Mikkeller / To øl Betelgeuse - Mikkeller ApS
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4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 05:00:28 | More by biboergosum
4.73/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 01:26:05 | More by SeatsTaken
Mikkeller / To øl Betelgeuse from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.