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Frelser - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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 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.

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

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.

Photo of Mkfos13
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
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.”

Photo of Keyes88
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of OWSLEY069
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.

Photo of kojevergas
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.

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Daniellobo
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.

Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of adman08
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very deep mahogany with a thick head of slightly tan foam that fades to a thin layer on the surface of the beer.
S-Strong alcohol aroma, almost smells like it was bourbon barrel aged. Very sweet, has an aroma similar to some barley wines with the extreme malt smell. Some toasted malt and caramel.
T-Strong alcohol but a fairly good dopplebock flavor profile underneath, the alcohol is just overpowering. Toasted malt and caramel malt flavors with some noble hops. Almost a coffee-like flavor.
M-Strong alcohol, very sweet but finishes with a slight dryness. Good carbonation.
Overall, I think there's a good dopplebock foundation but the alcohol dominates. I normally have no issue with a high alcohol brew but in this beer the alcohol seems to overpower some of the other flavors. The beer tastes like it's been aged in bourbon barrels. In a way it reminds me of Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine with all of the malt sweetness and the high alcohol. This would get a higher rating for taste if the alcohol were lower.

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

From notes: 9/30/2011
Was lucky enough to have a friend split this one with me.

A - Dark amber with hues of red. Half inch of cream colored head sticks around for a while. A bit of sticky lacing adorns the side of the glass.

S - Syrupy sweetness straight up, an extreme malt bomb. Caramel and toffee in full force. Alcohol is there, slightly brandy-like. Smell is a similar to a JW Lee Harvest if I'd have to compare, only not quite as sweet. There are some fruits mixing in as well, only to be quieted by the malted barley.

T - Chewy malt sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar dominate. It probably sounds cloying, but it really isn't at all in comparison to what I was expecting from the nose. There is the slightest of a dry bitter finish. Alcohol comes out quite a lot, but that is expected at 11% abv.

M - Surprisingly smooth for how big the beer is. The mellow carbonation may help with that. Sugary sweetness coats the mouth, warm alcohol the gut.

O - A pretty good beer from Mikkeller. My first "trippel bock" but similar to some beers I've tried. I'd say it's a tastier, less boozy Samiclaus Classic. This is something I'd look to have again at some point in the future.

Photo of thadbme
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black with little to no head. What was there went away quickly, but looks like a small film (really leftover head) is hanging out on top. Small amount of carbonation. Holding it up to the light it looks like a really dark brown instead of a black, but in the glass it appears darker. Toward the bottom of the glass it almost has the color of a red... this is sort of odd that it appears to change colors.

S: Smells sweet, with some hints of fruit in there. Reminds me a bit of a grape juice type smell (weird I know).

T: First sip went down really easy, this was a smooth sip of the beer.The next sip, just a touch of bitterness, and still the smooth finish. No taste of carbonation is present. Third sip, I finally picked up on the malt in it, but its not overpowering.

M: Again, can't taste the carbonation. Feels like a medium beer, suprised this is an 11%. Finishes easily.

O: Not a bad beer at all. This one has a lot of different flavors mixed into it but it comes off rather smooth. For the smell, and the look, this seems a bit disapointing. I'd drink this again, but there are other beers that I would try first. To me the malt is a tad strong, and once I got a glass into this that is what I picked up on the most. Good for a sample, if you like malt I suspect this will be right up your alley.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a dark brown/ruby red color with about an inch frothy tan head. The head stays around for a long time, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like toffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit (plums, raisins), caramel malt and some booze. The taste of this brew isn't quite as sweet in comparison to the aroma. The flavors are pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's a good amount of bready malt/grain and a little bit of licorice noticeable too. It is a little boozy, but it doesn't seem like I'm drinking an 11% ABV beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's chewy, slick, and well carbonated. I thought it was a very nice brew, I liked it. At $13.99 a bottle I'd buy this one again, I think it's worth trying.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark Hellish red colour with beige bubbles for head. Not much lace. Looks thin, but OK.

Smells sweet, complex, raisiny. Plenty of sweet sugars, with molasses, sherry and brown sugar. Slight peppery twang late spices it up. Really quite lovely aroma.

Taste is very enjoyable as well. sweet, malty from start to finish with brown sugar, English toffee and some port wine. Raisiny as well adding a squelchy fruit goodness to proceedings, but finished with a slightly crisp lager character that just clips off the sweetness. Touch of black pepper and cumin on there as well. Really enjoyable night finisher: would happily pair with my finest cigars.

Bit untextured body unfortunately, full and thick but could use more zip.

Lovely beer. A bit malt bomb to savour, lovely balance struck.

Photo of NEhophead
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 fl oz brown, champagne bottle, served in a snifter.

Pours a semi-opaque deep maple in color with a near syrup-like consistency. Creamy, off-white head that fades to the snfter's rim after a few moments. Thin and spotted lacing with good strength.

Bright, aged, vinous fruit with some real fresh aromas: grape, plum, fig. Rich malt aromas with a nice nutmeg and brown sugar spice. Deep, port-like alcohol quality.

Sweet, rich malt character: caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Notes of spicy licorice and a bit of medicinal notes. The vinous fruit flavors are a bit subdued, but still add another layer of depth to the rich malt profile. The alcohol flavor is spot-on; like an aged port; however, the carbonation is a bit much.

Full bodied; primarily smooth until the wave of carbonation adds a bit of unnecessary activeness.

A real flavorful doppelbock that will probably only get better with age.

Photo of Trilogy31
2.48/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A really out of balance triple bock. Pours a ruddy dark chestnut with a thick creamy finger of head that does leave a nice lacy trail in its wake. The nice is full of rich caramel malts, raisins and prunes along with a slight oak barrel quality. The taste brings caramel malts that are borderline too sweet without much else - it comes across as almost having a straight shot od grain alcohol being dumped into. Really out of whack and unpleasantly strong tasting - to me stone old guardian was the only thing as similar and the only beer that i have drank that i would say was worse.

Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.