Spontanframboos – Mikkeller (Denmark)

Spontanframboos – brewed at De Proefbrouwerijrewed, 7.7% ABV, 375 ml., (Copenhagen N, Denmark)


on the back label in Danish:

“En Frambic brygget på: vand, malt, hvede, gammel humle, hindbær og gær. Lagret på egetræsfade”

google translate:

A Frambic brewed on: water, malt, wheat, old hops, raspberries and yeast. Stored on oak barrels”


  • Style: (flavoured – raspberry) Fruit Lambic
  • Taste: Authentic fruity sour-tangy-tart woody oaked complex raspberry
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $14 (after 12.5% off) – 375 ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure
  • What left an impression: authentic yet evolved raspberry flavour

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Pours light burgundy with a small 1mm fizzy head, a thick ring with a large island of retention, singular slow sporadic streams.

Nose: medium barnyard funk, cran-raspberry jelly with big wet woody overtones. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: big tart-controlled soft sour, light crisp

Mid-palate: big sour-tangy, light tingly bubbles, (lvl-1-sweetness), white wine vinegar, short pukey funk

Finish: fleshy raspberry, pomegranate, big wet oak exhale, some funk, residual wheat malt palate tart

Summary: A big depth of evolved raspberry flavour complemented by an equally big woodiness. Virtually no alcohol detection. Seamless transitions in and very sippable, lots of positive characteristics in this fruit lambic.

Beer Geek Breakfast – Mikkeller (Denmark)

Beer Geek Breakfast (Oatmeal stout brewed with coffee) – brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Norway, 7.5% ABV, 11.2 fl.oz., (Copenhagen N, Denmark)


info from ratebeer.com:

“An oatmeal stout with 25.0% oat-based ingredients and a nice touch of gourmet coffee. A beer that goes extremely well with breakfast.”

Ingredients : Water, malt (pils, oat, smoked, caramunich, brown, pale chocolate and chocolate), roasted barley, flaked oats, hops (centennial and cascade), ale yeast and gourmet coffee.

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  • Style: (flavoured – oatmeal, coffee) Stout
  • Taste: Clean deep roast bittersweet coffee subdued fruity sour roasted barley malt
  • Where I got it : Stearns / LA
  • How much: $7 USD – 11.2 fl. oz., September 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yep, would like to stock a few bottles for reference
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: YES

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Old label prior to 2017. Pours jet black with just a bit of bubbles, thin ringed retention. Some barely visible bubbles surfacing.

Nose: roasted liquid barley and roasted coffee mix, hints of alcohol. Fairly clean. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: slightly thicker-light crisp, oily roasted coffee impression

Mid-palate: clean deep roast coffee, background subdued coffee sour-fruity note, (lvl-4-sweetness), sweet roasted barley

Finish: pleasant roasted bittersweet coffee exhale, off-dry dark chocolate

Summary: All around super clean and virtually no alcohol detection – ABV just right. Wickedly sippable with balanced bittersweet roasted coffee and barley notes. This makes me want to try the other BGB variants.

Yeastus Christus – To Øl (Denmark)

Yeastus Christus (wild IPA) – To Øl (Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij), 7.4% ABV, 33 cl., (Copenhagen N, Denmark)


on the back label:

“A farmhouse IPA packed with hops and wild yeast. Fresh, funky, pale and fruity, tart and mysterious.”

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  • Style: (wild yeast, wheat, oats) IPA
  • Taste: Funk overtone creamy smooth numbing resin-pine bitter hop soft toffee barley malt lingering bitterness
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.60 CAD (after 10% off) – 33 cl., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep, love them Scandanavian brews

Visual: Pours cloudy orange-brown with minimal lasting head, fine foamy 1mm layer of retention, clusters of steady active streams.

Nose: faint subtle sour funk’d barley malt (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thick fullness, creamy

Mid-palate: sour overtones, sharp numbing resiny-pine, (lvl-5)-sweetness, soft toffee barley malt,

Finish: subtle banana wheat malt exhale, grainy barley malt, lingering metallic hopped bitterness

Summary: The combo of oats for creaminess, wheat for fruitiness, and barley as the backbone works well in this brew. This IPA is the dry, piney variety – good stuff, but I wished for more fruity citrus to round it out. Easy for 7.4%.

