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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 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 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 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 kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Arh Hvad?!" Belgian Pale Ale. Product of Belgium. Brewed at De Preof/Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 6.8% ABV confirmed. I love the label art. 750ml brown glass bottle with unbranded pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Lost Abbey teku in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; Mikkel is me favourite brewer.

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

A: No bubble show forms as it pours.

Pours almost entirely foam/head of white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good - about 7-8 minutes.

Body colour is a translucent pale delicate amber of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks a bit more amber than I'd expect from a Belgian pale ale, but I'm looking forward to trying it. The delicate appearance is a highlight. Not special, but appealing and inviting. There are no egregious flaws here.

Sm: Has a champagne-like spritzy effervescence in the aroma punctuated by crystal malt and tingly Belgian pale malts. Has a subtle hint of a farmhouse twang - citrusy lemongrass, a kiss of brettanomyces funkiness, light straw/hay, biscuity yeast replete with vitamins, and a hint of a lightly bready note. Orchard pear and accompanying esters. Dry green apple. An alive, inviting aroma of above average strength. Anything but overbearing on the palate. Has a peculiar fragility, and I like that the aroma is just a bit starchy and dry. It's got an almost perfect degree of earthiness - just enough to be rustic without venturing into dirty or off-putting territory. It's also a bit musty, evoking a simple wood.

Hop profile is very complementary of the other notes, with plenty of subtly floral and fruity notes.

I'm really looking forward to trying this one. No alcohol is detectable. The only thing I'm worried about is that it does seem a biteen detergent-esque or lightly soapy (but not from having spent too long in primary like you'd suspect in a hoppy brew).

T: Orchard pear fruit, dry green apple, straw/hay, light brettanomyces funkiness, biscuity yeast, Belgian pale malts, lemongrass, light citrusy hop notes, floral hop character, light crystal malts, starches, and rustic farmhouse twang. Sea salt. Cedar plank. Some breadiness on the fringe. The yeast character is complex, with some light spiciness in addition to the welcome biscuity character and funkiness.

Nice subtlety and complexity here, with some nuance as well - the rustic character and daring starchy character in particular are a highlight for me. Well-balanced, though I'd like more depth (and even intensity) of flavour. Duration of flavour is average to above average. I quite like it, but it's not on-par with the best beers in the style.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: My biggest complaint is that the texture is too thin - I mistook it for delicacy in the aroma, but it's obvious once you taste it that Mikkel undershot the carbonation and didn't provide enough body. Smooth, wet (though it has a near perfect amount of starchy dryness), and refreshing. Very approachable. Could be softer. Complements the flavour profile nicely but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Not oily, creamy, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: This beer packs a lot of flavour into its profile - orchard fruit, spices, yeast character, hops, unobtrusive malts, etc. But it doesn't push the flavours it has far enough, and while I admire the complexity of the beer, it isn't adequately supported by the relatively thin texture. I wouldn't buy it again - certainly not at the Shelton Bastards' price point - but I'm glad I got to try it and Mikkel remains (as always) a talented brewer whose beers I'll jump to try. No, this isn't Lost Abbey's Devotion, but it's an intriguing take on a Belgian Pale Ale and well worth trying.

I like the bold starchiness, though that might turn off some, and I love that they executed the orchard fruit notes without making it cidery.


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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 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 smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large, creamy white head. Settles with plenty of lumps, which matches the glass lace. The broth has a bit of haze to it. It is light amber/dark gold in color.

Mild but strongly yeasty smelled beer. Some grainy pale malt in the background.

Plenty of yeast upfront and in the swallow. Drier than I expected. I also note some bittering hop that wasn't present in the aroma. Moderate body with a slightly elevated carbonation level.

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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 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 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 Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. The beer's name apparently translates to 'oh what?!', which is generic enough for me to question what the hell the label's depictions actually are meant to relate - i.e., wasting beer by pouring it into a hat?

This beer pours a rather hazy, red brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, eroded rocky head, which leaves a half-wall of thickly webbed, sudsy lace 'around' the glass as things lazily recede.

It smells of funky, cheesy, farmhouse yeast - Brett in all its perceptible 'goodness' - musty white grapes, partly on their way to becoming white wine, grainy pale malt, some fleshy apple esters, and earthy, dusty hops. The taste is more musty, grainy pale malt, a well-lessened funk, one more dry orchard than barnyard oriented, some fading grape and drupe dry fruitiness, and those same dusty, earthy hops from the aroma, flitting above the yeast's transgressions here.

The bubbles are mostly underground, planning an insurrection that never comes, the body medium-light in weight, and somewhat hard-put to be smooth, as the yeast and now evidently sassy hops having their ungainly way. It finishes off-dry, the malt procuring a backbone, as the yeast eases off a bit, and the hops carry on as ever was.

An agreeable enough pale ale, of the Belgian sway, if that direction happens to include yer wild-ass yeast. Definitely an offering for fans of Messr. Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, ESQ. Me, I'm good with the non-funky version, normally.

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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 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 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 wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip 4/11/13

A clear dark amber liquid, a tornado of bubbles coming off the bottom, large, loose light tan foam has great retention slowly falling to a thick film with a table top island, lots of random lace deep down the glass

S caramel apple, some funky yeast bit still has some Proef house in there too, some citrus, earthy notes, and wet leaves

T more of the same, fruity, funky, earthy, but the taste has a little spice to it, decent stuff but nothing amazing

M medium bodied, all the bubbles I could see in the glass don't follow through in the mouth, nowhere near flat though, slick after the fact with a herbal, earthy finish

O solid brew I was hoping for a little more, worth a try but I wouldn't go searching for it

Middle of the road for Mikkeller, nothing memorable good or bad, easy enough to drink and the booze is invisible

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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 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 Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep copper. Big head that settles to a thick layer of surface foam.

Smell - Bretty. Some fruitiness. Grapes and a bit of apple. Dark caramel. Slightly musty.

Taste - Bretty again. Less intense with the fruit, but some flavor persists. Caramel malts. Darker malts get stronger in the finish. Bitter and sharp bretty finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry and highly carbonated. Medium body.

Overall - Interesting and enjoyable. Complex flavors from the brett and darker malts.

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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 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 BEERchitect
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mikkeller taps into what Belgian Pale Ales should be- not the sweet honey, not the fruity free, not the kitchen spice- but the earthen dryness and rustic character that makes these ales so distinctive and memorable.

But upon the pour, the ale seems a little tame- deep copper in its pour and as creamy as it is zesty- the ale looks like those sweeter varieties, except for its froathy and arid cap that forms atop. Strong retention forms a collar of foam with each sip from the glass.

Aromas provide a bridge- its sweeter impression introduce first with dry caramel, bread crust and pecan. But a deeper whiff reveals musty undertones of weathered wood, cork-like must, brisk sea air, straw and hay heading into that first sip.

And to mimic in taste, the short upstart of caramel and bread crust is dry, terse and only provides echoes of flavor thereafter. But weaving into the malty mix are more prominent flavors of wet straw, hay, attic-like dusty woods, cedar, pepper and peat. Shy of smoke, its phenolic taste promotes dry and spicy finish.

Fully carbonated, the beer engulfs the mouth with near-explosive fashion as the bubbles spring from the tongue. Its airiness forces a quick finish without a proper exploration of the taste. But the refreshing character of this perceived dryness more than makes up for its dryness. But a whimsical set of flavors come in its aftertaste and informs the tongue about those flavors gone bye.

Though 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 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 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 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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