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Jackie Brown - Mikkeller ApS

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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale, munich, cara-pils, cara-crystal, brown and chocolate), flaked oats, hops (nugget, simcoe and centennial) and ale yeast.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006)
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Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Fiery highlights illuminate the beer from under, unleashing a glow that exceeds well past the perimeters of the glass. They add brightness and make the beer considerably more amber than brown.

Streams of bubbles encircle the beer entirely and fall like waterfalls in reverse. The head is creamy and always at a minimum of one full finger thick. As the beer reduces it leaves the glass enveloped in foam.

The smell is so full of hops you don't even need to hold the beer all that close to your nose to enjoy them. The aroma, and as I'm about to discover the flavour too, is blistered with green, spruce-y alpha acids. Should you choose to notice there is also plenty of milk chocolate buried in there with them.

Mikkeller uses flaked oats, pilsner, Munich, crystal, brown, pale chocolate, chocolate malts for this brown ale. It shows - and I don't think you have to be a home brewer to pick up on it. Flavours and mouthfeel become difficult to describe as they seem to change with each sip.

The chocolate malt, especially, stands out. It is most likely responsible for the lingering notes of dark cocoa. Astringent, roast coffee beans are a good contender for the beer's number one flavour. The malt bill on the whole taste like raw, unmalted grains. What I taste again and again are husks.

The body, and its flavours, are light but the mouthfeel is exponentially thickened by a strangling astringent. It is the brittle, but lingering, vinous plant like bitterness of hops. The beer also becomes a little heavier with the same degree of roast found in strong porters - only in this case, without the backup of flavour and density of body. It reaches a point where soot and ash meet spice and hops. Jackie Brown is a twisted exercise for palate!

The mouthfeel spills over into the flavour department with strong, lightly bitter flavours, that linger continuously. These are the coffee beans, dark chocolates, and most of all, the pounding spruce. So much spruce! I feel there is a lack of depth in flavour.

I found this beer on the whole to be a bit of an enigma. It was so much of so many things ... but among them: good. I'd be very curious to try my hands (err, nose and tongue) at this puzzle they call Jackie Brown again in the future, both for enjoyment and curiosity sake. I'm not sure what the main export of Denmark is, but it should be Mikkeller.

07-19-2008 03:03:26 | More by biegaman
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

650ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured a deep mahogany nutty brown colour. Nice creamy tan head poured very tight, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping then faded fairly quickly to decent thick covering. No carbonation at all... some light lacing...

Aroma - Lots of roasted chocolate malts, tobacco smoke notes, strong peppery and grassy hops, roasted (maybe slightly charred ?) nuttiness, strong nutmeg spiciness, some anise, black coffee, woody hints, creosote traces, dark dried fruits (raisins and currents)...

Taste - Big grassy and earthy hop bitterness up front followed by lots of (charred) roasted malts, some pine notes, spicy dark fruits (raisins, dates, plums), dark chocolate, light smokiness, roasted nuttiness, light treacle sweetness, for only 6% the alcohol is pretty noticeable...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... medium bodied... Pretty drinkable although the hops maybe become a little harsh after a 650ml bottle...

Overall - A pretty decent brown ale although i prefer mine a little more malty than hoppy... recommended though...

07-11-2008 12:54:23 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Overlord


3.13/5  rDev -19.1%

After trying the underrated Stateside IPA, I now must confess that I found Jackie Brown to be quite overrated.

I've had some pretty great brown ales lately, with Dogfish Head's Palo Santo Marron leading the way. This was an indifferent effort, at best.

Pours a lightish brown with a tan, two inch or so head. Smells strangely piney ... not much malt, woodsy, or earthy tones here.

The taste is astringent and bitter, and rather than supple chocolate, roast, or malt tones it's quite bracing and offputting. The mouthfeel is way too light.

I'm just not sure what they were going for here.