Final Frontier DIPA – To Øl (Denmark)

Final Frontier (DIPA) – To Øl, 9% ABV, 33 cl., (Copenhagen N, Denmark)


info from ratebeer.com:

“Efterfølgeren til To Øl humlesucces First Frontier er nu på banen og har navnet Final Frontier. Øllen er lige den tand mere af det hele end sin forgænger, med lidt ekstra krop, ekstra fylde, ekstra alkohol, ekstra smag og selvfølgelig ekstra humle. Dette giver en utrolig potent og samtidig velafbalanceret Double India Pale Ale! Øllen bør drikkes når du når din yderste grænse i det mest ekstreme vildernes, hvor eksistentialerne bliver sat på prøve og livet for alvor nydes!

Ingredienser: Vand, Malt, Havre, Humle (Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus) og Gær.

English: The sequel to To Øls Hop devil “First Frontier” is here and the name is Final Frontier. It is a hoppy DIPA with a little more of everything compared to its predecessor. We recommend taking this baby into the wild!

Ingredients: Water, Malt, Flaked Oat, Hooooooopppppppsssssss (Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus) and yeast. ”

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  • Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Supremely creamy smooth heavy alcoholic toffee soft grapefruit barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 33 cl., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: excellent mouthfeel

Visual: Pours translucent luminescent orange with a large 3cm head, a 1cm layer of retention, ultra-sticky lacing, tight clustered slow steady streams.

Nose: sweet toasty bready toffee barley malt, dull citrus hop overtones. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: super smooth thick-creamy entry, incoming alcoholic malts

Mid-palate: continuously creamy, background subdued tanginess, (lvl-5-sweetness), thick toffee-grapefruit citrus barley malt,

Finish: resiny-numbing hops, residual medium hopped bitterness

Summary: Quite a bold one, monstrously meaty toffee malts and a somewhat dull grapefruit hop component. It drinks on the darker, weightier side, but still has enough tangy brightness to keep it balanced. You can certainly taste the Danish To Øl quality.

Sur Amarillo (sour imperial pale ale) – To Øl (Denmark)

Sur Amarillo (sour imperial pale ale) – To Øl, 7.5% ABV, 33 cl., (Copenhagen N, Denmark)

my first To Øl beer which I’m pretty amped up about given that they and Mikkeller share the same roots. Here’s more info about their story on their website.


on the back label:

“Please welcome Sur Amarillo – a Sour Pale Ale brewed with wheat and dry-hopped over and over with Amarillo hops to give a flowerful tart Imperial Pale Ale.”

Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat, oats, Amarillo hops, yeast.

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  • Style: (imperial, pale) Sour Ale
  • Taste: Pink grapefruit citrusy sour light pukey bitter dry hopped
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.50 CAD (after 20% off) – 33 cl., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, wicked complexity

Visual: Pours cloudy opaque dirty orange/brown with a small 1cm head, a thick fine layer of lasting retention, fast loose clusters of streams.

Nose: bright fragrant citrus hop oils (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: creamy, sharp crisp bite, incoming sour

Mid-palate: smooth CO2, puckery pukey pink grapefruit sour, (lvl-4-sweetness), background citrusy sweet barley malt

Finish: subtle banana wheat malt, residual light tartness, dry bitter hops

Summary: Wow, such an interesting beer put together with distinct elements that transition perfectly. The barley-oats-wheat combo has transformed into a sour-citrusy grapefruit hop bomb – very cool. After having tasted just over a 1000 beers, I’m delighted that there are still unique styles I have yet to try.

Somersby Citrus Fruit flavoured Cider (Denmark)

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Somersby Cider with a taste of Citrus Fruit – brewed by Carlsberg brewery, 4.5% ABV, 500ml., (Copenhagen, Denmark)


on the back of the can:

“In the mood for some fruity refreshment with a piquant zest? You’ve made the right choice with this Citrus Fruit cider with a fresh bite and slightly less sweet taste experience.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – citrus fruit) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Cloying candy orange/grapefruit light apple juice
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.45 CAD – 500ml, November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear pale yellow with no head, ringed retention, a few slow large CO2 streams.

Nose: liquid orange body soap (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-tart, incoming dense fruity sugars

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), candy green/red apple, candy orange

Finish: mildly cloying, residual sugars

Summary: Soapy aroma, mostly candied flavour with hardly impressionable apple in there. Not particularly offensive, but just not authentic.

Imperial India Pale Ale Mosaic – Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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Imperial India Pale Ale Mosaic – Mikkeller, (brewed at De Proef Browerij, Belgium), 8.9% ABV, 330ml., (Copenhagen, Denmark)

  • Style: (IIPA) Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Dense sweet honey barley malt light tangy, quality
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $6 (after 5% off) – 330ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours pale amber with a decent creamy head, thick ringed retention, half sticky fine lacing, micro bubbles scattered around.

