Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis | Mikkeller ApS

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Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces BruxellensisYeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 02-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unique and complex. Definitely recommended

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4.65/5  rDev +22%

Lovely texture in the mouth with strong, pleasant papaya flavour and a subtle sweet milkiness with a hint of butterscotch. The aroma was addictive and lent a lot of enjoyment to the experience. Delicately balanced. Would definitely order this again. :)

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4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the cleanest wild ales I've ever seen. A clean copper pour with 3 fingers of fluffy white head, great retention, slow dissipation and lots of lacing. Funky aromas start as you pop the cap off.. Lots of barnyard funk, jasmine, subtle notes of caramel and bread.
Subtle bitterness up front (which does linger) followed by sweet malt and tons of barnyard funk.. Wet hay, jasmine. A really nice flavor profile.
Medium in body with moderate carbonation - has the feel of an ipa.
This was one of the cheapest and best mikkeller beers I've purchased to date. I definitely recommend this if you'd like to pinpoint the perfect Brett brux flavor.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 32-ounce swing-top growler from DeCicco's in Brewster, N.Y. into a Belgian snifter glass.

A: Poured a medium, reddish amber color with a thin, creamy head of off-white foam which retained nicely and left a little lacing around the glass. Carbonation is delicate and the brew has the slightest chill haze.

S: Incredibly complex yeast aromatics which throw musty, barnyard smells together with citrusy orange peel, grapefruit and cherries.

T: A flash of toffee and tartness up front, then leading a charge into very complex and lush fruity and floral characteristics. Not puckering sour or overly sweet, but delicately balanced with citrus, herbal, peppery esters and a wonderful, bracing tartness throughout. The finish is dry, crisp and fruity.

M: Very drinkable and light-medium bodied, the tart and sour flavors produce just a little puckering pull in the mouthfeel. This doesn't deter from it's drinkability, however.

O: I was very pleased with this brew and loved the complexity of fruity malt flavors and yeast aromatics put on display by the Brett. As I get more into sour beers, I'm beginning to see why so many people love the unpredictable yet often positive results of using this wild yeast strain. I look forward to trying other beers in the Yeast 2.0 series and would gladly drink Brett Brux again.

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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(4.0) A: Clear copper with a very tall and bubbly eggshell white head. Sheet lacing and commendable retention.

(4.25) S: An enormous wave of citrus including sweet pink grapefruit, sour white grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. On the back end a slight tropical edge with some banana detectable. Dry grains, pepper, cloves, and honey as well. Bold with a varied mix of aroma.

(4.25) T: Tart grapefruit, lemony, dry apricot, grains, pepper, cracker-like. A tart sourness is present but not over the top along with a significant and enjoyable dryness. Faint tropical tastes on the back end. Refreshing.

(4.0) M: Lighter bodied with a mod-high carbonation. Dry with a semi-grainy texture.

(4.25) D: This is very good and something I would pick-up again. Not overly sour with very nice and fresh citrus aromas and flavours that come through.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Bought with two others from the series, the Saison and the Brett. lambicus.

Pours a rather clear orange-amber hue, with a filmy head of white that only sticks around as a ring. Lacing is excellent, forming intricate, artistic streaks across the glassware. Body has some weight, and holds a good deal of very fine carbonation. Overall, looks pretty good.

Nose is impressive. Big funky aromas from the yeast, giving a multitude of different flavours: peach, plasticky gueuze-tones, green apple skin, lemon dish cloth. It has an acidity noticeable in it as well, or at least the suggestion of acidity. Oh, it's very good: and this all comes from the yeast. Having just tried the Saison version, this one quite clearly gets its advantages from the yeast and the yeast alone. It's a funky bonanza, quite beautifully drawn.

The taste is also pretty decent, although it does suffer the same fate as the Saison did, namely that it's almost bone dry. Here, though, the yeast lifts it a little. Green apple flavours and a mild flat acidity help drive this forward, while the hops seem a lot muted by the funk. Carbonation seems to be a bit strong. In the end, it feels a better showcase of the yeast than the Saison version did: this has a lot of Brett-y characters and a truly wild genesis.

Overall, this is good stuff. This would actually be a pretty decent wild ale in its own right: the aroma in particular is superb, giving a full spectrum of impressive yeasty funk. And otherwise it's very solid. I feel like this gave me a good look at the underbelly of the yeast.

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4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a small head on a clear, amber body. Notes of bubblegum, dank earth, and pepper. Some light tartness up front in the flavor with pepper lemon, and clove. Medium body, fairly high carbonation, and a balanced finish. Not bad, it showcases the Brett nicely.

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4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried with the Brett Lambicus and Saison versions. Pours a medium amber. Very nice color, probably the darkest of the six versions in round two of this series. Good clarity, though that could be the pour and bottle handling. Nice white head. Not quite as big as the Saison version, but it beat the Lambicus. A bit of lacing and pretty good retention. The aroma is the most dramatic of the series. Lots of brett fruitiness. It smells like a funky basket of blackberries, though that's a bit too simple for a description of the fruitiness. It's really a mix of berries with pineapples, lemons, grapes, apples and pears. Mild doughy malt flavor. Lots of leather and earth. The hops might be showing up as part of that fruitiness, but this yeast certainly doesn't show them off effectively. This has the tartest, funkiest taste of the group. Upfront, there's a mix of doughy malt and that fruity tartness, lots of pears, apples, pineapples and berries. Then, it dries out and the funk starts up. Lots of funk and dry yeastiness in the finish with mild hop bitterness. Again, the funk is leather and earth. Mild peppery spice. It's a bit over the top with the brett brux character, but it's great to have such a clear expression. Soft but lively feel. Kind of explodes into a cloud of gentle bubbles with each sip. This was probably my favorite of the bunch because it shows off the yeast flavors so well - the Saison was probably the most enjoyable to drink, context aside. I had a lot of trepidation about his series, and I actually think that they could have done a better job showing off yeast characters, but these were very enjoyable beers, and with a decent discount, I'm quite happy with the purchase.

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