Red/White Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

133 Ratings
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outstanding

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rfgetz on 12-28-2009

A combination between a British Red Ale and a Belgian Wit Bier.
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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 49
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.29/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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).

Photo of bum732
2.36/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

Photo of champ103
2.46/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of JLapadura
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Just ok nothing great surprised.

Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

C+

Photo of roblowther
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a hazy orange-red color with a decent cap of off-white head that left some extremely crusty lacing on the glass. Grassy aroma, herbal and organic, backed by sweet malts, heralding a nicely balanced brew. Good balance in the taste indeed, though not overly flavorful. Grass, hay, flowery hops, sweet malts, a touch of honey, with notes of apples and red grapes. Pretty nice overall, medium-bodied and easily drinkable.

Photo of MsRif
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Poured a dark amber color with a bit of haze and a thin off-white head that left spotty lacing. Had an aroma of spices, dark fruits, booze and funky yeast/hops. Taste followed the nose, with a bit of a taste of ginger. A good brew for the season, just not really my favorite simply based off of how prominent the booze was in the taste. Too forward.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Stuck to just having a taster of it, but try it and see what you think. Still a decent brew!

Photo of MartzMimic
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a tulip from the tap at McNellie's OKC a reddish brown with two fingers of white head. It remains a fair while, leaving nice lacing. Aroma of citrus, Belgian esters, malt and a bit of caramel. The malty caramel and toffee flavors carry the taste, but the yeast and citrusy hops give it a nice complexity. Medium mouth with some oil. I like this more than I expected. Not nearly as much as the 2014 Santa's Little Helper, but this is a well-crafted beer.

Photo of liamt07
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1.5L magnum busted out Steve, 2011 vintage.

Reddish orange with a beige head. Good lace and retention. Nose has some malt, fruits, funk and some yeast. Spice as well, with some herbal qualities. Taste is yeasty, herbal, some wheat. Lightly tart and a bit of funk/farmhouse character. Some berry flavours as well. Medium feel and the alcohol is fairly hidden. Medium high carbonation. An alright beer, but I wasn't terribly impressed.

Photo of seasonsix
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fun outing from mikkeller.

A - nice, inviting dark brown with a lacing of head across the top.

S - Candy cane spice, belgian yeast, fresh pine.

T - Getting that spearmint/pine in the malt - the yeast left a bit of a metallic aftertaste that I find in most mikkeller brews. This could have been taken a little further.

M - really nice prickly fizz.

O - worth checking out, but not the best of the best.

Photo of drpimento
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Poured from a bottle at a good temperature getting a mammoth, foamy, super frothy, fluffy, billowy, off white, long lasting head and loads of clingy lace. Color is a clear amber with some slow, lazy, large bubble trails. Aroma is mainly hop and malt. Flavor is hop, malt, some carbonic tang, quite dry. Body is great, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and a hint of alcohol. To me, it's a somewhat strong american india pale ale. I don't pick up much spice at all. Good drinking though.

Photo of Mora2000
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 jbertsch
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big party-sized (1 quart +) champagne type bottle. It was eye candy in the store and I had to have it.

An American strong Ale with a huge frothy head that drinks like a carbonated, hopped-up Red Ale.

The holiday spices it says it's brewerd with are subdued. Pine, earthy hops are present. Taste is almost like a basic amber with a little added spice, and a bunch more hops. Therefore, drinkability is quite good for Mikkeller, which is a good thing since it comes in such a big bottle - you need poeple to enjoy it with.

Mouthfeel is crisp and the finish is short and dry. Almsot champagne-like.

A good brew, just not what I ecpected. It's still worth getting if you can find friends to share the huge bottle with.

Photo of codysjb
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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 womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is orange in color with a white head. A strong citrus peel aroma, mostly candied orange. A mild spice note, some fruity esters such as pears and apples, and a hint of yeast. Quite a lot of candi sugar, brown sugar, and caramel, too. The flavor is decently sweet, but also has a hint of pine and citrus peel bitterness. Candied orange, brown sugar, and sweet caramel maltiness. Very mild ester notes and a hint of bread and yeast.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy red color with three fingers of billowy ice cream looking head that never goes away. Huge sticky lacing.

S- very hoppy aroma of pine and spicy herbs. The white beer gives off some corriander and wheat flavors. You get some fruity esters from the yeast with a hint of toasty caramel year on the finish.

T- nice caramel malt with some smooth wheat flavor up front. Aggressive hop flavor of pine, herbs and floral componets. Belgian yeast componets give of great eater flavors of light fruit with the spice comming through and blending with the hops. A bit of corriander and citrus peel on the finish

MF- smooth bready mouthfeel with a medium body and bubbly frenetic carbonation.

D- super drinkable!

Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 MattSweatshirt
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Citrusy and perfumey aroma. Lots of peach and pear skin in flavor, underpinnings of grapefruit, with a lightly resiny, fairly bitter finish. Seems to have a Belgian yeast character.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, ruddy amber with orange highlights and a puffy, lingering white head.

S: Aromas of lemon, bitter orange, spices, wheat, and honey are present on the nose. I'm not quite sure what to make of this one.

T: Notes of lemon, bitter orange, minerals, lime, coriander, honey, wheat bread, grass, and lavender with just a bit of acidity and wood around mid-palate. The finish is long, hot, and spicy with bitter orange, lemon, coriander, and honey notes.

M: Medium bodied and initially dry, though it does become slightly more syrupy before the finish. Carbonation is present, but does not seem particularly forceful. Feels heavier than it really is.

O: This is a fascinating hybrid ale, and I'm really not quite sure what to make of it. There's just so much going on here that it is difficult to process. Mikkeller continues to simultaneously impress and confound, though what else should one expect?

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Red/White Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
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