Mielcke & Hurtigkarl - Château D’Yquem Barrel Aged | Mikkeller ApS

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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by wordemupg on 02-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by danbronson:
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3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into a simple wine glass (my favourite glass to drink beer from)...

Semi-opaque, orange-ish and pale. Not beautiful by any means, and a little odd. Pours a medium amount of head that dissipates rather quickly (poured a little warm though after being out of the fridge for 10 minutes or so). Lacing is decent...bla bla bla...if there's a reason to care about lacing I haven't found it yet.

Fresh, citric hops hit the nose first and foremost. This is the most powerful smell in the drink, but any attempts at bittering the beer are smothered by the intense sweet malts. The malts are quite simple though. Yeast takes a backseat and isn't bready at all. A little stiff, alcohol comes out but is neither offensive nor pleasant.

The previous smells attack the palate beautifully. The hops (again, citric) hit first followed by a now bready, Belgian-esque yeast and nice, slightly rich sugary, syrupy malted barley. Maybe some honey (reminds me of DFH Midas Touch). Rich booze is present, but seems disconnected. It leaves a sugar taste in the mouth that I remember from eating lots of candy on Halloween as a kid. Towards the end I start to find it offensive, but before that I find it rich.

Straightforward and a little bit boring. This is a sweet (and therefore sticky), decently heavy beer. Carbonation is low-medium. Fine and coarse bubbles fizz up on the tongue (less as it gets warmer) and help the hoppy, citric, aromatic tastes come out but ultimately the sugars take over and things border on cloying (every beer-snob's favourite word, I know).

What none of the other categories capture is that this is a unique beer. It may not be perfect, and I could spend too long writing about it for better or worse, but in the end I enjoyed drinking it. The citric nose surprised me with every sip and the syrupy/sweet taste left in the mouth after swallowing kept me coming back for more. This may not sound like a great beer, and it may not be one, but it is something special and different and worth enjoying at least once.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml corked and wire caged bottle. Another of those corks that requires a bloody set of pliers to open. Sheesh. Anyways, this appears to be a beer made for the Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, an organic Copenhagen restaurant. Somehow it winds up in Alberta, not that I'm complaining.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of thin, puffy, disjointed off-white head, which settles at due pace, leaving some broad sudsy swaths of lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of sharp, musty yeast, semi-sweet pale malt, some mild vinous notes, including the grainy wood, and an earthy honey sweetness. The taste is grainy pale malt, frowsy, dusty yeast, mild generic barrel woodiness, a sadly sinking honey mead essence, and a wet leafy character that bobs and weaves at will. Very little, if any, of the elevated ABV is detectable, at this early stage.

The bubbles are damned-near non-existent, the body a clenching middleweight, and airily smooth enough. It finishes with a reminder of the yeasty, softly malty base of the beer, and but a wee wisp of the spoiled white grape goodness addendum.

A decent BSPA, but with the slight honeywine sweetness gleaned from the barrel somewhat hard to discern from the standard candi sugar notes to be found in Belgian-style ales, I'm not convinced of the efficacy of such an endeavor. But hey, it's not up to me, and this is still fairly enjoyable as is, all intentions and lost potential aside.

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Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours generous head and leaves artistic lacing. A world of aromas, earth, fruit, a little yeast. Soft carbonation makes for a smooth mouthfeel, akin to an expensive white wine. Tropical fruit, grape,pineapple, and delicate.
Interesting and complex beer, thanks for sharing Liam.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours murky brown with a small head.
Nose shows chocolate fudge, sultanas, golden syrup, booze and creme caramel.
Flavours include soft vanilla oak notes, sweet brown sugar, bready malt, soft booze and some slightly astringent tannin-like notes.
Too highly carbonated.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a large foamy head with medium retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of medium sweet malt with dry hoppy notes and some light vinous notes is pretty intense and unique. Taste is a unique mix between some dry white wine notes with light floral hoppy notes with a touch of herbs and some lightly sweet malt. Body is pretty full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Unique mix between the ingredients. I think I would have preferred a bit more vinous notes with less of the herbal components.

