal carbonation. Leaves a loose bubbly collar. No lacing.

Smell: Funky with a slight acetic edge. Tart cherry flesh. Fruity and juicy. Powdery yeast and funk. A bit earthy. A solid caramel malt base. Some esters, pushing apple and banana. Vague clove spiciness. Leather. Some cough syrup. A distinct blend of Belgian, funk, and cherry.

Taste: A cherry fruit rollup wrapped in leather with a dusting of earth, powdery Belgian yeast, and flower petals. Funky more than tart, but carries an acetic edge. Earthy and damp. Cherry skin and tart flesh. Almost chocolate-like on the finish. Some clove and banana under it all. Loaded with esters. Candi sugar and deeply caramelized malts. A bit sweet overall. Warming produces a slightly more assertive tart cherry flavor on the edges and finish. Warms to a slightly better beer. Some oak throughout.

Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation on a medium body. Slick and smooth. Lingering dry finish. A bit wet on the start of the sip.

Overall: Sure, I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't buy it again.

A solid blend of Belgian and wild. Nice complexity, but it loses a little something with the spiked quad thing. A better beer than Three Philosophers (the only other Belgian blended with cherry that I can think of) and that's enough for me. A bit pricey for the experience. Ok, a lot pricey for the experience, but still worth trying at least once.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy brown-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Sour cherries, sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, brown sugar, candi sugar, vanilla, dark fruits, funkiness, spices, and some booze.

T - Sour cherries, sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, candi and brown sugar, vanilla, funkiness, some spices, Brett, acidity, and some booze.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, sour, and warming finish.

D - A bit off balanced and rough. The flavors do not quite come together.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Within this Timmerman’s flute resides a hazy, dark-to-light copper beer with an off-white, fine, creamy head. The head is thin and quick to depart, but leaves a nice coating of lace in its wake.

The aroma portends a very tart cherry to follow. A light aroma of Band-aids with balsamic vinegar and a floral hint comes out with warmth.

The flavors fall short of the aromatic expectations. Very tart, with sharp sour cherry and oak. It’s a good pucker, but it should be accompanied by fruity flavors. The finish is long, tart and repeating in the throat.

As one would expect, this one is effervescent with a light body and a bite of alcohol. The texture is sharp and overall this one is dry.

Sur Monk can be enjoyed as a sipping beer while reading on a hot afternoon. While the flavors fall short, tartness and the aromas keep this one together. It does improve considerably with warmth.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. I left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled sour and funky with some acidic notes.

T - A friend described it as honey and vinegar and he's right. That sounds awful but it didn't taste awful. It was pretty good.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slight pucker factor.

O - Mikkeller beers are always interesting and unique. This one certainly is that.

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Photo of SittingOnAMtnTop
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me, Mikkeller has always impressed me but for the $ it has let me down. They seem to stay a bit conservative on the palate and rarely too aggressive. I was immediately excited seeing this was a 10% Quad dosed with a Sour Ale. Having quite of few of Mikkeller Wild Ales before I wasn't expecting much on the sour side. Mikkeller's funky and sour beers have always disappointed me other than the Nelson Sauvign.

It poured a hazy, not flat but low carbonated, amber brownish color. So hazy that the color is hard to pinpoint. It sits in the glass like a beer that was matured for many years. The yeasty sediment is prevalent and looks like thick ash.

The smell is nice. Strong, sweet vinegar and wood. Yeasty and no sign of hops. It smells a bit like an Old Ale. The quad and sour have morphed into it's own unique smell. Literally, "changing as we speak". Even though I expect to smell the alcohol it's hard to fine.

The taste follows suit. Definitely a blend of a sour and a quad. I was so happy that the sour breaks through strong. The initial taste is mild but it makes you wait, it's like a tease at first but eventually delivers. Starts mellow for about 2 seconds then the balsamic vinegar, wood, & wild yeast shine through. The Old Ale characteristics come through so nicely. It is almost like a 1/3 barleywine, 1/3 triple, & 1/3 strong sour ale blend.

I love the mouthfeel. It sits so long on your palate. This is by far my favor part of the beer. I could eat this beer. It is so chewy. It rides my taste buds like a "headlight on a north bound train".

I would give this a 4.25 overall if it wasn't for the price. The 10% has finally caught up to me. Splitting a 17oz beer seems like nothing but this was pretty special. At this price I will never by more than one or two bottles a month but I am glad I tried it. Happy that Mikkeller went stronger with this beer than many I have tried. It makes me hope more breweries start trying blends with sour ales.

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Photo of drpimento
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bit cold with a fizzy, light tan head that soon settles to a ring andno lace. Color is a hazy red orange with amber highlights. Aroma is fruit, grape, vinegar. Flavor's like nose but much more intense, to the point that some of the flavors are chemically. Pronounced sweettartness with some bitter. Body is ok although the chemical thing isn't too good, carbonation is just right. Finish is like flavor, long, and this is the only bottle for me.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A rather stimulating sour take on a quad...

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Simple Mikkeller label illustrated ala naive/ironic mode by Keith Shore with a car full of enraged monks, one holding a cocktail molotov, over a pink/orange background. Small side note with icon of brewer and an explanation of intent and character. Notes 9.99% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Deep amber to deep amber brown pour, fair frothy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and some spotty lacing.

