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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium.

Ingredients : Water, malt (pale and cara), light candy, hops (Tomahawk, Cascade and Amarillo), yeast and brettanomyces.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
In short: A very funky (bretty) and leathery golden ale hopped like an American IPA. Kick-ass.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed about one year after the beer was bottled. Sent to me by Savy1982, thanks a lot Kyle
The look: Partly cloudy golden body topped by large off-white head
In long: Nose is a blend of brett funk, a bouquet of flowers and citrusy hops. Taste expands on the nose. Moderately funky, a good brett presence but not to the point of dominating the beer. A lot of floral, piney and fruity hops that are overall a bit resinous. Also a lot of grapefruits. A lot leather, I have rarely experience so much leather in a beer. Sharp finish that is both bitter and tart. This thing is hopped like an American IPA. Iíve had many so-called bretty IPA in the past few years. Most were interesting but none really succeeded at blending these two elements I like so much. Now this one comes out of nowhere does it perfectly and it is not even described as a bretty IPA. Iíd go as far as to say that there is a little Orval going on here. And since Orval is objectively the best beer in the world then this is also a great beer. I got this as a ďfillerĒ in a trade that was centered around other bottles. I had no expectations. This was as unexpected as a Motorhead song dedicated to those who love tranquility and harmony.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7176) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Bottle split with pat. Pours dark hazy red body with small one finger white head. Aroma is fruit and some citrus and pine hop. Mouthfeel is nice with bitter flavors of hop.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with James. Pours a ruby amber with a thick, rich, two-finger beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, malts, grapefruit, and tons of bitter hops. Medium bodied with a loose, slightly tart palate. Easy, quick finish. Decent Belgian strong. I expected much more from Mikkeller, especially with the label advertising the "wild yeast." Expected a sour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2271) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 3, 2010
Bottled sample via Savvy1982, consumed with oakbluff. Oarnge in colour with medium carbonation. Very soapy aroma, with backing notes of white grapefruit, flowers, and a touch of grass. More of that soap and grass combo in the mouth, along with VERY dry pale malts and leather. Drying and light bodied on the palate. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2010
flowers, perfume, grape, tan foam, red, very bitter, medium body, creamy, lively, astringent, bitter, long finish,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (12660) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2010
750 ml bottle poured a clear amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of citrus, straw, barnyard and a hint of leather. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, barnyard and citrus with a smooth dry lightly tart funky finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nickls (2283) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle...a very fresh one) Poured with a thinner white head, nice lacing on the glass and had an orangey golden color. Pretty translucent and not really hazy. Some rising carbonation. Good cedary/piney hop bitterness in the nose, with just a touch of funkiness from the brett yeast utilized in the bew. Hop bitterness is the driving taste up front, and very much mirrors the nose, being cedary/piney and just a little citruisy in the flavors. Not as much funk as would have hoped, but would remind one of an Orval in that department. Bit tart in the flavor as well. Thinner MF, and a touch oily. Little snap of carbonation, and overall really pleasant in this area. This is hugely drinkable for me as it is equal parts refreshing and interesting.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VertBaconStrips (2280) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2010
Slightly cloudy orange stuff with a fairly thick tan head and messy messy lacing. Iím excited right out of the gate with this thing especially after absorbing the first scents within my nose holes. Must, moldy cheese, fruit, yeast, light spice, dry crackers, lightly pungent, peaches, floral (roses), hard grapefruit candy - thatís a lot of stuff! The initial taste is not one of my favourites but, damn, there is something great going on here and I think Iíll turn the corner by the time Iím half way through this bottle. Unique from the get go: Oddly musty and moldy with soft fruits and, at least early on, unrelenting colossal harsh bitterness. The stark bitterness makes it almost too hard to drink. Peppery spice, grapefruit, orange, faint lychee. Well, there it is... every sip I like this more and more. Huge bitter finish. There is a spice burn a bit, some caramel ????? (dunno about that one), resin, finishes hard and very bitter. Do I love this beer or am I bored with it.. Iíll go... lovish. Side note - just opened up a bottle of Bons Voeux and I gotta say that now I like USAlive even more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3734) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 28, 2010
Clear copper of color with a off white foamy head. An aroma of fruits, hops, peach and spice. A flavor of spice, sweets, earthy, hops, bitter and a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2010
750 ml bottle; thanks Tom!! light orange foamy white head huge perfumy nose of fresh hops, apricots and vanilla wafer cookies; lots of dry, sweet malt, cookies and flowery hops; yeasty complexity is on the light side; lots of vanilla creamy texture; quite sweet with dough mineral; honey too; light sticky texture


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