Frelser | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Triple Bock

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Photo of Trilogy31
2.57/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A really out of balance triple bock. Pours a ruddy dark chestnut with a thick creamy finger of head that does leave a nice lacy trail in its wake. The nice is full of rich caramel malts, raisins and prunes along with a slight oak barrel quality. The taste brings caramel malts that are borderline too sweet without much else - it comes across as almost having a straight shot od grain alcohol being dumped into. Really out of whack and unpleasantly strong tasting - to me stone old guardian was the only thing as similar and the only beer that i have drank that i would say was worse.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given that it's brewed by me favourite brewery in the world. That said I'm not usually too keen on bocks.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and impressive retention for the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid dark ruby.

Sm: Nuts, cream, caramel, and dark cherry fruit esters. Hops come through on the finish. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cherry fruit comes through about the middle. Not as nutty as expected - what little there is emerges only on the climax. The cream is pleasant but understated, and only present really in the first half. Best described as a tone. Some caramelized malt is present and luckily unobtrusive. More complex than any other bock I can remember having. It's far more fruitier and hoppier than expected given the style, but that said the hops don't provide a true tangible bitterness. They're backgrounded, which was a good decision. All around it's well built (albiet not to style) and enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not creamy or crisp. Thick but not overly so.

Dr: Quite drinkable but not horribly complex - at least not as much as I'd fancy. I do enjoy it but it's unremarkable in comparison to most of Mikkeller's other dark beers.

Overpriced for the quality.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Halleroder stein at altitude in Denver. Thanks to kojevergas for this one.

A: Pours a foamy, four-finger light tan head. The body is dark ruby, and there’s a good deal of lacing here.

S: The hoppiness of this one is the first thing that strikes me; the caramel malt notes pale in comparison. There are also some dark fruit notes, mostly cherry. This smells very unconventional for a bock.

T: Most certainly not a dopplebock as classified here. Citrusy hops up front with some prominent cherry notes to follow. Sweet caramel malt body supports these flavors. A bit of heat on the finish.

M: Full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a bit of dryness on the finish.

D: This beer utterly disregards the bock style and instead delivers a hop bomb. While it’s a decent brew, I think it’s inappropriate to classify it as a “triplebock.”

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Photo of stakem
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 11/20/10.

Thanks to Bryan (wishuwerebeer) for including this in our impromptu "bold brews before winter" tasting.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a dark brown with some ruby clarity when held to the light. A finger of creamy tan head appears and as it fades, leaves a webbing of lace about the glass. The cap doesn't hold strong but a swirl intermittently revives it.

The aroma is full of dark maltiness smelling like fruits, specifically raisins. Some yeasty notes are present with a mineral filled quality that almost seems chlorinated. As it warms, more notes of chocolate and alcohol become evident as well as hop character smelling citrusy and fruity.

The taste of this brew seems young and yeasty to the point where it gets distracting with a mineral filled and almost chlorinated taste that was indicated in the aroma. There is a bold presence of alcohol as expected for 11% that imparts a light spiciness and warmth down the back of the throat. Tastes of dark fruits come forward later with a bit of grainy bitterness, chocolate and molasses. A lingering taste of alcohol mixed with musty grain is left in the mouth. The warmer this brew gets, the more bitter and noticeable the alcohol becomes.

A full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. Quite a warming brew that makes for a decent sipper that is well balanced if you can ignore the mineral/chlorine/green taste.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass. Shared with FernMaster.

Triple Bock, eh? After Sam Adams' infamous, disastrous, attempt at such a thing it was going to take a brewer with balls to put out a beer with that phrase on the label. Mikkel Borg Bjergsø has balls for days.

Pours a dark mahogany brown color. Hints of ruby red at the bottom and sides of the glass. Two fingers worth of sandalwood colored head build up, creamy but not dense. Two fingers worth! For a beer of 11% ABV, a Mikkeller beer at that, I was not expecting much in the way of foam. A pleasant surprise. The head laces in shallow, thin arches.

The aromas from this so-called Triple Bock, albeit from a bottle that is half a year old, are not intense. Which is good in a way; it means that Mikkel showed some restraint. I expected a nose full of fusel alcohol, and thankfully didn't get it. Still some booze, though; rum-soaked fruitcake is the aroma that comes to mind for this beer. Some toffee, plenty (too much) burnt caramel. Something approximating milk chocolate. While no "Triple Bock," it does smell like an above-average dopplebock. The taste follows the nose: fruitcake, some drunken fruits (but only a very small amount; the beer could use some more esters, frankly), lots of toffee. The alcohol isn't extreme, but that harsh sweetness doesn't exactly hide itself, either.