S - Nose is nicely sour with a sugary hint...

T - …and whoa! Switching seats at first boozy crushed sugar leading to a sour tone. What a nice sense of fruits, crushed sugar, woody sourness, hint of vinegar emerging, light tartness back to the complex malt sugar touch. Cherries, malty sugar, fresh vinegar (if there is such a thing…)

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, and a smooth sense broken by sourness. Nice flow...

O - It grows on you… One of the most memorable Mikkellers I´ve had recently.

Notes: Truly stimulating to me. That crushed sugar with the sour notes felt bizarre to some but how it weaved soft vinegar notes, with caramel, and fruit was something quite memorable.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. no dates indicated.

The smell is nice wild yeast character mixed with some scary straight rotten musk. Overall I'm scared. I usually have a fear no beer attitude. Obviously some truly funkified yeast and bacteria at work.

Pours a murky brown color. Off white head that eventually diminishes. Average carbonation. I really don't care what a beer looks like, but it's kind ugly.

Whoa.. Tastes much much better than it smells. Berries/Raisin/Citrus "yeast" flavors. Backed up by caramel malty body. Bitterness is suiting. Alcohol is pleasantly warming. Mouthfeel has wide range of textures. Aftertaste is tart and tasty.

Found myself drinking rather aggressively considering it's a sour ale @ 9.99%. I'm really impressed. Not a very appealing appearance or aroma, but a delicious and inspiring taste.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Almost no foam on this, but what little that does show up sticks around. Body is cloudy, mostly brown with only the slightest hint of red. Some lacing

S - I don't know about this one. It's a weird smell that is artificial or medicinal or something. When you get past that, it is a nice raspberry sour.

T - A little funk on the front. Slight sourness with raspberry and maybe green apple. Still a little artificial-ness to it.

M - Light bodied and low carbonation. Not great. Drying on the finish.

O - I'm not a big fan of this. Doesn't taste natural to me and that turns me off. Really not a lot going for the beer.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, the beer was poured into a tulip glass giving a light brown color with a modest white head. A sour aroma was immediately noted which is typical of the style. The initial taste gave mixed signals, though the signals mixed well together. Both sweet and sour lemon notes were present. A biscuit and mild grassy flavor were also noted. In the aftertaste, the sweet and sour flavor melted into a nice warming yet spicy alcohol sensation. The level of carbonation seemed appropriate for a sour as it was not overwhelming. This is a very drinkable sour, though it is certainly not Mikkeller's best work.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light brown color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of tart apple notes as well as well as some bread from the malt. The flavor is a little more complex. I get a lot of tart apple and tart cherry notes, as well as some tobacco and bread notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A nice sour, that seemed to split our tasting group down the middle in regard to our scores.

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sur Monk is a fantastic blend of a Belgian Quad and a Lambic. It’s similar to a Flemish Red, pouring a deep reddish brown with a meringue-colored head that’s gone before you can take a sip. It smells like vinegar and cherries that are basted with a little soy sauce. Maybe a little cheese? The taste isn’t easy to pin point, it’s pretty complex. Upfront it’s like apple cider vinegar with some dark sour cherries and vanilla. It’s wild (get it?) that Sur Munk has so many tart/acidic flavors, but the finish is like silk. There’s so much going on here. Unreal.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a capped single pint bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Odell branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy dark carmel hue with golden edges when held up to the bar light - head is thin with nice amounts of lacing and foamy bubbles around the edge of my glass from start to finish.

S: Strawberry vanilla funky goodness - can't really conjure any other words to describe the nose on this one. Has similarities to a traditional Belgian Oud Bruin but with a sour/sweet fruitiness like strawberries or cherries with hints of vanilla - almost like a Pop Tart - some oak and bready characteristics that completely hide the booze in this one that clocks in at nearly 10% ABV - how the hell did he do it ???

T: Totally on point with the nose, but much more dry woodiness in the flavor and more cherry than strawberry, less Oud style and just straight forward fruity sour funk - man I love this one!

M: Medium-bodied, slick and smooth, perfect carbonation for the style with some lingering funk that sticks around for a while.

My goodness - I would love to hate on a beer that costs nearly $20. a pint, but it's really hard to with this one. Would gladly trade or pay for this one again, no problem!!!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky dark honey brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of vinegar, sour fruit, and other tart and funky aromas. Taste is of vinegar, sweet and sour fruit, and other tart and funky flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good sour but it smells better than it tastes in my opinon.

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Photo of lanbewardin
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown amber red, tan head w/ good lacing, cool label

Smells, tart, cherries, sweet, brown sugar, smells like a flanders red or oud bruin

Taste was a bit shocking at first, a lot like the duchess, vinegar, sweetness, tartness, cherries, all rolled into one.

This was very interesting, if you like flemish sours you will probably like this, if you like the Duchess I think you will love this. The Duchess is hard to drink for me and this is kind of the same. The alcohol really isnt very present. I would have guessed this is a 6 or 7 percenter. Its a sipper.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 aroma ml. of malt vinegar, but fun at that. bottle from bruery provisions. the. aroma, malt vinegar. some sugars. medium brown colour. very tasty stuff, despite cloying sugar. medium mouthfeel. pretty drinkable, but glad i shared . SOmething different, change up between other sours.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of fragilehearted
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Sur Munk from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 88 ratings