Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS
4.06 | pDev: 9.11%
Jul 04, 2018
Mar 13, 2010
Notes: A Triple Bock

This Bock from Mikkeller is called Frelser. Means Savior in Danish. The name is a subtle reference to all Bocks Mother: Salvator. Originally the monks brewed Salvator because they needed a very strong and rich beer during Lent. Do not drink this beer instead of a meal, it contains 11% alcohol.
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Rated: 3.71 by hopkrid from Florida

Jul 04, 2018
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Aurora Brew Works in East Aurora, NY.

This one took a while to pour off the tap- looks foamy and lively. Once it settles, there's a dark brown body, with a large head, and a little bit of lacing. It's slightly murky.

This smells surprisingly yeasty for the style, with phenolic fruity yeast, rye, and a sharp breadiness.

This like a few short steps away from being a good beer. It's definitely too carbonated, giving a sharp and prickly feel. It's not quite a strong or creamy of a flavor as I'd expect from an 11% beer, either. The flavors that are there are nice though, with lots of breadiness, some toffee and rye, spicy hops, carob, and a sort of vague graininess.

This is medium bodied, a bit chewy, with a prickly finish.

This is definitely an interesting beer, but it has some flaws for sure.
Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by Grinky from Illinois

May 24, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by jkhara12 from England

Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Warren2621 from Indiana

Dec 23, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by 2GOOFY from California

Nov 27, 2016
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours into a half liter stein a ruby tinges mahogany with a very thin quick to fade light beige head atop,not much of a crown for a doppelbock although the color was ok.Caramel and raisin stand out most in the nose with a bit of toast and bitter chocolate underneath,the raisin stands out most.Sweet and syrupy with caramel and brown sugar playing a big role on the palate,some roast and bitter chocolate is there in the finish but that shot of dark fruit at the onset is the main flavor component that stood out to me.Not as thick as I like for the style but it's alcoholic and strong no doubt.
Sep 10, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by rarigney from Washington

Jun 24, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by SimcoeKid from California

Jun 02, 2016
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark brown color with brown head. Aroma has lots of dark fruits and brown sugar. Taste follows with dark fruits, coffee, cocoa and caramel. Medium body and carbonation. A really good doppelbock, one of the best of the style.
May 28, 2016
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
The perfect Ash Wednesday beer? Thematically at least. Harkening back to the origins of the style, mikkeller brings the doppelbock into the modern age with an emphasis on dark fruit. Very dark brown body with a big tan head, spotted lacing. Smell stars boozy dark fruit, raisin especially, with slight molasses and toffee malts, almost a touch of resin on the finish. Taste adds notes of cocoa, grains, and earth to balance well, still a massive beer both in taste and feel. Otherwise the feel is silky smooth, full and really does seem like a beer in a glass. Bring on lent!
Mar 18, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

Mar 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed from the big bottle in a snifter. This triple bock pours a dark and muddled brownish mahogany with a thick head of tan foam that dissipates to a thick ring, nice pool, and very nice lacing. Nose of heavy raisin, brown sugar, moderately strong booze, and a touch of fresh bread. Flavors exceed the nose with raisins doused in dark brown sugars on the front, rum notes on the sides with warming booze, and a dark fruit note in the middle to back with cranberries and raisins mixing nicely with dark breaded notes. Nice medium to full mouth feel, medium carbonation, and a warming boozy finish that kicks hard after a few drinks. Overall an excellent triple bock that drinks pretty smooth and kicks like a mule...or a goat in this case. Excellent.

Mar 03, 2016
Rated: 3.21 by 30helens from Missouri

Feb 05, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by golf4collet from West Virginia

Jan 03, 2016
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Reviewed by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Had this once before. Described on the label as a "trippelbock holy ale". 750ml opened for the first snow/probably the lowest temp of the season so far.

A - Pour to a big ol snifter reveals a dark reddish-brown beer and a few fingers of beige head. Very impressive retention and lace, especially for the ABV. And quite a nice color to boot.

