Hva Såå!?
Mikkeller ApS

Hva Såå!?Hva Såå!?
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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #68
Ranked #27,218
3.82 | pDev: 10.99%
Mikkeller ApS
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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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Jaburcke from Missouri

4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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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bobv from Vermont

4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
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
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bark from Sweden

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
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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Gajo74 from New York

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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Tone from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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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jaehongcho from Korea (South)

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Seoulcraft from Korea (South)

4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
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
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Catalin90 from Romania

3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Mar 01, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Feb 19, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Feb 06, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Jan 22, 2016
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pkalix from California

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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.....

Jan 17, 2016
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Jan 16, 2016
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Greywulfken from New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Dec 01, 2015
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Nov 24, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Nov 22, 2015
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JackieKu from Taiwan

4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Sep 04, 2015
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