Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Lambicus | Mikkeller ApS

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Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces LambicusYeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Lambicus

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Brett

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 01-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of kylehay2004
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No head really on a a clear golden with copper hues body, no lacing. Aroma includes yeast, orange, resin, some sour orange but overall a mild aroma when for this style you want the aroma to draw you in in anticipation of the flavor. The flavor is just not very sour. I had the Brux version which I felt was alot better. Notes of candied orange, yeast, caramel. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One finger of white foam on a lightly hazy, amber body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace. Sweet malt, lightly funky yeast, and lots of clove. Light funk, clove, pepper and a sweet, malty finish. Medium body, modately high carbonation, and a dry finish. Not nearly as good as the Brux version, but interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of djtomain
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of JPlo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Nice white head. Doesn't seem to have the retention that the other variants had. Lopsided chunky collar.

Smell - Very fruity. Tropical fruits, a touch of brett earthiness. Doughy malts.

Taste - More tropical fruit. Gives it a sweetness. Maybe that's malt. It does seem like it has a muddled and messy pale malt flavor. Hardly acidic at all, but the brett flavors build up along with a hop bitterness. Dries out and gets more bitter.

Mouthfeel - Feels heavy at first and then lightens out throughout the sip. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not what I expected from something labeled Brettanomyces Lambicus. Not sour. I guess it might get more sour with age, but right now it's very fruity.

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Photo of volta
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a thin white mousse. Head retention is only so-so. A minimal amount of lace is present on the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of caramel, cream, biscuit, oak, must, carambola, unripened pineapple, unripened grapes, and papaya are fleeting on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, oak, cream, lemon, lime, unripened pineapple, unripened grapes, white pepper, carambola, must, and chalk are present. The finish is dry and quenching with notes of must, unripened pineapple, oak, caramel, carambola, white pepper, and cream.

M: On the lighter side of medium and very dry. Carbonation is firm. Much like the other beers in Yeast Series 2.0, this one is very easy to drink.

O: Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Lambicus is not quite as drinkable, complex, and intriguing as the Brettanomyces Bruxellensis entry in the series. Still, this is a solidly crafted, likable ale in its own right. I can see it going over well with fans of sour ales.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is further evidence that yeast is king. it determines everything, and this beer is a great testament to what this strain can do. it pours similar to the others, reddish orange with some haze and a monster white head with pretty food retention. the nose is way funked out, more than a saison but not quite a sour. this yeast really delivers some farmy notes, fruity tartness, and grassy aromas and flavors without overpowering the sturdy hop profile at all. this is a great balance, and like some others in the series, particularly the English style, I wish this was available in affordable 6 packs, its that tasty. very complex and there is a richness of feel about it. the carbonation is the brightest of any of the yeast series so far, and the body is made lighter and more drinkable because of it. this is a series every serious beer drinker should try, its a great educational tool. im not sure I have the stones to use this yeast yet as a homebrewer, but I certainly appreciate mikkellers use of it here. this is top stuff.

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Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Chico1985
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I tried the Lager installment recently and enjoyed it, thought I'd try more from this interesting series.

Poured to a tulip a hazy pumpkin orange with a finger of fizzy white head. About half a cap remains on top by the end, not much for lace.

Good scent, not surprisingly, it's pretty much straight up a bundle of brett. Lots of fruity notes of citrus and mango, some light sock funk, barnyard, yeast.

Taste is toned down, a bit more balanced though with the pale ale showing through - decent hoppage. Grassy and slightly fruity hops with some toffee and biscuity malts join forces with white grape, yeast, light funk, some lactic notes. Good but a little bit of a clash.

High carbonation is a bit on the spiky side, mouthfeel otherwise is fine. Nice tameness makes this funky yet drinkable.

Perhaps a good choice for brett beginners, but maybe not the best representation since there's a pretty present hoppy pale ale there. Good but probably a one-time purchase.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Tried alongside the Saison version and the Brett. bruxellensis.

