Hva Såå!? | Mikkeller ApS

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Hva Såå!?Hva Såå!?

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Årh Hvad

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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.)

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Photo of bark
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of jaehongcho
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Seoulcraft
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of Catalin90
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Deep orange to fairly hazy amber body out of the can into a pint glass. Can foams out immediately and the foamy white head is massive with great retention. Plentiful thick clouds of lacing.

S- Spicy barnyard straw comes to mind with a hint of funk and something that makes me imagine it will be intensely dry. Pale grape esters, medium toasty malts with slight candi sugar feel, bread and dried fruits. Not a ton going on and somewhat weak aromatically.

T- The dryness is intense with this one as each sip ends with bitter straw and herbal grassiness making my palate eant another sip to hydrate itself, a dangerous cycle. Funku barnyard dry brett straw spectrum rather than horsey or fruity brett. A bit of grape, light candi sugar caramel, toasted bread and floral tones.

MF- Medium bodied and mostly a foamy texture with some creaminess. Very high end carbonation with crisp and the aforementioned dryness. Rather bitter finish.

Drier than the desert with that straw herbal Brett feel. Reminds me of Orval so you could say some bonus points are deserved.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark orange color with off-white head. Aroma is intense on the brett yeast, slightly tart with fermented fruit notes, mostly pineapple. Taste starts also with fermented fruits, wood barrel, slightly tart but also bitter. You also get the intense brett specific funk with hay and barnyard notes. Body is medium with high effervescence but it feels quite smooth. Quite nice overall, feels really authentic and rustic.

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Photo of jlindros
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Neat, Belgian pale in tall boy cans! Best by 8/26/16

Pours from the can chugs out a bit and dribbles down the side, a mess, and forces a huge 3+ finger head that makes me stop pouring pretty quickly, messy head fades semi quickly with lots of messy lacing, semi hazy iced tea brown color.

Nose is pretty funky, plenty of Belgian farmhouse yeast characters, mild phenols, some fruity esters, a little chemically, some banana notes, coriander clove as well, but fruity apple cider, some stone fruit, plenty of very ripe banana, but also a weird coppery metallic thing, and perfumey phenol chemical, and like wood esters or something, more weird yeasty characters like baker's yeast soaking in water, bread dough thing, and some herbal grassy spicy hops in the background. As it warms some lemon zest, and potpourri like thing as well.

Taste starts pretty yeasty again, a little funky yeast, cheesy even, plenty of Belgian funk, farmhouse funk, mild chemical phenols, plenty of fruity esters like banana coriander notes, apple tree fruits and mild generic stone fruits. Then hops, tons of spicy chewy hops, quite bitter, with a little grassy component, and eventually more herbal earthy hops, a little lemon pledge thing too. Mild raw bread dough like malts, chewy malts, wheat perhaps, little gristy. The hops are all over the place, as well as everything else in this beer. Finish is dry but sticky, little more lingering yeast funk, tons of spicy chewy hops.

Mouth is med bod, thin on the carbonation for all the head it foamed up.

Overall eh, it's like they just threw lots of big hops they had lying around in with some base malts, and then just added whatever crazy Belgian yeast they had for some funk. Nothing seems to go well together, it's all over the place, hops overpower everything except still clash with the funky yeast, malts are missing for the most part although that's not really much of a bad thing, carbonation is lacking perhaps for the weird can forcing a terrible pour. Just not very tasty or enjoyable in any sense, not a very well done beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Secret Santa, thanks for the opportunity!
Deep auburn color with a huge frothy off white head. Initially some intense pineapple and tropical fruits on the nose that segue into spicy earth light honey and caramel The flavor is sweet bready caramel with almost a saison fruitiness before a wallop of earthy peppery bite and some moderate hop bitterness. Interesting brew for sure.

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Photo of pkalix
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

a little watery, bubble gum flavor, like the guy earlier said about the Orval... Orval blows this one away, though. mediocre, nothing exceptional... pretty can is about all it has going for it, and 7.6% abv.....

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Photo of DBosco
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml can, best by 27/8/2016. Hard to read the name on the can since the letters are arranged in a circle, so where to start? Since I bought it about a mile from Harvard University, I wondered if it was supposed to be an anagram of Harvahd? Well that is the old Boston pronunciation (pahk ya cah in Havahd yahd), and it is that anagram regardless of intention. Taste, appearance, and smell is very much like fairly fresh Orval, but not quite as good in my opinion. Pours with a tall head, but that mostly goes away in a minute or two. Taste is slightly more bitter than Orval, and mouthfeel is somewhat more watery. My cost was somewhat less than Orval. I don't remember having two beers that were so similar in character before, but perhaps this Mikkeller strikes me this way since Orval is one of my favorites and I remember it well. A very good beer, well worth trying.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium amber and cloudy, tan head on top; some spice and funk accompany the fruits and malts, with a yeasty tang along the way; medium-weight, soft and full-feeling, medium carbonation. Decent but nothing stunning.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is dark fruit, funk and slightly perfumed liquor. The flavor is Belgian yeast, spices, mild/medium sweetness, malts, fruit and a slightly sour/funky finish.