06-20-2008 07:58:31 | More by Overlord
Photo of younger35


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Received this brew as an extra from YonderWanderer and this will officially be my first Mikkeller brew. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Dark brownish yellow with hues of red around the edges where the light penetrates. Big soft two finger light sand head that has serious staying power. Loads of wood ring lacing is left everywhere.
Smell- Very hoppy nose from the start that kind of threw me for a second. Very earthy hop bite that has tinges of grapefruit and grass. The malt is no stranger either though. Nutty and sweet with hints of cocoa, coffee and caramel (especially the chocolate and caramel as it warms slightly). Very big enjoyable nose!
Taste- Big toffee and bittersweet chocolate from the get-go. The caramel malts add a slight bit of sweetness but slight is the key word here. The roasted malts add a bit of acrid coffee and a toasty hazelnut and some of the bitterness. The rather large hop presence adds the rest of the bitter goodness that engulfs the mouth. Part grapefruit, part orange pith it somehow all seems to work. Finishes with a bit of alcohol that seems slightly larger than the 6% ABV. Lingering hazelnut coffee lasts forever...
Mouthfeel- Somehow this beer is full of flavor but light on body. Nice zesty carbonation but thin and somewhat watery; I need more body!
Drinkability- This is a really nice big flavorful Brown Ale that I really enjoyed. I expected more malt but was greeted by loads of hops with just enough chocolaty/coffee goodness to keep it all in check. Turned out to be a very nice surprise! Big thanks to Dave for the opportunity to try this brew!

06-14-2008 03:04:08 | More by younger35
Photo of Crosling


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Massive amounts of hops contribute hints of grapefruit in the nose. Chocolate and roast, with hints of peanut butter and butter toffee on the finish. Similar in character to Alpha Klaus, with out being as roasty and dark. A really nice example of what Mikkeller is capable of. This beer is very impressive.

06-09-2008 00:47:16 | More by Crosling
Photo of bluejacket74


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The first thing I noticed in the aroma is the hops, it's much hoppier than any brown ale I've had in recent memory. I can smell pine and citrusy hops, along with coffee, chocolate, and toasted malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some nuttiness in there too. Mouthfeel/body is medium with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, even with the high carbonation it's still smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a good beer. It's very, very hoppy for the style but I enjoyed it a lot. I'd buy it again.

05-30-2008 22:46:25 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of gford217


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a rocky off white head that dissipates to wisp of foam on top leaving very good lacing.

S: The smell surprised me with the hops, much hoppier than the normal American brown with the big fresh pine hops popping up front. There is also a slight burnt coffee smell with chocolate as well all on top of a faint sweet malt background

T: There is a more pronounced roasted malt flavor up front than in the aroma, but that is really just an intro to the big piny fresh hop flavor. The coffee and chocolate are still there but more in the background in the taste. The finish is back to the hop bitterness, almost an IPA-like aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and the hoppiness tingles the tongue more than just about any brown I've tasted.

D: This is one of the more interesting brown ales I've tasted as Mikkeller has amped up the hoppiness in this one. Drinkability is probably a little diminished by the hop bitterness, but not too bad. Complex, tasty, and highly recommended.

05-30-2008 03:51:32 | More by gford217
Photo of kajerm


2.98/5  rDev -23%

Bomber from Whole Foods Clybourn. Pours red-tinged brown, murky but translucent, with a finger of thick, cream-colored head. Soap bubbles are scattered over the surface, and lacing plates the glass pretty completely. So far so good, Mikkeller.

Aroma is a mixture of straightforward nuttiness and subdued citric hops.

Taste is a big surprise-- hardly any malt in the opening at all. Sweetness comes in VERY slightly towards the end, but the mid-palate and finish are almost completely dominated by bitterness. This is one bitter beer. Sweet jesus, I haven't touched the glass in a minute and a half and it's almost as bitter as when I first drank it. The hoppiness is great in the middle (especially overlaid on the nutty brown ale aroma), but the finish is just way too bitter.

The real problem, I think, is that the bitterness isn't just plain old straightforward hops-- there's a nasty kind of burnt flavor that colors the astringency and makes the aftertaste pretty harsh.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style, medium-bodied and briskly carbonated.

Drinkability is limited by the extreme bitterness.

Beers this tastes more bitter than: Ruination IPA, any IPA/DIPA referencing hops or satan in its name, any other beer.

