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Aass Gourmet Jule Ale

Formerly brewed at Aass Bryggeri
Style: Brown Ale
Drammen, Norway


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 2.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Norwegian: En dyp kobberfarget, overgjæret Jule Ale, preget av julens aromaer. Et fyldig øl med god balanse mellom sødme og bitterhet. Lang ettersmak. Passer til: Tradisjonell julemat, kraftige kjøttretter, vilt og julens gode stunder.

English: A deep copper colored, top-fermented Yule Ale, distinguished by the aromas of Christmas. A full-bodied beer with good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Long finish. Goes well with traditional Norwegian Christmas dishes, powerful meat courses, game, and the cheerful moments of Christmas.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2008
330 ml bottle, RBNAG07. Brown colour. Clear. Tall light beige head that clings to the glass. Papery lager aroma. Neutral hop bitterness upfront. Very neutral malt flavour with notes of roasted barley and a little münchenermalt. No sweetness. Really neutral and boring. Watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnfryd (14131) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, malt, caramel. Flavour is fruit, malt, caramel, roasted . I think the body is too weak. Still a drinkable beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yngwie (16507) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle. Pours an inviting, dark reddish brown body without any hazyness, and with a dense, but rather quickly diminishing beige head. Nice lacings. The aroma is rather boring, with caramel, pale malt and some sugary notes. I’m not sure, but I think there’s some faint vegetal aromas as well. It’s quite sticky in the mouth, medium to full bodied, with flavors of lightly roasted malt, sweetness, a little hoppy bitterness that tries to hide, but fails to do so in the finish at least. There’s also some notes of dried fruits, as well as grains. It’s far from a bad beer, but considering it being brewed for powerful Christmas dishes, I think it fails its task. (080127)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2007
330 ml bottle. A clear reddish brown colored beer with a low, mostly lasting beige head. Low aroma level; medium sweet malts, mild hops and some distant whiffs of roast and caramel. Taste is very lagerish, mildly hopped with a rather weak caramellish malt profile. Rounded, but a bit too mellow. Body is light plus. Short dry and light bitter end. Not bad, only anonymous.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beer5000 (5905) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2007
330ml bottle @ RBNAG’07. Clear deep amber/brown body with a medium beige head. Discrete aroma of caramel malt and some hops. Flavor is sweet malty and vague bitter. Medium light body and quite short finish. Not exactly a beer to give me the Christmas spirit, and do not reminds me of an ale anyway. Considered as a dark lager/Vienna this is OK.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (11123) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2007
330ml bottle. Pours a rusty-brown coloured body under an off-white head with fragile lacing on the glass. Light chocolate aroma with an increasing tendency towards cocoa. Flavour has got hints of bitter, dark chocolate on a foundation of coarse malts. And there’s some xmas spicies coming through in a rather short tail (Oslo, 14.11.2007).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2007
Bottle. Clear, red brown colour with a solid tan head. Malty, roasted caramel aroma that repeats in the taste. Some bready flavours, hints of rye bread spiciness. A bit watery texture. Middle of the road.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsga (7297) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2009 Big light beige head. Deep, dark red body. Flat roasty papery aroma of rye crisp bread (knekkebrød). Dry watery roasty rye crisp bread taste. Medium-bodied. Understated and not very Christmasy, but not bad, either. Half-decent. (0.33l bottle from Centra. Original rating was 2.7, rerate in 2009 gave it 2.9.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2007
Sampled bottle, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad. Brown colour. Very moderate "dunkel" aroma. Rounded, mellow and soft flavour with some caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2007
33 cl bottle. Dark brown color, nice beige head. Sweet, hops and malt. A bit synthetic, and a bit thin. (RBNAG’07 in Grimstad Nov. 3th.)

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