Sort Gul - Mikkeller ApS
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3.96/5 rDev -0.5%
Met my expectation of a tasty black ipa. Bottle from Village Beer Merchant. The roast and hop balance was very good. The hops lead, would it be as good another 2 months? I do not know, good malting aided great drinkability. Somewhat expensive but worth it for me.
05-05-2013 02:46:39 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev -6.3%
Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.
Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas and flavors for the style.
06-05-2014 18:06:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
330ml bottle. Sort Gul? 'Black Yellow', apparently. Beyond the label, I have no inclination as to what this means.
This beer pours a muddled, very dark chestnut brown hue, with diluted cola basal highlights, and a teeming amount of nearly overflowing tightly puffy, broadly bubbly beige head, which settles at a snail's pace, eventually leaving some nice lock and tumbler mechanism lace around the glass.
It smells of moderately roasted caramel malt, a strong oily nuttiness, subtle powdered baker's chocolate, some faint citrus rind, wet pine needles, and herbal liqueur. The taste is lightly toasted grainy malt, an even nutty caramel sweetness, some nicely bitter chocolate notes, a softly fruity citrus peel astringency, and herbal, piney hops. A gentle warming increases in sync with that of the beer.
The carbonation is on the reserved side, flirting a little too much with being flat, the body a somewhat thin medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the roasted cocoa and bitter hops finally coming head to head, both in their relatively quiet manner.
A decent version of the style, nice and dialed down from some of the anemic or unbalanced offerings we've been seeing lately. That seems to be the calling card here - sure, the roasted malt, hops, and booze are all there, but they go about their work, all nicely integrated, so much so that you just wanna sit back and enjoy what they've done for you. Worthy of further indulgence, I do say.
11-06-2012 02:39:13 | More by biboergosum
3.78/5 rDev -5%
Another bottle shared by Chris (spycow). I had been considering picking this one up but was spared the financial risk that comes with Mikkeller offerings. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.
A - Off-white light tan foam settles to a thin cap leaving behind a few specks of lace. Very dark brown body.
S - Piney hops, herbs, a touch of citrus zest, chocolate malts, a bit of sugar cookie. Pretty nice and true to style.
T - The taste starts out quite similar, with a mix of sugar cookie, cocoa, citrus and tropical fruit hops, and a touch of herbal hop bitterness for good measure. Unfortunately there's a touch of astringent and slightly harsh black malt in the finish that I don't really enjoy.
M - Medium body, lightly roasty and dry in texture, with some residual oily hop resins. Medium-low carbonation is appreciated.
D - Not sure how fresh this was, but it was reasonably hoppy and seemed to hold up better than other Mikkeller IPAs from across the pond. Solidly executed and true to style, but there are American offerings I'd rather have at this price point.
10-23-2012 16:49:48 | More by MasterSki
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
this was an xmas present from my wonderful girlfriend. small bottle poured into a wine glass. as always, mikkeller can do no wrong. its nearly black in color with a gorgeous cream colored head just under an inch tall, and lasting the whole glass. simply stunning appearance. the nose is well hopped, zesty and piney at the same time, just right on christmas day. big roasty malt profile, even spicy mixed in with the bitter. i can pick out some rye malt i think, like the wookey jack from firestone in terms of the malt bill. flavor is really hoppy, much more so than expected, with a few notes of coffee on the back end as well. the remaining yeast provides excellent texture and mouthfeel to this beer, which is full enough bodied and brightly carbonated. i love mikkeller beers, every single one of them, and this one to me was very special. the alcohol was felt but not heard from, and the overall vibe of this beer is outstanding. look forward to my next one of these!
12-26-2012 03:10:56 | More by StonedTrippin
3.56/5 rDev -10.6%
Mikkeller "Sort Gul." 7.30% ABV confirmed. "Black India Pale Ale." I've had a great black IPA from Mikkeller before, so I'm hoping this is up to par. Mikkel's my favourite brewer; expectations are high. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard black pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Brewed and bottled at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: A light bubble show at the bottom of the head as foam seems to run down towards the body. Pours a 5+ finger head of biege-khaki colour. Foamy and a bit frothy. Lacing is sticky and heavy; wow. A bit creamy. Great thickness. Great (10+ minute) retention for the high ABV; that's damned impressive. Body colour is very dark solid brown-black; it's not quite a consistent full jet-black; there's some restraint there. No yeast particles are visible. All around it's pretty impressive.
Sm: Caramel, chocolate malt, dark bittering malts, floral hops, fennel, raisin, light coffee, and light grapefruit citrus. No hop bitterness or bite. It's pretty good for the style. A bit of roast. A subtle aroma of mild strength. I'm excited to try it.
I couldn't wait on the head any longer after five minutes, so I just started drinking through the head - which was still a good 4 fingers in thickness.
T: A marriage of dark bitter malts, light coffee, light roast, and timid caramel with well executed floral hop notes, a touch of grapefruit citrus ester zing, and a bit of biscuity yeast. They don't clash at all. It works surprisingly well. Nicely balanced and built. The coffee in particularly has a delightfully subtle part to play which really helps bring out the roast and hop bitterness; they play off and complement eachother. Its strength is in its subtlety; it isn't amazingly complex but there's plenty going on here. I don't get any alcohol. Any chocolate malt is minimal. One of the better Black IPAs I've had, but Mikkel has done other better ones.
