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Mikkeller / To Øl Betelgeuze - Mikkeller ApS

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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: 53 | Reviews: 8
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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.

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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.

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"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.

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