Ris A La M'ale - Mikkeller ApS

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kkipple on 11-05-2010

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Ratings: 184 | Reviews: 80
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into snifter

A- red with clean filtering and thin head
S- sour, cherries, Salt
T- front end is great, but falls of very quick. A bit of sour cherries, salt and sweet
M - a bit thin

O- smell is awesome, but taste falls very quickly. I need something more substantial

Photo of rand
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle to pint glass

A: Orange-apricot in color, opaque and effervescent. A big, fizzy head forms immediately but quickly recedes, leaving lacing everywhere.

S: Malt-forward bouquet with distinct notes of cherry. The sweet tones are offset by a backdrop of grassy hops and lingering cracker-y, pastry-like aspects. The added cherries are distinct and although there's a nutty undertone you can't parse the almonds.

T: Malt-forward again, with phenolic tones countering cherry sweetness. The almonds poke though more on the palate than the nose, making a nutty, almost oaky nuance. Grassy hops add a little bitterness and round the palate.

M: Chewy, stodgy body although ample carbonation keeps the palate cleansed.

Nothing breakthrough here but a solid fruit-added beer. A lot of brewers taking stab at this style end up with something more like juice than beer. The beer improved as I worked through the glass.

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an unusual color, sort of a blend between cherry and orange, let's call it burnt orange with a reddish hue; the head is impressive, as is the lacing

Smell: Apparently, the name is a Danish play on words for Risalamande, a rice pudding made with cream and almonds and topped with cherry sauce - that is exactly what it smells like, a rice pudding with both sweet and funky cherry tones as well as an almond edge

Taste: Tastes very much like it smells, with the rice pudding flavors opening followed by the cherries, first sweet and then slightly tart and funky; after the swallow, the almond makes an appearance and builds into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with buoyant carbonation

Overall: I am going against the grain here but I loved this beer - really unusual, too, and that bumps the score for me

Photo of vfgccp
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Great looking beer. Deep raspberry ice tea body with a lightly off-pink head. Great retention and lace.

S - Watery nose. Rose water, rubber erasers, dried plants and hazel nuts.

T - Wow. Much better than the nose. Black cherries, seltzer water, blackberries, earthy noble hops, and a really nice blanched almond backend.

M -Likely syrupy, medium-full frame.

O - Surprisingly strong, and surprisingly pleasant almond flavor.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pinkish to orange-ish color with a lighter pink to off white head. In the aroma, a sweet fruity nuttiness. In the taste, dryer nuttiness with a small dry cherry presence under that. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry nuttiness and hints of cherry in the aftertaste. Quite nutty, but balanced with the small sweet cherries.

Photo of spoony
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a paper-wrapped 375 ml bottle into a wine glass.

A-The brew pours a unique color that reminds me of cherries and cranberries. It is mostly clear, but dark in color, so it does not let much light through. The head is nearly two fingers of light pink foam. The head gets a bit rocky, but the retention is good.

S-I smell a lot of lightly tart cherries; they are not sour like in a kriek, but a touch tart, nonetheless. The alcohol is noticeable, and fruity and sweet. A doughy malt lies underneath and combines with what I assume is the almond to give off a vaguely sweet scent like malted milk.

T-The taste tracks the smell with tart-but-not-sour cherries, bread dough, sweetness, and a lightly-creamy, malted milk note. The flavors are a little disjointed, but I sort of enjoyed them.

M-The feel is pretty creamy with the long-lasting head contributing to the softness on the palate.

O-This brew is not "beer-as-marzipan" but I kind of liked it as an middle-ground alternative to gooey-sweet cheery beers or tart, nearly dry kriek/lambics. Cherries are obvious, but the almonds are more concealed and result in a strange sweetness that was unlike other beers I have ever tasted. I could see drinking this during the holidays, but a steady diet of this beer might get old.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pink tinted head and body more cherry brown hues in the body with hints of glowing amber....fine bubbled Belgian style lacing. Aroma has tart cherries malt forward bread and a mild nutty finish. It's one you sip when you really taste the almond skins, and earthiness with tart cherries in the finish complex fine ale I'm glad this was my locals last bottle. Brewed at De Proef, you can smell and taste the BELGIAN influence here friends. Earthy cherry cider with hints of almond think a high class amaretto liquor blended in your favorite Belgian sour ale. Mouthfeel is fine with the carbonation light flowing bubbles with a textured hint of syrup from residual sugars left behind in fermentation overall classic sour ale, I'm glad Mikkeller showed that he does have some finesse.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper-brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet caramel malts, cherries, almonds, and some bready malts.