The mouthfeel is a disappointment. The body is not as thick as I would prefer for a dopplebock, let alone a Triple Bock. The alcohol, though, is what really earns the mouthfeel below-average marks. You feel the alcohol much more than you taste it; the burn of the alcohol affects your cheeks and your throat all the way down. Discomforting. Drinkability is quite nice in spite of the alcohol burn, actually. Taste wise, this is a strong beer that manages to be consumed pretty quickly. There is a smoothness and a roundness to the flavors that makes this better than a sipper. If only the mouthfeel were a partner in that effort, then this score might be much higher.

This is a pretty alright dopplebock. I enjoyed drinking it. It doesn't achieve the complexity or specialness that Frelser's gigantic pricetag warrants, so I likely won't be returning to this beer. Still worth a try for big dopplebock fans. Finally, props to the label art. It's abstract and almost like a Rorschach test from afar, but up close you see that it is the legs of a goat (paying homage to the traditional connection between bockbier of any sort and goats on their labels).

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, toffee, dark fruit and a little bit of something that resembles trash. The flavor is dark fruit, toffee, roasted malt and surprisingly, no alcohol. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jdb288
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours creamy brown with tall tan head. Aroma is caramel and blackstrap molasses. Taste incorporates those flavors with bread and cocoa. Thin and oily body. Not as heavy as expected which was a nice surprise. Alcohol hidden well. A nice representative of this style.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Mikkeller.

Pours a dark copper with a hint of amber in the light, a light ope head, falls quickly, light lacing...A super strong aroma of dark brown sugar and figs, light smoke and alcohol on the back, not bad but not blow me over either...The taste is a fall off, lots of alcohol kills the taste on the front, after a few sips it dies down a little, but still too mcuh. Other flavors show off some caramel and dark fruits...The feel is really nice, very tannic coats the mouth fully, pretty easy to drink for an 11% beer.

A pretty lofting rating so far, not sure its that good, but its pretty decent.

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are fairly muted, but it is a lager, so I can't totally be dissapointed. Upon further and more indepth aroma imspection you find some dark caramels/burnt sugars with some underlying alcohol notes. The ladder is only detectable once you allow it to warm.

The taste is simple yet extemely delicious. Typical lager lighter body and mouthfeel but the dark wheat and caramels and bready flavors are delicious. Definitely one of the best bocks/lagers of any kind I have sampled.

Overall this is a great beer that I am glad I sampled as part of a 4 beer sampler. The price for this in the bottle is probably in the teens and outrageous so in smaller qualtities, it can be enjoyed an appreciated.

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Photo of adman08
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very deep mahogany with a thick head of slightly tan foam that fades to a thin layer on the surface of the beer.
S-Strong alcohol aroma, almost smells like it was bourbon barrel aged. Very sweet, has an aroma similar to some barley wines with the extreme malt smell. Some toasted malt and caramel.
T-Strong alcohol but a fairly good dopplebock flavor profile underneath, the alcohol is just overpowering. Toasted malt and caramel malt flavors with some noble hops. Almost a coffee-like flavor.
M-Strong alcohol, very sweet but finishes with a slight dryness. Good carbonation.
Overall, I think there's a good dopplebock foundation but the alcohol dominates. I normally have no issue with a high alcohol brew but in this beer the alcohol seems to overpower some of the other flavors. The beer tastes like it's been aged in bourbon barrels. In a way it reminds me of Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine with all of the malt sweetness and the high alcohol. This would get a higher rating for taste if the alcohol were lower.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with notes of warming alcohol and light caramel notes. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some caramel malt with light fruity ester. Body is about average with good carbonation and some alcohol was apparent. OK but still quite different from some staple of the style - lacking some ester that I usually associate with the style.

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Photo of daryk77
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml at $12.00, LCBO

A: very dark, some red/brown around the edges, good head

S: Boozy and sweet

T: Fairly boozy and sharp. Good malt backbone with some bittering hops at finish.

M: Fairly thick but not too heavy

Overall: Good beer, drinks much more like a barleywine than a triple bock in my opinion. Put together well and has a good balance. Can see this one doing well in the cellar for a couple of years to smooth it out. Put down the whole 750ml without too much trouble. Would likely buy again.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL Bomber into a Snifter

Picked this up on the recommendation of my beer guy at Argonaut, he very rarely disappoints, and this is no exception. Interesting and hairy brew from Mikeller here.

A: Deep deep brown, bordering on black. Ridiculous amount of thick luscious head. Seriously, ridiculous.

S: Rich, sweet boozefest. Long in the nose, with lots of sweet up front, and booze for days in back. Straightforward. Smells like a doppelbock on crack.

T: Sweet up front with a touch of caramelized iron in the back. Finish is pure booze. Seriously.

F: Chocolate syrup. Hershey's up in this ***.

