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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: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (2479) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2016
330ml bottle. Lively on opening, pours a golden colour with some brown floating particles and a large frothy white foam head that leaves lacing. Aroma of lemon, fruity, some apricot, and funk. Taste is grainy, with tart citrus rind, mellow fruity orange, apricot and apple notes, woody oak, lactic and funky. Thick smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, dry warm sour tangy finish. Very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weordie (784) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2016
Pours a lovely golden with a fluffy head but there’s far too much sediment. The aroma is a lovely sweet peach. A lovely peach and Belgian yeast flavour too.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerowl80 (198) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2016
Bottle.Pours hazy yellow. Aroma of funky brett, wood, sour berries and apple. A good mix of flavours with some light tart sourness offset with a touch of sweetness. This is a slightly odd beer but in a good way. Very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayaron (1344) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at troubles’s place. Thanks Yoav. Cloudy orange-yellow with white head and lots of sediments. Fruity aroma with notes of apple and apricot, some funk and yeasts. Funky flavor with notes of apricot and green apple, some alcohol and wild yeasts, dry. Medium-bodied. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (11505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at troubles’s place. Thanks Yoav. Hazy yellow. Great sourish aroma, funky, with apples, wood, sweat, flowers. Tart flavor, funky, woody, fruity, lots of apple. Medium-bodied, rounded. Alcohol is well-concealed. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TSJEEFKE (2) - BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2015 does not count
Nice yellow colour to start with. The smell is refreshing with hints of apple, funky Brettanomyces and some oak. Taste is softly sour with some white grapes, very fine carbon dioxide. Beautiful dry finish. To some extent this reminds me of champagne, due to it’s elegance and mouthfeel. Nice one!

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apickles (436) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle from Hop Hideout in Sheffield. Pours light golden in coloue with a very small off white head round the edge of the glass. Nose is gose like-tart and citrussy. A little tart, yeasty and refreshing with a toffee apple, dry sherry taste at the end. Really different but good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3131) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle from Hop Hideout in Sheffield shared with Pix. Pours a hazy straw colour with a layer of white froth and a fair bit of sediment. The aroma is cider and brett. The taste is sour and spicy with notes of cider apples, citrus,brett, some yeast flavour and a dry white wine finish. Quite light and refreshing, especially for the ABV that really isn’t noticeable. Different and enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (1343) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2015
Hazy yellow with white head. Some floaties. Cider, pepper, lemon and funk. Fruity, citric, spicy and lingering brandy barrel finish. Overall: Fresh and crisp. Almost like a dry white wine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheKernOwl (175) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2015
- Cloudy, pale. - Nose: Has that incredibly dry/polysterene nose of a Kasteel Grand Cru; hint of flour-y onion rings and Courvoisier. - Body: vinous (not surprising given 10%!) – like a sunny med White (an Italian Grillo, for example) - Finish: Very long and classy, thanks to the ageing, with that little brandy lick at the end. - Kasteel Grand Cru meets cider brandy, and yet still very much more than a [sunny Med white] wine than a beer. Highly enjoyable.


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