Red/White Christmas - Mikkeller ApS
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4/5 rDev +5.3%
1.5 litre bottle, for Americans that's twice the size of a good bottle of Scotch. I was not expecting it to be so hoppy, and good hoppy, with a ittle spiciness in the seondary. The aroma is the same. Good mouthfeel. Yellow with huge bubble head, lacey. Yeast comforting in the finish. High alpha. This is the final beer of the night, and closer to sipper. From Half Time.
10-03-2010 23:34:42 | More by Sammy
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
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
A very sturdy IPA or a moderate Double IPA, this beer abandons the general notion of Christmas ales by making a hearty hop-forward beer instead of wreckless use of desert spices.
Pouring a rusty orange hue with a viscous haze, the beer carries a sturdy and persistant eggshell head and lacing all the while. Again, signature Mikkeller.
Citrus and pine notes dominate the glass. From initial aromas until the long and bitter finish, the beer exhibits boastful elements of spruce, orange zest, red grapefruit, and a resiny-grassy taste; the beer has a complex hop matrix that reveals more and more flavors as the beer warms. Not to be completely over shaddowed, the malty/bready taste and texture offers hints of sugar cookies, graham crackers, biscuits, and fresh baked breads. Fruity esters and mild spices seem more of a yeast character than any fruit or spice additions, making the beer believable and focused.
Creamy early, the beer holds onto its weight until just before the finish, when the hop dryness and alcoholic warmth rise to give the beer a quick fade and high drinkability.
If the price of the 1.5 L bottle is off-putting, no worries. This beer tastes very similar to many other IPA's that Mikkeller produces in smaller/less expensive bottles.
12-06-2010 02:28:15 | More by BEERchitect
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-09-2012 18:48:51 | More by womencantsail
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
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
06-13-2011 14:47:00 | More by Knapp85
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
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
11-11-2012 02:23:11 | More by biboergosum
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Picked this one up at West Lakeview Liquors. Magnum shared with friends. Served in my Surly pint glass. This is about two months old.
A - Pours with a ridiculous amount of off-white creamy meringue foam. Retention is excellent, as is the lacing, which makes attractive circular patterns. Body is a hazed golden orange color.
S - Zesty pine and grassy hoppiness, tangy wheat, a touch of citrus rind and grape. Yeast is present, and definitely smells foreign - somewhere between German and Belgian. Spices are thankfully understated, with a touch of nutmeg but nothing else overtly obvious. You wouldn't know this was a Christmas beer from the smell.
T - The taste is a little more muted, with some aggressive bitterness peeking through. There's a little bit more Christmas spice in the finish - maybe a touch of cinnamon - but again it's in the periphery. The basic flavor is a cross between an amber and a wheat ale, but aggressively hopped. Sugar cookie malt base, malted wheat, grass and floral hops, a touch of grape. Alcohol is very well-hidden.
M - I'm guessing all the carbonation went into the head, as the body is very low in carbonation, and surprisingly thin. It needs a little more oomph to match the 8%, but otherwise it's quite pleasant and velvety smooth.
D - You definitely need a couple people for the magnum, but I downed my glass pretty quick and went back for seconds. My only knock is the slightly faded character - not sure why they put a hoppy brew into a magnum. The price/oz was actually reasonable for a Mikkeller beer. If they made this as a collaboration in the US, and it came in six-packs it'd be a nice alternative to A Lil' Sumpin' Extra!
01-29-2010 04:50:09 | More by MasterSki
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Belgian Christmas night.
A big fluffy Belgian head forms, with sticky lacing, over hazy peach orange wood colored beer.
Nose is light grassy earthy hops, light golden Belgian malts, sweet malts, fresh hops.
Taste is fresh hops, a little watery, fresh grassy spicy hops, bitter, and pretty astringent, light sweet malts, Belgian golden malts, a bit of sugar cookie, very light bright fruits, little chewy, light citrus, light herbal flavors as it warms. A slight touch of booze as it warms.
Mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.
Drinkability isn't the greatest, with all the bitterness and some astringency, but a decent dry finish, and just a hint of booze.
12-17-2010 23:25:00 | More by jlindros
3.8/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-11-2013 17:15:34 | More by StonedTrippin
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
12-19-2011 00:58:43 | More by Rifugium
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
12-30-2011 23:03:53 | More by Mora2000
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
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
01-19-2012 18:32:11 | More by Stinkypuss
Red/White Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.