T - Sweet caramel and biscuity malts, cherries with a touch of sourness, almonds, some residual sugars.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming finish.

D - Nice fruit beer. Good overall balance and mouthfeel.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super cool beer, like no other that i am aware of in existance. it has a pleasant pale pink color to it, with majorly active carbonation accumulating a few inches of bubbly almost see through head. the nose is more cherry than anything, yeasty too, with a saison sort of wildness to it, and an essentially nonexistant malt smell and taste. the almonds kind of vill the void left by the light malt, adding a unique and not so subtle nutty quality, with almost a vanilla and wood essence, although the cherry is the star of the show here, not sweet, not tart, just very flavorful and ripe. the yeast ties everything together, and the alcohol is barely there. it has a mouthfeel like champagne, effervescent, light, semisweet, but dry also. could gladly drink a bunch of these, which i rarely say of a fruit beer. classic stuff from mikkeller here, worth the price (i hate to say), of 15 odd bucks for a 12.7oz. bottle. its too interesting to pass up. also a beer your non hop loving girlfriend might get into...

Photo of TheBrewo
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served on tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a snifter glowing a reddish cider coloring. It held a film of a white head, leaving creamy spots of lacing as the beverage disappeared. There was a thick haze throughout, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared active. The aroma gave pale and chalky grain, light grassy hops, and juicy cherry sweetness. With warmth came additional sweetness of candied apples, brown sugared walnuts, honey, and cooked caramel maltiness. White wine grape musk added sourness to the blend. Our first impression was that there was surprising bitterness to the front, but with a nicer feel and froth accompanying the finish. As we sipped, red apples with a lightly browned quality, big sugary juiciness, cooked brown sugar malts, warming cinnamon, and lactic creaminess started things. The swallow came to a peak of raw honey sugars and green apple skin pucker to balance, with must and mineral water to pull to the finish. Here we were met with paler malts, caramel saltiness, raw cinnamon stick, stark metallic yeastiness, and more and more funky bitterness to the yeast as it warmed. The aftertaste breathed of almond skins, fermented apple bitterness, light oakiness, vanilla bean metallics, and all the dryness, muskiness, and bitter grapeability of a long forgotten Chardonnay in the back of your dusty cellar. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was higher. There was decent slurp and smack to the sip, with better froth and cream on the follow through of the swallow. Booze dried the tongue with a cooling air, following an initially wet coating. The abv is appropriate, and while this was definitely more of a sipper, it was refreshing by the end.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the feel, which was actually quite dynamic. At the start things felt a bit thin, which isn’t helped by the tugging pucker of the fruit and musk. By the end of the swallow, however, there was great froth and foam to the back of the throat, helping bolster not only the body, but the fullness of the flavoring. The sourness was also a nice surprise, helping to not only cut, but to help curb that inherent heavy sugariness to the fruit. This is an interesting beer to try, but not something we would reach for every day.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a paper-wrapped 375mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Brewed at De Proef Bouwerj. Stamped 8891208.

A: A careless pour nets an overflux of lightly pinkish head which I'm compelled to siphon away. The beer is clear golden-brown, the color of unfiltered honey. Heavy, sticky lacing.

S: This smells like something, though what I could not say. No, wait, it actually smells like Heineken. Ugh.

T/M: The head taste great! Light yeast, tart cherries, and a subtle aftertaste of amaretto. The beer is similar, with a light tang and noticeable almond flavor. The beer is smooth and light, almost wine-like. The finish is moreish and smackworthy.

O: I really enjoyed this Mikkeller effort, and don't really understand the low ratings. I would have another, recommend, and generally approve. Well-made and interesting!

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Note: This bottle is about 1 year old, kept in cold fridge

Pours a dark pink with pinkish white head. Foamed up to about 2 fingers, laced a bit as it drank.

Aroma of black cherries, Bing cherries, soft biscuit and some nuttiness.

Flavors are just as the nose. Cherries and nuts. The fruit isn't all up in yo face, and the sweetness is subtle. The almonds tame this down a bit and give a smoothness. Quite the contrast to those fruit beers that use syrups.

