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Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #90
Ranked #13,828
3.94 | pDev: 11.93%
Jan 07, 2021
Mar 22, 2008
Very Good
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Notes: Formerly Monk's Elixir
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Photo of Storm_Rryder
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

Very good, this is very similar to a tripel. I can't really tell the difference between the two styles. Maybe the difference is simply the darkness from roasted malt that give the caramel like flavors. But it has the same spices as a tripel. A bit high ABV for a regular brew, quite enjoyable though. Not easily available here so unlikely to have it again but Im happy I had it.

Jan 07, 2021
Photo of Beersnake1
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose is dark fruit forward - grapes and cherries spring to mind. An interesting sweetness. Yeast, a hint of lemon, leather, and grass. The taste is really nice - fits in a Belgian quad category for me. Raisins, wood, bread, vanilla, dark chocolate, brown sugar, candy, malts, some nuts, and plums. Mouthfeel is very nice - not overly thick and viscous, but smooth. Alcohol not really detectable. I'm a fan.

Aug 30, 2020
3.57 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 03, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Got this from the Mikkeller beerfest in Boston a couple years back. Been waiting to drink it for a while. I don't see a date but it's gotta be like 2-3 years old.

Pours an off-white almost tan colored foamy thicker slight rocky almost 1 finger head with great retention and moderate lacing, dark hazy auburn brown color

Nose brings loads of fruit, various darker fruits with fig, raisin, prune, date, pear, a little chocolate, a bit nutty, some brown toasty darker malts, little caramelization, candi sugar, toffee, candied dried fruits, soft smooth alcohol with a little mulled wine and some oxidation with a touch winey and hint of paper oxidation but works well in general, a touch yeasty

Taste brings more malt up front, sweet candy malt, a bit of chocolate, toasted biscuity Belgian malt with some caramelized sugar, candi sugar, toffee, and more of the mulled wine with a little oxidized winey characters, some smooth soft alcohol as well as a little tingle, lots of fruits as well, fig and candied raisins, dates, a little bitterness, brown sugar raisin like, finishes with more mild oxidation and mulled wine as well as chocolate, biscuity toffee, and loads of candied fruit, a bit sticky

Mouth is med to fuller bod, rich almost chewy, smooth alcohol that gets a little tingly hot as it warms, loads of carbonation definitely too much and gets distracting

Overall I think the aging helped, the fruity esters exploded and the alcohol smoothed out, although it did come through a bit hot at times, carbonation goes overboard, malts were nice, oxidation had both good and bad points, so good beer that's a nice sipper but not incredible.

Dec 31, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with three formidible fingers of cappucino head that leaves cool coral reef lace as it recedes.

Smells of dark sugar, candied fig and plum, caramel squares, milk chocolate, banana bread, peppery yeast and ghostly green hops.

Tastes of more candied dark fruit, spiced brown sugar, browning banana, caramel pudding, mild chocolatey sweetness and more soft leafy hops.

Feels interesting. Carbonation starts out peppy and prickly, then softens into a creamy smoothness. Finishes sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Absolutely delicious.

Nov 30, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the big bottle in a snifter. This mighty fine ale pours
a muddled dark brownish black with a fantastic head of long
lingering khaki foam that settles to about 1/2 an inch with
excellent lacing. Nose of dark fruits, dark candy sugars, and
subtle Belgian spice of coriander and clove. Flavors remind
me of what Bornum USED to taste like---dark fruit notes of date
and fig, dark bread, dark brown sugars, and a touch of clove
with banana notes. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium
high carbonation, and a sweet yet subtly dry finish showing some
wine characteristics.

Overall excellence from an excellent brewery!


Oct 23, 2019
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"Best by 6/31/21"; drank 5/29/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown/purple rust appearance.

A normal pour yielded a HUGE khaki head; a thick curtain of lace.

Clove, plum & fresh bread notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Mild plum & fresh bread flavors up front; bold clove & booze heat notes on the finish.

This was drinkable but way too boozy & clove forward to be very enjoyable; perhaps I should have let this age much closer to 2021 after all?!

May 19, 2019
4 by SaraMatt from California on Apr 15, 2019
4.25 by quantumech from Singapore on Feb 09, 2019
4.09 by groleau from Canada (QC) on Feb 01, 2019
4 by Griphon from Florida on Jan 23, 2019
Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by josanguapo from Spain

En copa Teku. Viendo Los Vengadores - La Era de Ultron. Ricas frutas oscuras. Todo lo esperado en una quad belga deliciosamente bien implementado y con el alcohol muy bien oculto

Jan 14, 2019
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jan 02, 2019
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Jan 01, 2019
3.92 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Nov 09, 2018
4 by RMW66 from Australia on Nov 06, 2018
4.29 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Oct 20, 2018
3.94 by emincems from Turkey on Oct 18, 2018
4.17 by RayCannata from Louisiana on Oct 16, 2018
4.17 by Knickfan3 from New York on Sep 14, 2018
Photo of Pontzie
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Pontzie from Florida

L: dark toasted brown color. Big thick yellow cream head. Flat appearance. Typical quad appearance.

S: fig like fruit scent that mixes with the malty caramel sugars and a certain presence of that alcohol that is ever a strength of quads.

T: deep rich fruit like figs and raisin and sour cherry pounce out front. There is a sourness in the back of the palatte that shows me down on this one.

F: A lasting finish that wants to be washed down with something a little lighter. Alcohol is held fairly well in this hut has been done better by others.

O:. Fair but a bit sour. A slow sipper that is definitely ok to work on.

Sep 01, 2018
3.93 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jul 22, 2018
3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Jun 03, 2018
3.9 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Jun 02, 2018
Photo of rudzud
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rudzud from Massachusetts

Was given a bottle of this for attending the 2016 Boston Copenhagen Beer Fest.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark brown almost like a deep chestnut with a big off white two finger head that fades nice and slowly to leave some light sticky lacing and a dense creamy head.

S - Aromas of belgian sugars and esters, light fruitiness. Very nice dark fruits (raisins and figs), flashes of coca powder as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Very nice belgian sugars and esters. Loads of dark fruits as well, little bit of toffee malt sweetness. Not overly sweet or cloy and the alcohol is hidden. Finish has just a little bit of lingering bitterness that is offset by the toffee and raisins.

M - Mouthfeel is almost brightly carbonated, slightly on the aggressive side. Alcohol is hidden quite well though!

O - Overall this beer had a really, really nice appearance and a lovely flavour profile. Drinking super, super pleasant right now...not sure how any lengthy aging to improve this.

Serving Type: Bottle

May 28, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DBosco from Massachusetts

This is an excellent Belgian strong ale. After trying it a few times, I have to recommend drinking it at a warmer temperature, about 60 degrees. At colder temperatures, you taste more of the bitter hop flavors, and miss out on the complex dark fruit flavors. It just isn't nearly as good at a colder temp.

May 12, 2018
3.92 by Bill69 from Pennsylvania on Apr 08, 2018
3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Feb 11, 2018
4.25 by paulish from New York on Feb 03, 2018
3.99 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Jan 28, 2018
4 by AyatollahGold from Indiana on Dec 19, 2017
4.25 by xungmound98 from New York on Dec 05, 2017
4 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Nov 30, 2017
4.5 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Nov 19, 2017
4 by mmilyko from Nevada on Nov 12, 2017
4.15 by igl from Russian Federation on Sep 17, 2017
4.25 by AlvinLin from New York on Aug 03, 2017
4 by redfox405 from California on Jul 17, 2017
3.75 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB) on Apr 23, 2017
4.41 by rangerred from Tennessee on Apr 14, 2017
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