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Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis | Mikkeller ApS

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Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces BruxellensisYeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis

Brewed by:
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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2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of bnes09
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange color. Nice head retention with sticky lacing. Hoppy, citric aroma. Funky with lots of Brett in the nose. Base flavor of stale rye bread. Brett funk hits full force and leaves a nasty staleness behind. Spiciness from the hops is over-shadowed by the funk. Medium bodied with a coarse, sandy texture. Even bit down on a couple crunchy chunks of residue. Overall, nice idea but the execution was poor.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cost was $6 USD at a local SoCal beer shop. 6.40% ABV confirmed. Imported by the Shelton Bastards; you can blame them for the pricetag. Brewed & bottled at De Proef. "Pale Ale." 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; this is me favourite brewer in the world.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a five finger head - fairly thin - of beige colour, no real cream, and pretty good (~5+ minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent copper. Fairly vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. Typical of the style, but nothing here is unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it. Generally appealing, if not ideal for a Pale.

Sm: A pleasant assertive fruitiness accompanied by complementary floral hop character. Light sweetness. Yes, I get biscuity brett yeast - but it's not as funky as I'd expect. A bit gym sock-esque, but not fully. Pale malts. A average strength aroma; it's not particularly appealing but it isn't off-putting either. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Pale malts, biscuity yeast, and assertive bretty funkiness. It's not great for a Pale Ale - the yeast clashes with the flavour profile - but it's interesting. Hopping is floral and generic. Balanced but unimpressive. It's simple and lacks subtlety. I like it in a general sense, but nothing really stands out here. The hopping is well done, but it seems the brett yeast works against it; I've enjoyed the hops in the other yeast series beers I've had better.

Mf: Slightly coarse and wet. Good carbonation. Decent thickness. Decent body. Below average presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile okay. There's nothing special or unique here, but it gets the job done. I'd prefer it a bit smoother. I do like the understated softness.

Dr: An educational beer from Mikkeller but not one that justifies its pricetag as an import. I definitely wouldn't get this again, but it was interesting to try. It shows you how brett yeast affects a beer - and obviously it's not a good effect on a Pale Ale. Drinkable but underwhelming. A bit of a let down.


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Photo of BcOneSeven
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Invinciblejets
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wild ale??? Where??
Just taste like a decent pale ale..
Not much funk to speak of...

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller continues to deconstruct beer by picking apart the individual characteristics that make sour ales sour. This highly individualistic yeast strain offers up a tutorial of must, dust, fruit, and bitter wood complexities.

And that education continues with a beer that pours like hefeweizen.. Cloudy, hazy, and with goldenrod and peach overtones, the beer's yeasty presence is made known. An off-white head caps the beer but then quickly recedes for a terse presentation with only slight traces of lace.

Bready-sweet aromatics seem of straight yeast extract, baking bread, and dough. But then the pungent scent of hay, must, dried citrus fruit peels, weathered oak, saddle leather, and a brisk whiff of sea air offer up a funky and almost moldy scent to accompany the malt. Its certainly an earthy aroma that gives more fruit notes that I expected.

The beer develops a taste that's also yeasty, bready, and grainy-sweet. But then a tart flavor of lime peels, grapefruit peels, oranges, and apples ensue. Cedar, white wine must, and grape seed come next, but wit earthen sod, sod and sassafras keep the varying flavors comming but the beer never becomes sour even through its deeply musty and of funk. Sharp bitterness closes out the taste as the beer dries and brings out a cellar-like taste.

Light, creamy, and sharp to texture- the beer's early bready sweetness is shed and a turn to moderate acidity, powdery dryness, and sharper tannin-like astringency accompanies the bitterness and makes the beer taste and feel like oak aged Chardonnay. Light alcohol warmth hides the tannin with little success.

Where the beer does a great job of exhibiting the Brett-funky-forward aroma, taste and texture, I keep expecting the sourness of more complex sour ales to ensue. But the souring agents don't exist here- only the funky-fresh, nearly barnyard notes do. This is both the education and simplification that this kind of series offers.

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3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of beerhawk41
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of djtomain
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of bbadger
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rekrule
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Juicer
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice big foamy head. A lot of the brettanomyces barnyard funk in the smell, very nice. The taste is dry and acidic. I was looking for some more sweet tartness. Got a weird aftertaste. Meh

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Dave the dude, Thanks mang!

The beer is transparent with a copper body and a towering white head. The aroma brings a healthy amount of brett, earth, mineral scents, sweet, fruity, esters. Mineral flavor with brett and earth and a splash of black pepper. Light caramel malt with some mushroom character. This was fun to drink, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of beaulabauve
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz snifter @beerrevolutionedm.

This beer appears a clear medium bronzed amber colour, with one finger of thinly foamy, slightly wispy off-white head, which leaves little beyond some random specks of remote islet lace around the glass as things move south.

It smells of bready caramel malt, musty orange peel, roundly funky yeast, a bit of mouldy pine, and some soft overripe lemon. The taste is more strangely even pale malt - still bready, a tad doughy, and tamely caramelized, understated, rather toothless earthy funk, citrus cream, softly leafy pine, and more month-old lemon.

The bubbles are quite laid-back and generally just supportive, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, the hops and 'yeast' not really interested in making a fuss. It finishes off-dry, the malt, wavering funk, and somewhat peppy hops all still active and relevant.

A nice, less than challenging introduction in the wild world of Brett - the funk here seems all too polished and denatured, which isn't a bad thing, of course, but I'm assuming that this was made strictly without any other competing yeasts. It's actually rather approachable, despite the bartender's protestations.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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