Red/White Christmas - Mikkeller ApS
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2.28/5 rDev -40%
Appearance: Pours a clouded tan-colored body, the hue of sandalwood, with a foaming, lasting, off-white head.
Smell: Has an earthy, raw "green" hop aroma paired with citrus pith, jagged weeds, savory spices, and more alcohol than is really warranted.
Taste: A fleeting flitter of toasted grains before the tongue is ruthlessly dunked in a vat of citric, astringent juiced citrus fruits, harsh spices, a sharp bitterness, and seemingly more alcohol than the listed 8%. Finishes dry with an enduring coarseness. Some beers really have me wondering if this was what was in intended. This will leave you seeing Red as your face goes White.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: A cruel, mean-spirited brew for the holiday season that was real work finishing what was in my glass (the remainder in the bottle was unceremoniously discarded).
10-31-2011 15:52:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.35/5 rDev -38.2%
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.
12-07-2011 14:33:09 | More by bum732
2.4/5 rDev -36.8%
On Tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston.
A: Pours a burnt, kind brick red color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Oily, resiny, piny hops. A strong grapefruit bitterness lingers on and on the nose. No balance of any kind.
T: Follows the nose lots of oily, resiny, and piny hops. Grapefruit and lot of bitterness again. The hops are almost acidic like. Hot, fusel like alcohol as well. Really unbalanced, with nothing to help the really harsh bitterness and acid burn.
M/D: A medium to full body. Sticky, soapy, and oily. Way to much harsh alcohol and bitterness makes this really hard to finish my glass.
Lots of harsh hops and nothing else. Even the biggest hop bombs need something besides acidic hops and bitterness. Not something I would recommend.
12-17-2010 01:24:25 | More by champ103
3.09/5 rDev -18.7%
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
3.1/5 rDev -18.4%
A BIG bottle. Merry Christmas to me! VERY carbonated with a great light tan color and a million champagne-like tiny bubbles. (Picturing Don Ho now). Smell is piney, citrusy hops, kind of orange-like. The taste is again very piney, dry, grassy, and slightly spicy. Definitely hop dominant, particularly in the aroma. The aftertaste is very sharp and very dry. Mouthfeel is not as substantial as I would have guessed. Not watery but it has a tough time living up to the challenge of the hops. The drinkability, for me, will be limited by the (did I mention hops yet in this review?) rather than the alcohol, as I was guessing. It is an interesting beer, but not what I expected. A Christmas surprise....not quite a lump of coal, but not for me.
12-18-2010 01:14:11 | More by roblowther
3.28/5 rDev -13.7%
Served in a nonic pint glass.
Nothing screams New Year's Eve like a magnum of Danish beer, amiright? It pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a more-than-healthy bounty of wan cream-white froth. The nose comprises pine needles, ginger, wheat, light coriander, light sourdough, and a touch of lemon rind. The taste brings in more of the same, though the pine and ginger are a bit more powerful now, each vying for the mountiantop, clashing with both each other and the other flavors. Something here just doesn't quite work, especially when the honey-dripped biscuit notes come stabbing through at random occasions. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly fizzy feel. Overall, it's a decent enough ride, but I think there's too much going on here (or, at least, whatever is there is being to loud and rambunctious) for things to be truly enjoyable.
01-02-2012 18:56:38 | More by TMoney2591
District of Columbia
3.35/5 rDev -11.8%
Fair Christmas offering, hoppy although with a predominant bitterness that does not flow that well.
Presentation: 1.5 L green capped bottle with a foiled top. Label offers a red and white design of snow flakes with the name of brew and brewery. Notes that it is an ale with spices and brewing at De Proef. Shows 8.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.
A - Hazy medium amber pour with a towering frothy head, quite spectacular, great retention, nice surface memory and rich lacing. This actually might deserve a 5 if some of the other features would support it at the same level. I guess that when the other characteristics don´t shine that well it does not look that astonishing in retrospect...
S - Hmmm, bitter salute, raw and with a bit of an off-putting skunky whiff. A raw hoppy sense lingers, lightly English, with a touch or two of the spices.
T - Taste follows, fortunately without the skunky dash, although there is a euro lager memory in the first half of the taste that is not that pleasing, and the bitterness flows a bit harshly. Notes of oranges and spice emerge before it fades away with a light sense of wheat.
M - medium-full body with medium-low carbonation. Fair creamy flow hindered by the bitter backbone.
D - It is not bad, and it is rescued by the orange peel and wheat touches in the second half of the palate. But the initial skunky memory associated to the raw bitterness does not give it much of a praiseworthy sense.
Notes: I like Mikkeller quite a bit, and this is not a bad brew, but all things considered this is not one I would seek out from their portfolio.
02-07-2011 16:07:02 | More by Daniellobo
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
Magnum sized bottle.
Pours a murky dark honey orange color with a very puffy 2 inch bone colored head that fades to a small cap. Big globs of foam and rings around the glass on the drink down. Smells of citrus zest hops, spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is of citrus zest up front with some apple/grape juice, spices, and Belgian yeast. There is a soapy bitter taste after each sip that does not taste very good. Mouthfeel is a bit flat with a thick and creamy drink down. A bit too thick for the style in my opinion. Overall, this is a decent beer that really doesn't scream Christmas at me other than maybe the spices. However, these spices are similar to wit beer spice tastes so I don't know. Interesting idea but not too impressed.
04-28-2011 02:58:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
Red/White Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.