Årh Hvad - Mikkeller ApS
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3.91/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Mikkeller taps into what Belgian Pale Ales should be- not the sweet honey, not the fruity free, not the kitchen spice- but the earthen dryness and rustic character that makes these ales so distinctive and memorable.
But upon the pour, the ale seems a little tame- deep copper in its pour and as creamy as it is zesty- the ale looks like those sweeter varieties, except for its froathy and arid cap that forms atop. Strong retention forms a collar of foam with each sip from the glass.
Aromas provide a bridge- its sweeter impression introduce first with dry caramel, bread crust and pecan. But a deeper whiff reveals musty undertones of weathered wood, cork-like must, brisk sea air, straw and hay heading into that first sip.
And to mimic in taste, the short upstart of caramel and bread crust is dry, terse and only provides echoes of flavor thereafter. But weaving into the malty mix are more prominent flavors of wet straw, hay, attic-like dusty woods, cedar, pepper and peat. Shy of smoke, its phenolic taste promotes dry and spicy finish.
Fully carbonated, the beer engulfs the mouth with near-explosive fashion as the bubbles spring from the tongue. Its airiness forces a quick finish without a proper exploration of the taste. But the refreshing character of this perceived dryness more than makes up for its dryness. But a whimsical set of flavors come in its aftertaste and informs the tongue about those flavors gone bye.
Though I think the ale is true to form for the ever elusive Belgian Pale Ale style, I don't put it in the same class of Orval, but I do see the influences and think this beer trends that way in safe and confident fashion.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2013 07:08:38 | More by BEERchitect
3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
330ml bottle. The beer's name apparently translates to 'oh what?!', which is generic enough for me to question what the hell the label's depictions actually are meant to relate - i.e., wasting beer by pouring it into a hat?
This beer pours a rather hazy, red brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, eroded rocky head, which leaves a half-wall of thickly webbed, sudsy lace 'around' the glass as things lazily recede.
It smells of funky, cheesy, farmhouse yeast - Brett in all its perceptible 'goodness' - musty white grapes, partly on their way to becoming white wine, grainy pale malt, some fleshy apple esters, and earthy, dusty hops. The taste is more musty, grainy pale malt, a well-lessened funk, one more dry orchard than barnyard oriented, some fading grape and drupe dry fruitiness, and those same dusty, earthy hops from the aroma, flitting above the yeast's transgressions here.
The bubbles are mostly underground, planning an insurrection that never comes, the body medium-light in weight, and somewhat hard-put to be smooth, as the yeast and now evidently sassy hops having their ungainly way. It finishes off-dry, the malt procuring a backbone, as the yeast eases off a bit, and the hops carry on as ever was.
An agreeable enough pale ale, of the Belgian sway, if that direction happens to include yer wild-ass yeast. Definitely an offering for fans of Messr. Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, ESQ. Me, I'm good with the non-funky version, normally.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2013 05:29:42 | More by biboergosum
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Large, creamy white head. Settles with plenty of lumps, which matches the glass lace. The broth has a bit of haze to it. It is light amber/dark gold in color.
Mild but strongly yeasty smelled beer. Some grainy pale malt in the background.
Plenty of yeast upfront and in the swallow. Drier than I expected. I also note some bittering hop that wasn't present in the aroma. Moderate body with a slightly elevated carbonation level.
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2013 03:21:13 | More by smcolw
3.36/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
"Arh Hvad?!" Belgian Pale Ale. Product of Belgium. Brewed at De Preof/Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 6.8% ABV confirmed. I love the label art. 750ml brown glass bottle with unbranded pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Lost Abbey teku in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; Mikkel is me favourite brewer.
Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it pours.
Pours almost entirely foam/head of white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good - about 7-8 minutes.
Body colour is a translucent pale delicate amber of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it looks a bit more amber than I'd expect from a Belgian pale ale, but I'm looking forward to trying it. The delicate appearance is a highlight. Not special, but appealing and inviting. There are no egregious flaws here.
