Ninkasi | The Wild Beer Co.

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51 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CwrwAmByth on 02-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,716
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
51
pDev:
9.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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 dcmchew
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orangesol
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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 KAF
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of samEBC
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in massive seven fifty ml bomber with wax covered cap
Pours a slightly hazy golden body with big g foaming white head
apples sharp fruit vinegar and sherbet
Cider elements with champane and saison sour

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Photo of jrenihan
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -1.8%
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 mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Photo of peensteen
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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 kwjd
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADZA
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big fan of these guys and ill buy every release I see anyway it pours a cloudy honey hue with a creamy four finger rising head with creamy clingy sticky lacing everywhere,the smell is Granny Smith apples,Brett and funky yeast so enticing,the feel is creamy carbonated moderately and the tastes are basically the three elements of apples,Brett and saison are so beautifully entwined that they really just bring out the best in each other and work so well ill definitely be buying another bottle good stuff fellas don't change.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh floral and spice flavor.

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Photo of yancot
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Ninkasi from The Wild Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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