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


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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
novair (139) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2015
Pours hazy golden with medium fluffy head. Sweet smell, aswell as some pale mat and light bread.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ngeaney (97) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2015
There was a tiny bit of sweetness from the pale malt with some hints of the cascade hops left in the form of citrus aroma and taste. Light yellow with a clear white head. Lots of biscuit, malt and bread in the flavour, did also get some weetabix on the nose which was strange and there should only be barley in this brew?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (6548) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2015
500ml bottle. Hazy golden colour with average, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Minimally spicy, yeasty aroma, fresh, citrusy hoppy overtones, lemon notes, a touch of apricot and mirabelle. Taste is dry, citrusy hoppy, notes of lemon, a minimally grassy touch, slightly bready, pale malty basis, cautious yeasty spiciness. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marstonlad (770) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle from K-Supermarket Kamppi, Helsinki. Pours cloudy light yellow with a big frothy head. I rarely give 5 for an appearance but for this one, I have to. The aroma displays gentle estery fruitiness with a hoppy touch as well; apple, orange and a subtle touch of banana combine with floral hoppy notes and pale maltiness. Taste is initially malty and fruity, later light bitter and in the finish a bit sour. Hay, lemon, grapefruit and floral notes feature. Perhaps not as rich as the aroma suggested, though acceptable with this low abv. Light to medium bodied, smooth palate with a medium to high carbonation. Very fresh and drinkable, perfect for refreshment after workout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niller (1459) - Hammel, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2015
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen. (Nøgne Ø Takeover 24/06/2015). Pours yellow with a white head. Aroma and taste is hops, grass, floral, yeast, citrus. Bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (5577) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2015
Clear, pale blond. A touch of yeast and floral hop in the aroma. Some citrus in the flavour. Nice balance of fruity sweetness and dry, hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (8739) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2015
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen (Nøgne Ø Takeover 24/06/2015) - yellow pour with white head. Aroma and taste is grassy and floral hoppy, yeasty, light herbal, dry fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (17309) - P´Castle, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2015
Fast klare goldgelbe Farbe, fingerbreite weiße Schaumkrone. Geruch süß bananig, hefig, Koriander, zitronig. Geschmack trocken fruchtig, bananig süß, gering Koriander, sehr leichte Säure, gut!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6909) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear yellow pour a fluffy white head, aroma has yeast along with some citrus, taste has crisp citrus, honey, some light wit beer like spices, yeast action.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbonde (316) - DENMARK - MAY 19, 2015
35 cl glass from tap@bar at Aker Brygge Oslo@approx 8 degrees C. Pours hazy yellow with very small and quickly subsiding white head. Malty aroma with clear citrus hop hints. Taste is malty with a touch of yeast and a pleasantly balanced hop. Slightly sweet and bitter aftertaste. Very clean tasting blonde in the Belgian tradition but with low ABV which also accounts for the somewhat thin texture. Very drinkable....

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