K:rlek Höst/Vinter 2013 | Mikkeller ApS

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K:rlek Höst/Vinter 2013K:rlek Höst/Vinter 2013

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Evil_Pidde on 11-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by wordemupg:
Photo of wordemupg
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 12/12/13

A hazy pale orange liquid with tiny bubbles feeding a tight two finger head that slowly falls to a thick film that leaves 4 pencil thin rings followed by random patches all the way down

S lots of mango and pineapple, Proef yeast, butterscotch, more tropical fruit, some spruce, has a big but simple nose on it

T still fruity but not as intense as the nose, rind comes out, some orange peel, grapefruit, sweet malt, and yeast, the nose takes it

M gritty, bitter, leaning towards full for the color, bubbles stop short of cream

O a big fruity, hopped up pale ale, my glass is almost empty at this point so that says something

I think this would make a better Summer then Winter seasonal but either way I enjoyed it and could drink a few in a short period of time

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BGDrock
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Appearance: hazy, dull gold body, produces a good head with several minutes retention

Aroma: oak, herbal, spice - and something very distinctive but can't place it; perfumy, dried flowers; lavender?

Taste & Mouthfeel: some light and juicy fruit - orange, grapefruit - and a puckering dry finish heavy on resin hop bitterness; reading the label, see that it has pineapple - surprising, but can see it in the sense of juicy fruit flavours that first stood out, but not strongly

Overall: sweet, bright fruit flavours and light body are great attractors, but find the hops are distracting and a bit flat, even a bit window-cleanerish

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, a hard one to come by around here, when most stores are still trying to get rid of the 2012 stuff, reused SKUs, and all that.

This beer pours a rather cloudy, yet bright medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and frothy ecru head, which leaves a decent array of Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of sharply acrid pine needles, orange and grapefruit rind, bready pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee, and some mild earthy yeast. The taste is more tropical fruit oriented than bitter Florida citrus in nature, with the pine needles cozying up to their spruce neighbours, the bready malt gaining a strict dry cracker sidekick, while ditching the caramel sweetness almost entirely, and the yeast sort of planting its permanent resident flag.

The carbonation is fairly peppy, in a tight, edgy manner, the body on the light side of medium weight, and a tad pithy in its punch-clock smoothness. It finishes quite dry, the pine and citrus hops, crackery malt, and smug yeast pretty much just saying so.

A pretty hoppy and ergo, enjoyable APA, sez I. Sure, the bitterness verges on IPA territory from the get-go, but c'mon, it's Mikkeller - they've yet to see a style and not fuck with it (ok, 'push the boundaries'), so bottoms up, and just appreciate the IBUs that come with this offering, even as I'm drinking this nigh on summer time.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Purchased at the LCBO for a steep $4.60 for a 330ml bottle. I bought it Oct.2014 and it's a 2013 vintage. Yikes this sits

A- 4.25- Opens well pouring no head that settles to a film quickly. Unfiltered gold goodness

S- 3.75- Effervescent to the max but single ended

T- 4.0- Very good. Touch sour and with a year on it tastes pretty good.

M- 3.5- Not that great. Nice sourness but single ended beer

O- 3.92- This is top score. WAY too expensive to buy again. Would try on tap though if I find it

Food Pairing

This nice little sour went well with....... Wild greens salad with roasted pine nuts and gorgonzola


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Photo of spinrsx
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $4.60 or so

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, breads/grains, lemon/apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, breads/grains, hops, and a grassiness. There is also some apricot

Overall - A little astringent at times but a nice dose of hops. Probably better fresh of course, but still decent. At the price point there are lots of better options however. I wouldn't pick this up again.

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Photo of jooj8
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before June 25 2016. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy, effervescent golden-yellow colour, with countless streams of tiny bubbles racing their way to the surface. A crown of fluffy, soapy eggshell-white head nearly two fingers thick is seated there; excellent retention, with beautiful, copious amounts of lacing. It's a gorgeous pale ale, for sure, and the aroma ain't too shabby either. Tropical fruits such as pineapple and papaya are quite prominent, in addition to complementary notes of mandarin orange, peach, and grainy malt sweetness.

