Mikkel Borg Bjergsø is a beer legend. A physics and maths teacher turned brewer. He’s a gypsy brewer, in that he doesn’t have his own brewery, but most of his beers are made at de Proef Brouwerij in Belgium. This Mikkeller 20 is one of the beers made there, and it’s quite fabulous.
Lively, fruity, citrussy with some herby hoppiness on the nose. Fresh, lively, herby palate with nice grassy grip. Quite structured. Nicely savoury and focused with good weight. Not too showy, with nice balance of richness and texture. 8.5/10
To Øl is Danish for ‘two beers’, and it’s a collaboration between Tobias Emil Jensen and Tore Gynther, who were students of famous craft brewer Mikkeller and who, like him, are gypsy brewers. Their goal is to make potent beers, full of flavour and character, and they started brewing back in 2010. This one is aged in white wine barrels, and brewed at De Proef Bruwerij, Belgium. For more about them: http://to-ol.dk/home/
To Øl Sans Frontière
A Belgian ale dry hopped with European hops and refermented with Brettanomyces. Deep copper colour. Sweet, slightly yeasty nose with a hint of caramel and fine notes of malt and pepper. Rich-textured palate is smooth with caramel and malt sweetness and some tangy, spicy, herby notes. There’s a little bit of citrus/grapefruit and a hint of apricot, as well as a faint hint of wild funkiness. Salty caramel core anchors everything. Distinctive. 8/10
Mikkeller is an epic Danish brewer, making unique, individual and collaborative beers of every type. He is an inspiration to most.
Crooked Moon Tattoo, Mikkeller, Copenhagen, Denmark
EPIC. From my intro you can probably tell I liked this beer. The first sip elicited a school girl giggle from my mouth, which took me by surprise. This beer is like one of the greatest lap dances you have ever had. The alcohol content means that even if you are sober at the start, it doesn’t take long to really get into the swing. Not only that, due to its rarity and price, it’s not going to be a regular thing, it could be your last, you’ll jolly well remember it and thank god for the experience. Having finished it, I slipped a fiver into the waistband of the barman’s jeans and departed with a smile on my face. This beer is the perfect balance of subtle bitterness, balanced raging citrus, melon, pineapple, grapefruit and grassy hops, some caramel and a silky mouthfeel. 9.75/10