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Bridge Road / Nřgne Ř Aurora Australis

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


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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 Nřgne Ř.

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

highlandlad's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, - DEC 31, 2013
If the first beer of the new year is an omen, 2014 is going to be a ripper. This well-travelled Australian-Norwegian collaboration has effectively done a round-the-world trip - from Australia to Norway in a wine barrel and back again by bottle. It’s an atypical quad with a hint of De Dolle (as someone smarter than me points out below. I love the De Dolle range, so we’re off to a flyer.) Lovely appearance: walnut brown with a persistent head. Rich aroma with obvious barrel and red wine notes from the barrel maturation on the trip to Norway. Shiraz barrels would be my guess - definite white pepper on the nose. Also present: blackcurrant, ginger ale and sherbet. The sherbet hints at a sour-sweet character which becomes fully apparent on the tongue. There, the beer reveals itself as an extravagant blend of brown sugars and fruity acids. There are sour cherries, turpentine, shiraz, perhaps even white rum. The body is lush and marshmallow soft. I love beers that take my palate into unexplored territory and this is one of those. Exceptional. (250ml bottle courtesy of Allovate of Perth via Bergstaden of Norway - immense thanks to both for the experience. Batch 866B. BB: 20/12/17)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8333) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2015
Very good beige head, lace, over dark brown beer. Sweetish-perfumey nose, vinous, old barrels. Sweet-sour ŕnd roasted. Lots of roasted grains/malts. Dried dark fruit (plums, mainly) and a bit of alcohol/fusels. Very well-bodied, oily-viscous. Alas, uneasy balance, rather clashing flavours instead of balancing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abio (1731) - Waasland, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2015
Maybe a bit to sweet, but overal I did like this brew. Nothing to get really excited about, but not bad at alm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2269) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with moderate creamy tan head. Aromas of balsamic vinegar, dark fruit and sweet roasted malts. Flavors of sweet doughy malts, reduced red wine vinegar and chocolate. Interesting mix. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElDesmadre (2149) - Mikołów, POLAND - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle from humlebingen.com, thanks! Wow, where to start... The red wine imprint is unquestionable, I would even go so far as to say it is this beer’s dominant trait. Red wine, wood, some funk, redcurrant, chokeberry, some apples, leathery notes. Absolutely fruity, ’red’, complex beer. Soft, full bodied, heavy, with the sweetness being skilfully balanced by just the right amount of tartness. It gets more conventionally ’quadruply’ in the finish, with notes of dark malts, like caramel, chocolate, even faint coffee. This transition from red fruit to dark malts does not affect the barrel notes, however - they are still there. Unlike the alcohol that is so well hidden that you’re no longer sure it’s even there. Exquisite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (696) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2015
Deep dark red pour. Aroma is cherry, berry fruits, mild yeast. Taste is red wine, mild oak, big malt prunes and dates presence, very nice with vanilla at end. Palate is medium carbonation and full. Not my favourite style but really like what they’ve done here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (507) - HUNGARY - APR 18, 2015
A Nřgne Ř quadrupele Ausztráliában, a Bridge Road főzde falai között kelt életre, majd nemesedett a Norvégia felé tartó hajóút során vörösboros hordókban. Intenzív habkitöréssel ad bizonyosságot élettel teli karaktere felől, a laza szerkezetű, ám kellően tartós, puha és krémes habfolyam méltó díszét képezi a festői testnek, mely enyhe rubinvörös beütéssel bíró, mélybarna színben tündököl. Varázslatos aromái között az ódon vörösbor bársonyos ölelésében fürdőző mályvacukor, szivárványos élesztő és sziporkázó maláta körvonalai tűnnek fel, összességében egy flamand fanyar ale benyomását keltve. Belekortyolva örömmel nyugtázhatjuk, milyen mesteri módon sikerült kordában tartani az előzmények alapján megzabolázhatatlannak is könnyedén elképzelhető jegyek sokaságát. A sokszínűség itt valóban megtervezett formát ölt, így a leírva kissé kuszának ható elemek - melyek között a füstös feketecseresznye-fagylalt tompa, desszertszerű hatása, illetve a cseppnyi savanyú beütés élesítő jellegű, autentikus belga karaktere is felfedezhető - ízlelésük során remekül megférnek egymás mellett. Kivételes főzet, újszerű felfogásban készült quadrupel, melynek mélysége némelyekben talán tériszonyt ébreszt, s bár végtelen határainak feltérképezése kemény próbatétel elé állítja a meghökkent közönséget, megbirkózni a feladattal kifizetődő vállalkozásnak tűnik.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (2728) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 9, 2015
Excellent quad from the unlikeliest of partners, spanning the northern and southern hemispheres. Immediate aroma of pit fruit, pours out with nice fluffy head, murky brown body. Taste is plums and prunes, head lasts throughout session. If I didn’t know the pedigree, I would have guessed Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (4255) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle thanks to Ben. Pours cloudy hazel with a huge beige head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is vinous, roasty, tart, malty. Flavor is medium tart, very vinous and malty. Hmmm...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jmar33 (190) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle. Having tried the Nogne O version when it first came out and having it instantly become my favourite ever beer, I had high hopes for this. It didn’t disappoint! Massive red wine flavours mixed with the Borealis flavours I remembered. Brilliant quad, on par if not better than the Borealis. Thoroughly deserves its rating on this site!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickFifty (630) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2015
Deep brown color, beige head. Dried fruit nose, vinous, wood, sour notes, dark chocolate. Sweet taste, oak, dried fruit, hints of coffee and chocolate. Full body, soft carbonation, oily texture.

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