KnutAlbert (5720) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Meny Oslo City.
Very dark red. Rich and complex. Rhubarb, apples, grain. The malt is kept in check by dry hoppiness. A nice take ont the traditional Norwegian Christmas brew.
Gr0ve (2108) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Dark brown and clear. Medium-sized fine off-white head. Dry caramelly aroma. Light roasted malts aroma and flavour. Classic Belgian yeast flavours. Light bodied and dry. Lots of caramel and candy sugar syrup flavours. Very nice. A classic Belgian trappist-like beer in 4.7% abv clothing. Thanks, Bjørn.
ERB92 (133) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dried fruits and a hint of red wine in the aroma. Dark red-brown colour with a off white head. light sweetness and light bitterness. Light body with a average carbonation. Overall OK, but not to exciting.
ClubGonzo (3440) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Matkroken Natland, Bergen. Pours a deep hazy nougat-hued amber body with a small off-white head. Nose is mild banana and sugary chewing gum notes with hints of grainy malts far in the back. Taste is white (generic) chewing gum, banana, cloves and hints of candi sugar and bready malts. Light body, medium carbonation. Despite it’s recent award for best Christmas beer in a major Norwegian newspaper, I can’t really say it does it for me - the sweetness profile is far too dominant and sugary, and in my opinion it should be in the "Belgian Ale" category rather than the current.
gunnar (4738) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours light hazy brown with a small tanned head. Aroma is fruity, zesty fresh, dark fruits. Taste is moderate sweet, light spiced, lingering sweet/spicy.
Holmen2 (294) - NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
From bottle. Cloudy brown. Dark caramel, roasted malts and overripe bananas in aroma. Similar taste. Short aftertaste. Unfresh.
Sigmund (4665) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared 330 ml bottle at local tasting. Cloudy brown colour, moderate to low off-white head. Malty aroma, notes of caramel and Christmas spices, including anise. Thin mouthfeel. Medium sweet and malty flavour, moderate notes of Christmas spices and caramel.
abemorsten (2430) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 Bottle kindly shared by gunnar. Puors a clear nut orange body. With a beige head. Wooden toasted caramel and over ripe banana notes. Sweet toasted caramel with fruity and light bitter tones. Medium to full bodied. Light prickling tongue.
Holmen1 (1854) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flaske på RB-treff på Vistenes: fint men kort skum. Forsiktig aroma av brente mandler. Smaken er røstet men samtidig går tanken i retning av overmodne bananer. God, men uten å overbevise.
Inbreak (1391) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 04.12.2013, 0,33l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is kind of neutral fruity, caramel malts, dried fruits, yeast, banana, almonds. Taste is very neutral, caramel malts, hay, yeast, wet grain, hints of banana and almond essence. Medium bitterness. I just can’t believe how this one managed to win one of the so called "Christmas beer tests" (for beers up to 4,7% ABV, aka. grocery store beer) popping up every year. Soooo freakin’ boring!!