tfredvik (1274) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 17, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep brown to copper body with a beige, very long-lived head that reduces to a layer that laces the glass well. A strange and fairly strong aroma of tobacco, yeast and coffee, and fruits and wort in the back. The quite strong flavour is even stranger: pear soft drink, tobacco, artificial candy-like strawberries, sugar, coffee and caramel. An utterly confusing mix of elements. However, the strangeness makes it a bit interesting. Mid-bodied with a moderate carbonation. Moderate sweet taste with hints of bitterness in the finish. Strange, strange, strange.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 7 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Ullevål, Oslo]
ABS (644) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2015
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Sørlandssenteret. Murky brown colour. Average amount of tan head. Wort, caramel, chocolate and roasted malt nose. Thin body, low carbonation. Sweet. Lacks bitterness. Caramel, sugar, wort and some malt flavour.
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Low alcohol beer from Mikkeller, made with different barley malts, wheat, orange peel and coriander - seems like a lot of ingredients for something best compared with a brown table beer. Rocky, off-white, dense and moussy, extremely stable head, colour dark chestnut brown with ruby hue, as good as clear, with some dark bits of protein here and there. Strange aroma, more powerful and more complex than usual for low alcohol beers, impressions of old biscuit, toasted brown bread, coriander seed, iron, stale chocolate chip cookies, caramel, dried leaves, minerals and a faint hint of the dried orange peel. Taste is relatively neutral at first, minerally and metallic, with dried fruits, the dried orange peel creeping in and some brown sugar providing a restrained sweetishness; obviously thin and watery mouthfeel, but clear caramelly and nutty malt profile providing some body; nutty, toasted and even slightly roasted bitterishly malty finish with retronasal coriander effect and a certain amount of herbal and leafy hop bitterness. Difficult to classify, but I’d say this is not far removed from the better - i.e. artisanal - brown table beers in Belgium. Interesting and original and frankly, I wouldn’t mind having this available in pubs, as it enables one to enjoy a credible beer taste and at the same time avoid getting drunk. One of the better low alcohol beers I had so far.
bergstaden (1510) - Røros, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown with off white head - Sweet malt aroma with some caramel - Sweet malt body - Sweetnes goes into the finish - This was ok
Florya (582) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
How: Bottle Appearance: Hazel color, tan head Aroma: spice, brown sugar, fruits Palate: Light body, medium carbonation.
Rune (8823) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 23, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle picked up at Vinmonopolet Tromsø Sentrum. Red-brown coloured body, slightly cloudy. Fair fawn-coloured head with good lacing. Sweet caramel nose. Mid-sweet grain malty flavours flowed by dry, malt-fruity endnotes. Thin bodied. Food friendly. Very nice considering the low abv (Tromsø 18.01.2015).
Lambister (266) - FINLAND - JAN 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Taphouse, Copenhagen. Clear amber color with medium sized white head. Nose has fresh hops and exotic fruits. Taste has lots of hops and citrus fruits. Superb low alc. Tasted 071114
BarnBadger (4) - - JAN 13, 2015 does not count
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Helt ok low ABV. Sötman som lågalkoholhaltiga öl har kan vara lite jobbig, men i detta öl funkar det ok.
grubypawel (188) - - JAN 9, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very hazy dark amber with a rich beige head and bits of stuff floating around (orange zest, I guess). Aroma of nuts and candy. A sweet taste with a strange, but pleasing finish. Really good for an low alcohol beer.
Foffern (1360) - Bodø, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at home. Has a clear, brown colour with a beige head. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, wort, candy, wood and caramel. The flavour is also very sweet and similar with a medicinal touch in addition. Has a strange bitterness in the end. Light mouth feel and bitterness. Is actually surprisingly okay for a non beer but is quite sweet. Works well as a low alcohol beer to Christmas beer.