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Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø Aurora Australis

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Brewed by Bridge Road Brewers
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Beechworth, Australia

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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
In Norwegian tradition alcoholic beverages are sent across the globe to benefit from the temperature variations one experiences when crossing the equator. This beer was brewed at Bridge Road Brewers in Beechworth, Australia. Maturation took place in red wine barrels on its journey to Norway. Blending and packaging was carried out by Nøgne Ø.

Editor’s note: Brewed at Bridge Road, bottled at Nøgne Ø. Shipped to Norway in barrels previously used for red wine.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shark_Pants (261) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2014
Was warned by the shop attendant at Barny’s that this one is a gusher and he wasn’t wrong. Pours dark murky cola brown with ruby and orange highlights and a huge persistent mocha head. Red wine is very obvious in the aroma, along with stewed dark fruits, caramel and some apple cider vinegar astringency too. Incredible taste - strong red wine, port wine and oak notes, muscovado sugar, prunes, caramel, hazelnut, soy and a light apple cider vinegar. The initial sweetness is nicely balanced by the light acidic astringency and dryness from the oak in the finish. Nice and full bodied. Best Aussie beer I’ve had, simple as that.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3257) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
Brassée le 20.12.12 et meilleure avant le 20.12.17, une bière forte supplémentaire (extra strong beer). Une robe brune-rouge passablement trouble. Un nez de fruits macérés dans le vin rouge et surtout du bois trempé suite à de longues pluies tropicales. Une bouche boisée aux relent fruité et une finale poussiéreuse aux accents astringentes qui gâche tout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (3353) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
(Brassée le 20.12.12 et meilleure avant le 20.12.17) La mousse est éruptive. La couleur est sans doute fidèle au style. Le nez est chocolaté, vineux, acide, épicée et parfumée par les cerises. La bouche flirte avec les Flandres. Présence intéressante de vin, de chêne, d’épices, de caramel et de chocolat. Le corps est crémeux et souple. La finale apporte des notes aigres, des fruits et de la réglisse. Agréable comme tout. Facile à boire. Dans le style des bières artistiques, certainement au-dessus de la mêlée. Merci à Kevin pour la bouteille.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel woody aroma. Fruity malty woody wine spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty weak sour woody caramel finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rollerton (90) - SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle from SB. Pours very much head, when I opened it it kind of "exploded". Wery much wine in aroma, taste is complex with a lot of flavours. A good beer to just enjoy!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (1058) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle, batch 866b. Pour an almost opaque brown with an enormous brown head that eventually settles at finger thickness. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, bread and toffee. A bit like walking down an old vineyard cellar with dark wood and oak, through a nut storage and then a whiff of an old storage room containing old debris like nuts, smoke and some old sailing ship ropes. Which can’t be all that bad. Creamy body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet and massive with roasted malts, some earthy notes and tons of prunes, figs and dark fruits, as well as muscovado, soy sauce and dark chocolate which overall makes it a bit too sweet.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
vancurly (1) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2014 does not count
Tasted first at the brewery, then at home with some takeways. For mine Australia’s finest offering at present, and enough for me to sign up to this site and start proselytising. The profile is profound. The aromas jump from preserved red berries to wooden barrels to empty red wine bottles. Ideally consumed in a Chesterfield lounge, in slippers with a faithful retriever at your feet. But a warm Sydney spring day is still good. Flavours expand on the nose. Dry porcini and Christmas cake. Kinda the way your mouth would feel after a day in Rutherglen. Great collaboration. More please...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
25 cL bottle from the Kensington Wine Market in Calgary, served In a chalice. The nose has big molasses and oak, along with toasted malts, raisins, figs, and a hint of tart fruit. The flavour is medium sweet with molasses, oak, figs and roasted malts, along with a hint of sour cherry in the finish and just a touch of salt. The finish is long and roasty with tart fruit and oak. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall a great oak-aged quad with just a hint of sour fruit. 2014-09-28

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5821) - Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2014
250 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks DuffMan). Looks good for the style; a murky dark amberish brown with foamy light beige head. Smells good too; dark pitted fruit, Belgian yeast, and oak with a spicy vinous presence. Tastes like it smells with a dry, vinous mouthfeel. A great example of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Well prepared after hearing stories about this beer developing a wild carbonation I chilled it to about 1c and opened it outside. A bit lively, though luckily didn’t spray all over the place. Dark red to brown body, pretty big offwhite head, could clearly have cauesd a mess had it been warmer. Aroma of cherries, roasted malt, wood. Taste is slightly sour, though a sweet toffee presence keeps it in balance. Tart berry and yeast notes, red wine, coffee. Nice thick body, warm sweet slightly sour aftertaste. A really nice one.


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