Raspberry Trippelbock | Mikkeller ApS

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3.96/5
Very Good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: German Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
56
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 56
Photo of Czequershuus
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark reddish black with a large pink tinted head. The aroma is very berry forward, with strawberry and cherry notes most apparent, as well as some brett hints. The flavor starts with sweet strawberry, as well as malted milk, brett, chocolate, raisin, date, and overall sweet candy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a load of foamy carbonation. Overall this is a pretty tasty beer - fruit dominant, but very deep nonetheless.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Laughing in the face of the reinheitsgebot, Mikkel fruited this robust doppelbock. Let's see how eschewing tradition plays out for him...

BOTTLE: 375ml format. Brown glass. Red foil covers a pry-off crown cap, giving it a Belgian look (no accident it's brewed at Mikkel's go-to production brewery, De Proef Brouwerij). Imported to the US by the Shelton Bastards. Keith Shore label art - it's fine, but nothing special. This is at least 1 year old - I think 2 years?

13% ABV. "Ale brewed with raspberries." "Trippelbock." Already, I'm suspicious; they call this an ale brewed with raspberries but it's a lager style of beer...so which yeast did they use? I'm trusting the "ale" designation is a typo or tax designation thing; the label clearly states lager yeast (lagergaer). The Shelton Bastards' website calls this a "fruit beer," further muddying the waters.

Served chilled into a tulip.

HEAD: ~2-3cm in height. Khaki colour head boasts a terrific shining complexion and an impressive ~8 minute retention (in spite of its monstrous 13% ABV). Soft-looking, robust, fluffy, and creamy. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast/lees visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice look for a fruited doppelbock, but I guess a vibrant red would have been better given the use of raspberries. One wouldn't guess it was a fruited brew to look at it, and it isn't a terrific appearance for a doppelbock per se, but it's nice.

AROMA: Shrieks raspberries; it's unmistakable and vivid to the extent no one would mistake it for cherry or strawberry or anything but what it is - and I like that. It's genuine raspberry too, not just raspberry extract/syrup/flavouring. Dark sugars are evident, but I wouldn't pick up on any dark malts in a blind taste test. Lager yeast gives it a clean attenuation at the expense of any estery presence. No overt hop presence (to style). No wheat; this is a doppelbock, not a weizendoppelbock.

Aromatic intensity is high; this announces raspberry in no uncertain terms.

No booziness or off-notes. I'm impressed how reticent the 13% ABV is.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Heavy raspberry over notes of dark sugar and caramel. The raspberry is intense, beating the drinker over the head - not exactly the German subtlety you'd expect in a fine doppelbock. Some may find it saccharine; it's definitely sweet for a doppelbock, and ventures closer to child's raspberry candy than it does to a deep malty liquid bread meant to sustain monks during a fast. One could argue it collides Belgian fruiting with the German malt backbone doppelbocks are known for, but that would seem a bit optimistic to me. I don't find it too sweet personally, but it does flirt with raspberry syrup notes in spite of tasting like genuine raspberries throughout.

I'm reticent to call it balanced; it's so one-note that balance isn't really much of a factor. Those hoping for a rich malty bready doppelbock that's true to tradition will be let down, but I find it an inspired if flawed build. It can't hold a candle to Kuhnhenn's raspberry eisbock, but I don't dislike it.

Smooth, thick, wet, unrefreshing, medium to full-bodied, and well-carbonated (though not syrupy or sticky, which is an accomplishment seeing as how raspberry-emphatic this is). There's not an ideal harmony of texture and taste and nothing about the mouthfeel accentuates specific notes from the flavour profile, but the texture suits the taste decently and there are no egregious flaws texture-wise.

OVERALL: Those fearing the worst from the "trippelbock" designation given historical trainwrecks like Sam Adam's attempt (if you can call it that) at the purported style will be relieved to know this is nowhere near that catastrophic a failure. Those hoping for a beer on par with Kuhnhenn's raspberry eisbock will be underwhelmed. Anything but traditional, but a pleasant experiment in terms of fruiting a doppelbock. I hoped for more of a malty backbone and for the fruit to be on equal footing with the malts, but this is drinkable enough. More of a jammy tartness would be preferable, and I'd like to see them ease the sweetness back a few notches.

I'm glad I got to try it once, but I wouldn't pick it over traditional doppelbocks. Treated as a member of the vague catch-all style "fruit beer," it's simplistic but nevertheless enjoyable. What's really impressive here is that it drinks like it's 6-8% ABV.

