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Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø Aurora Australis

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

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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


highlandlad's rating

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1451) - 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)


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2754) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2016
January 26, 2016. Bottle, brewed December 20, 2012.
Slow gusher, dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel, vinous, woody, hints of tart berries, grape skins, some prunes, figs, light spicy. Taste is sweet malty, vinous, light sour. Finish is sweet fruity, malty with caramel, figs, prunes, vinous, light sour, some grape skin and light dry woody notes. Medium to full bodied, soft to average carbonation, quite creamy texture with a dry finish.
Much more wood, vinous and sourness than expected which wasn’t bad since it balance out the quite intense sweetness and makes it more drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Psytron (1664) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle from Bierkompass. Smell of oak, fruit, sourdough. Very dark brown colour, extreme brown head. Aroma of wine, oak, sour fruit. Some roasted flavours in finish. Medium sour, also bitter. Carbon is lively but quite soft. Surprisingly non-oily texture. Medium dry palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danlo (2012) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2015
250ml bottle from Leura Cellars. Pours black brown in colour, with a tan foam head leaving lacing and aroma of malt, berry fruity, woody oak, red wine. Taste is malt, caramel, sweetish, berry fruits, woody, red wine, with tangy, spicy bitterness. Oily mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, woody dry slightly tannic finish. Nicely complex, very drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (3213) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (5387) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (4776) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (2102) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (12180) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
suurjuust (2236) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (8849) - 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


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