Meilby (8971) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 500ml vintage 2008 @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, honey, oak, oxidization and dried fruits. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a long sweet and oak finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.
Beer4000 (4982) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle @ Patricks. Clear amber body with just a quick fading hint of a head. Looks great anyway. Strong aroma of dry fruit, sweet malt, warming alcohol and caramel. Flavor is sweet malt syrup, dry fruit, caramel, brown sugar and warming alcohol. Fine body with a long and sweet aftertaste. Another fantastic brew from Le Baladin.
visionthing (3401) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8cl from a large bottle at Gaasa. Pours amber with no head. Heavy caramel aroma with lots of sugar and dark dried fruits. Very sweet and tastes more like liqueur than beer. Still it’s quite nice. 8cl was enough, but it was quite nice. Dessert beer! (2012-08-03)
gunnfryd (12102) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Patricks. Red brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sugar, alcohol, malt, spices, raisin, honey. Flavour is sugar alcohol, malt, spices, raisin, oxidation. Full body. Very nice beer.
yngwie (14923) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at Patricks. More or less clear in the glass, amber in color, and quite flat. Very mead like aroma, with honey and some oxidation. Dried fruits, casked spirits, sweetness and some vanilla notes. The flavor goes in the same direction, it’s really vinous and tasteful. Lasting finish. Full body, almost sticky, pleasantly low on carbonation. 120614
Geokkjer (6401) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber with a tiny off-white head. Aroma of malt,caramel, alcohol and fruitiness. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, brown sugar, oak and raisins. Full body, soft carbonation.
Foffern (1385) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at Beer Enthusiast release tasting. The beer has no head (!), and has a clear dark amber colour. Based on the aroma, this could almost have been a liqueur with a touch of sweet berries, leather, dried fruit, marzipan, cognac and alcohol. Tasted mead recently on another occasion, and this reminds me really about it. Pretty sweet flavour that is full of caramel, liqueur tones, and a little vanlije. A sticky and silky mouth feel. This is a real beer for dessert, either to (a Crème Brûlée perhaps) or as a dessert in itself!
Palme (3604) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from 0.5l bottle @ Beer Enthusiast release party. This is a lovely looking glowing cognac/sherry-colored beer that has basically no head. The aroma is definitely present, and it’s really something! Fantastic sherry-sweet and really vinious with lot’s of dried red fruits, figs, roses, wood, gamy tones, honey, sweet tomatoes and it feels really really complex and delicious. I dare to say that it has no carbonation and it feels like this really thick, sticky and liquid honey-like thing in the mouth. When tasting it my taste buds almost goes bananas! Lots and lots of sweet sticky oxidized caramel, warming alcohol, it’s really vinious and vanilla-woody with dried fruits, fresh figs and dates. Amazing sweet flavors! Will definitely have this again (if I can get it) 23.04.2012
ClubGonzo (4551) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample @ Beer Enthusiast Release Tasting, Bergen. 2008 edition. The finisher for the evening, and doubtlessly the most anticipated (at least on my behalf). Pours a dark cognac body, with no head to be seen. Not so strange, perhaps, since this has been allowed to oxidize to a large extent even before bottling. Nose has intense port wine notes with loads of dark, dried fruits, cognac, wood, hints of caramel and the classic caramelized Norwegian bread spread "brunost" ("brown cheese"). Taste holds lots of caramelized brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, wood, hints of bitter grass and the "brunost" again. Intense. The vanilla re-surfaces with some dark sugary notes in the aftertaste, which is long and borderline sticky. This is more a dessert than a dessert wine substitute, but I quite like it. Original, intense and very, very sweet. Looking forward to more from Le Baladin for sure. :-)
Rune (9079) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicately served in a snifter glass, 100ml from tap at Open Baladin. Clear golden brown coloured body. Naked on the surface. Dark and dried fruity smell with fresh apricot notes coming through. Comprehensive taste profile including hints of dark vanilla, almond, caramel and prunes. Herbal dryness to the ending alongside warming alcohol and dark malty bitterness. Sherry-like texture. A sipper par excellence (Roma, 31.03.2012).