Volume Thirteen: Memento Mori | Wunderkammer Bier

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Volume Thirteen: Memento MoriVolume Thirteen: Memento Mori
Volume Thirteen: Memento MoriVolume Thirteen: Memento Mori

Brewed by:
Wunderkammer Bier
Vermont, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 6
Photo of jrc1093
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of bobv
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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!!!

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Volume Thirteen: Memento Mori from Wunderkammer Bier
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 6 ratings