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Frelser - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
91
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Triple Bock

(Beer added by: John_M on 03-13-2010)
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Reviews by richmof:
Photo of richmof
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 75ml bottle. A dark bock lager with a deliciously creamy head. No real lacing but that lovely head stays with you all the way.

Dark fruits and chocolate on the nose.

This is a really well balanced beer. Cardamon, coffee, dark chocolate, with a refreshing (grapefruit?) finish. Really smooth beer.

I couldn't drink too many but not because of the taste.

richmof, Mar 13, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

beerhunter13, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I would put this in the Double Bock category. Imperial Double Bock? Maybe? Or just a big Double Bock.

Deep mahogany liquid with a cappuccino head. Definitely dark. Definitely motivated.

I've let this warm up, and I feel the tone has changed somewhat dramatically since it was cold. Woody earth aromas, with notes of blackberry and currant. Some dried fruit and a sense that this beer is here to turn it on and all the way up.

Full-bodied palate, the carbonation is surprisingly soft, almost like a great Belgian beer feel. Rich and malty without being sweet. Dark berries, a hint of coffee and licorice come to mind. Boggy earth? Sort of a bitter wood finish.

This is a very well-crafted mammoth of a brew. Better put your shoes on before you drink it.

brownbeer, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of EastBay_Nick
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, toffee, dark fruit and a little bit of something that resembles trash. The flavor is dark fruit, toffee, roasted malt and surprisingly, no alcohol. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bomber picked up at the Lower Jarvis LCBO. Picked up in honour of the Easter weekend celebrations, as Frelser translates to “saviour”. Been eager to try something by Mikkeller, that one-man show that seems to be sweeping the craft brew world yet somehow also eluding my efforts to sample it. Until now.

Poured into a dimpled mug. Dark chestnut brown, with a billowing off-white head of frothy goodness. Sticky lacing clings to the mug in thick patches. Great head retention.

Nose is dark bread, caramel, chocolate, faint hops and a bit of smoke, peat or leather. Fruit is there as well, perhaps fig or currant.

The brew enters lighter than I had anticipated, but still delivers a fine, flavorful punch. Rich dark bread, raisin, fig, caramel, and nice hopped bitterness and smoke/leather to the finish. At 11%, and with a label that describes the bottle’s contents as a “trippelbock” and “strong malt liquor”, obviously the booze is a factor. However, to me the strength of this brew is hardly off putting, and the hops do a decent job of cleaning things up so that the finish is dry, bitter and boozy. Still, a snack and some water would not be a bad idea when attacking this brew. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

My first Mikkeller brew did not disappoint, but nor did it completely blow me out of the water. Still, this is an intriguing beer, full of flavour, and well worth pondering over a crisp Easter weekend. The price tag is of course expensive (13$), but what did you expect? Definitely worth a one-time go.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of BGDrock
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged a year and a bit

Appearance: fine cappuccino head lasts a few minutes; dark brown with a faint red tinge, like root beer

Aroma: concentrated dark berries - cassis, blackberry, red grape skins - are strong; some toffee, caramel; intense cutting and acidic; lightly of chocolate, and overall very intriguing

Taste & Mouthfeel: sharp and striking at first, hitting hard with astringent and resinuous hops; berry flavours taking a backseat but are still integral, adding to the general sense that this beer feels like a liqueur or brandy - the alcohol is also front and centre, providing a pleasant burn; some bitter chocolate particularly stands out in the finish; midway through, toffee malt becomes more prominent, making this a truly warming beer, perfect for cold winter nights; medium body, proper carbonation

Overall: a fantastic interplay of intense flavours, that somewhat ironically mellows you out (ahem, 11%..); beautiful for sharing around a fireplace

BGDrock, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of jbru1971
4/5  rDev -2%

Super dark sugar smell with some soy and carmelized sugar. Not as sticky as i thought it would be. Booze is masterfully subdued, not invisible, but almost sessionable. Very simple though, not in the same class as a Celebrator, but really nice on a fall evening.

jbru1971, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Mikkeller pub in Copenhagen.

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich and sweet caramel malts with very light hints of toastiness. Also present are large amounts of toffee and smaller amounts of milk chocolate.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. although the sweetness isn't quite as prevalent. Caramel malt flavors that are sweet but not overly so kick things off before being joined shortly by large amounts of rich toffee flavors. Midway through the sip hints of milk chocolate work their way into things before fading out into a sweet ending.

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

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I certainly would classify this more of a doppelbock than a bock based on complexity. It's very drinkable for such a big beer but the sweetness begins to wear on me after one glass. A well done beer in a style I'm not terribly fond of. Worth a shot, even more so if you're a fan of the style.

glid02, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid, caged and corked, 750ml bottle, and black, save the two sets of seemingly disparate cow legs on the label, in white with the brewer's name. Are these of the same bovine, or separate - inquiring drinking minds want to know!

This beer pours a very dark, not all that clear, reddish cola hue, with many, many fingers of rocky, foamy, and bubbly mocha head, which settles like it missed its plane, eventually rendering a lovely tight honeycomb pattern of lace around the glass.

In the aroma, I get some well-soused fruity malt, mostly of the toasted caramel variety, some equally warm vinous raisin, brown sugar, a touch of treacle, mild anise, and a spicy, surprisingly bitter hoppiness. After that lay 'em down welcome, the taste carries on the show with a nice switcheroo - big dry, powdery chocolate, some continuing hot red wine essence, sugary molasses, a fruit salad of simple grocery store quality, and a surprisingly thorough representation of edgy worldly hops - bitter and spicy enough to keep this malt orgy in check, I gather.

