Ris A La M'ale - Mikkeller ApS
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4.83/5 rDev +35.7%
Received this bottle as a gift. The beer is a dark red with medium carbonation. The smell is mostly of cherries. Flavor is quite unique. I was expecting an intense supplication type cherry flavor, but this is a more subtle cherry flavor, with the malt characteristics still coming through. The almonds are not immediately identifiable, but it definitely gives the beer a new dimension. I highly recommend this beer.
12-27-2011 16:58:48 | More by BNodes
4.58/5 rDev +28.7%
12.7 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Dark red/orange color with a pinkish 3 finger head that was sudsy like soap. The head does not dissipate, leaving thick rings of lacing on the side of the glass. Excellent carbonation.
Smell: Very sweet, but mild. The smell is my least favorite thing about the beer, but I like it the way it is. If it had a stronger smell, there might be too many cherries for my liking. The alcohol smell is very subtle, it's in there but hiding.
Taste: Simple yet complex--This beer changed my views on cherry beers. It was not over the top with any flavors, it's really enjoyable. I would like to try this dessert to compare the flavors. I slightly taste the almonds, some citrus, & sweet malt--And obviously the sour cherries. The taste was amazing.
Mouthfeel: Oh so smooth & creamy, perfectly carbonated.
Drinkability: Outstanding drinkiabilty, it doesn't feel like I am drinking a 8% ABV beer. I wish I had several of these to drink on Christmas Eve to share with friends & family.
Pick this up if you have the chance, it's worth a try. I thought it was worth the $8.49 I paid for it.
12-23-2010 08:46:47 | More by Jake1605
4.5/5 rDev +26.4%
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.
01-02-2012 05:06:24 | More by trixdout
4.35/5 rDev +22.2%
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!
03-19-2012 05:06:59 | More by redleaves
4.3/5 rDev +20.8%
A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a two finger foam off-white head that stays around.The head laces the glass nicely throughout
S: The smell is close to a very clean Belgian, but with a little less yeast esters present on the nose. Almost reminiscent of a sparkling champagne. I was really hoping for some of the cherries and almonds to come through in the smell, but sadly none that I could detect.
T: It has a very smooth and tactful cherry flavor. Very well balanced. I was a expecting less due to the smell, but the taste full delivered better than I was hoping.
M: Incredibly smooth and well rounded. Light-to-medium mouth-feel. Flavor really gets all around the mouth
O: I'm a huge Mikkeller stout fan and got this one on a whim... and I continue to be impressed by another style of Mikkeller. The only thing I would change is the smell to be more accompanying to the flavor.
06-08-2011 03:18:10 | More by codsmith
4.29/5 rDev +20.5%
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
09-20-2013 22:47:19 | More by brentk56
4.21/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
05-04-2013 01:09:52 | More by WVbeergeek
4.16/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
01-31-2013 04:00:51 | More by ngeunit1
4.1/5 rDev +15.2%
This poured out on tap at the Trapp Door, it gives off a reddish orange color with a decent looking head on top. The head fades and just leaves a slight ring around the glass. The smell of this beer reminded me of sweet apple cider and some spice. The taste is also sweet and spicy, really nice for a finisher or a night cap. The mouthfeel has a medium body to it along with a light carbonation. Overall I feel that Mikkeller strikes again with another really interesting brew. I can people not enjoying this but if you have it at the proper time of the day I feel that it will not the spot. I would be interested in having this one again some day.
11-23-2011 00:38:48 | More by Knapp85
4.05/5 rDev +13.8%
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...
01-26-2013 20:19:54 | More by StonedTrippin
4.03/5 rDev +13.2%
Thanks to urbancaver on this wonderful spring afternoon.
A-bronze in color with almost a pink head
S-lots of cherries and a slight bit if almonds
T-tastes alot like it smells. Cherries up front and almonds in the finish
M-medium bodied and smooth with an almond after taste.
D-very drinkable. Gone in no time.
02-18-2011 21:28:11 | More by brew3crew
4.03/5 rDev +13.2%
I'm starving!! Must...write....quickly....Pours a vibrant and beautiful red tinted with orange. It pours a huge, soapy head that slowly crumbles into a half=finger of persistent, white beauty. Sheets of lacing and well carbonated to boot!! So far a winner. Sour cherry dominates the nose, as one would expect from this ale-take on a European X-Mas time dessert that's topped with cherries!!! Some crisp yeast and malt notes in there too, like wheat. Some citrus of the tangerine persuasion also. Very nice. Flavor is a wonderful, tangy melding of cherry, wheat-like malt characteristics, and some cask-like notes - maybe a hint of char way in the back. Weird, unexpected and altogether fantastic. The middle is more of these evolving flavors that work together rather than against each other. Finish is super long and very dry - like a desert. Delicious but also quite expensive at $8.99/375ml bottle. Worth every penny that you find behind the cushions of your couch, though.
What I like most: Pretty much everything.
What I like least: The price, and that's 'bout it.
Verdict: A unique and delicious must-find, folks. Maybe beg Santa for some.
12-17-2010 03:09:52 | More by SolomonGrundy
Ris A La M'ale from Mikkeller ApS
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