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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
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
1.41/5  rDev -60.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -14%
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.

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 glid02
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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 Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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 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 thagr81us
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

All right.... $9 at the COOP... and I already read the first review... What am I doing spending this kind of cash on one bottle of questionable quality? Oh well... Inflatablechair and I shared some brews tonight... neither of us thought it was terrible, just pretty ordinary.

Foamy 1/2" head is definitely pink tinged... sorta deep orange with a slight reddish hue... nice and clear except on the final pour .. descent cap and only splotches of lace.

Nose is a bit bland, but I swear I pick up on almonds... the cherry is there but muted and still seems like sweet cherries which sometime seem artificial in brews... sorta like the cherry in cherry cough drops aroma.... not bad... just not good.

Not much of a base beer flavor at all... maybe some toasty malt notes.... the cherry is bigger on the palate, but still seems a little artificial.. not getting the almonds really... a bit of minor cherry Ludens on the finish..

Body is an okay lite/medium.. the carbonation is abundant yet small bubble and still pretty smooth ...

Sam says it is like a fruited slightly sweet saison attempt.... I guess I can see that... but I think it is really just an attempt at something different that sorta fell flat on most fronts.

This brew actually really improved with alot of warmth... It's been open now for a couple hours and I'm polishing off the last cup or so, and it is okay.

3.5/3/3/4/3

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 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 ejyoung
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks really nice - a ruby red color with tons of off white creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Small amount fruit in the nose, mostly just some kind of metallic type smell. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste is about the same - metallic with some tartness. Maybe some cherry flavor, but fairly minor. The tartness is kind of nice, but this isn't what I expected.

Medium body with a low amount of carbonation.

Not impressed overall. It sounded delicious, but the taste doesn't live up to the name.

Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jon, 375ml into a snifter. Civic day tasting.

Poured a murky reddish brown, lighter pink head with an orange tinge to it. Ridiculous sheets of lacing, sticky and spotty. Nose is cherry, subdued in most respects. Light almond-like qualities, a flatter sweetness that I can't really put my finger on. Slight nutty notes. Taste has a nice mix of cherry and less almond notes; sweet cherry flesh and lightly saccharine. Some dryness in the finish. Clean, sweet and a medium-low carbonation. A bit sticky. Not outstanding, but pretty solid - some good flavours to be found here.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle thanks to Finewinemike

Poured into a goblet at fridge temperature

A- Pours a nice clear dark reddish brown with a fluffy 2 finger pinkish white head that sticks around like a cloud on the beer. Leaves a good amount of slow moving sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Pale bready malts up front with a slight cherry sweetness in there. Slight nuttiness from the almonds but hard to pick out. Smell like a real light beer more than anything.

T- Real thick and creamy malts up front and definitely some rice in there. Tastes just like ris a la mande when it's still in your mouth but after it goes down the bitter dark cherry comes out and sticks with you in the back of your throat. Not really getting to much nut like flavors unfortunately and has some slight metal like skunk to it.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a really nice slight bitter dry finish.

Overall this beer really hits home with me and been pumped to try it since it came out. Every year since i was little at christmas my family makes Ris a la mande as a dessert because my family is danish. So when i heard about this I had to get it. I have to say Mikkeller definitely did a good job with this beer for what the dessert actually is and how plain it is. It was a nice touch adding the almond and cherry in there. I could understand never having the dessert and not really liking or understanding this beer.

SkÅL!

Photo of GbVDave
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a synthetic cork and caged (and paper wrapped) 375ml bottle into a Mikkeller long stemmed tulip.

Back label code: 7511008

A: Pours a deep dark pink with two fingers of light pink meringue on top. Retention was excellent as was the lacing. Carbonation was somewhat active.

S: Cherries and almonds. As it warmed, it began to smell a bit like a cherry almond torte. I also picked up on some mildly Saison-ish spicing that, sadly, wasn't more in the forefront.

T: Pretty agreeable cherry flavor. I think the almonds actually tone down what could've been overly bright cherry. Once again, Saison spices lurking in the background with a bit of sweet malt.

M: The sweetness of a fruit beer with the spicy dryness of a Saison. Finishes dry and a bit peppery. Astringent spiciness cleanses the tongue of any remnants of fruit.

