Mikkeller Shuckmaster Kolsch

Last year, I figured out that I really like oysters. So, Val found a place in NYC (Crave Fishbar) that has a ridiculous oyster happy hour. They even have an exclusive beer from Mikkeller to pair with the oysters. How could I resist?

ABV: 4.3%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to untappd.com, “15 lbs of oyster shells later and here we have Shuckmaster Kolsch a 4.3% Oyster Kolsch. Oyster shells provide a touch of briny character to a classic warm-weather German-style ale. The salty addition is paired perfectly with the mild sweetness from the bready malts and mildly herbal hopping.”

Random: For Christmas Eve, Val and I bought a few dozen oysters, shucked them, made a compound butter and broiled them. They were amazing. We used some bee pollen in the compound butter, which gave it a hint of sweetness.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of pure white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a straw-yellow color and was completely clear with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had the expected mineral water along with a touch of herbal hops. There was some bready grain as well. I didn’t pick up anything I could specifically note as brine in the nose. The taste started with bready grain and river rocks. There was a small amount of brine and it quickly went into some light herbal notes. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick, but clean and crisp with brine. I thought this was a really good beer and it paired really well with oysters. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Mikkeller Spontancassis

This is one of the last beers that I have left from my Maine trip. It came highly recommended by the staff at the Bier Cellar, so I gave it a shot. They have a lot of other beers in this series that I haven’t tried, like chokeberry and rosehips. I’ve only had a few beers with currants, so this one is still unique, although I would like to try a chokeberry. Anyways, let’s see how this went.

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ABV: 7.7%

Style: Lambic – Fruit

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In the spontan series we present Spontancasssis – this time, forming an alliance with cassis (black currant) that were generously added underway the brewing process, creating a truly unique and distinct, sour beer.”

Random: This was brewed at D’Proef in Belgium.

This beer poured with a one finger, thin, pink head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and deep reddish-purple in color, almost wine-like. There was some carbonation visible. The nose was filled with cherries, lactobacillus and funk. The taste was intensely tart and dry. It had a lot of cherries and other berries and white vinegar. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a long and tart finish. This was a really nice beer that had a great fruit characteristic that was backed by a lot of tartness. A bottle of this was $14.99, which came $1.25 per ounce which was really pricey. If it were a bit cheaper, I would have this one again, but still, it was a solid and interesting beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Mikkeller Citra Imperial Pale Ale

So far, we watched the first episode of “Minority Report.” We lasted all of three minutes before deleting it. We also watched the pilot of “Scream Queens.” It was alright, but I’m not sure if I’m going to keep watching it. We go through this every year. We always record all of the new Fall TV and then delete the series that we don’t like. I’d be curious to see how many new shows last until the next season. Anyways, here’s the other beer that I had at Churchville Inn. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 8.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A super fresh single hop IPA for all ya’ hopheads out there. Discover what all that hoppy Citra fuss is about.”

Random: I wish NJ still got Mikkeller distribution. Although their beers tend to be on the more expensive side, they are usually quite tasty.

This beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange color with no visible carbonation because of the cloudiness. The nose had a lot of grass and pine resin. Lemon was there as well. The taste was filled with lemon peel, grass with light, fresh pine. There was a touch of booze that came through at the end of the sip. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with hops and citrus. This was a nice beer that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Here’s another beer from the cellar. Let’s see how it is.

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ABV: 10.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “With the last days talk about cruel treatment of Kopi Luwak producing civets it is important for us to say this: We do not use Kopi Luwak from Indonesia in Beer Geek brunch Weasel. We use the Vietnamese variety cà phê Chồn. We have been aware since we started using cà phê Chồn in 2008 that not all civet coffee world wide is produced with the best care and respect of the cats. Therefore we searched for and found one supplier of cà phê Chồn that treats the animals with respect and dignity. We use cà phê Chồn mainly or it’s special flavour (no bitterness) that complients the beer greatly. With that said we might look into using a natural enzyme simulated version in the future.”

