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Tasted Thursday 10 December 2009. 330ml bottle, 8.3% Alc/Vol

Australia

Well the Christmas ales are a little thin on the ground this year. Oh well I’ll just stock up on this one. A Belgian style strong ale, it pours a murky orange colour with a dense fluffy white head. If memory serves me well, which it often doesn’t, the colour isn’t as dark as the 2008 version.

Aromas are floral, grassy and spicy with citrus rind and toffee. This beer has  a nice mouthfeel and good crisp and balanced carbonation. It is  sweetly malted, candy-like initially, followed by some clove/anise hints, spice, spirity warmth and beautifully fresh spicy, chewing on an orange rind, hop finish that spreads to the side and back palate, loitering with intent. Dave, Karen and the crew are unstoppable right now, with each release showing great balance, structure and flavour.

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Mikkeller Festival Special Edition 2009 – Stella 0 – Bottle Number 720/1300.

Review by Barney Matthews and Wilson Hede of Beer de Luxe, Federation Square, Melbourne

10.0% Alc/Vol, 1500ml bottle.

Colour – Deep amber, almost rosy

Nose – brandy-soaked currents, dried orange peel

Mouthfeel – Silky & chewy

Carbonation – moderate –medium, higher than that usually found in a barley wine.

Flavours – Big hop flavours, hop resin, cedar, big malt sweetness

Overall – A rich & complex beer with notes of dried fruit, brandy and huge hop resins.  Good mid pallet bitterness (like that of chewing on an elastic band), big malt sweetness which embraces the high alcohol content (10%).   Mouth-watering finish.  Excellent!

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