Volume 13: Memento Mori
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Volume 13: Memento MoriVolume 13: Memento Mori
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4.29 | pDev: 3.5%
Wunderkammer Bier
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Memento Mori is an ale brewed with chaga, fermented with mixed culture, and aged on wild rose petals I picked last July, as a close relative of mine was in his last days. The latin phrase is used to refer to images that serve as a reminder or warning of death, usually a skull placed in a still life or a skeleton with an hourglass on a tombstone. I made this beer to remember him and my own mortality which amplify the fleeting moments of love and joy, as time hastens on.
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a stunning beer right here, enormous thanks to my brother for sourcing this, saving it, and sharing on a special occasion, not sure ive ever had a beer quite like this. the fermentation profile is wild and interesting, hill farmstead-esque, with the right mix of brett and bacterial influence, tart but no more sour than that, and funky and mature too. this is brewed with chaga mushroom, which i have only ever known in beer from scratch, and rose petals, which are summery, delicate, and a cool wrinkle to a quintessentially northeastern woodsy wild beer. i havent had a whole lot from these guys, but this one really stands out as distinct, its wet and woody to me, floral and delicate too though, and piquant but clean, so interesting, dynamic, and well made. the rose is light, soft, rosewater more than anything, nice with the white wine elements the oak is pulling in here. earthy grain base, some raw depth to it, and high carbonation with a slight pucker. this is really interesting stuff, the chaga has an almost colored fallen leaves vibe for me, which adds a neat autumnal essence, and the wood carries it through the whole drink. really compelling beer here, fancy to me, rare i assume, and i feel lucky to have been able to partake in this. a cool balance and mix of weird and uncommon ingredients, wild but well refined. loved it!

Aug 09, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Back of the bottle (bottom corner) reads "Brewed June 30, 2018." So for obvious reasons, consider this an aged review.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a tawny bronzed copper/yellow color. A small sheet of white foamy head softly dissolved and left some concave tight filmy lace.
The aroma had some sweet vinous/white grape to grapefruit-like character rolling through some grassy to earthy tones. Floral sweetness came in underneath. Subtle funky tannic tart whiffs mix it up with oaky wood sweetness.
The flavor moderately leaned into the sweet vinous to a slight sour edge. Swift grassy clean to white grape hints meld with earthy and oaky tones. Quick aftertaste of vinous/white grape to earthiness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt on par. Some dryness with a subtle vinous grip, not too harsh. Mellow finish of grapefruit, white grapes, grass, sweet oak and clean tart slightly lemon character.
Overall, pretty nicely done American wild ale done up in the Wunderkammer spirit and absolutely lovely to have this time of year.

Jul 11, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brewed on 6/30/18

Pours a clear dark gold with a copper tinge and topped with a light but fluffy white head; quick retention yields a faint collar and not much else; no lacing.

Aroma brings a hefty acidic note upfront with some clear oak influence and a subtle backbone of gritty dirt/earth; fresh grapefruit and lactic, barnyard funk on the back end lend to both sweeter tones of tart, tannic funk and a bit of moldy cheese (brie possibly); vague floral tones, hints of rose petal toward the end.

Taste shows a light, citrusy grapefruit and lemon peel bolstered by a briefly puckering tart acidity; gritty mushroom develops on the mid-palate onward along with a lactic funk smoothing out into the finish.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied and slightly thin, with a tingling carbonation that glides along the palate; a wispy, woody grit and great semi-dryness to close; even-tempered acidity throughout.

Very well-crafted and unique wild ale; especially nice work bringing out the nuances from some eclectic ingredients and tying it all together with an effective, funky pucker.

May 14, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Burnt amber to sunflower orange with a sparkling carbonation building a fizzy khaki head fading to a thin ring.

Smell is toasted sesame and black pepper crackers with a mild oaky funk contributing a touch of barnyard and brie cheese.

Taste is lightly tart citrus, uniquely herbal tea and an earthy hint of savory mushroom.

The light tingly body is slick and kind of watery, finishing semi-dry with a softly woody exhale.

Apr 25, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml. bottle.
Somewhat vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over an ever so slightly hazy golden body with no lacing. Nose of funk (blue cheese, cellar floor), citrus (grapefruit), and earthy rose petals?!? Flavors of grapefruit and something close to savory earthy herbal woodiness. I don't know, it's really good. I didn't get much rose petal until I smelled the empty bottle and lo and behold, rose petals! Finish of some kind of semi-sweet minty thing going on? I still don't know, it's really, really good. These aromas and flavors are rather new to me. Nice feel and overall, yet another fine, enigmatic offering from Greensboro Bend, VT. Cheers to Vasilios and Chaga!!!

Feb 18, 2019
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Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 9 ratings