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


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RATINGS: 214   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2009
<b>Bottle 50cl.</b>
<i>[ Thx to Yngwie ].</i> Unclear medium yellow color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, citrus, grapefruit, moderate yeasty, herbs - coriander. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium to light, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (130908)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40181) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is dense hoppy and coriander spiced. Yeasty too. Flavour is classic wit flavoured with wheat, coriander, yeast and a bit of orange fruity. Ends quite smooth and with a nice orange fruity hops flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34273) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
Bottled. A hazy golden beer with a huge off-white head. The aroma has notes of fruit and sweet malt. The flavor is sweet with notes fo fruit - especially peaches and malt, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (25841) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2009
Draught at Olympen, Oslo. Hazy yellow coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of spices and pine needles with notes of hops. Fruity flavour of spices, hops and pine needles. Dry hoppy finish. A bit watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25258) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2008
Bottled@Chris O Post GBBF Tasting. Golden colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is quite spicy, fruity and herbal with mild notes of malts and yeast. Flavour is spices, yeast, malts as well as some flowery and fruity hops. Not much aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (23336) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 Bottled at Europen Beer Festival, Copenhagen. Hazy golden, small head. Floral buckwheat aroma. Medium sweet with rounded mouthfeel. Slight estery flavour of vanilla and wheat crackers. Light spicy bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (21802) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
20th October 2011
Very hazy gold beer, little white head. Light crispy palate, fairly dry. Minerals. Dry pale malt, pinch of chalk. Mild citrus hop before the dry finish. Okay but utterly standard stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (21124) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle at EBF Copenhagen 2008 ... Hazy yellow ... light fruity bannana wheat nose ... Light gentel fruit wheat (though is see its a belgian ale)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18229) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle at home in London - picked up from Utobeer. Pours mostly clear yellow-gold with a large, thick white foam head. The nose has notes of tangy lemon, sourdough bread, mild Belgian yeast, hay. Light to medium sweet flavor with slight spicy yeast, some lemon rind bitterness, pale doughy bread, faint plastic, dirty hay. Light bodied with average carbonation and massaging texture. Simple finish with doughy, bready pale malts, some citrus, orange juice, minimal bitterness. Basic Belgian sessioner.

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