Ninkasi | The Wild Beer Co.

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3.81/5
Very Good
52 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#21,071
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
52
pDev:
9.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Hopbomber
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Bugs318
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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 77black_ships
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

75 cl. bottle sampled at RBESG 2013.

Label: Really liking the look of these Wild Beer labels. This one is obviously no exception. Description says that this is beers contains New Zealand hops, apple juice and wild yeast. That champagne yeast was used for second fermentation, sounds very promising.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a creamy white head.

Smell: Light yoghurt, touch lactic, dash sour, light apples & sour malts.

Taste: A not entirely successful mishmash of spoiled yoghurt, wild farmhouse stuff, rotting apples, fermenting berries, bitter barnyard, some hay, spices.

Body: Thick yeast and malts.

Overall: The concept sounds very interesting but the executions leaves a lot to be desired. It is not bad necessarily but it is a large and only slightly enjoyable mess in the end.

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Photo of jruffner
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
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 shivtim
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of orangesol
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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 KAF
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bf_89
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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 samEBC
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigox420
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark yellow. Fruity sry apple nose and spiced yeast notes; and tart. Good balance of funky and tart. Tastes Fizzy and fruity. Dry sulfides and apple cider, chardonnay notes. Light funk throughout, moderatr tartness, semidry palate. Notes of wood, tart and farmhouse funk, and spice.

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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrenihan
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Marius
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Ninkasi from The Wild Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 52 ratings