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Nøgne Ø / Bridge Road Aurora Borealis

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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Grimstad, Norway

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 447   ABV: 14.9%
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Very limited release.
A collaboration brew from Bridge Road Brewers of Victoria and Nøgne Ø of Norway. This is the kind of beer that needs to be enjoyed in the right place at the right time and not necessarily on a Thursday evening watching the tennis. Why? Well, how many beers do you know with the sort of genesis enjoyed by the Aurora Borealis? Along with its sibling, the Aurora Australis, it has been months in the making, months that have seen two batches of a strong Belgian style Quadrupel brewed on either side of the world then packaged into wooden barrels and sent, unrefrigerated, over the seas from one hemisphere to the other. Along the way, a couple of these barrels have exploded too; making this is a rare treat not to be taken lightly.

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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1086) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2014
330 ml bottle Dark brown color. Thin tan collar, touches of lacing. Big, slow ABV legs. Nose is soft peat, whisky, and oak. Raisins, vanilla, and chocolate compliment it well. Barrel is not as forward as fresh versions and booze is more restrained. Quite a good nose though subtle. Taste is whisky soaked raisins, peat, oak, vanilla pods, and toffee. Barrel very evident and still boozy. Good though. Slow sipper. Medium feel, a tad thin but quite tasty. Developing very well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4047) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2014 Bottle @ Apotekergaarden, Grimstad. Pours a deep mahogany brown body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, booze, brown cheese, hints of grains and toffee. Taste is dark chocolate, caramel, booze, burnt sugar, hints of smoke and wood. Full body, medium to high carbonation. Not bad, but it seems a bit boozy and unbalanced in its sweetness/bitterness ratio compared to the Bridge Road version.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
Near clear deep reddish-brown body. A mid-sized tan lace, fading to a ring of bubbles. A refined malty sweetness with fruit tones to the nose, hint of oak and alcohol. Full body, chewy mouthfeel. Big malt base with a rounded sweetness. Alcohol is present, but never disturbing. Wood more noticable in the flavor, comes with a touch of tobacco. Fine tones of dried dark fruits. Balancing bittering hops is lurking under. Long warming, woody and malty-sweet ending. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (2450) - NORWAY - APR 23, 2014
Bottle at cafe Sara, december 14th 2013. Dark brown body with a small tanned head. Massive vinous aroma with raisin, cocoa, mango, pastry and roast. Complex taste of chocolate, rum, mango, brown sugar with a noticable wood barrel presence. Long warm fruity aftertaste. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PetesBeers (30) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2014
Jeez - chocolate, red wine, whisky... an array of flavours, especially on the way down. (Later in the glass) Ok, the law of diminishing returns kicks in. In the end, it’s a wonderful journey, but one is probably enough.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorm (1218) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 2, 2014
Nesten svart gave med lite beige skum. Lukt av mørk røstet malt, lakris, kaffe, bær. Smak av røstet malt, lakris, kaffe, bær, krydder og whiskey. Vinøs. Melkebaren.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nilsas (1426) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 2, 2014
Duft av lakris, bek og kaffe. Dyp mørk brun farge. Lite skum, ring langs kant. Smak av lakris og alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maneliquor (3126) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2014
Tap at Norfolk. Pours murky brown with a small khaki head. Nose shows heavy powdered chocolate with loads of raisins and vanilla. Touch of smokiness with some muscat-like notes coming through. Holy crap it smells enticing. Taste is is complex and utter mouth watering stuff. Thick and sticky caramel and sticky date with heavy raisins and velvety smooth vanilla chocolate. Some tarty berry notes come and go which work superbly. Holy fucking shit this is good. Goes down like a treat with a creamy mouth feel and a kick of heat on the back end which I enjoy. Seriously amazing stuff

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danev76 (508) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2014
Strong choc and caramel malt aromas. Dark brown colour with little to no head. Wow!! Fantastic choc, caramel and peated malt. Great warmth throughout but especially the finish. Med to heavy body with med carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esp0r (1981) - NORWAY - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle shared with Simonsen at Cafe Sara
Pours dark brown with a thin tanned head. Smells of whisky, dark fruits, raisins, dark fruits and oak. Heavy sweet, dark fruits, rasins, port, oak, whisky, excuisite. Very nice silky mouthfeel, well balanced. Moderate bitter finish. Veyr nice Quad; and it’s just as good as it’s sibling Aurora Australis


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