05-29-2008 04:32:31 | More by kajerm
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.45/5  rDev +15%

"You've got to be all mine, all mine
Ooh, foxy lady"

--Jimi Hendrix

Coppery cocoa with cherry and orange highlights. When backlit with bright sunshine, the beer becomes dusky ruby... just like most brown ales. The golden almond colored crown is a thing of beauty. It has a creamilicious texture and is absolutely slathering the glass with shotgun-shredded lace. Jackie Brown is definitely a fox.

The nose is very nice as well. For starters, it leaps out of the glass rather than waiting to be coaxed out. Each sniff delivers an appetizing cloud of multifacted maltiness due to the use of pilsener, Munich, crystal, brown, pale chocolate, chocolate and flaked oats. Both milk and bittersweet chocolate are in the driver's seat, with hops riding shotgun.

Jackie tastes like a brown ale on steroids. The high-octane flavor profile includes roasted cocoa nibs, roasted coffee beans, dark caramel and a boatload of green, citrusy, spruce sappy, bitingly bitter hops. In fact, regarding lupulin lusciousness, this offering tastes like something Three Floyds would brew... if Three Floyds brewed an American brown ale. It may not be as hoppy as Alpha Klaus Xmas Porter, but it reminds me of that beer in some respects.

An incredibly lace crusty glass tells me that the appearance score was a good call. The only (minor) letdown is a body/mouthfeel that is slightly too thin. And I do mean slightly. For the ABV, it's still right on point and is as smooth as possible given the surge of alpha acids that rake the tongue following each gulp.

Jackie Brown is up there with some of my favorite browns of all-time (Bell's Best Brown and Dogfish Head Indian Brown), although Surly Bender is still on top. This is fantastic beer for those hopheads who also enjoy the darker malts on occasion. Wow, what a treat!

05-28-2008 12:48:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of bkilpatr


3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. 05/22/08.

Pours a cloudy nut-brown color, with a massive four+ finger puffy beige head. The head fades slowly, leaving nice lacing around the glass. Aromas of toasted malts and citrusy hops.

Taste is more toasted malt and citrus hops. Some caramel, nut, and toffee flavors from the malt. Grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon from the hops. Slightly sweet up front, with a nice bitter back end from the hops. More hoppy than I prefer for a brown ale, but I guess that's what makes it "American" brown ale.

It's thin and watery and kinda slick from the hop presence. Well carbonated. It'd be nice if it were a bit smoother and thicker. Drinkability is good though. The ABV is low (6%) but the amount of hop flavor is a bit excessive.

A decent brown ale, but a bit too hoppy I think.

05-22-2008 23:13:14 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of swizzlenuts


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

The beer is a dark brown with a lot of carbonation and a good sized head. Very good retention on the head as well.

The nose on the beer is filled with the dark roasts and hops. The mixture is very nice. The beer tastes like dark malts, the hops create a nice bitterness at the end as well. Very balanced and very good. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'd want, but still nice. I could easily drink a bunch of these.

05-22-2008 23:00:17 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a clear ruby hued brown with a creme head. Flavor is a bit acidic, oddly. There is an earthy tone to it, yes, but the bite is a bit much really. Fades a bit as it warms thankfully. The earthy character seems to be able to show more with that bitter edge gone. Mild sweet tone to it too; very mild. After it sits out for quite some time, a roasted and almost coffee tone comes out. Feel is a bit full of carbonation, but it doesn't kill it. Drinkable, yes. Not the greatest brown ale ever, but decent enough. Probably not worth the price, but cool to be able to try another Mikkeller.

05-18-2008 23:18:58 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of dnichols


3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

I poured a capped 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. I shared the bottle with my beer buddy, imacoug.

A: It poured a dark brown tea colored body with a tan one finger head. The head receded to a ring around the collar and a dense dry lacing that clung to the side of the glass.

S: It gave off a bundle of hops, citrusy, floral and bitter along with an undercurrent of toasted sweet and nutty malts.

T: The hops dominate with a sweet floral initial flavor that blended well with the toasted and nutty malts. The citrusy hops followed and they were complemented by tart and tangy flavors with hints of dark spices.

M: It was a light bodied brew with a tangy and zippy profile and clean finish. Moderately carbonated.

