Sur Munk | Mikkeller ApS

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Sur MunkSur Munk

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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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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 88
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
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 Daniellobo
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
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 +19.2%
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 +17.8%
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 zep9865
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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 +9.6%
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 SittingOnAMtnTop
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 +9.6%
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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Photo of foles
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Browny, coppery, red, with a creamy head, low carbonation. Rich sour cherries on the nose. Heavy on the funky deep malty/sour smell. Wow. Somewhat scary... Almost worried about how big and sour this baby is going to be.

Into the mouth – bang – devilishly sour & funky up front, but to my surprise smooths out on the palate -certainly not harsh or puckering. Bit of cherry sweetness comes through with a quick and sharp finish with the sweetness lingering. Rather light mouthfeel. Not detecting any alcohol in the flavour, despite the abv of 10%. I can appreciate how the cherries are used to balance out the high ABV, in the same way malt would in another beer. Very nice and not overbearing like I was expecting. However maybe missing that middle palate complexity that would make it great.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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 metter98
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Onibubba
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll never say no to a new sour. Nice pour, typical of a flemish brown or red. Smell is monsterously confrontational. Similar to Victinar, but more like a potent combination of duck sauce and balsamic vinegar strained though a dirty sweat soak. Woof. It is strong and sweet smelling in an almost rotten way. Kind of like raw meat a day or two past expiration. Taste is sweet sour, somewhat similar to Duchesse, but with that weird, almost unpleasant, leftover chinese food aftertaste. Still, I have to rate the taste and smell highly, because, what the hell, there is nothing else like it.

Drinkability is awesome for a nearly 10% beer, and right on target for a flemish red or brown - Which, by the way, is much more on target a description for this beer than "american wild."

Recommended with reservations. Scary good stuff. Like, really scary.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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 dbossman
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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 AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1/3 pint served in a Teku glass in the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. From notes. Reviewed 7 June 2011.

A: Opaque at some angles, translucent at others. The beer is an orange-tinted brown. Blackcurrantish? Yellowish as well; ochre? No head.

S: Sour. Fruity. It smells like a relish. A bit of vinegar or fermented grapes. Acerbic and harsh, yes, but perversely pleasant.

T: Initially I thought it was terrible; I could barely swallow. But, bracing myself, I rallied for a second sip. It was surprisingly palatable. Over time, it really grows on me. The taste is somewhat indescribable. It's like...eating chutney. Grapey, alcoholic, chutney. It's incredibly tart. Sourly super-acidic. Why do I like this beer? I don't know, but I really do.

M: Thin, sharp, biting, and bitter. Barely carbonated.

O: It's an odd sort of beer, I imagine it would be quite divisive, such that I can't recommend it. Paired with cheese and red onion chutney.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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 spicelab
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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 JohnnyHopps
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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 lanbewardin
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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 crossovert
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

It pours a nice color. It is a reddish caramel brown with a slight murkiness and a nice creamy off-white head.

The smell is surprising. It has elements of lunch meat and strawberry yogurt. There is also a big hit of processed caramel. It is pretty funky, not too sour on the nose.

The flavor is a bit more sour. It is also sweet. It really has a tangy yogurty taste to it with berries. The caramel "quad" base comes through as well.

This one grows on you as you drink it. I was initially skeptical but it is pretty good.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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 homebrewhawk
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a dark copper with a finger of off white head. Deeply tart aroma with cherries and some vinegar. Lighter side of medium bodied, not a lot of carbonation. Taste is similar to the aroma, very tart and acetic. I don't really get much Quad character, it is more like Duchesse de Bourgogne, but more over the top. I didn't know the abv, but I wouldn't have pegged it at 10%, the alcohol did show. Interesting beer, but I doubt that I would buy it again, especially at the price.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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 flannelman808
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: oddly colored this pours a mars brown with an orange ochre tinge where the glass thins. Light pale tan head forms, fairly thin and quickly fleeting, atop the beer. decent lacing though.

S: Tart vanilla yogurt is the first thing that comes to mind. black sugared raisins and fig come through as well.

T: FUNKeeee. This is truly a weird one... bitter, sweet; and acetic flavors of hay, mild aged vinegar; orange pith, and Fig newton interact with one another in a ass backwards way. Its not all bad but desperately needs both more acid and more carbonation.

M: pretty flat' overall

O: not one to sought after, but It might be worth trying again in a year to see if anything has changed for the better.

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