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Red/White Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 135
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 27.23%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of MartzMimic
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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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Photo of xraydaniel
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
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.


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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of KajII
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a clear copper brown with a huge (3-4 fingers) cream colored fluffy head that had great retention and lasted throughout, reducing finally to a large cap with excellent sticky runny lacing.

The aroma was of a biscuit malt, pine hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit and orange peel), corriander and a touch of clove.

The taste was a bitter malty with a mild caramel sweetness and a hint of citrus from the beginning, the finish on the other hand became rather hoppy with a slight citrus peel bitterness and a bit of spice towards the end. The flavor lasted a good long duration following the swallow, with a bitter hoppy and a spicy sweet taste left behind to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a step or two past light in body with a mildly dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was an interesting brew for sure. Even though I really did not get much of the Witbier yeast flavor coming through, I did notice the slightly spicy citrusy flavor. But the Red Ale in this hybrid most definitely is the most dominant of the two...


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Photo of endovelico
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5L bottle, with some nice red and white (natch) snowfall imagery on the label. Once again, props go to John, the rep for Mikkeller in Wild Rose Country, for the stellar sample on a Saturday afternoon.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, dark golden amber colour, with one finger of tightly foamy pale beige head, which leaves a solid, slightly pocked wall of panted lace around the glass as it genially fades away.

It smells of crisp, bitter citrus hops, caramel and toffee malt, soft Belgian yeast, a bit of sweet drupe fruitiness, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bitter citrusy pine hops, semi-sweet caramel malt, soft bready caramel malt, weakly astringent wheat additions, some understated savoury spiciness, and a twinge of earthy yeast. A middling booze edginess does well to linger in the background.

The bubbles are rather laid back, the body a hefty medium-heavy weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes on the bittersweet side of things, the citrus hops still unexpectedly outshining any other normative component of the holiday aspect, leaving the rest of us with a confusing mish-mash of the sweet and the bitter.

If this this was made Stateside, I would have to duly classify this as a Yankee Strong Ale, with a weird, though still tame Belgian yeast offset. The X-mas aspect gets quite lost in the mire, which at this point on the calendar is really no big surprise. Get a bottle of this for your eventual seasonal party, is all I can say, hop-heads.

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Photo of liamt07
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of codysjb
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a dark copper with reddish tints. Aromas of pine, citrus, damp hay and pine. Belgian yeast is noticeable, which has a subtle fruityness. In the taste, fruity, with notes of cherry, lemon and peach. Plenty of hops, with pine and citrus notes. Mild peppery spice, grated ginger, and orange peel. Solid bitterness, very IPA like. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this was very tasty, and a worthwhile Christmas offering.

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Photo of mltobin
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of MsRif
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of dansmcd
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark caramel brown with a thin white head and nice lacing.

S - Ginger, cut grass, savoury spices, fruit cake, booze.

T - Ginger, honey, rye bread, thyme, christmas cake.

M - Low carbonation, medium body. Spicy and smooth on the tongue.

O - Great wintery treat. Check it out if you get the chance.

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Photo of seasonsix
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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!

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