High C (3.00) / AVERAGE

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Photo of Mineo
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Raspberry jam flavors collide with the malty backbone of a bock, creating a fruity beer whose biting malt presence provides something interesting, though can also be cloying. A good beer, though certainly a bold release with just a bit too much earthy malt for my liking.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Love the creativity of Mikkeller stuff, which is full effect here- A super high gravity bock with fruit added... Pretty cool idea anyway, lets see how this is executed. This beer was served at Thanksgiving 2016, after aging for about 1.5 years. not much info on the bottle to determine when it was brewed.

L: pours muddy dark brown with ruby highlights, medium clarity. Medium carbonation with white- off white head. no lacing.

S: There is a bit of musty, earth followed by jammy fruit and some feint booze and estery alcohol.

T: Wow! loaded up front with tart acidity from the raspberries, which lingers through the entire sip into the finish. There is a lot of alcohol here too, which is fairly hidden but present. Their is a some malt here too, but the fruit is the showcase. the malt comes across as slightly toasty sweet but barely there. The flavors do not necessarily meld very well. It is a bit tough to drink more than a few ounces but interesting nonetheless. Really comes across more like raspberry wine than anything else.

F: medium carbonation and body, Not very syrupy or cloying for a 13% ABV beer! goes down easy enough for the style.

O: This one was a bit disappointing given the steep pricetag, really cool presentation, and idea behind the beer. Mikkeller is often times hit or miss, so that was not a surprise. The beer is interesting and unique, but not very well excecuted. Maybe if the beer showcased more of bock characteristics without the raspberries completely overpowering- would this have worked a bit better. Would not purchase again but looks like it's discontinued anyway. Still, a fun drink and will continue buying the experimental Mikkeller stuff!

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Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at home. Dark ruby-brown pour with a tall, fine-grained tan head. Rich smell, including raspberries, chocolate, espresso, green walnuts, macerated fruit. The taste is quite complex, though a bit unbalanced between fruit tartness and bitter-sweet roasty chocolate. Medium body, low carbonation, velvety texture and a light sour and bitter-sweet finish.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 375ml capped bottle, in a stemmed glass.

Dark reddish body, one finger white head, short retention, no lacing. Smells of raspberry and a big malty caramel backbone that is hard to miss here. A bit plasticky. Good raspberry intensity. Flavour is similar, less of the plastic but the heavy caramel and dark fruit presence doesn't play well with the raspberries on the flavour. Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and syrupy, a big tasting beer most certainly. A bit of fruit roll up, but overall the malt backbone is way too sweet on top of the raspberry flavours without any real balance to it.

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Photo of kitch
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 22nd September 2016. Poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a dark brown colour with a slight red hue. It had a two finger khaki head with good retention that eventually settles to a cap and leaves nice spotty lacing.

Aroma: Strong raspberry juice and raspberry jam with cherry, grape juice and red wine with maybe a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Tart raspberry juice, grape juice, mixed berries, plum and red wine. There’s a hint of chocolate and molasses in the middle, but otherwise, its very fruit juicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and a well hidden 13% abv.

Overall: Nice tart fruit aromas and taste, as well as hints of chocolate which made it seem like a dessert.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/3/2017. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big juicy/tart raspberry, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, toasted brown bread, cherry, plum, red grape, red wine, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, raspberries, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart raspberry, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, toasted brown bread, cherry, plum, red grape, red wine, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate fruity/acidic tartness and tannic bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of juicy/tart raspberry, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, toasted brown bread, cherry, plum, red grape, red wine, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, raspberries, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tarness balance; with a light amount of tannic astringency after the finish. Good amount of dryness from acidity and tannic bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and lightly creamy/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited Eisbock! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, raspberries, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. This has more in common with a strong red wine/fruit beer than an eisbock overall; but still has a nice amount of malt complexity in the background to support the strong fruity flavors. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark, slightly reddish brown, nearly opaque in the glass, with a half finger khaki head that dissipates to a patchy film with decent lacing. Aroma is dominated by raspberry, with only hints of malt. Flavor follows, with tart raspberry forward with only hints of the supporting malt. The fresh raspberry transitions to a tarter, more acidic berry flavor, finishing with a tannic, somewhat astringent bitterness.Medium bodied with active carbonation. Not even close to what I expected, this is much closer to a tart, sweet lambic than a bock style. The malt is completely dominated by the raspberry juice here. The raspberry is very fresh, close to raspberry juice, which is quite nice and the high ABV is well covered. The flavor is great for a fruit influenced beer, but overwhelms any bock style malts. More red wine vinous than bock. I really like bocks and wanted a little malt fix here, but after redefining my expectations found this interesting and sweet/tartly enjoyable. Novel.

