Just like you, but different
The unpronounceable beer Mikkeller Mielcke & Hurtigkarl – A Mikkeller beer.
Back to the future beer, back to an old standard, standard numbers and a standard to meet at a party.
… something something something Château d’Yquem
This is a single bottle of a 375ml, 8.7% ABV beer, which is 2.6 standard drinks in NZ. It is 261 calories a serve size, and this is 2.61 standard drink units in the bottle.
For Mikkeller this is brewed at De Proefbrouwerij in the style of a Belgian Strong Ale and that all happens in that place from Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewed with water, malt, sugar, hops and yeast.
Stored for 6 months Aged in Chateau D’Yquem barrels
This beer was brewed especially for a Mikkeller and Three Floyds dinner at a restaurant named Mielcke & Hurtigkarl (try and pronounce it, I dare you!) in Copenhagen.
It was aged in Château d’Yquem barrels, Château d’Yquem being the world’s most famous (and probably the most expensive, too) dessert wine.
Stored for a long time in my fridge, its time has come again. I remember being a bit doe eyed about this last time I drank, I’m hoping that either I was right or the money made me all gooey. This wasn’t a cheap beer to buy. But it’s not an investment, and probably not a beer to cellar, I’m so not an expert in this.
Unusual green glass bottle, and a simple cap, it’s not fancy. Seriously you’d never know.
This is intensely bready yeasty on opening, and then candy cane.
Pours like angels tears, or dark chestnut, and is a lot darker than the bottle gives away, and gives to a lovely firm but smallish head too.
A real melange of sweet aroma, candy sugar, coconut? as well.
The bitterness catches you, but that sweetness and sugars are really big. Quite dry on the finish too.
I’m holding back on the gushing enthusiasm this time, clearly.
It is then, for me, now, a very understated but sweet beer. Does my heart soar every sup? Not quite. It’s a little shy on fullness.
This got warmer as I sang and danced my way around the table, and it’s gets a much more sugary middle, like you think that’d be a good thing.
This really is ‘sipping beer’ the dead opposite of “Session beer” and it really does get better and more intense the longer it is in the glass. Stopping the bus though, this isn’t the end of beers, not the last beer, the last page of the interwebs, it’s just a really nice complex, soft, enjoyable, sweet, sour, entertaining beer of some merits. Those kids and the Chateau must know a thing or two with the sugary grapes.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 a of its things from the thing. It really is a thing to enjoy and savour, there is nothing to suggest a fall-over 8.7% ABV in this, and if you had the coins you’d buy another, perhaps.
I can imagine this at the end of a dinner, just chubbed up with good foods, great musics on in the background, and sitting there smiling like a smiling thing. It really is a good reminiscing beer.
I don’t think it’s a beer you could start an evening with, for me a ‘dessert beer’ then, if such a thing exists, this might qualify.
The double dip review
Musically I’m listening to Squeeze, a band I have far to much attachment to, This is “Tempted”. I’ve seen them live, I’ve seen the stage play, I know most of the words, I should indeed get a life. I quite like “Goodbye Girl” too, #JustSaying
BELGIAN STRONG ALE
Belgian Strong Ales can vary from pale to dark brown in color, darker ales may be colored with dark candy sugar. Hop flavor can range from low to high, while hop aroma is low. The beers are medium to full-bodied and have a high alcoholic character. Types of beers included here include tripels, dubbels and ultra-strong abbey ales.
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