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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.39%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Water, malts, light candy, hops, yeast and brettanomyces.

Added by koopa on 06-15-2009

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2018. Picked up quite a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The name and Danish description don't give much away - what the hell is this?

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright reddish-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Some sediment visible. Yields a huge head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet, spicy malt; brings to mind a Christmas ale. Hints of clove, cinnamon, ginger, spice, caramel, sugar, funkiness, mild vinegar and earthy yeast. Faintly vinous and rather complex - intriguing.

Tastes of spicy caramel malt and funky yeast with a sweet, lingering finish. Notes of clove, cinnamon, spicy phenolics, caramel, sugar, mild dried fruit, subtle funk, earthy yeast and a twinge of vinegar. Slightly sour, with a yeasty, herbal character upon swallowing. Little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, with soft carbonation and a velvety body. Vaguely astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh, herbal spice, sweet caramel and yeast.

Nice but weird, not to mention hard to categorise. A sweet 'n sour beer. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are distinctly spicy and sweet. A mélange of caramel malt, spice and mild funk. Decent body though a shade more effervescence would improve the texture. The ingredient list doesn't include any specific spices, so I presume the flavour is entirely the work of the yeast. Quite incredible, as the spice is enough to make you think of a Christmas beer. Anyway, an unusual but well-rounded effort from Mikkeller. If you like funk and/or spice then this is for you. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of jsanford
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA.

Pours a cloudy dark orange-amber with a slight white haze. Nose is a subdued blend of sweet malt, apples, and young Brett. Taste is much stronger then the nose suggests, lots of earthy, cheesy, funky Brett with a fairly sweet malt profile. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly creamy, with a touch over medium-bodied and moderate carbonation. Overall a fun experiment in Brett, but not something I can drink too much of.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle, silver foil around the neck. Pours out a cloudy amber hue, loose creamy white head pitted with bubbles.

Candy sweetness, citrus, some mild earth and funk in the nose. Small notes of caramel.

Light sugary and fruit sweetness up front in the flavour, some mild bready, caramel malt in the middle, with equally mild herbal and grassy hops on the finish. Quite balanced and mild for the alcohol content.

Medium-light mouthfeel, a bit thin, medium carbonation with a bit of briskness on the finish.

The double-edged sword strikes in this instance. An okay Belgian style ale, quite mild and well-contained overall, but lacks the marketed "oomph" of Mikkeller's mandate for pushing the limits and offering something new and unique. Quite drinkable for what it is, yet not very interesting compared to what else is out there in this style.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed, orange color, head is tightly packed with dense tan foam. Great look, although the lacing is spotty.

Candi sugar is big on the nose, backed up with some peppery phenols and an herbal hoppiness. A little more power here would be nice.

This is a hoppy Belgian style beer for sure. Sweetness leads, with Pez and something like cherry coming forward. Bitterness is the next note, with a pepper-tinged herbal flavor. Finishes with this herbal component as well.

Last to be recognized is first on the label. There is a mild farmhouse flavor here, although I would describe this beer as less funky even than a faro (similarly not as sweet). The point is, the sweetness far outweighs any acidity.

Finishes with the herbal touch and a slightly pervasive but not cloying sweetness. The "funk" can probably take credit for that, keeping the carbonation up and finishing ever-so-slightly dry. Interesting, kind of different, but ultimately I was hoping for more of a "funky Belgian IPA" from the label than a fairly straightforward, if hoppy, Belgian strong pale.

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Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml synthetic corked 7 caged bottle. Brewed at De Proef.

Pours a nice clear reddish/roange/amber/ brown. The head is large, foamy, and slightly off-white. It recedes decently quickly leaving some large spots of nice lacing.

There is a lot of caramel in the scent. Also some funk. There are some hops in there too, some nice grassy herbal notes come out of those.

The taste is very, very smooth. It has some roasty caramel flavor, a nice semi-bitter hop bite, and a speckle of yeast. This one is obviously pretty fresh and the wild yeast hasn't done its full duty yet. So this one is more of a real belgian strong ale than a wild ale. There is some nice fruit that comes in at the end.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice, a bit syrupy though.

Overall, it is another ok but not amazing experimental brew form Mikkeller.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Jim's. BB 2018.

