Frelser | Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
87.3%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 165 ratings
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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
Ranking:
#3,627
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
165
Liked:
144
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
9.36%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
23
Trade:
2
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No longer brewed? That's a shame. This birthday present is a full-bodied beer giving you a full mouth. Deep dark, malty, a bit caramelly but not too much though the strong smell suggests it. Mrs. Gollem says "nutty-toffee" and a little bitter--I guess I agree with that.

For me, this is totally on the dark side, the side I don't necessarily like to go, and I should have opened this after dinner, with a cheese plate, but this is as good as or better than a lot of stouts and doubles I've had.

Update January 2014: Had another bottle of it, a big bottle (with Mrs. Gollem, yes), and I feel the need to up the grade a little bit. My my what a mouthful of delicious beer this is. Still a bit too dark for me, but man, it is so full and rich. I'm looking at the empty bottle, and the last sip, from half an hour ago, is still with me--almost like espresso in the back of my mouth.

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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date but I figure it must be pretty old since it's retired.

A- Pours an opaque dark brown color with a 3/4 inch orangeish(?) head that retains decently before slowly making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing trickles slowly down the glass.

S- Has that signature rustic Mikkeller aroma with a pronounced malt sweetness and a bit of booze fume.

T- Flavor reflects the taste with more sweetness that I now realize is quite sherry-like plus some dark fruit notes of raisin and fig. ABV is incredibly well-hidden. There's a very mild roast quality to it and the hops are subtle.

M- The creamiest, softest lager I've ever had. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Mikkeller continues to deliver. My girlfriend put it best when she said it's like a lighter bodied quad. Well worth the $14 for a 750 mL.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, for a "retired" beer, our local has had a number of bottles for a while, so I figured what the hey.

It pours and looks like a stout: very dark brown, almost black, with a chestnut head. Some very nice lacing. But the smell is that of an amped-up tripel: lots of sugary dark fruit, bready, maple syrup, grape jelly, black plums with the red inside, bazooka bubble gum.

Initially, this is a sweet, fruity, beer: lots of sugary rum raisins, maple syrup candy. The carbonation stays with this one, and for me, there's a bit too much of it. That said, there is smoothness to it; it's not as creamy as most bocks, but there's a velvety texture that lasts. After the first wave of sweetness, then we get some spice and some sour along with the sweet: orange marmalade, candied ginger, five-spice, burnt sugar, booze. A sipper, for sure.

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Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 87.3% out of 100 with 165 ratings
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