Gypsy Juice | Mikkeller ApS

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3.46 w/ 7 ratings

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by pixieskid on 09-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of olradetbalder
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ccozzi
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of laituegonflable
4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, first time I've done this for a while - reviewed straight from the bottle onto BeerAdvocate. Accompanied by "Born Slippy" by Underworld.

Pours with a massive, over-generous head. I sort of got a sense when I popped the cap that it would be a frother, but it seemed safe - until I poured it, that is. It's 80% head now after a bit of sinkage. However, the head itself looks magnificent. It's mocha-coloured, dense and tightly-packed, nice bubbles where it's needed, nice solidity as well where it's more suitable. Specks of lace are left behind as it sinks. Colour of the body is dark-brown. Seriously, if the head were tamed this would be a magnificent looker. But then, what man could tame such a head?

Smells pleasant, with large brett notes giving way to a lighter and airy tartness, with hints of grapefruit, barnyard, wet lucerne and guava. After the initial brett funk, the toasty malt notes come through, roasty and dark with charred wood, coffee grounds and a hint of spearmint. This manages to toe the line between roasty and masculine, and tart and fresh, really nicely. A cracker.

First taste is all head. Managed to get a little bit of the actual beer, and the beer is where all the roasted malt is at - quite roasty really, almost burnt, with espresso, wood smoke and some black pepper. There are hints of that saisony bretty funk, mostly where the head escapes into the mouth though - is it all aroma? - but it's pleasant and livens up the palate quite a lot. Organic, grassy and almost gives a meaty overall character to the roasty malt, but not at all stodgy. In fact, it's remarkably drinkable for its weirdness and darkness. Nicely spicy and funky overall, it's a real winner.

Mouthfeel seems a bit harsh at times, I think maybe the wild yeasts are left to their own devices a bit, and the body doesn't quite pad it out. OK if you're swilling it down, but if you're keeping it in the mouth to enjoy its complexities, I feel you'll be a bit let down.

Overall a cracker. Complex, really exciting and unusual, but maintains a drinkability that it's so easy to lose when you put together two gypsy brewers and let them create something weird. Top job.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on draught at the Mikkeller bar in Copenhagen. I should note that the keg was just set up, and this was the first pour (I know what a lucky bastard I am, for the record). The serving vessel was 20cl stemware. Cost was 35 DKK for 20cl. Reviewed from notes. Is three breweries too many for a collaboration brew? Let's find out.

A: Pours a three finger tan colour head. Lovely cream. Beautiful. Excellent thickness. The head is perfect, delicate, and soft. The retention is incredible for the high ABV; I'd estimate about ten minutes. Colour is a solid nontransparent black.

Sm: Light aroma of cream, pineapple and other notes me broken nose can't distinguish. Very light in strength.

T: Cream, vanilla, chocolate, strange buried fringe esters - likely pineapple, and some more generic bland hops. Complex enough. It's built pretty well, and is well balanced. There might be raspberry on the climax but it's difficult to detect.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too wet, actually. Fairly complementary of the flavour.

Dr: It's pretty drinkable, but far from amazing quality. The high price is definitely unwarranted.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Great looking beer. Big dark brown foam settles to a thin cap and glass-coating lace. Near black body. Looks like a Black IPA - the bottle is somewhat coy about the "style".

S - Roasted malts, cocoa, oranges, pine, hint of soap, and an odd medicinal brett note that doesn't quite work but doesn't distract too much either.

T - Eek! Strange combination of smoked meats, black patent malt, char, aggressive hop bitterness, and a sour lemon brett finish. A colossal trainwreck of competing flavors - I don't think Black IPA and funky saison are a good match.

M - Dry, roasty, and tannic. Somewhat thin for 8.5% ABV, with medium-high carbonation.

D - The taste becomes fatiguing and unpleasant quite quickly. The astringent, charry black patent flavor is bad enough on its own, but the medicinal brett makes it even more unpalatable. I will be avoiding this one in the future.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle purchased at Ølbutikken. Label says "Rollin down the street smokin indo sippin on Gypsy Juice"

A - jet black with a monster mocha head. Lots of lacing and amazing retention

S - A little coffee and smoke, and tons of fruity esters. A bit of cocoa as well. Definitely some pine. As it warms it smells like lotion.

T - very little sweetness then a big bitter toasty finish. Definitely some funk from the yeast and a strong yeast flavor.

M - extremely strong carbonation. Not something I want with this malt bill. Pretty dry finish, a little astringency. Cant taste the ABV though.

O - unique for sure, and definitely what I'd expect from Stillwater in the mix. A sipper for sure and an interesting experiment. What style is this?

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Photo of pixieskid
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to classify this one honestly...Black IPA, Dark Saison, Thin Imperial Stout. I have no clue what to call this thing, but since it is brewed in collaboration with Stillwater and Grassroots, I am gonna think of it as a dark, heavily hopped saison.

Pours with a ridiculous amount of foam resulting in a three finger head; color is definitely almost black, the darkest Saison I have seen (here is where the Imperial Stout comes into play)

Aroma is of chocolate malts, piney and citrus hops, and a bit of earthiness from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is incredibly thin and the carbonation is made up of very tight bubbles (here is where the saison comes into play)

Taste matches the nose, chocolate, grains, lots of hops: notes of piney resign, candied orange, a bit of floral hops as well.

Nice malt back, caramel, chocolate, a bit of grains; finishes dry and crisp with a balanced bittereness and lingering dry mouthfeel.

Overall; at first given the color, ingredients on the bottle, and abv I thought this was going to be an Imperial stout. After cracking it and realizing what all was going on, I really like it.

Now I know why the back of the bottle has a little excerpt on the bottom in English reading "rolling down the street, smoking Indo, sippin' on Gypsy Juice"...this is one pimpin' Saison!

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Gypsy Juice from Mikkeller ApS
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