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Red/White Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of blammasterj
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's yearly Belgian Christmas on 12/15.

A - This had a great two finger super fluffy head with just HUGE side lacing. This just wouldn't quit! The head rested atop a nice dark amber pour.

S - Getting some nice peppermint spices and some ginger along with some light sweet carmel malts. Very slight hop notes too.

T - Getting some great winter spices here. Ginger again is intermixed nicely with the other malty flavours.

M - Light carbonation but nice body. Very crisp and refreshing with a dry finish.

D - Really great appearance and taste. Each sip brings forth a nice mouthfull of sticky, foamy head. Really enjoyed this dark ale.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at the Armsby Abbey during a holiday lunch.

Served in a tulip glass the beer came with a nice cap of foamy off white head. There was a huge amount of lacing all over the inside of the glass. A hazy, dull dark amber color. Classic Mikkeller hoppy aroma with lots of pine notes. A hint of fruitiness to come.

I really enjoyed this. A bit of a slight red wine note here. I don't get too much spice here at all, but a nice fruity flavor mixing with the toffee malt notes. Quite hoppy and even floral.. Overall pretty interesting.

Medium bodied with very slight carbonation.

Pretty interesting.

Photo of jbertsch
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 roblowther
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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 jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of champ103
2.4/5  rDev -37%
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 glid02
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours an almost opaque dark red-orange color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with good amounts of floral hops. Also present are sweet Belgian candi sugar soaked pear aromas along with just a hint of clean funkiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Somewhat dry medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by pear flavors. Hints of lighter fruit - pineapple mostly - make a brief appearance before earthy hop flavors and light citrus hops turn things toward the bitter side. As with the aroma, very slight amounts of funk make an appearance before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was expecting for some reason a BSDA but was pleasantly surprised with what I was served. A nice, complex, and clean Belgian-esque beer. Well worth a shot.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a magnum bottle into multiple pint glasses. Thanks to Steve and Chris for the assist!

A: Pours a deep amber color. Sitting on top is an impossibly thick and creamy, three finger, eggshell colored head. Fantastic retention and lacing.

S: Aromas of spicy christmas cookies and fruity/spicy alcohol.

T: See above. Fruity alcohol, spice rack, cinnamon, toasted nuts, and something along the lines of candied orange peel.

M: Prickly and spicy. Tingly on my lips. Oily and sticky as well.

D: Really friggin' good! So glad I had help to finish this bottle. Thanks guys!

Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of jdklks
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of Mikkeller's best for sure (certainly their most well-carbonated beer). Pours a hazy gold color with a hint of amber at the edges and a thick white head that hangs out for awhile and laces the glass thickly. The smell is strong with hops and citrus fruitiness.

Taste reminds me of a mix between the Rogue "Glen" ale, and Lagunitas "Little Sumpin' Sumpin'". Bitter hoppiness all the way through. sweet and bitter fruits (the flavors oscillate between peaches and grapefruit, the former up front and the latter in the finish). Piney, earthy, some wheat, and overall just a lot of great hoppiness. Its pretty much a DIPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and, as previously mentioned, carbonated better than any other Mikkeller beer I've tried, which earns it extra points by contrast. The drinkability is great; very refreshing and goes down easily. It could just as well be a summer release.

Photo of rfgetz
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber color with dense white head. Good retention yet minimal lacing. Smell is of grapefruit and peach, grass, wheat and earth. Taste is a blend of peach and grapefruit flavors backed by an earthy, grassy and wheaty profile... some carmely and candied sugar sweetness to it and a nice spice blend. ABVs well hidden. Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy, good carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. From a Strong Ale, I was not expecting such a wonderfully balanced and pleasing brew, would love to have more.

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Red/White Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.