Nose: Belgian candied malts, honey (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: thick-slick, silky smooth entry

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-heavy sweetness, rich body, light tangy, (MAIN) date/fig, thick liquid barley malt, honey

Finish: almost salty, alcohol bitter, bitter peel hops, barley malt exhale.

Summary: Wow, solid. Great mouthfeel, intense complexity, big body and hard hitting. A very good sipping and contemplating beer. Mostly dense malty flavours here if that’s your thing, whereas I’m more of a spice-floral-fruity-bright kind of beer drinker.

Barrel Aged 1000 IBU – Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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  • My Rating: [C-],  I gave it a (2.5 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Barrel Aged 1000 IBU, 9.6% ABV – 375ml., (Copenhagen, Denmark)

underneath the wrapped paper label:

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  • Style: (whiskey) Barrel-aged Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Flat alcoholic sweet oaked whiskey brown sugar cacao malt coffee bittersweet
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store (?)
  • How much: ??? – 375ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, it’s retired anyways

Visual: Pours molasses brown with lots of suspended sediment, zero head, just a few countable larges bubbles around the perimeter; Not all that appetizing for a beer.

Nose: smoked woody malty sweet brown sugar. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: FLAT, incoming super sweetness

Mid-palate: alcohol, (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) roasted coffee, malt, brown sugar, cacao nibs, oak, whiskey

Finish: orange peel, lingering coffee bitterness + hops, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Lots of flavour once you get past the fact that it is non-carbonated. The first few sips are discouragingly uneventful since one would expect a crisp bite when drinking a beers. About a third way through the buzz and (therefore) the character start to emerge. Many others are reporting a head so perhaps this was an expired bottle..? (BB 8/3/2013). Still it was corked. Tasting THIS bottle, it’s overly sweet and my least favourite so far of all Mikkeller’s plentiful offerings.

Dry Stout Sauternes Edition – Mikkeller (Denmark)

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  • My Rating: A

Dry Stout Sauternes Edition, 4.1% ABV – 375ml., brewed and bottled at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium (Denmark)

Dry stout aged in Sauternes Barrels

  • Style: (Sauternes) Barrel-Aged Dry Stout
  • Taste: Balanced fruity off-dry roasted woody coffee malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $12 (5% off) – 375ml, March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: possibly
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours dark cola brown with a small creamy head, a decent layer of retention, not much lacing, some slow micro streams around the perimeter.

Nose: mellow burnt sour roasted malt, woodiness (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: watery-thin/non-oily, micro bubbly-tingly

Mid-palate: immediate light-med sour w/ fruity grape, (lvl-2)-sweetness, hint of funk, (MAIN) roasted malts, caramel, coffee

Finish: woody, coffee, clean malt finish.

Summary: Unbelievably sippable. It wasn’t the flavours that wow’d me but the sheer drinkability and complete balance that it exhibited instead.

Invasion Farmhouse IPA – Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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  • My Rating: A-

Invasion Farmhouse IPA – Mikkeller (Brewed & Bottle by Anchorage Brewing Co., Anchorage, Alaska, USA) – Batch #2 NOV/2012, 8.0% ABV, – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Copenhagen, Denmark)

What are Brettanomyces?

  • a wild strain of yeast that produces acetic acid if provided with lots of sugar
  • gives Saisons, Farmhouse Ales, Oud Bruins, Flander’s Red Ales, etc their characteristic “funk” flavours, = barnyard, horse poo, manure, but in a good way
  • under the right conditions in the hands of a brewmaster, they can create complex desirable flavours

Here is a great read about the effects of Bretts on beer:

What is 100% Brett Beer?

  • Style: (Farmhouse) IPA
  • Taste: Crisp fizzy grapefruit bitter hopped citrus dry oak
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $25 (after 5% off) – 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes way

Visual: Composite corked. Pours light golden yellow with an enormous lasting foamy head, tons and tons of activity, a bit of lacing.

Nose: big oak, sweet white tea, kombucha, pear, traces of funky bretts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: super crisp fizzy

Mid-palate: light sour, (lvl-6)-sweetness, fizzy-tingly, almost salty, (MAIN) grassy, grapefruit, bitter peel

Finish: bitter grapefruit hops, fruity sourness, hoppy exhale, oaked highly dry finish.

Summary: This one is immediately approachable and hit me with a very balanced complexity. It has sourness, fizzy texture, oak, bitter hops, sweetness, fruitiness, and alcohol. Simply fabulous.