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Fra Til (From To) - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 11-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale, cara-crystal, pale chocolate and chocolate), unmalted oats, dark cassonade, hops (Centennial and Cascade), spices (star anise, cinnamon, clove and coriander) and yeast.
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Photo of budgood1
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. 750 ml bottle. gold foil caged and corked.

pours out an opaque blackish/brown colour with some ruby red highlights. a monstrous tan head supported by vigourous carbonation shows no sign of receding in my wine glass. lots of chunky lace. couldn't really look any better. dark roasted malts and spices such as anise and allspice...maybe some nutmeg in the nose. a resounding hoppiness, too. definitely a festive smelling beer. lots going on in the flavour department...dark chocolate and a caramel/nougat combination with some light cherry/raspberry nuances. spicing is really minimal but recognized as belgian like with a holiday twist. really hard to pinpoint the exact spices but it's clove like with a black licorice subtleness. fruity, tangy hoppiness provides some character and a touch of bitterness. a bit of yeastiness adds a delicate layer, also. pretty damn tasty and always balanced. the mouthfeel is pretty silky smooth for such a round and full bodied beer. drinkability is great for a holiday porter.

snagged this bottle for $5 and it delivered the x-mas goods. a perfect beer to start my x-mas eve imbibing. delicious!!

Photo of adamette
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. synthetic corked and caged bottle, topped with gold foil. Purchased for $13.99 at Rozi's in Lakewood a few months ago. No observed "best by" date. "Holiday Ale brewed with spices" printed vertically on the side of the label. Poured into my Great Lakes Christmas Ale goblet.

A Having not checked the style here on BA before cracking this one, I was surprised and delighted to find a stout looking beer pouring into the glass with a dark brown, 4 inch head. Body is pitch black and lets no light through, even in front of direct light bulb. Very good lacing is left on the inside of the glass as well. 4.5

S Dark roast malt and an almost dopplebock like sweetness. Reminds me of a baltic porter but it smells a bit darker. I quite like this smell. 4.5

T/M Oh yes, this is a very good beer. Again, dark roast malt with a dopplebock or baltic porter like sweetness in a very creamy mouthfeel. The spices mentioned on the label are not all that prominent but there might be a peppery spice to it. 4.5 for both taste and feel.

D Good for the ABV and dark roast presence in this beer, two qualities that would normally drive the drinkability down for me. This bottle should be cracked and shared with a beer advocate near you. 3.5

Notes: Mikkeller remains one of the premier breweries in the world and this beer demostrates that skill. Any Baltic Porter fan or fan of stouts would love this beer.

Photo of dbossman
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: almost opaque; thick head that dissipates slowly--nice, tan coloring to the head; good lacing

S: subtle hop aroma; roasted chocolate and coffee; very subtle spicing as well

T: Malty with coffe undertones; but there is a good amount of hops in this beer too; the alcohol is very well masked; the spices were very subtle which I appreciated

F: so very creamy; wonderful mouth feel

D: Very smooth and drinkable; you can't tell that there is 8% because of how well masked it is; this is a very drinkable and very good beer; one of my favorites from them

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is smoky with strong tones of coffee and unsweetened chocolate - very mouth-watering. Rich flavor is like mocha with a hoppy undertone and hints of smoke, sweetness, molasses, toffee and spice. Ragged, lively, tingly texture is a great finish to this winner of a beer.

Photo of baggio
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage shared with friends.

A: Dark brownish with a creamy head.

S: Chocolate, Spices (christmas), Coffee, Fudge.

T: Burned malt, Spices (among them pepper & chili), Fruit, Chocolate.

M: Very smooth and and quite an easy drink for the style. Carbonation is plenty!

Quite interesting brew from Mikkeller but i could have done without the pepper/chili-thingy. Nice.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt is dominating with light spices also noticeable. Taste is dominated by creamy 60% cacao chocolate with a light spicy finish though I didn't find as much spices as per beer description. Body has a very nice creamy texture with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very well done and something I would drink more often if it was available in my neighbourhood.

Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
Gold Foil
Bottled 2008

Poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass, a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus foamy tan head, which leaves some nice small islands/sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some spices, chocolate, coffee/toffee notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, very nice chocolate/coffee/toffee notes, there is some spice thing going on as well. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice BP, quite different than other's I've had.

Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass a very dark brown with a few centimetres of tan/brown head that slowly subsides. Fair bit of lacing is left down the glass.
S - Roasty chocolate and dark fruits up front in the smell. Some herbal and spice notes hidden in the back.
T - Taste is also quite dominated by the chocolate roastiness and dark fruit but the cinnamon and clove spice notes come through a lot more. Towards the back a nice floral hoppiness reveals itself.
M - Medium to full bodied with a carbonation level on the lower side of medium.
Roasty bitterness gives way to quite a strong dark fruit aftertaste.
D - A very complex beer. Do I want another? Not right now...but I'd drink again. Be a nice beer drank room temp on a winters night in Denmark.

Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Mikkeller goblet.

Bottled 2008

A: Pours a dark cola-brown with mahogany accents at the edges. The head is a massive, three-finger, fluffy, and creamy dark mocha color with amazing retention that left a TON of lace stuck to the inside of the glass.

S: The nose on this beer comes alive just a touch cooler than room temperature, so let it set for awhile. Aromas of dark fruit, black licorice, ginger, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a little campfire smoke. Has a tangy citrus/tart cherry scent, as well.

T: Big blast of roasty malt followed by some semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruit, honey, cherry, pine, smoke, bittersweet cocoa, citrus, licorice, spices, black pepper, and earthy Belgian yeast. Sweet milk chocolate, tangy fruit, and dark chocolate in the finish.

M: Full and creamy with a bracing hit of bitterness. Much bigger and oilier than I expected. Awesome porter coating left on my lips!

D: The drinkability score was helped along by how full this beer was. Not a trace of typical porter thinness to be found. Excellent!

Photo of Ljunkan
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a black color with a very nice, creamy brown head. It leaves quite much lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicey with mostly cinnamon, aniseed and other spices, like clove. Roasted malt and coffee is also noticable with a slight smokey note. There's also some burnt wood note which reminds me a bit of "Norwegian Wood" from Haandbryggeriet. Taste is spicey with those cinnamon and aniseed notes also found in the aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and lightly smokey. A light bitterness at the finish. Filling on the palate with a medium body. Quite smooth. Very drinkable, even though some people might think the spices is a bit overpowering.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle from River's Bend.

Pours black color with a huge frothy brown head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted dark chocolate, and spicy malt aroma. Medium to full body with a thick smooth texture. Heavy roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet spice finish of long duration.

This is a standout porter.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This beer seems to be very temperature sensitive, even moreso than most porters/stouts. Let it get to around room temperature to get the most out of it, otherwise the spices can get kind of weird.

Bottle into chalice.

Pours opaque black with a creamy, dark tan head that quickly settles into a thin creamy cap, and leaves an absolute wall of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good looking beer.

Nose has the usual roasty espresso notes, but there's some definite spicy licorice in there also that comes out quite clearly.

Taste is interesting. Molasses and brown sugar, a bit of a roasty coffee presence, with an array of spices - citrusy orange rind, cinnamon, anise, a bit of nutmeg, spicy currants, and more besides. The spiciness lingers on the palate, a bit resiny, alongside licorice and molasses notes.

Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit slick, medium bodied. Really, a fascinating beer once it warmed up.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One question is what is it. Pours a thick dark brown coffee-looking chocolate imperial stout. Aroma of coffee. Some head and lines of lace. Taste is of good coffee, a bit of expresso, chocolate, barley.Initial bitterness that is licorice and mollasses sweetened down. Another off-the-scale by Mikkeller.

Photo of Bananaman
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mikkeller is a fantastic brewery and this one sure makes a great christmas gift. Thanks goes out to my friend David for sharingt this one!

