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Mikkeller Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (5325) - Tampere, - FEB 1, 2013
330 ml bottle @ Konttori, Tampere. Pours a cloudy orange amber colour with a white foamy head. Aroma is very gueuze-like with notes of lemon, barnyard, apricot and pineapple. Flavour of lemon juice, tangy citric notes, pineapple, caramel, barnyard and dry wood-like notes. Medium bodied, dry mouthfeel and a dry, fruity, wood finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2134) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2014
Tap. Pours slightly hazy and deep golden with a small off white head. Aroma of fruit, berries, yeast, brett, caramel and hoppy notes of grapefruit and pine. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and tart. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carb. A nice Sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (241) - SPAIN - APR 6, 2014
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en tienda XXXII. Color ambar. Sabor a malta, lupulo, ligeramente citrico. Muy fresca.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3042) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2014
Tap at Birch & Barley. Pours clear golden amber with creamy white head. Aroma is brett, cereal malts, tropical fruit, floral notes, and light herbs. Flavor is dry malts, floral hop and grapefruit bitterness, light tart fruit, and some grassiness; dry, lightly bitter finish. Light/medium body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (1602) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2014
Draft at Birch & Barley. Pours almost clear copper with a creamy, bubbly beige head and lots of lacing. Smells like yeast, cheese, sweet grapes. Tastes dry, lightly tart, lightly bitter, like dried figs, coffee, and mild yeast. Light body and blow carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (2999) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2014
This is pretty good but I’m glad I tried it before the lambic one. I love getting a feel for different yeast strains with series like this. Pours amber withot much head or lacing. Some light crackery bretta with grapefruit. Sour and light bitter finish. Some citrus hops here too. Good. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (12648) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
On tap at Brewdog Shoreditch. Clear deep amber orange colour lasting beige head. Bretty manure in a good way some tangerine aroma. Tasty beer plenty of character. A brett orange fruit combination that is challenging. Good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2159) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Memory banks rate. Dragged the team in on the Christmas night out, so makes it December 12. Bought this and the Lager version and passed them round to show the difference that yeast strains can make. Clear amber pour, thin white head. Funky aromas, sour, yeasty. Orange hops in the background. Dry sour taste, light bitterness. Sour finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmzl (74) - SLOVENIA - FEB 25, 2014

Sat down and compared 3 different ones from Mikkeller’s Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis vs. American Ale vs. Lager. They all have the same wort (hop and malt), but different yeast - let’s take a look what each can do.

Ale - Saccharomyces cerevisiae, not much to be said that isn’t common knowledge, top fermenting yeast, can’t digest maltotriose (sugar) - so we expect it to be a bit fatter (would expect less alcohol, but Mikkeller says, that all the beers have 6.4 ABV - which is surprising, we would expect that with the same wort, ale yeast would produce a bit less than lager and Brett) + fermentation at higher temperatures - more esters.

Brettanomyces Bruxellensis gives that Belgian character, funk (barnyard, wet horse blanket) and can also produce some acetic acid. It attenuates beer to very high degree, so we expect it to be lighter that the other two. Vinylphenol reductase also creates some unique esters, pineapple most obvious.

Lager - Saccharomyces pastorianus - a fat alotetraploid, part S. cerevisiae and part S. eubayanus - the S. eubayanus part gives it the ability to ferment at lower temperature, which results in less esters and it can attenuate maltotriose, so we expect it to be a bit lighter.

And now lets look at what we have. The first odd thing is the same ABV, that shouldn’t happened with such different animals fermenting the same wort. Makes me wonder if the wort is really the same in all the series.

Look: Colour is pretty much the same in all three - clear golden orange, light amber with light haze. The foamy part gets a bit different, but all start with a huge lightly off-white (orange hue) thick head.
Ale - Has slower retention, good amount of lacing and leaves a thick layer on top. Low/medium carbonation.
Brett - Faster retention also good lacing; hue a bit more on the yellow side.
Lager - The colour of the body a bit clearer. Also slower retention, head has smaller bubbles and is a lot more solid. Also leaves the best lacing rings. Low/medium carbonation too.

Smell: The biggest difference is expected with Brett, but there were some differences with ale and lager too (surprisingly more hop orientated).
Ale - Lychee the most dominant. Some fruitiness, sweet caramel light tropical feel. Light rancid herbal character.
Brett - Hoppy, fruity, lychee, but not as dominant, builds up in complexity - brett character comes through - funk and bubblegum. Funk goes as expected in the classical leather, barnyard, horse zone. But it stays pleasant and a positive trait. Gets a bit more intense with the temperature rising, but still not bad. Caramel similar as ale.
Lager - Honey, sweet caramelish, pine come to play, lychee not as dominant as with ale. Still quite similar, but there are differences.

Ale - Light, sweet caramel, honey backbone. Lychee hopness. Ends with light-medium bitterness with light, fresh sweetness. Simple, refreshing.
Brett - Light, sweet caramel middle stays. Hop goes into more pine, grapefruit, hint of lychee. Bubblegum (pineapple?). Barnyard goes up a bit and sticks with you for a while. Not as pleasant as in smell, but still not over the top.
Lager - More honey in the middle part as ale, sweet caramel. Pine, grapefruit medium bitterness, stands our a bit more than the ale one. Lychee still there but not as dominant.

Mouthfeel: Brett and lager a bit lighter, but all around medium, med/low carbonation, fresh and easy to drink. Lager a bit dryer maybe. Thought the differences here will be a bit stronger, but they suit the general idea.

Overall: All relatively simple, well crafted (good wort to start with), enjoying and fresh. There are some differences, ale and lager pretty close and both maybe a bit too simple. The extra bit of complexity that Brett gives, makes it the most fun choice. Would also recommend the Brett one as a good learning beer what Brettanomyces Bruxellensis does.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (511) - oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 22, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 Caña en el lúpulo. 31_01_2014. Primer día de pinchado del barril. En el momento. Sabores ligeramente afrutados y cítricos con una acidez final muy bien compensada y suave. Todo muy suave y perfectamente combinados. Cuerpo medio, se bebe muy bien. Necesario repetir de nuevo. 12-02-2014 Otra vez, del mismo barril. Los sabores se han vuelto mas maltosos, aunque siguen siendo suaves y perfectamente combinados. La acidez se ha reducido al mínimo. Muy buena al principio y al final. Ahora y en breves a por la botella. ----Botella de 33 cl de 2d2dspuma en el momento en 07-03-2014. Aromas de levaduras y algo ácidos combinados con ciertos afrutados y maltosos. Sabores ligeramente afrutados, bastante maltosos y terminando con acidez justa combinada con amargo también justo y todo bastante bien contenido. Cuerpo medio con 6.4 vol. facil de beber y bastante fresca. Color ámbar anaranjado turbio con espuma blanca bastante persistente. Buena, original y para repetir.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1239) - DENMARK - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle. Clear copper with a medium sized good lacing white head. Aroma has barnyard, red berries, citrus. Pretty light on the palate, light creamy texture, light dry finish.

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