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Frelser - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 03-13-2010

A Triple Bock
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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 73
Photo of Beelzebeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of analienacorn
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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.

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.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of YogiBeer
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mtbdonn
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

Photo of decimator
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of bryehn
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of brez8791
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of pootz
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a little bit darker than cola. The head is rocky tan and enormous, lasting forever. Scads of lace completely coat the glass on the way down. The aroma is of plums, toffee and some roasty malts. The taste is a malt explosion with lots of christmas cake and cookie dough. Hops provide a very solid balast to the malt assault (hey, I need to use that one again, or not :). Some piney notes are noticeable. An over-arching warming alcohol is present throughout, though far more subtle than most beers of this high gravity. The mouthfeel is incredibly full bodied for a lager with an active carbonation.

This is excellent stuff, Im pretty sure it's the best bock Ive tried. Complex and very drinkable, be wary of the high ABV though - this one is for sharing.

Photo of jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is black (possibly a very very dark brown) with a smallish beige head. Good retention.

A very malty scent. Bread and caramel. Sweet. Some dark fruit scents, a bit of plum. Rich and very nice.

Taste is similar. Malty, caramel, bread and sweetness. The plum is there but not prominently. Caramel has a bit of a burnt flavour to it. Good.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Creamy. Alcohol is noticeable but not overly so for an 11% brew.

Overall, very nice. Not always a huge doppelbock fan but I like this beer.

Photo of biegaman
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.