Frelser - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 148
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 6.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 03-13-2010

A Triple Bock
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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short light tan colored head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light aromas of dark fruits—raisins seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of raisins along with strong notes of chocolate malts. Notes of cocoa also become noticeable as beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong from the nasty and fruity base, but does a very good job at masking its alcohol.

Serving type: bottle (624 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. The label on the beer I tried was their new, cartoony look that displays a face with ash upon their forehead. Not sure why but it found it obnoxious. To each his own. The beer pours a clear, dark copper color with a tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, yeast, alcohol, dog food and caramel. It's taste is more complex but the flavors are mostly the same; maybe it's just deeper flavorwise. Dark fruits, dry yeast, biscotti, caramel and molasses. Body is thick and alcoholic. Soft carbonation. Triple Bock. (507 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (1,346 characters)

Photo of jbru1971
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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. (261 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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! (194 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,722 characters)

Photo of gollem
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No longer brewed? That's a shame. This birthday present is a full-bodied beer giving you a full mouth. Deep dark, malty, a bit caramelly but not too much though the strong smell suggests it. Mrs. Gollem says "nutty-toffee" and a little bitter--I guess I agree with that.

For me, this is totally on the dark side, the side I don't necessarily like to go, and I should have opened this after dinner, with a cheese plate, but this is as good as or better than a lot of stouts and doubles I've had.

Update January 2014: Had another bottle of it, a big bottle (with Mrs. Gollem, yes), and I feel the need to up the grade a little bit. My my what a mouthful of delicious beer this is. Still a bit too dark for me, but man, it is so full and rich. I'm looking at the empty bottle, and the last sip, from half an hour ago, is still with me--almost like espresso in the back of my mouth. (880 characters)

Photo of jdb288
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of kaufmaal
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My friend left this at my house about a year ago.

A - Pours deep ruby with a three finger beige creamy head. Good carbonation coming up. Light comes through, but just barely. Good rings of lace and a finger of retention.

S - Marvelous. Raisins, dar, fruit, brown sugar. Very small amount of alcohol. Rich dark fruit. A very nice aroma.

T - Sweet, but not cloying, tobacco, some dryness and dark fruit. A little alcohol. Malt bomb for sure.

M - Nice carbonation, full body, dry finish with a plum-like flavour.

O/D - A pretty nice Doppelbock. Complex and strong with a nice sipping character. Complexity and a good flavour with new notes I'm picking up on as I go. A nice beer that deserves time and attention. Good stuff. (726 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a massive head, which slightly subsides but remains present throughout. Pours with a medium bodied thickness. Sits in the glass almost pitch black but when held to light a very dark amber color is produced. Carbonation is active but pretty low overall.

Smell: The front is a sweet caramel, molasses, and bourbon front. A malt body warms up and evens out the aroma. There is a sugary black licorice finish that lingers for a while. This aroma was much brighter then I had expected but is no doubt delicious.

Taste: While the aroma is bright, the flavor goes in a much darker direction. The front is a very rich malty front which comes off with a very creamy texture. Dark chocolate and some vanilla accents come through on the back end. The finish is a slightly spicy alcohol finish and a decent hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, malty, delicious.

Overall: This beer is outstanding. As it got to room temperature so many more of the rich flavors made themselves present. I think the high alcohol may have suppressed some of the flavor that you may get in other bocks, but there is a different level added by the high abv. Another awesome bomber by Mikkeller, looking forward to more. (1,217 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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 (969 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of Beelzebeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (2,367 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, dark fruits, cherry, chocolate, caramelized sugars, a bit of molasses and smoke, and a bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, cherry, raisins, and other dark fruits, chocolate, caramelized sugars, molasses, smoke, lager yeast, some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced doppelbock. Great malty complexity. (502 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of mtbdonn
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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! (432 characters)

Photo of decimator
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Leffe goblet. ABV 11%.

A - Poured a deep dark brown with black and mahogany highlights. Light brown head is thick and creamy long lasting foam. Some lacing.