Pours a quite clear orange-amber hue, with a reasonably full and frothy head of white that leaves some streaky lace. Body looks reasonably light, and doesn't actually hold a lot of carbonation. Overall, it looks reasonably good.

Nose has a sticky, plasticky tone to it, but it's extremely muted. Slight papery aroma, a little faint greenness, some herbal tones. Overall, though it's really quite weak. Having tried the brux version just before it, this seems tame and weak by comparison—perhaps it feels a little like some of the best characters from this are missing, and some of the aromas present here are best served when mixed with the brux.

Taste is clean and clear, with a decent green funk which sits on the middle of the palate. Mild carbonic-like acidity runs the length, and allows the beer to finish very cleanly on the back. Again, it feels like this is just filling in some holes in the brux. The acidity and cleanliness of it is actually very pleasant though: without a true puckering sour character, it remains very clean and drinkable.

Feel is light and dry. It matches the beer nicely, and provides a very pleasant drinkability to the brew.

Overall, yeah, I like this. It's a lot less complex and a lot less flavoursome than the brux version, but it's also a little cleaner, fresher and more drinkable. Together, I feel like they make a complete package.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium orangish copper in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of barnyard funk are present from the brett yeast, there are lighter notes of earthiness. There is a touch of light citrus/lemon hops in the background which becomes noticeable as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malt but there is not any sweetness present. That is followed by light notes of citrus/lemon hops and some moderate to strong amounts of barnyard funk and earthiness. There is a light amount of fruitiness that comes out as the beer warms. Light amounts of sourness/tartness and bitterness present in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: As someone that enjoys and appreciates some funkiness and brett in particular, I thought this was a really enjoyable beer that highlights that aspect of the beer without being overwhelming. Definitely a good way to understand what the brett yeast contributes to a beer.

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Photo of JellyJacket
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Etan
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hopleaf.

A: Pours a clear reddish orange with a nice white head.

S: Smells quite fruity - pineapple, sour apple, some very light earthiness.

T: The taste brings more light, fruity acidity, reminiscent of citrus with an acetic touch. Bready with a bit of muskiness. Seems to be pretty well-hopped as well.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: An interesting beer. The brett gives off aromas and flavors I would normally, in ignorance, attribute to the hops.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very lightly hazy orange yellow with a fizzy white head which leaves a modicum of lace.

S: Bready malt with notes of mushrooms and white pepper, yeasty, lightly floral.

T: Sourdough bread with a very light acidity. Floral and herbal notes. Saison/pale ale mix kind of feel.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, fairly clean, fizzy carbonation.

O: I like the experiment, just wish this wasn't so expensive since I'd like to try more of the series.

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Photo of JxExM
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bark
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of popery
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried with the Brett Brux and Saison versions. Pours a bright golden amber. Slightly lighter in color than the Brux and darker than the Saison, but they're all darker than the previous group of English, American and Lager versions. Very good clarity, though that could be about the pour and bottle handling. Smallish white head. This one has the least head of this group. Some lacing but a decent film of bubbles sticks around for some time. The aroma has lots more yeast character than the Saison version. The brett is clear and easy to pick out. Interesting, complex aroma. Along with the Brux version, this beer has little hop aroma compared to the other four versions. There's some lemon rind, but it's pushed down by earth, spice, funk and brett fruitiness. Mild tartness, just a bit of citrus and berries. A little bready. Nice barnyard-ish complexity, but it's harder to pick out than in the Brux version. There's a sorta brine-ish note in there that I wasn't expecting. Light stone fruits, wet earth. Nice. The taste has more brett character, particularly fruitiness, along with that funny salty flavor. Pleasant doughy malt flavor. Peppercorns and mild mushrooms. Maybe some wheat spiciness, as well. Berries and apricots. Very tasty beer. Dry, particularly in the finish. More subtle than the Brux version. Mouthfeel is mildly prickly, less so than the Saison version. Light on the palate. Very good beer. This beer won't blow you away, but it's better than many more expensive beers that weren't made primarily to give a lesson on brewing.

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Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Lambicus from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 91 ratings