Jackie Brown | Mikkeller ApS

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Jackie BrownJackie Brown

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale, munich, cara-pils, cara-crystal, brown and chocolate), flaked oats, hops (nugget, simcoe and centennial) and ale yeast.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006

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Photo of MMOSNN
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - brown in color with a slight ruby hue, khaki head, and decent retention and lacing.
Smell - hops hit hard in the form of citrus and pine, but these aromas transition into coffee, chocolate, and sweet caramel malts a second later. The nose on this is really impressive and complex.
Taste - again, hops are super strong, especially for the style, with citrus and pine notes dominating. Nothing else really hits, but there are some underlying notes of caramel and chocolate lingering in the background.
Feel - good carbonation, medium body, and slightly creamy.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle. Clear dark ruby-brown pour with a medium height beige head. Notes of citrus hops, metal, lightly roasted malts, some pine hops, light dark chocolate. Medium body, high carbonation and a bitter, refreshing finish.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Best before 2017-03-10.

A: Clear brown. A lot of foam, medium retention.
S: Citrus and floral aroma, unusually hoppy for this style. Some toasted malts and biscuits.
T: Moderate citrus. A little bit figs and woods. Moderate toasted flavor. Dry. Medium low bitterness.
M: Medium body. High carbonation. Creamy.
O: Interesting brown. Aromatic and flavorful.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml split three ways last night, reviewed from phone notes.

A - Nice auburn color with a bit of haze and bright red highlights. Big ol sticky beige head retains most excellently, no less than a solid finger and leaves tons of lace too.

S - Decent mocha presence, definitely well-hopped with citrus, herbal and pine popping out. Some dark fruit, rum raisin and a roasty burnt wood feel.

T - Brings on alot of hops and roast like the scent but certainly a more clashing mix here. Chocolate and caramel malts with a good dose of earthy pine hops, light citrus, and bitter roast. A bit of a smokier feel here as well.

M - Pretty decent body, good amount of heft and highish carbonation, an acceptable malt presence but dry and bitter for a brown ale.

O - This grew on me a bit with warmth and time but I do wish the malts were more expressive with the hops and perhaps the roast toned down. Hints of those nice big brown malts were in there but overall this was a bit on the harsh and clashing side.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

6.0% ABV.
Poured into pint.
Pours dark brown/ mahogany beer with excellent beige head, good retention.
Smell - nutty, toasted, resiny hops, roasted.
Taste - roasted and nutty, coffee, generous hopping, dry on palate, somewhat harsh.
Medium body, good carbonation

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3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very interesting brown ale. Very crisp, dry and spicy. Black pepper is very evident in the flavor. Darkest of brown bodies. Spicy and zesty feel on the nose.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep mahoghony brown with a massive inch thick khaki colored head. Thick Brussels lacing. Aroma of caramel and dark malt. The taste has a bitterness that grows throughout the palette,but it is coming from the dark malt. There's definitely caramel and plenty of dark malt. The mouth is a bit thick and chewy for the style with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Florida9
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark chestnut brown in color. Forms a minimal tan colored head. Little retention and no lacing.

S: Aroma is full of roasted malts and toasted nuttiness. Brown bread, molasses, raisin, and prune.

T: Taste is predominantly roasted malts with notes of nuts and a hint of smoky char. Dark caramel, coffee, and chicory.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Lower carbonation. Lower bitterness. Slight burnt-malt bitterness.

O: Admittedly not my favorite style, but this one is a fine example of the style.

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Photo of mserviam
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Very dark brown, with just a little light seeping through the very edges of the glass. Pours a tan head that is almost uncontrollable. Take the last sip from the bottle and get a strong roasted nut/caramel flavor with a balanced hop finish. The head patiently settles down into a nice cap that stays with the beer.

Having been consuming a lot of in your face Mikkeller beers recently, Jackie Brown is a bit more subdued but no less enjoyable. A unique Brown Ale with a hoppy presence I haven't normally tasted in this style beer.

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Photo of Leviathan5
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, label says 6% ABV

A - Almost opaque dark brown, with a big brownish head. It dissipates kinda quickly but there's always a little bit of a head. Great lacing

S - Hoppier than the average brown ale. You can really appreciate the hops. Also caramel/roasted malts, that become more prominent as the beer warms. Really good balance between sweetness and bitterness

T - Nice malty, caramel-like taste, but really well balanced by the hops. Dry bitter finish where the hops are the predominant note. The aftertaste is also hoppy

M - Medium body and medium-light carbonatation. Smooth in mouth and a real pleasure to drink

O - A nice beer, with a nice hoppy twist that makes it really interesting. Definitely worth drinking again

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a massive three finger light brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, piney hops, chocolate and hints of nuts, nice. Flavor is dry biscuit malt with light toastiness, nuts, burnt coffee, transitioning to a lighter dry malt flavor and finishing with charred coffee and pine hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Flavor not quite as interesting as the aroma, but still an enjoyable take on a brown ale. Aggressively hopped for the style, but still well balanced. Nice char elements.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a mini pint glass.

