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Mikkeller Belgian Tripel

Rating: 3.85

Finally I have the opportunity to try a Mikkeller beer after having read so much about their beers but never seen them available anywhere. I had been hoping that Brewdog would have had one of their brews on-tap on one of the occasions I visited their Edinburgh or Glasgow bar but sadly not. I did eventually find a bottle, their Belgian Tripel, for sale at a shop in Glasgow. I picked it up despite it not being one of their more famous beers and the five pounds price tag, based solely on the reputation of the brewery so hopefully it won’t turn out to be a disappointment.

Appearance (5/5): Pours a cloudy but bright orange to peach colour with a large, almost two-fingers width tall head that is foamy and holds well. The head reduces in size to about a centimetre tall after about a minute and holds there for a while longer.
Aroma (7/10): Quite strong smelling on the nose and with a lot of yeast followed by a nice, warming alcohol smell. There is some spice as well and a mild sweetness with some orange zest too.
Taste (7/10): Mildly sour to begin with and with some orange zest and touches of citrus. There is a strong alcohol flavour midway through and plenty of spice.
Palate (4/5): Medium and smooth with plenty of carbonation and a huge, warming alcohol kick to it.

Overall (13/20): A nice beer but not quite as complex or flavoursome as I was expecting. There is a nice, warming alcohol feel to it and some light orange zest notes but there isn’t too much else going on here. It wasn’t a bad beer but at the same time it certainly wasn’t worth the five pounds I paid for it (although at that price I think I was overcharged slightly).

Brewed In: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewery: Mikkeller
First Brewed: circa. 2010
Type: Abbey Tripel
Abv: 9.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co.
Price: £5.00

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