Frings Old Ale
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Brewed by Brauhaus Frings
Style: Schwarzbier
Whangarei, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
The third standard beer is the Old Ale. It is a dedicated dark beer with lots of flavours that you would not expect in a dark beer. Dark beers normally have a burnt flavour from the dark malt, which almost tastes like coffee. You will not find this in our beer. It took me a long time to find the perfect recipe for this demanding beer. It is indeed easier to make a dark beer than a light, but to find the right mixture of malt-types and fementation technique is quite difficult, as all flavours are very intense and the balance shows the art of the brewmaster.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, - JAN 17, 2011
On tap at Brauhaus Frings brew pub. I was enjoying drinking and rating this when Dennis Frings the brewmaster came and sat down at my table. Feeling a bit nervous rating his beer in front of him most of the rating was by stealth. Dark brown hue with slight orange tint, thin beige creamy/bubbly mostly diminishing head with small amount of lacing. Nice sharp almost burnt dark malt aromas, hint of Freyas rye bread toast, I would have to say there is some bitter coffee and chocolate aromas in there. Unusual but nice mix of tastes again - Moderately bitter, noticeable but not unpleasant sourness, faint salty again, very light sweetness. Low carbonation, thin-medium body - expected more, oily texture. My favourite of the 3 that were on offer the day I was at Brauhaus Frings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (1208) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 21, 2013
A surprisingly delicious dark beer. Not so much that a dark beer is delicious as it is a dark beer that tastes different (in a good way)..

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2008
Draught at the brew pub, a dark brown with a filmy head. A strong roasted aroma, nearly burnt. A nice roasted malt flavour with coffee and bitter chocolate. Dry on the palate, but disappointingly thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
(On tap) Clear, dark brown with a tint of orange and a creamy, beige head. Fairly burned almost coffeeish aroma. Light in body with notes of hard roasted malt and again notes of coffee in the flavour - is that from the roasted Weyermann rye malts? Again an underlying acidity. The finish is dry. Again this to me feels more like a Brown Ale, but Dennis Frings says it’s made with the house bottom fermenting yeast. In style it’s closest to a Schwarzbier. 090208

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