Frelser - Mikkeller ApS
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4/5 rDev -2%
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.
11-28-2010 04:09:02 | More by Sammy
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
Bottled picked up at State Line. Served in a snifter.
Pours a very dark brown color with a good off-white head and a bit of light lacing. The nose is roasty with a touch of sweetness and some dark fruits. There is also a very small amount of smokey character in the background. The taste is lightly smoked and roasty and also carries a nice dark fruit presence. Impressively, the alcohol in this is not really all that detectable. The body is medium and the finish is dry, which some plum character being accentuated in the finish. A good beer, though I certainly would have preferred a 375 of this--a 750, even split up, is a bit much.
12-29-2010 14:19:17 | More by Thorpe429
4.24/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
02-01-2013 07:20:51 | More by BEERchitect
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
09-27-2010 02:11:42 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass ('cause why not?).
And we all thought there was only one triple bock. Hell, this is now the third I've come across. It pours a slightly clear, deep, dark ruby brown topped by a finger of thick, sturdy, light tan froth. The nose comprises graham crackers, dark wheat, black pepper, brown sugar, nutmeg, rye bread, pumpernickel, cinnamon, figs, and what seems like a handful o' raspberries. The taste is very similar, though the berries come through stronger, leading to a bit of a cardamom-y flavor near the end. The breads in the nose are toasted a bit, and some roasted marshmallows are added to the proceedings. Honestly, I'm not sure of this bottle is infected (hence the slightly sour bit at the end), but, even if it is, it isn't (yet) a problem. The body is a rather hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, another very nice brew from the Danish gypsies. And, on further sips, any thought of infection has left my mind. Instead, thoughts of "This shit's tasty!" have taken over. Get some!
08-14-2010 23:39:06 | More by TMoney2591
4.08/5 rDev 0%
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.
01-23-2011 01:01:10 | More by biboergosum
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
Bottle purchased at Discount Liquor. Served in a Russian River tulip. A Triple Bock from Mikkeller - what could go wrong?
A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap and chunky collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Dark brown body with ruby glints when held to the light.
S - Soy sauce, dark breads, light alcohol, caramel, rum-soaked dark fruits, brown sugar, nuts, and light alcohol. Pretty convincing collection of bock flavors, with that light signature Mikkeller smoke and char.
T - Taste is less sweet than the aroma, with more yeast and dark bread character. Finishes with some light bitter roastiness in the finish. Somewhat bland, although the alcohol is well-hidden.
M - Sticky, chewy, and bready medium-full body, and a lightly charred and dry finish. Medium carbonation. Not much heat for 11%.
D - Definitely the easiest drinking triple bock I've had. Not a superb beer, but good for the style and not something I'd turn down if offered. Not sure why this needed to come in 750ml bottles though.
06-13-2011 22:52:58 | More by MasterSki
4.39/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
03-27-2014 05:21:20 | More by StonedTrippin
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
07-24-2010 05:30:52 | More by Mora2000
3.28/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
01-07-2012 04:59:49 | More by kojevergas
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
03-26-2010 20:38:10 | More by weeare138
3.38/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
12-10-2010 20:26:26 | More by stakem
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
Frelser essentially turns the glass into a balaclava. I don't know what business an 11% beer has in generating so much head and lace, but I'm astounded by the fact that it has. Seriously, I could knit a nice sweater out of this khaki-toned froth! The date-coloured liquid is very handsome and darker, more opaque than the glass bottle it came in.
With my first few sniffs I'm reminded of barleywine, Rogue Old Crustacean in particular. Like that offering, Frelser also marries pine resin, rotted citrus, and chocolate-coated figs in a divine proportion. At the same time it shares the melanoidin-rich toastiness and pronounced dark fruit-maltiness of doppelbocks. Interesting...
Plums, purple grapes and figs taste as though they've been blended into the beer, the dark fruitiness is that distinctive. But it's far from the only feature. Citrusy fruits appear also, grapefruit primarily, and there's enough pine to think I was drinking the beer through a straw made of bark, from a glass previously washed in tree resin soap.
Toasty (lightly burnt even) bread crosses the palate with a hint of nut butter and a mouthful of smoke. This taste arguably lingers the longest, reminding me somewhat of an Orkney single malt. What surprises me, however, is the disguise of the 11% alcohol. Where does it all go? Mikkeller has pulled off some David Blane illusions right here.
I'm tempted to call Frelser a German doppelbock in American dress but that would take away from its complexity. The more of this 750ml bottle I drink, the less I feel to prepared to say - it's such an interesting beer that no general statement can safely be made about it. 'Interesting' does not always (or even often) translate to 'Good', but in this case it has. Mikkeller puts out a bunch of beers not worth their price tags - but this one is.
04-23-2012 21:16:07 | More by biegaman
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
On tap at Max's tonight.
The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. I get a considerable amount of brown sugar and chocolate on the nose, with maybe a hint of vanilla. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely on the palate in this fairly sweet beer, but with a hint of alcohol burn in the finish. Otherwise, this is a fairly smooth beer, with a fairly rich, long finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full, though at the same time, it's just a bit thin as well. There's plenty of flavor in this beer, but at the same time, it's not as rich tasting as I was expecting. The alcohol burn in the finish detracts a bit from this beer's drinkability, as you might expect from an 11% abv. bock.
A nice enough beer, but I'm not sure how often I'd want to revisit this.
03-13-2010 00:05:56 | More by John_M
Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.