Appearance - A terrible pour yields a huge cream head. Lots of lacing and great retention. Reddish brown body.

Smell - Aggressively hopped. Smells like a red ale. Pine hop and caramel malt.

Taste - Really hoppy again. Still tastes like a red ale. Caramel malts, grapefruit and pine hop. A little nutty, just barely reminds you of a brown ale. A little bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Intensely hoppy is distracting. Bitter. Slightly harsh.

Overall - Barely a brown ale. Just a nutty red ale.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in room temperature. My bottle says 6.0% ABV, not 5.90%.

Appearance: Dark brown. Pours a massive, thick and creamy head that lasts.

Aroma: Malty, with hints of burnt caramel and coffee.

Taste: Very soft and smooth on the tongue, with a creamy toffee flavour, vanilla, and a malty aftertaste mixed with milky coffee. Tasty!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied.

Overall: An interesting variation on the brown ale. Very pleasant and tasty, although it could be a bit more robust. Feels almost like a morning beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a hint of ruby and a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, nuttiness, English yeast, some dark fruits, touch of chocolate, some earthy hops.

T - Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, nuttiness, English yeast and a touch of dark fruits, chocolate, oats, earthy and light citrus hops, some smooth bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Super smooth with a sweet, dry, fruity finish.

D - Fantastic brown ale. Great balance of flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

interesting example of a brown ale here. the pour is magnificent. dark dark brown, next to no light coming in, with what must be a little sediment in there, and a huge and hard to tame light brown head that is as big as you want it to be, and doesnt fade a bit. the nose is funny, more yeast than i probably want in a brown ale, belgian in nature, and a lot of coffee for a beer that i dont think is brewed with coffee. lots of roast on the malt in both taste and smell, more so than the usual brown ale, and this is missing that caramel sweet element. some hops in the smell too, and especially in the taste, one of more hoppy browns i can remember. its bitter in the finish, really bitter, hops contribute, but so do nearly burnt barley malts. a touch of brown sugar flavor, no sweetness at all. quite thin in body, i like my browns a little richer than this, but it contributes to drinkability i suppose. tons of carbonation too, usually a plus in mikkeller beers brings this to the brink of way way way to thin and light, which is so odd for how dark the color is. i really cant believe this. looks so much darker and richer than it feels. overall though an excellent brown ale, i like the extra hops in here as well as the yeast, gives a new twist to an old style. mikkeller never fails in my book.

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Photo of superspak
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, best before 2/3/2011. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big apple skins, pear, herbal, and yeasty phenols; with slight notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, and light roasted malt. Pretty bad aromas here; this one definitely went south on the store shelf. Mostly fruity phenols and hardly anything else. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toast, bread, apple, pear, light char, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel roasted malt, toast, bread, light fruits, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Taste was quite a bit better than the aromas would imply; but there was still some phenolic fruitiness noticed, and it was a bit unbalanced. Flavor felt a bit watered down. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this was a pretty poor brown ale, the bottle obviously went south. Aromas had zero brown ale characteristics, but the flavors were a bit closer. I was able to finish this bottle slowly; and I won’t hold this against the brewer, as it was obviously the fault of storage temperature and age.

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Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muddy, cloudy brown body topped with a sticky, chunky, light tan head; thick rings down the glass; sticky globs, etc. Nothing but a strong, sweet malt aroma; rich caramel, butterscotch, almost 'mocha-like'. Strong caramel taste, well-balanced with a subtle hop bitterness; walnut and hickory nut. Rich, sugary feel; medium-heavy body.

A powerful and delightful brown ale. Depth and complexity in spades! Nicely balanced, well-defined richness...

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Photo of claspada
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish-brown colored body with a medium size light beige head that leaves some sprtty lacing.

Aromas begin with an aromatic blend of chocolate, rich coffee and oven-toasted nuts with a woody, spicy hop notes.

The tastes begin with roasted nuts and unsweetened chocolate with a strong grainy maitiness and a distinct coffee flavor. Almost no sweetness present. Spicy hop with an encroaching woodiness and moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation. A good measure of bitter and roast on the finish.

