dnstone (2364) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 2, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Smokey aroma. Thick light-tan colored head, murky brownish-red in color. Smokey (too much for my taste) with cranberry juice fruity sweetness (also too fruity and sweet for me).
Kronebryg (1124) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
red, brown, cloudy, minimal head
Cranberry, raspberry, strawberry nose
lightly sour, medium sweetness, clear cranberry tastelively, oily feel, medium body,
suprchunk (2600) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very murky brown. Huge cream-colored head that drops a little and leaves a nice lacing. Very murky.
Sour. Little bit of maltiness. Not much nose to this one, which is strange considering the cranberries and oak that is purported to be in here.
Very bourbony. Little tart. Sweet with malt. The cranberries start coming out after drinking for a bit and the oak (read: bourbon flavor) starts to mellow.
Cloying. Not much, but the sugar sticks to the corner of your mouth and you have to lick it off every now and then. The oakiness starts out heavy, but mellows as you get used to it, but the tart from cranberries picks up where the oak leaves off.
Not bad. The oak seems to stick around in your mouth for a bit afterwards. But you canít ding a beer for that when itís in the name.
Borup (7876) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011. hazy amber colour with a small beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, fruit, and smoke.
ClubGonzo (4724) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011. Pours a hazy, near-murky nut brown body with a small beige head. Aroma is oak, cranberries, hints of pine and black berries. Taste has the wooden tones and cranberry thing going all right, along with hints of smoke, peat and herbs. While this might sound pretty awesome, it wasnít. Weird stuff, and this beer doesnít work too well in my mouth. Some extra points for originality though, and I can totally imagine someone taking a big liking to this.
DutchDrebus (4764) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is a bit sour but not as much as a gueuze. Nice on a hot summer day.
Rasmus40 (13893) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light hazy amber with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, cranberries and wood. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and light acidic finish. 270511
jesperhammer (3494) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
21-JAN-2011, bottle @home, from "Fish & Beer".
Off course the foam whants to run out of the bottle just after opening. It is a real Hornbeer.
Murky brown with huge beige head.
Aroma is fruity, malty. Taste is fruity, I know it is cranberries, so I recognize them. Slightly sour with quite a bit of brown sugary sweetness.
A dusty woody note adds a lot to the taste. Very belgian in style. Very fine brew. I really like this a lot.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hornbeer oak aged cranberry bastard. On tap at schouskjelleren...
Pours a mostly murky deep toffee brown and topped with thin to medium
off-white head... Aroma of tart, sour cranberry with a little oak and
tart cherry and very light vinegar. Some pale malt in the
background... Flavors are much ofthe same, sourness is a little dialed
down but then a smokiness presents itself midway through. Medium,
pretty full bodied with light to medium carbonation. Nice and
different take on a sour/wild.
Kestral (506) - Ňrnes, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap@Schouskjelleren. A dark, hazy reddish brown, with a thin creamy beige head. This is like smelling a glass of blackcurrant syrup. Itís insane how similar the aromas are to home made blackcurrant syrup. I made a bunch last fall, so this I know. The only thing different is the slightly smoky note on the nose when it warms, along with the oakiness. I havenít really had cranberries a lot, but I guess theyíre similar to blackcurrants. The flavour is just juicy as hell, loads of berry sweetness and tartness, more wood than in the nose, and more smoke as it warms. Well balanced. Carbonation is calm, medium bodied, which I feel suits it well. Itís not a sessioner, itís too sweet for that. Itís not very complex either. It was however a damn good drink that I thoroughly enjoyed, if only for its incredible juiciness and similarity to a berry I very much enjoy.