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Mikkeller Baghaven Polly 2019

Brewery: Mikkeller Baghaven
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.8%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: 2019 vintage, aged 36 months

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Blended Danish Wild Ale aged on fresh kiwi berries and guava.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.26
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2019 vintage, bottle 425 of 500, with a best before date of March 2029. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden colour with a big two and a half finger white head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, light funk, fruity, guava, stone fruit, peach, oak and acetone.
Taste: Sour, tart, acidic, guava, stone fruit, peach, kiwi, oak, and a hint of funk.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice easy drinking Wild Ale with good tropical fruit notes especially guava.

Brekeriet Purpur (Vild)

Brewery: Brekeriet
Country: Sweden
ABV: 3.5%
Style: Sour Ale
Other Notes: With cherries and blackcurrant

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Purpur is part of our Vild series, fermented and aged for a long time in oak barrels with mixed house cultures.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.87
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 375ml corked and capped bottle, bottled in August 2018, and with a best before date of 29th August 2028. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear reddish purple with a slight orange hue and a big three finger pink head that dissipated quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, Ribena, blackcurrant, grape skin with hints of cherry.
Taste: Sour, tart, blackcurrant, Ribena, grape, with hints of oak, cherry and mixed berries.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Blackcurrant was quite dominant and so it tasted like Ribena to me. With all the fermentation, barrel aging and applying a cork to the bottle, it seemed like a lot of work for what was a tasty beer, but didn’t feel complex in aroma or flavour.

Brekeriet Rips (Vild)

Brewery: Brekeriet
Country: Sweden
ABV: 3.5%
Style: Sour Ale
Other Notes: With redcurrants

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Rips is part of our Vild series, fermented and aged for a long time in oak barrels with mixed house cultures.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.58
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 375ml corked and capped bottle, bottled in May 2018, and with a best before date of 2nd May 2028. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear pinkish golden colour with a one finger white head that settled to a ring around the glass with lots of replenishing bubbles, while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Tart, mixed berries, acidic, vinegary, with some light leathery funk.
Taste: Much like the aroma, tart, sour, mixed berries, vinegary, acidic, oak, light funk, leather, with a lasting sour and acidic punch.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light bodied with moderate carbonation and an acidic vinegary feel.
Overall: Aromas and flavours were fine and consistent with redcurrant, but the feel was perhaps more acidic and vinegary than I would like it to be. On a side note, the cork seemed like it was going to fall apart on me, and I wasn’t sure it was really necessary for a beer like this.

Mikkeller Spontan Nelson

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7.3%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Blended Wild Ale aged in oak barrels.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.83
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 750ml bottle with a best before date of 17th March 2026. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy amber orange colour with an almost three finger off white head that had decent retention while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Funky, brett, white wine, grapes, oak, green apple and a touch herbal.
Taste: Light sour, funky, brett, oak, lemon peel, light bitterness, with hints of wine, grapes and apple peel.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: This was interesting. I preferred the aroma more than the taste though, as there was some bitter notes that weren’t my favourite. Still worth a try.

Garage Project Oh What a Lovely Day Let’s Go Out and Pick Some… Elder

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 6.6%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Foraged flowers, spontaneous ferment no.3

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The latest release in our Wild Workshop Wildflower series. The concept is simple. Freshly foraged wild flowers are plunged into a light golden base wort of pilsner, raw wheat and rye creating a spontaneous fermentation using only the wild yeast present on flowers. The beer is then allowed to age and develop in oak barrels. Fermented with wild foraged Elderflowers and conditioned in the barrel with Elderberry, the result of this brewery outing is a delightfully tart sparkling beer with a distinctly pink berry hue.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottled on 18th October 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, light funk, apricot, peach, oak, and a touch of lemon.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, funk, apricot, peach, oak, with touches of lemon and vinegar.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: A nice easy drinking Wild Ale. Elderflower and elderberry were added but it was largely stone fruit forward, so I assume this comes from elderberry. On the other hand, the floral aspect from elderflower was just not there, or simply overpowered when compared to other elderflower beers.