Red/White Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 134
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 10
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 bum732
2.36/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Churchkey before the Black Note tapping.

S: Some plastic off the bat, sourdough, maltiness in the background. Earthy hops.

L: Slight hazy brownish red. Off white head that dissipates. Great lacing.

T: Smooth maltiness with a spicy hop backbone. Medium bitterness with a slightly sweet, slightly malty finish. Some hops in the finish with additional plastic.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Meh, i think the plastic i picked it most likely just the combo of the hops and malt, but who knows. Either way, not very tasty and pretty disappointing from Mikkeller. (579 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.29/5  rDev -40.2%
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). (861 characters)

Photo of marikoangel
4.06/5  rDev +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. (1,245 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (1,601 characters)

Photo of blammasterj
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
3.73/5  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. (724 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.14/5  rDev -18%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.46/5  rDev -35.8%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,261 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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! (579 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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! (1,674 characters)

Photo of jdklks
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (892 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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. (529 characters)

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Red/White Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
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