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

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timgburns (5) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2013 does not count
The aroma has a heavy brandy and mulled apple nose - very Christmasy but without being sickly. A rich slightly cloudy cider appearance of golden/amber. Taste is a rich balanced sour saison with sweet notes. Clean and fresh with a slight creamy and very long finish. No or very little carbonation. Try it before it goes!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (2174) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Hazy golden coloured with a cider-like apple fruity and citrus flavour, brandy/sherry notes and a warming, creamy vanilla, oak and spicy tart fruit finish. Tastes way below it’s 10% ABV, Excellent!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (2941) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerd16 (187) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2013
First up i love the original beer and the low/no carbonation of this ’premier cru’ did disappoint me a little. The beer itself does work despite the carbonation, the apple brandy and the original beer meet up well and there is a balance of flavours that does work. A huge dry finish and Wild Beer have another success.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (1154) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle from Hop Hideout, Sheffield. Hazy, dark straw colour. Film of white head. Homemade cider. Pear drops. Barley sugar. Some marzipan. Taste is woody dry. Some cider acidity. Underlying, toffee apple sweetness. Thick, vintage cideresque, chewy palate. Dry finish. Hint of sweetness remains, though. Comes across nowhere near 10%. The made up word "cideresque", looks lovely, I think.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1122) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghendrix (93) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (2791) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle at home from Beer Ritz
v similar to regular ninkasi but has lost its freshness, in its place some warming alcohol and vanilla notes. Still tart but somehow less Belgian yeast notes. A nice warming sipper but after having been wowed by the unaged offering, this one was a little disappointing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PaulW (98) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
Took a few minutes for the aroma to come through this deep golden beer which pours with a good head. Smells of apple skins and maybe grass. The palate is dry and lingers, but this is neither a saison of Dupont sophistication nor the funkiness of others. Decent hit of booze, possible cidery start, but the taste disappers pretty quickly. Nice to sip and work through, but not great. This either needs to be more refreshing and lighter or more complex. Kind of does neither.


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