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Ris A La M'ale - Mikkeller ApS

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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kkipple on 11-05-2010)
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South Carolina

1.43/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

So there I was, hands in my pockets, whistling in the aisles at Green's when Joe sticks his bearded, managerial face out from the stacks. "Hey Kkipple! We just got in a new beer from Mikkeller, check it out!". I do and see an odd, paper-wrapped bottle sitting smugly on the shelf. Upon inquiring as to its deliciousness, Joe simply shrugs and offers the following words that were soon to change my life: "It's not on BA yet."

Well. I'm a sucker for three things: Beers foreign to BA and paper-wrapped bottles. Actually there is a third thing, which is <redacted> So a mere $8.99 later, I am the proud owner of a bottle of Ris a la M'ale. It's advertised as being brewed with cherries and almonds. What will those mad Mikkeller kids think up next?

Two days later, during a Halloween Hair of the Dog tasting, the paper was removed, and the beer poured into three flute glasses for the Tasting Pleasure (TP) of myself, Todes and bobby8405 from the Florida Gang (FG).

Ris a la M'ale pours... well, it poured. It sat in our glasses an ugly pink-red, vaguely Pepto-Bismolesque and hazy. A low, floppy white head left a small amount of lace in the glass. This wasn't pretty. At all.

Well maybe it smells... oh no. No no no no no no. Screaming no. Please don't touch me there no. The table let out a collective, staggered gag as we recoiled our noses from the horrific Ris a la M'poop. Words that were bandied about included: stomach acid, burnt plastic, tires, alkaline, stale cherry, "no almond whatsoever", and "worse than Triple Bock" (or Black Xantus, if you're Arbitrator.) It is barely possible to overstate just how vile, how unappealing, how opposite of good this beer smells. It's all bad sour and terribly, terribly wrong, much like that time you played 30 seconds in Heaven with that brunette in middle school who had the swollen tonsils. Such a let down, plus you got sick the next day.

The flavor is, thank Zeus, not as hideous as the nose, but there is still nothing to recommend here. A fish-eyed vague, watery sour cherry, a nasty herbal tongue-stab, a bizarre salty (yes, salty) finish that has you reaching for your water - all this and more await should you taste the perilous Ris a la M'crap.

Mouthfeel is thin, moderately carbonated, and, frankly Jim, poopy. This is not drinkable. All three of us seasoned vets drain poured it after a few sad, wincing sips.

Mikkel, I love you (heteroly) but there is no reason for this beer to exist. A bad bottle? Possibly. I'd rather eat the paper this thing comes in than try it again though. All but masochists need not apply. I cannot warn you away enough so I'll simply say: if you ignore my pleadings, you drink this at your own peril.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:20:58 | More by kkipple
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Ris A La M'ale from Mikkeller ApS
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