CEZ (393) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nora is a unique brew inspired to ancient egyptian recipes; it makes use of egyptian "kamut" grain, sugar cane extract (guarap) and almost no hops.
At a first glance, it doesntít look or smell very different from a wheat ale. Light orange hazy color; fizzy but short-lived head. Aroma is mostly citric, with yeast and ginger. Good balance between sweetness, and tartiness. Spicy, dry and pungent finish.
Indra (2530) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Massively fruity aroma, lightly sweet and citric with notes of freshly-squeezed orange juice, melon, pear, tangerine, white grape, honey, faintly clovey yeast esters, flowers and a lush background of green herbs and exotic spices. Light golden orange color, thoroughly hazy and cloudy with lots of fine dusty particulates and a fine, slight head. Flavor profile is sweet, fruity and lightly tart, citric and spicy with hints of orange, turbinado sugar and lemongrass, with an interesting but somewhat unfamiliar spicy/herbal quality throughout. Finish is tangy and juicy. Mouthfeel is effervescent and thin, body is medium. Very unique ale.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím not gettin much out of the aroma on this, its slightly malty leafy/grassy smell with a hint of lemon. If it hat a touch of sweetness, I would think it a wit. However it does have a nice slightly hazy yellow with a decent head on top. Flavor is much more revealing. It has a good bitterness to it that gets to you right off the bat, then there is a slight bit of spice to it and a very deep complex to it. After a few sips some peach and banaa notes come through a bit stronger. A fine brew that gets better and better after each sip.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright gold and light amber with copious amounts of bubbles. A very large, thick white head. Aroma is deep ginger, oranges, bread and some herbs. The flavor is sweet with tangerines dominating. It also has some bread and metallic notes in the finish. There is some medicinal quality to the taste that isnít too distracting. Overall a solid beer, but too sweet.
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a strange one, in my opinion. Probably the best brew Iíve had from Italy, and with a nice crispness and good flavor. Lacked any serious depth in most of its qualities, though, and needs some spice to improve the overall character of the beer.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I saw this bottle for the first time today and was instantly taken with it. A beer Iíve never heard of, that looks ever-so intriquing? Letís go for it! Reminds me in shape of bottle and label design of another Italian beer Iíve seen in Michael Jacksonís "Great Beer Guide" ("Isaac Birra Bianca") and a simple check on this site proves that they belong to the same family...so, I chill it and tackle it on returning home from work, and am I happy that I did!
Appearance: a light amber hue, with numerous floaties flitting about, though they settle soon, under a thick, fine, fizzy white head.
Aroma, deep and spicy, reminding me instantly of Duvel, and thatís a nice feather in the old cap-ola!, yeah, thereíís that crystalline, flowery, ethereal essence! Nice-ety, nice, nice! Utterly uplifting!
Taste: smooth, airy, light, fruity (some citrus, peach) angelic...I canít put my finger on it, but thereís some subtle complexity going on in this ale, and it probably originates from the spices, coriander, ginger, and more that Iím not keen enough to detect. Very sophisticated, very...well, "elite", shall we say, it is not for everyone, nor should it be...absolutely magical, this brew, spicy and sweet and totally happy ...flies on gossamer fairy wings through the senses, tossing flavor out ever-so-daintily, lightly, happily, yummily...Persistent with flavor, though it continues to be rather light, though utterly unique , soft and sublime...Sigh....shall I put it in one word?...Gorgeous...
Nora, I adore ya!
(P.S., I didnít check the price until check-out time, and it was $11.99 for this 750ml bottle...awfully pricey, compared to others, but there really are no comparisons to this incredible brew, so this high tag may be deserved...
argo0 (11079) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 (12-6-05, bottle) After my last experience with this I never wanted to buy another bottle, but given that it was included in a tasting, I got my chance with the purchase already included. Hazy golden body with white head. Aroma is medium sweet, apple, light clove. Taste is moderately sweet, apple, honey, light metallic in the finish. No bitterness. Medium-full body, some stickiness, low carbonation. Same overall score. (4/3/4/3/8)
(10-31-04, bottle) Opaque cider body topped by medium beige head that dissipates fairly quickly -- the bottom of the pour was chunky. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal, fruity (apricot, white grape), cookie dough, some metallic. Taste is moderately sweet, honey, herbal, wheat, finishes with some metallic. Watery medium body, with fairly dry finish. For what I paid, I really wanted to like this, but truth is, it did not impress. (5/3/4/2/8)
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ommegang fest. Hazy brown ale with a spicey incense aroma (myrrh , im told). Honey taste with the incense comming through the swwet malt. Rich and complex body. Another best of show.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep gold, huge loose white head. Lightly spiced nose. Spicy flavor with dry finish, alcohol overtones
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím not messing around tonight. Noraís first and Super is next. You see, I got these two for free.
Noraís nose is amazing. Itís mainly dominated by spicy peppers but has some distinct fruity notes of coriander, watermelon, apricots and some ginger.
Intensely fruity throughout. Numerous spices: cinnamon and peppers. Peach, dates, apricots, bananas and lemons are well pronounced. No bitterness. Very low hop level. Numerous spices and weird stuff in this brew. I would love to know the ingredient list.