Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mikkeller A Red & White Christmas


Best before date: 9/5/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30C Winter Seasonal Beer

AROMA: Fairly strong sweet orangepeel which suggest perfume and cleanliness. Also noticeable coriander spice and plenty of yeast esters and phenols. Base malt is a bit bready, but difficult to distinguish from the fruity/spicy aromatics. No discernible hops (none needed). Alcohol is noticeable, but clean and not distracting. Faint oxidation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Burnt umber/light brown color (17-22 SRM). Body is murky and cloudy (would be clear when fresh). Large, eggshell froth retains and laces very well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Spices and bitterness immediately with noticeable coriander and citrusy hop flavors. Quickly followed by a somewhat bready caramel malt base which is lightly sweet. Sweet orangepeel emerges at the apex and lingers into the finish along with a clean, firm alcohol presence. Mild honey/lemon oxidation character is noticeable as background note, but is not off-putting. Aftertaste is a bit dry from alcohol, hops and spices but not astringent. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full/full-bodied with high carbonation. Texture is soft and smooth and mouthfeel is literally comfortable. At 8% ABV there is a gentle alcohol presence, but clean. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Essentially a cross between a strong American amber and a witbier. This does work well as a Christmas brew. Was probably World Class when fresh. 41/50

TOTAL SCORE: 41/50

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