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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian blonde ale aged in chardonnay barrels.

Added by kojevergas on 03-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
17
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 17
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sour notes with some white wine notes and light funky notes. Taste is also dominated by some vinous notes with some sharp tart notes and some funky notes also discernible. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very complex with white wine barrel really bringing a lot more to the mix.

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Photo of pants678
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold, transparent and bubbly with a big frothy head. Yes, this looks to be beer for a summer day.

Garlic, white grape and assorted spices. Present but lacking.

Chardonnay and a subtle twist of honey sit on the end. Alcohol's not totally hidden. Hops are hardly noticeable. A very bright, malty beer that's sweet enough and tart enough to set it apart, even if only just. Not worth $15 for the 12oz, though, there are other Belgian Blondes and Tripels that are better for less.

Aggressive carbonation is welcome, gives a needed bite to match the alcohol and fruit's acidity.

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color—hazy enough so you can't see if any carbonation is visible. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of Chardonnay are present in the nose from the white wine barrel aging along with hints of sweet malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of white wine and has underlying notes of pale malts.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a litte dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought the Chardonnay barrel aging imparted nice aromas and flavors to the beer, but there wasn't anything special about the underlying beer. If this wasn't aged in wine barrels, I presume that it would have been a bland pale ale.

Note: 2012 vintage

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

2012. "Belgian Blonde Ale Aged in Chardonnay Barrels." Product of Belgium. Label is a pale yellow. Cute label art. Brewed at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards; thank them for the pricetag.

Love Mikkeller, so I picked this one up at K&L Wine in Hollywood. 12.7 fl oz green glass (come on, Mikkel!) bottle with standard grey pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; Mikkel is my favourite brewer in the world.

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

Satisfying 'ksh' as I open the bottle; maybe even a sign of overcarbonation.

A: Pours a healthy 7 finger head of white colour, fair cream, okay thickness, and great (8+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Boy, that head just sits there. Body colour is a white wine-esque pale clear yellow. Fairly vibrant. Translucent. Appears overcarbonated, overall. I think it's fair to say it looks like a chardonnay in beer form. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: White wine/chardonnay. Pale malts. Crystal malts. Light pear. A somewhat dry aroma; a bit perry-esque. A mild strength aroma. I don't detect any yeast or alcohol.

T: Pear, pale malts, chardonnay. Cidre/perry esque. No yeast comes through. A bit of alcohol. Lightly grassy. Maybe some clove. It's shockingly simple, but it's still pretty tasty. Not a lot of depth of flavour though. I'm pretty disappointed by its simplicity. The balance is a bit upset by the presence of alcohol. A bit too sweet. Bright fruitiness. Very white wine like.

Mf: Good dryness. Smooth. Good body. Good presence on the palate. Somewhat soft. Undercarbonated. A bit too thin. Lightly crisp.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. Alcohol does come through here. It's clear Mikkel was going for a white wine like blonde, and I guess this is a success - but its simplicity really holds it back. I wouldn't get this again. Far from Mikkel's best.

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Sally's Field from Mikkeller ApS
3.53 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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