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Photo of mothman
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at mikkeller bar in SF. Too much raspberries and not enough tripplebock. The raspberries were very tart and overpowering. Some caramel and chocolate malts. Not boozy which was nice.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.85/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks decent with a nice clear cranberry color.

Nose is pleasant simple fruity raspberry and while not terribly assertive relatively appealing.

Taste is just horrible in my opinion. Tastes like bitter (in a bad way) burnt and rotten spoiled fruit. It has a spoiled meat character and is almost undrinkable flavor wise.

Finish is burnt, spoiled rotten garbage; a spoiled burnt grapefruit skin tone. I hate to say that but that's what it tastes like and that's the lingering finish. This is not for me.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The body is opaque copper with a one fingered beige head with nice lacing.
S: It reminds me a lot of Trappiste Rochefort 10. You can feel the wildberries everywhere.
T: This where you notice the beer's unbalenced taste. The wildberries are too proeminent. And underline that *too*. It feels too close to eating some wildberries that have a bitterness so different from the beer's bitterness.
F: Then again, the taste is the only thing that's kinda wrong in this beer. The carbonation is almost perfect and the hoppiness is very well designed into this Eisbock.
O: Overall, it's my first Mikkeller. Which means it's one of my first experimental beers. It's not a must have but I'd definitely recommend it even after tasting it. It's not very well balanced but in the end, it's a good beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer immediately reminds me Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock.

Malty and spicy doppelbock character up front, but then the beer is surrounded huge raspberry candy flavor and sweetness.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller's Raspberry Trippelbock. 13% ABV.

A: Almost two fingers of tan head. Sheeting gives the impression of viscosity. Slightly thin lacing. Deep reddish brown, with a mauve inner glow. Honey brown in the dimple.

S: Just a simple sniff upon opening before going in for appearance, and it smells straight up like raspberry jelly filled donut! Not strongly, but it's definitely there. Browned sweet bread behind that. More earthy bready notes, like some sort of whole grain. Slight alcohol aroma; to be expected in an eisbock.

T/MF: Deep, yet nearly bone dry raspberry jelly flavor. Raspberry wine/red wine. Tannins, fruit skin. Very earthy funk. Very slight ash in the back. Raspberry seed finish. Definite alcohol, but again, it's more similar to wine alcohol. Nice, light carbonation buzz.

Not as good as I was hoping, but there is quite a lot here. I'm sure this would go over quite well with wine lovers.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i am one of the few apparently who was floored by the fresler tripplebock, not sure if thats the exact base of this one, but my inclination is yes. i get a little less of that honey soy glaze thing that stood out to me so much in fresler, its been replaced by the intensity and authenticity of the berry, which is not at all subtle here. murky ruby red brown color, short head but its hangs out, there is some real density to this. yeast in the nose is a mikkeller classic, belgian a little, but this is a bock beer after all, and thats there too. the berries are tart in the nose, while the grain is sweet, nothing candy or fake about the fruit at all, its just the essence of the berry, and its lovely in the nose. the grain is deep and rich and layered and a lot more than the usual suspects. it has a hefty mellowness to it, if mellowness can be described that way, with the mouthfeel of a port wine, plus a little prickle of carbonation, its just soft and rich and patient, but also huge. the berry lasts longer than the malt in the finish, thank a slow cool fermentation for that i suspect. almost tart there on the back end, tannic a little too, this has a wine character in that way. just as dynamic as can be on its own, but if you want a special treat, have it with a little dark chocolate and let the flavors really come out. better as it warms too, worth the money, but i always say that with mikkeller stuff.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Upping the ante on the classic and stronger German bock beer, Mikkeller pushes the style to new heights and counters with a tangy, fruit-forward balance.

Absolute decadence pours into the snifter with a dark, bark-brown austere. With tawny red low-lights among its margins, the beer's dainty swirl of froth casts a scent of toasted chocolate, molasses, fruitcake, tart fruit and citrus along its rim.

Initial hearty sweetness coats the tongue with lavish toffee, molasses, cake and chocolate but then quickly delivers the toasted dryness of coffee just before the fruit arrives. The distinctive tang of under-ripened raspberry brings an immature sourness that also spans tart cherry, grape and plum. As the fruit acidity balances the savory sweetness, a drying tannic bite takes a decidedly wine-like tone.

Full bodied but trailing with a malty-dry texture, the toasted char, fruity tang, alcohol spice and grain-derived astringency all aid the beer in its dry drinkability. But part of the bock beer's charm is its complex and savory sweetness that is largely scrubbed out with all those balancing nuances. Complex? ...or complicated?

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Raspberry Trippelbock from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 56 ratings