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Wild Beer Ninkasi

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

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilverfoX (631) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2015
smells and looks just like cloudy apple juice, its effervescent on the tongue with the apples coming though straight away then the champagne yeast come through with a little alcohol burn, pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1902) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Aroma: yeast, pale grain, cider, fruity. Appearance: hazy gold, medium, Palate: sweets continue, yeast again, grain malts, bread and caramel, quite dry finish. Overall: excellent Belgian Strong Ale, fantastic aroma and palate. Bottle from Independent Spirit, Bath.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
oliodnb (488) - ITALY - MAY 14, 2015
75cl bottle shared. Pours cloudy golden with a thick bubbly white head. Aroma is light sweet malts, lemon, light vinegar note that fades away after some time, some fruitiness, yeast, light alcohol. Taste is sweeter with more fruity flavors, lighter acidity, some yeasty funkiness, some booze. Very good dry bitter finish with sourish fruit aftertaste, maybe some green apples. Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Weird but very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8386) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods PM. Pours clear, deep gold with 2-finger, well-laced white head. Nose is hopcitrus, yeasty, champagney malt, fruit. Tastes tart, hoppy, citric, with notes of tangerine, yeast, pineapple.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (8162) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2015
5oz on tap at Cask Republic. Labeled Iduna Cru. Mostly clear golden orange color. Thin off-white head. Leaves good, thicker lace. Big belgian yeast, herbal flavor, spiciness. Some apple and pear aromas. Some mild bready sweet malt. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of bright effervescent carbonation. Mild slick body, then dry finish. Moderate sweet taste, touch of tart, light to moderate bitter. 9% is surprising but believable. Solid belgian golden strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (3062) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2015
(Wild Beer Ninkasi) 750 ml bottle, white waxed, served into a teku, ABV 9% Bright light orange colour on the body, cloudy, with a tall and hick now-white head sitting on top, with very good retention, leaving light lacing behind. Floral aroma, some yeast, perfume, apricot, apple juice. Nice taste, again floral notes, some funky character, yeast, grass, nice fruity touches every now and then, barely notable acohol, I am not getting apples here. Medium thin body with a good carbonation.’Long dry finish. Nice and refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3333) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2015
Draft at the Craft Bar PCB. I thought this might be a wild styled sour but it turned out to be a tasty Belgian strong ale. Sweet with a hint of lemon tart citrus and syrup. Very nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (511) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 19, 2015
A cloudy dark yellow colour with an impressive and long lasting head of foam. The nose is funky with the usual suspects for the style...cloves, wheat. .then the apple juice comes into play. That adds the tiniest bit of tart fruit. The taste is also funky and has some spicy notes right up to the finish where the apple adds some fruity tartness but more distinctly, an extreme dryness. Light bodied with very active carbonation. I have to say after the first couple of sips, I considered this to be a potential drain pour. Palate familiarity finally set in and I was able to stick it out, so to speak. Iduna Cru still doesn’t fit in to my comfort zone so there will be no more bottles for me.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3084) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 2, 2015
Bottled. Pours hazy, deep golden with a small, off-white head. Aroma of orange, lemon, apples, yeast and caramel. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A nice Ale indeed.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4129) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear gold with creamy white head. Aroma is apples, honey, light malts, floral notes, and light funk. Flavor is apple juice, soft malt profile, light wheat, faint pear, and faint champagne notes. Medium body and heavy carbonation.


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