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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and cara), light candy, hops (tomahawk, cascade and amarillo), yeast and brettanomyces.

Added by Nickls on 03-02-2009

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Photo of LarryMyers
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Neck foil dated: 03/02/15

A: The cork slid out with nary a sound. Uh oh, did I get a bad bottle? Nah, keep reading. Pours a chill hazed burnt orange, with a 3 1/2 finger thick, rocky, light khaki colored head that retained forever! The head graaaadually melted down to a thick glob that hung around in the center of the glass leaving a lacey mess down the sides.

S: I went into this one, not having read any of the reviews, expecting a sour/funky "Belgian Wild Ale". My first whiff had me wondering if I got a mis-label. Strong piney (American-styled) hops took the forefront with hints of caramel, citrus, and sweet candi.

T: Huge piney hop flavor. Delicious! Rounding out the flavors are cut grass and citrus hops, caramel, white pepper, spices, and a touch of candi sugar. Half-way through the second glass I finally noticed the spicy & funky Brett. I guess proper temp is the key to awakening the slightly funky Brett as I pulled this out of my too cold food fridge and not my beer fridge.

M: Typical APA/AIPA/DIPA mouthfeel: dry, juicy, peppery, oily, and spicy. Finish has a fantastic run of spicy astringency.

D: I kept trying to remember to pace myself to no avail. This beer went down so well. An 8% (let's face it) AIPA/DIPA with a slightly "wild" side? Sign me up, brother!

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Photo of dansmcd
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lightly hazy orange amber, with an off white head which remains for a few minutes.

S - Sweet fruity hops, grapefruit and tangerine, balanced against a mild stables funkiness.

T - Follows the nose with the citrusy hop character, some dank brett and wet bread brings some interest.

M - Moderately carbonated, medium body, starts out with a sour acidity before mellowing. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - Very enjoyable sour. Not sure about the nominated style here.

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Photo of kwjd
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of a private order to Ontario. Pours a cloudy orange colour with thick white head and tons of lacing down the glass. Smells of cirtus hops, candy suger and something a bit funky (I assume brett?). Nice bitterness mixed in with the Belgian sweetness. Big carbonation level. A very nice beer, which I had more!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating #1100!! And appropriate, considering it's also Memorial Day! Anyway, pours a cloudy brown/orange with a thick off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of tropical fruits and floral hops. Smells like an IPA, an awesome IPA at that! Flavor is not a fruity but has a nice bitter finish. Definitely quite hoppy with some sweet caramel malt. Nothing Belgian about this one to me. This is a great beer--I really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of pat_usher
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed and lightly rusted orange amber with nice cap of frothy white bubbles. Scent is a nice mix of citrusy hops and earthy, light funk along with a lightly bready malt backbone. Taste brings the components of scent to a whole new level, all the best notes of an IPA (bitter and citrusy) combine with a Belgian Pale (bready yeast, light sweetness) and completed wonderfully with the Brett (earthy, light barnyard funk)... complex. Medium bodied, grainy and dry. A nice beer from Mikkeller who continues to make interesting and tasty brews.

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Photo of JSchock7
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of artemh
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jackrodgers77
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of firesrage
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of andrewfjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JimmyTango
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: None listed on bottle, but bottle has what I assume is an older, "white" label
Glass: Tulip

Called a "Belgian Wild Ale" on the label, which certainly caught my eye at the time. I really enjoyed this very complex beer that manges to mix sweetness, spiciness, wildflower/herb, and Brettanomyces components together in a way that is very palatable to me.

Pours a 2cm tall head of small to medium-sized bubbles, faint tan in color, with excellent retention. As it slowly descends, the head leaves substantial and interesting lacing along the sides of the glass, some looking like the Earth's continents: very pleasing. Head settles to a thin cap atop the body at all times. Body is a deep, orange-tinted, burnt, light brown color, with light bringing out the pale orange undertones. The haziness of the beer's body still allows for carbonation to be visible, reaching up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is, at first, richly sweet, like toffee; this fades into a sharp hop bitterness mixed with a bit of Brettanomyces pepperiness; finally fading into substantial Belgian amber candi sugar.

Backbone of toffee-like malt sweetness with fruity, herbal, and spicy undertones overall. Front of palate discovers toffee sweetness along with flowery/herbal flavors and Brettanomyces pepperiness. Mid-palate finds mild hop bitterness, equally mild and pleasant Brettanomyces peppery and pineapple-like characters, and Belgian amber candi sugar. Back of palate has sharp bitterness from hops well-tempered by toffee-sweet malts, Brettanomyces pepperiness, and . Fades out with a faint burst of peppery spiciness that indicates Brettanomyces and ethanol. Lingering taste caramel malts and Belgian amber candi sugar mixed with Brettanomyces pepperiness and pineapple, fairly substantial hop bitterness, and ethanol. Really, pretty excellent.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with fairly high carbonation that leads to an at first fizzy mouthfeel that becomes soft and pillowy as the carbonation crosses the palate. Closes dry, with modest stickiness across the palate.

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Photo of bludtek
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this hazy, light amber-orange Belgian strong ale from a corked 750 mL bottle. The head was a beige white that stuck around and clung to the sides of my tulip glass.

I smelled citrusy hops, followed by fruity candy.

A honey maltiness was followed by grapefruit, floral, and grassy hops. Slight earthy acidity was also present.

There was a thin carbonation, medium body, and bit of a dry aftertaste.

Smooth taste and dry finish makes this drinkable for me. The alcohol was hidden with all the flavour. I would buy this one again. Interesting character for one of my favourite styles.

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Photo of smithj4
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Blanco
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Slightly reddish brown color and semi muddy. Small white head that disappears immediately. Citrus in the smell as well as some hoppiness and funk from wild yeasts. Flavor is also hoppy, but almost no bitterness. Wild tastes lean more toward vinegar and reminiscent of flanders sours than funk, with some slight tartness. Overall very good and interesting. This is one I very much enjoyed for its unique flavor.

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Photo of Walbert_Neto
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

USAlive! (Alive) from Mikkeller ApS
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