Frelser | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Triple Bock

Added by John_M on 03-13-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
164
Reviews:
78
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
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11
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23
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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark thick gem, with white head that leads to alce. From private buying club. Big bold roasty aromas. Bold taste of roast, coffee and chocolate. Not too thick, still quite drinkable. Alcohol well hidden but it warms the body and then fogs the brain. Amazing meal in itself.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i have to start by saying the new label on this one is lights out amazing. billed as a triplebock holy ale, it shows the hand of some spiritual leader marking the forehead of the mikkeller character, but instead of the as wednesday cross, its the mikkeller hat, so sweet! love it! oh, and the beer inside the bottle here is also one of a kind (at least in my experience). only loosely a bock as we know them. malty red shaded dark brown sugar color, with a lasting and expansive white milky head that looks like star san all shaken up in insane concentrations oozing out of a carboy. the nose is understated compared to the flavor, but you dont realize that at first, because of course you smell it before you taste it, and its unassuming. malty and sweet, not unlike other big bocks, but the flavor is radical. its germany meets belgium meets denmark in a style that was never even real well defined to start with! genius! starts sweet and grainy, like unfermented wort with a hint of soy sauce on the finish, but not gross salty soy, gentle subtle soy like you might find mixed with honey in some otherworldy glaze, that is how this thing finishes. not stupidly complex, but pulling about as much flavor out of grain as possible. brewers magic here. like nothing else, and if this is lagered like most bocks are, or are meant to be, then even greater props for it. full body, and its sweet on the front end without being overly thick, and yet the finish thins out a little, and certainly isnt very sweet at all, which is shocking and unique and extremely pleasant. nothing bad to say about this one, except regretting how long i took to finally try one. this may be the final evolution of bock as a style, its that good.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There's a certain sweet spot in my heart for well made dopplebocks. I'm highly critical of them, but when I find one done correctly, I'm all arms. But what we have in frelser is a dopple- dopplebock because of the exorbitant alcohols and malt balances push the beer into the outer orbits of the style.

This version of the "liquid bread" of beers pours with a very rich and creamy weight- it looks somewhat like milkshake as the carbonation has a hard time pulling from the beer beneath. But the structural beer shows an extremely dark crimson hue with an onyx-like sheen. It's a beautiful color for the style. The beer is capped with a mocha-stained whipped topping that's creamy, dense, and just as rich as the beer. The beer sheds pocketed islands of lace with as much confidence as any beer from Germany would be proud to exhibit.

Strong malty aromas of lightly scorched toffee, toast, maple, brown sugar, and buckwheat offer up a rich aroma that's also of fruitcake, rum, plumb, dates, and figs. It's both savory the umami-rich savory aromas and fortified with light coffee notes.

The taste is sweet but supported by malty structures that aren't completely dependent on sweetness. The same molasses-type sweetness is met with the almost-meaty flavor of grilled breads, heavily caramelized malts, and near-soy sauce like savoriness. Dark grain fruitiness of dates, figs, and plumbs hinge on prunes and raisins- if ever so slightly. Rummy alcohol, dense bready richness and dried fruit portrays a fruitcake- like taste (in the most pleasant of ways). The beer only offers timid woodish bitterness to signal closure with mild bitterness in the back of the taste.

The beer's texture lives up to its nickname of "liquid bread" in that it is thick, heavy, and lightly chewy. The high alcohols hardly present themselves- only to thin the beer and contribute light rummy warmth to signal closure. That and the slight quiver of sweetness that introduces grain and wood to finish- the lager lingers indefinitely with a lot of the flavors that makes port, rum, and dried fruit flavors so irresistible.

Frelser is a seamless dopplebock that weaves together a lot of varying and challenging flavors that are otherwise hard to wrangle. But the beer is ultra savory, succulent, and satisfying to the taste buds, stomach, and mind for a very complex and effortless session.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid, caged and corked, 750ml bottle, and black, save the two sets of seemingly disparate cow legs on the label, in white with the brewer's name. Are these of the same bovine, or separate - inquiring drinking minds want to know!

This beer pours a very dark, not all that clear, reddish cola hue, with many, many fingers of rocky, foamy, and bubbly mocha head, which settles like it missed its plane, eventually rendering a lovely tight honeycomb pattern of lace around the glass.

In the aroma, I get some well-soused fruity malt, mostly of the toasted caramel variety, some equally warm vinous raisin, brown sugar, a touch of treacle, mild anise, and a spicy, surprisingly bitter hoppiness. After that lay 'em down welcome, the taste carries on the show with a nice switcheroo - big dry, powdery chocolate, some continuing hot red wine essence, sugary molasses, a fruit salad of simple grocery store quality, and a surprisingly thorough representation of edgy worldly hops - bitter and spicy enough to keep this malt orgy in check, I gather.

Any bubbles originally present in this brew gave it up upon cork poppage - very little remain at this juncture. The body is a wonderland (good grief, what have I become?) - smooth, creamy, but delicately even - no sugary overdose here. As it comes to a close, the pleasantly semi-sweet chocolate maintains its hold, deferring somewhat to the residual in-house Yankee hops, which not so shockingly have won their fraternal war of attrition.

An agreeably drinkable, big-ass doppelbock? Oh my, yes. A tripel of the same accord? I'm not going to wank on beer etymology, so I'll just say, whatever the hell they call it, I'm in. If named (in Danish, at that) only for the well-hidden 'triple' or 'quad' level ABV, this is still one enjoyably tasty and bomb-worthy monster bock.

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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 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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 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 dcmchew
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of smithj4
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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