Hva Såå!? | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Årh Hvad

Added by Alieniloquium on 06-22-2013

BEER STATS
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127
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Photo of Tita
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sour peach scent. Hazy orange gold color.

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Photo of jlindros
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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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3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Eziel
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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 -11.9%
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 innominat
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

B-

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Photo of Johnny_Blackhands
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucoli
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drmeto
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours a hazy copper with a foamy,beige,quickly dissipating head
-low carbonation visible
S:
-juicy fruit bubble gum,tart vinegar,curry,candy,noble hops
T:
-tart vinegar,quite hoppy,sweet cherries,faint citrus
-finishes dry
F:
-medium-high carbonation
-really watery for some reason
O:
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 -7.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Hva Såå!? from Mikkeller ApS
3.78 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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