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


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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7262) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2011
Bottle.Pours cloudy golden with a white head.Aroma is citrus, subtle spices, herbal and floral hops.Flavor is sweet and bitter with some floral and citrus notes.Medium body, average carbonation.Nice refreshing and flavorfull beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (7680) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2011
500 ml bottle. Batch #591, brygget 14.02.2011, BBE 14.02.2013. Rated @ 22.5.2011.
Pours a clear yellow colour with a white, lacy head. Aroma of wheat, citrus and hops. Flavour of wheat, grassy hops, fruits, camomilla and some caramel. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a dry, hoppy, fruity finish. Highly drinkable for the upcoming summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (3473) - FINLAND - MAY 18, 2011
Bottle 50 cl. Poured hazy golden in colour with fluffy whitish head. Spices, yeast and citrus in aroma. Light hoppy bitterness and citrus with wheat in flavour. Saison meets weissbier. Very tasty and great beer for the summertime. Finish is just a bit grassy bitter with mild spicy hints. Great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (16417) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 8, 2011
Hefiger, wenig süßlicher Antrunk. Dabei passend bitter, der Hopfen bleibt permanent im Hintergrund. Trotz der Bitterkeit wirkt das Bier weich, die Hefigkeit sorgt mit dezenten Kräuternoten für die passende Würzigkeit. Trocken, dennoch süffig, mit der Zeit ausgewogener. Die Bitterkeit verschwindet, die Würzigkeit wird etwas schwächer. Gelungenes, wenn auch nicht wirklich besonderes Bier. 7/11/10/11/8/11

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ABS (863) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2011
Pours golden. Small head. Not that much taste. Bitterness and carbonation aftertaste. Works well in the sun. Good beer, but probably not worth the extra cost compared to more commercial pilseners etc in the store (that often - sometimes you just want something that is better).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (6253) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2011
500ml bottle from K-Supermarket Kamppi

Batch #591, brygget 140211 - Pours golden with a nice foamy head. Aroma has hints of yeast, citrus and wheat. Taste is somewhat unique and could be described as a mix of saison and a wheat beer, with hints of citrus, banana and spices. Body is quite light, finish is bitter and a bit too dry. Easy to drink, quite straightforward and a nice summer beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - APR 27, 2011
Nose is sweet apple, little sugar, then medium hoppy note, feel is watery, carb is heavy on small bubbles, taste is dry lemon, sweeter malt notes, bittersweet hops,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (15096) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 24, 2011
Draught at MikkellerBAR. Cloudy yellow - white head. Fruity. Orange. Zesty. Bubblegum. Metallic. Citrus. Wheaty. Ok freshness - but not that interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2011
Bottled. Golden coloured. Hazy. Dense off white head. ARoma of sweetness, yeast, some fruits and spice. flavour of yeast, grape, sweetness, fruits. Quite subdued and lightweight. Medium bodied. Grapy sweet and fruity end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1671) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 4, 2011
UPDATED: APR 7, 2011 Slightly hazy, a bit dirty and dull looking light yellow/amber colour. A good sized, white, fully lasting, white head. Good lacing. Superb aroma with herbs, flowers, yeast, citrus and honey. The taste is initially sweet, as expected from the sweet honey in the aroma. Being a beer rating novice I often find too hoppy finishes not very pleasant, but the medium bitter finish of this beer perfectly matches the sweetness. Medium body, close to oily texture, average carbonation, beyond average quality! [50 cl bottle, batch 542, from ICA Hasle, Oslo]

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