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Frelser - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 03-13-2010

A Triple Bock
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Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 74
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Photo of richmof
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There's a certain sweet spot in my heart for well made dopplebocks. I'm highly critical of them, but when I find one done correctly, I'm all arms. But what we have in frelser is a dopple- dopplebock because of the exorbitant alcohols and malt balances push the beer into the outer orbits of the style.

This version of the "liquid bread" of beers pours with a very rich and creamy weight- it looks somewhat like milkshake as the carbonation has a hard time pulling from the beer beneath. But the structural beer shows an extremely dark crimson hue with an onyx-like sheen. It's a beautiful color for the style. The beer is capped with a mocha-stained whipped topping that's creamy, dense, and just as rich as the beer. The beer sheds pocketed islands of lace with as much confidence as any beer from Germany would be proud to exhibit.

Strong malty aromas of lightly scorched toffee, toast, maple, brown sugar, and buckwheat offer up a rich aroma that's also of fruitcake, rum, plumb, dates, and figs. It's both savory the umami-rich savory aromas and fortified with light coffee notes.

The taste is sweet but supported by malty structures that aren't completely dependent on sweetness. The same molasses-type sweetness is met with the almost-meaty flavor of grilled breads, heavily caramelized malts, and near-soy sauce like savoriness. Dark grain fruitiness of dates, figs, and plumbs hinge on prunes and raisins- if ever so slightly. Rummy alcohol, dense bready richness and dried fruit portrays a fruitcake- like taste (in the most pleasant of ways). The beer only offers timid woodish bitterness to signal closure with mild bitterness in the back of the taste.

The beer's texture lives up to its nickname of "liquid bread" in that it is thick, heavy, and lightly chewy. The high alcohols hardly present themselves- only to thin the beer and contribute light rummy warmth to signal closure. That and the slight quiver of sweetness that introduces grain and wood to finish- the lager lingers indefinitely with a lot of the flavors that makes port, rum, and dried fruit flavors so irresistible.

Frelser is a seamless dopplebock that weaves together a lot of varying and challenging flavors that are otherwise hard to wrangle. But the beer is ultra savory, succulent, and satisfying to the taste buds, stomach, and mind for a very complex and effortless session.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i have to start by saying the new label on this one is lights out amazing. billed as a triplebock holy ale, it shows the hand of some spiritual leader marking the forehead of the mikkeller character, but instead of the as wednesday cross, its the mikkeller hat, so sweet! love it! oh, and the beer inside the bottle here is also one of a kind (at least in my experience). only loosely a bock as we know them. malty red shaded dark brown sugar color, with a lasting and expansive white milky head that looks like star san all shaken up in insane concentrations oozing out of a carboy. the nose is understated compared to the flavor, but you dont realize that at first, because of course you smell it before you taste it, and its unassuming. malty and sweet, not unlike other big bocks, but the flavor is radical. its germany meets belgium meets denmark in a style that was never even real well defined to start with! genius! starts sweet and grainy, like unfermented wort with a hint of soy sauce on the finish, but not gross salty soy, gentle subtle soy like you might find mixed with honey in some otherworldy glaze, that is how this thing finishes. not stupidly complex, but pulling about as much flavor out of grain as possible. brewers magic here. like nothing else, and if this is lagered like most bocks are, or are meant to be, then even greater props for it. full body, and its sweet on the front end without being overly thick, and yet the finish thins out a little, and certainly isnt very sweet at all, which is shocking and unique and extremely pleasant. nothing bad to say about this one, except regretting how long i took to finally try one. this may be the final evolution of bock as a style, its that good.

Photo of brownbeer
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of BGDrock
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Photo of jbru1971
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of mintjellie
4.68/5  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.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of RickS95
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfection in a glass. Dark brown pour, very rich looking color. No light is coming through and there's nothing lighter around the edges, it's just dark brown through and through. The head forms beautifully, slowly, cascadingly. It's a tan color and foamy thick with many different sized bubbles. That head retains very well and when it does finally start to die, it leaves a thick lace behind. The appearance is all world.

Very malty nose. Chocolate and caramel malts, along with some earthy malts. Very grainy with a barleywine-like scent.

