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Wild Beer Ninkasi

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


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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5467) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2016
750 ml bottle. Unclear yellow body with a big, creamy, lacing white head. A bit but delicate aroma of citric fruit, spices and yeast. Flavor is sweet and slightly acidic with mild malt, citric fruit, spicy yeast, some cellar notes and moderate bitterness. Balanced in flavors, balanced in body and pleasant aftertaste. Very nice Belgian ale with elements from Saison.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TubaEmil (4) - - JAN 31, 2016 does not count
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7499) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2016
(Draught at Mother Kelly’s, Bethnal Green, London, 26 Nov 2015) Hazy orange colour with frothy, white head. Fruity nose with canned peaches, citrus, apples, vinous hints of champagne and a touch of honey. Fruity, malty taste with notes of dried fruit, apricots, apples, bready champagne flavours and a dryish finish with low bitterness. Almost full body, with just a touch of sweetness. Quite different, with hints of champagne and apples, but really tasty. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
weordie (567) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2016
Pours cloudy golden with a fluffy head. Aroma is cider, sherbet and Belgian yeast. A sharp, metallic taste with a little cider taste. The further in you get in to the beer the more you taste the Belgian yeast flavours. I scored this down a little further because when opened half the bottle sprays everywhere

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4649) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2016
11.2 ounce bottle - $9.00 at Tasty Beverage Company in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: A subtly cloudy, light yellow body with a rather voluminous, high-standing, airy white head.

Smell: A big pour of honeywine atop cut fruits hinting at one’s fair share of alcohol pending. Some coarse-ground spices hand-tossed with a blend of fruity elements and on occasion some floral, perfumy hints.

Taste: A flash of sweet pilsnery maltiness given an overlayed fruitiness of sweet white grapes, apple and bitterish orange. Very subtly funky, lightly tart - a little salty minerality from the final pour. Some spicy phenols and peppery alcohol qualities throughout provide a lil’ bite. Also, a rebound in the initial sugary dose late in the taste. Spritely, bubbly finish on the drying side.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated, rather lively on the tongue.

Overall: Not bad! I’ll always take bubbly and free-moving for a high alcohol saison over heavy, ponderous and gloopy, so there’s that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdtm82 (1517) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2016
Bottle, SX Bottle Share, Chelmsford, Ale House, 05/01/2015. Golden appearance. White lacing. Funky aroma. White grape. French Saison yeast. Taste is lemons. White wine. Grapefruit. Pretty yeasty but in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7031) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma citrus,kiwi, some green apples, funk and fruitiness. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some yeast, apples, citrus and grapes. Medium body , average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k92488 (378) - NORWAY - JAN 2, 2016
DWF gyllen uklar med litt hvit skum. Aroma syrlig gjær. Smak gjær, eple, sitrus. Mye Co2.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alkolord (289) - - JAN 2, 2016
Hell orange, leicht trüb, wenig weiße Schaum, sehr spritzig im antrunk, runder Körper, hefig fruchtig, trocken im Abgang, netter Sekt Ersatz :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
metalspice (434) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2015
Tåkete gyllengul med fint skum. Eple dominerer duften sammen med stikkelsbær og sure gårdstoner. Smaken domineres av frukt og høy. Middels munnfølelse. Godt nyttår!

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