Yeast Series: Belgian Ale | Mikkeller ApS

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Yeast Series: Belgian AleYeast Series: Belgian Ale
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Yeast Series: Belgian AleYeast Series: Belgian Ale

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by drabmuh on 07-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by zeff80:
Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a small, fluffy, white head of long-lasting foam. It slowly receded to leave soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled spicy with lots of dark fruit aromas. Some cherry and plum with hints of apple.

T - Sweet and malty with the dark fruit flavors. Definitely some plum and apple. Nice spicy hop character comes through, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is better than their American Style from the Yeast Series. I like the dark fruit flavor and aroma.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, orange, yeast and spices. The flavor is orange and caramel with some nice toffee notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I don't know if I would have identified this as a Belgian beer without looking at the label, but it was still a nice beer.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store, tasted side-by-side with the hefeweizen and US versions.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with good amounts of sugar-dusted pears and hints of lighter bananas. Also present are very light hints of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the flavors are better integrated than the aromas. Slightly dry pale malts up front are joined quickly by moderately sweet medium fruits. Midway through, the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of light clove and hints of leafy hops that carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was my least favorite of the bunch but it was interesting to see how the bones of a Belgian could be constructed using only the yeast.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yeast bomb, very Belgian, very nicely categorized as a Belgian pale.
Peachy coloured body with a lasting yeasty lacy topping. Pleasant yeasty aroma. Smooth above average mouthfeel. Decent drinker, as a sipper. The yeast takes it to fruitiness, not very sweet. Good balance. Good craftsmanship.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured red-orange with a four finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, pine, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine resin, banana, wheat, and subtle spices. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew. The spices I got in this one were a little harsh if I'm honest. The Belgian influence was definitely shining through on this one. Good aroma going on for sure. A definite must try.

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Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper/amber with a half finger of khaki colored head.

Smell: Hops, spices, yeast and candied fruits that comes through as it warms up.

Taste: Spices, candied fruits, yeast, slightly funky.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: So far my favorite out of the series. I would get this again for sure.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy/hazy deep gold color. Pretty different looking from the others in the series. Perched on top was 1 1/2 fingers of khaki colored head that retained for ages and left a some pretty webbing on the glass.

S: Aromas of pine and dusty citrus. Some toasty malt and maybe a hint of caramel. Teeny tiny bit of banana and apple right at the end of the glass. Hard to pull much of a distinctive "Belgian" nose out of this.

T: Same as above. Not really earth shattering but enjoyable enough. Slight alcohol flavor.

M: Slightly tangy with some dry and toasty overtones. Nice.

D: I liked it but overall this came off a little harsh.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at ChurchKey.

Part 3 of this...horizontal??? ChurchKey. It pours a slightly hazy copper-amber topped by about two fingers of ecru froth. The haze is the only unique characteristic here...the others all otherwise look the same. The nose comprises lemon zest, coriander, banana, and wheat, though borders on the faint. The taste brings a lot o' that wheat back, adding some grass and a thorough floral bitterness. The body is medium, with a light carbonation and a rather creamy feel. Overall, one of the stronger entries in the series, the one the yeast works the best with.

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Photo of Antnyd82
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy, honey amber color (I should add that all of these yeast ales from Mikkeller look pretty much the same), with decent head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is impressive, showing light clove, cherry and considerable spice. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with the beer showing a hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish. It helps to counter the light to moderate sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long finish. This is another beer that delivers plenty of flavor, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

This is my third yeast series beer from Mikkeler, and while the flavor profile is different in all of them, there's a sameness about them as well. Aside from the apperanace, the mouthfeel is identical on all of them so far. Whatever else you want to say about them, the quality is undeniable.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge amount of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet, citrusy smell, with traces of yeast and sugar.

T: Tasted of citrus (grapefruit) and Belgian yeast up front, with a wallop of caramel in the finish. I like caramel, but not in big doses. A somewhat uneven flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable beer, in spite of some of its flaws.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Max's yesterday.

Pouring light orange (like all the others), this beer is probably the haziest of the bunch. Head retention and lacing are pretty good too, this was the best looking of the bunch. The nose is that blend of sweetness and Belgian yeast spiciness that I don't like. While it's still prominently hoppy (citrus) and caramel-like, as it warms up, there's a prominent yeast character. The palate opens with a blend of rather syrupy caramel and yeasty spiciness. Definitely sweeter than it needs to be, this beer is moderately hoppy with mostly citrus hop character which grows in the mid-palate with a lower level of bitterness. Sweet, spicy finish, this is a bit much for me. Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation, the finish is rather disappointing with candy and hops with a little yeast. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a foggy orange/amber with a tall collar and super frothy and clingly lacing.

S - Much like the Brett version (uses the same wort)...pretty hoppy, but a pleasant even hoppy smell. Not overbearing. A hint of citrus, spices, and some subtle sweetness. Pleasant smelling.