Pours a murky copper. Sudsy coarse very off white head stays for a while, but then subsides to scummy film. Lace everywhere

Aromas on the nose!! Brett, vinegar.... Then a little Christmas cake.

Taste is sour up front then the complexity of the BSPA kicks in. Very integrated. Hints of dried fruits, raisins, sherry. On Belgian style.

Mouthfeel quite light for style, but ABV warms.

It is what is says it is... Belgian strong with Brett. Nicely done Wild/Sour hybrid.

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Photo of peabody
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours out a golden yellow very clear liquid and makes a nice head of white foam. Lacing is minimal around my glass.
Smell is the king here. Funky grape skin/green apple/allspice and a slight burning yeast make this a fantastic smelling beer.
Taste is just a tad sour and the malt is strong but the 9.39% can't be detected. The spice is not as strong in the taste and the fruit isn't as prevelant as it was in the nose.
Mouthfeel is very clean as you would expect from a sour but the malt does hang around keeping the mouth in a sweet mode and salivating state yearning for the next taste.
Overall this is a really good sour that I would buy again even if it is 13 bucksw for the small bottle.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The golden amber color was deeper in shade than most BSPAs, and the the head atop was three finger thick. The smell was not typical of a wild ale, as I did not get any Brett character via the nose. I could only detect sour cherries and honey via the nose. The taste was similar to the smell, with honey like sweetness, and green apple sourness. There was a bit of an unexpected hop bite to this as well. The body was on the light side of medium, and aided in the quenching nature of the beer. The alcohol was very well hidden, and the strength lable was shocking compared to the experience.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy orange pour with 2 fingers of foamy head giving off great amounts of lacing. smells of jasmine, wine barrels, perfume, lemon, very funky! a sweet candy like flavor of caramel up front with a slight grassy bitterness, not that funky at all in taste.. nothing like how it smells. very slight hint of that jasmine scent is in the flavor. very drinkable beer, unlike most sours this is fairly easy going, medium body, low carbonation. creamy and very refreshing. you can't feel the high alcohol percentage.

a nice offering from mikkeller.. i was expecting a sour beer from the the scent, but was surprised by something totally different.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a 12oz glass.

Pours a nice deep amber color with a small light yellow head. Nose is a bit mild but it malty and slightly funky, although it's certainly not in your face about it.

Taste is really quite good, there's a nice light funk that's subdued enough to make this deadly drinkable - 9.4%, wtf?! This drinks like 6%, be careful. There's some grassy, tangy lemony notes that come trough pretty strongly on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light but creamy and a tad bit sweet. Super well balanced, one of my new favs from Mikkeller!

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Deep amber color. Haze. Off-white,close froth. Copious web on sides & good retention. Aroma profile shows sour fruit, moderate maltiness & wild yeast. Mildy sweet toasted malt, fructose & kind warming alcohol at first sip. Light to medium body, moderate to low carbonation. Sour/sweet palate & acidic fruit flavor –pears & Granny Smith apples. Oily texture. Dry sour/low bitter finish. Refreshing & complex. Comment: I absolutely disagree with considering this beer into Belgian Strong style. Nice spot of new wave Strong Flanders Red and/or Farmhouse style.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the bret funk make for an interesting finish. this is not a stand alone beer. the older the more diluted hopping... sterling gold bittering. sazz. nice and lean with a low FG. nose of mild funk and floral notes of orange blossom. medium bittering... but also a beligian IPA outside of dominating abv esters. brown sugar. perfume. jasmine floral notes. mostly pilsner and rye... touch of wheat. have tannins my be from ramped up primary from troublesome saison yeast. hurts the teeth a bit. too high abv.

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Photo of brendan13
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark orange/copper colour with a couple of centimetres of head that slowly falls away leaving a bit of lacing down the glass.
S - Tropical fruit hop aromas quickly followed by a funky brett quality with some spice hints. A fair amount of pale malt and candi sugar sweetness is evident.
T - Much like the smell; tropical fruit with funky barnyard brett spice but quite an overbearing sweetness. Some warming alcohol comes through as well.
M - Medium bodied with a slightly sticky, resinous mothfeel, low to medium carbonation.
D - An interesting beer and worth a try. Couldn't drink much in one sitting though.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.39/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750mL to snifter. $16 for the bottle. Best by date of 16/1/14, sampled 7/18/11.

