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Wild Beer Ninkasi

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


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bubbles + Apples + Wild Yeast photo (16) Named after the ancient Greek goddess of beer, this is an equally divine Belgian-style saison with a copious amount of New Zealand hops, freshly harvested Somerset apple juice and wild yeast added to the mix. However, we like to take things just that bit further (it’s the Wild way!) — once bottled the beer undergoes a secondary fermentation with champagne yeast, giving it a brisk spritziness on the tongue. Serve chilled in a champagne flute to allow the bouquet of playfully aromatic notes to be fully appreciated. Take a sip to enjoy a further cascade of striking and sensuous flavours alongside the carefree champagne-like spritziness. The long, dry finish is both refreshing and complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john_henry (93) - - JUL 3, 2014
I was Surprised to find this on tap at the ginger man in NYC, having previously only had Wild beer co in the UK. The beer was very enjoyable, but I could’t help but think it could have been aged longer. look forward to trying their beers more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1219) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Pours a hazy bright yellow with fizzy white head. Wheat, tartness, spice, and some yeast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart initially, dry, and then ends with a sweet note of the apples. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Draft... Cajun Cafe Sour Beer Festival 2014... Murky yellow pour with a huge, frothy, white head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is yeasty and bready, furnishing only hints of both fresh and dusty, musty, fallen apples. Light-bodied with tingly carbonation. Bittersweet flavor that – much like the aroma - only hints at apple. Leans a bit toward the bitter and dry sides of balance in both the flavor and finish. Not really all that fruity. More reminiscent of an English pale ale that provides only minor notes of apple. Moreover, instead of presenting notes of fresh or recently fallen apple, the fruity component in this ale is more like the apple-like esters that result from a lengthy stay in someone’s cellar. Also, this beer’s moderate to medium bitterness seems misplaced. It just doesn’t jive with the rest of what’s going on here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10696) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very hazy gold with a fizzy white head. Aroma is a bit yeasty/appley. Not brett, but maybe a relative. Med body, almost. Flavor is yeast and something clearly wild about it. Apple sort of gets lost. There’s complexity, but I really don’t have words to describe it. It took me a little time to adapt to the flavor, but I do like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3743) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Aroma is citrus, light tropical fruit and baking spices. The flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, baking spices/mild heat, malts and a tart/tangy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (2806) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2014
How: Draught.
Where: Babajan, Stockholm.
Appearance: Hazy golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Citrus, grapefruit, hops, some perfume and a bit of funkiness.
Body: Medium body, low lively carbonation.
Flavour: Citrus, floral, tropical fruit, yeast. Strange bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2014
On draft at Rustico (Ballston). The beer is golden with a small, soapy, white head. The aroma offers banana, clove, mild funk, brett, champagne yeast, hints of floral scents. The flavor is much the same. Apple sweetness with a splash of white wine and zesty brett character. The feel is a bit soapy for me, but overall, a solid beer and fun to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3018) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
On draft at Rustico in Arlington. Pours a cloudy yellow gold with a thick white head. Light banana nose. Flavors of lemon and funky cheese. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Mild tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RussianDragon (290) - - MAY 8, 2014
On tap at Rustico Ballston. Pours a banana custard opaque yellow with one finger of lasting head. Aroma is saison yeast, apple sweetness and Brett tang. Flavor is earthy thirst quenching saison funk with aggressive carbonation. Clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Pours out a cloudy, almost wit beer appearance with a bubbly off white head. Aroma I’d apples, sweet fruits, funky yeast, light spices.taste is of fruity yeast, lots of apples, light spice, some mild funk but a lot less than the aroma. Slightly warming finish.

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