Any bubbles originally present in this brew gave it up upon cork poppage - very little remain at this juncture. The body is a wonderland (good grief, what have I become?) - smooth, creamy, but delicately even - no sugary overdose here. As it comes to a close, the pleasantly semi-sweet chocolate maintains its hold, deferring somewhat to the residual in-house Yankee hops, which not so shockingly have won their fraternal war of attrition.

An agreeably drinkable, big-ass doppelbock? Oh my, yes. A tripel of the same accord? I'm not going to wank on beer etymology, so I'll just say, whatever the hell they call it, I'm in. If named (in Danish, at that) only for the well-hidden 'triple' or 'quad' level ABV, this is still one enjoyably tasty and bomb-worthy monster bock.

biboergosum, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of mintjellie
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich mahogany colour with ruby highlights. Pale beige head is massive, tight, lacy, and fairly retentive. Big malty aroma reminiscent of raisin bread, buckwheat honey, toasted nuts, cacao, and a hint of alcohol. Deep toasted bread flavour, rich dried fruit character, molasses, all very well-integrated into a faux-fruitcake profile. A hint of Restrained sweetness. Firm woody bitterness persists long into the finish. This huge beast of a doppelbock is unbelievably balanced. Heavy with restrained carbonation. Smooth, rich, velvety mouthfeel. Almost no alcohol heat. I can't believe how easy this is to drink. Big, richly flavoured, and gulpable - not much more I could ask for.

mintjellie, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark thick gem, with white head that leads to alce. From private buying club. Big bold roasty aromas. Bold taste of roast, coffee and chocolate. Not too thick, still quite drinkable. Alcohol well hidden but it warms the body and then fogs the brain. Amazing meal in itself.

Sammy, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big up to my BA from another mother andrenaline for the hookup in our latest trade
A - deep dark hazy ruby brown, ridiculous tower of tan head left lots of random sticky lacing as it slowly faded
S - sweet grape jelly, chocolate, raisins, and buttery toast aromas .... oh, and grape skins like my buddy andrenaline, HAHAHAHAHAHA
T - strong grape medicine like phenols, chocolate and mild coffee maltiness, a mild leafy hop presence, with a butter & molasses finish, super tasty!
M - heavyish and sticky, creamy smooth, finishing sticky sweet, not even a hint of the monstrous ABV
O - extra tasty and drinkable, super pumped on this, highly recommended

joemcgrath27, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of jsnoek
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jsnoek, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of YogiBeer
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

YogiBeer, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

dtx00, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Stocean1
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful two finger beige head with a tinge of orange - good retention, thick sticky lacing coats the glass all the way down - a deep chestnut brown body - murky

S - Blast of brown sugar, toffee, with herbal hops - yet also citrus and pine - some chocolate and plum and fig - really something

T - Follows the nose soaked in booze in a good way - definitely a sipper to be enjoyed over an hour or two - sugary malt up front with the aforementioned toffee and dark fruit - the hops shines through on the back end with citrus (orange zest) and pine - the last kick is worn leather

M - is full yet smooth with plenty of alcohol - balanced bitterness - dangerously drinkable for the abv - a little carbonation

O - Big bocks are typically not my favourite style but this one is the exception - it reminds me of the Nogne RIS and I will definitely be grabbing a few more before they are gone. With a brew this complex you do not always get it, but I definitely got this one, well done.

Stocean1, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a dark brown/ruby red color with about an inch frothy tan head. The head stays around for a long time, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like toffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit (plums, raisins), caramel malt and some booze. The taste of this brew isn't quite as sweet in comparison to the aroma. The flavors are pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's a good amount of bready malt/grain and a little bit of licorice noticeable too. It is a little boozy, but it doesn't seem like I'm drinking an 11% ABV beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's chewy, slick, and well carbonated. I thought it was a very nice brew, I liked it. At $13.99 a bottle I'd buy this one again, I think it's worth trying.

bluejacket74, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was from Liamt07 in my CANBIF '12 box. Thanks man!

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark brown-orange with two fingers of orangy-light tan thick head that has great retention and leaves some thick lace.

Smell. Sweet caramel and cola, some dark fruits and oranges, and some dark caramel malts.

Taste. Nice sweet caramel, lightly smokey and bitter malts, some fresh rye bread, a little cocoa powder and just a bit of dark fruits. Boozy but fairly smooth.

Mouthfeel. Full body, maybe on the lower side with low+ carbonation.

Overall. A very nice, big doppelbock. Not sure I'll make it through this whole bottle, it's quite filling.

Rutager, Nov 05, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with notes of warming alcohol and light caramel notes. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some caramel malt with light fruity ester. Body is about average with good carbonation and some alcohol was apparent. OK but still quite different from some staple of the style - lacking some ester that I usually associate with the style.

Phyl21ca, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of foamy light brown head formed with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - A big sweetness up front with dark caramel, toffee, vanilla and sticky candy aromas. Some bready malt aromas in the background. The ABV is noticeable but seems to fit in well as it cuts through the sweetness. Very robust overall nose.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee and candy apples up front. There is a big, warming alcohol presence that at times becomes a touch hot but largely blends in well with the big sweetness. The background adds notes of bread, vanilla and a touch of chocolate ad licorice.

M - Medium body with a really big chew at times. Light to moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3/5  rDev -26.5%

FeDUBBELFIST, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Beelzebeer
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, served in oversized tulip. No BB date, but it's a little over a year old.

A - black body, with dense mocha head, good lacing.

S - chocolate malt, some charred notes, sharp dark fruits, leather

T - same as in smell, but the density is so much. Booze taste at the end, with long aftertaste of chocolate and crystal malts

M - Too much. At 11%, you'd expect something thick, but this is too much. Medium-high carbonation that is pleasant, but the density is too much to take.

O - Glad I tried it, won't be searching it out again.

Beelzebeer, Mar 30, 2013
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Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.