D: Tasty. For 11% ABV this is very drinkable, although for the money, I'll take Troegenator over this any day.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled picked up at State Line. Served in a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown color with a good off-white head and a bit of light lacing. The nose is roasty with a touch of sweetness and some dark fruits. There is also a very small amount of smokey character in the background. The taste is lightly smoked and roasty and also carries a nice dark fruit presence. Impressively, the alcohol in this is not really all that detectable. The body is medium and the finish is dry, which some plum character being accentuated in the finish. A good beer, though I certainly would have preferred a 375 of this--a 750, even split up, is a bit much.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany brown, thick creamy head.

S - Sweet and boozy. Big doppelbock nose.

T - Brown sugar, chocolate and caramel, a lot of heat really but drinkable for 11%.

M - Full chocolatey body, medium carbonation.

O - Pretty nice sipper. Imagine a super-charged hot sweet doppelbock.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Discount Liquor. Served in a Russian River tulip. A Triple Bock from Mikkeller - what could go wrong?

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap and chunky collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Dark brown body with ruby glints when held to the light.

S - Soy sauce, dark breads, light alcohol, caramel, rum-soaked dark fruits, brown sugar, nuts, and light alcohol. Pretty convincing collection of bock flavors, with that light signature Mikkeller smoke and char.

T - Taste is less sweet than the aroma, with more yeast and dark bread character. Finishes with some light bitter roastiness in the finish. Somewhat bland, although the alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Sticky, chewy, and bready medium-full body, and a lightly charred and dry finish. Medium carbonation. Not much heat for 11%.

D - Definitely the easiest drinking triple bock I've had. Not a superb beer, but good for the style and not something I'd turn down if offered. Not sure why this needed to come in 750ml bottles though.

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Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml caged and corked bottle, black foil around the neck and top. Pours out a dark brown hue, exhibiting a garnet tranluscency when held to direct light. Capped by a creamy beige head that slowly settles and leaves dense patches of lacing.

The aroma reveals burnt toffee, cocoa, licorice an treacle, along with vinuous notes of red plum and concord grape.

A 90 degree turn occurs in the flavour when after being enticed with that aroma one small sip exposes that this doppelbock is hopped straight to hell. I love hops, but was not expecting a chorus of them this time around. I'm picking up Continental, English and American hop characteristics, seems like he mixed some of them together here. Dry bitter cocoa, carob nut and dark dried fruit becomes noticable late in the finish and well into the aftertaste.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, velvety smooth texture with moderate carbonation.

An interesting take on the Doppelbock style, and perhaps a sign of things to come if Tripelbock becomes instated within the community. The hops overshadow everything else with authority, leaving a bit of a hodge-podge to be deciphered when all is said and done. Would have been nice to have some balance in the flavour with all the notes present in the aroma.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head.. In the aroma, a sweet oatmeal and a small alcohol presence. In the taste, a sweet roast, alcohol, and a nice chocolate presence. A small alcohol bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a a dry alcohol and roast in the aftertaste. A bit boozy, but a nice chocolate and roast.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black, half finger soapy head, just enough lacing.

S - Black cherries dominate the aroma, followed by malts, bread, and light grapes.

T - Starts with black cherry, grapes, & raisons; middle is a ton of malts, grain, bread, light caramel; finish is light hops & dry lager yeast.

M - Full bodied, dry, chalky, low carbonation.

O - Like a doppelbock meets a scotch ale, pretty good brew.

6171103, $14.99 at Stateline liquors in Elkton, MD

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Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown body with reddish highlights on the sides. Bit of a brown head on it that left some spots.

S - Dark malts, dark fruits, bit of alcohol. Has some chocolate and toffee. Smells pretty pleasant.

T - Tastes like a lighter bock with some strong fruit notes. It's pretty sweet, and fairly tasty.

M - Thick and smooth, moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty easy to drink beer, and fairly flavorful. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, served in oversized tulip. No BB date, but it's a little over a year old.

A - black body, with dense mocha head, good lacing.

S - chocolate malt, some charred notes, sharp dark fruits, leather

T - same as in smell, but the density is so much. Booze taste at the end, with long aftertaste of chocolate and crystal malts

M - Too much. At 11%, you'd expect something thick, but this is too much. Medium-high carbonation that is pleasant, but the density is too much to take.

O - Glad I tried it, won't be searching it out again.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. I get a considerable amount of brown sugar and chocolate on the nose, with maybe a hint of vanilla. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely on the palate in this fairly sweet beer, but with a hint of alcohol burn in the finish. Otherwise, this is a fairly smooth beer, with a fairly rich, long finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full, though at the same time, it's just a bit thin as well. There's plenty of flavor in this beer, but at the same time, it's not as rich tasting as I was expecting. The alcohol burn in the finish detracts a bit from this beer's drinkability, as you might expect from an 11% abv. bock.

A nice enough beer, but I'm not sure how often I'd want to revisit this.

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