alex_leit (2506) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Unclear, dark honey color. Aroma: lightest smoked malt, honey, herbs, spicy. Taste: smoked bacon, malt, mild hops bitterness, wine, unusual, but good.
nicola5555 (12) - - AUG 17, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bread, caramel, toast, CORPO PIENO E ROTONDO COME TUTTE LE BIRRE DI HAAND, FANTASTICA
tderoeck (8187) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
4/VII/16 - 50cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ Adam Jackson Tasting Without Adam Jackson - BB: 14/I/17 (2016-728) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!
Clear orange beer, big creamy off-white head, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: malty, soapy, floral, bit fruity, honey, rather sweet. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: pretty smoky start, sweet malts, sugary, soft bitterness. Aftertaste: smoky, bitter, malty, grains, hay, meh.
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Scandinavian beer revolution does not neglect its own traditions, and many of these new craft breweries there come up with recreations of ancient Nordic ales regularly. This is one such example, though, as with the stories surrounding saison, I find it hard to imagine that a 6.5% ABV beer (or originally even 7%) would serve as a thirst quencher for landworkers during harvest, as the label claims... Thinnish, bubbly, off-white, regular head leaving a rim around the edge and some thin patches in the middle but eventually dissolving into completely nothing; almost clear amberish orange colour with a suspension of tiny yeast bits throughout, becoming a completely cloudy amber with sediment. Aroma of (mildly) smoked bacon, dried orange peel and bitter orange, freshly grated ginger, dried juniper berries, roasted peanuts, cigarette tobacco, chicken spices, curcuma, toasted bread, roasted bell pepper, clove-like phenols and a lot of them, faint strawberry sweetishness peeping through, horseradish. Fruity onset, dried peach, hints of redcurrant, mandarin and red apple, only very vaguely sweetish, more sourish, mineral accents here and there, softish carbo, supple and lean mouthfeel, spicy phenols showing up shyly at first but growing in strength later on. These impressions continue over a smooth nutty malt middle gaining a soft, toasted bittering edge in the end, while drying spiciness and hoppiness add more substantial bitterness, resulting in a medium long to long bitter finish, peppery and leafy with an earthy yeast quality accentuating it especially after adding the sediment; juniper berry- and vaguely clove-like spicy notes rise up retronasally but fortunately not in an obnoxious way. Label does not mention spices so I assume these effects are from a purely phenolic nature and indeed, it can easily be established that this is a very phenolic beer, albeit not unpleasantly so; it is, however, rather unusual and a bit ’untidy’, with a deep hop bitterness and hop aromas almost reminiscent of the old English style IPA... Feels somewhat unbalanced; perhaps some more rounded malt sweetness could make it better, but then, who am I to judge how an ancient Norwegian thirst quencher should taste like... That being said, there is little or no reference on the label to actual historical sources, so I have a suspicion that this is only ’traditional ale’ by inspiration (and some extent of imagination), and not so much from a truly ’physical’ and technical point of view. Remains the question: is it a pleasant beer? It has a phenolic character which is all too strong for my personal liking and the deep hop bitterness could be better balanced or more elegantly put, but on the other hand, it has certain characteristics which remind me of Orval, and that works to its benefit, I guess, though it does not come close to that standard. It does, however, speak for a Belgian, in some respects saison-like influence, bringing me back to my abovementioned point of this probably being not too authentically Scandinavian at all in terms of style and pedigree. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.
Baramba (973) - ITALY - MAY 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle. Hazy amber no head. Funk aroma, smoke, saison yeast. Malt flavour, cinnamon notes, smokey, some bitterness
Ktwse (4095) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy copper with a finger of white head. Aroma of smoke, floral notes, light peat. Taste is sweet and smoky with a peaty finish. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.
alteregoo (980) - POLAND - APR 22, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bardzo obfita, drobna, biała piana, która ochoczo sama wychodzi z butelki jak i ze szkła. Barwa bursztynowo czerwona, mętna, intensywnie uwalniające się drobne bąbelki. W aromacie sporo jabłek, gruszek, winogron i ogólnie białych owoców z siankiem na końcu - baaardzo przyjemnie. Smak półwytrawny, jest lekka kwaskowość porzeczkowa, delikatna słodycz moreli, skórki od chleba i czerwony pieprz na finiszu. O ile aromat bliższy białym, o tyle smak bliższy czerwonym owocom w połączeniu z belgijskim Saisonem. Goryczka niska, przyprawowa. W odczuciu drobniusieńkie, intensywne nagazowanie, posmaki ziołowe, delikatne funky i mineralność.
Bardzo złożone, wielowymiarowe piwo. Od silnej owocowości w aromacie, poprzez niewielką kwaskowość, słodowość, estrowość i fenolowośc w smaku, do zagrodowych, lekko dzikich i ziemistych wtrętów w afterteasie.
AnG_BrgNor (531) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 12, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske. Spesiell øl. Aroma og smak er litt røkt, som røkt spekekjøtt eller kaviar. Vanskelig å si, bacon kanskje? Som sagt ganske spesiell. Mange elementer.
harrisoni (17337) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Thomas Tallis Canterbury. Haze amber orange colour lasting ivory head. . Belgian ale? Toffee. Smokey hefe aroma. Its full toffee banana in the mouth some sweetness. Just a very interesting beer. Bizarre. Herb.
metalspice (687) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Uklart karamell brunt med skum som forsvinner fort. Lukten er preget av røyk,torv og lett frukt. Søt røyk og karamell i smaken. Medium munnfølelse.