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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Danish: En vild belgisk ale brygget pŚ: vand, malt (pale og cara), lys kandis, humle (hallertau og styrian golding), gśr og brettanomyces. Lagret 7 mŚneder pŚ hvidvinsfade.

English: Itís Alive!!! Indeed it is. This Belgian Ale has been aged on White Wine barrels to give it that touch of alcohol, while the Brettanomyces give the tartness. Complex but well balanced beer.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
myxologyst66 (10) - lahaina, Hawaii, USA - AUG 24, 2013
A great mix of barn yard and white wine on the nose. Carmel color with a bit of haze, the taste is light and refreshing with just the right amount of sour. I am in love with this beer!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
yespr (40181) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2011
37.5 cL bottle, courtesy of Ungstrup. Pours hazy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is citrusy, hoppy, wineous and horseblanket. Medium sweet, fruity, barnyard and hoppy to citrusy/orange fruity flavoured. Smooth brett and fruity flavoured into the finish. Ultra soft and smooth brett-fruity lasting finish. Stunning - Orval on speed!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sissio (1246) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAY 6, 2015
Brettanomices aroma, sweet malts, caramel, wild honey, hint of yellow fruit Extremely well balanced, spectacular

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
In short: A blonde ale with an extraordinary bright bretty character and tart oaky white wine. A true complex wild ale (not a sour ale)
How: Bottle 375ml, capped only. Consumed when probably between 1 and 2 year of age, but still over 6 years before expiration date!!! (thatís mikkeller to you).
The look: Cloudy orange-blonde body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention.
In long: The aroma has a kick-ass brett character that is farmhouse + horse blanket + dusty attic + barn wood. I was already sold from the aroma. Not the wildest bretty character I have smelled, this was like a truly rustic Saison on steroids. Taste is just as nice. Yes there is some crisp crackery malts, some white wine oak barrels, some tannins, some honeyed hay, some other stuff. But it is the yeast character that dominates the beer and Iím not complaining, when brett comes out so bright and so stimulating, Iím in heaven. Finish shows a lot of oaky white wine and even some tart white grapes. Body is full and the carbonation is very lively, superb mouthfeel. I was turned off by the price of the beer so I only bought one bottle and now Iím hitting myself over the head with that very same empty bottle. Might just be my favour Mikkeller ever, and theyíve made a whole lot of beer. This could really be an Anchorage creation, and I even doubt Anchorage could match the quality of this bottle I drank. It may be a bit too intense and astringent to make it a session beer but thatís not the goal with a beer like this. This was a treat of amazing complexity. Looks like Iím giving this one an abnormally high rating, maybe it is because I cellared it before drinking like I do with most of my brett/wild beers, Iím a patient man, I learned patience when I was a kid, back then porn took forever to download.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
I donít drink much wine, not that I donít like to I just never ígot into ití but this smells like some good quality white wine. Iím told this was aged in a white wine barrel and you can tell. Nice head on pour that goes into usual Mikkeller lacing. The flavour... is really hard to discern other than to say there is some beer in there, but thereís a huge wine presence that totally overshadows and demolishes the beer. There were some hops too. After the flavour wears off youíd swear you just had a glass of wine, or some sort of crazy wine/beer snakebite. Truly amazing in terms of what is possible in flavour.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
On tap at Biero. Great beer, cidery aroma, but sweet in the mouth. Aroma of apples, dough, and caramel. Taste is sweet, with only a hint of sourness, and long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Orange, with a creamy head.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mortlach (1890) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 16, 2012
05/01/2012 Brasserie 4:20 (375ml bottle). Bevuta al Mikkeller Beer Festival. Ambrata chiara, intensa e brillante, con schiuma bianco sporca dai riflessi giallognoli, non molto persistente. Al naso Ť magnifica, sembra un vino bianco, acidula, delicata, leggermente fruttata. In bocca parte come un diesel, risultando un poí debole di corpo, corta, leggermente acquosa, ma mantiene comunque una certa finezza e migliora tantissimo sorso dopo sorso. Corpo medio-basso, carbonazione soft. Sorprendente.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle. Clear dark orange with a thick creamy tan head. Beautiful floral apple, cherry, caramel, sour grape, vanilla, and wine barrel aroma and taste. Thick tart creamy palate.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fkoolen (927) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2014
37,5c bottle at home. Deep orange hazy colour, big lively off-white head. Complex aroma, definitely bretty, earthy, malty and nuanced white wine tones. Taste too is very complex with the mentioned tones, rounded tardness with green apple and vinegar, more defined white wine notes, cask on a bed of soft and creamy malts. Medium carbonation, dry mouthfeel, good body. Unlike anything I ever tasted before, very nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
375ml bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. Beautiful deep amber in colour with a long lasting off-white head, excellent lacing. The aroma is sour and funky, lots of lemons, white grapes, apple skins, some peaches. The flavour is of brett, wood and dust - musty basement really, some good lemon citrus, tart white grapes, herbal and floral. Musty mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, bretty. Just a beautiful beer all around. Soft on the pallet but huge amounts of flavour. Nearly the perfect beer for me.


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