Mf: Soft, chewy, smooth, and wet. Carbonation is perfect. It's light and soothing on the palate, yet presence is still full. It doesn't lack body, but the mouthfeel really aids drinkability. A fine texture that so few brewers seem able to deliver. Complements the flavour profile rather well.
Dr: A success from Mikkel. One of the better beers I've tried in this style. Mikkel's are the only black IPAs I can remember really enjoying. A solid Black IPA that helps remind me why Mikkeller is my favourite 'brewery'. Hides its ABV well. I'd probably get this again, especially when out at a bar. I do wish the price were better as an import, but Danes have no excuse not to try this.
03-08-2013 05:49:50 | More by kojevergas
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours an accurate pitch black with a brown head into my glass. Lacing, etc. Not a stout. Not a porter.
Ok, the aroma kind of reminds me of a hoppy stout. Lots of pine in the nose, even if you have to struggle to find it.
The flavors don't hit one over the head. Instead, you get a mild pine bite followed by the essence of charred malt. More sweet than bitter. Dare I say a mild cocoa bite?
Lingering pine notes and sweet malt make the mouthfeel. It's, dare I say, creamy in a way?
A nice change from the usual over-hopped American Black Ale. A Mikkeller fan can't lose here.
10-12-2012 03:49:07 | More by Brad007
3.33/5 rDev -16.3%
The colour is almost black (100 EBC), the head is pale brown. Some fine lacing occurs.
The smell got citric hops, fresh French bread and some pumpernickel. The bitterness is somewhat sharp.
The taste is somewhat chemical. Lemon peels makes me think of artificial lemon scent. Some sour black malt flavours. Cream. Liquorice. Some wheat flour notes. The aftertaste got bread flavours, some tart notes, chocolate and a clean medium strong bitterness. Lemon peels in the finish.
The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are sharp. The liquid is a bit sticky.
This one taste very much “Mikkeller”. And much like other Black IPAs. A style that I still don’t “get”.
08-28-2012 10:30:52 | More by bark
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. Some sediment floating around. There was a huge, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: A nice, subtle aroma of hops, chocolate, and malt.
T: Tasted of hops (a moderate amount), light chocolate notes, malt, and a hint of coffee. A somewhat milder flavor than some of the American versions of this style, but still very tasty.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
O: A good, well done, easy to drink beer. Drinkable.
10-29-2012 12:07:16 | More by avalon07
3.99/5 rDev +0.3%
A: Pours a dark mahogany with a creamy, thick khaki head. Little chunks of yeast are clearly visible in the liquid. Head retention is very good, and as the head settles, a moderate amount of khaki lacing is left behind.
S: Sweet, toasty malt scents of dark bread, dark chocolate, heavy cream, and vanilla bean are balanced by hoppy scents of fresh herbs, lime zest, lemon rind, juniper berry, cedar, and bitter orange.
T: Notes of blood orange, bitter orange, lemon, lime, fresh herbs, cedar, juniper berry, grapefruit, pine, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, heavy cream, caramel, and dark bread wash across the palate. The finish is both bitter and toasty with herbal, citrusy hops balanced by flavors of dark chocolate and dark bread.
M: Medium bodied and oddly dry for the style, though there is a bit of a resinous feel toward the fade. Carbonation is firm and crisp. Alcohol presence is pretty much undetectable. Surprisingly easy to drink for a beer of 7% abv or more.
O: This is a very nice Scandinavian take on the American Black Ale style. The aromas and flavors don't separate quite as much as some of the beers of this style produced by Mad River, Stone, Rogue and the like, but the unique aromas and flavors that this ale so skillfully presents make it very appealing, and at least for me, make it pretty memorable. The tell-tale muddled rush of hop bitterness that has become a defining characteristic of Mikkeller's beers is here, but in Sort Gul, it's more approachable, more restrained. One can actually get an idea of how the malt and hops work together in this ale. So, in the end, this ale may be more straight-forward, dare I say more simplistic, than the best American Black Ales produced in the United States, but it presents a different take on the style, one that is more drinkable, more balanced, more integrated, more approachable, and perhaps more fun. It is definitely worth checking out for fans of the style.
07-23-2013 14:21:39 | More by mrfrancis
3.89/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured a black body (maybe dark brown) decent khaki head and some minor lace patches around the glass. The aroma steers towards the malts as I get a little sweet caramel edge, some roasted malts, possible chocolate, and then a bit of both spice(?) and some herbal, bitter hops. Not a standout version of this style as it seems to play it safe, if you will, and have a minor hop base supplement a sweet, chocolaty and caramel malt base along with roasted malts for balance. A very enjoyable sipper and this medium bodied beer hits the spot; just wish the hops were slightly more pronounced.
04-14-2014 22:29:52 | More by clayrock81
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours black with a large, fading tan head.
Nose shows pine, roasted malt and grapefruit. Somewhat limited.
Big roasted malt flavours but with a fair bit of caramel sweetness behind it. Also pine and grapefruit.
Too much carbonation for these flavours.
11-30-2013 22:29:43 | More by CrazyDavros
4.11/5 rDev +3.3%
A - Dark black, touch of brown, finger frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.
S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine hops, some coffee.
T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine hops, bitterness, coffee, bit of black licorice.
M - Medium-plus bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, roasted, bitter finish.
D - Nice black IPA. Good hop profile and balance.
01-20-2013 04:39:31 | More by ngeunit1
Sort Gul from Mikkeller ApS
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