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Photo of Caudalie
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from wordempug, 375ml into a tulip. Best before May 5, 2016.

Pale golden orange, with a light white head and moderate retention. Nose has some skunk initially, tropical fruits, oak, light dill and the underlying malt is sweet but complex in quality. Tastes of tropical fruits, oak and vanilla, complex malt and fruit interplay mid-palate with lasting sweetness. Some brown pear and red apple flesh as well. Lower carbonation, medium body. Delicate, complex and some really delicious qualities.

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Photo of Florya
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

THT 05/05/16 is listed on top of the foil. I assume this is the best before date. Thanks to hunnybunny for bringing this to me from Europe. She ordered it on a French website. 375 ml green glass bottle Mht 1/6-2017 with foiled-over hood-and-wire cork top served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high as Mikkeller is me favourite brewery (if you consider it one) in the world.

Green glass? Mikkel knows better.

Served slightly warmer than refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork yields a satisfying pop on opening.

A: Pours a five finger head of beige colour, nice silky smooth cream, pretty good thickness, and incredible retention considering the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent murky dark dull yellow. Not particularly appealing, but generally so.

Sm: Bretts and farmhouse notes, tantalizingly wonderful wild yeast, slight lemon/citrus, some spice, pale vague hopping, soap, clean malts, and some delicacy. Honey. White wine. A woody note. A fragile, unique, incredibly appealing aroma. Moderately strong. One of Mikkeller's more inspired aromas. I didn't expect it to be this appealing.

T: Funkiness, bretts, and restrained farmhouse yeast. Evocative of a tame saison. Clean malts form the foundation and don't intrude. Hints of honey and lemon; vaguely tea-like. The wood note disappears and resurfaces inconsistently. No alcohol comes through. Spicy but not herbal. Boasts a clean somewhat full body. Not very well layered, but certainly features some complexity and subtlety - albeit not very much. I do like it, but the aroma promised more. It feels restrained but not muted. Crystal malting and crystal hops don't add much, but rather seem to take away. Interestingly balanced and built. Not unique. There's a certain soapy quality to it that bothers me, though this might arise merely from the spices and vague slight lemon character.

Mf: Very very slightly astringent, evoking a leaf addition of some sort. Soapy. Smooth and wet, with a tingly coarseness from the aforementioned soapy character. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavours decently but not ideally.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far too soapy for my tastes. I do like it, but wouldn't want to quaff it all night. Hides its ABV quite well. An interesting fusion of saison qualities with vague weak witbier characteristics. I wouldn't get it again. I'm glad to have tried it, but it isn't worth the trouble - especially if it's brewed for a specific eatery as some have suggested.


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Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of wordemupg
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 28/2/12

A murky peach with a large loose soapy foam that quickly falls to a thin film leaving a few patches of lace

S very earthy nose with some funky yeasty wet wood and honey, I pick up on the sweet vinous notes from the barrel and just a little caramel and booze. Very unique and complex nose

T flavors decent but lacking compared to the nose, still earthy but toned down, reminds me of chewing on a random green leaf, slightly fruity but mostly leafy, would like more of the sweet wine notes from the nose

M a little foamy from the bubbles with a long finish and just a little left behind on your gums and slightly sticky on the lips

O interesting beer for sure but not blowing me away other then the smell

something different that's for sure, but now its time for the 18$ question.... the answer's no probably not

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Photo of ADZA
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Barrel ageing is definitely my new favourite style so always keen for one that's new to me and this one was quite expensive so hope it's worth it and pours a golden hazed honey hue with a fluffy two finger head and bubbly lacing,I get a nice nose of chateau along with Belgian yeast,bready malts and a touch of funk and so far the ageing has definitely not overtaken this brew,the feel is lightly carbonated with a fullish feel and a soft lingering heat with tastes of chateau that I find tame the dominant Belgian yeast strain that you always taste in strong pales but in a good way and also get a nice mid palette feel from the bready malts before a white grape funkiness that finishes with an Oaked chateau heat and overall yeah I love it but unfortunately at the price it's a one off for me cheers.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mielcke & Hurtigkarl - Château D’Yquem Barrel Aged from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 13 ratings