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Nøgne Ø / Bridge Road Aurora Borealis

Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Grimstad, Norway


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 447   ABV: 14.9%
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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lunkie (1507) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2015
Herbal malt aroma. Murky brown colour. Great head and lacing. Rich malt spiritus flavour. Smooth lingering palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (585) - ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2015
Pours brown, a bit yeasty and hazy because of that (I got the bottom of a bottle). Thin film forms on the beer after the pour. Aroma has some stingy alcohol, whisky barrel, some deep chocolate. Tobacco, strong alcohol. Burning. Nice and warm. Tobacco stays long, also there after initial kick. Body itself is lighter, maybe that explains that strong first sensation. Herbaliquor. Doesn’t carry itself as long as it could. Still good but hoped for a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2416) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle, thanks Jonno. Aroma is whisky barrel, roast, dark fruit. Taste is interesting, roast, booze, dark fruit. Don’t feel the booze, but doesn’t give so much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3620) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2015
Light brown color, big huge whisky nose with some milk chocolate. Very thin body, slight sour with tons of whiskey, with molasses, but honestly not too much depth. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1187) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4431) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (2609) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PetesBeers (37) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorm (1574) - 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.

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