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Red/White Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

$7.99 Magnum fire sale at the local liquor store. I couldn't pass up such a deep discount. Appearance of amber gold. Smells like clean malt with belgian farmhouse yeasty funk. Taste is the same as the smell. Hop presence very old indeed. This bottle is ooooold. It was dusty, beaten up, and maybe had 3.0 volumes of CO2. I liked it for four glasses of a decent Belgian hybrid brew! Not bad if you can find it for the nice price.

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3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
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+

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Red/White Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.