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:
165
Reviews:
79
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
23
For Trade:
2
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Photo of EastBay_Nick
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bylerteck
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My friend left this at my house about a year ago.

A - Pours deep ruby with a three finger beige creamy head. Good carbonation coming up. Light comes through, but just barely. Good rings of lace and a finger of retention.

S - Marvelous. Raisins, dar, fruit, brown sugar. Very small amount of alcohol. Rich dark fruit. A very nice aroma.

T - Sweet, but not cloying, tobacco, some dryness and dark fruit. A little alcohol. Malt bomb for sure.

M - Nice carbonation, full body, dry finish with a plum-like flavour.

O/D - A pretty nice Doppelbock. Complex and strong with a nice sipping character. Complexity and a good flavour with new notes I'm picking up on as I go. A nice beer that deserves time and attention. Good stuff.

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Photo of Long813
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of KFBR392
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a massive head, which slightly subsides but remains present throughout. Pours with a medium bodied thickness. Sits in the glass almost pitch black but when held to light a very dark amber color is produced. Carbonation is active but pretty low overall.

Smell: The front is a sweet caramel, molasses, and bourbon front. A malt body warms up and evens out the aroma. There is a sugary black licorice finish that lingers for a while. This aroma was much brighter then I had expected but is no doubt delicious.

Taste: While the aroma is bright, the flavor goes in a much darker direction. The front is a very rich malty front which comes off with a very creamy texture. Dark chocolate and some vanilla accents come through on the back end. The finish is a slightly spicy alcohol finish and a decent hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, malty, delicious.

Overall: This beer is outstanding. As it got to room temperature so many more of the rich flavors made themselves present. I think the high alcohol may have suppressed some of the flavor that you may get in other bocks, but there is a different level added by the high abv. Another awesome bomber by Mikkeller, looking forward to more.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BGDrock
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged a year and a bit

Appearance: fine cappuccino head lasts a few minutes; dark brown with a faint red tinge, like root beer

Aroma: concentrated dark berries - cassis, blackberry, red grape skins - are strong; some toffee, caramel; intense cutting and acidic; lightly of chocolate, and overall very intriguing

Taste & Mouthfeel: sharp and striking at first, hitting hard with astringent and resinuous hops; berry flavours taking a backseat but are still integral, adding to the general sense that this beer feels like a liqueur or brandy - the alcohol is also front and centre, providing a pleasant burn; some bitter chocolate particularly stands out in the finish; midway through, toffee malt becomes more prominent, making this a truly warming beer, perfect for cold winter nights; medium body, proper carbonation

Overall: a fantastic interplay of intense flavours, that somewhat ironically mellows you out (ahem, 11%..); beautiful for sharing around a fireplace

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Photo of mintjellie
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich mahogany colour with ruby highlights. Pale beige head is massive, tight, lacy, and fairly retentive. Big malty aroma reminiscent of raisin bread, buckwheat honey, toasted nuts, cacao, and a hint of alcohol. Deep toasted bread flavour, rich dried fruit character, molasses, all very well-integrated into a faux-fruitcake profile. A hint of Restrained sweetness. Firm woody bitterness persists long into the finish. This huge beast of a doppelbock is unbelievably balanced. Heavy with restrained carbonation. Smooth, rich, velvety mouthfeel. Almost no alcohol heat. I can't believe how easy this is to drink. Big, richly flavoured, and gulpable - not much more I could ask for.

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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 analienacorn
5/5  rDev +23.5%

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 ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, dark fruits, cherry, chocolate, caramelized sugars, a bit of molasses and smoke, and a bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, cherry, raisins, and other dark fruits, chocolate, caramelized sugars, molasses, smoke, lager yeast, some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced doppelbock. Great malty complexity.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of YogiBeer
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was from Liamt07 in my CANBIF '12 box. Thanks man!

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark brown-orange with two fingers of orangy-light tan thick head that has great retention and leaves some thick lace.

Smell. Sweet caramel and cola, some dark fruits and oranges, and some dark caramel malts.

Taste. Nice sweet caramel, lightly smokey and bitter malts, some fresh rye bread, a little cocoa powder and just a bit of dark fruits. Boozy but fairly smooth.

Mouthfeel. Full body, maybe on the lower side with low+ carbonation.

Overall. A very nice, big doppelbock. Not sure I'll make it through this whole bottle, it's quite filling.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mtbdonn
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S-750ml bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn, UK.
A-Nice lasting beige head on dark, reddish-brown opaque brew. Medium thickness, very nice lacing and light head throughout consumption.
S-Sweet molasses, caramel aromas and strong notes of spice.
T-Molasses! Hints of caramel, chocolate, dates, hops.
M-Full-bodied warmful beer with a velvety texture.
O-Excellent beer! Reminds me a bit of BCBS. This beer will age very nicely!

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Photo of decimator
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Leffe goblet. ABV 11%.

A - Poured a deep dark brown with black and mahogany highlights. Light brown head is thick and creamy long lasting foam. Some lacing.

S - As soon as I popped the bottle open the aroma hit me. Sweet, caramel, cocoa, toasted bread, dark fruit (raisins, figs), some nuttiness, a hint of butter.

T - Some sweetness, lots toasted bread (almost burnt), some cocoa, dark fruit are not as present as in the aroma, some nuttiness, citrus sourness, bitter in the finish and some alcohol burn.

M - Full body, creamy, medium carbonation, lasting hoppy aftertaste. This one has a bite to it.

O - I can taste the alcohol but it's hard to believe it's 11%. Oh wait... I'm feeling it now as finish my first glass.

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Photo of bryehn
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big up to my BA from another mother andrenaline for the hookup in our latest trade
A - deep dark hazy ruby brown, ridiculous tower of tan head left lots of random sticky lacing as it slowly faded
S - sweet grape jelly, chocolate, raisins, and buttery toast aromas .... oh, and grape skins like my buddy andrenaline, HAHAHAHAHAHA
T - strong grape medicine like phenols, chocolate and mild coffee maltiness, a mild leafy hop presence, with a butter & molasses finish, super tasty!
M - heavyish and sticky, creamy smooth, finishing sticky sweet, not even a hint of the monstrous ABV
O - extra tasty and drinkable, super pumped on this, highly recommended

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Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

Props to the LCBO for procuring this solid brew. Here's to hoping there's more like this to come!

A – Pours a dark ruby red, two fingers of mocha head, solid retention and chunky lacing.

S – Dark fruit, grape skins, hints of cocoa and milk chocolate, burnt bread and buttered caramel.

T – Wow, super flavourful, with the cocoa malts dominating, some dark fruit, figs and sweet grape skins coming through alongside a leafy green hop. ABV is insanely well hidden with only a touch of heat coming through.

M – The booziness is surprisingly well kept with only a touch of heat on the finish, medium bodied, smooth and a tad sticky on the finish.

O – I grabbed 3 more bottles of this for myself and 3 more for trades. It was fabulous and great to get through the LCBO. Loads of flavour and the cocoa and coffee malts over the fruity notes traditionally found in the style make for a delectable treat.

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Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
4.05 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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