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Mikkeller / To Øl Betelgeuze - Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller / To Øl BetelgeuzeMikkeller / To Øl Betelgeuze

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 09-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. So gueuze is the new hop, at least in terms of pun targets, it would seem. Dry-hopped with a baker's dozen different kinds of hop, so, um, there's that.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three bulbous fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of splotchy, sudsy lace around the glass as it steadily retreats.

It smells of sharp, tart citrus oil, musty pine needles, wet, astringent wood grain, dewy dirt, edgy, phenolic yeast, and a bit of fruity menthol. The taste is sour, underripe orchard fruit - think hard apricots or peaches - semi-sweet oak extract (the usual vanilla and caramel suspects), innocuous pale malt, more dank forest floor after the rains bitterness, fairly middling yeast, and further floral, weedy, and dry hay-like hops.

The carbonation is quite soft and lilting in its unassuming frothiness, the body a pleasant middleweight, and pretty smooth, for all those tart and sour esters from just a few minutes back. It finishes more than a tad off-dry, the malt and oak putting the lingering sour fruit and yeast to the test.

One might think that with all the pungent tartness, overloaded hops, and wood treatment, that something must go awry here, at some point. Well, that frame of mind would be wrong - everything is in near-perfect balance, making this a very drinkable, enjoyable, and above all, more approachable gueuze than evident at first sniff. A little dear, sure, but worth it.

Photo of SeatsTaken
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up from a shop in Portland while doing some Christmas shopping. The bottle describes this as a "Dry hopped sour ale aged in oak barrels." I had to have it.

Pours: Cloudy golden/orange with just over one fingers worth of head.

Aroma: Citrus, hops, sour wood, damp soil, yeast at the tail, creates a slight tickle in the back of the throat....this thing definitely smells wild

Taste: Very crisp followed by a mild pucker, like sucking on a lemon but refreshing. There's an unripe green grape somewhere in this bottle. The end is hoppy but mild as well. The balance between sour and hoppy is incredible. Neither overpowers or outshines the other.

Mouthfeel: Almost the same sensation as a club soda, which is perfect for this beer.

Overall: I was blown away by this beer. There is such a cohesiveness to everything about it from the first nose all the way to the final sip. I will definitely be going back to get more. This is a must try for anyone who enjoys sour and/or hoppy beers.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"BetelGueuze, BetelGueuze, BetelGueuze".... huh, somehow, I expected to say that three times and Mikkel Borg would suddenly appear and make me a beer. Although that didn't happen, the beer that captures the essence of the cinematographic personality is realized in an ale of fruity and sour delight.

The hazy straw ale really begins to sell its storyline with a nose thats bright with citrus fruit, orchard fruit, and the more exotic tropical varieties. A blend of juicy hops and sourish funk strikes the nose and early palate with an overwhelming sense of tangy fruit peels, freshly grated zest and vinous white wine and cider.

Its surprisingly clean middle palate continues the flavors of white grapefruit, under-ripened orange, crabapple, lemon verbena, lime, gooseberry, passionfruit, mango, pineapple... whew! The taste seems to unveil new essence of flavors with each and every sip as the beer warms. Crisp cracker-like grain projects slightly heading to finish with slight froth and cream but seemingly void of sweetness.

Light and racing in its overall texture, the subtle effervescence highlights the beer's sourness. Where the upstart suggest a sour-like IPA, its finish is all bracing sourness as a clean lactic character gains control with an aftermath of musty dried fruit and slight burlap.

Photo of stephens101
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

Golden orange in color. Aroma is dank with over-ripened, light fruits and a striking floral, perfumy essence. Tastes of grain with notes of vanilla and spice up front and deep soured fruit rotting all over the place coming in the tail end. A pinch of salt lingers on the lips. Orange peel and vinegar drip down the throat. This beer is pure smut. Unrefined without any class to speak of. A legs spread to the world with a enough rotten to really get you going kinda beer. I love it.

Photo of bnes09
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color. White head with dense lacing. Big, tart, tropical fruit aroma with floral, leafy, pine like qualities. Flavor of tart orange, lemon grass and spicy pine needles. Medium bodied with a tart, dry finish. Perfect carbonation. Yeasty texture. Probably the best sour I've have so far.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very hazy, light blonde. The head starts at about an inch, sinks to nothing, no lace.

The smell starts very hop forward. Not strong, but plenty of citrus, pine, floral and grassy notes. Oak and sour yeast follow.

Pale malts, oak and an interesting jumble of hops are quickly followed by wild yeast, wine sour. I don't imagine this will age that well, but the soured hoppiness is tasty. A bit heavy on carbonation.

Very nice sour (again) by Mikkller and Toøl!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

excellent but under my expectations this time from mikkeller. how many crazy awesome hop varietals are scrolled out down the side of the bottle, almost too many it seems, for each to show up in their own glory. while the base beer is outstanding as expected, the dry hop aspect lacks definition a little bit, but thats being picky. i was never going to taste all these varietals at once, its the synergy that was probably the goal, and i think it was successful in that way. high hopes uncapping this one, its hazy and thicker than anticipated, yeasty as they come, but with a nice head on it and excellent lace as it sips. i definitely get the juicy fruity hops in the nose, and the pucker, although i definitely get more oak than lacto sourness like most blended lambics. not sure the process here, if it is indeed a blend, there is no indication other than the name. the hops come through pretty well in the taste, definitely tropical, pineapple, passion, melon, limes, but they seem almost outweighed by the yeast in the texture of this beer, which is more saison than wild, and plenty funky, just not all that acidic. its mature beer, and the hops struggle to lighten it up as well as i hoped they would, it might be better to try this with a newer base beer, less oak, more brighness, just throwing ideas out there. carbonation is way up beat which helps, but the brew is still dense, dry almost chalky at the end, a contrast the the hops trying to be juicy and alive. i dig it, but its not as well dialed in as it could be. maybe freshness is an issue, although i suspect im being overly critical of something amazing just because i expect the world from every bottle of mikkeller beer i open. buy it if you see it.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A ludicrous number of hop varieties, wild fermentation, funky label ... What's not to like? The green bottle perhaps ... Huh? In any event, in a tulip glass this is a cloudy reddish peach color with a small amount of gritty white froth forming a thin layer on top. Pungent sour aroma featuring fresh citrus rind, lemon grass, potent spicy phenols that recall bandage and medical grade spice extractives, earth, oak staves, white grapes, pine bough ... Not getting anything tropical despite the imposing hop bill. Palate is sour limes, lemons, and oranges, unripe nectarines and green gritty pears/granny smith apples, grainy wood, subdued vanilla toffee ... I cannot taste anything tropical in here, perhaps palates more gifted than mine can indeed do so. I am getting a shit ton of sour and tannic woody flavor, which is not an indictment. Great sour in my view, if one-dimensional in a way. I'd like the fruit flavors to pop more instead of just retreating into underdeveloped tannic overload territory. The hops are contributing resin and spice notes first and foremost. The yeast is hurling its menacing bulk every which way. Body on the light side of medium with prickly carbonation. Finishes with sour fruit, wood, and perhaps a hint of rot. Maybe about three-quarters of the way through I can detect some faint tropical element ... Or maybe I'm trying too hard. In any event, I am appreciating the pucker power for what it is.

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Mikkeller / To Øl Betelgeuze from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.