A mosaic of savory flavors
A Review of Vesterbrown Ale by Mikkeller
Posted on 10/29/2012 by Chops
I'm sure everyone is probably sick of reading my glut of beer reviews from my visit to the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Well, here's another one, so suck it up. Kidding of course, but I will readily admit that I was on a personal mission to try everything I could in a span of two days (within reason of course). I doubt many beer fans would fault me, especially being surrounded by so many specialty ales and bar-only exclusives. And after all, how often will I get to visit this most magical of establishments? Luckily the glasses were small and the menu was huge, so I was able to sample a considerable bounty. One of these delectable brews was the Vesterbrown Ale.

In the glass, this beer has a hazy cherry-brown coloration. It comes with a frothy white head that has good retention. On the nose, I found that sweet candied malty goodness of a savory brown ale. This one also came with a slightly sour vibe, which I think added a great counterbalance. Brown ales in general are often regarded as ''boring'' beers due to their simple traits and flavors. But, I'm at the Mikkeller Bar, so I already know that this will be far from the case.

The mouthfeel is what caught my attention on that first sip. It's silky smooth and drinks like a dream. The candied malt from the aroma also establishes itself as the primary flavor note. From there an array of dark fruity notes appear, namely cherries, figs and plums. I also found some caramel and toffee notes swirling around. Rounding out the mix is a grapefruit-like citrus. The hop profile doesn't appear until the finish, creating a dry exit and a malty bittersweet aftertaste. There is also a noticeable alcohol nip, but not enough to be a significant trait.

Overall, Mikkeller's Vesterbrown Ale is a delicious brown ale with a complex personality. I greatly enjoyed this experience and wish more brown ales would follow suit. Not to be down on the style or anything because brown ales are reliable session brews. But the style does need some pop every so often, and Mikkeller certainly provides some. Consequently, I can recommend the Vesterbrown Ale to any and all beer fans. Seasoned drinkers will appreciate it as a mosaic of savory flavors. Novices can utilize it as a wonderful bridge into more complex flavor profiles. Needless to say, this was another win for Mikkeller and his enchanting bar. At this point I am nearing the end of my long string of reviews and I suspect I will be planning a return visit soon.

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