Mikkeller of Denmark is a relative new-comer on the craft beer scene, but boy have they made an impact! They brew unique, experimental beers valued by beer-lovers. Red/White Christmas is one of their Christmas beers. My bottle is a magnum, 1.5 liters, and a year in the cellar.
Red/White Christmas pours deep golden with nice white head of foam. The aroma has sweet malts, pears, yeast, candy sugar, and wheat. This beer is actually a combination of a British Red Ale and a Belgian Wit Bier. The taste begins with sticky candy malts, a little farmyard funk from the Belgian yeast, resin and orange peel from the hops. The spices in my bottle are well integrated and not individually distinct. There’s a tang in the midpalate followed by a hop-bitter finish. It’s 8% ABV with good carbonation.
Childhood friends Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Keller began experimenting in with malts, hops, water and yeast in the early 2000s. By 2005 Mikkel’s brother started selling bottles of their “kitchen experiments” to craft beer lovers. These days Mikkeller is distributed to 40 countries and rarely fails to disappoint.
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