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Ris A La M'ale - Mikkeller ApS

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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Denmark

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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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

decadance, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +12.4%

John11486, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

xdefeatsy, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of wdeck9
4/5  rDev +12.4%

wdeck9, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

korguy123, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

bhir, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

WastingFreetime, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky pinkish brown (or perhaps brownish pink) with a rocky 2 finger off white head and a little lacing.

Sour berries, metal and nuts. Really subdued - had to get my nose wet to figure this beer out.

This beer is really confusing. The sourness in the aroma is swapped for this sickly sweet glacé cherry vibe on the palate. There's more metallic notes going on- perhaps from a nasty yeast, and alot of candy sugar. I'm actually getting more and more annoyed by this beer as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally odd. Theres a real creamy buttery feel in the mouth mixed with over carbonation... They don't really complement each other.

Mikkeller what's deal...? You cant keep putting every ridiculous ingredient into a beer, wrapping it up nicely, overpricing it and then expect to maintain some sort of reputation. Wish I spent my money on one of your stouts instead..

, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Boonedoggle
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type: bottle into brandy snifter

Appearance: One finger head with a lot of lacing. Pours cloudy red

Smell: Not too strong. Has a light lager smell to it with slight sweetness.

Taste: A subtle cherry tartness with an odd bitter aftertaste. I taste a bit of almond in the back of the taste profile.

Mouth: Light bodied. Not that smooth. Very carbonated.

Overall: Given all the ingredients in this beer, it's probably not surprising in how it tastes. It is good for what is has, but it's not the beer for me.

Boonedoggle, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jayhawk73
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish/orange color with a massive two finger light pink head. Very hazy and dark in appearance. The nose is on the weak side. I get a little sprite, cherry, and maybe some nut? in there. Definitely on the light side. The taste is a little better... You definitely get the cherry and almond, with a slight sourness. There's also a sweetness to it that offsets the sour. Feel is medium with sweet/sour feel. Slight almond aftertaste. Overall, an interesting beer for the style... You can find better Fruit/Vegetable beers out there though. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of trixdout
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

trixdout, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A - Very nice White foamy head. Some good lacing too. Brew is a bit cloudy, Orange/Brown/Red.

S - Lots of almonds... Almost too much. Some super dark cherries. No sugar, verly little sweetness. Quite pleasant and light.

T/M - Very light and enjoyable. This brew could be session-ed. Very dry with reasonable amount of bitterness. You can tell the cherries and almonds were well blended, otherwise this could easily turn into a mess of a brew... No sourness like I was secretly hoping for... No noticeable heat.

O - A very unique brew. Glad I tried this one. Recommended for the adventuresome beer drinker.

chugalug06, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

christopheraknox, Dec 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Fermenticusrex
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Fermenticusrex, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

kojevergas, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of BNodes
4.83/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BNodes, Dec 27, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

kiki3drt292, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of kchannel9
3/5  rDev -15.7%

kchannel9, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of cosmonick
2/5  rDev -43.8%

cosmonick, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of photomike
4/5  rDev +12.4%

photomike, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of phattman073
5/5  rDev +40.4%

phattman073, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of AshleyMiller
1.95/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

gift from my brother for my birthday. poured into my stone snifter.

a - pours a nice rouge with a finger-plus head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing

s - not a whole lot in the smell on this one, some fruit (cherries, presumably) and slight tart and hops

t - unfortunately this missed the mark. tasted like a fruity budweiser, and that's certainly not a complement. expected this one to be more sour but no tart in the taste. got a little of the almond in the taste but really more bitter than i was expected.

m - lighter bodied with medium carbonation

o - not impressed with this one. haven't had much from mikkeller so i can't judge the brewery as a whole, but this one was way off. i was admittedly hoping from something sour and at least tart and this had neither. not sure if it was the almonds but this really tasted like an alteration on a budweiser recipe.

AshleyMiller, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of drpimento
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Meh. This is a surprise from Mikkeller. Bottle was a little too cold; poured a nice, cream colored, thick, foamy head that settled down after a bit and some lace. Color is a murky pink orange amber with bits of sediment in suspension. Aroma is malt, cherry, yeast. Flavor is a rather uninteresting blend of malt, sour cherry, carbonic tang, maybe some almonds in there somewhere. Body and carbonation are good. Finsih is like flavor, tapers to a slight bitterness. A fairly mild beer overall, understated.

drpimento, Dec 08, 2011
Ris A La M'ale from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.