Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yngwie. Golden with a slight haze and tiny impurities and a dense, creamy white head. Malty, bready nose. Medium body, pure, clean maltiness and a dry bitterness in the finish. Straight. 150610
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled. Golden colour, small off-whhite bubbly head. Aroma is sweet fruity bubble gum, some sweet malts and mild grains. Flavour is sweet malts, some grains and mild carboardy notes.
Sigmund (4820) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet. Organic / bio-dynamic ingredients. ABV is 4.7%. Pale golden colour, enormous white head. Decent aroma of malts and floral hops. High level of carbonation, big bubbles in the mouth. The flavour has also decent malts (from various esoteric grains), some nutty notes, with moderate but noticeable hops in the finish. Tolerably well balanced beer.
yngwie (12721) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. It pours a big, dense, egg-white head head over a lively and hazy golden body. It mostly biscuity grains on the nose, but there’s also a pleasant underlying peppery fruityness from the hops. Some yeast hints blend in too. The flavor has a pleasant peachy, citrusy fruityness as well as a wheaty maltyness. Quite dry, and with sufficient bitterness. Medium body, a bit heavy on the carbonation. A rather short finish concludes the whole thing. There’s bitterness, citrus, pinecones and some maltyness in the finish. A beer that surprised me, in a postive way, as I wasn’t expecting much from it. 100515
Beer4000 (4328) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 26, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle. Slightly hazy golden body with a big frothy off-white head. Aroma is light fruity and slightly spicy with a hint of acidity. Flavor is light malty and a bit sweet for a pilsner type beer, there is also some kind of matured or ripe fruit, slightly fruity acidic, spices, yeast and traces of an unpleasant rubber flavor. Medium body, still a bit neutral even if there are some odd flavors here. Not really bad, but still not my kind of beer.
Rune (7361) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 25, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle from bestillingsutvalget, Vinmonopolet. Gushing, soapy white head quickly reduced to a few small patches on the surface. Unclear, golden body. Lighter smell of wheat and late banana. Herbal fruity flavour supplied by wheat and sweet grain. Modest hints of acidity on the swallow. A mild, semi-refreshing and half way interesting beverage (Tromsø, 24.04.2010).
Finn (3759) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 7, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske 0,33 l fra bestillingsutvalget til Vinmonopolet. Gylden på farge. Litt uklart. OK skum som imidlertid flatet nesten helt ut. Dempet aroma med innslag av søt frukt og litt gjær. Smaken er behagelig: Avrundet & maltpreget. Svakt syrlig bitterhet etter hvert. KI=6
larsga (5965) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big offwhite head. Hazy yellow body with fast carbonation. Sugary tropical fruit aroma with mealy sulphury notes. Dry-sweetish earthy fruity metallic taste with mealy notes. Fizzy mouthfeel. Fullish body. Dry metallic hoppy earthy aftertaste. Very unusual, but harmonic and full of character. Completely unexpected. (0.33l bottle, wine monopoly.)
ClubGonzo (3520) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brand new stock from Vinmonopolet, although I see that the first rating dates back to 2008... Did no-one have this beer in between? Very strange. Anyway, this "primal" beer pours, acts, looks and smells like a lager variant - light malts and medium hoppiness - except for the nice, cloudy yellow body. Taste is also very pilsner/lager-like; only a touch of cereal and citrus gives a nod towards the hefe tradition, which is no wonder: the hefe-weizen has a lot of these flavors simply due to the fact that it’s unfiltered, which is the case with the Meinklang Urkorn-Bier as well. Palate is a bit watery, and I think this would have been much better at just 1 % higher ABV. There’s also something about the way it is hopped that doesn’t break out that big drinkability factor either. All in all, it’s not very interesting, and I think this is a real challenge for all the eco-beer makers out there: your beer (generally) sucks a lot! I’m all for eco-farming and the environment, but it simply doesn’t help if the product is inferior. Sorry, but this is the sad truth: the world will not be saved with crappy beer (or other products, for that matter). :-S
OleR (4609) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
0.33 L bottle from bestillingsutvalget, Vinmonopolet. Big, fine-bubbled sand-colored head. Body is hazy, deep gold with a yellowish shade. Light citrussy hop aroma, Leafy, herbal and light minty notes, either from the hops, or maybe from the ancient wheat varieties... Taste is light astringent and sourish-sweet. Restrained malt body. Notes of flowers and herbs, faint bitterness. Light to medium body. Quite slick in the mouth. Sharpish, light astringent finish. An interesting one, but Einkorn, Dinkel and Emmer is certainly not my favorite grains in a beer.