Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting beer - to describe it simply: "like orval, but with a bit more sweetness". Nice bright copper colour, not alot of true "funk" in the taste or aroma, but just that hint of bretty dryness. Hits og bubblegum too maybe.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Veiled apricot appearance. The lasting lacey off-white head comprises heterogeneous bubble size. Fruitiness dominate the aroma whose brettanomyces remain restrained bringing forth slight coniferous notes and shy leather hints. On parallel, itís a weird fruit salad that weíre facing with all the juiciness that comes along with it. Canned peaches, crush orange soda, dried apricots, golden raisins... all covered by a sharp peppery yeastiness that dominates the doughy notions. All throughout, alcohol warms the soul and manages not to feel invading even though Iím usually quite sensitive and unappreciative of alcohol flavours. Overall, I canít say Iím very fond of the flavour profile, but it canít be denied it has some merits and it does feel easter-like (my few references being what St-Feuillen, Nogne and Het Anker have done) with its honeyed maltiness that displays a surprising amount of residual sugars for a beer whose recipe include bretts and its fragrant flowery/herbal hops that feel like Spring. Also surprising to feel a sugariness in a beer whose carbonation is as active as this one. The latter leave a moderate albeit lingering bitterness developing earthy nuances, but fading relatively quickly. An interesting, multi-faceted ale, but not quite a show-stopper.
smith4498 (3434) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Maltzillaís All American Weekend. Pours hazy brownish color with off white head. Aromas of caramel and bread dough. Yeasty flavor with some fruitiness and caramel. Slightly musty. Medium body with average carbonation.
DuffMan (8802) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very hazy amber brown with a golden bubbly head that laces nicely. Very enticing aroma, sweet whie grape juice, hoey, toffee malts. Toffee flavour backbone, sweet sautern-ish nuances, a little dusty and woody. Very tasty, very interesting.
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel apples and oranges spruce up this fluffy Belgian-style Strong ale, as dusty wild yeast and herbal hop bitterness seal each sip.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the hazy caramel amber.
-The caramel malts and wild farmhouse donít necessarily gel, even though they are both pleasant by themselves.
-The fluffy effervescence makes for a soft mouthfeel.
-This was a well executed brew, as all Mikkellerís to be honest, but I canít say the recipe was enough of a winner for me to revisit. There are so many better brews in his portfolio.
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yum yum yum. Honey brown body capped with a noisy white crown. Aroma has a punch to it citrus combined with a flower shop, spice and hints of apple, no alcohol but some sharp wood. Taste us yummy lots of yeast good spice a nice floral hop and has a pleasant alcohol burn. Feel is thin but it works for the beer. This sharp wood flavor is turning almost into pine the longer I drink. I got to say Iím really liking this Belgian/farmhouse/hopy combo. Has a tannic after taste that lingers forever. I want more!!
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I appreciate the effort but there is an overwhelming vitamin presence in aroma and taste. Color and body are great. Finish is more interesting a little barnyard. Label is cool. A mixing beer for me. I am mixing this with a double IPA as I type this. It still has that annoying vitamin aspect but not as much. Try it you may like it. I wouldnít buy this again. It is underwhelming.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This being a "rare" Mikkeller beer to South Florida, I decided to hunt it down and score a bottle from the great people up at the Charleston Beer Exchange. Belgian Strong Ales, to me, have always seemed hit or miss, but this one was one great beer. Poured into my Delirium snifter glass, I got a flutter of fruit, wheat, and berry aromas. The color was on the dark brown side with a thin white foamy head. The carbonation was pretty stellar. I sipped on a glass for about 10 minutes and every sip was just as good as the first. A great enjoyable beer from Mikkeller.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a burnt orange with a nice white head. The aroma has honey, cherry skin, and chalky yeast. The flavor is kind of funky, but very green and chalky. There is a unballanced bitterness that lingers for a long time. Not one of Mikkelís finest.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear deep amber, thin off-white head, fantastic lacing. Nose is nice and tart, winter fruits and stonefruits, plenty funky, plus some rye bread and sweet cake, some hops here as well. Flavours are much softer, some real fruit here too, nice winter apples, peaches, plums, soft carbonation, a bit lacking on flavour. Nice but not terribly exciting.