Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Belgian Ale
Grimstad, Norway


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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Editor’s note: Originally launced as bottle conditioned Kos på Groos as a festival beer for the Skral rock/pop festival in 2008. Spring 2009 it was relaunched as Blonde, tap only. For the Free Port Days in Kristiansand June 2009 it was sold bottle conditioned once more, this time with an extra addition of Cascade hops, under the name Porto Franco. Released on bottle as Blonde January 2011.

On the label of Kos på Groos: Kos På Groos nytes best avkjølt i sola mens man opplever god musikk. Den lille festivalen med det storet hjerte og Nøgne Ø går sammen for å lage sommerens store ølnyhet. Kos På Groos er et sommerlig og lyst festivaløl av anerkjent Nøgne Ø kvalitet.
Vi sees på Groos for litt kos i sommer. Vel bekomme.

On the label of Porto Franco: Øl har lange tradisjoner til sjøs. I et kosthold med mye salt var øl en vanlig tørstedrikk. Det holdt seg også bedre enn vann når reisen ble lang. En sjømanns liv var fullt av prøvelser. Urent farvann, sjørøvere, storm og stille kunne gjøre reisen lang og farlig. Kostholdet om bord kunne ogdå være en utfordring. På 1500-tallet ble øl varmet opp og tilsatt krutt når mannskapet hadde behov for en skikkelig oppstiver! På denne tiden var det vanlig at 20 mann delte en tønne øl i døgnet.Det utgjør ca 6,5 liter pr mann. Porto Franco og Nøgne Ø anbefaler et langt mer moderat inntak. Et lite glass godt øl nytes gjerne sammen med gode venner en varm sommerdag.

English:Blonde Ale is refreshing anytime, but especially after working outside om a hot summer day.Serve at 6 degrees C and pair with seafood and other light meals. Nøgne Ø ales are bottle conditioned, so pour carefully if you do not want to disturb the yeast sediments in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (13502) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2012
Big time gusher. I had to pour three glasses of foam before getting any beer. By the time it was done I had less than half the bottle left. Cloudy yellow with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, yeasty and fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and mdoerate bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. Way too carbonated. Clearly something wrong with my bottle. 110312

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mortlach (1237) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 3, 2012
03/03/2012 Brasserie 4:20 (tap). Dorata, lievemente torbida, schiuma bianca morbida, abbondante e persistente. Al naso ha una bella luppolatura caratterizzante ma per nulla eccessiva, note malto, lieviti, spezie. In bocca è bilanciata si, ma assolutamente modesta, non sa quasi di niente, sembra una birra annacquata. Corpo medio-basso, carbonazione soft. Da dimenticare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bygers (954) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2012
Hazy golden body, white head. Aroma is really hoppy, spicy and roughly yeasty. Flavour has rough yeast flavour, really bitter bite. Very harsh blonde, but good brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ration (2013) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 17, 2012
Tap. Pours cloudy golden. Aroma fruity hops, citrus. Smooth all the way. Thin palate. Soapy feel. Not Bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tmrmwel (1231) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours a light hazy light yellow, with an enormous head. Aroma is a bitter grapefruit and lemon, lightly spiced, with notes of hay/ grass and yeast. Taste is orange peel, spices and zesty hops. Finishes of with a long bitter orange peel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cunningham (5421) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle from Ica Halden, Norway (probably my favourite beer in a norwegian grocery store!). Light hazy yellow colour with a white head. Fruity and a bit citric nose. Lovely fresh flavour with a nice mix of citric hopps, fruitiness and nice moderate sweet malt background

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogbomb (1021) - ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2012
On tap. Hoppy zests being ridden by solid malts. Slight biscuity wheats. Pleasant bitter finish and mouthfeel. Sweetness is pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Psytron (1546) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
Light ambery colour, like Hoegaarden. Citric aroma, also some fruits. White head. Beer with attitude.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RuneStumo (2370) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2011
31.12.2011. 0,5l Bottle. Batch 666, BB 27.07.2013. Ica Syre, Karmøy. Happy new year!! Blonde yellow colour with white head. Very lively carbonated. Hoppy aroma with lots of aromatic hops. Flavour is wheaty with very refreshing hopping. Notes of pine and juniperus. Lasting bitter aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (7424) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2011
50 cl bottle. Batch #666. Brewed on 27.07.2011. BBE 27.07.2013.
Originally rated on 20110712.
Pours hazy pale golden colour with large foamy head. Aroma of grass, lemon, apricot, some soapy notes, distant herbs, mild yeast, floral notes and earth. Flavour of citrus, yeast, herbs, apricot, dry hay, mild spices and mild grain. Very crisp with bitterness, dry palate. Very nice for a low abv brew.

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