Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, - MAR 31, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught @ Nøgne Ø
Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, smoked meat and salt. Taste is light sweet, light bitter and light salty. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.
Alengrin (3671) - BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Emelisse’s take on the much-debated Grätzer style, apparently a collab with Nögne Ö, though this is not mentioned anywhere on the label. Pours a cloudy ’old gold’ colour, cloudy ochre with deposit, adorned with a moussy, medium thick, egg-white head retaining thinning quickly but retaining well. Interesting aroma: fresh sorrel acetaldehyde, goat cheese, subtle smoked herring or even barbecue sausage accent, old apple juice, grilled bacon, chalk, soapy wheat, cooked rhubarb, sourdough, stale sweat, old dry sherry, green apple peel. Refreshing taste starting with a crisp, clean but soft and gentle lemony acidity, sour berries, kiwano, unripe peach, soft carbo, light umami accent of fresh green olives, supple maltiness, clearly wheaty (soapy and softly sourish) with a bready accent, some light smokiness retronasally, juicy finish with ongoing wheatiness and mild, gently drying acidity, a bit cava- or dry white wine-like rather than puckering sour; a soft but very notably chalky and somewhat soapy flavour remains after swallowing. Hops are very subdued, not providing any bitterness. I find it exciting that this brewery embarked on a style which is only recently being revived, but according to what I have read about it and compared with the few examples of it I had so far, I dare to doubt whether they got it right: if I have to believe the historical accounts relating to how the original Grätzer - or, more accurately, Grodziskie - was brewed, this should have been made with smoked wheat instead of smoked barley plus wheat, should have been ’cleaner’ (less estery), less (or even not at all) sour and should have been hoppier. Seems closer to a Lichtenhainer to me (seen the sourness) but then, both are under the same heading here and who said this brew was intended to be a historically accurate evocation of the Grodziskie style anyway... Apart from style, I must say I enjoyed this, it cleanses the palate with its soft sourness, but still shows some complexity and depth due to the (light) smokiness. In cases like this, I prefer to let my personal enjoyment prevail in my rating, rather than nitpicking over style accuracies. Enjoyable!
bartlebier (2820) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle, merci tderoeck for this nice extra! Dirty straw dishwater pour, emitting much-welcomed wafts of: lemon-spiked smoked trout in salt crust on clay, soggy wheats. Very watery, OK for the style and abv, gentle pillowy mouthfeel. Taste is less intense though in the same register as aroma, falling off quickly at the mid part. Quite drinkable for the style, this cooperation between two craft brewing beacons of coast-spoiled nations, but not quite as characteristic as Freigeist’s Abraxxxas or refreshing as Ritterguts Gose.
worldbeertaste (1778) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
I’m not a fan of this style of beer. I find the aftertaste of veg sickening and the smell of dirty socks uninteresting. It doesn’t pull me in and make me want to drink it. But its not all bad. Drinking it cold it still has a nice sweetness that reminds me that this is beer and that it can be enjoyed.
blackisle (1371) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 30cl. Light hazy pale gold, small frothy white head, recedes after a short while, light lacing; light sour aroma, lemon, wheat, herbal notes; complex taste, light sour, lemony, slightly sweet, smoky notes, bit salty; light body, watery to oily texture, soft carbonation; light sour aftertaste, herbal notes; a strange brew, but refreshing.
TyggaBrown (430) - NORWAY - NOV 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really enjoyable. Sour an tasty, and pretty well balanced. I guess you have to be a bit experienced to identify this one by its flavors and aromas, but once you get used to something you did not expect, its refreshing, tasty and exciting.
madmitch76 (19648) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
9th November 2014
Almost clear pale gold beer, small off white head. Palate is light and dry, mild fine carbonation. Thin pale malts, tangy mild citrus. Little sour vibe and something smoky and pukey, Dry finish. Never going to love this style I expect!
guzgorog (525) - FRANCE - NOV 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robe blonde abricot, plate, très peu de mousse qui disparait très vite. Nez de fumée et de citron. Bouche très interessante : aigre, fumée, citron, épices (le saaz sans doute), un peu piquante (!?). Assez aqueuse, peu de corps. Une belle découverte que ce style de bière ! En espérant en trouver d’autres ...
RobertDale (4550) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl. bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy pale gold with a decent white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and smoke. Taste is malt, smoke, meat, tart fruit, and spice. Interesting.
Garrold (3023) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brewtique, Macclesfield. Clear gold. Halo of white. Smoked malt. Brine. Some tart, goats milk cheesiness. Taste is a little tart, and dry. Crisp palate. Some acidity. Finishes a little tart, salty, and dry. A bit odd, but I did quite like this.
ElDesmadre (2507) - Mikołów, POLAND - OCT 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, got with help from Humlebingen blog, thanks Kenneth! Citrus pulp and lots of floral (elderflower) notes, in addition to the rather restrained smoke. Rose aftertaste. Atypical yet interesting and likeable. What I found a bit disturbing was the light tartness in this beer that - definitely not a result of spoilage or bad brewing - tasted intentional but at the same time out of place. As if the brewer feared a typical grodziskie might be too mild, so it would have to be enlivened by said tartness. Well, it wouldn’t have to. Drinkable but it has potential to be more than just that.