Mark Of The Yeast | Root Cellar Cafe / Darkside Fermentation

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Root Cellar Cafe / Darkside Fermentation
Texas, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jrallen34 on 03-13-2011

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of nathanmiller
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mroberts1204
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of tjmodica
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

This was the barrel aged version from the last party before the operation was shut down. It was super complex with so much dark fruit, lots of oxidation as well from the age. Low carbonation but overall I am sad that was it, no more darkside. The only beer with this much going on that I have had close would be SNR 2010. Very nice company indeed.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Marked "1•1"

Almost black, with a thick creamy tan head.

Smells like tart dark fruit, with a mildly acetic tang, and noticeable but not overdone herbs. Nice freshness as well as complexity, smells quite inviting.

Delicious tart dark berries and malt up front, then herbs kick in which are tasty and complementary continue gaining strength into the finish. Good very moderate level of sweetness, moderate acidity, and mild herbal bitterness are all in good balance. Ends up finishing with distinct sage and other interesting herbal flavors, bordering on too, much I find myself quite liking it once my palate has adjusted.

Medium bodied, nice and creamy carbonation, quite nice.

An interesting and quite enjoyable beer. I think I tried this a while back and found it good overly herbal, whereas this bottle (with some age on it but I'm not sure how much) was either a bit more mellow in that regard, or I was just expecting it this time - found it quite tasty. Thanks Daniel!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5


Mark of the yeast from a bottle. Posting the review here (although it’s clearly labeled with “666”) because it seems there’s been a double posting. (If it turns out there are bottle variations please let me know.)

Bottle dated 1-1. Purchased 2012, enjoyed 1/2013. Assuming it’s a year old now.

Brewed with raisins, elderberries, sage, wormwood, yarrow and brett.

This is a big beer, a beast of a beer, in fact, and one I didn’t need to crack open on a midweek evening. But then what kind of beer advocate would i be?

This pours with great carbonation. A ruddy dark burgundy-port color with creamy cocoa colored foam. There’s aromas of a medicinal nature, the wormwood (absinthe) character, and strawberries? I get a jammy sweet aroma along with the slightest hints of balsamic vinegar on the nose & flavor. It’s at once oaky, tannic and woodsy with a wisp of Alka Seltzer on the flavor.

It’s mildly medicinal, not as much as some other gruits I’ve sampled over the years, yet incredibly smooth (especially for its strength). Wonderfully sweet and mellow character, with a pleasing sage note that I didn’t remember in the ‘fresh’ version and some brett hints just starting to emerge. The alcohol remains hidden long after it warms. My bottle held up exceptionally well over the year’s time and I could see it keeping for several more years.

Previously, from tap:
This pours a dark, dark brown—almost black in color—with a tight lacing of foam on top. Great big medicinal aroma. Wormwood and elderberries and yarrow and sage, oh my! No hops, since it’s a gruit. And a great one at that. Exceptionally strong yet I couldn’t tell—for 11% it went down all too smoothly. Bitter tasting with that medicinal flavor and long finish that you’re either going to love or hate. Reminds me of a tonic, a real one not some mass produced soda pop version. Fantastic. Wish I had a case of this to hold me over until their brewery gets up and running again.

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Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with mahogany highlights and a thin head that dissipated quite fast and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of bretty funk was noticeable on the first whiff but with lots going on consisting of herbs, spice, dark fruit character, chocolate sweetness but with quite a bit of acidic notes.

T: it had an interesting tart chocolate quality to it upfront alongside spices, herbal notes, slight lactic astringent flavors, hints of vinous tones, with plenty of fig and dark fruit notes.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, spice, herbal and tart finish.

O: very interesting and tasy brew that realliy had me trying to figure out what was hitting the palate.

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Photo of Phelps
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled February 21, this was brewed with raisins, elderberry, sage, wormwood, yarrow and brettanomyces. Shared by ottovon, poured into a snifter.

