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Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Shepton Mallet, England

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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerd16 (226) - Gloucestershire, - 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (2268) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
330ml bottle. Pours hazy gold with modest cream head. Taste is hugely complex with a big brett character and a delicate bramley apple / cider influence following you throughout, pushed through by a sparkling carbonation. Intensely captivating blend.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rood (56) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2015
Blending Ninkasi beer with cider and barrel age it on brandy barrels. Beautiful idea. The nose is complex: oaky, lemon, apples, brett. The taste is boozy, grapes, apples, beautiful tart (lactic acid), roze snoepkes, and minerals. The beer could improve when it is less boozy in the end. Reminds me of Petrus Aged Pale Ale. Could be a very good beer to age. thanks berntholer for the gift!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pdubyah (493) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2015
I think this is a bit ok really, the sour is much less than it could be, the aroma has some oaken unless I’m making it up, the overall is quite nice. .... for a sour beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Florya (701) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 11, 2015
How : bottle Appearance : pale yellow with a small off-white head, lots og sediments. Aroma : sour berries, apples, floral. Palate : medium body, average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (3076) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2015
(Wild Beer Ninkasi Premier Cru) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 10% Bright, sunny yellow colour on a hazy body, with lots of bits and pieces floating around. Tall and thicj snow-white head, with quite good retention, leaving medium lacing behind. Nice aroma, lots of brett funk character, on the background fruity notes, peaches, apricot, yeast. Very tasty! Some alcohol notable, sugar, a touch of sourness, cognac, grapes, champagne like. Fruity notes surfacing on the aftertaste. Medium body, good carbonation. Slightly tart palate. Quite good this one, interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1491) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
15.1.2015. Slightly cloudy but big sediments come to glass immediately. Aroma has sour apples, oak, apple cider, yeast. Lambic meets cider. Ripe fruits, apples, alcohol, yeast, spices, tart, white wine. Interesting but slightly too boozy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (2963) - FINLAND - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle. Hazy golden with a whitish head. Tart fruityness, barnyard, sour apples and oaky sherry notes in aroma. Quite smooth. Sweet apple and boozy notes in taste. Hints of vanilla and lemon in the end.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omega (784) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 14, 2015
Have to say I am loving the offerings from this brewery. They are rich and complex and are pushing the boundaries. This beer/masterpiece is no exception. The brett characters while prevalent do not dominate the beer and integrate well with the subtle richness that just lingers on the palate. As it warms up it is becoming more honeyed and velvety.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tderoeck (5883) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2015 14/II/15 - 33cl bottle @ RBBWG IV (Beerlover_Ben’s place) - BB: n/a (2015-217) Thanks to Beerlover_Ben for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy blond beer, small irregular creamy white head, non adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, yeasty, bit funky, peaches, other fruits, overripe kiwi. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: very funky, sourish, lemony, pretty dry, spicy touch, tart, bitter notes. Aftertaste: hoppy, lemony, some grapefruit, alcohol, pretty boozy, sour finish, bitter hops. Interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (5027) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Keg at the craft beer co. Light hazed golden / straw coloured pour with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is subdued Belgian yeast esters, sweet apple, raisin and a hint of caramel. Flavour is vinous, grapey fruit, oak, tangy grape and Apple, semi sweet, grains with a hint of honey. Lingering wood tannin and a hint of metal / blood and tart funky grape fruit. . I think I prefer the original. Palate is medium full, highish spritzy carbonation.


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