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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
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 interistacanadese
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a quintessential sour ale. i am not sure why BA didn't give this a 90!

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
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 TheCrowsNest
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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 dgilks
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of zep9865
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into aecht snifter. Pours a hazy ruby-brown with 1 1/2 fingers of white foam head.

Smells of dark cherry with a tad bit of apricot and raisin. Smell is strong and distinct. There is also a touch of nut.

Cherry is nice, tart, sour, and slightly sweet, with a vanilla, slight booze finish.

How bout a quality almost 10abv sour!!! Very tart on the nose without transitioning into insane alcohol.

Good for you mikkeller, despite being pricey, you killed it on a strong sour that tackled a lot of flavor notes.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 ADZA
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Murky dirty brown/orangish hue which leaves a one finger head and sporadic lacing.

S-Prunes,cranberry juice,sweaty socks and pungent alcoholic fruit.

T-Starts off sweet/sour with hints of cranberries,lemons,pommegranates,bready malts,sherbet and finished with a barnyard funky sourness.

M-Light to medium bodied.

O-Now this is more like it Mikkeller a nice sour that i could drink alot of and its high ABV is very well hidden.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Sur Munk from Mikkeller ApS
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