D: The thin body and light ABV make it a long session candidate. However, the dominant hop profile make it a winner in the hop crazy Pacific NW but may be a bit excessive for the style.

05-09-2008 21:56:33 | More by dnichols
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Fairly deep brown with a decent amount of very light brown head. Traces of lacing.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, roast, nice earthy and nutty aromas, hops. Really complex especially for a brown ale. There is something else going on that I cannot quite put my finger on.

T: Starts off very bitter from the roast as well as the hops. Then it takes a backseat and almost tastes like a normal brown ale. Finishes very sweet.

M: Definately this beer's shortcoming. Little to thin for the bold taste. Not bad just not as good as everything else.

D: 6% with this flavor? Sign me up. The price keeps this from being anything but an occasional treat though. I think it was around

05-03-2008 23:07:10 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of Avryle

New York

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

Finally getting Mikkeller into the area. Whoohoo!

A- Solid opaque brown with a 2-finger almond-colored head

S- Nutty roasted malts and piney hops with hidden toffee notes

T- Tastes like your standard brown initially until the bittersweet chocolate and earthy/piney hops kick in.

M- Roasted malts and hop bitterness linger after you swallow. A bit too full-bodied for the style but pleasant for this particular beer

D- The strong bitter finish makes this slower to drink than a standard brown ale.

05-03-2008 22:52:16 | More by Avryle
Photo of nickfl


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

A - Massive, three finger light brown head on a clear, amber-brown body. The head is extremely tenacious and it leaves thick lace in its wake.

S - A light, crisp coffee and roasted malt aroma backed subtlely by floral, cirtusy hops.

T - Strong, bitter roasted malt up front, followed by and intertwined with citrus and pine hop flavors. The middle clears out quite a bit with some mild toasted malt flavors and continueing bitterness from the initial roasted malt blast. The finish is dominated by lingering malt bitterness and piney hops, with a complex aftertaste of charcoal, tobacco, and chocolate.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Hard to judge. This beer is extremely top heavy with a bracing surge of malt bitterness as the first, and overall dominant, flavor. All the bitterness up front seemed a bit much at first, but it grew on me, and the extremely complex finish keeps me coming back for more. Overall I would have to say that this is an extremely successful, if very odd, take on the style. It reminds me, in a good way, of Three Floyds Black Sun Stout.

05-01-2008 23:51:34 | More by nickfl
Photo of baggio


4/5  rDev +3.4%

2006 bottle with a best before date in september 2007 :) This should be interesting!

A: Brown reddish with a nice, beige, creamy head.

S: Vanilla, Milkchocolate, Cola, Nuts, Hops. Fantastic!

T: Coffee, Grapefruit peel, Cocoa beans, Spices (pepper?), Cereal.

M: Quite smooth with heavy kicks of chocolate and a good, dry, bitterness at the end. Medium carbonation.

This is a good beer. Would have liked a wee bit more of malt in the body but i guess one can't have everything. Recommended!

04-25-2008 20:00:17 | More by baggio
Photo of SQNfan


3.13/5  rDev -19.1%

Solid brown in color with a thick white head. Aromas of piney hops, light caramel and chocolate with some spice toward the back end. The palate is medium-bodied and tart with the bitter hops dominating the malt. A good beer but not my favorite Mikkeller.

04-25-2008 00:51:13 | More by SQNfan
Photo of merlin48


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Chill hazed chestnut body is topped by a generous tan head that retains well and deposits lots of patchy lace on the glass. Aroma is nutty, dark chocolate and coffee hints, and an assertive array of pine and citrus rind hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. A creaminess develops as it warms and compliments some hop oiliness. Taste is very hoppy with an aggressive pine and grapefruit rind character. Some toasted malt notes join the dark roasty coffee and dark chocolate undertones more as it warms. This one is much better around room temperature. I can't recall a hoppier brown ale than this well made example.

