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Dux de Lux Nor Wester - 2014

Formerly brewed at The Dux Brewing Co.
Style: English Strong Ale
Christchurch, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
A traditional strong ale, brewed in the true English manner with a bold hoppy yet smooth balanced character

1998 Gold Medal at Australian International Beer Awards 1998 Gold Medal at Australian International Beer Awards

beerequalizer's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerequalizer (22) - - APR 5, 2010
Bottle from WCNW... For a strong ale, this one is quite nice... Needs a little more balance, but overall a fairly pleasant drop. nate2g...0.9 Total Score? Really? Why rate it? Maybe you should have told them at the time it was infected... that way they could go about fixing the problem...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (954) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 21, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 On tap at Dux Live, during the Tainted show. Actually, I pointed to the Nor’wester thinking that I would get the stout, which is a Sou’wester. I only came to realise when I got the glass (less than a pint) that it was a pale ale. Now I don’t know if it was the savagery of that great concert that made me enjoy this even more, but this strong beer was pretty damn wicked! Fruity and dry, well packed together in a pleasant drinking experience, that’s all I remember. Something that surely I must try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 8, 2011
Lovely coppery amber colour with a transient white head that doesn’t appear to hang around. I’m not sure what it is about the aroma that puts me in mind of authentic German yeast strains. There’s a fruit salad quality to the aroma on top of bready malts. Enticing. Then there’s the taste. I was always a fan of this style anyway so it was going to be popular. It delivered on my expectation having muscle, gorgeous orangey malt flavours and a soft bitterness. A thoroughly enjoyable pale ale and easily my favourite from the Dux stable. Best of luck with the rebuild chaps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30977) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2011
Bottled. A dark amber beer with a light tan head. The aroma has strong notes of caramel combined with notes of malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and bread, leading to a dry finish, where the caramel note lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KapitiCritique (375) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - APR 14, 2010
Aroma: Malt--hints of bread, cereal, chocolate, and coffee (very slight). Hops-- grass (but very minimal). Appearance: reddish brown, clear with no particulate matter and a small frothy head and medium lacing, off white colour. Taste: no hint of sweetness, distinctive hoppy bitterness with slight hint of sourness. Palate: Full bodied with creamy texture (light), very little carbonation and a bitter, sour finish that lingers somewhat. Overall a very nice pale ale, rather complex.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 10, 2009
Very nice colour - almost perfect copper. Not much aroma at all. Flavour is all dry maltyness with limited citrus and fruity - hop character. Nice but not sensational.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3068) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2009
Hints of caramel mixed with the dried fruit in the taste, alcohol also a bit noticeable. Body is a reddy amber with an off-white head. Finish is sometimes heavy and cloying then sometimes thin aand watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (7831) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Draft at Dux de Lux in Queenstown. Pours copper with a medium eggshell head. Hops, caramel malt, pine, and alcohol make up the aroma. The flavor follows suit, along with fruit and wood. Light-medium bodied. Crisp, with a bite at the end. Lacks the balance that would help it match up better in this style. However, I did like this one better than most of the other DDL offerings I tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours light, clear slightly reddish brown with a bubbly off-white head. Fair amount of hops on the nose with aromas of pine, lavender, caramel and burnt sugar. Flavour also features a strong hop presence as well and has hints of caramel, tropical fruit, a little woodiness and citrus with a lingering bitterness at the end. Overall this seems a bit disjointed and not particularly well balanced but it is an ok beer and quite easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (4249) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2009
My first beer rated at work online. Dark brown color, huge caramel malts hits the nose. Hops are there, but in the background. Earthy, toffee notes in the mouth. Definitely looking like an English ale, but a bit lacking in balance and a bit more bittering hops than usual. Slight toffeeish finish with mild bitterness. Pleasant, but needs more balance.

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