T - Much hoppier than the Brett version. Grassy and spicey...but mostly hoppy. Kind of reminds me of an IPA or a hoppier Pale Ale (SN and Stone comes to mind). Chewing the beer a bit reveals some more of the flavoring, but the flavors are hidden behind the heavy hop and are hard to pick out. The belgian yeast flavor is in there and certainly comes out as the beer warms, but I found myself swishing the beer around like mouthwash so that I could find that flavor through the heavy hop. Pretty amazing how much more the hop flavor was mellowed in the Brett version which seemed so much more balanced to me.

M - Much more vibrant than the Brett version. Bitter and dry after feel.

D - Another easy drinker, but nothing to really make it stand out to me as something special. Alc is hidden pretty well and the beer has a nice flavor making it pack a nice punch for this flavor. I'd take the Brett version over this one any day of the week.

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Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Writing a review for this beer is tough. How can you nit-pick and be critical about a style of beer when it wasn't exactly brewed for a specific style? This was a sort of educational piece for we the consumers to learn a bit about yeast's influence in a beer. This was the same base brewed for 5 different beers and the only difference is the yeast.

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing, poured into a cervoise. This brew appears a clear copper color with thick chunks of yeast that find their way into the glass despite a careful pour. A finger of yellowish stained fluff appears and holds quite well. A thick wall of lace appears in a full curtain about the glass. A swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew is typical of Belgian examples. Scents of spicy clove mixes with mild banana esters mixed with fruity indications. It is spicy yet sweet smelling with a candy-like aroma that blends into a caramel aspect that is almost vanilla-like. It is smooth smelling and overall not bad.

The taste is herbal hop bitterness with a backing of toasted malt which provides some caramel flavoring. It is spicy with the typical Belgian yeast flavors of clove and mild banana. There is a light amount of candy sweetness that finishes dry with a lasting herbal quality that is mildly grassy into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The 8% abv was well integrated in this example. Pretty decent balance but more toasty and medicinal than I like in a Belgian style offering. For what it is, it was pretty good. Hats off to the brewer for the creative idea. I haven't had the Brett version in the series but of the 4 I had, the Belgian yeast seemed bet paired with the base brew. Not something I would seek out again, but having it once was cool.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store Pub's 14th anniversary celebration alongside the yeast series hefeweizen and American. I liked this quite a bit more than the hefe, and perhaps not quite so much as the American. Pours a golden color, edging toward copper with a nice head. Nice Belgian notes from the yeast- fruity and with some clove on the finish. Quite Belgian in style as far as the nose goes. Tastes pretty good as well, with more Belgian fruit and spice. There isn't quite the same base as usual, which is understandable given the base beer, so a grainy note creeps in the restrains the lovely fruit. Even so, this is pretty tasty. Still, another good example of how matching the correct yeasts, hops, and grains makes a difference in a style. Fascinating.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Put this head to head with the Yeast Series: Lager.

Pours identical in colour to the Lager, a bright and hazed reddish bronze, shining pleasantly in the light. Head is fuller than the lager, and retains a little better in its yellowish tinged glory, although the lacing here is clumpier and looser. In the body of this one, there's a fair amount of yeast sediment, despite the careful pour. This one probably has a looser trub at the bottom of the bottle. Still looks good.

In contrast to the crisp hoppiness of the lager, this one comes across as much sweeter and slightly spicy. Big notes of syrup and some fruity esters coming through, like stewed plums and golden sultanas. Very rich and sweet - such a contrast between the two.

Taste is smooth and a little flat, although there's still plenty of syrup and spice to leaven it. The ABV is much better hidden in this one than in the lager, where it takes on a fusel astringent character. Here, it smoothly melds with the dried fruit characters. There's a slight hoppiness on the back which makes an interesting contrast, but for this style it sticks around slightly too long, when the fruity esters should be the main event.

A nice experiment, and a great way to show off the differences in yeast strains, but it also exemplifies how different styles of beer need their recipes tweaked to match up with the secondary characters of the yeast.

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Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer experiment from Mikkeller. The same wort fermented with 5 different yeast strains. They made their point but I would have used a cleaner malt bill to make this point. Most of the beers were big and heavy for the different yeasts and imparted too much of their own character to the beers.

This was probably my second favorite of the night. Beer is red again and mostly clear with a thin white head of small and medium bubbles that break. Not a lot of carbonation on this one either.

Aroma is kind of spicy with some esters in there but not banana, almost clove or cinnamon. Interesting.

Beer is dry and highly bitter at the back, lots of fruit going on in the midpalate. Interesting plums and dark stone fruits. Odd overall but still my second favorite.

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Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jrallen34
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into my Orval glass...Pours dark gold with a very light ope head of three fingers, good retention, great lacing...The aroma is super light only a light belgian like yeast comes through, light grass on the end...The taste is yeast and grass, light and really boring.

This is a huge step down from the lager.

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Yeast Series: Belgian Ale from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 26 ratings