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Red/White Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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very good

110 Ratings

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

WOLFGANG, Jul 11, 2013
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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.

OWSLEY069, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Kirk, Jun 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Kmat10, May 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

pixieskid, May 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Trower, Apr 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

spycow, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Oli, Mar 15, 2013
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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...


KajII, Feb 06, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 24, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

endovelico, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Harkrank, Jan 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

ryanpj, Jan 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

aztraz, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Ralphs66, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

bluesplit63, Dec 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

lupercmda, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

BeerOps, Dec 24, 2012
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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.

prototypic, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

SFC21, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Bubbles, Dec 15, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.7%

Alaska1, Nov 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

BJasny, Nov 23, 2012
Red/White Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.