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To Øl / Mikkeller Betelgeuze - To Øl

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To Øl / Mikkeller BetelgeuzeTo Øl / Mikkeller Betelgeuze

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very good

19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 150
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 31.19%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: seand on 06-18-2013

Dry hopped sour ale aged in oak barrels.
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3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12.7 fl oz. Green glass (ugh...). Unbranded pry-off pressure cap.

5.5% ABV. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Served cold into a Cantillon gueuze glass at low altitude in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live as a gueuze per the label. Expectations are high given that Mikkel is my favourite brewer.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Not real frothy or creamy (which is to style). Could be fuller and softer. Retention is above average - ~3-4 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear albeit lightly hazy translucent copper of average vibrance. No floating yeast particulate is visible.

Pretty standard appearance for a gueuze. I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Oak/dampened oak barrel, neutral Belgian pale malts, hay, straw, crystal malt and lactic sourness (~3-4/10 in terms of complexity). Has plenty of barnyard funkiness. Fortunately, it doesn't suffer from the heavy cereal and grain emphasis that is so problematic in inferior beers in the style. Still, it has a raw almost wort-like character that is testament to its youth.

The hop profile is minimally present, and I find only a generic floral hop presence.

Aromatic intensity is average.

No off-notes or overt booze is detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Way less sour than it should be, with maybe a 3/10 sourness intensity, and it's all lactic. Hints of apple cidre vinegar bring render it aptly acidic but it's still light on the palate and refreshing. To style, the hop presence is minimal - but floral and earthy in character. A dampened oak tone throughout lends it guiding cohesion. It's nicely funky, with the brettanomyces funkiness blending well with the straw and hay. Green apple. Hints of crackery malts. Faint lemon.

Crisp, clean, smooth, and dry, with a spritzy effervescence. Doesn't induce puckering, but it does have a nice smackiness on the palate. This mouthfeel helps accentuate the vinegary apple notes and crystal malts, but doesn't elevate the beer. Good presence on the palate.

It's not the deepest or most intricately layered gueuze out there, but I love that it doesn't suffer from the raw cereal notes featured in many beers in the style. There's plenty of subtlety to its execution, and the cohesion lended by the oak almost makes this seem like more than the sum of its parts.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. Sour lovers will crave still more sourness, but this provides plenty of acidic lactic twang and will scratch the sour itch. A very competent effort from Mikkel, and well worth trying, though it can only develop with age. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, and might revisit this again in the future. It's one of Mikkel's more memorable sours, and will please (but not impress) the discerning drinker. The dry hopping hasn't brought much to the plate, however.

B (3.6)

Would pair beautifully with cheese.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice surprise. Wasn’t expecting much from this one but it was one of the best gueuzes I ever had. Tart and funky smell and taste is very well balanced. Not overly sour with great body making it very drinkable and refreshing. The dry hopping also adds a nice hoppy twist. Excellent beer!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Found one of these at Mike's in Waldo KC.

Opened it and it smelled metallic and skunky, poured a slightly hazed orange with a thin skim that fades to a ring around the edges. No lace.

Traces of tropical hops, not much though, earthy wet wood, skunk from the green bottle remains.

Tart and citrusy, a hint of skunked hops, dry oaky aftertaste. Pretty acidic, taste seems slightly funky, something about it seems out of place however. Likely the green bottle skunkiness. It was pretty good but I wouldn't get it again unless it was fresh. Seems more like a wild ale than anything.

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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like oak, green apple, lemon zest, hay, and some citrusy/floral hops. It tastes like oak, funk, green apple, hay, bready malt, white grapes, peaches and some pear. This tastes better the longer I drink this. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has a good amount of carbonation and it's easy to drink. I liked this brew a lot, although it's pricey at $14.99 a bottle. Definitely worth a try!

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Mikkeller Bar SF grand opening on 8/9/13. First drink of the day. Reviewed from notes taken on my phone.

A - Light yellowish-tan, slightly cloudy body. A small white head that quickly dissipated, leaving a slight lacing at the top of the tulip glass.

S - Straight up citrus and oak. First hit of smell I got was lemon and bitter orange peel, followed by cork oak. Floral hoppiness finished out the smell. Seemed like a great start to a great day.

T - A sour-bitter funk up. Slightly above-average tasting gueuze. Definitely some meyer-esque lemon and more of a bitterness from lemon peel rathger than orange peel. As it warmed up, I could really get the taste of citrus blossom in the mix with the above-mentioned flavors. A decent oakiness that tasted more like cork oak than oak barrels.

M - Slight carbonation that definitely waned as it sat a bit and warmed up. Very dry aftertaste that leaves some of the bitterness from the lemon peel feel in your mouth.

O - It was a slightly above-average geuze. I cannot say that I would go out and seek it again, but it is definitely worth a try if you happen to see a bottle or on tap somewhere. I dont know if there is betel nut/leaf in it as the name suggests, but it has been over 10 years since I tried betel, so I forgot how it tastes (it was the first/last time). Perhaps the bitterness was not from citrus peel, but rather from the betel nut???

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