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Review of Stillwater/Mikkeller Two Gypsies: Our Side

Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying another collaboration brew.  This time it’s from the minds of Stillwater Artisanal Ales from Baltimore, Maryland and the Mikkeller Brewery located in Kobenhavn, Denmark.

I have had the opportunity to try quite a few brews from Mikkeller, however I have yet to have anything from Stillwater, so I’m really interested in seeing how this beer tastes.

The website, mikkeller.dk, didn’t provide any information about this brew, but stillwaterales.blogspot.com did, so let’s see what it says.

Mikkel and Brian are two of the world’s most unconventional brewers. By designing beers at various breweries around the globe, they have found the freedom to experiment and innovate, resulting in unique beers that often blur the lines of definition. After having met at a festival in Bodegraven, NL the two realized that their first creations both were called Stateside. It was then an obvious decision to make the two recipes into a new product, packed full of piney, resinous hops, and backed by the esters of a farmhouse yeast strain.

Let’s sip.
This beer came in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 7.5%.
It poured a hazy orange color with a huge white head.  The texture was soapy, rocky and soft.  It had an awesome retention time, however the lacing was a bit patchy and not quite as clingy or sticky as I was hoping with such a gargantuan crown.  
The aroma brought forth a light bit of lemon and orange citrus.  A soft and subtle, but distinguished, barnyard funk as well as some easily noticed yeast components swirled around my nostrils.  It was quite grassy too.  A very light peppery spice added a tickle to the nose and a remote floral hint added some complexity.  
The taste provided a very nice and easy going funkiness.  Again, lemon citrus and sweet orange peel.  It was only slightly tart however.  More of the grassy and floral hops.  The yeasty savors were not exceptionally strong, although they were duly noted.  A nice peppery bite came through on the back end. 
The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Very, very dry, sharp, bitey, refreshing and crisp. The carbonation was very high and a touch of warmth was felt either from the alcohol or the spicy peppercorns.  An excellent amount of flavor was left behind after each sip too.  
Overall, I thought this was a very nice beer.  The drinkability was great and it was easy going enough so as to not completely obliterate one’s mind or palate if they had never tried a Farmhouse/Saison styled beer before.  It did, obviously, have some of those characteristics, yet they were more of a secondary characteristic, which allowed for some contemplation without completely dominating the drinking experience.  I definitely think this brew is worth a try if you can obtain it.  I enjoyed it very much. Have you guys ever tried the Stillwater/Mikkeller Two Gypsies:  Our Side before? What did you think about it?  Leave a comment if you would like.  I’d love to hear a second opinion to see if you discovered anything that I may have missed.    
Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.  
Until next time.  Cheers. 
Score:  4.05 out of 5
Grade:  A-
 

Review of Mikkeller It’s Alive

Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Mikkeller It’s Alive (Belgian Ale Aged In White Wine Barrels) produced by the Mikkeller Brewery located in Kobenhavn, Denmark.

Let’s skip all of the small talk get right to the beer.

Unfortunately, I’m having a hard time finding a commercial description of this brew. Just be sure to check out their website, mikkeller.dk, sometime and cruise around. They have some very interesting reads on there.

Time for the pour.

This brew came in a 12.7 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 8.0%.

It poured a hazy, burgundy/red color.  The crown was an off white color and it was sized very well.  The texture was a touch soapy and sudsy, however it maintained its form and girth for a few moments and when it finally settled it left behind some real nice lacing.  A tremendous looking beer in my opinion.

The bouquet released hints of gorgeous soured grapes and some sour apple.  A very slight amount of funk was found along with a good dose of yeast.  Quite bready too. A very easy going, but duly noted hint of wood came through as the brew warmed to add a little bit of an earthy smell.  Overall, the balance was spectacular and the fragrance was very inviting.

The flavor let loose of some sour, tarty grapes and red apples.  It came off a touch acidic, but in a good way.  A very subtle tickle of peppery spice was discovered as well as some funky goodness.  The breadiness was tasted again, which helped counterbalance the tartness.  I didn’t acquire any of the wood though.  Very tasty nonetheless.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Very dry with a sharpness that smoothed out nicely as it warmed.  A lively amount of carbonation aided in keeping the palate drenched with the essence of the brew.

Man!!!  The Mikkeller It’s Alive (Belgian Ale Aged In White Wine Barrels) is a winner in my book.  It was a wonderful beer and a super easy drink.  It really opened up and became more harmonious as I made my way through the bottle.  It totally hit the spot that’s for sure.  I’d highly recommend you guys give it a try if you happen across it. Be sure to leave a comment if you have sampled it.  I’d love to hear if you guys enjoyed it as much as I did.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.4 out of 5
Grade:  A   

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in Country: Denmark, Mikkeller

 

Review of Mikkeller Monk’s Brew (Barrel Aged Bourbon)

Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I am, again, going to be trying a brew from the Mikkeller Brewery located in Kobenhavn, Denmark.  This particular beverage is the Monk’s Brew (Barrel Aged Bourbon). 

It has seemed as though I have been getting a ton of Mikkeller stuff lately, so I apologize if they all start to run together. 

I couldn’t find a specific description of this brew, but be sure to check out Mikkellers website, mikkeller.dk, if you have a moment.

How ’bout a sip?

This beer came in a 12.7 oz. bottle and it provided an ABV of 10.0%.

It poured a cloudy, burgundy/brown color.  The crown was khaki colored with lots of small bubbles.  Smooth, soft, creamy and sized nicely from a gentle pour.  The retention time was suitable and the lacing looked pretty good too.  A very attractive beer I thought.

The nose provided a pretty significant waft of oak, vanilla and bourbon.  Further in I discovered hints of roasted malts and toasted breads.  Some distinguishable fragrances of dark fruits along the lines of figs and dates, although they seemed to be somewhat overpowered by the alcohol.   

The taste administered more of the oak, vanilla and bourbon, however they didn’t seem to be quite as forceful as they were in the bouquet.  The dark fruits were a little more harmonized and I even began to discover a minute amount of clove in there as well.  The roasted malts and breads really only started to show themselves toward the end of the drink as it began to warm to room temperature. 

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied.  Rather smooth, dry and chewy.  A great deal of warmth was experienced from the relatively high amount of alcohol.  It was more felt than tasted I must say.  Quite a bit of flavor was left behind on the palate as well.  Definitely enough to ponder between sips. 

Well, this beer was pretty nice.  I, personally, think this one could benefit from a couple years in the cellar.  Maybe the alcohol would subside a touch and let those dark fruits come forward a bit and really shine.  As it sits, it’s most definitely a sipper.  I really had to take my time with it.  However, I’d still say give the Mikkeller Monk’s Brew (Barrel Aged Bourbon) a try and maybe grab another bottle to put back for a few years.  Be sure to let me know your opinion when you try it though.  I’d be interested in hearing another point of view.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.7 out of 5
Grade:  B   

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Country: Denmark, Mikkeller

 
 
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