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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
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap that the MSBC loft - cloudy yellow with a very tight, creamy off-white head, decent last to the thick skim, leaving heavy lace.

Smell is AMAZING. Wow. Loving this. There's some definite brett funk, some bready yeastiness, nice floral almost sweetness.

Taste is quite good as well, a nice tartness that isn't to common with pure brett beers, some iron note, light malty sweetness that briefly emerges mid-palate before a lingering, funky finish.

Mouthfeel is very creamy with a dry finish, medium bodied.

Drinkability is exceptional. Wow, fantastic Belgian blonde. Loving this, my favorite of the whole trip, I drank it a lot over a couple weeks in Anchorage for the solstice (and some work ;).

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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 treyrab
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 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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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 auroracrisis
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a friend, poured into a Duvel tulip from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a murky golden hue with a two finger creamy head. Real true to the style. The head dissipates soon to a smaller few centimeter brim with small bubbles over the top of the brew.

Smells as my friend says "as if I smelled a berry that had been sitting on the ground for awhile." Funky, bready, some malt, fruity. Lots going on in the smell of this. It smells so good.

It tastes great. The taste is some what everywhere. It's sweet and malty but also bready. But then the wild yeast comes in and funks everything up. Sorry if I'm not too good at describing these flavors but it is great.

Mouthfeel is good. Nothing substantial but it gets you by.

Drinkability is rather high. A complex taste and good mouthfeel adds to that. The ABV sorta off sets the drinkability but not by much. I could have a few more of these to be honest.

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

The next in the ongoing planet series. A belgian style golden ale with 100% brett fermentation and conditioning.

First of all, let me say, if you are expecting a full on, balls out, palate raping sour lambic or wild ale, this is not it. Although somewhat sour, this one is all about the FUNK!

Pours a nice clear golden color with a slight haze and a stark white head that fades fairly quick into a ring and small bubble islands and leaves mediocre lacing.

There is certainly some brett and sour notes in the nose. Along with some woodiness, horse blanket, total barnyard funkadelics, some light appley fruit as well.

Taste follows. Big funky flavor, horseblanket barnyard action, apples, grass, crisp pear, some slight spice, and then more and more funkiness. The sour element is here, but it is not going to hit you like beers that also include pedio and lacto. This really is like a BPA/BSPA and not a wild ale. although it is 100% wild yeast. Anyway, a bit of sourness and massive funk linger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is just about right. Carbonation is spot on, and the thickness is right where it should be for the "style". The quotations are because this one is sort of a style melder.

Drinkability is very solid here, as this one is quite poundable. The abv doesnt show, and the sourness is not hardcore, heartburn sour. A very pleasant and drinkable ale.

Overall, it is hard for me to not compare this one to Pluto. This is alot like pluto, but the brett influence here is quite a bit stronger. Most might expect more sourness, but that is not Brett's bag baby, no pedio or lacto in this, so the sourness is sublte. I had trouble choosing a style to put this under as it fits the defenition of wild ale, but really is like a BSPA. Its tough to say. But, if the beer is good, which it is, who cares about the style? Anyway, looking at this from a lambic or wild ale perspective, one would be dissapointed for sure, but if you know about wild yeasts, you know that Brett does not necessarily = sour without the help of pedio and/or lacto bugs. this should be looked at from the perspective of a BSPA, and it is fantastic! haha. so that is where this one lies. Another great brew from M sun. Good work guys.

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

The source of more terrible drunken jokes than I'd like to admit. Clear golden body with a big fluffy white blanket of foam. The nose is almost pure brett, intensely footy and funky, a bit Orval-like but intensified. On the palate it's dry, citrusy, cheesy and funky. There's a light tartness, but this is more of a funk showcase. The grainy malt base is subtle, overwhelmed by the strong character of the yeast. The finish is eternally dry and faintly medicinal. I wish I had a few more bottles of this; great stuff.

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

Thanks to Joe for busting this one out for our sour/Bullfrog tasting.

A - Hazed peach orange color with a couple fingers of off-white foam and tons of lace.

S - Plenty of wet funkiness, peach, lemon, bready malts, some light floral hoppiness.

T - There's a surprising amount of wheatiness to this brew. Lots of yeast, some funk, a touch of lemon, light fruits like pear and apple. Odd barnyard aftertaste.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, dry finish, soft texture.

D - Well hidden ABV, nice finish, lower carbonation, easy to drink. Not overly sour or funky.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

A big thank you goes out to the Man, the Myth, the Legend, AKBelgainBeast for this bottle in a past monster trade, you are a gentleman and a scholar! I shared this bottle with some good people last night. Uranus has a polished copper body on the pour but when backlit shows off a glowing bright golden hue. A clean white head grows to one finger on the pour showing both good retention and drink lines as the liquid disappears.

