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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
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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 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!

mtbdonn, Aug 17, 2012
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.

decimator, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of bryehn
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

bryehn, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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

joemcgrath27, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.23/5  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.

andrenaline, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of brez8791
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

brez8791, May 28, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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

wordemupg, May 16, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

liamt07, May 10, 2012
Photo of pootz
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

pootz, May 09, 2012
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, May 05, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

jrenihan, May 05, 2012
Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

biegaman, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of foamy light brown head formed with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - A big sweetness up front with dark caramel, toffee, vanilla and sticky candy aromas. Some bready malt aromas in the background. The ABV is noticeable but seems to fit in well as it cuts through the sweetness. Very robust overall nose.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee and candy apples up front. There is a big, warming alcohol presence that at times becomes a touch hot but largely blends in well with the big sweetness. The background adds notes of bread, vanilla and a touch of chocolate ad licorice.

M - Medium body with a really big chew at times. Light to moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of daryk77
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.

daryk77, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Stocean1
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful two finger beige head with a tinge of orange - good retention, thick sticky lacing coats the glass all the way down - a deep chestnut brown body - murky

S - Blast of brown sugar, toffee, with herbal hops - yet also citrus and pine - some chocolate and plum and fig - really something

T - Follows the nose soaked in booze in a good way - definitely a sipper to be enjoyed over an hour or two - sugary malt up front with the aforementioned toffee and dark fruit - the hops shines through on the back end with citrus (orange zest) and pine - the last kick is worn leather

M - is full yet smooth with plenty of alcohol - balanced bitterness - dangerously drinkable for the abv - a little carbonation

O - Big bocks are typically not my favourite style but this one is the exception - it reminds me of the Nogne RIS and I will definitely be grabbing a few more before they are gone. With a brew this complex you do not always get it, but I definitely got this one, well done.

Stocean1, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with ruby highlights, 1.5 fingers of off white head, decent lace down the glass. Smell holds a huge malt bill, some sweet brown sugar notes, toffee, quite hoppy, citrus and pine are both present, dark bread, dark fruits, raisin and overripe plum. Taste like the nose has lots of malt, roasted, chocolate followed by hops, fairly bitter, citrus and pine, some earthiness, some warming alcohol creeps in but otherwise undetected, dark breads and fruits, some soy sauce flavours with raisins and plums. Creamy and lightly carbonated, full body with a good weight and feel. Solid stuff here and very enjoyable, a lot going on here and initially if I tasted this blind I would have thought this was an American Strong Ale but the doppelbock flavours are a little more pronounced as this warms, really good stuff here.

peensteen, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip. No date.

A- Completely opaque brown/black pour with the slightest light shining through around the edges held to light. Three finger light beige head that leaves chunky, sticky lacing as it deflates.

S- Sweet stone fruits, slight toast and cereal with a touch of coffee and brown sugar. There is a aroma best described as brandy soaked figs or dates. Touch of molasses.

T- Wow, that is excellent. Dark coffee and brown sugar. Brandy soaked figs and dates with a nice raisin sweetness. Bitter chocolate burnt toast. There is a alcohol finish but it isn't off putting it actually helps and enhances.

M- Full bodied, creamy than you get the carbonation and alcohol which helps wash it all away.

O- I really do enjoy Mikkeller beers. I think this is probably their best one of the bunch I've tried. What's really nice is here at the LCBO the price is almost 6 dollars less than everywhere I've seen in the states so I'll have to pick up more.

korguy123, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of jsnoek
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jsnoek, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of BeboThoughts
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

BeboThoughts, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bomber picked up at the Lower Jarvis LCBO. Picked up in honour of the Easter weekend celebrations, as Frelser translates to “saviour”. Been eager to try something by Mikkeller, that one-man show that seems to be sweeping the craft brew world yet somehow also eluding my efforts to sample it. Until now.

Poured into a dimpled mug. Dark chestnut brown, with a billowing off-white head of frothy goodness. Sticky lacing clings to the mug in thick patches. Great head retention.

Nose is dark bread, caramel, chocolate, faint hops and a bit of smoke, peat or leather. Fruit is there as well, perhaps fig or currant.

The brew enters lighter than I had anticipated, but still delivers a fine, flavorful punch. Rich dark bread, raisin, fig, caramel, and nice hopped bitterness and smoke/leather to the finish. At 11%, and with a label that describes the bottle’s contents as a “trippelbock” and “strong malt liquor”, obviously the booze is a factor. However, to me the strength of this brew is hardly off putting, and the hops do a decent job of cleaning things up so that the finish is dry, bitter and boozy. Still, a snack and some water would not be a bad idea when attacking this brew. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

My first Mikkeller brew did not disappoint, but nor did it completely blow me out of the water. Still, this is an intriguing beer, full of flavour, and well worth pondering over a crisp Easter weekend. The price tag is of course expensive (13$), but what did you expect? Definitely worth a one-time go.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy brown colour with a big, creamy tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing. Very good.

Rich, malty, bready character with a light soy sauce, yeast note. Richly caramelised. There's a hint of fruitiness too. Quite nice.

Dark, almost burnt, caramelised malt with lots of bread. Nice hoppiness. Some fruit. More dryness. Really quite good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly dry thanks to the hops.

A nice beer to be sure. This isn't a traditional doppelbock though with a firm, chalky hop presence.

dgilks, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black, half finger soapy head, just enough lacing.

S - Black cherries dominate the aroma, followed by malts, bread, and light grapes.

T - Starts with black cherry, grapes, & raisons; middle is a ton of malts, grain, bread, light caramel; finish is light hops & dry lager yeast.

M - Full bodied, dry, chalky, low carbonation.

O - Like a doppelbock meets a scotch ale, pretty good brew.

6171103, $14.99 at Stateline liquors in Elkton, MD

Rickythejeweler, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany brown, thick creamy head.

S - Sweet and boozy. Big doppelbock nose.

T - Brown sugar, chocolate and caramel, a lot of heat really but drinkable for 11%.

M - Full chocolatey body, medium carbonation.

O - Pretty nice sipper. Imagine a super-charged hot sweet doppelbock.

dansmcd, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Mkfos13
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Mkfos13, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of weller1js
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a hazy, deep red with hints of orange hues, heavily carbonated with thick, tan, foamy head that dissipates into a similar lacing.

smell: very sweet, floral hops are predominant, with velvety Belgian notes of yeast and malts complementing the smell with notes of dark fruit, very pronounced.

taste: begins boldly, with the body of the malts enveloping the palate first with a slight smokiness that develops into the hop notes, like the smell, very floral and sweet, dark fruit notes, finishes with a sweet crispness with a bitter lingering.

overall: having both the elements of a trippel and a doppelbock, strong but not overpowering (surprising given its 11% abv), not too heavy, very enjoyable.

weller1js, Jan 24, 2012
Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.