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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: 35   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 doesnít disappoint. Not as highly carbonated as the "normal" Ninkasi, this is softer, more mellow, with a long lingering fruit character.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4230) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Nose is yellow apples, cider, wood, straw, metal, vanilla and hints of pale malts and farmhouse funk in the back. Taste is apple peel, brandy, wood, pale malts, bretty funk tones and hints of straw, hay, muscat grapes, alcohol and white sugar. Medium to full body, medium to soft carbonation. Smooth, original, intriguing and elegant; Iím starting to like the adventures of Wild Beer more and more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (882) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2014
Keg at Jack in the Box, Altrincham. Hazy gold with a fleeting white cap. Aroma shows off the barrel influence well enough. The taste is nicely poised between apple freshness and barrel notes. Lingering fruity end and a slight heat. Wouldnít guess it was 10% either. Regular Ninkasi was one of the surprises of the year for me, and whilst this throws in a new dimension I think the lovely tart freshness of the original wins out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
s_hartshorne (1746) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Keg tapped Leeds. Hazy gold slight head. Aroma is apples barnyard taste same great tartness with a good beer bitter finish. Ok body. I can see where there going with this cider beer who wouldnít like it!!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (2401) - 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 (2707) - 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 (3538) - 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 (2143) - 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 (7361) - 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. Itís 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 (121) - 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 didnít 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 (2493) - 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 couldnít drink it.


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