Ris A La M'ale | Mikkeller ApS

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Ris A La M'aleRis A La M'ale

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kkipple on 11-05-2010

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Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil.

Appearance is a light red with pink head. Its` nose has strawberry, malts, a few spices. An interesting aroma, but very fruity and sweet. Taking a sip and I taste strawberry, some raspberry, a bit of sourness . Mouthfeel is medium, some carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid beer and one that I would recommend ordering for a girlfriend that enjoys rose champagne.

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Photo of jkhara12
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AgentMunky
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a paper-wrapped 375mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Brewed at De Proef Bouwerj. Stamped 8891208.

A: A careless pour nets an overflux of lightly pinkish head which I'm compelled to siphon away. The beer is clear golden-brown, the color of unfiltered honey. Heavy, sticky lacing.

S: This smells like something, though what I could not say. No, wait, it actually smells like Heineken. Ugh.

T/M: The head taste great! Light yeast, tart cherries, and a subtle aftertaste of amaretto. The beer is similar, with a light tang and noticeable almond flavor. The beer is smooth and light, almost wine-like. The finish is moreish and smackworthy.

O: I really enjoyed this Mikkeller effort, and don't really understand the low ratings. I would have another, recommend, and generally approve. Well-made and interesting!

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Photo of rand
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle to pint glass

A: Orange-apricot in color, opaque and effervescent. A big, fizzy head forms immediately but quickly recedes, leaving lacing everywhere.

S: Malt-forward bouquet with distinct notes of cherry. The sweet tones are offset by a backdrop of grassy hops and lingering cracker-y, pastry-like aspects. The added cherries are distinct and although there's a nutty undertone you can't parse the almonds.

T: Malt-forward again, with phenolic tones countering cherry sweetness. The almonds poke though more on the palate than the nose, making a nutty, almost oaky nuance. Grassy hops add a little bitterness and round the palate.

M: Chewy, stodgy body although ample carbonation keeps the palate cleansed.

Nothing breakthrough here but a solid fruit-added beer. A lot of brewers taking stab at this style end up with something more like juice than beer. The beer improved as I worked through the glass.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a synthetic cork and caged (and paper wrapped) 375ml bottle into a Mikkeller long stemmed tulip.

Back label code: 7511008

A: Pours a deep dark pink with two fingers of light pink meringue on top. Retention was excellent as was the lacing. Carbonation was somewhat active.

S: Cherries and almonds. As it warmed, it began to smell a bit like a cherry almond torte. I also picked up on some mildly Saison-ish spicing that, sadly, wasn't more in the forefront.

T: Pretty agreeable cherry flavor. I think the almonds actually tone down what could've been overly bright cherry. Once again, Saison spices lurking in the background with a bit of sweet malt.

M: The sweetness of a fruit beer with the spicy dryness of a Saison. Finishes dry and a bit peppery. Astringent spiciness cleanses the tongue of any remnants of fruit.

D: After glancing at kkipple's review score (KRS) for this I braced myself for a truly horrifying experience...and I was pleasantly surprised. Not quite sure what Mikkel was going for with this (an after holiday dinner dessert beer?) but I enjoyed it. This actually would function quite well as a stomache settler after a gut-busting Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinner. Relatively light with almost non-existant alcohol presence.

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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on KJ Baarons and poured into my Duvel tulip. This really jumped at me...an ale brewed with cherries and almonds? Expecting a flavour profile from an Italian brewery, not a Danish one.

A - Poured a rosey pink hue that wasnt quite see through. Atop this sat a big, fluffy two finger head that while it left very little lacing that head hung around forever.

S - Getting some really nice sweet cherry notes but not much almond. Theres some light roasty aromas presumably from the almonds but no standout almond aroma.

T - Much like the aroma there are nice smooth cherry flavours with some very, very light sweet almond tastes. I would like a little more almond flavour though with this.

M - Wow this is nice. Its got some nice carbonation to keep it light and not heavy or syrupy, however, it still manages to stay nice and creamy.

O - This is a nice fruit beer. Would like the almond to be a bit more, but perhaps its just overshadowed by the nice cherry flavours. The ABV is present on the nose and taste slightly. If the price was a bit lower I would buy this again.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a LaTrappe chalice.

A: Slightly pink hued head looks creamy but fades quickly. Body is mostly amber with a red hint from the cherries.

