Red/White Christmas | Mikkeller ApS

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Red/White ChristmasRed/White Christmas

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A combination between a British Red Ale and a Belgian Wit Bier.

Added by rfgetz on 12-28-2009

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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1/5  rDev -73.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5L bottle, with some nice red and white (natch) snowfall imagery on the label. Once again, props go to John, the rep for Mikkeller in Wild Rose Country, for the stellar sample on a Saturday afternoon.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, dark golden amber colour, with one finger of tightly foamy, pale beige head, which leaves a solid, slightly pocked wall of painted lace around the glass as it genially fades away.

It smells of crisp, bitter citrus hops, caramel and toffee malt, soft Belgian yeast, a bit of sweet drupe fruitiness, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bitter citrusy and piney hops, semi-sweet, soft bready caramel malt, weakly astringent wheat additions, some understated savoury spiciness, and a twinge of earthy yeast. A middling booze edginess does well to linger in the background.

The bubbles are rather laid back, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes on the bittersweet side of things, the citrus hops still unexpectedly outshining any other normative component of the holiday aspect, leaving the rest of us with a confusing mish-mash of the sweet and the bitter.

If this was made Stateside, I would have to duly classify it as a Yankee Strong Ale, with a weird, though still tame Belgian yeast offset. The X-mas aspect gets quite lost in the mire, which at this point on the calendar is really no big surprise. Get a bottle of this for your eventual seasonal party, is all I can say, fellow hop-heads.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of liamt07
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1.5L magnum busted out Steve, 2011 vintage.

Reddish orange with a beige head. Good lace and retention. Nose has some malt, fruits, funk and some yeast. Spice as well, with some herbal qualities. Taste is yeasty, herbal, some wheat. Lightly tart and a bit of funk/farmhouse character. Some berry flavours as well. Medium feel and the alcohol is fairly hidden. Medium high carbonation. An alright beer, but I wasn't terribly impressed.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is orange in color with a white head. A strong citrus peel aroma, mostly candied orange. A mild spice note, some fruity esters such as pears and apples, and a hint of yeast. Quite a lot of candi sugar, brown sugar, and caramel, too. The flavor is decently sweet, but also has a hint of pine and citrus peel bitterness. Candied orange, brown sugar, and sweet caramel maltiness. Very mild ester notes and a hint of bread and yeast.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of codysjb
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1.5 Magnum into my DFH signature glass. Pours a beautiful red orange color with a massive head. Smells like a belgian beer mixed with a strong ale (not exactly my cup of tea). Tastes like a lot of spices and some wheat flavoring. It's good, just not my cup of tea (or beer), for someone that prefers american beers, this is only okay.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a dark copper with reddish tints. Aromas of pine, citrus, damp hay and pine. Belgian yeast is noticeable, which has a subtle fruityness. In the taste, fruity, with notes of cherry, lemon and peach. Plenty of hops, with pine and citrus notes. Mild peppery spice, grated ginger, and orange peel. Solid bitterness, very IPA like. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this was very tasty, and a worthwhile Christmas offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mltobin
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap over in NY state.

The appearance of this holiday beer from Mikkeller is a hazy orange with 1 finger of white head. It looks enticing, but certainly not as dark as some other season beers this time of the year. The nose has pine, herbal tea, tropical fruit, some hops. Its` taste is sweet, but not overly so. More of that tropical fruit, tea and some sugar. But, it is all very well balanced. None of it is overdone and it makes for a very nice beer. Medium mouth, low carbonation level. If you see a bottle, I recommend picking it up.

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Nothing screams New Year's Eve like a magnum of Danish beer, amiright? It pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a more-than-healthy bounty of wan cream-white froth. The nose comprises pine needles, ginger, wheat, light coriander, light sourdough, and a touch of lemon rind. The taste brings in more of the same, though the pine and ginger are a bit more powerful now, each vying for the mountiantop, clashing with both each other and the other flavors. Something here just doesn't quite work, especially when the honey-dripped biscuit notes come stabbing through at random occasions. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly fizzy feel. Overall, it's a decent enough ride, but I think there's too much going on here (or, at least, whatever is there is being to loud and rambunctious) for things to be truly enjoyable.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2010 vintage drank with a year of age on it.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has some wheat and earthy notes, but there is also a leathery quality that reminds me of beers that have brett in it. Since I don't think brett is in the beer, I am not sure what is going on.

The flavor also has a leathery component to it. I also get a lot of Belgian yeast and earth notes, as well as some orange citrus. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not sure brett is accidentally in the beer or if something else is going on that leads me to get the brett qualities. Regardless, the beer was pretty good.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge bottle into a snifter

appearance is dark orange cant see thru it, foamy head that is out of control, looks like creme for sure...wont go away and laces the heck outta yer vessel..nose is spice, hoppy golden goodness, a floral bouquet and holiday cheer...not kidding this brew just puts you in a better mood.. taste is grand, of hops slightly of malt, grain, mostly reminiscent of an ipa with a floral less citrusy hop character...awesome.. mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very satisfying, not hard to drink at all and the alcohol is very well hidden...amazing offering this one is and i will be looking for it next year, indeed.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the huge 1.5l bottle.

Big pillowy head that just doesn't subside the whole time you drink. It has a hazy orange/caramel color to it. Lots o' bubbles.

Mostly orange smelling hops in the nose with a slight spiciness.

The bitterness from the hops hits first. It is still fairly well balanced as the malts come through nicely. The spices aren't super prevalent which allows the beer to shine. The alcohol is super subdued.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with lots of carbonation. Med-full body. Stays on the tongue for a while.

This definitely makes a good Christmas day brew since it is large enough to fill a few peoples glasses and is pretty tasty to boot.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, ruddy amber with orange highlights and a puffy, lingering white head.

S: Aromas of lemon, bitter orange, spices, wheat, and honey are present on the nose. I'm not quite sure what to make of this one.

T: Notes of lemon, bitter orange, minerals, lime, coriander, honey, wheat bread, grass, and lavender with just a bit of acidity and wood around mid-palate. The finish is long, hot, and spicy with bitter orange, lemon, coriander, and honey notes.

M: Medium bodied and initially dry, though it does become slightly more syrupy before the finish. Carbonation is present, but does not seem particularly forceful. Feels heavier than it really is.

O: This is a fascinating hybrid ale, and I'm really not quite sure what to make of it. There's just so much going on here that it is difficult to process. Mikkeller continues to simultaneously impress and confound, though what else should one expect?

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Red/White Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 164 ratings