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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Danish: Brygget af basismalt og under mæskníngen og gæringen tilsat enzymer for at opnå en så høj forgærbarhed som overhovedet muligt. Til både bitter-, smags- og aromahumle er brugt den New Zealandske humlesort ‘Nelson Sauvin’ som er opkaldt efter sine druekarakterer, der bringer minder til den New Zealandske hvidvinsdrue Sauvignon Blanc. Af gær er benyttet både champagnegær og brettanomyces og pga. enzymerne er øllen gæret meget langt ned og dermed er slutresultatet en meget tør øl. Efter endt gæring har øllen ligget 5 måneder på hvidvinsfade fra Østrigske Weingut Kollwentz og opnået yderligere karakter. Til slut er den flasket på 750 ml champagneflasker med et ekstra højt CO2 indhold.

English: Nelson Sauvignon is a New Year beer it is fermented with ale yeast, brettanomyces and enzymes. Then it has been aged three months in Austrian white wine casks. Very dry, very vinous and very delicious.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle shared by emacgee. Pours a dark golden orange with a white head. Nose is hugely grapefruit, but lingering behind it is a spicy cat pee vibe. Not strong enough to totally bother me, but distracting from the great grapefruit thing. A decent amount of malt. A big and very interesting beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4244) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Pours red orange with a profuse sandstone head. Nose is straight up pink grapefruit flesh and raw pineapple with a vinous character and super dry notes. Very dry and citrusy with lots of pink grapefruit and some crushed black pepper. Awesome hop character, very dry.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (8115) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
750mL bottle, pours a beautiful vibrant opaque orangey amber with a voluminous white head. Aroma is very vinous and yeasty, with loads of brett-like yeast, sauvignon blanc, dry lemon and orange zest with a bit of fruity notes. Flavour is incredibly complex with an amazing balance of dry white wine, brett, dry fruity notes, lemon rind - so much depth and balance, with strong lasting flavours. The barrels accentuated the complexity so expertly. Damn delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CaraCurtis (117) - Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2011
I picked this up from San Diego when we took a week long vacation there. This was one of those that I felt was a bit of a prize. I had never heard of it and of course never seen it here in AZ. I saved it to share and it happened to be opened and shared today. I really like this beer and wish I had another. There is a sense of grapefruit and apricot just from the cork alone. The cork was synthetic. I love the mouth fill of this beer as well. It seems to be a bit frothy. There is a tiny head and some minimal lacing. It pours a light burnt orange/maybe a medium. Beautiful beer. Cheers to this beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thoor84 (67) - ICELAND - DEC 25, 2011
75 cl. bottle. Had been saving it for special occation. Had this last night (christmas eve). Golden color. Taste is something very special, definate white wine notes, brett, a little sour and dry. Very Very nice

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6470) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2011
saw at Steins, passed- tasting! .. Pours a hazy gold .. big head, medium lacing .. . light brett, light honey, light yeast, flowers, and light white grape skin .. . really tasty beverage, could drink a bottle by myself quite easily .. . . Laurie got offended that I used the word puke, But to me, that’s what her dinner tasted like.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (6568) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2011
bottle. Love this. Copper golden pour. Definate wine driven beer. Grassy sauvignon blanc like, slight weediness, white wine grapiness, honeysuckle. Lovely seek this out

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2011
The beer pours a very hazy, deep amber-chestnut color with a full, off-white, very creamy, fluffy head which is mostly lasting and leaves tight, soapy lace. The nose is like no other I have smelled; very white vinous, typical gooseberry, dry flowers, light resinous pine, bretty funk, some, kiwi, and faint toasted vanilla. The flavor is similar with some buttery oak, faint toasted vanilla notes, similar fruity notes as the nose, dry floral and leaves, light pine, tart brett, and just a bit of funk; the bitterness is more than moderate as well as the acidity. The palate is moderate, less than lively, creamy, and bone dry. The finish is longer than expected, bone dry, slightly bitter, tart acidity, leafy notes, and a bit resinous. Not sure of the price tag, but this beer was miraculous. The fruit notes were completely complementary to the dry brett and hop bitterness. And the palate worked well with the flavor progression. I am not sure how Mikkeller does it with every brew but this one was nearly perfect for this type of beer. Amazing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7253) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2011
750mL bottle. Poured medium honeyed orange with a fluffy, sticky whitish head. The aroma picked up rich redder fruits and vinous notes accented by funky, fruity yeast, lightly-toasted oak, and lactic notes.. yeasty and a little warm on the nose.. good stuff! The flavor opened tangy with white wine and oaky notes leading.. bready notes and tropical fruits provided sweetness at the core.. complementary sourness laced throughout (mostly oak and funky fruits).. rich, spicy fruits and much lesser earthy bitterness surrounded.. finished very dry and fruity, with resurgent vinous character.. delicious! Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and dry on the palate.. the hops, barrel, and Brett really worked well together.. excellent brew!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Pours a lot darker than I was expecting - I’m not sure why, but I was expecting a pale light beer, not rich amber with a fantastic bit of tan foam and ample lace. The flavor is unique, and interesting blend of faint strong Belgian ale in the background, and full on brett in the foreground. Aroma is very complex as well well, toasted and vinous. Off hand, the only thing I can remember drinking that struck me to this extent was a Beatrix. That was a long time ago...


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