Kinz (3467) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I always enjoy trying these traditional ales. Medium gold, good head. Aroma strikes me immediately as that of a saison, with plenty of yeast and a slight tropical fruit note over a grainy backbone. Flavor matches, medium bodied, balanced somewhat bready malts, light yeast, and a bit of a passion fruit and mango flavor. Tasty.
jefcon (1472) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aromas of ornage, lemon, and I get the ginger, too. Very sweet brew -- I can taste the remains of candy sugar, as well as the orange oils from peel. Great with food, more difficult on it’s own. Despite not carrying much alcohol, a drying finish once the sweetness of this brew gets off the tongue. Curious, but a unique saison-y beer for the fresh fruit lover.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark golden orangish color. Aromas of orange/citrus and peaches?. Flavors of spices, coriander, ginger. Tart and tangy finish, a weird but very interesting beer.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2006
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Hazy orange colour with a white head. Malty aroma with some apricot/ orange fruityness and hints of soap. Soapy notes in a bland malty flavor. Watery finish.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle thanx to Joergen. Orange colour with a white head. Fruity, dishwash aroma and a sweet fruity, dishwash taste. Medium body with a sweet horable finish.
joergen (22903) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy amber coloured with a huge off white head.
Sweet aroma of malts, fruits and dish washer.
Fruity flavour with notes of apricots.
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dirty gold, thick foamy head. Apple-y, winey aroma, maybe some straw, too. Very light palate. Fresah apple, grass, and a wheaty, spicy finish, all well blended. Purchased at McScrooges, Knoxville.
The Etruscan (567) - Tuscany, ITALY - FEB 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
White creamy medium lasting head. Cloudy orange color. Aroma is moderately sweet, fruity (orange peel, apricots, slightly citrusy), floral notes. Flavor is fruity too with pear, apricots, spicy, light candy and sour tones, ending in a long fruity finish. Light to medium bodied.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy orange body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of apple, mustiness, and light citrus. Flavor of apple cider, alcohol, and some spices.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is based on an ancient Egyptian recipe. What makes this beer so interesting, is the fact it is brewed with kamut, a grain used by ancient Egyptian brewers. It is then spiced with ginger, myrrh, and orange peel. Hops were not used in ancient Egyptian brewing, so only a small amount is used to preserve this beer, but you will find no hop character.
Nora pours to an opaque and hazy, deep golden, to light orange color, with a thick and creamy white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very fragrant, with spicy aromas of fresh ginger and lemon. The palate on this beer is tart and "grainy" with good malt flavor, paired with a nice back drop orange/citrus flavor. The tart and citrus flavor of this beer makes it tangy, and very drinkable. Nora finishes with more good tart and grainy malt and citrus flavors, then ends with a touch of ginger spice, that leads back into a nice tangy citrus flavor that lingers.
A very unique, flavorful, delicious, drinkable ale. This beer makes for a fantastic summer refresher, and a nice cold glass of this goes well on a hot and humid day. At 6.8% abv, Nora is the type of beer that is perfect as an aperitif, and would work well with a number of dishes. The brewery suggests that "Nora is perfect with oriental food like soya noodles, chop-suey and chicken with curry and rice. Nora is a fine accompaniment to fish and white spicy meats". Sounds right to me. Marketed in beautiful bowling pin like, 750ml brown bottles, Nora Ale retails for $7-$8 a bottle, in select US markets, and is well worth seeking out.