Psychedelic label. White bunnies with a CMYK-colored fractal in the background. Synthetic cork and cage. This beer was brewed and bottled at De Proef.

A: One finger khaki colored head, quick to diminish. Murky body with a rustic orange color. Spare lacing.

S: Floral with a wet woodsy, resiny aroma. Cereal and grain. Age seems have brought about light notes of toffee and caramel.

T: The nose gave some hope to this beer. Unfortunately, there were no redeeming qualities to be had on the palate. Kind of a mess flavorwise.

M: Light body, slick texture with a soft, fizzy effervescence. Light wild yeast influence. Drinks closer to a 6.5% than the advertised 9.4%.

O: I kind of wish that Mikkeller didn't brew ANY good beers. At all. And I also wish that they would cut it out with their slick brand recognition and catchy label design. That way I wouldn't feel compelled to try *every *single *one that I see, hoping that it will be as good as, you know "that one that I had a really long time ago." Anyway...I'm batting like .200 with these guys.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy amber color. Big straw colored foamy head. Nice lacing.

S - Mild fruit. No funk. Disappointing. Not sure why it says Wild Ale...???

T - Very light and airy. Not at all wild or entertaining. Fits Strong Pale, but not Wild.

M - Awesome carbonation! Light flavor and perfect bitterness.

O - Not too sure which style to review against... The label says Belgian Wild Ale and BA Description says Belgian Strong Ale..??? Either way, a nice brew, not worth the $$, but still nice.

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Photo of daledeee
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a muddy, cloudy brown with a small head. Some lacing but head goes away pretty quickly.

Nose is yeast, roasted, dark fruit. Interesting.

Taste is Belgian hops at first with some dark fruit and spice. This is a strong beer yet it tastes watery. Medium carbonation. Drinkable but not worth what I paid for it. $5.40

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
1.82/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle from Argonaut in Denver. Not sure on the price as I picked this up at least a year a go. Into a NB Globe. Happy Easter!

A: Hazy amber in color with a dense white light tan head, about half an inch thick that doesn't want to fade away. Huge spots of lacing are left behind. Not bad.

S: Very cidery, no noticeable brett notes, and slightly odd smelling. Has some definite notes of chewing tobacco, which is not appealing to me at all. Yikes, this isn't shaping up very well. As it continues to warm it takes on a definite bandaid aroma, and not in a good way.

T: Chewing tobacco flavor and apple cider compine with a slightly astringent hop bitterness. Slightly malty, with a bit of caramel in there. Slightly funky, but really more cidery. Not good. Apple cider ran through a chewing tobacco and bandaid filter is not tasty.

M: Thin, and highly carbonated, finish is surprisingly sweet.

O: Not a good beer at all. Something went horribly wrong with this one. I do not like the overly bandaid/chewing tobacco flavor that lingers and will not disappear. Very disappointed in this one, sad that I saved it for a year.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Mikkeller.. this one is listed as a BSPA and it is.. with a healthy dose of Brett. I had one bottle the other night but didn't review. I enjoyed it, though.

A- Big fluffy head, slightly off-white (eggshell) and a nice orangey base beer with good ruby and tangerine highlights. A bit hazy.

S- Fruity- very much so. Very ripe strawberries and a bit of peach. Also.. brett is here. For such a young bottle I'm surprised at it's strong presence. Not complaining, though... One of the best aromas I've ever encountered.

T- Alcohol is here, but in a bit of a boozy (good) way in the background. Vinous fruitiness (hmm) and a bit of what tastes like champagne yeast. The brett is , not as powerful as it was in the nose. Hop bitterness comes through and is a bit disarming at first.. kind of surprised me. I usually like hops.. and I like them here.. but I think some time to smooth them out would do this a favor.

M- Crisp... great carbonation, full body, nice complexity.

D- High. ABV is not really evident, even though a trace of the alcohol is noted in the flavors it works well. Easy drinkin'. I suggest letting this one go for a while though, I think it has really good potential.

