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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kkipple on 11-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,100
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
194
pDev:
15.36%
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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out on tap at the Trapp Door, it gives off a reddish orange color with a decent looking head on top. The head fades and just leaves a slight ring around the glass. The smell of this beer reminded me of sweet apple cider and some spice. The taste is also sweet and spicy, really nice for a finisher or a night cap. The mouthfeel has a medium body to it along with a light carbonation. Overall I feel that Mikkeller strikes again with another really interesting brew. I can people not enjoying this but if you have it at the proper time of the day I feel that it will not the spot. I would be interested in having this one again some day.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of MsRif
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the Trapp Door in Emmaus, PA. Poured an orange-red color that sort of reminded me of a Shirley Temple. Thin off-white head that quickly fizzled away leaving no lacing. Had an aroma of sour fruits, yeast and sugar. Taste was not very impressive. Sweet, yeasty, and tart fruits. I seriously did not get any almond taste from this brew.

Light to medium in body, with a bit of a syrupy feel. High carbonation. I pretty much left my husband to drink this one as I was not a fan, really. Not terrible, but not really worth it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Trapp Door, Emmaus, PA

Poured a hazy orange-red with a small layer of off-white bubbles straggling on the top; no real head/retention/lacing to speak of. Tart aroma of ripe fruits, bready yeast, and light sugars. Taste was...not quite as good as I'd expect from the description, really. Sweet sugars up front, melded with bready yeast, tones of subdued cherries, over-ripe melon, and perhaps a touch of almond essence as an afterthought. Medium-bodied, chewy, a bit filmy. Maybe good for a one-time glass, but not something I'd see myself getting again.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with my fiance as a digestive.

Color is a murky rose and caramel orange color with a khaki colored head of about one finger and OK residual foaming. Good bubbling.

The aroma was soft nutty alomnds with faintly tart cherry and biscuit aroma. Not a bad dessert beer aroma.

The taste is simple and sraight forward. Tartish maraschino cherry with light almond syrup flavors. Some toasty biscuit malt flavors come around the finish. The 8% abv. adss a nice warmth to this sweet after dinner brew.
The palate is well carbonated but little powdery dry.

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Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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 liamt07
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jon, 375ml into a snifter. Civic day tasting.

Poured a murky reddish brown, lighter pink head with an orange tinge to it. Ridiculous sheets of lacing, sticky and spotty. Nose is cherry, subdued in most respects. Light almond-like qualities, a flatter sweetness that I can't really put my finger on. Slight nutty notes. Taste has a nice mix of cherry and less almond notes; sweet cherry flesh and lightly saccharine. Some dryness in the finish. Clean, sweet and a medium-low carbonation. A bit sticky. Not outstanding, but pretty solid - some good flavours to be found here.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sure its real cherry. Pink lace and head and pink lace is the outstanding appearance characteristic. A little sourness and lots of maltiness. The cherry is overwhelmed by smelling and tasting by its malting.
Jon's bottle.Ok drinakbility, bit what I can expect from a cherry beer is not delivered.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pinkish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the cherries with a little bit of toffee mixed in. The aroma has some grain notes as well as some almond and cherry aspects. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not sure what Mikkeller was trying to do with this beer, but this is not up to their usual standards.

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Photo of codsmith
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a two finger foam off-white head that stays around.The head laces the glass nicely throughout

S: The smell is close to a very clean Belgian, but with a little less yeast esters present on the nose. Almost reminiscent of a sparkling champagne. I was really hoping for some of the cherries and almonds to come through in the smell, but sadly none that I could detect.

T: It has a very smooth and tactful cherry flavor. Very well balanced. I was a expecting less due to the smell, but the taste full delivered better than I was hoping.

M: Incredibly smooth and well rounded. Light-to-medium mouth-feel. Flavor really gets all around the mouth

O: I'm a huge Mikkeller stout fan and got this one on a whim... and I continue to be impressed by another style of Mikkeller. The only thing I would change is the smell to be more accompanying to the flavor.

