Gription79 (2873) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared with Doug at the bayou. Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Pours pink with a thin quickly dissipating head. Lots of earthy almond notes. Slight chocolate covered cherry character. There is a Belgian strong/Triple yeast character. Nice holiday beer.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 mL bottle courtesy of Jer, served in a stem glass. Pours hazy amber with a hint of red with a small tan head that fades slowly to a thin cover and leaves a moderate amount of lace. On the nose, there are notes of medium toasty malts, sour cherry and honey, along with a hint of earth. The flavour is medium sweet, with a hint of sour throughout. Honey sweetness is paired with cherry and a hint of grains. The finish is long and fruity with slightly sour cherry, honey and touches of yeast and spice. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice cherry brew with big honey notes. Very tasty and well crafted as always from Mikkeller. 2012-08-04
ryecatcher (1375) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a pinkish amber (if that makes any sense) with a spotty and slightly pink-tinged off-white head, outstanding retention and lacing. Nose is faint, with a bit of yeasty funk and not much else. Mouth is creamy, medium-full bodied with some wheatiness and lightly sour fruitiness mingled with a slight caramel sweetness on the back end, finishes with some nuttiness (I’m guessing that’s the almonds, but it certainly isn’t almondy in the marzipan or amaretti sense). This might have been better a year ago... the cherries were almost undetectable, but all I can rate is what I’m drinking right now.
mnoud (317) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013.02.20 - Mikkelker Ris a la M’ale - 12.7oz bottle in small goblet glass. Assuming 2011 Vintage, bottle marked 8891108.
Pours a mostly clear orange-tan. Vigorous off white foamy head at first. Little to no head remains after initial burst. What does remain is very fine bubbles to foamy.
Aroma is subdued tartness, maybe.
Mouthfeel is light. Carbonation seems low but definitely present.
Taste follows nose. Light golden ale with subdued cherry and almond flavor. There is a bit of sweetness that envelops your tongue at first, but the sweetness never really follows through. Seems like a great balance of flavors and carbonation. And at 8% it is a good balanced drinker nog some heavy dessert beer. Unique brew as far as I know, and seemingly well done. I'm glad I bought two.
Aroma 7/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 16/20
doublebock (558) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light brown with pinkish hue and white foam. No much of an aroma. Notes of honey and wheat with a solid but not overwhelming cherry flavor. You can definitely pickup the almond.
uckelman (707) - Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, peach colored. Some suspended sediment. This is an unusual color for a beer, and pretty! Little aroma. Maybe I get a hint of the vanila, or perhaps the rice. Cherries (or plums) on the front, Christmas spices on the finish. Medium body. Sweet, but not sticky. Really does remind one of a Christmas rice pudding.
sarauckelman (461) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not sure if this is the 2010 or 2011; our bottle isn’t labeled. Peachy-orange color, not much head or carbonation. Cloudy and opaque. Almost no aroma. Very milky mouthfeel; not sure if I like it or not. Fruity, and rather sweet, though with a tart aftertaste.
abemorsten (3591) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 375 ml bottle bought at Vinmonopolet Sandnes - Kvadrat. Pours a hazy pinkish orange body with a cappucino colored fingerthick creamy head leaving good lacing. Sweet cherries and malts on the nose with a hint of whipped cream. Cherries dominate the mouth. Smooth. Medium bodied. Light alco warmth. Cherry notes rides on the mellw bitterness that lingers.
Sigmund (6950) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml green bottle, paper wrapped. Kindly shared by abemorsten. ABV is 8.0%. Hazy orange to reddish colour, large white head. Aroma of cherry sauce and cooked rice. Flavour of cherry sauce, almond essence and rice. A quaint lttle beer, designed to go with the traditional Danish Christmas dessert, nice enough to drink, but hardly my first choice for daily indulgence.
sir__v (2366) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2015 Color: pour red beer with small white head and small carbonation. Smell: fruity, cherry, grapefruit, and vanilla. Taste: no taste of malt, cherry, sweet and vanilla. Aftertaste: small wet bitterness and vanilla