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Frelser - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | 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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Trilogy31

California

2.48/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A really out of balance triple bock. Pours a ruddy dark chestnut with a thick creamy finger of head that does leave a nice lacy trail in its wake. The nice is full of rich caramel malts, raisins and prunes along with a slight oak barrel quality. The taste brings caramel malts that are borderline too sweet without much else - it comes across as almost having a straight shot od grain alcohol being dumped into. Really out of whack and unpleasantly strong tasting - to me stone old guardian was the only thing as similar and the only beer that i have drank that i would say was worse.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 05:20:43 | More by Trilogy31
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

05-28-2012 18:40:21 | More by brez8791
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-28-2013 03:52:17 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

08-13-2013 01:16:42 | More by beerhunter13
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kojevergas

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given that it's brewed by me favourite brewery in the world. That said I'm not usually too keen on bocks.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and impressive retention for the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid dark ruby.

Sm: Nuts, cream, caramel, and dark cherry fruit esters. Hops come through on the finish. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cherry fruit comes through about the middle. Not as nutty as expected - what little there is emerges only on the climax. The cream is pleasant but understated, and only present really in the first half. Best described as a tone. Some caramelized malt is present and luckily unobtrusive. More complex than any other bock I can remember having. It's far more fruitier and hoppier than expected given the style, but that said the hops don't provide a true tangible bitterness. They're backgrounded, which was a good decision. All around it's well built (albiet not to style) and enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not creamy or crisp. Thick but not overly so.

Dr: Quite drinkable but not horribly complex - at least not as much as I'd fancy. I do enjoy it but it's unremarkable in comparison to most of Mikkeller's other dark beers.

Overpriced for the quality.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 04:59:49 | More by kojevergas
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schlimenhaumer

New York

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Halleroder stein at altitude in Denver. Thanks to kojevergas for this one.

A: Pours a foamy, four-finger light tan head. The body is dark ruby, and there’s a good deal of lacing here.

S: The hoppiness of this one is the first thing that strikes me; the caramel malt notes pale in comparison. There are also some dark fruit notes, mostly cherry. This smells very unconventional for a bock.

T: Most certainly not a dopplebock as classified here. Citrusy hops up front with some prominent cherry notes to follow. Sweet caramel malt body supports these flavors. A bit of heat on the finish.

M: Full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a bit of dryness on the finish.

D: This beer utterly disregards the bock style and instead delivers a hop bomb. While it’s a decent brew, I think it’s inappropriate to classify it as a “triplebock.”

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 16:51:21 | More by schlimenhaumer
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 11/20/10.

Thanks to Bryan (wishuwerebeer) for including this in our impromptu "bold brews before winter" tasting.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a dark brown with some ruby clarity when held to the light. A finger of creamy tan head appears and as it fades, leaves a webbing of lace about the glass. The cap doesn't hold strong but a swirl intermittently revives it.

The aroma is full of dark maltiness smelling like fruits, specifically raisins. Some yeasty notes are present with a mineral filled quality that almost seems chlorinated. As it warms, more notes of chocolate and alcohol become evident as well as hop character smelling citrusy and fruity.

The taste of this brew seems young and yeasty to the point where it gets distracting with a mineral filled and almost chlorinated taste that was indicated in the aroma. There is a bold presence of alcohol as expected for 11% that imparts a light spiciness and warmth down the back of the throat. Tastes of dark fruits come forward later with a bit of grainy bitterness, chocolate and molasses. A lingering taste of alcohol mixed with musty grain is left in the mouth. The warmer this brew gets, the more bitter and noticeable the alcohol becomes.

A full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. Quite a warming brew that makes for a decent sipper that is well balanced if you can ignore the mineral/chlorine/green taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 20:26:26 | More by stakem
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass. Shared with FernMaster.

Triple Bock, eh? After Sam Adams' infamous, disastrous, attempt at such a thing it was going to take a brewer with balls to put out a beer with that phrase on the label. Mikkel Borg Bjergsø has balls for days.

Pours a dark mahogany brown color. Hints of ruby red at the bottom and sides of the glass. Two fingers worth of sandalwood colored head build up, creamy but not dense. Two fingers worth! For a beer of 11% ABV, a Mikkeller beer at that, I was not expecting much in the way of foam. A pleasant surprise. The head laces in shallow, thin arches.

