Limbo Series Yuku Non Alcoholic Beer Review. A Mikkeller sour beer.

What type of beer is Limbo Series Yuzu

Limbo series is a Flemish Primitive ale with yuzu fruit. No questions? Then i’ll move on…

If you are anything like me you might need “Flemish primitive ale” and even “yuzu” explained a touch further

Flemish primitive ale

This is a new term that Mikkeller and its partners have trademarked. It is basically a nod to Flemish painters and the hallmark is their Mikkellenis yeast which is non alcohol forming and gives a passionfruit type taste to beers.

They have defined a Flemish Primitive Ale as…

–          Having typical body, taste and aroma coming from alternative micro-organisms (fx. Coffee beans)

–          Alcohol between 0 and 5 % volume

–          Maximum 10 EBC (color range)

–          Maximum 10 IBU (bitterness range)

–          Made of only water, yeast, malt and hops as ingredients

–          Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij by a gypsy brewer

Yuzu fruit

Yuzu is an Asian citrus fruit and looks a bit like a small grapefruit.

The Ingredients

Well we know from the definition of a Flemish Primitive that there can’t be too many ingredients.

Limbo Series includes…

  • Water 
  • Barley
  • Hops
  • Yuzu
  • Mikkellenis yeast

The Nutrition

Any of these sour beers and especially a fruit version, tend to have plenty of carbs and sugar to try and counter the acidity.

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 27kcal
Nutrition profile

And yes, this is on the high side of calories, carbs and sugar. It isn’t the worst beer you will see and still better than basically all light and alcoholic beers in terms of total calories.

In a non alcoholic beer, if i am to continually by a relatively high calorie one then it needs to be really stand out as there are so many great low calorie options.

The Look

If you’ve ever seen a Mikkeller you know how they draw people and this has some people seemingly about to limbo or praying to the yuzu fruit that looks like a lemon

The beer itself is a pale yellow

The Aroma

There is a big citrus, what I preume is yuzu, hit in the face. Lit a lot of fruit beers, that is basically all you can smell and it overpowers anything else you might get.

The Taste

This certainly has a distinctive taste. I have never sampled Yuzu but there is no doubting it is a citrus fruit. I would put it somewhere inbetween a lemon and a grapefruit. It certainly tastes very acidic

There isn’t really anything beer like about this. I cant get any malted grains or hops. Yuzu overpowers absolutely everything. 

I don’t find it to be particularly pleasant. The acidic citrus is quite harsh and hasn’t been balanced out by the sugar.

Comparing this to say the Erdinger Lemon or Grapefruit, I know which I would pick.

The Verdict

Quite an astringent flavour and not easy drinking really. I certainly wasn’t sipping and enjoying it. The acidicy is just too harsh

The Score

5/10 – Not in balance and not really enjoyable for me. If you want a huge citrus hit then you would enjoy it

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

Where to buy?

I think this particular beer is not running buy you can look for more by Mikkeller at their website

For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

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Is Limbo Series Yuzu gluten free?

It can sometimes be difficult to get this type of information from craft breweries but this beer is not gluten free

I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.

Is Limbo Series Yuzu vegan?

Limbo Series is vegan friendly according to the company.

For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.

Review Overview

Not in balance and not really enjoyable for me. If you want a huge citrus hit then you would enjoy it


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