Red/White Christmas - Mikkeller ApS
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4.53/5 rDev +19.2%
From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's yearly Belgian Christmas on 12/15.
A - This had a great two finger super fluffy head with just HUGE side lacing. This just wouldn't quit! The head rested atop a nice dark amber pour.
S - Getting some nice peppermint spices and some ginger along with some light sweet carmel malts. Very slight hop notes too.
T - Getting some great winter spices here. Ginger again is intermixed nicely with the other malty flavours.
M - Light carbonation but nice body. Very crisp and refreshing with a dry finish.
D - Really great appearance and taste. Each sip brings forth a nice mouthfull of sticky, foamy head. Really enjoyed this dark ale.
01-31-2011 06:01:02 | More by rudzud
4.5/5 rDev +18.4%
Huge bottle into a snifter
appearance is dark orange cant see thru it, foamy head that is out of control, looks like creme for sure...wont go away and laces the heck outta yer vessel..nose is spice, hoppy golden goodness, a floral bouquet and holiday cheer...not kidding this brew just puts you in a better mood.. taste is grand, of hops slightly of malt, grain, mostly reminiscent of an ipa with a floral less citrusy hop character...awesome.. mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very satisfying, not hard to drink at all and the alcohol is very well hidden...amazing offering this one is and i will be looking for it next year, indeed.
12-26-2011 19:37:03 | More by gatorbreath
4.45/5 rDev +17.1%
Have been cellaring this 50oz magnum for the past year, and finally broke it out last night at a gourmet dinner party.
Pours with a very moussy, off-white head over a somewhat cloudy amber to orange body. Great lacing.
Aromas are fantastic - very piney / Christmas tree-like, with tons of citrus sweetness, and some nice holiday spices.
Flavors continue the citrus angle, with some orange peel/zest, grassy bitterness, and well balanced with some sweet malty qualities and touch of cinnamon.
Mouthfeel was also nice - great carbonation level keeps it zesty and prickly, with a clean finish.
Drinkability is fantastic - I probably had about 3 wine glasses worth, and others gladly dipped into it as well - everyone was very complimentary of this one.
12-13-2010 01:50:26 | More by BeerImmediately
4.45/5 rDev +17.1%
Appearance: Clear golden amber beer with little to no foam or lacing and unperceived effervescence.
Aroma: Intensely malty and flowery (highly reminiscent of Orange Blossom).
Taste: Caramel, grapefruit, mango, pollen aswell as other flowery notes. Very beautiful and sophisticated.
Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Medium low bitterness. Medium, crisp carbonation.
Overall: Such a great brew! This beer is criminally underrated and overlooked by the Beer geekdom and is certainly one of the best beers I've had from Mikkeller.
01-18-2013 18:46:39 | More by endovelico
4.4/5 rDev +15.8%
One of Mikkeller's best for sure (certainly their most well-carbonated beer). Pours a hazy gold color with a hint of amber at the edges and a thick white head that hangs out for awhile and laces the glass thickly. The smell is strong with hops and citrus fruitiness.
Taste reminds me of a mix between the Rogue "Glen" ale, and Lagunitas "Little Sumpin' Sumpin'". Bitter hoppiness all the way through. sweet and bitter fruits (the flavors oscillate between peaches and grapefruit, the former up front and the latter in the finish). Piney, earthy, some wheat, and overall just a lot of great hoppiness. Its pretty much a DIPA.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and, as previously mentioned, carbonated better than any other Mikkeller beer I've tried, which earns it extra points by contrast. The drinkability is great; very refreshing and goes down easily. It could just as well be a summer release.
01-15-2010 01:45:57 | More by jdklks
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
Served on-tap over in NY state.
The appearance of this holiday beer from Mikkeller is a hazy orange with 1 finger of white head. It looks enticing, but certainly not as dark as some other season beers this time of the year. The nose has pine, herbal tea, tropical fruit, some hops. Its` taste is sweet, but not overly so. More of that tropical fruit, tea and some sugar. But, it is all very well balanced. None of it is overdone and it makes for a very nice beer. Medium mouth, low carbonation level. If you see a bottle, I recommend picking it up.
01-05-2012 02:38:59 | More by mltobin
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
02-05-2011 00:45:25 | More by blammasterj
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
Pours a hazy golden amber color with dense white head. Good retention yet minimal lacing. Smell is of grapefruit and peach, grass, wheat and earth. Taste is a blend of peach and grapefruit flavors backed by an earthy, grassy and wheaty profile... some carmely and candied sugar sweetness to it and a nice spice blend. ABVs well hidden. Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy, good carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. From a Strong Ale, I was not expecting such a wonderfully balanced and pleasing brew, would love to have more.
12-28-2009 15:00:22 | More by rfgetz
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
Bought a bottle for Christmas dinner about 2 years ago. The family was amazed by the size of the bottle it came it. I let the beer chill out side in some snow for a little before opening it up and pouring some for everyone. The giant bottle was the perfect size for everyone in my family to get some. It poured out as a very nice bright orange color with a fluffy white head that had a really good lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy and a little spicy. Smelled a lot like most IPA's but with some herbal elements in there too. The taste was very good too. There was some citrusy herbal flavors coursing throughout this brew. The flavors didn't necessarily represent Christmas too much in my opinion but they were still really good. The mouthfeel was smooth a had a medium body. Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and would enjoy having it again sometime.
06-13-2011 14:47:00 | More by Knapp85
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
12-16-2010 13:02:59 | More by glid02
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
A very sturdy IPA or a moderate Double IPA, this beer abandons the general notion of Christmas ales by making a hearty hop-forward beer instead of wreckless use of desert spices.
Pouring a rusty orange hue with a viscous haze, the beer carries a sturdy and persistant eggshell head and lacing all the while. Again, signature Mikkeller.
Citrus and pine notes dominate the glass. From initial aromas until the long and bitter finish, the beer exhibits boastful elements of spruce, orange zest, red grapefruit, and a resiny-grassy taste; the beer has a complex hop matrix that reveals more and more flavors as the beer warms. Not to be completely over shaddowed, the malty/bready taste and texture offers hints of sugar cookies, graham crackers, biscuits, and fresh baked breads. Fruity esters and mild spices seem more of a yeast character than any fruit or spice additions, making the beer believable and focused.
Creamy early, the beer holds onto its weight until just before the finish, when the hop dryness and alcoholic warmth rise to give the beer a quick fade and high drinkability.
If the price of the 1.5 L bottle is off-putting, no worries. This beer tastes very similar to many other IPA's that Mikkeller produces in smaller/less expensive bottles.
12-06-2010 02:28:15 | More by BEERchitect
Red/White Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.