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Photo of drpimento
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is the best part here - volatile blend of fruit, tart, funk, malt, yeast. Flavor is similar to nose with tart enhanced by carbonation bitter is persistent, sweet and funk fleeting. Somehow seems like there's something missing. Body is good; perhaps a touch thin. Good brew.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Best before 18/03/23. Poured into tulip.

A: Brown. Hazy. Poured with large amount of foam and long retention.
S: Fig and plum. Common aroma produced by Brettanomyces.
T: Fig. Mildly sourness. Quite malty. Medium bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied. High carbonation.
O: Complex and flavorful. The malts flavor was stronger than Orval, which mixed very well and I really like it. Awesome brew.

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Photo of drmeto
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

-pours a hazy copper with a foamy,beige,quickly dissipating head
-low carbonation visible
-juicy fruit bubble gum,tart vinegar,curry,candy,noble hops
-tart vinegar,quite hoppy,sweet cherries,faint citrus
-finishes dry
-medium-high carbonation
-really watery for some reason
Quite a unique taste and flavour,but the body on it is so light,it bogs the beer down heavily

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Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As someone said before me, this is a pretty good Orval clone, but is no match to the classic. Never seen this done before. However, given the omnipresence of Orval in this country and even cheaper price, I will definitely stick to the original.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml split 3 ways.

A - Darkish orange/amber pour with haze and lots of off-white foam. Head retains as a full cap and leaves some lace.

S - Brett presence for sure, earthy and dirty basement, pear, peach, orange, honey, bread crust, old musty corks.

T - Also pretty much a straight-up brett takeover, but seems a bit cleaner here, pretty nice. Lots of earthy and musty fruits with white grape, pineapple and pear being most noticeable for me. Pale malts, bready yeast, farmy straw, lemongrass, saison-like qualities.

M - Pretty good body, somewhat chalky and quite dry, light with some decent foaminess, a little low on the carbonation.

O - Was not expecting all the brett, this drinks kind of like an Orval clone. Nice surprise, lots of good rustic flavors and pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish gold body with lace patches and has a sour, boozy, dark fruit aroma (raisins). Smooth, pleasant dark fruit tastes (raisins and figs) along with some bitter hops and flavors. Finishes dry and bitter but also has some sweetness to it. Booze pokes out on the backend as does some juicy sourness. Not a bad brew but all over the place and sporadic with its delivery of different notes.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent orange with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention

S: Faint Brett notes, that pick up steam quickly, over-ripe peaches & little bit of pear

T: Some Brett, pears & wine sap apples up front. Peppery notes & a little bit of grapefruit as this warms, a little bit of peach as well, Chardonnay dryness too, plus pineapple. Finishes dry, fruity & with much Brett

MF: Light bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp

Drinks easy, I like the Brett aspect of this, too pricey to be in my rotation though...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, candied fruit, Brett, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, fruit, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting Brett qualities all around.

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Photo of Howler89
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perfect beer is what a man I know called this one. This beer has perfect flavor. You just don't do better than this. Bretty belgian hop perfection if there was ever such a thing. The brett is so alive out of the gate, and whatever the hops are give it this freshness sensation. I feel like i've been thrown into a bucket of light and nothing else with every sip. This could be the most refreshing beverage I have ever consumed above 5%. This beer is so full of personality; truly a monument to creative brewers everywhere. Crazy good. Crazy complex. Crazy satisfactory.

Mikkeller is breaking breaking barriers I thought were indestructible


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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

this is really incredible beer, and i know i get accused of being a mikkeller lush, but this is aweomse stuff. belgian pale ale, the boring style moniker prevented me from getting this for far too long, finally a generous christmas gift from drlovemd87 put it in my fridge. the pour is a lightly cloudy amber color with an enormously excited off white bubbly head. the aroma on this is all brett, i had no idea this was a wild ale, and not being listed here as such or saying so on the bottle, i was confused. this is no doubt brett fermented, or at least conditioned on it, because its so dry and funky, beyond the capability of any cultured belgian yeast i know. the first taste indicates a level of refinement often reserved only for the monks beer. this is that level, and the cheeky trappist mock up on the bottle may not be all that far off in terms of overall quality. yeasty funk all the way through with a generous hop profile that colors the beer without tainting it. the malt is in the cara-60 range, but drinks much lighter with all the effervescent carbonation and the supremely dry finish. what i love about this is that its both refreshing and satisfying, both hearty and drinkable, both robust and subdued, its really wonderful. this is an easy to overlook brew, especially at its price, but trust me that you will not regret picking it up. brett all the way, hops next, just an exercise in brewing brilliance.

edit: they put this in pint can now, still made at de proef, and its just as awesome, more affordable, and every bit as orval-esque as it ever was. hopefully four packs come around soon...

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