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


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RATINGS: 188   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (4551) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2010
Tap @ Naboen, Bergen. Pours a pale, hazy orange body with a thin, lacey white top. Smell is fresh bakery bun with yeasty hints. Taste is grapefruit, orange peel and mellow hop bitterness, with hints of yeast. Light and pleasant, though not outstanding in any way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2010
On tap at the nighthawk diner, Pours very light, one might say blond, with a nice big white head. Tasted twice at the ’hawk, first time nose was really, really sulfuric and put me off a bit, but the second time, the nose was so intensely perfume and floral I couldn’t believe it was the same beer. Lots of flowers, smells like someone had sprayed a perfume in the beer in a good natural way, not synthetic french brothel sort of way. Taste is spicy, with some nice subtle hop notes. Finish is long with a distinct sour twang that is just enough to beg another sip. Really good stuff. Perfect summer beer no doubt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - MAY 2, 2010
Light sweet malty with a hint of vanilla. Same with taste. Medium white head. Bottle. Nice beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14457) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are crisp and clean, malt, hops, flowers, yeast and fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Very easy drinking hop bomb. A crisp finish. Clear yellow. Would love this as a session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (2556) - SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2009
Light, easy, fruity. Works perfect on a hot summers day. Nicely balanced. Drank this on tap at Lompa in Oslo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
abemorsten (3086) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2009
Pours clear yellow with a white head. Aroma of vanilla, clove and bubble gum. Light sweetness and bitterness with an acidic touch at the end. Light bodied. Watery texture. soft carbonation. Easy to drink. (Bottle, courtesy of tarjei 12.12.2009)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6854) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2009
(Draught at Olympen, Oslo, 6 Nov 2009) Golden colour, slightly hazy, with frothy white head. Malty, slightly fruity nose with citrus, peaches and fresh, grassy hops. Malty nose with notes of grass, citrus and a generous, dry bitterness in the finish. Rather light body, mainly dry. Nice, tasty and very refreshing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of yngwie. Comes as "Nøgne Ø Kos på Groos". Pours a cloudy opaque golden with an off-white head leaving some laces. Slightly astringent yeasty aroma - is there some Brett in here?? Medium body, sweet malty and fruity again with yeast and a light Bretty astringency. Finishes rather dry. Usually a Belgian Blond is pretty much one of the most boring styles of this world, but this is certainly an exception. Very refreshing. 201009

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyit (3573) - Vadum, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2009
Unclear golden of color with a white head. An aroma of malt, fruits and citrus. A flavor of hops, spice, bitter and dry texture.

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