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Frelser - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
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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 pootz

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 14:08:39 | More by pootz
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:54:26 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:41:16 | More by jrenihan
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 21:16:07 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 01:29:43 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 14:57:15 | More by daryk77
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 00:40:27 | More by Stocean1
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 16:09:12 | More by peensteen
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 22:37:01 | More by korguy123
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-13-2012 02:36:49 | More by jsnoek
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-11-2012 02:22:49 | More by BeboThoughts
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 20:47:43 | More by JohnnyBarman
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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.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2012 07:13:16 | More by dgilks
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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

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 16:15:26 | More by Rickythejeweler
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 01:41:07 | More by dansmcd
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-25-2012 01:31:05 | More by Mkfos13
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West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:35:13 | More by weller1js
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Halleroder stein at altitude in Denver. Thanks to kojevergas for this one.

A: Pours a foamy, four-finger light tan head. The body is dark ruby, and there’s a good deal of lacing here.

S: The hoppiness of this one is the first thing that strikes me; the caramel malt notes pale in comparison. There are also some dark fruit notes, mostly cherry. This smells very unconventional for a bock.

T: Most certainly not a dopplebock as classified here. Citrusy hops up front with some prominent cherry notes to follow. Sweet caramel malt body supports these flavors. A bit of heat on the finish.

M: Full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a bit of dryness on the finish.

D: This beer utterly disregards the bock style and instead delivers a hop bomb. While it’s a decent brew, I think it’s inappropriate to classify it as a “triplebock.”

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 16:51:21 | More by schlimenhaumer
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-15-2012 23:02:03 | More by Keyes88
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head.. In the aroma, a sweet oatmeal and a small alcohol presence. In the taste, a sweet roast, alcohol, and a nice chocolate presence. A small alcohol bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a a dry alcohol and roast in the aftertaste. A bit boozy, but a nice chocolate and roast.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 17:00:37 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 04:59:49 | More by kojevergas
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4/5  rDev -2%

01-02-2012 03:38:57 | More by kaelingirl
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4/5  rDev -2%

12-17-2011 01:55:51 | More by TasteTester
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefty, rich, and rather sweet take at amplifying a doppelbock.

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle brewed at De Proef. Simple black label with the white legs of two running goats running. Maybe a touch too stylized and subtle but nicely resolved label. Notes style as "trippelbock", bottling code on cap (6171103) and shows 11.0 Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown to black pour, nice foamy head, good retention and surface memory with nice touches of lacing.

S - Caramel and dark fruits in the nose with a soft booze insinuation...

T - Rich range with long caramel notes and malted fruits, figs, prunes… roasted sugar...

M - Medium body and carbonation with a rather creamy and smooth flow that has a dry hint in the finish with a very nice integration of alcohol.

O - Nice flow, maybe a bit much as one repeats the serving where the sweetness may get to you. Ideal to share with the right company.

Notes: Nothing for the history books but certainly an enticing offering. Doppelbock are often not something I would necessarily go after. Maybe precisely because this one strays away somewhat from style I found it more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:28:14 | More by Daniellobo
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-05-2011 14:37:58 | More by bluesplit63
Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.