Ris A La M'ale - Mikkeller ApS
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3.25/5 rDev -8.7%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark red color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: A somewhat subdued smell that was dominated by malt and cherries.
T: Tasted of cherries and malt, but for the most part was thin and mild. This is very surprising, as usually fruit beers are dominated by their advertised fruit.
M: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
D: This is a beer with some good qualities, but quite a few deficiencies. Not undrinkable, but not great either.
02-01-2011 03:23:50 | More by avalon07
3.23/5 rDev -9.3%
12.7FL. OZ into flute
A- Slightly hazy dingy reddish color with a three finger off white head that leaves super sticky, chunky lacing.
S- Almonds and cherry syrup. I'm getting a touch of alcohol. There is the slightest hint of chocolate.
T- Chocolate covered cherries, cherry syrup (think watered down maraschino) the almonds come through in a quite artificial sense. Fairly bland tasting, everything is basically coasting through together.
M- Over carbonated, slightly syrupy.
O- I didn't realize that this is based loosely on Ris Ala Mande (Danish Rice Pudding) until I bought it and did some google-fu. This is a novel idea, looks ok, smells good but the taste is just missing it's mark. I think if you had tart cherries and cut back on the syrup this would stick out.
01-28-2012 22:59:56 | More by korguy123
3.2/5 rDev -10.1%
This curious looking paper wrapped bottle caught my attention enough to make its way home with me.
Pours a hazy dark red bordering on brown with a huge fluffy and bubbly white head with a pinkish tinge. Smells of tart cherries and lightly sweet malt. Some cough medicine aroma and a touch of alcohol in there just to round it all out. Taste is sweet and tart, I mostly pick up the tart cherries and some darker crystal malt sweetness. Finish is kind of dry but leaves a long lingering syrupy sweetness on the palette. Medium high level of carbonation makes the mouthfeel bubbly with lots of sticky syrup. Medium body. Meh! I really wanted to like this one cherries and almond sound like a great combo in a brown beer base. Sadly this one while not offensive just isn't all that exciting. At 9 dollars for roughly 12 ounces of beer this is one and done.
12-12-2010 03:22:40 | More by johnnnniee
3.15/5 rDev -11.5%
375ml bottle into a pint glass.
A: cloudy orange with red hues; ample amounts of thick, white head. Good retention, strong sticky lace.
S: fruity cherries, sweet almonds. Very subtle overall, hard to detect much else.
T: fruity throughout but not overly sweet. Tartness shows up halfway thru, a touch nutty at the end. Aftertaste isn't nearly as pleasant with bitterness and another flavor I can't quite finger lingering after it goes down.
M: medium-bodied & active, pairs well with the brew.
D: very drinkable forits strength, but this funky aftertaste is keeping me from wanting more.
01-26-2011 06:12:23 | More by brystmar
3.15/5 rDev -11.5%
Poured this into a tulip. The pour is murky red, kind of a pink grapefruit color with a big bubbly head with a pink tint that reduces to a solid layer of foam with runny lacing. The aroma is kind of weak. A little bit of tart cherries to the nose. But it seems it would be a blend of fresh cherries as well as artificial cherry flavored syrup. Like the stuff used to make an Italian Soda or something to that nature. It's not offensive or anything but it's kind of boring. The taste, who'd of thunk it that there would be a bit more cherries to pop up here? Mostly a kind of tart cherry flavor to start that sweetens out. No almond detected so by now I'm wondering what that brings to the table. Again, it's enjoyable just kind of boring. The mouthfeel isn't bad at all, good carbonation and a nice light body that I would want from a beer like this. Overall the drinkability isn't bad. I'm putting this one down pretty well but for the most park I feel like this one lacks depth. Certainly a unique and sound effort.
12-03-2010 02:35:30 | More by Bendurgin
3.13/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
11-19-2010 07:08:31 | More by JohnGalt1
3.1/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
01-06-2011 22:44:06 | More by TMoney2591
3.1/5 rDev -12.9%
12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Fort Collins Brewery pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Points off for the green glass; Mikkel knows better than that. Reviewed live. Acquired at Wilbur's in Fort Collins, Colorado.
