Tag Archives: chardonnay barrel aged

Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Brut Dry Hopped!

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 9%
Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Dry hopped Belgian Wild Ale aged in chardonnay barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.05
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 750ml foiled, corked and caged bottle with a best before date of 7th March 2022. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy amber copper colour with a big three finger off white slightly orangey head that had decent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Brett, funk, grape, white wine, oak, with some floral and herbal notes.
Taste: What you’d expect from the aroma with brett, funky, grape, white wine, oak, apple peel, lemon rind and floral notes. Some sweet, some sour and some bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Alcohol was well hidden but I was hoping for more carbonation. Aromas and flavour was good though and well worth trying.

Young Master Days of Being Wild – Dried Cherry

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 7.5%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Single foeder sour ale series

Brewer Description: (from tag on bottle) Days of Being Wild series draws inspiration from the Lambic traditions of Belgium. It is the first mixed fermentation program of its kind in Asia with a medley of wild yeast strains and lactic acid bacteria doing their work inside an oak foeder. End result is a series of beers that all share an underlying haunting complexity, farmhouse funk and refreshing fruitiness. This dried cherry edition takes it a step further with a second fermentation in Chardonnay barrels together with a generous addition of dried cherries. The combination of deep cherry flavour and vinous notes from the barrels with a touch of residual sweetness makes for a beautifully balanced and yet incredibly complex beer.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.01
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 750ml bottle, 2017 vintage, bottle 405 of 470. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy pinkish orange colour with a half finger off white head that disappeared almost immediately and left no lacing.
Aroma: Tart and sweet, cherry, red lifesaver hard candy, white wine, lemon peel and light funk.
Taste: Tart, cherry, red lifesaver hard candy, lightly sour, vinous, hints of oak and funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice cherry aroma and flavours but seems closer to the American Wild Ale than Lambic even if it is inspired by Lambic. I think this is as good as or maybe just very slightly behind the mixed berries version.