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Frelser - Mikkeller ApS

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

imperialking, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of kaufmaal
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

kaufmaal, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

zestar, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

beerhunter13, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Beardcore
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Beardcore, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of EastBay_Nick
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

tbeckett, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Long813
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Long813, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

KFBR392, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of NightINgale
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

NightINgale, May 27, 2013
Photo of BGDrock
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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

BGDrock, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of mintjellie
4.69/5  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.

mintjellie, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Beelzebeer
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Beelzebeer, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of analienacorn
5/5  rDev +22.5%

analienacorn, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +2%
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.

ngeunit1, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of YogiBeer
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

YogiBeer, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

JohneHoodlum, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Rutager, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Lynn, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

dtx00, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

thebouch01, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Stinger80OH
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Stinger80OH, Aug 31, 2012
Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.