Mikkeller Drink Your Sorrows Away

 
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Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 11.99%
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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9617) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Raisins, figs, green apples and bready yeast swirl in this Belgian-style Strong Ales mouthfeel, as light licorice, alcohol and vanilla spiciness manage to create complexity in the prevalent dryness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A firm foam cap covers the cloudy mahogany-hued brown.
-This is creative and authentic. Good job.
-Alcohol is present in the flavor profile, but not overly so, which I appreciate in a 12% brew.
-Orangey spiciness can also be found.
-The finish of leafy hop bitternessis quiet for the style and strength of this brew.
-Mouthfeel is pillowy, a very able vehicle for the elegant flavor profile.

Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2010
An elegant fluffy light beige foam stays over the dull veiled brown pour. Intensely yeasty, this is a pretty heady offering that deploys fusels and phenols aplenty in the aroma. The malts are not left on the side though, spreading their strong brown sugar notions complemented by softer touches of brazil nuts, very ripe grapes, figs and berries in a rooty, toasty and almost vinous ensemble. It does get vinous indeed in mouth, but is just more cerealic and thick than your usual fruit and alcohol forward vinous ale. With so much fermentation by-products and so much cereals thrown in there, the result can certainly be called complex. Overall though, I do find it a bit too strong in alcohol and unclean to be very enjoyable. I appreciate how its relatively large-bubbled carbonation manages to cut through the strong sweetness though and how its subtle bittering hops also work well in that regards without hampering its other aromatic strengths. Very powerful ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Die_Kapusta (191) - Malm, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2010
Semi-clear dark crimson red pour with a small beige head.

Aroma: I get shiitake mushrooms, soy, caramel, licorice, flour, sirup, apricot, plum, brazil nuts, over-ripe strawberries and yeast.

Taste is sweet and boozy. Muscovado sugar, caramel, coriander seeds, flour, licorice, soy, fermented fruits and hops for balance.

Palate is boozy with a dry ending. Sweet and spicy. I really liked the packaging even though its very girly and doesnt really give a correct indication of the content. Overall I enjoyed it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7299) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2010
Bouteille verte de 375 ml, avec bouchon de lige, obtenue via Importations Prives Biropholie. Arme: Odeur dpices et de petits fruits sucres. Apparence: La couleur est ambre fonce avec une moyenne densit de bulle. Prsence dun mince col mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caramel lgrement sucr et fruit avec une pointe dalcool. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Lgre prsence de caramel en arrire got. (Rating #3334)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7407) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2010
Big beige coarseish head. Hazy deep dark red body. Roasty caramelly peanut butter aroma with smoke notes. Dry-sweet peanut butter and smoke taste with alcohol and ash notes. Sharpish, faintly hot, mouthfeel. Fullish body. Dry malty peanuts and roasty alcohol aftertaste. As I keep sipping I also find nuts, vanilla, nougat, and raspberry. Complex, wildly unusual, and really nice. (0.375l bottle, Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Forsberg_dk (258) - DENMARK - SEP 15, 2010
Bottle, pours ruby with a decent head and slight lacings, aroma is mostly brown sugar with some malt, alcohol and dark fruits in the mix as well, taste is very sweet consisting of brown sugar, malt and dark fruits, alcohol is well hidden, borderline cloying.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2010
Bottle, courtesy of Beeranarchist. Dark brown pour, opaque. Small, slightly tan head. Aroma has a lot of spices and yeasty sweetness, flowers, vinegar, alcohol and bread. Burnt sugar and berries as well. Taste is very sweet and floral with some yeast and alcohol, bread and a little earth, only some bitterness. Low-medium carbonation, medium body, medium duration.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (3087) - Husum, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2010
Flaske: Lkkert pop som flasken bnes. Rdbrun klar l med et fint skumhoved. Duft af frugtet gr. Smagen er klassisk belgisk med tydeligt lagringspotentiale. Rigtig fin skjuling af alkohol men man kan stadig mrke llen er potent. Fin, smuk og flot l.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - SEP 11, 2010
Murky red brown pour with light tanned head. Aroma has dark dried fruits, vanilla, malty sweetness, dark malts, caramel, sweet dark berries, burnt sugar. Taste is malty sweet, yeasty sweet, dark dried fruits, hints of vanilla, some alcohol, burnt sugar.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle from lbutikken. Dark reddish brown with a tan head. Wonderful fruity aroma with notes of nuts, marcipan and chocolate. Nutty, fruity flavours, chocolate and marcipan lurking by as well as potent alcohol. A treat for the senses, especially for a sweet tooth.


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