Dantalion Dark Wild Ale

Indiana
United States
Dantalion Wild Dark Ale Upland Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Dantalion is our demonically named sour ale based on the Oud Bruin beer style. Medium brown in color, Dantalion has hints of chocolate, Munich malts, and rye. We also incorporate a spice blend containing ginger, coriander, star anise, grains of paradise, and black pepper to create a gentle halo of spice character. The beer is fermented on the same selection of yeasts and microbes as our base lambic, and aged for up to 8 months or more in white oak barrels.

Profile

ABV: 
8.5%
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Upland Dantalion Dark Wild Ale is a well-crafted American Sour that has the potential to improve with age.

The aroma of this brew is very complex with cherry, apple, sour fruit and spicy notes. There is a strong Lacto character along with some brown sherry aromas. Visually, this well-carbonated, quite turbid, brown to black-colored brew has a solid, rocky, tan head. In overall appearance, it looks very similar to a Flanders Brown. However, while the flavor has all of the expected sour flavor complexity, the malt character is surprisingly subtle, quite unlike a Flanders Brown. The middle and finish retains its complex sour character, but the sourness never becomes overwhelming, keeping it quite approachable. The finish is quite dry and spicy, with the moderate sourness cleansing the palate quite well to prepare you for the next sip. While the overall package is not particularly complex, particularly in the malt character, this brew is still quite nice and is a good representation of the Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer style. This one has the potential to become much more interesting after cellaring.

Brewery Introduction

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Upland Brewing Co. began its intriguing story in 1998 with a mission to brew remarkable beers in remarkable ways, staying true to the artisan, progressive spirit found in our part of the Midwest. Our sour program began in 2006 as a way to entertain our curious... Read More

Advertisement

Advertisement