Sm: Has a champagne-like spritzy effervescence in the aroma punctuated by crystal malt and tingly Belgian pale malts. Has a subtle hint of a farmhouse twang - citrusy lemongrass, a kiss of brettanomyces funkiness, light straw/hay, biscuity yeast replete with vitamins, and a hint of a lightly bready note. Orchard pear and accompanying esters. Dry green apple. An alive, inviting aroma of above average strength. Anything but overbearing on the palate. Has a peculiar fragility, and I like that the aroma is just a bit starchy and dry. It's got an almost perfect degree of earthiness - just enough to be rustic without venturing into dirty or off-putting territory. It's also a bit musty, evoking a simple wood.
Hop profile is very complementary of the other notes, with plenty of subtly floral and fruity notes.
I'm really looking forward to trying this one. No alcohol is detectable. The only thing I'm worried about is that it does seem a biteen detergent-esque or lightly soapy (but not from having spent too long in primary like you'd suspect in a hoppy brew).
T: Orchard pear fruit, dry green apple, straw/hay, light brettanomyces funkiness, biscuity yeast, Belgian pale malts, lemongrass, light citrusy hop notes, floral hop character, light crystal malts, starches, and rustic farmhouse twang. Sea salt. Cedar plank. Some breadiness on the fringe. The yeast character is complex, with some light spiciness in addition to the welcome biscuity character and funkiness.
Nice subtlety and complexity here, with some nuance as well - the rustic character and daring starchy character in particular are a highlight for me. Well-balanced, though I'd like more depth (and even intensity) of flavour. Duration of flavour is average to above average. I quite like it, but it's not on-par with the best beers in the style.
No alcohol comes through.
Mf: My biggest complaint is that the texture is too thin - I mistook it for delicacy in the aroma, but it's obvious once you taste it that Mikkel undershot the carbonation and didn't provide enough body. Smooth, wet (though it has a near perfect amount of starchy dryness), and refreshing. Very approachable. Could be softer. Complements the flavour profile nicely but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.
Not oily, creamy, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.
Dr: This beer packs a lot of flavour into its profile - orchard fruit, spices, yeast character, hops, unobtrusive malts, etc. But it doesn't push the flavours it has far enough, and while I admire the complexity of the beer, it isn't adequately supported by the relatively thin texture. I wouldn't buy it again - certainly not at the Shelton Bastards' price point - but I'm glad I got to try it and Mikkel remains (as always) a talented brewer whose beers I'll jump to try. No, this isn't Lost Abbey's Devotion, but it's an intriguing take on a Belgian Pale Ale and well worth trying.
I like the bold starchiness, though that might turn off some, and I love that they executed the orchard fruit notes without making it cidery.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2013 02:34:35 | More by kojevergas
3.79/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
330ml bottle poured into tulip 4/11/13
A clear dark amber liquid, a tornado of bubbles coming off the bottom, large, loose light tan foam has great retention slowly falling to a thick film with a table top island, lots of random lace deep down the glass
S caramel apple, some funky yeast bit still has some Proef house in there too, some citrus, earthy notes, and wet leaves
T more of the same, fruity, funky, earthy, but the taste has a little spice to it, decent stuff but nothing amazing
M medium bodied, all the bubbles I could see in the glass don't follow through in the mouth, nowhere near flat though, slick after the fact with a herbal, earthy finish
O solid brew I was hoping for a little more, worth a try but I wouldn't go searching for it
Middle of the road for Mikkeller, nothing memorable good or bad, easy enough to drink and the booze is invisible
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2013 20:23:45 | More by wordemupg
3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.
Appearance - Pours a deep copper. Big head that settles to a thick layer of surface foam.
Smell - Bretty. Some fruitiness. Grapes and a bit of apple. Dark caramel. Slightly musty.
Taste - Bretty again. Less intense with the fruit, but some flavor persists. Caramel malts. Darker malts get stronger in the finish. Bitter and sharp bretty finish.
Mouthfeel - Dry and highly carbonated. Medium body.
Overall - Interesting and enjoyable. Complex flavors from the brett and darker malts.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2013 22:21:55 | More by Alieniloquium
Årh Hvad from Mikkeller ApS
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