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


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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorm (1802) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2013
Lys gyllen farve med hvitt skum. Lukt av sitrus og malt. Smak av malt, og sitrus. Supermarked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (8316) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2013
Sample at DØE 2013. Hazy yellow colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, hops, citrus, herbal, yeast, hops and coriander.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElDesmadre (2279) - Mikołów, POLAND - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle, traded with Cunningham. Light, crisp and very high on aroma. A coriander-like yeasty spiciness merges with fruity notes of mandarine, apricot and peach, followed by honeyish hints. The coriander spiciness and citrusy notes coupled with the light body invoke some reminiscences of a witbier while drinking. It finishes with a strong, grapefruity bitterness and releases some hints of camomile as it warms. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andy_ (1000) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2013
Hazy orange beer with a huge head dissolving to a permanent layer with lacing. Aromas of of grainy malts, belgian yeast and some crisp fruitiness. Taste is mostly malty and grainy, almost like a pils with some belgian yeastiness. As it warms up, some citric fruity flavors come out. Quite thin body with little to moderate bitterness in the finish. Pouring in the yeast makes the beer completely opaque and adds a bit tastiness, but brings a slight metallic sidenote.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nilsas (2441) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 13, 2013
god lukt a citrus, lite skum. litt uklart øl. frisk god smak av citrus. Et godt øl i sommer varme dager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlackerMads (2226) - DENMARK - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle. Hazy/unclear pale yellow with a small white head. Light fruit esters, dry grass, hay, citrus, coriander. Taste is light/medium sweet and light bitter. Light/medium body, watery/oily texture, medium carbonation. Refreshing, but not that interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle - 500ml. Hazy blond body with an average white frothy head. Fresh malty/hoppy aroma with coriander and flowery hints. Its well balanced taste is slightly dominated by hoppy flavors. It carries herbal and citrusy notes. Ends with a decent bitter/herbal finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inbreak (3004) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Old rating rerated 10.06.2013, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly fruity, light malts, hops, flowers, citrus, grass, hay, some dried fruits and herbs. Taste is slightly dry, light malts, hops, hay, yeast, flowers, leafs, citrus peel, grass. Medium bitterbess. A nice fresh easydrinking Norwegian grocerystore blonde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brnandersen (2599) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2013
Sample from tap, CBF 2013. Cloudy, golden-orange colour with a small, white head. Fruity aroma with coriander, orange zest, yeasts, citrus and floral hops. Pale malts. Taste is light sweet. Light to medium body, lively carbonation, adds lots of freshness. Finishes dry and spicy with yeasts and sweet fruits. Good, refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garza (572) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - MAR 14, 2013
Pours a golden look with a frothy white head. Good aroma with floral hints, spices and citrus notes. Medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, refreshing and spiced taste. Medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation and a short light sweet-bitter finish. Ok.

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