A: Pours a three finger head of light pink colour, hardly any cream, okay thickness, and good retention. Colour is a murky cloudy light gold-pink. It's interesting, but I don't know that I'd call it appealing.
Sm: Heavy cherry fruit ester hops alongside a moderate amount of yeast. The almonds come through as well when I look for them; elsewise I'd describe it generally as 'nutty'. The cherry in particular is very appealing. A mild to moderate strength aroma.
T: Heavy cherry is the first thing that hits me, but it's clean and fermented - not at all syrupy or artificial. The finish is bit thin on the yeast and features the dying cherry esters, which are too sweet for the third act balance. No alcohol comes through. Overall, it's a bit simple. I search for the almonds and find them deep in the layering. I'm a bit disappointed by the simple build, but the flavour is refreshing if understated, and certainly pleasant. I do like it, I just expected more from Mikkeller.
Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours nicely. It is, however, entirely too thin - perhaps its main weakness. The tradeoff is likely for drinkability, but I don't know that it was one worth making.
Dr: Highly drinkable, but lacking in full flavour. It comes off rather bland. I wouldn't even describe it as subtle. Very boring compared to other Mikkeller beers. I'm disappointed. Priced horribly as a result of its poor quality. I wouldn't have this again.
12-29-2011 06:36:42 | More by kojevergas
3.1/5 rDev -12.9%
This opaque ale is iridescent, ruddy brown with a creamy head that turns rocky and lasts a long while, allowing one to notice the subtlety between off white and light pink coloration. When all is done, a sticky coating is left on the glass.
This has a fruity aroma with some sourness of fermented cherries. There is really not much going on here.
Oddly earthy flavors with faint cherry tartness. Bitterness follows long into the finish.
The carbonation is modest in this astringent beer with a medium body.
While worth trying with food, this beer is just average. It does not quite raise to the level of a lambic, nor does it appeal to the freshness of other beers of this style.
03-03-2012 13:29:35 | More by SLeffler27
3.08/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
11-20-2011 15:21:32 | More by Rifugium
3.05/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
07-23-2011 04:12:43 | More by Mora2000
3.05/5 rDev -14.3%
Pours a hazy reddish brown with a light pinkish white head.
Aroma is odd in that it's very light with a lot of pilsner-like aromas which I wasn't expecting. Hops and biscuity malts with only hints of the light sugary fruits and nuts mentioned on the label.
Taste is a bit fruitier with some cherry-lollipops mixed in with pale malts and noble hops coming through and forming a light backbone. The finish is fruity and dry.
The mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation, very crisp but watery overall.
Overall, this was not that impressive for me. Very light and watery feel with less complexity than i was hoping for.
02-17-2011 03:41:05 | More by gford217
3.03/5 rDev -14.9%
A. Hazy pink tinged brown in color, pours out with very loud fizzy hissing noise from all the carbonation which produces a short lived one finger off-white head and very very very light lacing.
S. Sure enough, there is a huge initial surge of almond syrup and cherry aroma upon removal of the cap. In about one minute, however, most of these aromas dissipate down to an extremely low level relative to the scent of the malts themselves... so enjoy the smell quickly while you can!
T. Slightly soured cherries mixed with a bitter taste of their pit stones, and almonds only really come through as a background element. And when I say "slightly sour", what I am trying to communicate is the concept of close to the lowest possible level of sour that my taste buds seem to be able to detect at all. More like a slight tangy tickle, if you know what I mean. A lot more simple and understated than most of Mikkeller's other works.
M. Has a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that not many fruit beers have. However, carbonation is about 10% too much for my tastes, which contrast-backfires against the creamy texture.. Never really gets 'boozey' from the 8% ABV.
As unusual as the flavor combination is for this beer, somehow it comes across as merely an ordinary fruit beer. I was sort of hoping for something more distinctive and memorable than this.
01-24-2012 05:38:31 | More by WastingFreetime
Ris A La M'ale from Mikkeller ApS
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