The beer pours a red-black color with a huge beige/brown head. The bottle is kind of boring though it fills it's function with the "fra - til" thing.

The smell is full of spices, lots of star anise, clove and some cinnamon. Notes of rosted malts and some smoke too.

Taste is refreshingly spicy with those earlies mentioned notes of star anise, clove and cinnamon. Some rosted malts and smokes too. There are also notes of chocolate. The mouthfeel is really filling and the beer is perhaps a bit easy to drink considering the high ABV.

Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note after tasting: Try this one out of a snifter or wine glass rather than a pint glass or mug as the style guidelines show. This isn't your typical Baltic Porter as currently (1/3/08) classified on BA, and could just as easily be categorized as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The bottle states it's a "Holiday Ale".

750ml corked/caged bottle into nonic. The bottled date appears to have been intentionally rubbed off. The last digit, 8, is still intact, and I assume this means 2008.

Pitch black with a thick and dense two and a half finger tan head that starts off as a rough head (think about the tops of a cloud) that slowly settles to a pillowy bubbly cap. A solid wall of lacing is left in its place. Rings of dense lacing are left on the glass as the beer descends.

The roasty malts are well hidden by some clove-like spices and the earthy Belgian yeast aromas. A touch of chocolate is in the background.

The beer starts off more as a Baltic Porter with some roasty coffee flavors and a little bit of chocolate, but it's then quickly met with some sharp phenols and the characteristic fruit flavors that come from the Belgian yeast. The roasted flavors return in the end to finish off the taste. Full bodied. The warming alcohol shows itself more and more as the beer slowly warms.

An interesting beer from Mikkeller that's hard to pigeon-hole. A cross between a dark Porter and some sort of Belgian Ale. Similar in concept to Hoogstraten Poorter and Allagash Black, but in this case it seems the Belgian Ale is the dominant style compared to the other two. Recommended.

Photo of Douglas88
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice 750ml bottle from the Bayou in Salt Lake City. Pours a dark black color with a nice light brown head, very thick and full. The aroma is full of super aggressive spices, sweet sugar cookies, very nice. The flavor was initially very spicy, cinnamon, cloves, all spices, but later the smoky and roasted flavors really stood out. Some candied prunes and light alcohol warmth also. Very nice. A great find.

Photo of timtim
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

fantastic, top notch beer... pretty much what we've come to expect from these guys. well refined example of a classic style. dark dg to ark with a coffee and cream colored head that holds very well and leaves very pretty lace. nose gives hints of coffee, roastiness, dark fruit (plum?), and some sweetness topped with a subtle dose of hop. well balanced taste with a lemony hop trying to break through the other flavors. medium full with a finish of flavor that sticks to the palate and lets you enjoy well ater the brew has gone down the hatch. cheers.. here's to more mikk!!!

Photo of hopdog
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. Bottle stamped labeled 'Bottled 2008'.

Poured a dark black color with a huge (4.5) finger off white head. Lacing left on the glass.

Aromas of roast, cocoa, and dried fruits. I was also getting a floral green hoppiness almost akin to a harvest ale.

Tastes for roast, chocolate, and the same floral hoppiness I was getting in the aromas.

This was a nice and solid beer. The only issue was the PA pricing on it - $17 bottle.

Tasted on 11/23/08

Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle
Bottled 2008

"From To" is the 2008 version of "To From" which was made in 2007.

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark black color with a very nice tan colored head that possesses very good retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma is dark and roasted malts with hints of cocoa. The big roasty aroma is very good and makes me really anxious to try the taste.

T- The taste like the aroma is dark and roasty with a nice creaminess to it as well. The finish is very moderately hopped, but it does feature a good amount of roasted bitterness to help balance out this brew. Very tasty stuff.

M- the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation and a good texture.

D- Mikkeller did a great job with this beer, it is a very enjoyable brew that is highly recommended.

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Fra Til (From To) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.