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Sort Gul - Mikkeller ApS

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89
very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GONZALOYANNA on 08-01-2012)
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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-24-2013 03:19:31 | More by Lovely85
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-23-2013 00:40:16 | More by FadetoBock
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jvillefan

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-12-2013 00:09:23 | More by jvillefan
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shigg85

Japan

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

08-08-2013 12:05:51 | More by shigg85
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neckbracesub

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-29-2013 12:55:19 | More by neckbracesub
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 14:21:39 | More by mrfrancis
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EastBay_Nick

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-13-2013 19:30:13 | More by EastBay_Nick
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-10-2013 18:43:44 | More by safaricook
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown-black, 3 finger head, great lacing.
S- Pine, grapefruit, spiced wood, caramel, brown sugar, licorice.
T- Pine, grapefruit rind, brown sugar, bitter hops.
M- Medium body, medium carbonation.
O- A great black IPA, probably second to Sublimely Self Righteous.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 15:37:37 | More by Rickythejeweler
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Bubbles

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-21-2013 18:15:37 | More by Bubbles
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BuddyE

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

05-14-2013 14:59:48 | More by BuddyE
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO. Poured quite cold from a bottle into a snifter. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Delicate pour resulted in a one finger khaki colored head. After a while it faded to some bubbles and a thin cap. Looks almost like greasy dish water. Really dark brown, almost black body.

Smell: Piney hops followed by roasted chocolate malts, tart/sour stone fruits, and cheap coffee.

Taste: Follows the nose. Bitter, citrusy and piney hops, nice chocolate malts, sourish plums and cherries, floral hops, coffee with a little bit of cream, and a drying hop bitterness. Chocolate malts linger for a while. No alcohol warmth.

M: As has been said, great fizzy carbonation. Really helps the beer.

Overall: More of a bitter, fruity porter than anything else. The hops came out a lot more as the beer warmed but I expected it to be hoppier than it was. My favorite thing was the chocolate/coffee notes from the malts. Not my favorite BIPA but an interesting experience nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 05:59:06 | More by CowsandBeer
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 02:46:39 | More by Sammy
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pelicon

Slovenia

5/5  rDev +25.6%

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wesley14

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-12-2013 13:32:33 | More by wesley14
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Eric908

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-04-2013 01:34:05 | More by Eric908
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animal69

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-24-2013 01:00:08 | More by animal69
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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kojevergas

Texas

3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 05:49:50 | More by kojevergas
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyable and easy-drinking beer. From the first appearance to the last drop, this was very satisfying and impressive. I could get used to this style. Although there is some bitterness and hoppiness, it is much less prominent than typical IPAs, with a more prominent dark fruit flavor. Some subtle roasted flavors make it more appealing as well. This also is less expensive than most Mikkeller beers, so that's a good thing too.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 01:21:44 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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petluo

Finland

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

02-25-2013 14:07:52 | More by petluo
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Arborescence

Finland

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch no. 011112

Appearance: Almost pitch black. Pours a massive thick head with a dark tint -- perfect head.

Aroma: Aromatic hops, reminiscent of strong American IPAs. A little bit of citrus-like sweetness.

Taste: Not an insane hop attack, but the hops bitterness is especially present in the aftertaste, which is sharp. Other than there's some intense grapefruit, but not all that much depth.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, feels rather prickly, light to medium body.

Overall: Nothing amazing in the end, but perfectly reasonable version of the Black IPA style. A little too sharp though, especially in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 16:39:14 | More by Arborescence
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tswater

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-11-2013 15:10:47 | More by tswater
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-07-2013 17:21:13 | More by bluesplit63
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