Hva Såå!?
Mikkeller ApS

Hva Såå!?Hva Såå!?
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From:
Mikkeller ApS
 
Denmark
Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
105
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 25, 2019
Added:
Jun 22, 2013
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  20
SCORE
86
Very Good
Hva Såå!?Hva Såå!?
Notes: Formerly Årh Hvad

Årh Hvad?! is Danish for 'Say What?' However, when pronounced in proper Danish, it also sounds a lot like the word 'Orval', a Trappist brewery I’m sure you guys have heard of. It is hopped four times with Styrian Goldings hops. The fermentation is done with two yeast strains, one of which is brettanomyces. Sometimes barrel aged versions of this are released, they have included: Chardonnay, Grand Marnier, Sauterne, & St. Emilion. This version is not barrel aged.
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Rated: 3.53 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Dec 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by Griphon from Florida

Jan 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Jan 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This Belgian pale ale pours an opaque brownish copper color with a somewhat large off white head. The smell is pretty fruity with citrus, pear, and grape making an appearance, there are some light spice and yeast notes, and it's kind of funky and sour as well, like a mild Brett scent. The flavor has all the standard Belgian pale ale fare: yeast, spices, grains, a little fruitiness, which in this case diverges a bit to the aforementioned fruits, but there are also some non-standard flavor notes. There is a mild, but significant sourness to it that is wild ale reminiscent, a bubble gum flavor, and there is a vegetal earthy flavor in the finish that combines with an extreme dryness. The finish is also mildly bitter. The body is medium. This beer certainly doesn't lack complexity, but complexity alone is not always a good thing. I find this beer confusing and I would much prefer a Belgian pale ale that is simpler, but well composed (e.g. Orval, etc.)
Oct 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Jaburcke from Missouri

4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Amber color, huge head. Pour this one in a wide mouth goblet! (Orval glass?) I poured it into a Chimay chalice. This is Mikkeller's take on Orval and they have done a nice, job. Spicy, pepper, hop sack, leather, a very dry finish. A nice interpretation on the classic. Recommended.
Sep 22, 2018
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I have to CANgratulate imbibehour or whomever built/modified this entry since they even got the oddball diacritical mark on the first letter of this beer's name correct. I am on a bit of a kick to try & get names of beers correct since otherwise, it leads to CANfusion. This is a public service message brought to you by The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Belgian Pale Ale".

A 500-ml CAN is nothing to sneeze at so I Crack!ed it open & CANmenced a slow, gentle Glug so as to avoid a mess. It returned the favor by forming two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with very good retention that left behind nice lacing as it slowly fell. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slightly funky wild yeast character & the CAN identified it as including Brettanomyces yeast. Hmm. It was evident, but not overwhelming on the nose. Let us proceed & see how it tastes. Mouthfeel was medium, nothing exciting or untoward. The taste was different from most that I have had in the style, so I looked at the site's Style Guidelines & this was the crucial part: " Flavors and aromas will vary." Yes, it was markedly different from most Belgian Pale Ales that I have had, but since they seemed to be trying to mimic Orval, I would say that this was a very good effort. It was quite dry, as Brett will do to a beer, but not so funky or dry as to be puckering, which I find unpleasant. This was still within my spectrum of enjoyment. Finish was likewise dry & while I did not want water right afterwards or with it, one was sufficient for my purposes. YMMV.
May 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Dec 01, 2017
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Reviewed by Dzu from Russian Federation

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 0.33 l bottle into tulip.
L: Turbid dark amber with a massive beige foam head.
S: Plums, caramel, banana.
T: Bitter sweet, unexpected saturated taste.
F: Medium body and high carbonation.
O: Unusual belgian style beer. Worth a taste.
Jul 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by ahommell from Mississippi

May 07, 2017
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 23rd October 2023. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark orange, copper, amber colour with a huge two finger fluffy off white head that kept growing out the glass with great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma: Tart berries, brett, funky, grape with hints of white wine and citrusy mandarin, orange on the back end.

Taste: Lightly sour to start with berries, plum, orange, pine, pepper spice and florally with a lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was interesting as it was created as a tribute to Orval, and while there are some similarities, I still preferred Orval (which I had side by side) and which I felt had a smoother and better flavour profile.
Apr 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.67 by rangerred from Tennessee

Mar 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Mar 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Everydayoff from Thailand

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller, Bangkok.

Hazy deep amber copper color, it comes with one and a half finger of frothy off-white head that stands with decent retention before sinking to some bubble film atop and leaving some spotty lace on the glass-side, high visible carbonation.

Nice fruity aroma of grape and berry as well as some tart and winy note, some funky and musty yeast together with sour plum, honey, caramel, biscuit, subtle hint of spicy alcohol, and candy sugar.

The taste is led by sourness and tartness of plum, grape and berry with some good hop quality reflecting by rather bold hop bitterness. Yeast still plays an important role providing funky and musty note while biscuity malt is only in the background. Finish with solid dryness like a wine quality.

Medium body with rather low carbonation and some crisp through the palate, semi-smooth mouthfeel, finish is very dry.

Not that something ground-breaking but still a quality brew.
Mar 01, 2017
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Less than moderate pour yields a huge, slightly off white, fluffy head over an amber body with nice, sticky lacing. This is one gorgeous head! Nose of citrus, slight brett funk, and a little spice. As it warms a blue cheese funk comes out. Taste follows the nose with a spicy dryness. Nice feel and overall, this is one of Mikkel's best!
Feb 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by StevenMilligan from Florida

Feb 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.18 by JohnTurano from Florida

Jan 16, 2017
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Brewed in June 2016.

