Årh Hvad - Mikkeller ApS
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3.48/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.
Pours a hazy dark honey orange 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 malt, candied fruit, Brett, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, fruit, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting Brett qualities all around.
Serving type: on-tap
03-12-2014 05:33:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.5/5 rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Perfect beer is what a man I know called this one. This beer has perfect flavor. You just don't do better than this. Bretty belgian hop perfection if there was ever such a thing. The brett is so alive out of the gate, and whatever the hops are give it this freshness sensation. I feel like i've been thrown into a bucket of light and nothing else with every sip. This could be the most refreshing beverage I have ever consumed above 5%. This beer is so full of personality; truly a monument to creative brewers everywhere. Crazy good. Crazy complex. Crazy satisfactory.
Mikkeller is breaking breaking barriers I thought were indestructible
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2014 05:06:15 | More by Howler89
4.46/5 rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
this is really incredible beer, and i know i get accused of being a mikkeller lush, but this is aweomse stuff. belgian pale ale, the boring style moniker prevented me from getting this for far too long, finally a generous christmas gift from drlovemd87 put it in my fridge. the pour is a lightly cloudy amber color with an enormously excited off white bubbly head. the aroma on this is all brett, i had no idea this was a wild ale, and not being listed here as such or saying so on the bottle, i was confused. this is no doubt brett fermented, or at least conditioned on it, because its so dry and funky, beyond the capability of any cultured belgian yeast i know. the first taste indicates a level of refinement often reserved only for the monks beer. this is that level, and the cheeky trappist mock up on the bottle may not be all that far off in terms of overall quality. yeasty funk all the way through with a generous hop profile that colors the beer without tainting it. the malt is in the cara-60 range, but drinks much lighter with all the effervescent carbonation and the supremely dry finish. what i love about this is that its both refreshing and satisfying, both hearty and drinkable, both robust and subdued, its really wonderful. this is an easy to overlook brew, especially at its price, but trust me that you will not regret picking it up. brett all the way, hops next, just an exercise in brewing brilliance.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 06:20:27 | More by StonedTrippin
3.36/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
"Arh Hvad?!" Belgian Pale Ale. Product of Belgium. Brewed at De Preof/Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 6.8% ABV confirmed. I love the label art. 750ml brown glass bottle with unbranded pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Lost Abbey teku in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; Mikkel is me favourite brewer.
Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it pours.
Pours almost entirely foam/head of white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good - about 7-8 minutes.
Body colour is a translucent pale delicate amber of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it looks a bit more amber than I'd expect from a Belgian pale ale, but I'm looking forward to trying it. The delicate appearance is a highlight. Not special, but appealing and inviting. There are no egregious flaws here.
Sm: Has a champagne-like spritzy effervescence in the aroma punctuated by crystal malt and tingly Belgian pale malts. Has a subtle hint of a farmhouse twang - citrusy lemongrass, a kiss of brettanomyces funkiness, light straw/hay, biscuity yeast replete with vitamins, and a hint of a lightly bready note. Orchard pear and accompanying esters. Dry green apple. An alive, inviting aroma of above average strength. Anything but overbearing on the palate. Has a peculiar fragility, and I like that the aroma is just a bit starchy and dry. It's got an almost perfect degree of earthiness - just enough to be rustic without venturing into dirty or off-putting territory. It's also a bit musty, evoking a simple wood.
Hop profile is very complementary of the other notes, with plenty of subtly floral and fruity notes.
I'm really looking forward to trying this one. No alcohol is detectable. The only thing I'm worried about is that it does seem a biteen detergent-esque or lightly soapy (but not from having spent too long in primary like you'd suspect in a hoppy brew).
T: Orchard pear fruit, dry green apple, straw/hay, light brettanomyces funkiness, biscuity yeast, Belgian pale malts, lemongrass, light citrusy hop notes, floral hop character, light crystal malts, starches, and rustic farmhouse twang. Sea salt. Cedar plank. Some breadiness on the fringe. The yeast character is complex, with some light spiciness in addition to the welcome biscuity character and funkiness.
Nice subtlety and complexity here, with some nuance as well - the rustic character and daring starchy character in particular are a highlight for me. Well-balanced, though I'd like more depth (and even intensity) of flavour. Duration of flavour is average to above average. I quite like it, but it's not on-par with the best beers in the style.
No alcohol comes through.
Mf: My biggest complaint is that the texture is too thin - I mistook it for delicacy in the aroma, but it's obvious once you taste it that Mikkel undershot the carbonation and didn't provide enough body. Smooth, wet (though it has a near perfect amount of starchy dryness), and refreshing. Very approachable. Could be softer. Complements the flavour profile nicely but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.
Not oily, creamy, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.
Dr: This beer packs a lot of flavour into its profile - orchard fruit, spices, yeast character, hops, unobtrusive malts, etc. But it doesn't push the flavours it has far enough, and while I admire the complexity of the beer, it isn't adequately supported by the relatively thin texture. I wouldn't buy it again - certainly not at the Shelton Bastards' price point - but I'm glad I got to try it and Mikkel remains (as always) a talented brewer whose beers I'll jump to try. No, this isn't Lost Abbey's Devotion, but it's an intriguing take on a Belgian Pale Ale and well worth trying.
I like the bold starchiness, though that might turn off some, and I love that they executed the orchard fruit notes without making it cidery.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2013 02:34:35 | More by kojevergas
3.79/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
330ml bottle poured into tulip 4/11/13
A clear dark amber liquid, a tornado of bubbles coming off the bottom, large, loose light tan foam has great retention slowly falling to a thick film with a table top island, lots of random lace deep down the glass
S caramel apple, some funky yeast bit still has some Proef house in there too, some citrus, earthy notes, and wet leaves
T more of the same, fruity, funky, earthy, but the taste has a little spice to it, decent stuff but nothing amazing
M medium bodied, all the bubbles I could see in the glass don't follow through in the mouth, nowhere near flat though, slick after the fact with a herbal, earthy finish
O solid brew I was hoping for a little more, worth a try but I wouldn't go searching for it
Middle of the road for Mikkeller, nothing memorable good or bad, easy enough to drink and the booze is invisible
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2013 20:23:45 | More by wordemupg
3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Large, creamy white head. Settles with plenty of lumps, which matches the glass lace. The broth has a bit of haze to it. It is light amber/dark gold in color.
Mild but strongly yeasty smelled beer. Some grainy pale malt in the background.
Plenty of yeast upfront and in the swallow. Drier than I expected. I also note some bittering hop that wasn't present in the aroma. Moderate body with a slightly elevated carbonation level.
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2013 03:21:13 | More by smcolw
Årh Hvad from Mikkeller ApS
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