Dark, mostly opaque mahogany gives up thinness at the edges. One finger of densely fizzy khaki foam, quickly becomes a gloppy ring and spots.

Lots going on in the nose. Lactic sourness, a hint of funk, cocoa powder, maybe some figs and raisins.

The flavor’s less sour than expected, but it’s absolutely a Belgian stout. Some milk chocolate enters mid-palate and crescendoes after the swallow. Prunes and brandy throughout, with fruitiness that also hits at the swallow. Cocoa powder as well as hints of lactic, but the tang never gets above the level of lending sweet fruity notes.

The mouthfeel explodes with fizzy carbonation and large bubbles. Medium-light before it breaks apart. The11 percent ABV is perfectly hidden behind mounds of different flavors.

Mark of the Yeast is better if you just drink it and don’t consider all the stuff within. A little busy, but tasty.

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Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black but seems to have a shade of deep red. The head is a dark tan and stays about 1/4 inch the whole time. Aroma is of toasted malt, light berries and something dry I don't really recognize.

The first sip was more stout like but the second was more like a dark cherry tart. When this is at a colder temp a stout comes thru but once it warms a bit the almost sour fruit comes thru loud and clear. Each sip makes me want to have another.

There is a light dark chocolate and sour fruit at the end. The brett works to bring this all together very well. I wouldn't call it a Quad personally.. but I would call this damn good.

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Photo of jamescain
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel sniffer

Appearance: Black with red hues when held up to the light with a white head about a centimeter thick that fades into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Very herbal and medicinal with strong contributions from the yarrow and sage. There is hint of acidity from the lacto coming through and roasted grains.

Taste: Mild tartness and an herbal bitterness complimented with a roasted chocolate flavor. There is an interesting combination of flavors here that I very much enjoy.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a light mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness.

Overall: I like it a lot actually. I’ve heard the batches vary greatly but I apparently have a good batch. Looks like I have a reason to go to the outlet mall with my girlfriend now.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unlabeled 750ml bottle shared by Bobby. Thanks!

A: The pour is very dark, almost to the point of being black, with some reddish notes and a small tan head. The cork was almost impossible to get out of the bottle.

S: Lots of different fruit aromas. Figs, plums, black currants, and black cherries all seem to be there. There's a subtle tartness to the beer, which I find strangely appealing. Licorice, roast, and toffee are also there.

T: The acidity and tartness is more pronounced on the palate. Dark fruits of all varieties are represented. The roasted character is a bit more subdued, but could also be a contributor to the acidity. Licorice, burnt sugar, and toffee provide the sweetness.

M: Medium to full in body with a low to medium level of carbonation.

O: Good but strange is a good way to describe this beer. I'd be interested to try it again to see how it develops.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 4/2/11 at hophead22's tasting.

Pours very dark brown, more like a stout, with brown head that sticks around a bit but doesnt lace the glass much.

Aroma is very roasty and full of licorice but also present are cherries, spices (dont know what exactly, if any), and some funk. If nothing else it's interesting.

Flavor is like a Belgian stout with licorice, some funkiness, random herbs and spices, some caramel, and plenty of acid (guessing from the roasted malt). The non bretted version of this would probably be good in chili.

Body is medium and over all this is nice but due to high abv and the harshness of the beer it's not drinkable in high quantities.


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Photo of jrallen34
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a plastic cup at Hunaphu... The beer is dark brown, almost black. Lots of tan head, good retention and lacing... The aroma is interesting to say the least, dark fruits with yeast, prunes, a bit of tartness, and lots of herbs and spices. I'm intrigued... The taste doesn't pull together what's going on in the nose and frankly we have a bit of a mess on our hands. All the great things about a quad are ruined as I get a lot of spices, like they tried to mix a quad and a gruit. I'm not a fan.

If presented to you give this unique beer a try but be ready to share with lots of friends.

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Mark Of The Yeast from Root Cellar Cafe / Darkside Fermentation
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 15 ratings