S - Rum-raisin, roast, molasses, dark bread, bit of chocolate, bit of alcohol.

T - Sweetness and alcohol come through a bit stronger here, muddling it up a bit. Pretty intense with the dark fruit and molasses bring on a fruitcake feel, yet still a fair bit of roast persists, some earthy spice notes, toast and tobacco as well.

M - Very viscous and smooth with pretty nice swishy carbonation. Big without quite being heavy. Sweetness+booze can be a bit tolling but for 11% this doesn't drink too bad.

O - I can get wary of high-octane doppelbocks i.e. triplebocks, for those this is pretty good. It's a beast, but it's surprisingly drinkable, has a decent amount of complexity going on, and a pretty notable mouthfeel. Toned down sweetness would be nice though.
Dec 30, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by dandaugherty1221 from New York

Aug 24, 2015
Rated: 4 by valkyre65 from Texas

Aug 24, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by Bandi from New York

Jun 28, 2015
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short light tan colored head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light aromas of dark fruits—raisins seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of raisins along with strong notes of chocolate malts. Notes of cocoa also become noticeable as beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong from the nasty and fruity base, but does a very good job at masking its alcohol.

Serving type: bottle
Jun 28, 2015
Rated: 4.12 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California

Jun 27, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by JMS1512 from New Jersey

Jun 10, 2015
Rated: 4.17 by MattGrimley from Massachusetts

May 26, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by Texsuds from Texas

May 23, 2015
Rated: 4.06 by lucasj82 from Indiana

May 08, 2015
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from 2012, holding up very well
Apr 24, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by WynnDavis from Minnesota

Apr 21, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Matt141 from Texas

Apr 19, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by drewone from California

Apr 12, 2015
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Reviewed by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle. The label on the beer I tried was their new, cartoony look that displays a face with ash upon their forehead. Not sure why but it found it obnoxious. To each his own. The beer pours a clear, dark copper color with a tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, yeast, alcohol, dog food and caramel. It's taste is more complex but the flavors are mostly the same; maybe it's just deeper flavorwise. Dark fruits, dry yeast, biscotti, caramel and molasses. Body is thick and alcoholic. Soft carbonation. Triple Bock.
Apr 10, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by smithj4 from New York

Apr 09, 2015
Rated: 4.43 by kmos27 from Pennsylvania

Apr 07, 2015
Rated: 4.06 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania

Apr 03, 2015
Rated: 4.19 by dcmchew from Romania

Mar 26, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by hopsputin from New Jersey

Mar 21, 2015
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Reviewed by RickS95 from Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Perfection in a glass. Dark brown pour, very rich looking color. No light is coming through and there's nothing lighter around the edges, it's just dark brown through and through. The head forms beautifully, slowly, cascadingly. It's a tan color and foamy thick with many different sized bubbles. That head retains very well and when it does finally start to die, it leaves a thick lace behind. The appearance is all world.

Very malty nose. Chocolate and caramel malts, along with some earthy malts. Very grainy with a barleywine-like scent.

I dig the taste. Again, very malty. Chocolate and caramel are accounted for, but there's a slight scotch ale flavor. And like with the nose, it's got some taste similarities with a barleywine, just not the extreme hoppiness. Kind of like an English barleywine.

Very thick and syrupy. It's somewhat on the sweetside early on before it turns faintly bitter midsip. Almost chewy, very full bodied. Only as the beer warms does the hoppiness and alcohol begin to build. The hop profile seems to be of the Noble hop varietal. The faint bitter and alcohol warmth is on the lingering side.

To hell with double bocks, this is a trippelbock. It's super high ABV, but it's so easy to drink. Honestly, you'll sip it because it's got such a barleywine character, but it goes down much easier.
Mar 01, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Jan 19, 2015
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Rated by Beer-Zombie from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Never had a Triple Bock style. I know that's just a huge Dopplebock but fudge it. We can call it whatever we want
Jan 10, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by videofrog from Texas

Dec 27, 2014
Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
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