Feels a tad flat. A bit more bubble would help liven up that smoothness on the end.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip. Best before date is 31/08/14 on the back of the bottle.

A - red-amber hued beer, slightly cloudy, with a fluffy tan head that erupts fairly large, and then dissipates quickly leaving some head around the edge of the glass and some thin contiguous lacing

S - sweet fruit on the nose; hard to place as it's intermingled with some cakey malt, perhaps sour cherry

T - definitely some sour cherry notes in the initial attack, and less of a sweet malt finish than I would have expected. It's slightly tart in the finish with cherry and gooseberry without a significant malt breakthrough. More subtle and sour than I had expected. This does change slightly as it warms and it becomes a bit richer and sweeter in the finish.

M - light medium body with medium carbonation. No hint of alcohol at all, which is impressive given it's an 8% beer.

Not quite what I expected, as I was thinking this would be a "sweet pudding" beer, with a hint of almonds, but I couldn't find them, and instead the overall flavor was powered large by sour cherry notes. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but somewhat less complex than I had expected. It did improve with some warming, so don't be shy about letting it sit for a while. A decent Christmas beer, but not one that will keep you warm at night.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours a beautiful deep ruby with huge off white head. Great lacing. Hazy body.
S: Spot on what the label says. Notes of sliced almonds and cherries are easily detected. Seems to get a tad nuttier as it warms. Kinds reminds me of cherrie pie.
T: very complex. The tart cherries are evident throughout and plays nicely with the almond overtones. Slightly bittersweet finish. Interesting to say the least.
M: Kudos! Thick and creamy. Very smooth. Fair amount of cabonation. It's got an above average body.
O: interesting brew. I dig the cherry/almond nose a lot, but can't quite decide on the taste. Seems to get more sour/tart as it warms, but I feels it need a little more sweetness. Worth a try, but not sure I will keep coming back to it.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Timmermans Flute glass. Enjoyed on jul´12 -funny no-planned tasting session in good company at the Freiburg- (Thanks to Robert -the best nose on this side of the bar- & Manolo –deluxe barman). Pours bright reddish amber, cherry-like to the light. Chill haze. White crown. Nice spots & fairly good retention. Aromas of rice, lactis, vanilla, berries & green almond. Funny sweet maltiness & raspberry hues. Low hoppiness. Gentle & refreshing sensation. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Watery but flavorful texture. Undelying warming alcohol masked by fruitness in the middle. Mildy toasted malty & sweet finish. Well balanced beer.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2011 release. Pours lightly hazy reddish orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of cherry skin, cherry juice, toast, biscuit, caramel, earth, nuttiness, herbal, and light yeast spiciness. Pretty nice and pleasant aromas, but they are a bit weak. Taste of cherry juice, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, caramel, herbal, earth, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, earth, herbal, pepper, and light yeast spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of malty fruit flavors with peppery spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick, syrupy, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian style fruit beer. Nice balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Very pleasant and enjoyable offering.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an odd looking pour - a deep ruby in color with 2 fingers of foamy off white head and great lacing from it. very subtle scent of cherry.. somw wine like grape smell as well, not really getting much else out of it. tastes fruity sweet up front, definitely tasting cherries (tart) with an almond paste (marzipan) backbone... i LOVE marzipan! as far as fruit beers go, i've had better cherry flavored ones (belgian red, cerise, hanami ale), however this one is unique with its slight nuttyness in the background.
medium body with a nice creamy feel to it, low carbonation makes for a very easy pour down the hatch. slightly tart as well, which makes you a bit thirstier!

this is my first beer from mikkeller, and i'm not ALL THAT impressed. i was expecting a lot more almond flavor, but i don't really taste it. it does come in a cool looking bottle though with a fancy white paper wrap around. we'll see how their other beers pull through.

Photo of dansmcd
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Unusual colour, dark pink peach/blodd orange flesh with a thin head and snall fine sheets of lacing.

S - Cherry, bread, vanilla, cream, nuts. Not too powerful but complex.

T - Nice measure of tartness, sour cherry, ginger, almond. Well balanced.

M - Low carbonation, too low it would seem for the style. Light to medium body.

O - Great idea from the gypsy. Worth a go as a desert beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy garnet red with orange highlights in color and some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy pinkish off-white head that has great retention properties - the head reduces to a thick film and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of sour cherries along with a strong presence of almonds. Slightly sweet with some extremely light amounts of funkiness.