I dig the taste. Again, very malty. Chocolate and caramel are accounted for, but there's a slight scotch ale flavor. And like with the nose, it's got some taste similarities with a barleywine, just not the extreme hoppiness. Kind of like an English barleywine.

Very thick and syrupy. It's somewhat on the sweetside early on before it turns faintly bitter midsip. Almost chewy, very full bodied. Only as the beer warms does the hoppiness and alcohol begin to build. The hop profile seems to be of the Noble hop varietal. The faint bitter and alcohol warmth is on the lingering side.

To hell with double bocks, this is a trippelbock. It's super high ABV, but it's so easy to drink. Honestly, you'll sip it because it's got such a barleywine character, but it goes down much easier.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Photo of Stocean1
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Beelzebeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of mtbdonn
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S-750ml bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn, UK.
A-Nice lasting beige head on dark, reddish-brown opaque brew. Medium thickness, very nice lacing and light head throughout consumption.
S-Sweet molasses, caramel aromas and strong notes of spice.
T-Molasses! Hints of caramel, chocolate, dates, hops.
M-Full-bodied warmful beer with a velvety texture.
O-Excellent beer! Reminds me a bit of BCBS. This beer will age very nicely!

Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date but I figure it must be pretty old since it's retired.

A- Pours an opaque dark brown color with a 3/4 inch orangeish(?) head that retains decently before slowly making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing trickles slowly down the glass.

S- Has that signature rustic Mikkeller aroma with a pronounced malt sweetness and a bit of booze fume.

T- Flavor reflects the taste with more sweetness that I now realize is quite sherry-like plus some dark fruit notes of raisin and fig. ABV is incredibly well-hidden. There's a very mild roast quality to it and the hops are subtle.

M- The creamiest, softest lager I've ever had. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Mikkeller continues to deliver. My girlfriend put it best when she said it's like a lighter bodied quad. Well worth the $14 for a 750 mL.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml caged and corked bottle, black foil around the neck and top. Pours out a dark brown hue, exhibiting a garnet tranluscency when held to direct light. Capped by a creamy beige head that slowly settles and leaves dense patches of lacing.

The aroma reveals burnt toffee, cocoa, licorice an treacle, along with vinuous notes of red plum and concord grape.

A 90 degree turn occurs in the flavour when after being enticed with that aroma one small sip exposes that this doppelbock is hopped straight to hell. I love hops, but was not expecting a chorus of them this time around. I'm picking up Continental, English and American hop characteristics, seems like he mixed some of them together here. Dry bitter cocoa, carob nut and dark dried fruit becomes noticable late in the finish and well into the aftertaste.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, velvety smooth texture with moderate carbonation.

An interesting take on the Doppelbock style, and perhaps a sign of things to come if Tripelbock becomes instated within the community. The hops overshadow everything else with authority, leaving a bit of a hodge-podge to be deciphered when all is said and done. Would have been nice to have some balance in the flavour with all the notes present in the aroma.

Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mugs Ale House...
Appears a dense, dark chestnut toned brown. A fluffly tan head slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar.
Smell is of cocoa, bread, ripe bananas, toasted nuts, molasses, tobacco, and minty hops...kind of a "junior mints" smell coming out. Ohhh Yehaw MOFO!
Taste is of the aromas with a toffee flavor coming through with a touch of raisin bread and a smack of vanilla. Delicious stuff and quite addictive.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy, and spritzy.
ABV is evident but this is really tasty stuff. The Danes pull off a classic German style with a twist.

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are fairly muted, but it is a lager, so I can't totally be dissapointed. Upon further and more indepth aroma imspection you find some dark caramels/burnt sugars with some underlying alcohol notes. The ladder is only detectable once you allow it to warm.

The taste is simple yet extemely delicious. Typical lager lighter body and mouthfeel but the dark wheat and caramels and bready flavors are delicious. Definitely one of the best bocks/lagers of any kind I have sampled.

Overall this is a great beer that I am glad I sampled as part of a 4 beer sampler. The price for this in the bottle is probably in the teens and outrageous so in smaller qualtities, it can be enjoyed an appreciated.

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Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.