Frelser - Mikkeller ApS

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of korguy123
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip. No date.

A- Completely opaque brown/black pour with the slightest light shining through around the edges held to light. Three finger light beige head that leaves chunky, sticky lacing as it deflates.

S- Sweet stone fruits, slight toast and cereal with a touch of coffee and brown sugar. There is a aroma best described as brandy soaked figs or dates. Touch of molasses.

T- Wow, that is excellent. Dark coffee and brown sugar. Brandy soaked figs and dates with a nice raisin sweetness. Bitter chocolate burnt toast. There is a alcohol finish but it isn't off putting it actually helps and enhances.

M- Full bodied, creamy than you get the carbonation and alcohol which helps wash it all away.

O- I really do enjoy Mikkeller beers. I think this is probably their best one of the bunch I've tried. What's really nice is here at the LCBO the price is almost 6 dollars less than everywhere I've seen in the states so I'll have to pick up more.

Photo of mintjellie
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
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 NewGeneric
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dansteino for always having a great selection.
Poured into my hefeweizen glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby that fades to a medium orange-brown around the edges of the bottom. Three fingers of caramel cappuccino foam sit on top fading ever so slowly. Lacing abounds around the sides of the glass. This is my first trippelbock, so I don't really have a basis for comparison, but it looks pretty freaking amazing.

S: Smells pretty much like a doppelbock. The malt backbone is pretty much the dominant force, but it is humble enough to allow the other players their share of nostril space. Subtle, yet bountiful fruit is the most present force beyond the malt. Mostly figs, plums, raisins. They are followed by a nice breadiness and caramel. Throughout the whole aroma is an ever-so-small hint of sour/funk. I'm not normally a fan of this, but it plays well.

T: Very interesting. Almost like a blend of doppelbock and porter. It starts off very much like a doppelbock. Nutty, caramel malts complemented by dark fruits and just a touch of hops. A barely noticeable sourness becomes the intermediary for the two styles to blend. It is followed up by a roasty finish, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Wow.

M: Decent, but there is quite a bite up front which leads into some hotness from the alcohol. Other than that, everything is pretty smooth.
EDIT: I noticed a lot less bite and alcohol heat as this warmed up. Mmm...

D: Well, let's just say I will be buying a few more bottles and aging at least one, hoping the mouthfeel improves. Thank you Mikkeller.

Photo of GbVDave
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a (synthetic) corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Pours damn near black with some faint ruby/chestnut hues at the edges. Capping this was 1 1/2 to 2 fingers of dark khaki colored foam. Not massive but thick and creamy and sporting fantastic retention. Nearly the whole inside of the glass was coated with sticky lace.

S: Home made caramel and nut studded toffee, booze muddled dark fruit, bakers chocolate, fudge, and smoked malt. Solvent alcohol tickles the nose as it warms.

T: This beer is like an excercise in sweet and savory. Pan scorched caramel and/or molassas, booze soaked raisins, bittersweet chocolate, fudge dipped cherries, campfire, toffee, roasted nuts, and a slowly creeping alcohol flavor.

M: Wow! Thick and full. This feels "pillowy" on the tongue as it's drawn in. Starts sweet with the perfect amount of Noble hop tang. The middle sets off a peppery bitterness...equal parts hops and abv. While the finish is a blend of the two. Sweet, tangy, and prickly.

D: The only thing keeping the D score from being a "5" is that the abv, while not intrusive, finally makes its' presence felt towards the end of the bottle. Other than that, this was fantastic! The hits just keep on coming from Mikkeller!

Photo of kaufmaal
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, for a "retired" beer, our local has had a number of bottles for a while, so I figured what the hey.

It pours and looks like a stout: very dark brown, almost black, with a chestnut head. Some very nice lacing. But the smell is that of an amped-up tripel: lots of sugary dark fruit, bready, maple syrup, grape jelly, black plums with the red inside, bazooka bubble gum.

Initially, this is a sweet, fruity, beer: lots of sugary rum raisins, maple syrup candy. The carbonation stays with this one, and for me, there's a bit too much of it. That said, there is smoothness to it; it's not as creamy as most bocks, but there's a velvety texture that lasts. After the first wave of sweetness, then we get some spice and some sour along with the sweet: orange marmalade, candied ginger, five-spice, burnt sugar, booze. A sipper, for sure.

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.

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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!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01/19/14 From bottle at home. Eeeek! This is a muscular brew. Big nose, big flavor & big alcohol. Coffee/Toffee/And a little Smokey. Almost chewable. Lingering. No burn. Impressionistic. Yummy!

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4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.