Sort Gul | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GONZALOYANNA on 08-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
108
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
8.35%
 
 
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2
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7
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Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium brown, opaque very dark brown in the glass with big light brown head. Sheet of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: pine, navel orange, notes of buttered toasted brown bread and roast. Taste: tangerine into quick sugared dark fruit note into pine blast, with citrus peel, roast, unsweet chocolate, and dark brown sugar towards the finish. Finishes drying but sugary with lingering pine and a burnt-ish note. Better and better as it warms, pretty solid.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

REVIEW

STYLE: Black IPA

ABV: 7.3%

PURCHASED AT: John’s Grocery; Iowa City, IA

POUR: Medium sized tan head, dark black pour.

AROMA: Roasted malts, piney hops.

TASTE: Roasted malt flavor balance nicely by the hops.

Ratebeer.com rating: 98

Beeradvocate raing: 88

Overall: B+

My recommendation: Give it a shot. If you’ve had Black Top from New Glarus you will definitely enjoy this brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a creamy, thick khaki head. Little chunks of yeast are clearly visible in the liquid. Head retention is very good, and as the head settles, a moderate amount of khaki lacing is left behind.

S: Sweet, toasty malt scents of dark bread, dark chocolate, heavy cream, and vanilla bean are balanced by hoppy scents of fresh herbs, lime zest, lemon rind, juniper berry, cedar, and bitter orange.

T: Notes of blood orange, bitter orange, lemon, lime, fresh herbs, cedar, juniper berry, grapefruit, pine, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, heavy cream, caramel, and dark bread wash across the palate. The finish is both bitter and toasty with herbal, citrusy hops balanced by flavors of dark chocolate and dark bread.

M: Medium bodied and oddly dry for the style, though there is a bit of a resinous feel toward the fade. Carbonation is firm and crisp. Alcohol presence is pretty much undetectable. Surprisingly easy to drink for a beer of 7% abv or more.

O: This is a very nice Scandinavian take on the American Black Ale style. The aromas and flavors don't separate quite as much as some of the beers of this style produced by Mad River, Stone, Rogue and the like, but the unique aromas and flavors that this ale so skillfully presents make it very appealing, and at least for me, make it pretty memorable. The tell-tale muddled rush of hop bitterness that has become a defining characteristic of Mikkeller's beers is here, but in Sort Gul, it's more approachable, more restrained. One can actually get an idea of how the malt and hops work together in this ale. So, in the end, this ale may be more straight-forward, dare I say more simplistic, than the best American Black Ales produced in the United States, but it presents a different take on the style, one that is more drinkable, more balanced, more integrated, more approachable, and perhaps more fun. It is definitely worth checking out for fans of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown-black, 3 finger head, great lacing.
S- Pine, grapefruit, spiced wood, caramel, brown sugar, licorice.
T- Pine, grapefruit rind, brown sugar, bitter hops.
M- Medium body, medium carbonation.
O- A great black IPA, probably second to Sublimely Self Righteous.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO. Poured quite cold from a bottle into a snifter. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Delicate pour resulted in a one finger khaki colored head. After a while it faded to some bubbles and a thin cap. Looks almost like greasy dish water. Really dark brown, almost black body.

Smell: Piney hops followed by roasted chocolate malts, tart/sour stone fruits, and cheap coffee.

Taste: Follows the nose. Bitter, citrusy and piney hops, nice chocolate malts, sourish plums and cherries, floral hops, coffee with a little bit of cream, and a drying hop bitterness. Chocolate malts linger for a while. No alcohol warmth.

M: As has been said, great fizzy carbonation. Really helps the beer.

Overall: More of a bitter, fruity porter than anything else. The hops came out a lot more as the beer warmed but I expected it to be hoppier than it was. My favorite thing was the chocolate/coffee notes from the malts. Not my favorite BIPA but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Met my expectation of a tasty black ipa. Bottle from Village Beer Merchant. The roast and hop balance was very good. The hops lead, would it be as good another 2 months? I do not know, good malting aided great drinkability. Somewhat expensive but worth it for me.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller "Sort Gul." 7.30% ABV confirmed. "Black India Pale Ale." I've had a great black IPA from Mikkeller before, so I'm hoping this is up to par. Mikkel's my favourite brewer; expectations are high. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard black pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Brewed and bottled at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: A light bubble show at the bottom of the head as foam seems to run down towards the body. Pours a 5+ finger head of biege-khaki colour. Foamy and a bit frothy. Lacing is sticky and heavy; wow. A bit creamy. Great thickness. Great (10+ minute) retention for the high ABV; that's damned impressive. Body colour is very dark solid brown-black; it's not quite a consistent full jet-black; there's some restraint there. No yeast particles are visible. All around it's pretty impressive.

Sm: Caramel, chocolate malt, dark bittering malts, floral hops, fennel, raisin, light coffee, and light grapefruit citrus. No hop bitterness or bite. It's pretty good for the style. A bit of roast. A subtle aroma of mild strength. I'm excited to try it.

I couldn't wait on the head any longer after five minutes, so I just started drinking through the head - which was still a good 4 fingers in thickness.

T: A marriage of dark bitter malts, light coffee, light roast, and timid caramel with well executed floral hop notes, a touch of grapefruit citrus ester zing, and a bit of biscuity yeast. They don't clash at all. It works surprisingly well. Nicely balanced and built. The coffee in particularly has a delightfully subtle part to play which really helps bring out the roast and hop bitterness; they play off and complement eachother. Its strength is in its subtlety; it isn't amazingly complex but there's plenty going on here. I don't get any alcohol. Any chocolate malt is minimal. One of the better Black IPAs I've had, but Mikkel has done other better ones.

Mf: Soft, chewy, smooth, and wet. Carbonation is perfect. It's light and soothing on the palate, yet presence is still full. It doesn't lack body, but the mouthfeel really aids drinkability. A fine texture that so few brewers seem able to deliver. Complements the flavour profile rather well.

Dr: A success from Mikkel. One of the better beers I've tried in this style. Mikkel's are the only black IPAs I can remember really enjoying. A solid Black IPA that helps remind me why Mikkeller is my favourite 'brewery'. Hides its ABV well. I'd probably get this again, especially when out at a bar. I do wish the price were better as an import, but Danes have no excuse not to try this.

Low B

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Sort Gul from Mikkeller ApS
3.95 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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