Ris A La M'ale - Mikkeller ApS
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3.93/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
04-17-2011 00:50:23 | More by Arenbeer
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
2.75/5 rDev -22.8%
Pours a beautiful hazy bing cherry red, with a gorgeous pink hued head that leaves decent lacing but the head quickly leaves. Unfortunately the appearance is the best part of this beer. On the nose i get a touch of hops with sour citrus and a touch of funk. No cherries, no almonds when tasting, i really only get some sour citrus as well as some earthiness. Abv is pretty unoticeable but unfortunately everything else is unoticeable with this beer as well. Sounded interesting and worth a try, but will not revisit.
03-17-2011 03:11:41 | More by Trilogy31
3.88/5 rDev +9%
Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a LaTrappe chalice.
A: Slightly pink hued head looks creamy but fades quickly. Body is mostly amber with a red hint from the cherries.
S: Smell is actually unimpressive, maybe the bottle was too cold, but I was unsure of the serving temperature. Smells like a normal beer, maybe a light noble hop aroma.
T: Very lightly flavored. Slight cherry sweetness on the finish.
M: Crisp, well carbonated.
D: This is the most amazing part of the beer, it drinks as if it was much, much lighter.
Actually a very nice beer, but not at this price point. I guess I expect expensive beers to be packed with flavor, and that expectation hurt the scoring here. It's nice and tasty, just unimpressive.
02-14-2011 00:39:46 | More by 51mmz0rz
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
11-17-2012 03:22:15 | More by Infamous7100
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip. Best before date is 31/08/14 on the back of the bottle.
A - red-amber hued beer, slightly cloudy, with a fluffy tan head that erupts fairly large, and then dissipates quickly leaving some head around the edge of the glass and some thin contiguous lacing
S - sweet fruit on the nose; hard to place as it's intermingled with some cakey malt, perhaps sour cherry
T - definitely some sour cherry notes in the initial attack, and less of a sweet malt finish than I would have expected. It's slightly tart in the finish with cherry and gooseberry without a significant malt breakthrough. More subtle and sour than I had expected. This does change slightly as it warms and it becomes a bit richer and sweeter in the finish.
M - light medium body with medium carbonation. No hint of alcohol at all, which is impressive given it's an 8% beer.
Not quite what I expected, as I was thinking this would be a "sweet pudding" beer, with a hint of almonds, but I couldn't find them, and instead the overall flavor was powered large by sour cherry notes. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but somewhat less complex than I had expected. It did improve with some warming, so don't be shy about letting it sit for a while. A decent Christmas beer, but not one that will keep you warm at night.
11-21-2012 04:42:18 | More by DoktorZee
2.9/5 rDev -18.5%
A- Dark grapefruit some orange in the middle of the body, one inch head, was sort of clumpy in the middle. Plenty of lacing.
S- I smelled the almonds but it was in a bad way, like chopped up almonds with their shell, the bitterness was prominent. The cherry flavor was there but didnt seem to be the focus. Got a bit of cough syrup aroma at the end.
T- The almonds are tastier on the tongue, here they appear in a vanilla sort of way. Again the cherries dont play as much as a role as I expected.
M- Highly carbonated, refreshing in a way.
D- Got dreary after a few ounces, it lost its novely. Some sips were more interesting than others. Turned out to be less of an interesting brew than I thought it would be, Ive seen this brewery do more.
Conclusion is dont pay what I paid which was 12 bucks, I wouldnt shell out more than 5 dollars for this average experience.
01-30-2011 05:19:38 | More by foogerd
2.63/5 rDev -26.1%
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.
04-30-2011 03:18:06 | More by ejyoung
1.25/5 rDev -64.9%
A very pretty beer. A reddish color with golden and straw hues. A large pink head with great lacing. The head never really disappeared. Based on color, head retention and lacing I would assume that this beer would be amazing. I was wrong. Faint cherries and a hint of almond with touch of spice, no overwhelming aromas to not just hints and shadows. The taste is laden with cherries in a very well intertwined manor, with a follow-up of almonds and those brown almond skins. A very straightforward beer. The malts are no very present. The carbonation is decent. Overall, I thought this beer was very disappointing however I kept coming back to the thought of how amazing this beer would be with some spicy brett to add complexity. I cannot recommend this beer.
12-30-2010 01:51:54 | More by nas5755
Ris A La M'ale from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.