T: The beer starts out kind of sweet with some cherry fruit, then the cherry sourness takes over. The almond presence comes out in the finish with some light bitterness. There is a very slight amount of funk and vinous notes.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth which is unexpected for the style.

O: Very unique in appearance with an unusual combination of flavors that was successful. Enjoyable and I'm really glad that I tried this one even if it is not the easiest to drink.

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light pink/beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a small head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of almonds and cherries in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some malty sweetness.
M: The feels medium-bodied and very smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer hides its alcohol and has some nice flavors that make this an interesting beer to sip.

Photo of biboergosum
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle. Brewed with cherries and almonds, though you would have to decipher the Danish-only labeling on the bottles shipped to Canada to know that. Not Mikkeller's fault, however, the distributor, WTF?

This beer pours a cloudy, sediment-specked medium orange-amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky pink-tinged head, which leaves some crooked webbed lacing around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells mildly of sauced cherries, and a bit of caramel maltiness - nothing very much to reel you in. Anyways, the taste is sugared sour cherries, bready caramel malt, some earthy woody notes, perhaps a but nutty, but indistinct at that, and a very subtle gurgling booziness.

The bubbles are not present in any appreciable amount, the body a dodgy medium weight, and a bit too cloying to deserve any smoothness accolades. It finishes off-dry, the seemingly artificially sweetened cherries still running the show, tempered mostly by an herbal hop dryness.

After the initial sleuthing required to determine just what this beer is intended to be, I anticipated the almond adjunct greatly - would it be straight ahead oily nuttiness? Some nice marzipan notes? Nope, just a muddled, if inoffensive and ambitious, example of a fruit beer. Not really worth the $10+ this goes for around here.

Photo of redleaves
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Funny red color, never seen a beer that's red, amber and cloudy all at the same time. Lots of yeast came through even on a careful pour. Nose isn't really there, I expected more than a light grain smell. Taste is wonderful, cherries but not tart, I think this is thanks to the almonds. Others say they don't taste the almonds but the creamy edge the cherries get is from that. I'm glad I drank this for dessert though. Very full flavor, amaretto, caramel, and grain. Like a cake of some sort. Carbonation is perfect full enough to keep off any cloying sweetness, no detectable hops apart from offsetting sweetness, but maybe that's the almonds. Well done, my first mikkeller due to the prices but this one is certainly worth it!

Photo of tobelerone
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems like I liked this one a bit more than the community as a whole; it’s pretty simple, easy drinking, and went well with pizza after a long and tough day on all accounts.

Pink-hued body, nearly clear, smallish head that falls pretty quickly. Spritzy carbonation, light body; thin cherry tartness; both sweet and sour aspects are fairly restrained. Almonds are nearly undetectable, which was unfortunate, would have liked to taste them a lot more assertively. Cherry is stronger in the nose than in the taste. Almonds emerge very subtly in the slightly bitter finish. Refreshing but a little forgettable; my biggest complaint about this beer is probably the 7-8 dollar price tag; if this was a 2 dollar beer I’d buy it often. It’s not going to blast your tastebuds with cherries, sourness, or anything else; perhaps a bit watery overall. I still liked it.

Photo of wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into tulip 12/3/12

A murky pinky orange with a slightly pink foam two fingers deep, just enough clarity too see loads of pin prick bubbles feeding the foam that leaves random spider web lacing

S smell like a nutty cherry tootsie roll, that's the best description my mind can grasp

T some earthy twiggy notes that I just can't place with a little tea bag perhaps on top of the nutty cherry tootsie roll I could smell, I wont lie I don't quite understand this one but its decent

M slight heat, a little sticky and sweet, slightly sour and a little syrupy

O something different that's for sure, not really sure what this brew is supposed to be but I didn't mind it

like I just mentioned I really don't know what type of beer this is but I found it interesting nonetheless, I won't be stocking up on this one but it was worth a shot

Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil.

Appearance is a light red with pink head. Its` nose has strawberry, malts, a few spices. An interesting aroma, but very fruity and sweet. Taking a sip and I taste strawberry, some raspberry, a bit of sourness . Mouthfeel is medium, some carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid beer and one that I would recommend ordering for a girlfriend that enjoys rose champagne.

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Ris A La M'ale from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.