Red/White Christmas - Mikkeller ApS
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3.09/5 rDev -18.9%
Intimidating 1.5 litre green glass (ugh) champagne magnum with appealing label art and white foil-ed over an unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Argonaut Liquor in Denver, CO and served into a Verdugo Bar stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; Mikkel is me favourite brewer. Reviewed as a spiced ale because that's what the label identifies it as. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Brewed at De Proef. 8% ABV confirmed per the label.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Poured improperly with above average vigor as the bottle size makes it difficult to pour properly.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess, fluffiness, and thickness. Uneven lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Not as soft as would be ideal. Head retention is good - about 10+ minutes.
Body colour is a glowing orange of above average vibrance. Translucent, hazy, and nontransparent.
Overall, it's looking well within conventions for a spiced ale. I'm looking forward to trying it.
Sm: Sea salt, Belgian pale malts, clove, light funkiness, English pale malts, soapy hop character (I think this spent too long in primary), faint apple cidre vinegar, candi sugars, abundant fruity esters, crisp apples/pears, plenty of floral hops, light grapefruit, some hints of hop resins, biscuit malt, and unidentifiable spices.
It's a pleasant if chaotic aroma for a spiced ale, and is of moderate strength. I do have to say I'm surprised the spices are dominant given the style/label description.
T: Hoppier than expected, with pine, evergreen, spruce, and floral hops making an appearance. Not as soapy as the aroma made it seem. It's got a lot of herbs/spices, but they're well integrated and balanced: peppermint, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and coriander. The foundation consists of biscuit malt, English pale malt, Belgian pale malts, and clean barley. I do get some sourdough yeast character, which is pleasant here.
No alcohol comes through.
Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's just as chaotic as the aroma suggested, but still manages to maintain a loose balance and general cohesion of flavour. By no means a gestalt build, but it's an enjoyable pleasant brew that certainly evokes Christmas with its use of spices and herbal notes. Nice complexity and subtlety.
A highlight for me is the minty flavour, if only because I didn't anticipate it. It's very well-executed, and I've never encountered it done as well as it is here (except perhaps in a Fantome beer).
Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to coax out the intricate spices. Well-carbonated. Good body and thickness. It's not too heavy or overbearing on the palate, but has a fairly refreshing presence (though the mint has a lot to do with that as well).
Texture complements the flavour profile pretty well. I wouldn't say it feels custom-tailored to it.
Dr: Drinkable, sure, but of course I need help to kill the 1.5 litre magnum. I'll easily finish my half of it, and I'm glad I got to try it, but it's not so impressive as to warrant getting again. Mikkel has delivered an interesting Christmas beer, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Worth trying once, but perhaps not worth the Shelton Bastards' imposed price point. I'd certainly buy it at Danish prices.
12-31-2013 02:47:11 | More by kojevergas
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
a beer ive only read about, being a lush for all mikkeller stuff, I had to try this and finally got the chance in the form of a 2013 magnum. the pour on this is clearish pink almost, light red, soda carbonation and only a fizzy little head. Belgian yeast on the nose, English malts perhaps, very strange mix of smells here, with the yeast probably getting the best of the grain, its somehow light and delicate, and I smell some herbal qualities to it, maybe citrus peel or some other botanical, peculiar but enticing. the yeast is the first thing I taste, and the intense carbonation is the first thing I notice, it comes across more like a sprite than a beer in terms of feel. Belgian yeast is prominent, red malts back it up, but there is a clear fruitiness to this, almost artificial, a hard beer to describe. maybe some wheat malt in there too, it doesn't have much body though, so its crazy that its alcohol is so well hidden. as is typical of mikkeller, this is unlike anything out there. I don't love it, but I have no choice but to respect it.
12-11-2013 17:15:34 | More by StonedTrippin
4.2/5 rDev +10.2%
Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a small off white head. In the aroma, a maltiness and some orange citrus. In the taste. orange citrus, malty and a small hop presence. A smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. Big citrus, and malty, and very enjoyable.
07-10-2013 13:20:50 | More by OWSLEY069
Red/White Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
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