Mikkeller Yeast series: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis
Type: Sour Ale
So I recently found some salt and vinegar chips at the store, these are a favorite of mine, and something I miss from back home. So I went a little out of control on them. As I was eating a big bowl full they started to remind me of the sharp vinegar funky taste of a sour ale. Which led me to remember I had a nice brett beer from Mikkeller sitting in my fridge. What better time to drink it then now while reminiscing with some of my favorite chips!
Pours a dingy orange color. Actually pretty clear, i expected to see some stuff floating about in it. Had a pretty decent fizzy white one fingered head, pretty good for a sour ale. The smell is really great, I could smell it immediately after taking off the cap and I keep getting a little hint of it while I type. Sweet fruity notes but with a big kick of wine vinegar brett aroma. The hops of the pale ale sneak in under all of this. A nice hint of floral and fruit that really goes well with the brett. I can never get enough of the funky smell of these sour ales. The taste is very brett forward but with a decent hop kick. You immediately get that dry white wine sour vinegar flavor, and a little leather. It is balanced out a bit by the fruity citrus flavor of the hops coming through. You can tell this was an American pale ale recipe that was pitched with brett as an experiment. In the end the hoppiness of the beer kind of takes away from the yeast that is supposed to be the star. this by no means makes it a bad beer, on the contrary it is actually really nice and refreshing, and went awesome with my vinegar chips! I have not had any of the other yeast series beers but if this is anything to judge by I will be looking for them all.