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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thin head on a clear golden copper body and minimal lacing. Aroma of bubble gum, candy sugar, caramel, sour fruits but these are generic but mostly cherry and pineapple. Flavors of bubble gum, tangy fruits, spicey yeast, pepper and caramel. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I really like this style and this one is good but when I think of it in terms of similar beers in the genre it doesnt really stand out for me.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to claystation for bringing this one over. a really good showcase of this yeast, this whole series has been an excellent educational tool. while the differences between the English and American ales and lager versions were all different only subtly, this beer is radically different. the pour is copper and clear like the others, but the head on this is colossal, obviously a much more aggressive strain. the nose is funky like a really good saison, with some tartness and a touch of vinegar acidity. there are floral notes, and still a well balanced malt and hop complexion underneath, same as the others. the flavor od this yeast has some white wine characteristics, and that stereotypical horse blanket funk you associate with wild ales. the beer also finishes much more dry than the others, indicating a more complete fermentation. not quite as bubbly as id like it to be, or rather the bubbles don't last. upon pouring its perfect, but they go away quickly leaving the beer a little flat. also maybe a slightly thinner body than the others. overall this is a very drinkable ale, and it has illustrated very clearly that its all about the yeast. unfortunately its the most overlooked but most important ingredient in beer for both flavor and feel. tip of the hat to mikkeller for putting these all together.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a short and pillow-like head consistently covering the surface along with some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has light to moderately strong and interesting aromas of fruity and funky yeast. Inhaling a deep whiff from the snifter glass produces smells of horse blanket along with hints of ammonia.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of fruitiness and funk along with bits of sweetness from the underlying malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer a lot more compared to the Brettanomyces Lambicus version of Mikkeller's yeast series. It was definitely a lot more drinkable and a beer that you could sip and savor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
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 SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of nickfl
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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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Burnt orange. Hazy. Smaller head than the other yeasts I've had. Retains pretty well.

Smell - Brett is very strong. Kinda fruity, a little appley. Some hops, too. Citrusy. Not much malt comes through.

Taste - Malt is more prominent right up front, then brett. Earthy brett flavors. They get sharper and fruitier. The earthy brett combines with a substantial hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Dry and acidic. Medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Much more complex than the other yeasts I've had from this series. A bit abrasive and more difficult to drink, but nice.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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 jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium copper color. White ring of head.

Fruity aroma, full of tree fruit and hoppy citrus.

Tart, funky, bright citrus hops, big bitterness, some fusel. Dry, lightly tart. Dry oak and lots of hops. Definitely some damp basement must in the flavor. Medium dry body and funky finish.

Overall this is a solid experiment. Well done.

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