S - As soon as I popped the bottle open the aroma hit me. Sweet, caramel, cocoa, toasted bread, dark fruit (raisins, figs), some nuttiness, a hint of butter.

T - Some sweetness, lots toasted bread (almost burnt), some cocoa, dark fruit are not as present as in the aroma, some nuttiness, citrus sourness, bitter in the finish and some alcohol burn.

M - Full body, creamy, medium carbonation, lasting hoppy aftertaste. This one has a bite to it.

O - I can taste the alcohol but it's hard to believe it's 11%. Oh wait... I'm feeling it now as finish my first glass. (752 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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 (652 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

Props to the LCBO for procuring this solid brew. Here's to hoping there's more like this to come!

A – Pours a dark ruby red, two fingers of mocha head, solid retention and chunky lacing.

S – Dark fruit, grape skins, hints of cocoa and milk chocolate, burnt bread and buttered caramel.

T – Wow, super flavourful, with the cocoa malts dominating, some dark fruit, figs and sweet grape skins coming through alongside a leafy green hop. ABV is insanely well hidden with only a touch of heat coming through.

M – The booziness is surprisingly well kept with only a touch of heat on the finish, medium bodied, smooth and a tad sticky on the finish.

O – I grabbed 3 more bottles of this for myself and 3 more for trades. It was fabulous and great to get through the LCBO. Loads of flavour and the cocoa and coffee malts over the fruity notes traditionally found in the style make for a delectable treat. (926 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 15/5/12 bottle sent out by liamt07 cheers dude

A dark brown until held to the light and then it has a deep ruby glow, not enough clarity to see deep into the glass but there`s several streams of tiny bubbles floating up the side of the glass. the foam is dense mocha and retains very well slowly falling to a tall island surrounded by a thin film, lots of spider web lacing

S chocolate covered raisins, molasses, dark nutty toffee and some hops are still kicking around, a little coffee and booze but its well concealed all things considered,

T the roast is a little darker then the nose with some dark dried fruit on the finish I didn`t smell, rye bread, hazelnut chocolate come out and there`s a little more booze and even a little citric hops everything I smell is still there too, this tastes great

M fairly full and creamy, just a little heat and a massive hazelnut toffee aftertaste, a little sticky on the lips with a bitter bite

O complex big ass beer in my glass today, tastes awesome and I can only imagine how much hopping it took to shine through all the malty goodness, a nice balance though I`d drink this again

for a solo attempt at a 11% 750ml I had no issues downing the entire thing, I`m not sure if that`s a good or a bad thing. I`m curious how this would age with the hops fading but it`s drinking great right now, another thanks to liamt07 for the chance at this one (1,429 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml into a tulip.

Deep burgundy, but almost black with a soapy light brown head. Solid retention and lace. Nose has big malt notes, licorice, molasses, caramel, dark fruits and maybe some candy sugar. A bit of alcohol and some earthier hop notes perhaps. Taste is comprised of sugary sweet dark fruits, dark breads, molasses and syrupy dark candies. No alcohol on the palate, but the warmth is felt almost immediately (warmth in the face etc.) Some roast and/or hop bitterness in the finish. Full feel, and big body with a low carbonation. Sticky sweet. A very nice warming bock, going to put a bottle or two away for later this year. (659 characters)

Photo of pootz
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle Pours a dark brown clouded lager in the stein with a 3 finger frothy cap that lasts well and laces the glass. Soft carbonation. Aroma is slightly understated when chilled – dark cocoa, sweet bready malts, some noble earthiness light whiff of fusel alcohol. Big rich chewy malts in front – chocolate, nutty bready with some figs and treacle all balanced well with some really resinous hopping = goes to a long roasty bitter finish with a metallic hop aftertaste. Wow a big beer. But is it a dark (dunkler) triple bock or just a hoppy version of a Baltic porter. Who cares, it’s big, rich, hoppy and at 11%abv it’ll get you warmed up real fast. (663 characters)

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Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.