Red/White Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

121 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller
Red/White

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap over in NY state.

The appearance of this holiday beer from Mikkeller is a hazy orange with 1 finger of white head. It looks enticing, but certainly not as dark as some other season beers this time of the year. The nose has pine, herbal tea, tropical fruit, some hops. Its` taste is sweet, but not overly so. More of that tropical fruit, tea and some sugar. But, it is all very well balanced. None of it is overdone and it makes for a very nice beer. Medium mouth, low carbonation level. If you see a bottle, I recommend picking it up.

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

Red/White Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.