Ris A La M'ale | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kkipple on 11-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
193
Reviews:
83
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
15.86%
 
 
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Photo of bluesplit63
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of wesley14
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of biboergosum
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle. Brewed with cherries and almonds, though you would have to decipher the Danish-only labeling on the bottles shipped to Canada to know that. Not Mikkeller's fault, however, the distributor, WTF?

This beer pours a cloudy, sediment-specked medium orange-amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky pink-tinged head, which leaves some crooked webbed lacing around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells mildly of sauced cherries, and a bit of caramel maltiness - nothing very much to reel you in. Anyways, the taste is sugared sour cherries, bready caramel malt, some earthy woody notes, perhaps a but nutty, but indistinct at that, and a very subtle gurgling booziness.

The bubbles are not present in any appreciable amount, the body a dodgy medium weight, and a bit too cloying to deserve any smoothness accolades. It finishes off-dry, the seemingly artificially sweetened cherries still running the show, tempered mostly by an herbal hop dryness.

After the initial sleuthing required to determine just what this beer is intended to be, I anticipated the almond adjunct greatly - would it be straight ahead oily nuttiness? Some nice marzipan notes? Nope, just a muddled, if inoffensive and ambitious, example of a fruit beer. Not really worth the $10+ this goes for around here.

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Photo of redleaves
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Funny red color, never seen a beer that's red, amber and cloudy all at the same time. Lots of yeast came through even on a careful pour. Nose isn't really there, I expected more than a light grain smell. Taste is wonderful, cherries but not tart, I think this is thanks to the almonds. Others say they don't taste the almonds but the creamy edge the cherries get is from that. I'm glad I drank this for dessert though. Very full flavor, amaretto, caramel, and grain. Like a cake of some sort. Carbonation is perfect full enough to keep off any cloying sweetness, no detectable hops apart from offsetting sweetness, but maybe that's the almonds. Well done, my first mikkeller due to the prices but this one is certainly worth it!

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3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems like I liked this one a bit more than the community as a whole; it’s pretty simple, easy drinking, and went well with pizza after a long and tough day on all accounts.

Pink-hued body, nearly clear, smallish head that falls pretty quickly. Spritzy carbonation, light body; thin cherry tartness; both sweet and sour aspects are fairly restrained. Almonds are nearly undetectable, which was unfortunate, would have liked to taste them a lot more assertively. Cherry is stronger in the nose than in the taste. Almonds emerge very subtly in the slightly bitter finish. Refreshing but a little forgettable; my biggest complaint about this beer is probably the 7-8 dollar price tag; if this was a 2 dollar beer I’d buy it often. It’s not going to blast your tastebuds with cherries, sourness, or anything else; perhaps a bit watery overall. I still liked it.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into tulip 12/3/12

A murky pinky orange with a slightly pink foam two fingers deep, just enough clarity too see loads of pin prick bubbles feeding the foam that leaves random spider web lacing

S smell like a nutty cherry tootsie roll, that's the best description my mind can grasp

T some earthy twiggy notes that I just can't place with a little tea bag perhaps on top of the nutty cherry tootsie roll I could smell, I wont lie I don't quite understand this one but its decent

M slight heat, a little sticky and sweet, slightly sour and a little syrupy

O something different that's for sure, not really sure what this brew is supposed to be but I didn't mind it

like I just mentioned I really don't know what type of beer this is but I found it interesting nonetheless, I won't be stocking up on this one but it was worth a shot

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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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3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This opaque ale is iridescent, ruddy brown with a creamy head that turns rocky and lasts a long while, allowing one to notice the subtlety between off white and light pink coloration. When all is done, a sticky coating is left on the glass.

This has a fruity aroma with some sourness of fermented cherries. There is really not much going on here.

Oddly earthy flavors with faint cherry tartness. Bitterness follows long into the finish.

The carbonation is modest in this astringent beer with a medium body.
While worth trying with food, this beer is just average. It does not quite raise to the level of a lambic, nor does it appeal to the freshness of other beers of this style.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of bpk59
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - burnt sienna color, half-finger off-white foamy head. Gentle lacing left on the glass for the duration of the beer.

S - The smell is very underwhelming - belgian funk predominantly, and some sweet almond and a hint of cherry. I expect much more almond and cherry and much less funk.

T - Now this is what I was expecting. Sweet fruit at the front - the cherry is subtle like a real cherry, not syrupy. Finishes with a subtle almond flavor. Booze (8%) is well hidden.

M - Feels like a lambic in the mouth. Light bodied and thin. Good carbonation.

O - Enjoyable but slightly underwhelming. I hear "almond and cherries" and I want to be punched in the face by almond and cherry; in this case, I wasn't. But it's a tasty, enjoyable beer none the less. If you like fruit beers, try it once if you can find it fresh and at a good price.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of korguy123
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7FL. OZ into flute

A- Slightly hazy dingy reddish color with a three finger off white head that leaves super sticky, chunky lacing.

S- Almonds and cherry syrup. I'm getting a touch of alcohol. There is the slightest hint of chocolate.

T- Chocolate covered cherries, cherry syrup (think watered down maraschino) the almonds come through in a quite artificial sense. Fairly bland tasting, everything is basically coasting through together.

M- Over carbonated, slightly syrupy.

O- I didn't realize that this is based loosely on Ris Ala Mande (Danish Rice Pudding) until I bought it and did some google-fu. This is a novel idea, looks ok, smells good but the taste is just missing it's mark. I think if you had tart cherries and cut back on the syrup this would stick out.

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Photo of bhir
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Hazy pink tinged brown in color, pours out with very loud fizzy hissing noise from all the carbonation which produces a short lived one finger off-white head and very very very light lacing.

S. Sure enough, there is a huge initial surge of almond syrup and cherry aroma upon removal of the cap. In about one minute, however, most of these aromas dissipate down to an extremely low level relative to the scent of the malts themselves... so enjoy the smell quickly while you can!

T. Slightly soured cherries mixed with a bitter taste of their pit stones, and almonds only really come through as a background element. And when I say "slightly sour", what I am trying to communicate is the concept of close to the lowest possible level of sour that my taste buds seem to be able to detect at all. More like a slight tangy tickle, if you know what I mean. A lot more simple and understated than most of Mikkeller's other works.

M. Has a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that not many fruit beers have. However, carbonation is about 10% too much for my tastes, which contrast-backfires against the creamy texture.. Never really gets 'boozey' from the 8% ABV.

As unusual as the flavor combination is for this beer, somehow it comes across as merely an ordinary fruit beer. I was sort of hoping for something more distinctive and memorable than this.

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2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky pinkish brown (or perhaps brownish pink) with a rocky 2 finger off white head and a little lacing.

Sour berries, metal and nuts. Really subdued - had to get my nose wet to figure this beer out.

This beer is really confusing. The sourness in the aroma is swapped for this sickly sweet glacé cherry vibe on the palate. There's more metallic notes going on- perhaps from a nasty yeast, and alot of candy sugar. I'm actually getting more and more annoyed by this beer as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally odd. Theres a real creamy buttery feel in the mouth mixed with over carbonation... They don't really complement each other.

Mikkeller what's deal...? You cant keep putting every ridiculous ingredient into a beer, wrapping it up nicely, overpricing it and then expect to maintain some sort of reputation. Wish I spent my money on one of your stouts instead..

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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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