Ok- so, this is actually getting posted a bit out of sequence, but I did sample and review these 5 samples from Mikkeller Yeast Series on Day #17 of my homebrew adventure.
I think what Mikkel Borg Bjergsø is doing for the beer community is unparalleled right now in educational value. Having these “Single Hop“, “Yeast” and even the Black Hole “Barrel” series have been essential to my education as a beer drinker and will give me a leg up for home brewing.
Here are my reviews of five of the yeast series beers, brewed with the same base single malt, single hop beer.
Nose: Slight pepper
Taste: Dirty grapefruity citrus and a bitter after taste show that this yeast compliments the hop and definitely allows more of the hop flavor through.
Blogger’s Note: Honestly- I had nothing here on the nose. It was a void to me.
Taste: More of a lean towards a malty flavor than the American-Style, this beer has a sweet start and a roasted finish. It is refreshing and not overpowering.
Nose: Sweet corn, slight mesquite
Taste: In one word, it is Summer- light just like a witbier with the tang of natural orange cleaner.
Nose: Cherry Twizzlers, Red licorice shoe-strings
Taste: “FUNK-AY” This beer is a very drinkable sour with fruity tones. I called it fermented cranberry apple goodness, as well as my favorite of the bunch.
Nose: Banana undertones, spice
Taste: Sweet and spicy deliciously ride on a wave of thick banana funk, proving that yeast really can make a all the difference.
Honestly, the difference between all of these brews was astonishing to me. I assumed there would be slight differences, as I know that each style has different characteristics. But the blatant, screaming differences created a shock and awe campaign upon my tongue- rendering my palate sated but tired.
If you are new to the brewing (or even tasting) scene, I strongly suggest that you invest in this journey as I did. The rewards are well worth it (as are the bragging rights!)