Interesting flavour. The malts come off a little wheaty, with a hint of spicy rye, but the fruitiness - mostly pineapple, with notes of mango, papaya and peach - is what dominates the first half of the sip. In the latter half, grapefruit and orange pith become the major players, providing a lovely bitter astringency that dries the palate out quite effectively. Medium in body, with a weak bite from the carbonation and an overall smooth, not-quite-creamy feel in the mouth. Easy drink in large quantities, except for the whole price point thing.

Final Grade: 3.88, a B+. K:rlek is one of the better APAs I've tried in recent months. The pineapple works nicely with the citrusy hop profile, and while this certainly isn't a ground-breaking or memorable pale ale, it's still a pleasure to sip. Worth a look, but bluntly speaking, this is still just a 'pretty good' beer priced like an outstanding one, and that fact is guaranteed to stick in some people's craw. Oh, and the 'best before 2016' thing? That's a pretty funny joke, guys, but don't quit your day job.

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Photo of Kaizoku
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of lgmol
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rogerdandy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nullbort
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jondavidsson
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kevinlater
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

5.9% abv, 330ml bottle into spiegelau IPA glass. best before june 25, 2016 (yeah right), consumed on october 22, 2014. brewed with citra, chinook, amarillo, and simcoe hops, as well as pineapple

a: hazy golden orange, 4 fingers of frothy white-ish head. beautiful

s: pineapple, malt, grapefruit, hint of banana, some lemon, orange, and papaya notes. very fruity

t: mirrors the nose. pineapple and lemon up front. some orange, grapefruit, banana, and papaya notes accompanying. a tiny bit of mango as well. little malt presence and an easy-going bitterness at the end. could use more malt flavour, but the fruit profile is delicious

m: terrible. light body and mild carbonation make the beer feel like water in the mouth

o: tasty, fruit-forward stuff, but the mouthfeel is very poor

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Photo of yancot
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

K:rlek looks as muddled in the glass as it does on paper; wet sand will yield about the same degree of clarity. This pale ale could easily pass for pineapple juice (and, lo and behold, is brewed with pineapples so that makes sense). I'm expecting to pick pieces of pulp out of my teeth.

Every sniff comes with your own personal tropical island tour. The smell is a total delight. It's got the kind of eye-opening citrus notes you expect from the juice bar at the gym or the breakfast buffet of a fancy hotel. Notes of ripe fruit abound and overshadow any trace of malt.

Remember when I said K:rlek looked like pineapple juice? Well turns out it tastes like it too. The flavour is dominated by fresh-squeezed tropical fruitiness and all the citrusy refreshment that typically accompanies it. Again, this is only for those that like their OJ extra-pulpy.

At $4.60 per 330ml bottle, K:rlek is far from a 'bang-for-your-buck' pale ale and, unfortunately, it's really no more special than one either. I like it but wouldn't buy a six-pack even with a winning lottery ticket; there's no shortage of comparable beers with much better value.

Mikkeller offerings are notoriously hit-and-miss. I guess that's bound to happen with a globetrotting "gypsy brewer" who leaves all the quality control and distribution to others; I've had some of his beers that had no business being on the shelf. But for a hoppy pale ale that was shipped halfway around the world only to sit in an unrefrigerated warehouse, K:rlek turned out unexpectedly good.

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Photo of ooftu
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Sarmento
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Hazy and straw coloured with a modestly sized bubbly head that recedes quickly to a ring.

(4.25) S: Pine, pineapple, orange, nuts, cane sugar, and fresh bread. More so tropical than citrus fruits with an underlying damp woody aroma. Excellent.

(4.25) T: Juicy grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, honey, and crackery grain. Different than aroma with more of a semi-tart citrus flavour present. Wonderfully dry and bitter.

(4.0) M: Medium-lighter bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and dry.

(4.0) D: This is very good. It’s a lighter and tarter (and hoppier) pale ale than other "ales" in the 6% range and it manages to provide a full flavour.

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Photo of Beervana
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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K:rlek Höst/Vinter 2013 from Mikkeller ApS
3.85 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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