Uranus - Belgian Golden Ale With 100% Brettanomyces | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Uranus - Belgian Golden Ale With 100% BrettanomycesUranus - Belgian Golden Ale With 100% Brettanomyces

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Uranus, ruler of the heavens, reigns supreme with beauty and brilliance. Gloriously gold in color, URANUS Golden Ale holds title to our first 100% Brettanomyces fermentation and conditioning. Brewed by mere mortals and blessed by the beer gods, this ale deserves to be worshiped.

27 IBU

Added by AKBelgianBeast on 12-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good for being 7 years old.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again ipa247. Snifter, reviewed from notes.

A: Mild gusher of a bottle. Pours an even lemon color with a big white fluffy head that faded to collar.
S: Brett and lemon fill my nose with good notes of citrus and earthy spice.
T: Brett, lemon, green apple and light pale malts. I get minerally flavors of seltzer water as well. Earthy brett comes through in the finish, lemon lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Super frothy carbonation, dry mouth but not crazy, light sourness.
O: I love me some brett but I thought this beer was just okay. Drinks well but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle generously shared by ipa247. Thanks Jeff. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves a bunch of small spots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of funky brett, some apricot, green apple, and a light peppery note. The taste is dry with funky brett, apricot, and green apple. The finish is quite dry and bretty. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Not terribly complex, but a good beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Magnum opened at DLD 2012 by Sean9689...you're badass, bruh. Also, thanks to Alex (I've been saying this a lot) for picking this bad boy up for me at Midnight Sun while he was up there. So cool.

A - Pours a mirky golden color, frothy white head, spotty lace.

S - Citrus, stone fruit, tons of brett, light tartness. Not hugely complex, but still, for what it is it's a really nice brett-based beer.

T - Again, lots of brett, some citrus peel, light tartness, stone fruit. Pretty much zero alcohol notes, which is the why it should be after 4 or so years of age. Finish is brett and citrus funk.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, clean brett finish.

O - Pretty good beer, and as-expected, lots of brett! This beer didn't blow me out of the water or anything, but it was good and exactly what I was expecting (for the most part). Got to share this one with a bunch of people at DLD, and that's what it's all about.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks Javier! Snifter.

A: Pale yellow with a big mousse-like head that lingers for ages. Lots of lacing.

S: Apple, pear, and melon. Effusive leather and earth. Balanced and expressive. Grains and biscuit with a light spiciness. Smells great.

T: Soft fruits are lightly sweet, reminiscent of pear and ripe apple. Biscuit and grains meet earth, leather, and faint floral notes. 

M: Lower medium with high carbonation. 

Overall: Excellent. I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a bit white head. A really nice tartness on the nose. Apples, pears, and maybe some tropical fruit. At least some yeast and maybe some pale malt. Straw and pale fruits with some tropical fruits and citrus notes. A really good beer. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan for sharing this one. Poured from a magnum.

Pours a half finger of white head. Color is a vibrant hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Bready and dry. Very Belgian like. Coriander, yeast, spices, grassy and earthy hops. Some oaky flavors.

Taste: Medicinal and funky. Very bretty. Very floral. Grape skins. Yeast and bready malts. Earthy and grassy. Coriander and clove. A lot of spices. Some wine like characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this was a nice golden ale. Drinks very easily. I like the dryness of this beer. I could drink a fair share of this.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice golden amber color that was very cloudy and hazy but also had a huge head of white peaking up and over the top. lots of lacing up an down the sides of the glass.

aroma is ultra hoppy with loads of pine and citrus bursting at the seems here, really nicely done with a light yeast that brings apples and pears right to the front here, again just what i needed. light, well carbonated an loaded with a pop that was just superb,. each sip starte with a quick hit of light citrus, an smooth mellow fruit notes that were accented by a lovely peppery finish. really just damn, damn good.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle.

Pours a slightly-hazy golden color with a nice white head. Really fantastic lacing on the sides of my tulip. The nose is really nice with some hay, light citrus, stone fruits, and a bit of barnyard funk.

The taste isn't quite as complex as the nose, but is still quite nice and funky; the Brett definitely makes itself known, and this is completely apparent in the feel which has a really nice funk presence.

Drinks quite well in general; I am a big, big fan of this and pretty much everything from Midnight Sun.

Update 04.28.2012: Thanks to Sean9689 for opening a magnum of this at DLD 2012. Unbelievable Brett presence in this one with a great dry finish. Scores bumped accordingly.

Original scores: 4.5 / 4.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4.5

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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fruity colour with one half inch of foam, lots of spider lace. 2 months after due date. Some mold spus, funky aromas. Somewhat creamy and bretty body. Bretty bite and yeasty taste. Lovely. Satisfying and well-crafted. Thanks, Mr. Squires for your trip up to Alaska.

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4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes from the Epic Philly tasting last March. Graciously provided by randawakes.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a nice, one and a half finger white as snow head. The head lasts quite a while and is very frothy and thick. It does not dissipate quickly like most Brett beers.

