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Red/White Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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Red/White ChristmasRed/White Christmas

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BA SCORE
86
very good

119 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A combination between a British Red Ale and a Belgian Wit Bier.

(Beer added by: rfgetz on 12-28-2009)
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Reviews by MattSweatshirt:
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the huge 1.5l bottle.

Big pillowy head that just doesn't subside the whole time you drink. It has a hazy orange/caramel color to it. Lots o' bubbles.

Mostly orange smelling hops in the nose with a slight spiciness.

The bitterness from the hops hits first. It is still fairly well balanced as the malts come through nicely. The spices aren't super prevalent which allows the beer to shine. The alcohol is super subdued.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with lots of carbonation. Med-full body. Stays on the tongue for a while.

This definitely makes a good Christmas day brew since it is large enough to fill a few peoples glasses and is pretty tasty to boot.

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Photo of EastBay_Nick
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of OSUHopHead
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of codysjb
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1.5 Magnum into my DFH signature glass. Pours a beautiful red orange color with a massive head. Smells like a belgian beer mixed with a strong ale (not exactly my cup of tea). Tastes like a lot of spices and some wheat flavoring. It's good, just not my cup of tea (or beer), for someone that prefers american beers, this is only okay.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2010 vintage drank with a year of age on it.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has some wheat and earthy notes, but there is also a leathery quality that reminds me of beers that have brett in it. Since I don't think brett is in the beer, I am not sure what is going on.

The flavor also has a leathery component to it. I also get a lot of Belgian yeast and earth notes, as well as some orange citrus. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not sure brett is accidentally in the beer or if something else is going on that leads me to get the brett qualities. Regardless, the beer was pretty good.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours an almost opaque dark red-orange color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with good amounts of floral hops. Also present are sweet Belgian candi sugar soaked pear aromas along with just a hint of clean funkiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Somewhat dry medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by pear flavors. Hints of lighter fruit - pineapple mostly - make a brief appearance before earthy hop flavors and light citrus hops turn things toward the bitter side. As with the aroma, very slight amounts of funk make an appearance before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was expecting for some reason a BSDA but was pleasantly surprised with what I was served. A nice, complex, and clean Belgian-esque beer. Well worth a shot.

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5L bottle, with some nice red and white (natch) snowfall imagery on the label. Once again, props go to John, the rep for Mikkeller in Wild Rose Country, for the stellar sample on a Saturday afternoon.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, dark golden amber colour, with one finger of tightly foamy pale beige head, which leaves a solid, slightly pocked wall of panted lace around the glass as it genially fades away.

It smells of crisp, bitter citrus hops, caramel and toffee malt, soft Belgian yeast, a bit of sweet drupe fruitiness, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bitter citrusy pine hops, semi-sweet caramel malt, soft bready caramel malt, weakly astringent wheat additions, some understated savoury spiciness, and a twinge of earthy yeast. A middling booze edginess does well to linger in the background.

The bubbles are rather laid back, the body a hefty medium-heavy weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes on the bittersweet side of things, the citrus hops still unexpectedly outshining any other normative component of the holiday aspect, leaving the rest of us with a confusing mish-mash of the sweet and the bitter.

If this this was made Stateside, I would have to duly classify this as a Yankee Strong Ale, with a weird, though still tame Belgian yeast offset. The X-mas aspect gets quite lost in the mire, which at this point on the calendar is really no big surprise. Get a bottle of this for your eventual seasonal party, is all I can say, hop-heads.

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5 litre bottle, for Americans that's twice the size of a good bottle of Scotch. I was not expecting it to be so hoppy, and good hoppy, with a ittle spiciness in the seondary. The aroma is the same. Good mouthfeel. Yellow with huge bubble head, lacey. Yeast comforting in the finish. High alpha. This is the final beer of the night, and closer to sipper. From Half Time.

Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red/White Christmas Ale pours a deep red color. It’s hazier than you might expect. Backlighting gives it a bit of an orange look. An off-white head covers the top and stands about two fingers tall. It’s slow to recede and leaves a thick, sticky web of lace trailing down the glass. Good lookin’ stuff.

The nose is alright. It could use a bit more strength, but isn’t bad by any stretch. It kicks off with quite a bit of caramel malt. Definitely smells sweet and sugary. There are quite a bit of hops in the mix. They’re mostly citric. Grapefruit and orange are noted. Pine follows and smells equally as strong. It’s a bit earthy and grassy at times. Belgian yeast is noted, and adds a spicy twist to things. Alcohol is blended well. It doesn’t smell overly strong. It’s not bad. A bit more strength would bump it up a notch.

The flavor is pretty impressive. I like it. More than I anticipated. It does have a caramel malt base. It’s very sweet and sugary. Hops waste little time getting into the mix, adding a jolt of grapefruit and orange flavor. It’s a little bitter, but that’s balanced a great deal by the malts. Piney notes are also present. It is a little spicy. Orange peel and a little coriander are noted. Belgian yeast is there and adds some spicy esters. It all comes together nicely. Alcohol isn’t all that noticeable. Finishes sweet, fruity, and a little spicy.

The body is medium. Carbonation seems pretty well restrained and soft. It has a nice feel and goes down nice and easy. I’m sharing this 1.5 liter bottle, but I’m handling my fair share.

Red/White Christmas Ale is good beer. It’s not your traditional Winter Warmer, but it’s a good Christmas release. If you’re looking of a holiday release to share with some friends, this is a pretty good choice. It’s good beer that probably wouldn’t be too much for anyone. Worth checking out.

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of bum732
2.35/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Churchkey before the Black Note tapping.

S: Some plastic off the bat, sourdough, maltiness in the background. Earthy hops.

L: Slight hazy brownish red. Off white head that dissipates. Great lacing.

T: Smooth maltiness with a spicy hop backbone. Medium bitterness with a slightly sweet, slightly malty finish. Some hops in the finish with additional plastic.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Meh, i think the plastic i picked it most likely just the combo of the hops and malt, but who knows. Either way, not very tasty and pretty disappointing from Mikkeller.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of blammasterj
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy burnished bronze with a ridiculous head that pours to an initial 4 fingers and only dies down to 3 and a half. Because of the fluffy head it's hard to get at the nose but I do get some spicy belgian yeast and some citrus hops. The taste is mostly hops up front: citrus, grapefruit, lemon rind. But then follows a nice spiciness and the witbier profile really opens up with orange peel and a nice clovey spice. The finish is pretty fruity and bitter and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. The head leaves crazy sheets of lace down the glass and the body is ridiculously light and fluffy. It changes as bit as it warms, and takes on a slight medicinal tone that in no way mars the experience.

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Red/White Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.