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.

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.

It’s Alive! (White Wine Barrel) – Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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  • My Rating: B-

It’s Alive! (White Wine Barrel; Lagret 7 måneder på hvidvinsfade) – Mikkeller, 10% ABV – 375ml., (Copenhagen, Denmark)

  • Style: (barrel-aged) Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Super woody apple-malt with some barnyard funk
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke
  • How much: $9 (after 10% off) – 375ml., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only if sour ales are your thing

Visual: Pours cloudy maple syrup brown with a smallish ultra-creamy lasting head, tons of very sticky lacing, several very active streams.

Nose: woody sour apple cider with substantial funk (7/10-pungency)

Attack: light-pukey up front

Mid-palate: controlled (5/10)-sweetness, mild sourness/tang, creamy-fizzy mouthfeel, (MAIN) intense woodiness, very yeasty, apple-malt, light-moderate funk/mild puke

Finish: residual wet-wood, soft sweet-bitter hops, woody exhale-hoppy finish.

Summary: Most woody, but actually quite drinkable after you get accustomed to it. I like the gray version better.

Texas Ranger – Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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  • My Rating: B

Texas Ranger – Mikkeller, 6.6% ABV – 330ml., (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Ingredients: vand, malt (smoked, maris otter, caracrystal, brown og chocolate), ristet byg, humle (zeus, saaz og centennial), gaer og chipotle chili.

  • Style: (chipotle, smoked) Spiced Porter
  • Taste: Spicy smoked burnt malts
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (Edmonton)
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 330ml., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: I’d like to try the other barrel-aged iterations
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: definitely

Visual: Plain classy label, Mikkeller style. Pours ultra dark brown, smallish creamy head, decent ringed retention, sticky lacing, some minute streams along the perimeter.

Nose: deep, dark caramel malty sweetness, mild oyster fishiness (7/10-pungency)

Attack: incoming crisp sweet-sourness

Mid-palate: syrupy mouthfeel, (6/10)-bittersweetness, medium sour-brightness, (MAIN) smoked malts, burntness, caramel, coffee

Finish: smoked chipotle spicy kick, malty bittersweet-lingering medium spicy finish.

Summary: Although I’ve had the barrel-aged Speyside edition, sadly I don’t remember it at all. It must have been better than this one, which is already decent. The burntness of the malts is a bit too aggressive after awhile. Much better than The Whistler Chief Chipotle Ale.

Mielcke & Hurtigkarl – Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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  • My Rating: B-

Mielcke & Hurtigkarl – Mikkeller, 8.7% ABV – 375ml., (Copenhagen, Denmark)

(non-descript bottle, just artwork)

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  • Style: (Belgian-style) Strong Ale
  • Taste: smooth creamy-crisp -> honeyed malts/caramel/chamomile -> sweet/light bitter hopped finish.
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke Liquor Store
  • How much: $17 (after 10% off) – 375ml., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: probably not for the price
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: White foil covering a corked top. The label is pretty basic with simple artwork and the ingredients listed in Danish. Pours very cloudy dirty brown-orange with tons of activity, a nice lasting small ultra-creamy head, sticky lacing.

Nose: Floral honeyed citrus malts, cane/brown sugar. (6/10-pungency)

Attack: sweet-creamy-smooth-crisp mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (8/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) honey, caramel malts, chamomile

Finish: lingering honey-sweetness, light hoppy bitter finish.

Summary: A very nice Belgian-style tripel out of Denmark. The first sip surprised me with its incredible smoothness and texture. Halfway through the sweetness gets heavy.

Belgian Tripel – Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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  • My Rating: B+

Belgian Tripel – Mikkeller, 9.0% ABV, 330ml, (Copenhagen, Denmark)

on the back label:

“Tripel brewed with: water, malt, OAT, WHEAT, candy sugar, SWEET ORANGE PEEL, CORIANDER, and yeast.”

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  • Style: (Belgian-style) Abbey Tripel
  • Taste Profile: sharp crisp malts -> silky/malts/honey/citrus -> coriander/peel bitter/alcohol/malty finish
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (EDM)
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off), June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Kiddish artwork, still cool in my book. Pours cloudy golden orange with lots of suspended chunky sediment, decent-sized dissipating creamy head, thin layer of retention, some visible slow-moving streams.

Nose: sweet HONEYED malts (typical tripel-style), mild citrus & floral notes.

Attack: dense incoming sweet malts

Mid-palate: ultra-silky creamy mouthfeel, (MAIN) toffee malts, honeyed sweetness(8) orange citrus, (HINT) mild sour/tanginess

Finish: burpy CO2, coriander/yeasty, orange peel bitterness(5), alcohol detection(9), malty bittersweet lingering finish.

Summary: It packs a potent punch. Flavourful and drinkable, another good brew from Mikkeller. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)