The colour is gold-brown; the liquid clear. The four finger head is airy an beige; it sinks down with a fizzing sound leaving some lacing on the glass.

The complex smell got notes of sour dough, horse stables, some toffee/cookies and fresh meats. Hop bitterness and exotic spices in the background.

The taste got distinct Brett notes of stable, old wood and sandal wood. Sweet almonds and matured cheese. Passing clean bitterness, some dried fruits and a hint of vanilla. Oak wood, bitter herbs, old cheese and some lime cookies in the aftertaste. The smooth long finish got notes of fruit drops, hay and bitter almonds.

The carbonation is strong, almost sharp. The many mid-size long lived bubbles tickle the tongue. The liquid is rather light.

If I remember Orval correctly, this one is a bit more bitter, less funky and complex with a bit too sharp carbonation. Not a bad clone, but still a clone.
Jan 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by travelguy from Ohio

Dec 20, 2016
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Reviewed by PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Colour very ugly, copper brown, turbid. Foam ecru, fine to medium grained, moderately durable. Sweet fruity aroma with dried and fresh fruit, candied sugar, licorice, fried fruit, vanilla. After warming appear Stable flavor notes associated with an orchard full of ripe fruit, slightly rotten fruit. The taste in the foreground a clear stable. is the village with the amazing aromas and flavors, again vanilla, licorice, dried fruit. Bitterness quite intense and long, perfectly here finds, it is a dried fruit.
Dec 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.65 by FatsoSvuLLo from Sweden

Oct 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.32 by harsley from Massachusetts

Oct 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.58 by JamFuel from Sweden

Sep 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by redfox405 from Virginia

Aug 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Best before March 4th 2025. That's a hell of a wait to drink a beer I say…

Deep chestnut brown body color, and slightly murky, with a touch of ruby highlights. Opaque and cloudy, with a nice middle column of tight carbonation. The head is rocky and thick at and easy three fingers. Big cling and clumpy lace abounds, and a great aggressive appearance. Real nice looking brew.

Fantastic aroma. Small brett but excellent notes of cherry and brown spices. Sort of hints winter warmish, but with a deeper malt and more cherry black forest cake flavors. Flavors of tangerine and Christmas orange also peak out as well. A great sensing flavorful berry and citrus smorgasborg. Delicious.

Palate does not lie about the great tastes hinted on the nose. Cherry and fruit bursting in the mid palate. Funky tones and almost steely grapefruit qualities with excellent sharp dryness on the finish. Thick and rich melting malts of caramel with a dripping cherry juice and cracked pepper aftertaste. Lush. Spicy. Intensely fruit flavored. Perfectly sweet.

Drank this so fast it was gone in seconds. Only complaint the bottle was too small.
Aug 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I'm a bit confused about what exact beer I'm rating here. The label on the can says what I assume is Arh Hvad, even though the letters are displayed in a consentric fashion without separation of the words. The 7.6 ABV seems to match...,so here goes.
Pours a copper color with a massive foam head and sticky lacing. This is what I like to see in a Belgian.
Complex aroma; orange peel, sweet malt, bubblegum, cinnamon. Sweet overall.
The sweetness of the aroma does not extend to the taste. The taste is more earthy, rustic, woody, spicy and even moderately bitter. Medium bodied and smooth. The carbonation is soft.
This reminds me of Orval....slightly inferior version of it...but pretty good nevertheless.
Aug 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by jsf14 from District of Columbia

Jul 01, 2016
 
Rated: 2.5 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden

Jun 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.14 by BrazilianAussie from Brazil

May 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.66 by mikebu from Canada (AB)

May 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

May 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.12 by Eziel from Ohio

Apr 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Vylo from New Jersey

Apr 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by fostachild from Wisconsin

Apr 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.68 by twirl from Russian Federation

Mar 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazy, copper color. 3/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthiness, yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, spices (marjoram?), hint of pine, citrus hops, and a strong aroma that is reminiscent of the combination of fresh vegetable produce. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, hint of citrus hops, hint of alcohol, hint of pine, earthiness, slight black pepper, and strong herb/vegetable taste. Overall, I cant discern the source of the aroma and taste that dominates the beer but I really like it, otherwise more of an American Pale Ale than a Belgian, but still intriguing.
Mar 16, 2016
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Rated by Tita from Korea (South)

2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Sour peach scent. Hazy orange gold color.
Mar 15, 2016
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Reviewed by jaehongcho from Korea (South)

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
L: Dark amber body with plenty of caramel beige head. The head is retained fairly well and leaves a good amount of lacing

S: I do get Brett? Overall, it's musty, earthy in a good way. I get pear, peach, apricot and orange. Also honey and toffee-like smell from the malts.

T: Also brett-dominant. Other taste notes follows the nose with lots of earthy and musty fruitiness. Pineapples and pears are fairly forward. Spring-like quaity for me.

M: Medium-body with a fairly dry moutfeel, which was nice. Spritzy carbonation too.
Mar 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Seoulcraft from Korea (South)

4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I think the ale is true to form for the ever elusive Belgian Pale Ale style, I don't put it in the same class of Orval, but I do see the influences and think this beer trends that way in safe and confident fashion.
Mar 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.33 by benlhoest from Belgium

Mar 07, 2016
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Reviewed by Catalin90 from Romania

3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Definetly not at the same level as Orval. Hazy orange color, I would say typical for a Belgian Pale Ale. Smells fruity and you can feel the bread and dark fruits when you taste it. Finishes a little bitter and sour.
Mar 07, 2016
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