The aromas from this so-called Triple Bock, albeit from a bottle that is half a year old, are not intense. Which is good in a way; it means that Mikkel showed some restraint. I expected a nose full of fusel alcohol, and thankfully didn't get it. Still some booze, though; rum-soaked fruitcake is the aroma that comes to mind for this beer. Some toffee, plenty (too much) burnt caramel. Something approximating milk chocolate. While no "Triple Bock," it does smell like an above-average dopplebock. The taste follows the nose: fruitcake, some drunken fruits (but only a very small amount; the beer could use some more esters, frankly), lots of toffee. The alcohol isn't extreme, but that harsh sweetness doesn't exactly hide itself, either.

The mouthfeel is a disappointment. The body is not as thick as I would prefer for a dopplebock, let alone a Triple Bock. The alcohol, though, is what really earns the mouthfeel below-average marks. You feel the alcohol much more than you taste it; the burn of the alcohol affects your cheeks and your throat all the way down. Discomforting. Drinkability is quite nice in spite of the alcohol burn, actually. Taste wise, this is a strong beer that manages to be consumed pretty quickly. There is a smoothness and a roundness to the flavors that makes this better than a sipper. If only the mouthfeel were a partner in that effort, then this score might be much higher.

This is a pretty alright dopplebock. I enjoyed drinking it. It doesn't achieve the complexity or specialness that Frelser's gigantic pricetag warrants, so I likely won't be returning to this beer. Still worth a try for big dopplebock fans. Finally, props to the label art. It's abstract and almost like a Rorschach test from afar, but up close you see that it is the legs of a goat (paying homage to the traditional connection between bockbier of any sort and goats on their labels).

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 20:21:47 | More by Reaper16
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

10-26-2013 02:06:24 | More by GRG1313
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

01-24-2014 18:18:57 | More by Texasfan549
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Beardcore

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-04-2013 18:01:38 | More by Beardcore
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 05:30:52 | More by Mora2000
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jdb288

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours creamy brown with tall tan head. Aroma is caramel and blackstrap molasses. Taste incorporates those flavors with bread and cocoa. Thin and oily body. Not as heavy as expected which was a nice surprise. Alcohol hidden well. A nice representative of this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 18:37:06 | More by jdb288
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Mikkeller.

Pours a dark copper with a hint of amber in the light, a light ope head, falls quickly, light lacing...A super strong aroma of dark brown sugar and figs, light smoke and alcohol on the back, not bad but not blow me over either...The taste is a fall off, lots of alcohol kills the taste on the front, after a few sips it dies down a little, but still too mcuh. Other flavors show off some caramel and dark fruits...The feel is really nice, very tannic coats the mouth fully, pretty easy to drink for an 11% beer.

A pretty lofting rating so far, not sure its that good, but its pretty decent.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 15:22:40 | More by jrallen34
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adman08

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very deep mahogany with a thick head of slightly tan foam that fades to a thin layer on the surface of the beer.
S-Strong alcohol aroma, almost smells like it was bourbon barrel aged. Very sweet, has an aroma similar to some barley wines with the extreme malt smell. Some toasted malt and caramel.
T-Strong alcohol but a fairly good dopplebock flavor profile underneath, the alcohol is just overpowering. Toasted malt and caramel malt flavors with some noble hops. Almost a coffee-like flavor.
M-Strong alcohol, very sweet but finishes with a slight dryness. Good carbonation.
Overall, I think there's a good dopplebock foundation but the alcohol dominates. I normally have no issue with a high alcohol brew but in this beer the alcohol seems to overpower some of the other flavors. The beer tastes like it's been aged in bourbon barrels. In a way it reminds me of Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine with all of the malt sweetness and the high alcohol. This would get a higher rating for taste if the alcohol were lower.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 05:18:39 | More by adman08
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EastBay_Nick

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-13-2013 19:26:56 | More by EastBay_Nick
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12-14-2013 21:36:16 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

01-12-2013 20:13:19 | More by spycow
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

08-23-2013 09:03:08 | More by zestar
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

10-29-2012 01:31:06 | More by t0rin0
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

09-03-2013 16:53:33 | More by imperialking
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daryk77

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml at $12.00, LCBO

A: very dark, some red/brown around the edges, good head

S: Boozy and sweet

T: Fairly boozy and sharp. Good malt backbone with some bittering hops at finish.

M: Fairly thick but not too heavy

Overall: Good beer, drinks much more like a barleywine than a triple bock in my opinion. Put together well and has a good balance. Can see this one doing well in the cellar for a couple of years to smooth it out. Put down the whole 750ml without too much trouble. Would likely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 14:57:15 | More by daryk77
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 02:11:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 08:14:47 | More by IronDjinn
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claspada

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2010 01:00:43 | More by claspada
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Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.