Beer Review 0150: Mikkeller/Three Floyds Boogoop Wheat Wine
On the occasion of my 150th review (!!), I’d like to thank everyone who reads, comments, likes, and enjoys my commentary. I love all the feedback and have lots of fun trying all these beers, and fun is the whole goal of this little website. And I can’t think of any better way to celebrate 150 reviews than with a collaboration from Mikkeller and Three Floyds, as suggested by wanttobrew specifically for this milestone rating.
I’m venturing into unknown territory here on three fronts with this review: I’ve never had a beer from Mikkeller, although a few of their offerings are available in my area. Mikkeller are based in Vesterbro, Copenhagen, although the brewery is sort of gypsy-like. Founded by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and his friend Kristian Keller as the result of kitchen homebrewing experiments, Mikkeller experienced a breakthrough with their Beer Geek Breakfast, an Oatmeal Stout brewed with French press coffee. In the interest of length, I suggest you check out the Mikkeller website for more history (and it’s a great, well-designed site): mikkeller.dk
And then we have Three Floyds, brewing out of Munster, Indiana. I have never had a Three Floyds beer because they are not distributed in my area — so this beer, Boogoop, is sort of a happy lucky score for me — I’m only getting to try it because Mikkeller is distributed here. Three Floyds was started by brothers Nick and Simon, with their father, Mike Floyd. They made beers considered “not normal” from opening day, and have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success, leading to all the expansions and construction and shortages one might expect with a growing microbrewery. Ever heard of Dark Lord Day? If you haven’t, scoot over and read more about Three Floyds at their website: 3floyds.com
Boogoop is the fourth collaboration between Mikkeller and Three Floyds, and this is a Wheat Wine style beer. I’ve never had a Wheat Wine, but my research shows that it is similar to a Barleywine, with a large amount of wheat malt (in this case, buckwheat malt) used in the brew. This is a big beer, coming in at 10.4% ABV (alcohol by volume) and is packaged in the 750 ml champagne bottle (minus cork and cage) format.
Pouring produced a massively large head; perhaps I went a bit too aggressive, but it sure was nice to look at. The texture of the foam was frothy and it billowed over the top of the glass, showing good structure. The beer itself was a beautiful deep amber color with orange and faded yellow highlights; it was fairly hazy and had a light dusting of particles and sediment. The lacing was superb, leaving thick and sticky clumps all down the glass.
I expected to get a dominant malt aroma but was surprised to find things perfectly balanced, with some great and classic hop scents front and center — big notes of bright, fresh grapefruit, pine, lemon, and tropical fruit juice. The malt bill featured some grain and a subtle rye note, which really added depth to the overall aromatic. There was just a touch of alcohol present. This was an especially pungent scent, and oh so inviting.
The taste started with a sharp, somewhat medicinal flavor, but it quickly opened to a bounty of fresh grapefruit and orange, complimented by a solid note of pine. The mouthfeel was thick; this beer was fairly sticky sweet and drying on the palate, two combinations that typically don’t go together. The finish gets moderately bitter with an underlying flavor of grain coming through, along with some burnt orange notes from the hops. There’s a slight alcohol note, too, but it wasn’t hot or distracting.
Boogoop is a high quality, very impressive collaboration, and I’m glad I sat on this bottle until my 150th review. The comparisons were to a Barleywine, but this one honestly drank more like an Imperial IPA to me. Like with most Mikkeller stuff, the price tag on this one is steep. Is it worth it? Yeah, it was. This one is definitely unique and good enough to be worth a special purchase for a special occasion.
Mikkeller/Three Floyds Boogoop, 94 points. Price: $14.99 US for one 750 ml bottle.