Had a bottle of Mikkeller Frelser sitting around - anyone had it recently?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by mintjellie, Apr 2, 2013.

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  1. mintjellie

    mintjellie Defender (630) Oct 2, 2005 Ontario (Canada)

    And if so, how is it drinking?

    Don't really have any friends or family that are into craft, so sometimes the big bottles end up sitting around before I get to them. It's been kept in a cool, dark closet down in the basement, so it should still be good.

    Has anyone drank a bottle lately though? What should I expect? Is it drinking well?
  2. nuplastikk

    nuplastikk Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2008 Wisconsin

    Id drink it sooner than later..certainly isn't improving with age.
  3. mintjellie

    mintjellie Defender (630) Oct 2, 2005 Ontario (Canada)

    Did you sample some recently, or are you speaking from general experience with that style of beer?

    If you've had it recently, how would you say it compares to fresh and in what ways is it going downhill?
  4. BugattiRoo

    BugattiRoo Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2012 Australia

    My manager brought one in the other night that was 5 or 6 years old. I would say it had gone downhill a bit and didnt need to be aged that long. It was pretty interesting it seemed like it had almost changed to a malty barleywine.
  5. mintjellie

    mintjellie Defender (630) Oct 2, 2005 Ontario (Canada)

    Never realized it had been brewed for that long - saw that it was listed as "No longer brewed" and assumed it was a one-off.

    Mine was actually purchased last spring, it's only about a year and a half old at most. Anyways, I drank it and thought it was shockingly balanced for its size. It had a restrained sweetness and finished with a firm bitterness. The flavour and aroma was reminiscent of raisin bread, fruitcake, and buckwheat honey. I really enjoyed this beer - turns out my rating is the second highest it's been given, lmao.
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  6. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poo-Bah (3,471) Jan 15, 2009 California
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    The immediate foregoing by mintjellie was an extremely helpful post and, respectfully, the kind I really look for. I, too, just found a bottle that's about a year and a half old in my cellar. I pulled it and thought I'd not tried it in that long of time and I'd open it at my next tasting. Figured I'd look to see if any comments.

    The bottom line was that he gave me a lot of useful information. Namely, it was first hand and with descriptions, not just "good," or "I liked it." I have no reason to trust or not trust someone I don't know and their likes or dislikes. HOWEVER, he then went on to give a description.

    Great Points he made:
    1. He indicated the age of the bottle (thus I knew what bottling he was speaking of);
    2. He established that, indeed, he'd actually tasted the bottle (and was not speculating or speaking on reputation)
    3. He described a mouthfeel/balance which I appreciated although did not rely on; and,
    4. He described the flavor profile giving me the chance to determine if I'd like to open it or not.

    Nice job. Very helpful.
  7. mintjellie

    mintjellie Defender (630) Oct 2, 2005 Ontario (Canada)

    Thank you. I try. I don't really keep a big cellar, mostly due tolack of availability of cellar-worthy beer in Ontario lol. I try to describe things well though.

  8. VladTepes

    VladTepes Initiate (156) Oct 18, 2012 Finland

    Thats not true. First bottles came out 2010.

    I also tried one bottle not that long ago. If remember correctly, it was brewed 2010. I don't even know are there any other vintages. However, it was bad, I mean really bad, because of that synthentic cork it have. It is same thing with all of his beers with synthentic cork. For instance his Santa's Little Helper 2006 Vintage was really good recently (that version is capped), but on the other hand 2007 & 2008 Vintages (corked) are really bad, almost undrinkable. And again, it is same with Black Holes and Blacks.

    Today he does not use those synthentic corks anymore. Thank God.
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