Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the brewery (cask) . Fine creamy head , light amber . Aroma :slight bitterness with some fruity character . Character of this alt could be describes as suberbly refined , with clean body . Very smooth . Earthy hops , dark soil . Master work .
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle from Magic_Dave6] Aroma of caramel, cookie dough and brazil nuts, some herbal hop notes. Smooth drinkable palate, dry finish.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an increadibly tasty beer. Cask at the Füchschen brewpub. Aroma is grassy, nutty with some sharpness cuttin in which i cannot desifer. Taste is also quite nutty with the grassy hops creating a dry bitter finish.
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you ever decide to take a trip to Germany, a visit to the state of Northrine-Westphalla is in order. It is here that you will find many of the industries that help fuel the German economy, and it is here that you will find the cities of Cologne, and Dusseldorf. Dusseldorf is a thriving city with lots of big industry, but don’t let the industrial nature of the city throw you off, as there is a lot to do and see. The Konigsallee has some of the best shopping to be found in Germany, with plenty of chic choices for those who love to shop. And then there is the Altstadt. It is here you will find a very vibrant night life with scores of restaurants, and bars.
For a beer lover, it does not get any better, as it is here you will find the local specialty, altbier and plenty of it. With in walking distance of each other you will find about nine different places that specialize in serving altbier, and one of my favorites is Brauerei Im Fuchschen which was founded in 1848. "The Fox Den" is a very traditional brewery/brewpub with dark wood panels, pine top tables, and a cozy, inviting decor. Here on the menu you will find traditional, hearty German fare, and one delicious beer to wash it down. That beer is Fuchschen Altbier, and like with all altbiers found in the Altstadt, expect the Kobes or waiter to serve you glasses of this beer continuously until you tell him to stop. The beer flows freely at Im Fuchschenm poured by gravity from a wooden barrel or vom fass.
Fuchschen Altbier pours to a beautiful, bright copper color with a bright white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fragrant with herbal/grassy hop aromas that lead into a sweet malty palate. A touch of estery fruit follows the initial malt sweetness, and then ends with a very vibrant grassy/herbal hop bite that slightly lingers.
Very fresh tasting and very drinkable, Fuchschen altbier is the type of beer you will want to drink a lot of. What I love so much about altbier is the contrast of malt and hop character in this beer style. It is almost as if you are getting two beers in one, as you get that initial malt/fruit character up front, which quickly gives way to the vibrant hop character. Fuchschen altbier is another stellar example of this classic Dusseldorf style, and a good example of the range within this style. This beer has more sweet malt flavor than other alts I tried in Dusseldorf, and gives this beer its own signature.
While all these classic alts are similar they are very different as well. Give it a try and taste for yourself. You will have to come to Germany to do so, as Fuchschen altbier is not exported, at least not to the United States. But that is fine with me, as I can not think of a place I would rather drink this beer than poured fresh from the barrel.
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Pale amber with a tall, handsome and quite stable head.. Very delicious slightly caramelish flavour with a fine, balancing bitterness. Nice, solid body. Good quality Altbier. 120303
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Clear, amber body. Off-white frothy head. Nose of malts (caramel) and hops. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet initial flavour. Moderately bitter finish. Quite nice, but ot very well-balanced.
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle bought at the brewery. Chestnut colour with a off-white head. The aroma is mainly malty, but has some notes of grapes and plums. The taste is well-balanced malts, sugar, hops, a little bit salt.
haukur (1201) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
cask@brewery; Maybe a tad easier than other alts but certainly just as complex as the other ones. Malty fruity aroma, hoppy taste, fruity malt. Lingering hoppy finish, very very nice!!
pivnizub (8580) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber coloured, firm, creamy off-white head; malty nose with clear fruity (plums) and hoppy notes; soft dry malty start, clear bitter flavour, leading to a long, soft, dry malty and hoppy finish. Superb !
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle Courtesy of dortmunder. Thanks!
BB 20.09.05 Dark amber, rich white head. Damp cellar aroma with hints of fruity malts. Slight cardboard/oxidized flavour. Rich in CO2. Rather bland. Sharpness from tannines is the only reminder of this beer after swallow.