Ninkasi | The Wild Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Wild Beer Co.
England, United Kingdom
wildbeerco.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CwrwAmByth on 02-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
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Photo of BenBreeg
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color yellow gold. Foam white, impermanent.
Aroma: fruity, citrus and apple in the background.
Taste: here the addition of apples is clearly felt, this time citruses are definitely only a background.
Gentian: dry, grapefruit. Saturation average. Alcohol hidden.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at a tasting. Hazy yellow pour with a thin white head. Smells like lemons, brett and bubble gum. The taste is quite brett forward, with notes of bubble gum and grapefruit. Rough mouthfeel, high carbonation and bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma has an intense brett character. Taste starts bitter and yeasty, quite cloying with bitter almonds / apple seeds. Medium body, high carbonation. Quite interesting but the bitter/yeasty flavor doesn't work that well.

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Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy peach with a massive head that lasts the entire glass, draping foam on the way down. Some white grape, granny smith apple and straw in the nose. Melon and pineapple and apple cider in the taste, pretty unusual. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied. The finish is yeasty and watery for the ABV. Alcohol is very well hidden throughout. Hops are extremely restrained.

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Photo of 4ster
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ninkasi has great packaging and the liquid to live up to it - this Champagne yeast-fermented ale is every bit as suited to a classy flute glass as a fancy aperitif. The many teeny bubbles are slightly theatrical and the head they create somewhat of a spectacle. The hazy golden complexion has a bright shine.

A blend of French yeast, English apples, New Zealand hops, and Belgian brewing tradition, it's that last element that ultimately wins out, though all ingredients contribute. The Somerset cider and Champagne yeast get along like old college buddies, each supplying farmhouse and crisp, fall-time orchard fruit flavours. Sniff hard, however, and you'll also find some brighter, more tropical notes in there too.

But as I said, despite the additions, this tastes definitively Belgian through and through. Like a classic Saison, Ninkasi is characterized by a soft cereal and farmhouse graininess, spicy yeasty phenols, prominent fruit notes, and a smidgen of gently warming alcohol. The juice obviously angles the finish towards a prominently apple-y aftertaste, a combination of tart and baking varieties.

Spritzy carbonation and wild yeast go hand in glove; when it comes to dry prickly bubbles and tickling bacterial tartness one enhances the other. All that sour apple flavour and those yeast esters jump around the palate like clowns on pogo sticks before falling down the throat. The mouthfeel is an exciting roller-coaster and you'll want to ride again immediately.

I wouldn't say Ninkasi is "wildly different" but it sure is 'carefree' - a wonderfully refreshing, well-rounded, lightly funky farmhouse offering, this one drinks with complete ease and pleasure. The use of apple juice doesn't have a tremendous impact but the influence is overwhelmingly positive. Ditto for the secondary fermentation. Provided it fits your budget, definitely throw a bottle in the cart.

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Photo of bigox420
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedAleMan
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright beige/yellow color ale with a nice huge white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of residual sugar with nice fruity ester, some ripe apple notes and some cereal notes. Taste is an easily drinkable mix of ripe apple notes, with a solid malt backbone with some residual sugar notes and some light hops also noticeable. Body is full with great bottle conditioning and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Love the mix of apple and Belgian malt and the overall balance of this beer.

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Photo of orangesol
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Molson2000
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bugs318
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

big bubbly white head. Nose is apples and faint barnyard. Taste is similar but a bit like fake apples. Medium carbonation but creamy anyway

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Photo of yancot
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of scott451
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a glass seidel. A huge five finger fluffy white head on a very coudy apricot. Gorgeous. The head sticks around to the end with lots of clingy lace.
Lots of fruit in the nose. Apple, pear and citrus.
Interesting mixture of brett, saison and something sharp and astringent. A sour astringent finish.
Fairly light body for such a big beer. Lightly carbonated.
Very smooth and well balanced. ABV is well concealed. So watch out for this one on a hot summers day! I wouldn’t give it to farm hands if I wanted any farming dome after. Recommended.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one doesn't quite work for me. The apple unfortunately gives it an apple juice-esque flavour, which doesn't appeal. It would also be nice if the yeast provided more of a funky edge.

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Photo of peensteen
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed blonde colour, 2 fingers of dense white head, good lace. Smell is fruity with a prominent brett note, apple and lemony, bit of a earthy cider meets green apple going on, fairly yeasty as well. Taste is quite dry with lingering fruit and a bit of apple cider, lightly sweet cereal malty flavours, some alcohol in the finish, finishes lightly sweet. Medium carbonation, lightly drying feel, medium-full body. Pretty good, an interesting beer for sure, something unique I was happy to try.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a hazy gold color with an enormous white head that lasted for quite a while before leaving thick lacing behind in its wake.

S: Apple and some funk on the nose, but all in all the nose is very mild or subtle.

T: The apple continues on the palate, but the funk is buried. There are hints of the yeast, but it is very mild.

M: Very fizzy/aggressive carbonation...from the champagne yeast. It is a pleasing feel overall with a dry finish and the alcohol hidden well.

O: I wish the wild yeasts came through more, but otherwise not a bad beer.

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Photo of kwjd
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shivtim
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml wax sealed bottle served just above fridge temperature. Served into a Boneshaker snifter. Expensive at $11.65 CDN per bottle. seeing as this a a new brewery to Ontario, I'm interested in what a strong saison from Britain could offer.

Appearance - Hazy rich golden color, bright yellow with honey hues. An impressive two fingers of white head is poured however the staying power is lackluster and barely and lace is formed.

Smell - Some funky yeast aroma, definitely some apple and an underlying "wildness" to the aroma. Repeated whiffs give an impression of funky yeast, bananas and a hint of overripe tropical fruit mixed with kiwi.

Taste - Well, this is a little different. Strong and not-terribly boozy until it hits the back of the throat. Lots of apples and some funky yeast. The flavor doesn't really stick to the tongue, a very quick flash of flavor before some sharper boozy flavors take it away. Best before appears to be August 2018.

Mouthfeel - Sharp and a bit boozy, dry finish, moderately carbonated.

Overall - It's not too bad as far as a saison goes, the apple isn't quite as prevalent as I'd expect and the booziness makes this a bit harsh. Still worth a shot for something unique if you can stomach the price tag.

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Ninkasi from The Wild Beer Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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