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Wild Beer Ninkasi Premier Cru

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


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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apickles (303) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (2379) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (957) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheKernOwl (44) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flip_soeperman (879) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2015
Aroma of barn Brett. Taste is super complex with some bitterness, some apple astringency not a lot of sweetness. Some apple, little vanilla. Awesome complex medium bodied beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kermis (8083) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours out of an over lively bottle (mild gusher) into a hazy golden with particles and an off white head. Once we got it poured the aroma reeks of light Brett funk, cider, wood, plastercine, doughy malt, brandy and fruits. Flavour is moderate sweet and light to moderate sour. Over medium bodied with high carbonation that quickly goes flat. A strange beer, basically craft snakebite. Drain poured after half a glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (7196) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2015
33cl courtesy of and shared with Kermis. A gusher. Thick white head. Funky woody aroma. Very hazy blond pour. Subtle brandy cider notes. An odd beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zwiebel88 (637) - GERMANY - JUL 11, 2015
Gelblich trüb im Glas mit Floaties. In der Nase Äpfel, Apfelmost, Kandiszucker, HEu, wilde HEfe, Champagner, leicht sauer. AM Gaumen Cider, Äpfel, Apfelessig, Kandis, belgische HEfe, CHampagner. Trocken-süffig, rund.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (5608) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle: Hazy yellow. Small white head. Aroma wood, wild yeast, apple fruit, barnyard, wild fruity, pight cellar and lacto tones. Flavour is lovely clean fruity with some clean yeast. Saisonic, spice, peppery, light dry, herbal and grainy. Nice. With a touch of wood. Aftertaste is woody, malty, yeasty and light fruity. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, close to full body.

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