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


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.

imaragingbull's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imaragingbull (565) - Sydney, - OCT 5, 2013
Draft. Pours opaque deep brown with long lasting light tab head. Big rich aromas of pitted fruits, boozy toffee, rum, chocolate, burnt toffee, figs, prunes, anise. Full rich boozy body, warming malt character, nice yeast profile finishing complex malty and lightly chalky on the finish, not so lingering

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PetesBeers (17) - 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 (847) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nilsas (974) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maneliquor (2786) - 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danev76 (113) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esp0r (1752) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Simonsen (542) - NORWAY - MAR 8, 2014
Flaske fra cafe sara. Klar mørk karamellfarge. Smaker malt, rødvin, tre, gjær., krydder. En kompleks smkfull øl. Kanskje enda bedre enn aurora australis

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inbreak (1526) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 14.02.2014, 0,33l bottle shared with Palme @ Café Sara:
Small creamy shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, dark malts, licorice, oak, mild bourbon, cocoa, coffee, red berries, grass, hints of vanilla. Taste is slightly dry boozy, mild bourbon, oak, raw licorice, coffee, cocoa, dark malts, grass, vanilla, hay, caramel. Longlasting mild bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Nice one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (4019) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Appearance: Deep nutty brown/amberish color with a small tan head.
Aroma: Fruity, vinous and malty. Some alcohol.
Palate: Full body. Sweet and a mild bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Malty, raisins, oak, vinous and fruity. Some alcohol.
Overall impression: Did not feel his was as balanced as Aurora Australis. Heavy stuff.
Personal stats: Bottle from Førtito Bar og Bowling in Sarpsborg, Norway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RuneStumo (2130) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2014
14.02.2014. 0,33l Bottle. At Cafe Sara. Black colour. Very rich. Strong! Malty with lots of malt flavours. Alcohol and dark sweet malts dominates. Very good

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