S: Amazing. The Brett funk comes through and pairs with the apple, pineapple, and lemon funk very well. There is so much tropical fruit in the nose I was dumbfounded. So much funk as well and perhaps a hint of oak and white wine. Definitely some hay as well.

T: Brett dominant. If you like Brett, you will love this. Tons of funk, dry white wine, pineapple, apple, oranges, papaya, mango, and pepper.

M/D: Great.

Overall, a superb Brett beer. Not sour, but totally funky.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had a few of their brett beers now and let me say up front whatever strain they are using it is awesome.

A: Clear golden color. Quite a bit of visible carbonation. Minimal white head that quickly went away.

S: Tons of bret. Apples. Funk. Horse. Little bit of white grapes as well.

T: Bret and funk. Just really well balanced. Fruit. Apples and again grapes in the finish.

M: Super dry. Well carbonated. Bone dry.

D: Really nice. The bret really developed in this one and has taken over.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to randawakes for this one...and the others that he sent to age for later consumption. Consumed 4th on Day 2 of our epic tasting. Belgian Strong Pale Ale? Right...I think this is a wild.

Pours a cloudy golden color. Fluffy white head perches above the straw-colored body and sticks to the edge of the glass producing sticky irregular rings of lace.

Aroma is filled with peachy and pear esters and a ton of wild brettanomyces funk. The acidity on this beer is incredibly low. There is also a nice lemony sourness that I find very inviting.

Again, on the palate, there is very little acidic sourness, but the brett gives off an incredible funk. Fruity esters again make a notable appearance. The peaches and pears are accompanied by melon and pineapples. A citric sweetness balances out the funk and sourness.

The finish is smooth and drying. I can't wait to see what this becomes in a couple of years. For a beer with 100% wild yeast, the balance and complexity blow my mind. The sweetness is striking, and really complements the flavors and sourness.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ditmier brought this over last week... Thanks Eric!!! Very Cool!! Reviewed from good notes.

This should certainly be in the American Wild Ale category.

Hazy lite golden/yellow.. nice head dies back quickly.. nice lacing...

Nice brett funk... dusty cobwebs... pale malts show with some pear and peach... but the dirty brett really dominates.. horsey...

very dry funk.. lemon zest plays well in the middle.. is this wood-aged? some tannins say, yes. leather... wet leather.. the lemon finishes with some dust...

the body is medium... bigger than I was expecting.... plenty of small bubble carbonation.. really, this is nice.. I was hoping Eric would crack this for a long time, but now, I wish he would have waited... Uranus has a long shelf life.


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Photo of DefenCorps
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jeez, I feel old. I think I need a beer. The ticker has inexorably clicked forward, never to move back and I'm a year older now. Sigh.

I don't know why this is Belgian SPA, a beer entirely fermented with Brett is a Wild Ale in my book. This bottle comes way of John who was kind enough to grab me a bottle of this when he was in AK recently.

A fucking spectacular pour if ever there was one. Crystal clear amber colored pour with a thick, off-white head with phenomenal retention and lacing. One of the better looking beers I've had recently.

As good as it looks, this smells better. This is pretty much what I want from an all-Brett beer, with a ton of white peaches, melon, tropical fruit (some pineapple, a little passion fruit) and a delicate vinous character, with white grapes. Quite awesome, this reminds me of Sanctification out of the bottle. There's also a touch of clove in the background, and a little bandaid. Funky, there's some musty attic, cobwebs, dust-on-skeletons. Very delicate, mildly bready with a touch of honey, this is downright incredible. I want to say I get just a little white wine vinegar, and this characteristic grows as it warms. Dumping the yeast into a second glass reveals a mild lemon character, and introduces a grassy, hay-like character as well as some woody vanilla. The range of flavors on the nose is just incredible.

The palate opens mildly tart in a way I have a hard time describing, apart from it being mildly seltzer-like.Behind that tartness, there's an explosion of all things Bretty. Fruity with a melange of cantaloupe, peach, canned pineapple coupled with a beautifully expressed funk character, cheesy and mildly footy in nature. The depth of flavor in this beer is pretty remarkable. Clove and bandaid aren't really noticeable on the palate, this is all about the fruit and the funk. Acidity is pretty low, and I can't really say I get much vinegar. There's a little sweetness present, but not much, and it's mostly fruity in nature. Drying and fruity on the finish, this beer is quite excellent. The finish evolves from a fruity character to a drying tart nature. Medium-light in body with high carbonation, this beer feels great on the palate, but just a little bit more acidity would help tighten this up quite incredibly. Absolutely drinkable, this beer just isn't lasting very long in my glass. I need to track down another bottle or two.

In summary, this beer reminds me of one of the better beers I've had- Beatification 001 (NOT PH1). The strong fruity, melony character with the mellow sourness is quite similar, and the funk character reminds me of Sanctification. If you read my reviews of those beers, you'll see that neither of these comparisons is a bad thing.

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