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Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø Aurora Australis

Formerly brewed at Bridge Road Brewers
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Beechworth, Australia


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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
In Norwegian tradition alcoholic beverages are sent across the globe to benefit from the temperature variations one experiences when crossing the equator. This beer was brewed at Bridge Road Brewers in Beechworth, Australia. Maturation took place in red wine barrels on its journey to Norway. Blending and packaging was carried out by Nøgne Ø.

Editor’s note: Brewed at Bridge Road, bottled at Nøgne Ø. Shipped to Norway in barrels previously used for red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (2911) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2015
25cl bottle, shared with Bladdock as the penultimate beer of our 2015 Rainbow Project tasting sesh. From trade with Gunnar - many thanks! Pours deep brown with thin tan head. Aroma is complex with some oaky red wine. Taste is woody, malty and super complex with some lovely red wine warmth. A hint of funk. Wish I kept the bottle to myself now!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (5193) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2015
25cl Bottle: cheers Mat, another rare and wonderful beer I have shared with you. Poured a cloudy dark brown with a thin beige head. Nose was red wine and semi-sour red berries. The taste was also wine like and ’funky’ with again a red berry influence: so a flavoursome but ’tart’ beer with plenty going on, there was a dry finish with a woody undertone throughout. I like complex beers more and more these days, my palate must be getting a little more discerning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (4503) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 7, 2015
250ml bottle (thanks Mart). Clear chestnut color. Small size, tan-yellow head, stays. Red currant, sweet, acidic, woody, touch of grapes in aroma. Sweet, toffee, hard candy, fructose and oak in taste. Sweet hazelnuts and oak in aftertaste. Quite heavy carbonation which makes it bit harsh in the mouth. No alcohol detected, but I can feel the burn inside. Complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (1924) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours brown with beige head. Aroma is red wine, oak, sweetness, raisins. Flavor is sweet, a lot of wood, red wine, malt, raisins, blackcurrant, caramel. Finish is bitter with some alcohol. Overall: very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11835) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 6, 2015
250ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut
Very winey aroma, some flemish brune woody aspects, including a hint of sourness and sweatiness. Was over-keen to come out of the bottle, so probably something wild’s going on in there. Later aroma is sweet, some toffee. Nice roast in the mouth, toasty. Relatively light palate, but that’s because the carbonation is quite high. Burntness carries through to the finish too. Some winey warmth after swallowing, and a pleasant bitter bite too. A real mixed bag, it has some nice positives, but I think the wild aspects are taking it in the wrong direction. That, and I’m no fan of wine bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
suurjuust (2039) - ESTONIA - NOV 6, 2015
Dark brown beer, small beige head. Nose is red wine and dark fruits, tartness and some acidity, red berries. Flavor is dryer and less sweet than the nose, plums, funky notes, toasty malt. Finishes with more toasty malt, caramel notes, red wine and tart notes, pretty dry. Woody and dry palate. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (8704) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2015
Bottle picked up at The Beer Tree, Amsterdam. We consumed this in our Captains Suite, Central Stena Britannica, Friday 9th October 2015. It seemed apt to have this beer aged at sea on a boat. Almost black in colour with a creamy beige head. A slight sour and funky nose, but this is fruity and boozy. Thick and rich in the mouth and softer than expected, really, really fruity. This is a beast of a beer. The red wine cask has really left it’s mark, this is woody, fruity but also really full bodied big, big beer. It’s lovely. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov17 4.1

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
msbernac (1323) - Krakow, POLAND - OCT 9, 2015
Bottle Aroma-dark fruits, raisin, caramel, coffee, Appearance-brown, cloudy, tan foam, Taste-medium sourness, light sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate-full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish, Oberall-perfect

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (2300) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle from Geers. Dark brown colour, creamy beige foam. Gusher! Nose of caramel, red wine, raisins and sugar. Vinous, some notes of balsamico. Bitter hoppy finish. Nice but too pricy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1888) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2015
Darkish brown with a decent light chocolate head. Aroma is plums, dates, prunes, figs, red wine, oak. Full bodied, slightly velvety mouthfeel, fruity with a vinous finish and a warming hint of booze. Taste is plums, red wine, oak, chocolate.

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