Random: Deer love walking on my lawn. Given the fact that the ground is so wet, they keep leaving hoof prints here.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left light lacing. A crown was also left on top of the body. The body itself was a dark brown color, almost black, with no visible carbonation. The nose was very deep and had lots of dark espresso. It also had notes of licorice and dark chocolate as well. Coffee liqueur came through too. The taste was intense. It had a lot of deep espresso notes with coffee liqueur. There was also roasted malts, smoke and dark chocolate as well. The alcohol was balanced out. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with incredibly strong coffee. This beer was outstanding. Given how this has been aging, I think it benefitted the brew. I would have this again in a second.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Mikkeller George

In preparation for guests this weekend, the other half and I worked on taking the painting tape down in the guest bedroom. There are still a few places left to touch up, but at least I can put the bed frame and nightstands together tonight. The only thing I don’t think I’ll be able to do before Monday is mow the lawn since we’re getting thunderstorms all weekend. Now that you’ve heard about my scheduled chores for the night, let’s talk about Mikkeller George.

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ABV: 12.12%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ever been punched in the face by a beer? Our pal George offers anyone willing to try, a thick and oily fist right to the nose.”

Random: This was brewed in Lervik, Norway.

This beer poured with less than a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. What immediately struck me about the beer was the body. The base color was black, but it was obvious that there was a bunch of yeast at the bottom that created this tan cascade. I’m not sure if I should have left this in the bottle or not. Either way, I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the color. The nose had notes of heavy cocoa and roasted malts with booze. There was dark chocolate as well. The taste was incredibly oily and had burnt malts with booze. Then, I picked up very, intensely bitter dark chocolate that was slightly unpleasant. At the end, I got espresso as well. The flavors on this were not balanced at all. It had a thick, syrupy body with moderate carbonation and hot booze. The bitter roasted malts lasted forever on the tongue. I’m usually one for a big beer with big flavors, but this one missed the mark for me. It doesn’t help that a twelve-ounce bottle of this was $9.39, which was $.78 per ounce. Given all of those factors, I would pass on this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Mikkeller 20

So, we haven’t heard anything about the house. The two of us are not the most patient people, so it’s basically the only thing we’ve been talking about. To distract me, I’ll be updating the blog. Let’s see how this beer was.

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ABV: 6.8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Here at Mikkeller we love IPA, we love hops and in particular we love Single Hop IPA. Single Hop provides you with a unique opportunity to taste the different hop varieties isolated.Right now we have two different single hop series out.One is part of a PhD project that is trying to uncover how hops evolves over time and how the different types of hops taste when you measure them on bitterness, flavor, etc. This PhD series is brewed with the same amount of hops in each brew. This means that the 20 beers that are in this series have different IBU, from 38 to 114 depending on the amount of bitterness in the hops variant used in the brewing process.”

Random: This beer was a combination of all 20 hops.

When I popped this beer open, it was nearly a gusher. I caught it right before it overflowed. The head was very thick and fluffy and off white in color. It was slow to dissipate and left lots of lacing of the glass. The body was a cloudy copper color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was very malt dominant for the style. I got lightly toasted nuts with caramel malt and bread. Some citrus and tropical fruit came through as well. The taste was malty as well. It had a lot of biscuit and caramel malt, but then the bitterness came through. I picked up grassy hops and some tropical fruit as well. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with residual malt and hop bitterness. I wasn’t a huge fan of this because the malt was too much for me and needed another dose of hops. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mikkeller Spontanframboos

Happy Monday everyone! After the most exhausting week ever, I have two days off. I’ll go into the details in a later post, but today the other half has charged me with “relaxing.” So, for me, that means reorganizing the beer area and updating the blog. This beer was originally purchased for the other half, although as soon as she took a sip, she didn’t like it, so it became mine to finish.

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ABV: 7.7%

Style: Lambic – Fruit

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “WE AIM TO…… brew beer that challenge the concept of good beer and move people. We do this by using the best ingredients and work with the most talented and creative minds around the world. Make quality beers a serious alternative to wine and champagne when having gourmet food.”

Random: It seems like the NFL is just having a huge amount of high-profile issues. Definitely not cool.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky, dark brown color with a pinkish hue. It had no visible carbonation due to color and cloudiness. The nose was tart with raspberries and not much else. The taste was really nice with lots of raspberries and yeast and light funk, which wasn’t nearly as intense as I would have guessed from the nose. There was a touch of light oak as well. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with raspberry and funk. I really enjoyed this beer. It was complex and had just the right amount of funk. I would definitely have this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0