S: Smell is actually unimpressive, maybe the bottle was too cold, but I was unsure of the serving temperature. Smells like a normal beer, maybe a light noble hop aroma.

T: Very lightly flavored. Slight cherry sweetness on the finish.

M: Crisp, well carbonated.

D: This is the most amazing part of the beer, it drinks as if it was much, much lighter.

Actually a very nice beer, but not at this price point. I guess I expect expensive beers to be packed with flavor, and that expectation hurt the scoring here. It's nice and tasty, just unimpressive.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle thanks to Finewinemike

Poured into a goblet at fridge temperature

A- Pours a nice clear dark reddish brown with a fluffy 2 finger pinkish white head that sticks around like a cloud on the beer. Leaves a good amount of slow moving sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Pale bready malts up front with a slight cherry sweetness in there. Slight nuttiness from the almonds but hard to pick out. Smell like a real light beer more than anything.

T- Real thick and creamy malts up front and definitely some rice in there. Tastes just like ris a la mande when it's still in your mouth but after it goes down the bitter dark cherry comes out and sticks with you in the back of your throat. Not really getting to much nut like flavors unfortunately and has some slight metal like skunk to it.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a really nice slight bitter dry finish.

Overall this beer really hits home with me and been pumped to try it since it came out. Every year since i was little at christmas my family makes Ris a la mande as a dessert because my family is danish. So when i heard about this I had to get it. I have to say Mikkeller definitely did a good job with this beer for what the dessert actually is and how plain it is. It was a nice touch adding the almond and cherry in there. I could understand never having the dessert and not really liking or understanding this beer.


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Photo of chugalug06
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A - Very nice White foamy head. Some good lacing too. Brew is a bit cloudy, Orange/Brown/Red.

S - Lots of almonds... Almost too much. Some super dark cherries. No sugar, verly little sweetness. Quite pleasant and light.

T/M - Very light and enjoyable. This brew could be session-ed. Very dry with reasonable amount of bitterness. You can tell the cherries and almonds were well blended, otherwise this could easily turn into a mess of a brew... No sourness like I was secretly hoping for... No noticeable heat.

O - A very unique brew. Glad I tried this one. Recommended for the adventuresome beer drinker.

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Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz green papered, caged, and synthetic corked bottle.

It pours a beaut of a color. It is a clear orangeish magentaish red with a big foamy white head. The head sticks for a good while and leaves some very nice lacing.

The smell is very subtle. It smells like a cherry desert with marzipan, almond extract, cherries, and pastry. Along with it is what seems to be noble hops, but the hops are zesty, citrusy, and herbal and they complement the sweet cherries very nicely. I'm surprised, but the smell is right on.

The flavor is also very nice. It has a surprising bitterness again form the hops. The cherries really shine here though. They are sweet with a hint of tartness and blend with the malts like a danish pastry, often times kringle will be sold with almond so it seems like a good fit, but the almond doesn't come out as much in the flavor in the very aftertaste you get that nutty flavor but it seems a bit faint. I think the hops drown it out.

All in all it is a solid Mikkeller offering. He probably could have gone without the flavoring and bittering hops, but the aroma hops worked great.

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Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After unwrapping like a Christmas present, this beer pours an orange caramel body with hints of rose color along with a crisp pink foam head.
The smell is real cherries with a subtle nuttiness. Somewhat like a seeded dry bread and pie.
Sweetness and tinges of cherry lambic power the taste. Banana esters come through with bites of tart, crunchy apples like Ginger Golds or Honey Crisps. Very nice and interesting.
Quite crisp and dry like a french cherry cidré. The beer presents a good mellow flavor and an easy, refreshing drink.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Phelps, from the Blind BIF III. reviewed blind.

375ml into Bells tulip. Corked and caged. Synthetic cork.

A- Pink and ruby on the pour. Hmm. Interesting color. A bit hazy, some orange highlights. Big white fluffy head that has some sticky frosty lacing on the glass. Actually, the head is slightly pink too.

S- Fruity, berries. Cherries? Cherries.

T- Tart fruit, this is for sure a cherry beer. Trying to identify the base... not a lambic, not sour, just tart. A bit of an earthy taste and some medicinal notes come out too..

M- Good tartness, light enough body, although this is prob. 6-7%. Good carbonation. Nice finish.

D- Moderately high. Very tasty stuff, great fruit presence. If you like cherries, check this one out.

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Ris A La M'ale from Mikkeller ApS
3.53 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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