D: After glancing at kkipple's review score (KRS) for this I braced myself for a truly horrifying experience...and I was pleasantly surprised. Not quite sure what Mikkel was going for with this (an after holiday dinner dessert beer?) but I enjoyed it. This actually would function quite well as a stomache settler after a gut-busting Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinner. Relatively light with almost non-existant alcohol presence.

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 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 trixdout
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.

Another Mikkeller and I think this has got to be my favorite fruit/vegetable beer to date.

Appearance - is a light ruby red color, almost a reddish gold, definitely a little haze, some carbonation rising from the bottom center of the Duvel Tulip. After harshly pouring it into the tulip a 3.5 finger head developed that was quite frothy snow-white head and left quite a cob-web-like lace all over.

Smell - I got quite a sinus issue so my smell is not all that great. I get tons of cherries and some floral notes, but can't seem to find the almonds or any other aromas.

Taste - Now this is where the fun begins. Right out the gate, the brew gives you a smack to the face with a vibrant/rich like lemon taste that is not sour at all, next you get a breeze of butterscotch as the brew goes down. As soon as that butterscotch vanishes, an unsalted butter comes into play which could be from the almonds. In the finish, there is quite an earthy sensation as well as some floral aspects to that butter. There is even some tartness, but it's almost hidden thanks to that earthy taste.

Mouthfeel - Initially it is very vibrant and rich, and quickly changes to a creamy/buttery brew. Quite dry in the end, but also mouth watering.

Overall - Would definitely get it again, but the price of $8.99 kind of throws me off. Maybe at around $5.99-6.99 it would be a good purchase.

Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Trapp Door, Emmaus, PA

Poured a hazy orange-red with a small layer of off-white bubbles straggling on the top; no real head/retention/lacing to speak of. Tart aroma of ripe fruits, bready yeast, and light sugars. Taste was...not quite as good as I'd expect from the description, really. Sweet sugars up front, melded with bready yeast, tones of subdued cherries, over-ripe melon, and perhaps a touch of almond essence as an afterthought. Medium-bodied, chewy, a bit filmy. Maybe good for a one-time glass, but not something I'd see myself getting again.

Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz green papered, caged, and synthetic corked bottle.

It pours a beaut of a color. It is a clear orangeish magentaish red with a big foamy white head. The head sticks for a good while and leaves some very nice lacing.

The smell is very subtle. It smells like a cherry desert with marzipan, almond extract, cherries, and pastry. Along with it is what seems to be noble hops, but the hops are zesty, citrusy, and herbal and they complement the sweet cherries very nicely. I'm surprised, but the smell is right on.

The flavor is also very nice. It has a surprising bitterness again form the hops. The cherries really shine here though. They are sweet with a hint of tartness and blend with the malts like a danish pastry, often times kringle will be sold with almond so it seems like a good fit, but the almond doesn't come out as much in the flavor in the very aftertaste you get that nutty flavor but it seems a bit faint. I think the hops drown it out.

All in all it is a solid Mikkeller offering. He probably could have gone without the flavoring and bittering hops, but the aroma hops worked great.

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 TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a yellow Solo cup.

New Year's Eve is beginning to run down now, and I need something to purge my mouth of the Infinium. Let's try some fruit! It pours a mostly clear ruby topped by a thick helping of ecru foam. The nose comprises wheat, cherries, walnuts, and some light cedar. The taste finds the cherries watered down, the walnuts slightly more ascendant, and a large contingent of hard water moving in from the East. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, this was not as good as I was hoping (I couldn't easily finish the cup), though I still don't think it's as bad as others have said. Bottom line: a failed experiment in creating a marzipan beer.

Photo of womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this fine beverage.

A: It looks pretty. Pours a slightly hazed amber/orange with a minimal off-white head forming.

S: Smells mostly like yeast with a slight tartness. A lot of sugar notes and something that might even be described as corn. I don't really get either the cherries or the almonds.

T: Quite metallic on the flavor. There is no almond and no cherry flavor, but I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. There is a bit of a creaminess and tartness on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium level of carbonation.

O: For a beer advertised as being brewed with cherries and almonds, it falls severely short since it exhibits neither. It also doesn't taste very good.

Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a slightly reddish amber orange color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, showcasing sprite, orange citrus and light cherry. The flavors replicate the nose fairly closely, though its a bit light and watery. There's also something of a metallic taste on the finish that I don't understand and don't really like. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and as already noted, it has something of a watery finish. Drinkability is OK, but this beer just isn't interesting or fun enough to be called very drinkable. Mehhh...

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