Overall, I just simply wasn't enamored with this one. The in-your-face roasted graininess really starts to grate on the palate and the hop character is a bit too much more my liking in a brown ale.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky deep brown with a tint of red, abundant rich khaki colored head that lingers nicely and leaves behind excellent lacing

S - A little faint,. Slightly caramel & chocolaty sweet and roasty, some piney hop subtleties, possibly some dark fruits, prunes or raisins. Some slight citrusy characteristics as well

T - Slightly chocolaty and sweet, nice traces of dark fruit, some lighter/citrusy flavors.

M - Super drinkable, light carbonation, very smooth and light.

O - Very nice brew. Lots of unsuspecting flavors. Very light and easy/fun to drink

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky mahogany with a thick khaki head. Little chunks of yeast are just barely visible in the glass. When held up to the light, subtle garnet highlights are evident.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla bean, coffee, leather, and roasted grain fill the nose. Eventually, subtle scents of citrus emerge to balance the heavy malt scents.

T: Opens with an assault of dark malt flavors-roasted grain, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, leather, burnt toast, roasted nuts, prunes, coffee, figs, raisins, and vanilla bean are in abundance. At mid-palate, the malt flavors are balanced by notes of black pepper, herbs, lemon zest, bitter orange peel, and tobacco from the hops. The finish is thick and long with a turbulent mix of citrus, tobacco, leather, coffee, and chocolate flavors.

M: Medium-to-full in body, very dry, and chalky. Carbonation is forceful.

O: This is an excellent brown ale, and one that should be embraced by fans of bold, complex ales. Jackie Brown is not particularly brash, strong, and forceful compared to some of Mikkeller's other work, but it is solid, flavorful, dependable, and extremely well crafted. I would have no problem recommending this beer to fans of the style.

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Photo of Jsenay
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a tulip

A - Deep brown with insane amounts of head. A very frothy head that lasts the entire time. Looks like a root beer float.

S - Toffee, dark chocolate coffee, raisins, grape, brown sugared dates, bready.

T - Coffee/toffee with a nice roast profile. Very smooth overall with a medium dry finish.

M - Very smooth. Nice scrubbing carbonation with a rich dark raisin sweetness that leaves a filmy drying finish.

O - Very nice brown porter style. Really amazing carbonation and a nice toffee caramelized flavor with some mocha. A nice get on an old style.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown that goes ruby in light with lumpy steady mocha-colored head that leaves mad lace. Nose is brown sugar syrup, nut loaf, coffee, spruce and orange peel - arresting.
Strong latte and milk chocolate with nuances of fresh bread crust, caramel-coated nuts and treacle then fiery, tropical/citrus, gooey hops.
Flowery toffee finish and long resiny linger. Medium, sticky, chewy but still snappy, round, smooth.

Hard to believe there's no actual coffee. 5 malts, and there is some impressive layering here. Good interplay between orangey Centennial and heavy Simcoe. Plenty of toast, some malty acid but still sweet, and a creamy body - lots to balance, but Mikkeller pulls it off.

Maybe the best hoppy brown.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Pours a murky dark, dark brown. One full finger of light brown, fluffy head. Good carbonation coming up. A good ring of thick, sticky lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Hops are pretty dominant and bready notes with caramel.

T - Loads of hops balance with a rich, malty backbone. Typical nutty and roasty elements with a giant punch of hops as well.

M - Decent carbonation with a particularly full body. Dry nuttiness in the finish.

O/D - Hops are the most dominant element in this brown ale. Something that strikes me as inapropriate but still workable. Not a bad beer but a brown ale probably should have more 'brownness' going on. Interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This head is like a big afro. Volume city. Very murky and yeasty appearing. Talking about the man! Opps, wrong movie. They should have called it Murky Brown, not Jackie Brown.

Nose is cool and herbal. Funky hoppiness. Almost vegetal, man.

Taste is hop-chocolate. All night, all day. This cool cat is loads lighter than would be expected. Little smooth and creamy, but not the Super Chocolate one would expect ( unless one were munching Spinach at the same time ).

So there you have it, jive Turkey! This ain't yo momma's brewski, you got me, honkey town?! This fine, not super fine, just ok kinda fine. Dig?!

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Photo of dansmcd
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown and murky, creamy dense head and sheets of lacing.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee.

T - Interestingly quite a prominent hop profile with citrus/orange peel up front, backed by the coffee bitterness and some juniper. Different.

M - Smooth medium body, low carbonation.

O - A good US style brown, with some nice little flavour subtleties.

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Jackie Brown from Mikkeller ApS
3.87 out of 5 based on 297 ratings.
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