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 Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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 largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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 mothman
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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 mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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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4.22/5  rDev +1%
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  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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 JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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 HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good for being 7 years old.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
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 scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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 gford217
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Midnight Sun brew courtesy of Ira, poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright, clear golden orange with a stead stream of bubbles circling up from the bottom of the glass. A massive creamy white head sits on top and retains a huge head for the duration and leaves sheets of lacing. Great looking beer.

The aroma is very clean with lots of tart citrus, dominated by lemons but with some sweet pears as well, and an emerging funk which is not in the least bit overpowering. There is also a bready malt presence in the nose.

The taste has the cheesy, grassy, funky kick up front complemented by a crisp dry citrus flavor, with lemons again in the forefront. There is a earthy yeast backbone with a slightly toasted biscuity malt presence. Another major factor in this one is a big overripe fruit flavor with peaches coming in. The finish also has some barnyard funk and is slightly dry.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and almost spritzy with the strong carbonation. Extremely refreshing mouthfeel overall.

I'm sure I sounds like a broken record when I say another great beer from Midnight Sun but they rarely disappoint and this is no exception. It's got a tons of lacto sourness, especially in the finish and it's not extremely complex, but it's definitely another winner from MSBC.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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