Hues | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by errantnight on 07-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle. Fizzy off white head. Fades away. Dark burnt gold color.

Sour green apples. Pear notes. Oaky and funky. Some brett. Grape flavors and tannins. Light lemon acidity.

Light bodied. Nice carbonation.

Very easy drinking with lots of flavor. I am impressed Mikkeller could brew a 'gueuze' this well.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of golf4collet
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. Cork and caged bottle.

Poured a clear golden-yellow body, one finger white head, good retention. Didn't really look geuze-like, but I'll take it. Bits of lacing as well. Smells of cobweb, funk, apple cider vinegar, bit of lactic acid, vinous qualities, touch of oak, light wheat sweetness. Impressive. Flavour follows the nose, with a nice apple cider vinegar acidity to it; not insanely mouthpuckering but does a great job of imparting a clean complexity to it; a bit of white wine dryness, musty funk, overall a more than solid tasting geuze profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and slightly dry, good carbonation with a smooth acidic finish. Overall, a very nice geuze that has a fair bit of complexity and acidity to it; depending on the price it may be worth picking up again.

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Photo of cyrushire
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

PACKAGING: Green glass bottle with gold foil covering the hood-and-wire cage (that itself houses the cork). Colourful label art. 2014 vintage. Best before: 27/03/24. 12.7 fl oz format.

5.0% ABV. "Spontaneous fermented beer aged in Hungarian oak barrels."

APPEARANCE: No gush upon opening.

Head comes out as a thin off-white cap of 2 minute retention. No lacing as it fades.

Body is a clear honey gold of average vibrance with no visible yeast/lees within.

Looks decent for a gueuze, albiet far from special.

AROMA: Spot-on for the intended style, with obvious acidity and a neutral (wheat and pilsner) malt core. Barnyard notes of straw/hay, green apple, and wood. It seems a bit heavy on the young lambic - which is to say it's not sour enough. There's plenty of wild yeast funky twang in there, but little sourness (sourness is maybe a 3/10 in terms of intensity). Not too cereal-emphatic, which is always a risk even in what many consider to be the best expressions of the style.

Aromatic intensity is light. I detect no hops or overt alcohol.

TASTE: Meets the meagre expectations created by the aroma, failing to bring enough sourness to the table or to commit fully to evoking oak, but going heavy on the style's signature barnyard notes and funky twang. Heavy on apple cidre vinegar and green apple. Generally well balanced albeit lacking in terms of depth of flavour and intricacy. I do like it, but it doesn't capture the barnyard subtleties and the nuances of spontaneous fermentation as fully and expressively as the style demands.

Flavour duration is above average. Flavour intensity is true to style.

TEXTURE: Acidic. Undercarbonated. Smooth, parchingly dry, light-bodied, unrefreshing. Lacks the lactic smackiness I love in a great expression of the style.

OVERALL: While it comes closer to nailing the style than the vast majority of non-Belgian attempts at it (De Proef not counting as strictly Belgian per se here given Mikkel's oversight), Hues is ultimately an underwhelming brew in a style that's extremely difficult to master. While superior to the expressions of the style put out by lambic producers with bad reputations (not to name names, but, well, fuck it...De Troch), it won't dazzle discerning drinkers familiar with the best the style has to offer from the likes of Drie Fonteinen and to a lesser extent Tilquin, Girardin, and Cantillon.


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Photo of wmlwwmusa
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Harrison8
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a foggy opaque deep orange with a thin, fizzy white head. Head disappears quickly, with little to no lacing left behind. Aroma is sharp, with notes of grape, citrus, and a slight metallic hue. The flavor profile disappears quickly, but before doing so gives a sharp taste of citrus, grapes, and oak all with a slight metallic tinge. Mouth feel is bubbly and harsh. Otherwise, it has a middle of the road consistency. Overall, it's a fun beverage, but not something I would go out of my way to pick up. It certainly has some interesting characteristics. The packaging is quite nice.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IckyT2012
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 375ml

Cork pops quietly, emits a wisp of gunsmoke. Pours placidly, with an accumulation of foam, but not a substantial head. Fizzles away after a minute. It struggles to show much carbonation, and gives the impression of an unblended lambic. Color is on the darker side of orange, verges on copper.

Aroma is slightly metallic at first, bummer. As it warms, some nice citrus and oak comes through to redeem it. Oak character is unique, likely a result of the Hungarian oak barrels used. A light nutmeg spice and vanilla becomes present, some sandalwood and lemon pith.

Lemony and oaky taste, fully lactic and citric, puckering and clean. Tart verging on sour. No acetic acid present, no vinegar notes. Approaches the profile of a traditional Gueuze, and certainly more enjoyable than some of the mid-tier ones out there. Supple feel with a mellow carb level, tannic and gripping dry finish. Nice stuff, I think this may be better than most of the Spontan- series i've tried, it has a little more nuance and complexity going on.

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Photo of Andrea_Netherlands
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, sour! My kind of sour though, and surprisingly easy to drink. Cheers!

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Photo of Vylo
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of AgentMunky
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Teku glass. Vintage 2014. From notes. Reviewed 27 December 2015.
Pours clear, golden, and effervescent until the sediment muddies it up.
Lovely. Sharp, acetic, and tropically fruity.
Oh wow! Aggressively sour. That's the majority of the taste, but there's white grape and a bit of must. Tangerine.
Super-expensive, but.....worth it?

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Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SveNss0N
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color with off-white head that fizzes away completely. Aroma has very nice, classic lambic notes. You get hay, barnyard and tart fruits like lemon and unripe mirabelle plums. Taste starts tart but there is also an underlying malt sweetness. Tart fruits, honey, funky lambic notes, you get them all in a very good balance. Body is medium, dry and well carbonated. Overall it's a very classic, well made gueuze.

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Photo of RobinLee
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange pour with a vigurous white head with little retention. Smells funky, with notes of barnyard, citrus, sodium bicarbonate, champagne yeast and vinegar. The taste is dominated by sour vinegar, together with grape must, sodium bicarbonate and grapefruit. Refreshing and thirst quenching, medium to light body and high carbonation with a sour aftertaste.

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Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hues from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 102 ratings