04-23-2008 18:00:32 | More by merlin48
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

August 2006 Bottle Date; Sampled April 2008
Pours with a frothy, tan colored head that is somewhat large bubbled, but . The beer is a rusty, dark brown color, but shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malty, but still has a hoppy edge to it. Chewy malt aromatics remind me of light, but definitely roasted coffee beans, well toasted bread crust, big chewy brown malt aromas and some sweet caramel. The hop character provides a backdrop of herbal pine and some citrus fruit notes (but this is hard to pick out from the roast grain notes). The brown malt character in this beer is huge, though the chocolate malt plays a big role here too; very roasty, very coffee like.

Fizzy with a bit more carbonation than is needed, but a quick swirl of my glass takes care of that. As I swirl I get aromas of cherries and musty malt. Fairly dry tasting (especially with all the roast character), but it does have a touch of soft, caramelized malt character that adds just a touch of sweetness before the darker malt character kicks in and dries the finish out. Speaking of the finish, the roast character is quite prominent here providing a mix of flavors ranging from espresso, a light burnt acidity, a touch of charcoal, toasted bread, some burnt grain husk astringency. There is still some hop character left in the flavor too; there is a definite bitterness, but there is also a citrus character (tangelo & bergamot) that is noticeable at times, and a pine like character seems to always form a subtle backdrop to each sip.

This is a surprisingly roast flavored beer for the color, I think that the brown malt is the likely culprit as somehow a little of this goes a long way. A tasty brew though that has a nice, perceived dryness to it because of all of the roast character. This is a very tasty beer that is aging quite well, all this roast character could have this easily going a couple more years.

04-10-2008 02:58:58 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of scruffwhor


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

A medium brown complextion with dark ruby highligts is revieled after the pour. Greattwo finger head with great retention down to a thick foam with cool, sporadic lacing. The aroma is a spicey pine ho mixed with a very roasted malt bill. Definite notes of coffee grounds in this aroma. The roasted malt is better developed thanks to the generous hopping of this beer. A piney citrus blends with the almost burnt roasted malts. A combo of malt bitterness and hop bitterness deine the flavors of this beer. I wouldn't say sessionale. I could have two in a night. But not more than that. The conveging bitternesses would be a it much along with the 6% abv. A good beer none the, I would definetly recommend it.

04-06-2008 02:05:06 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Into an nonic, pours somewhere between copper and russet, with some nice lacing down the glass and an ever present light tan head. The aroma is rather hoppy for a brown, pretty much overbearingly so, but there are some faint chocolate and roasted malt notes hidden in there. Taste is is similar, lots of hops, short on the malt, and so I have a hard time really enjoying this one. Its interesting, just too unbalanced.

A medium body and some good carbonation are there, but the mouth is otherwise disappointing, and too dry to really be able to enjoy. In all, I was hoping for more, but thats the game we play, eh.

04-03-2008 03:53:05 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of Absumaster


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

A clear, dark brown beer with a settling head.

Smell is roasted with strong hints of chocolate malt, together with espresso and nutty whiffs. An American smell of citric hops, a bit overshadowed by the roasted smells.

Taste is roasted with coffee, espresso, dark chocolate and molasses on top of a good malty backbone. A strong bitterness and citric and piny US hoppiness. Balance is good, but leans a bit too much to the bitter side.

03-29-2008 19:45:45 | More by Absumaster
Photo of yemenmocha


3.05/5  rDev -21.2%

Pours light brown, translucent, with off white head.

Nose has a sweet 'n sour note in it, wet paper coffee filter, and light artificial citrus.

Palate lacks many brown ale characteristics such as the pronounced roasted flavors. Instead the hops take over, with a cola like quality in place.

Finish is funky and unpleasant.

03-28-2008 06:28:59 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Great bottle label.

Appearance: Pours a cherry-mahogany with chunky, clumpy tan head. Visible yeast flakes.

Aroma: Stale coffee, nuts, and grapefruit hops.

Taste: Surprisingly hopped with a lot of interesting citric character. Depthful malt character too but hard to target because each time I try to focus on a specific malt flavor I get blasted by hops and I'm back to square one. Some metal and chocolate notes but mostly dominated by citric hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Extremely dry. Moderate to aggressive CO2. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Good despite all the hops.

Good but not great and with a price tag that can't be justified for anything less than greatness.

03-25-2008 17:25:15 | More by DaPeculierDane
Jackie Brown from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.