The nose on this beer is insanely complex, almost dizzyingly so. Wet soil and rock minerals are first to jump forward until Matt mentions creamed corn. I have to smile 'cause he's exactly right. A Sweet Tart sweet tartness plays it role as the malt base. There's some spice that includes cinnamon along with some funky blue cheese. Slight medicinal qualities and a hefty helping of barnyard funkadelics round out the nose on this particularly complex brew.

I was afraid the slightly busy nose would translate badly into the flavor but the profile actually steps it up. Band-aid and gauze sterile properties combine with well integrated mineral characteristics, like the aforementioned wet rock. Barnyard funk and lemon drop tartness roll through mid-palate with a small sprinkling of cinnamon. A quick flash of Sweet Tart sweetness flashes through on the swallow before a nearly mouth puckering dryness takes over.

The mouthfeel is spot on. The body leans toward the lighter side of medium and lively carbonation makes for a nice airy feel. Like I mentioned above the finish is superbly dry and leaves me wanting more after each swig.

For being such a complex brett bomb this beer goes down surprisingly easy. The lemon drop tartness sure helps with the drinkability and the body also lends a much needed helping hand.

I'm glad I got the opportunity to give this beer a go 'round. Uranus is in a similar vein to the De Proef Flemish Primitive series with all the funk qualities and just a touch of sour. Thanks again for the bottle Frank, save me another!

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

On tap at the brewery today.

Uranus pours a somewhat darkish hazy gold color with OK head retention and lacing. On the nose... Jeeze Loueeze. There is a ton of funk in this one, and I get the expected honey and honey dew melon, but with a boatland of vinegar, horse sweat and head cheese. Sweet mother Maria. Flavors on the palate are a bit easier to take, with some more honey dew and light honey, but also with some noticeable sour in the finish. However, the funk is thankfully dialed down just a bit on the palate, which enhances this beer's drinkabilty IMHO. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and drinkability is really pretty excellent. I typically have some difficulty drinking some of the wild ales, but not so much with this one. Lot of interesting flavor in this this beer, with just a touch of noticeable funk and sour right at the finish. Pretty impressive beer.

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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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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours cloudy gold with a one inch head of creamy white froth. Smeared, stringy lacework aplenty after the foam-top fell reluctantly to a solid coating on the surface of the brew.

Aromatics lead off with dried pineapple, biscuity malt, dusty horseblanket, wet straw, and apple skins. Lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit follow through along with cut grass.

Light bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel. Snappy and quenching.

Dried citrus, pinapple skins, and wet hay start the palate. A tonicky dryness quickly steps up along with lemon oils and grassy undertones. Catty, fruity, and earthy.
Cut grass on a barnyard door.

Finishes bone dry with lingering pithy fruit and building tartness.

Great Brett beer. Plenty of farmhouse character without the medicinal phenolics. Super dry and lighty tart.
This one would evaporate damn quick on a hot summer day.

Another world-class brew from Tim in Ak. Thanks man!

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Photo of mikesgroove
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 randawakes
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 22 from the Loft at the new brewery location in Anchorage. Wasn't expecting much after a mediocre Fallen Angel that was released on tap that night (3rd release - June 26th, 2009).

Appearance: Pretty weak, faint yellow and opaque. Pours with a creamy short head (1/4 inch) in an oversized wine glass.

Smell: sparkeling champagne cider and apple smell.

Taste: sweet stinger to begin, likely indicating some higher levels of carbonation. A decent bit of hops at the first taste. I mark hints of bitter champagne and apple cider.

Mouthfeel: a bit carbony, dry after a few short seconds leaving the champagne feel in your mouth.

Drinkability: a bitter beggining that soon reliquishes to a sweet enjoyable taste.

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4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour a very cloudy, straw-colored body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: Slender pale malts shrouded by wafting notes of zesty citrus, white muscats, uncooked pineapple, and funkified Brett qualities with more than a touch of butyric acid to it.

Taste: Subtle maltiness with an errant sugared sweetness. Overly ripe fruitiness. Brief visit by sweat-strewn aged leather, punchy phenols, and the oh-so notorious horseblanket. Squirt of fresh lemon juice. Very light, very brief bitterness. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering heady musk character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Reasonably well-balanced and about as drinkable as a pure-Brett brew can be.

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Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joe for sharing this one! Reviewed from notes.

Bright hazy gold, with drippy arcs of lace in the tulip glass. Good retention, it looked like a Belgian Pale.

Initial strange creamed corn aroma that was hard to get past, but after awhile it blew off, then some wet hay and sterile gauze notes surfaced. Brett mustiness lends an authentic touch also.

Dry and crisp, with a mild tartness, and a drying hop finish. Some hay and lemony/fruity notes, weeds and wildflowers. Effervescent, funky yet still refreshing. I'd look for this again if I could get it locally.

Thanks to Joe for the opportunity!

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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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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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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