Not as good as It's Alive! or USAlive! but this one is still

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.02/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to Pete for opening this one up. 750mL brown glass plastic-corked bottle.

Quick review: Nose is immediately off-putting to me (though not to others in the room). Smells to me like those plastic-y stiff bandaids or adhesive. Fruity, I suppose, but unpleasant. Someone commented that it's from "higher alcohols" and is usually considered a flaw. Body is medium-light with some medium caramel malt and a little Belgian pale candi sugar notes. Finish is short and watery and the carbonation level is definitely low.

Couldn't drink it. Don't know if it was an off bottle, but really atrocious.

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Photo of silentjay
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a murky amber/brown with a small white head that quickly settles to a thin film, but leaves chunks of lacing. an appearance that is good for the style.

kind of an odd, yet enticing aroma that is sweet and tart. the candy sugars definitely make their appearance here, while the brett sticks in the back, but definitely counteracts the sweetness nicely.

again, nice balance of sweet and tart, but then, out of nowhere comes an odd bacony/smoky/funky/earthy/fruity flavor that is very unique, obviously hard to describe and tasty. The sweetness prevails, but the funk and tart balance works well.

nice medium body with fluffy, yet light carbonation, but without that tingling and drying in some of the better sour/funky/brett beers.

nice, unique beer that may disappoint the sour fanatic or belgian fanatic or sweet malt fanatic, but it implements a bit of many different styles to create an overall good beer that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick, cream-colored head over a mostly opaque brownish-orange body. Good sticky lacing.

Aromas of northwestern piney hops, whole wheat bread, and a bit of pepper.

Thick and heavy on the palate, with a resinous hop bite. Some honey and caramel-like sweetness. Fairly cloying.

Overall, not bad ... with the name and categorization on the bottle, was hoping for something a bit wilder. But it was quite interesting, nonetheless.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a dark peach hue with a finger head of sudsy beige. Amber highlights and a surprising amount of lace.

Smell -- Interesting... Citrusy hops and candi sugar are most evident, mild horsey and lemon brett character, and some tea-like bitterness. Very interesting.

Taste -- Juicy citrus hops, candi sugar, faint toffee, orange pekoe, and a twist of lemon. Lots of candi sugar - was this necessary? Surprisingly firm pine resin-esque bitterness. Finish is funky brett, smarties, and low hop resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with medium frothy carbonation. Feels good.

Overall -- Definitely unique, though I wish there was more of the aforementioned funk than candi sugar. That said, Brett + American hops is a good combo. I wish more brewers were so daring

Additional Notes: Had on tap a few months ago, was much better then - less candy sweetness, more funk, and more of that low tea-like bitterness.

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Photo of korguy123
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No date, 12oz into tulip.

A- Murky deep orange pour (pale ale?) Two finger soapy off white head that slowly deflates to a quarter inch cap. Lacing is sticky and just sheets to the glass.

S- Typical Mikkeller smell of alcohol. Getting sweet malts, a slight juicy characteristic. No hint of brett.

T- Sweet malts, strawberries and a slight plastic taste I can only assume is the brett. Juicy up front with a quick dry finish. Alcohol taste is there but not nearly as over powering as a lot of mikkeller beers.

M- Medium bodied, slight alcohol warmth. Sticky on the lips.

O- I went into this not knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised!

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Photo of danieelol
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent golden orange with great head/lacing.

Smell is big, big Brett. Also some spices behind that. Caraway, fennel. Pineapple, dates, leather. Also has lots of malt, verging on a barleywine.

Taste brings Bretty notes, booze, some sweet notes, more pineapple, Christmas cake.

Mouthfeel is big, Bretty bitter and sweet.

Massively, massively complex beer. Inspired combination of spices, malt and Brett. Halfway between a spiced barleywine and a sour ale, love to see a BA version of this.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

Look - reddish color, somewhat murky, with about half a finger of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - somewhat spicy/hoppy in smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - definitely spicy at first, kinda like a pumpkin spice. The middle and finish is filled with an earthy muskiness. Very interesting taste in general. Texture is very well balanced.

Overall - very interesting brew! Well worth the try.

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Funky E Star from Mikkeller ApS
3.68 out of 5 based on 225 ratings.
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