mtodd (3) - New York, USA - NOV 16, 2010 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Let’s start with the bottle. It sets up the whole experience with Nora. It’s a unique shape for a unique beer. The beer itself is exquisite, smooth and highly drinkable. So far I have tried Nora and Super and overall I am quite impressed with this brewery.
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - NOV 19, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Straordinaria creazione di Teo Musso del Baladin, questa Nora mi incuriosisce fin da quando ne conosco il nome; finalmente, l’occasione si presenta: bottiglia divisa in due da Paola a Brescia, nel TeKu ovviamente. Versa colore dorato con buona schiuma candida; uno scrigno di spezie l’aroma e il sapore, una carezza dopo l’altra ai sensi che disinibiti si librano nella freschezza di un vagheggiato ritorno alla natura. Il vetro del bicchiere non si sente più, fra le labbra scorre soltanto questo delicato elisir d’oblio. Dopo, abbiamo letto Baudelaire; ma io avrei preferito Rimbaud.
TheBeerLover (1024) - 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.
txolo (154) - SPAIN - JUL 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Esta que nos ocupa, la Nora, es una barbaridad de buena.Al abrirla salen unos aromas extraordinariamente agradables, como si estuvieses en un campo de lavanda, también muy cítrico, flores, frutas de verano, plátano, naranja…
Y al beberla, de nuevo toda esa explosión frutal, con un punto muy dulce, especiada, tal vez esa combinación del “kamut” (un cereal al parecer de origen egipcio, según parece con esta cerveza querían aproximarse a las antiguas cervezas egipcias… o algo así) con las “especias” (no indica cuales) de todo ese sabor. De nuevo es como comerse un campo, deja una sensación agradabilísima, da casi buen rollo bebérsela y hace feliz.
Es cremosa, delicadísima y es de estas cervezas que conforme las vas bebiendo te da pena saber que en algún momento se va a terminar y disfrutas cada trago. Para mí es una cerveza brillante, de lo mejor que he bebido en mi vida, no tiene nada “extremo” (ni explosión de lúpulo, ni cosas raras, ni envejecida en nada, lo único que tiene es el kamut y las especias que dan un toque elegantísimo), pero está hecha con un cuidado y unas buenas maneras que da gusto.
Como siempre, el “pero” de las italianas es que los precios son altos. Pero vaya, recomendadísima.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Apple spice,bitter peach aroma.Opaque dark golden with white particles.Very soft fruity peach sweet sour flavors.Extremely smooth,practactly swims down your throat.
DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy dark brown pour with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of floral spices, hopcitrus, some orange zest and tropical fruit. The flavor is floral and spicy, yeasty, with a lot of orange zest, some lemongrass, mango, coriander, and even clove hints. It gets very black and Bell peppery as it warms, while retaining a smooth, citrusy saisony feel to it.
watchnerd (22) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer almost defies classification. Good head that deflates quickly, rich if murky color, and HUGE chunks of yeast upon pouring. Not much lacing. Some say it is best with food, but I think the opposite: drink this by itself to get the full experience. Not much hop presence, if any. Aromas of rose water, nutmeg, and feminine musk. A bit like sniffing panties while drinking beer.
sagmarium (69) - SPAIN - DEC 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy orange pour with a very thin head. Aroma of peaches and black pepper. Taste is very fruity. Peach and hints of banana. Black pepper in the finish and is slightly spicy.
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 I’ve never heard of, that looks ever-so intriquing? Let’s go for it! Reminds me in shape of bottle and label design of another Italian beer I’ve seen in Michael Jackson’s "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 that’s a nice feather in the old cap-ola!, yeah, there’’s that crystalline, flowery, ethereal essence! Nice-ety, nice, nice! Utterly uplifting!
Taste: smooth, airy, light, fruity (some citrus, peach) angelic...I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s some subtle complexity going on in this ale, and it probably originates from the spices, coriander, ginger, and more that I’m 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 didn’t 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...
patrickfannon (1223) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 16.9 oz. Split with Vin as the last beer of our February Shore Tasting. This beer opened with a soft hiss and pop, and poured a transluscent honey, sparkling golden with a frothy, yet neat, tightly bubbled white laced out head. Aroma of freshly cut cedar, pineapple, grass, lemon zest, soft hay, barnyard funk, champagne yeast and ripe peaches and apricots. Hints of mango and bubblegum. Very similar nose to Cigar CIty Humidor Series Gruit, my favorite beer of all time. Medium bodied with a light, soft, gently fruity and woody mouthfeel. Cedar and lemon notes dance upon the tongue and crash with a dry wave upon the back of the tongue. There’s a greatly refined elegance to the finish of this beer; very much like a fine champagne or geueze. Overall, this is an astoundingly well-rounded, interesting, engaging, lively brew. Great for an easy, refreshing summer night sipper.