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Wild Beer Ninkasi Premier Cru

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Brewed by Wild Beer
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Shepton Mallet, England

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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bottled, special
Part of the Barrel Trinity 2013 series - came about after a visit to the Somerset Cider Brandy Company at Burrow Hill where Julian Temperley showed us around his amazing farm. On smelling some of his used barrels we thought they would be the perfect vessel to age some of our Ninkasi in. The cider brandy flavours naturally combine beautifully with the apple flavours in the beer and the farmyard brettanomyces character in the beer has become more dominant. This is a beer we always wanted to make and we are delighted to say, it doesn’t disappoint. Not as highly carbonated as the "normal" Ninkasi, this is softer, more mellow, with a long lingering fruit character.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (2326) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2014
21.11.2014, 0,33l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly dry fruity, yellow apples, light malts, yeast, hay, wheat, flowers, hints of bubblegum. Taste is slightly sour-ish dry, flowers, oak, minerals, hay, sour apples, apple skin, yeast, grass. Medium bitteress, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice enough.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (2465) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2014
Backlog rating. Bottle from Utobeer, London. It pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head. Aroma is baked apples, funky, tart citrus, vanilla. Taste is mild sweet medium tart with more baked apples, funk, hay, citrus, vanilla and wood. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Delicious

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3167) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Tart apple nose, sweet and fizzy, rich toffee and apple, interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brandman (2115) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2014
Hazy yellow body, white head. Aroma has bretta all over it. Nice apple, sour toasty malt, clove, spicyness from the yeast. Really intense and sourly crips aroma. Flavour is bit flat and alcohol forward. The apple, spices and malt are more intense in flavour. Not so fresh that aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7239) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2014
330 ml bottle. BB 15/11/16. From alesbymail.co.uk.
Hazy yellow golden colour with a small white head. The aroma is yeast, tartness, brett, fruits, mild alcohol and mild spices. The flavour is alcohol, mild sour notes, mild brett and some more alcohol. It’s almost boozy. The delicacy of the "normal" version is gone. Mild sourness in the aftertaste. To be honest I was expecting more...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghendrix (116) - Cardiff, WALES - MAY 1, 2014
Pours hazy golden with lasting white head. Aromas are apples, vinegar, pepper, yeast, light fruits. Taste is quite sweet, tart/sour, only light bitter and light spice. Finish is dry warm alcohol and apples - only the hint of yeast to remind you that you didn’t just sip a dry scrumpy. Really drinkable if you like some sourness in a beer.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BenH (2445) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 21, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy golden with white head. Aroma is funky, sharp, cider vinegar, earth, musty. Taste of sour apples, yeast, hint of vinegar, very sharp, funky. Quite sweet and heavy with some hot alcohol and a slightly tart finish. A bit much, I couldn’t drink it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerd16 (219) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Pours hazy golden color with frothy - but substantial - clean white head. Clean cider-apple aroma, without the unpleasant farmhouse notes. Almost like a perry with more depth thanks to some sherry, citrus notes and a dash of light malt. Fairly sweet flavor with citric-acid pangs. Yeast. Very light for the abv and extremely quaffable. Refreshing brett-sour dryness in the finish. A little warming alcohol in its wake. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1276) - SCOTLAND - APR 5, 2014
Rusty golden with a healthy whisked white head. Sumptuous apple and peppery sawdust nose. Rich sweetness abides here, warping the once yeasty tang of the Ninkasi but moving it off centre rather than planking it. Thick oaky malt sweetness in the middle, with a soft boozy skewer. As if someone had left the ripest toffee apple in the fire a bit too long. Carbonation has kicked on since bottling, and impressive Brett crunch on the finish shows its not going to flatten out any time soon.

Bottle, Cornelius, Edinburgh

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (3988) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 20, 2014
330ml bottle from Great Grog. Pours clear golden yellow, long lasting white head. Aromas of cider and brandy, boozy motherlover. More cider than beer. Bitter taste, light apple sweet, good balance. Loved this.


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