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Red/White Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
85
very good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 16.84%


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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kojevergas

Texas

3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
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+

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:47:11 | More by kojevergas
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 17:15:34 | More by StonedTrippin
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 13:20:50 | More by OWSLEY069
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KajII

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 21:05:31 | More by KajII
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prototypic

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:31:15 | More by prototypic
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 02:23:11 | More by biboergosum
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 19:16:28 | More by liamt07
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 18:48:51 | More by womencantsail
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codysjb

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:57:53 | More by codysjb
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:56:38 | More by TMoney2591
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 23:03:53 | More by Mora2000
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gatorbreath

Fiji

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 19:37:03 | More by gatorbreath
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 02:22:59 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:40:49 | More by Viciousknishs
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 01:48:16 | More by drpimento
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.28/5  rDev -40%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 15:52:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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marikoangel

California

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a huge magnum bottle into a short water glass

A: It pours a slightly hazy, yet still clear orange caramel color with little lines of tiny bubble. The end of the bottle there is more sediment that clouds up the beer. The head is a beautiful thick and very fluffy ivory, with some thick and sporadic lacing.

S: This beer has a nice malty nose with caramel notes and yeasty notes. There is a bit of spice in there with a nice hop aroma coming up behind it. There is some citrus and s light sweetness.

T: There is a fantastic balance between the malts and hops in this one. The malts are mild and the hops are present without being overbearing. It tastes a little more IPAish than Belgian. The spices are the thing that take the main stage though. They are wonderful and very Christmasy to me. There is some caramel, clove, cinnamon, allspice maybe...there seems to be a lot of different flavors in there, and I can't quite place them all. A little Belgian yeast. Overall, nicely wintery

M&O: The mouthfeel is medium light, crisp, but low carbonation. Boozy but drinkable. The alcohol is present, but not over bearing and or offensive. Overall a very nice beer. It was perfect to break out and share with friends on a cool evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:50:14 | More by marikoangel
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle for Christmas dinner about 2 years ago. The family was amazed by the size of the bottle it came it. I let the beer chill out side in some snow for a little before opening it up and pouring some for everyone. The giant bottle was the perfect size for everyone in my family to get some. It poured out as a very nice bright orange color with a fluffy white head that had a really good lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy and a little spicy. Smelled a lot like most IPA's but with some herbal elements in there too. The taste was very good too. There was some citrusy herbal flavors coursing throughout this brew. The flavors didn't necessarily represent Christmas too much in my opinion but they were still really good. The mouthfeel was smooth a had a medium body. Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and would enjoy having it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 14:47:00 | More by Knapp85
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vfgccp

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 1.5L bottle, shared in May 2011.

A – Hazy neon orange turmeric. Almost like an orange creamsicle. Fine white head with nice lace and retention.

S – Bright citrus: orange, lemon and candied ginger.

T – Boozy with a soft, earthy-green hop bitterness. Coriander and honey middle into an herbaly thyme / sage backend.

M – Medium body. Lightly boozy with a big, herbal bitter finish.

O – A touch sharp on the booze.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:14:53 | More by vfgccp
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 02:58:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 16:07:02 | More by Daniellobo
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blammasterj

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy burnished bronze with a ridiculous head that pours to an initial 4 fingers and only dies down to 3 and a half. Because of the fluffy head it's hard to get at the nose but I do get some spicy belgian yeast and some citrus hops. The taste is mostly hops up front: citrus, grapefruit, lemon rind. But then follows a nice spiciness and the witbier profile really opens up with orange peel and a nice clovey spice. The finish is pretty fruity and bitter and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. The head leaves crazy sheets of lace down the glass and the body is ridiculously light and fluffy. It changes as bit as it warms, and takes on a slight medicinal tone that in no way mars the experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 00:45:25 | More by blammasterj
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 14:40:19 | More by jbertsch
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roblowther

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 01:14:11 | More by roblowther
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have been cellaring this 50oz magnum for the past year, and finally broke it out last night at a gourmet dinner party.

Pours with a very moussy, off-white head over a somewhat cloudy amber to orange body. Great lacing.

Aromas are fantastic - very piney / Christmas tree-like, with tons of citrus sweetness, and some nice holiday spices.

Flavors continue the citrus angle, with some orange peel/zest, grassy bitterness, and well balanced with some sweet malty qualities and touch of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel was also nice - great carbonation level keeps it zesty and prickly, with a clean finish.

Drinkability is fantastic - I probably had about 3 wine glasses worth, and others gladly dipped into it as well - everyone was very complimentary of this one.

Serving type: bottle

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Red/White Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.