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Photo of ejyoung
2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks really nice - a ruby red color with tons of off white creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Small amount fruit in the nose, mostly just some kind of metallic type smell. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste is about the same - metallic with some tartness. Maybe some cherry flavor, but fairly minor. The tartness is kind of nice, but this isn't what I expected.

Medium body with a low amount of carbonation.

Not impressed overall. It sounded delicious, but the taste doesn't live up to the name.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

SkÅL!

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Photo of womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this fine beverage.

A: It looks pretty. Pours a slightly hazed amber/orange with a minimal off-white head forming.

S: Smells mostly like yeast with a slight tartness. A lot of sugar notes and something that might even be described as corn. I don't really get either the cherries or the almonds.

T: Quite metallic on the flavor. There is no almond and no cherry flavor, but I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. There is a bit of a creaminess and tartness on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium level of carbonation.

O: For a beer advertised as being brewed with cherries and almonds, it falls severely short since it exhibits neither. It also doesn't taste very good.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into White Birch brewing Tulip
Pours a light red / pink with a a head that actually got larger the more it sat in the glass.

Smell of light almond with cherry and a medium light roast malt profile. Noble hop aroma with a nice bitter twang.

Taste of noble hops / Saaz / Tetnanum / light cherry flavor - less so than I had expected which was welcome. Mixed with a very light almond profile that does not overtake either the cherry or the noble hop flavors. Medium body , thick for the style and a light to medium carbonation.

Overall pretty tasty and different

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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Trilogy31
2.77/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful hazy bing cherry red, with a gorgeous pink hued head that leaves decent lacing but the head quickly leaves. Unfortunately the appearance is the best part of this beer. On the nose i get a touch of hops with sour citrus and a touch of funk. No cherries, no almonds when tasting, i really only get some sour citrus as well as some earthiness. Abv is pretty unoticeable but unfortunately everything else is unoticeable with this beer as well. Sounded interesting and worth a try, but will not revisit.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, look at that beer! Looks better than some lambics. Natural cherry-jam color, pinkish foam, great lacing.

What's up with this aroma? It smells like...an ordinary pilsner. I get noble hops and not a whole lot else....for all I know this could be a Spaten lager or something. A little more "fruity" as it warms, but still kinda disappointing to be honest.

Geez, it tastes mostly like a pilsner, too, albeit one with a little alcohol bite. OK...come on, there's got to be more to this. I'm getting some of the cherry and almonds...I don't know that I was prepared for this to be so subtle. I think the beer could be improved by dialing the noble hop back some. Hardly bad, though.

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Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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 brew3crew
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to urbancaver on this wonderful spring afternoon.

A-bronze in color with almost a pink head
S-lots of cherries and a slight bit if almonds
T-tastes alot like it smells. Cherries up front and almonds in the finish
M-medium bodied and smooth with an almond after taste.
D-very drinkable. Gone in no time.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish orange. Tons of frothy head. Looks really interesting. Very pinkish.
Smells sour and sweet on the nose. Some nice almond as well on the nose. Te cherry is fairly apparent. The taste is sweet and a bit tart. Like sweet cherry pie. And to my surprise i can taste almond on the tongue pretty prominently. Very unique interesting beer. Highly carbonated and very drinkable. I would Definitely have this again

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Photo of gford217
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle.

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a light pinkish white head.

Aroma is odd in that it's very light with a lot of pilsner-like aromas which I wasn't expecting. Hops and biscuity malts with only hints of the light sugary fruits and nuts mentioned on the label.

Taste is a bit fruitier with some cherry-lollipops mixed in with pale malts and noble hops coming through and forming a light backbone. The finish is fruity and dry.

The mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation, very crisp but watery overall.

Overall, this was not that impressive for me. Very light and watery feel with less complexity than i was hoping for.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Ris A La M'ale from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 194 ratings
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