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Ris A La M'ale - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 189
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 23.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kkipple on 11-05-2010

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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pinkish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the cherries with a little bit of toffee mixed in. The aroma has some grain notes as well as some almond and cherry aspects. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not sure what Mikkeller was trying to do with this beer, but this is not up to their usual standards.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells interesting - light malts with a good deal of ripe and slightly tart cherries. Also present are hints of nuttiness, but it's not something I'd associate with almonds specifically.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of slightly tart cherry flavors. Midway through the sip the yeast cleans things up a bit and smooths out the flavor profile as the cherry flavors fade and it becomes more like a BSPA. Near the end of the sip hints of shaved almond flavors come into play, quickly fading into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have any problems finishing this beer however I'm not sure about another.

Overall the cherries and almonds were not as intense as I was expecting and the base beer was actually quite good - it reminded me slightly of USAlive. Worth seeking out for curiousity's sake but don't get your hopes up.

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Photo of acurtis
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of azkkr
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sure its real cherry. Pink lace and head and pink lace is the outstanding appearance characteristic. A little sourness and lots of maltiness. The cherry is overwhelmed by smelling and tasting by its malting.
Jon's bottle.Ok drinakbility, bit what I can expect from a cherry beer is not delivered.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Infamous7100
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle was purchased after, yes after seeing kipple's review of it. Also a BM was sent to him to let him know what I had done. Haha! Served from bottle into a Delerium Tremens snifter. Poured a hazy deep blood red with a two finger light pink head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of only sweet malt and sour cherries. The flavor was of sweet malt, almonds (duh!), fermented cherries (duh!), and slight saison spices as it warmed up. It had a medium feel on the palate with mid-high carbonation. Overall.... This one was quite interesting, but not as bad as kipple made it out to be. However, I must say, my palate took a beating on this one. Just so many flavors that lingered well after your sip. I'm honestly just glad that I don't have to melt down my snifter to get rid of the flavor that I was expecting to forever tarnish it. I followed this beer with a world-class hefe to get the flavor out of my mouth. At least this one had AWESOME lacing and a decent mouthfeel though.... Gotta look at your positives.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- First off....the lacing is incredible, with super thick foamy clouds of tight bubbles all over the glass, after the off white head dissipates slightly. The color of the brew is slightly pinkish copper and is relatively clear. There is some yeast and sediment suspended within the liquid....pretty decent overall!

S- Malty overtones with slight hints of raspberry and other fieldberry blended in there....perhaps some blackberry and/or blueberry. It's a rather refreshing in the smell and there's just a hint of hop bitterness on the finish.

T- There is a distinctly fruit profile happening here, with mellow tartness that reminds me of raspberry and/or strawberry, perhaps some mild cranberry, with notes of apricot kernel and just a nice jammy/marmalade flavor of sorts. There is a biscuit like quality from the yeast and the hop presence is mild but there.

M/O- Creamy texture with mild carbonation and almost dessert like, this is a rather enjoyable beer and a nice proper example of a fruit infused ale! The alcohol is super well hidden and this rivals the best coolers out there....a great summer sipper! I would definitely seek this out again and will pick up more than one if given the chance again!

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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Ris A La M'ale from Mikkeller ApS
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