Ris a la M’ale…what is that. This beers namesake comes from a traditional Danish dessert served at Christmas. Ris a la M’ande is a rice pudding with cream and cherry sauce invented during the Second World War as a filling but cheap dessert. As such this beer is made with the main ingrediants of Ris a la M’ande; rice, lactose in place of cream and cherries. At 8% ABV, Ris a la M’ale is a stronger in alcohol content than the average fruit beer. Mikkeller is well known for making (or rather contracting) unusual beers, so lets take a look at this one.

Ris a la M’ale has a bright orange and ruby red highlighted amber body. A massive pinkish colored head rests atop the lightly carbonated body. The appearance of Ris a la M’ale on the whole has a pinkish or reddish hue. The nose has a sweet brown sugar and mollasses note throughout as well as light toasty and grainy notes.  Rich and sweet nose overall with candied sugar notes as well as a light hop presence and tart cherry notes. A really unusual beer so far, but I’ll wait to taste it until I pass judgement.

The rich and sweet molasses and brown sugary notes are the most evident in my first sip. Light astringency and tartness on the finish. Ris a la M’ale has the smooth and creamy texture of a cream ale. The cherries aren’t present in the palate at all, but after a few more sips I began to notice a light tartness and mild sweet fruit notes. Swirling this beer, I get some good retention and a few sticky lacing rings on the glass. This isn’t a very complex beer, but it is a well balanced and tasty combination of interesting flavors. About ready to finish this one, I got a light sour and tart flavor on the finish. Regardless of my confusion with the last few sips, this was a good beer overall.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Grade: B

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