Buxton / To Øl Sky Mountain (Himmelbjerget) | Buxton Brewery

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Buxton Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Kirk on 12-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a bottled-on date of Aug 2013. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label suggests the magnificent madness of a lunatic, but doesn't tell you much except that this beer is sour.

Poured into a chalice. Bottle conditioned. A very hazy orange-amber hue with plentiful fine sediment and low carbonation. Yields a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before disappearing. Aroma of sharp, lactic sourness with hints of white fruit, hops, earthiness, faint husks and an underlying twinge of sauerkraut. Unusual and not entirely satisfactory.

Tastes of tart lactic acid with a dry finish. Possessed of considerable sourness, with notes of lemon peel, faint citrus, earthy yeast and a vague fruitiness. Highly attenuated and exceptionally dry, followed by a lingering acidity that envelops the palate. Mouthfeel is tingly and dry; verging on harsh, with decent body but a lack of carbonation that renders it rather textureless. Very astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of lactic acid, earthy yeast and faint fruitiness.

Intriguing but flawed. I like Berliner Weisse and am happy to sample a new take on the style, but there's something not quite right about this one. Lacklustre looks with a weak head, and an aroma that is tart and earthy but spoiled by unpleasant undertones. The flavour is better; the sourness all-encompassing but more rounded. Body could use improvement, beginning with the carbonation. Hard to know what to make of it - perhaps I should have drunk it sooner? If sour brews float your boat then this is worth a punt.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stephenlee
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Faint head over a hazy, murky, yellowish body. Dry fruit skins. Not sour, not a mountain, though perhaps it is in Denmark, eh. Flat and pallid. Mildly tart, slightly citrusy finish. Ancient tasting.

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Photo of Rick778
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of epyon396
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With the collaborative efforts of Buxton and To Ol, their combined sour ale is redolent with the clean and lactic acids while its underlying character is crisp, dry and supportive with light malt.

Pouring a bright golden hue, the ale displays a slight longevity of foam, light and delicate the bubbles succumb quickly to the beer's acidity and light body. Aromas of gooseberry, sour apple and tart plum all strike the nose ahead of the delicate taste of powdered sugar and dry grain.

As the flavors open up, the sweetness and grain fade in rapid fashion and paves the way for the sourness to dominate the middle palate. Clean lemon, lime, white grape and berry flavors are all both of the under-ripened variety in its sourness, and of the dried must of over-ripe character. Lightly of brine and woodsy must, the ale trends dry and earthen heading into finish.

Its finish comes quick as the ale dissolves from the palate in light and airy fashion. Despite its fleeting carbonation, the light and acidic taste is calmly of watery texture while the acidity cleans the palate with ease. An aftertaste of light wheat and berry give a quick memory of sourness as the beer vacates the mouth.

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Photo of Doublechar0517
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dalepryor
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 7/25/14. Best by: 7/25/16.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is slightly sour with grain, citrus fruit, citrus juice, pickle juice, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, and pickle juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting pickle juice presence in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of dataylor21
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beervana
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Kirk
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dcmchew
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tykechandler
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

hoppy berliner weiss. this beer is delicious!

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Buxton / To Øl Sky Mountain (Himmelbjerget) from Buxton Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 19 ratings