Ris A La M'ale - Mikkeller ApS

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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
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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Photo of ejyoung
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
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 Arenbeer
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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 womencantsail
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
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 alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into White Birch brewing Tulip
Pours a light red / pink with a a head that actually got larger the more it sat in the glass.

Smell of light almond with cherry and a medium light roast malt profile. Noble hop aroma with a nice bitter twang.

Taste of noble hops / Saaz / Tetnanum / light cherry flavor - less so than I had expected which was welcome. Mixed with a very light almond profile that does not overtake either the cherry or the noble hop flavors. Medium body , thick for the style and a light to medium carbonation.

Overall pretty tasty and different

Photo of rudzud
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on KJ Baarons and poured into my Duvel tulip. This really jumped at me...an ale brewed with cherries and almonds? Expecting a flavour profile from an Italian brewery, not a Danish one.

A - Poured a rosey pink hue that wasnt quite see through. Atop this sat a big, fluffy two finger head that while it left very little lacing that head hung around forever.

S - Getting some really nice sweet cherry notes but not much almond. Theres some light roasty aromas presumably from the almonds but no standout almond aroma.

T - Much like the aroma there are nice smooth cherry flavours with some very, very light sweet almond tastes. I would like a little more almond flavour though with this.

M - Wow this is nice. Its got some nice carbonation to keep it light and not heavy or syrupy, however, it still manages to stay nice and creamy.

O - This is a nice fruit beer. Would like the almond to be a bit more, but perhaps its just overshadowed by the nice cherry flavours. The ABV is present on the nose and taste slightly. If the price was a bit lower I would buy this again.

Photo of Trilogy31
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Patrick999
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, look at that beer! Looks better than some lambics. Natural cherry-jam color, pinkish foam, great lacing.

What's up with this aroma? It smells like...an ordinary pilsner. I get noble hops and not a whole lot else....for all I know this could be a Spaten lager or something. A little more "fruity" as it warms, but still kinda disappointing to be honest.

Geez, it tastes mostly like a pilsner, too, albeit one with a little alcohol bite. OK...come on, there's got to be more to this. I'm getting some of the cherry and almonds...I don't know that I was prepared for this to be so subtle. I think the beer could be improved by dialing the noble hop back some. Hardly bad, though.

Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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 brew3crew
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish orange. Tons of frothy head. Looks really interesting. Very pinkish.
Smells sour and sweet on the nose. Some nice almond as well on the nose. Te cherry is fairly apparent. The taste is sweet and a bit tart. Like sweet cherry pie. And to my surprise i can taste almond on the tongue pretty prominently. Very unique interesting beer. Highly carbonated and very drinkable. I would Definitely have this again

Photo of gford217
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle.

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.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of avalon07
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of foogerd
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of brystmar
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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 homebrewhawk
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Lots of carbonation. Poured a pretty, pinkish gold with two fingers of pinkish head. Fruity aroma with some noble hops. Light bodied. A bit of sour cherry flavor, some malt sweetness. Bit of hop bitterness. Didn't really taste the almonds, and I would have liked some more cherry as well. Not very exciting.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Phelps, from the Blind BIF III. reviewed blind.

375ml into Bells tulip. Corked and caged. Synthetic cork.

A- Pink and ruby on the pour. Hmm. Interesting color. A bit hazy, some orange highlights. Big white fluffy head that has some sticky frosty lacing on the glass. Actually, the head is slightly pink too.

S- Fruity, berries. Cherries? Cherries.

T- Tart fruit, this is for sure a cherry beer. Trying to identify the base... not a lambic, not sour, just tart. A bit of an earthy taste and some medicinal notes come out too..

M- Good tartness, light enough body, although this is prob. 6-7%. Good carbonation. Nice finish.

D- Moderately high. Very tasty stuff, great fruit presence. If you like cherries, check this one out.

Photo of koopa
2.17/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown PA.

Makes the most boring thud when you remove the synthetic cork.

Appearance: Pours an attractive cherry pomegranate with a 1 finger off white (slightly cherry tinged) crown that displays moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Almonds dominate with slight medicinal cherry cough drop and herbal hop notes. A tinge of actual herbs (sage) also exists in the finish.

Taste: Same as the nose but some pervasive orangina like quality coupled with disgustingly herbal and astringent Belgian hops throws it off completely.

Mouthfeel: A bit over carbonated but the body

Mouthfeel: Nice body on the thick side of medium bodied but too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Drain Pour!!!!

NOTE: I had this beer on tap soon after my bottle sampling and found it to be much better on tap...none of that disgusting powder orange taste at all on tap.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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 Phelps
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sometimes, you have to trust the taste buds of your fellow BAs when they say a beer's bad. But sometimes you also just have to say fuck it and find out for yourself. The tiny bottle arrived pre-wrapped on my local stores' shelves like a Christmas present, and I picked it up, my own little white elephant gift to myself.

Poured into my Troegs tulip, the beer shines in the light a slightly chill-hazed cranberry-orange; just the color you'd expect from a cherry/almond beer. The head is a full 1.5 fingers of dense, pinkish-white foam that dissipates at a leisurely pace, leaving bubbly webs of lace behind as it does. Not a bad-looking brew.

The nose is an odd combination of what seems to be lager yeast, artificial cherries and a light nuttiness. Almonds are noticeable and a subtle sweetness emerges as it warms. I don't like it or hate it. I nothing it.

The cherries and almonds are definitely there in the flavor as well, though their synthetic tendencies are more noticeable. Amidst their sweetness is a hefty earthy grain character.
A blast of a flavor that attempts to be sour cherries appears at the swallow. I saw attempts because it falls horribly short; it's more of a weird, funky tang than tartness. The unenjoyable flavors aren't always there; they appear in flashes, attacking like ninjas before returning to the shadows, waiting to strike again.

Light yet peppery carbonation fizzes up the liquid a bit as it moves. The body is medium-light, yet nicely smooth before the bubbles appear.

I'm disappointed in this beer in that I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would. I expected a horror movie and only got a mildly spooky joke. However, considering I paid about $9 for this bottle of not-so-bad beer, I'm still willing to call it nigh undrinkable.

Photo of nas5755
1.25/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of Jake1605
4.58/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

Ris A La M'ale from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.