Mikkeller K:rlek Efterår/Vinter 2012

Reviewed by on February 4, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mikkeller

  • Origin: Denmark

  • Rated On: February 6, 2013

  • Best Before: August 23, 2014

  • ABV: 6.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A season or two after their summer 2012 offering of a similar name, the “Efterår/Vinter” here translates to ‘fall/winter’, which indicates this as a late-season warmer for fans of Mikkeller’s brand of hopping the hell out of their typical wares.

This 330ml bottle pours a cloudy, dull apricot amber hue, with three fat fingers of aggressively foamy, eventually chunky dirty white head, which leaves some skewed snowflake specked lace around the glass as it evenly and slowly recedes.  It smells of rather peppy, and bitter, orange and overripe grapefruit rind, a piny leafiness, musty caramel malt, with a streak of bread pudding, and a slight vinous mineral character. The taste is fruity citrus hops – orange, grapefruit, lemon – with some guava and kiwi tropical notes, a sturdy bready caramel malt backbone, a further green leafy bitterness, and a sort of pithy, mealy white wine mustiness, sans any alcohol warming from the upped ABV.  The carbonation is definitely on the low, unassuming side, the body medium-full in weight, and mostly smooth, that clamminess from the flavour taking a slight toll here. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and malt still in a minor detente with the lingering hops.

A decently hopped-up pale ale, one which struts its bitter stuff, without inadvertently barging into IPA territory. The balance is well maintained by the understated, rather musty malt offset, and the single serving disappears all too quickly, the 6-plus points of booze having little gustatory impact. An ostensible release for the winter, sure, but this could well be enjoyed at any time of the year.

Brady White

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