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


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RATINGS: 216   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cunningham (6957) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle from Ica Halden, Norway (probably my favourite beer in a norwegian grocery store!). Light hazy yellow colour with a white head. Fruity and a bit citric nose. Lovely fresh flavour with a nice mix of citric hopps, fruitiness and nice moderate sweet malt background

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2012
500ml bottle. smells of citrus - lemons and lime. pours a cloudy yellow with a small head. tastes very fruity - lemon and apples. nice, sweet after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of papso. Pours a hazy amber with a nice white head. Smells of light citrus, dry malt. Tastes dry and earthy wit some wildflowers, a touch of sweetness. This reminds me of Duvel. Mellow bitter finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 2, 2012
A very decent blonde. Golden appearance with good carb. A sharp alcoholic bite. Some wheat, yeast, and spice, possibly cloves. Tried in Norway during the cabin weekend near Fredrikstad, 2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (6512) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle (50 cl) Sundvollen Hotell, Norway. Shady straw golden, medium to large white head. Grainy malt, peppery phenolics, herbal hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry, medium to high bbitterness. A bit XX Bitter-ish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (3505) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (2632) - Kaarina, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2011
Golden yellow beer wtih a big and blond head. Aroma is very refreshning and pleasant, fruitness, lemon, oranges, spicyness and corinader. Taste is also quite similar and pleasant as aroma, fruits, lemon and sourness, spicies and grapefruity bitterness. Quite light to drink, but fitts nicely into this beer. Very tastefull, light and refreshning beer with lots of taste also when cold and with low alc.%, great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 On keg at Bacchus, Newcastle. Pours a cloudy blonde colour with a decent white head. Reminds me of a saision with lemon citrus and pepper characters. Aroma also of caramel, candy sugar, white pepper, hay and grass. Flavours of caramel, little sweet and smoky, mild tar quality and some grassy hops. A little thin with a foamy mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation and a mild CO2 prickle. Peppery lemon citrus linger. Had this again in bottle. Pours a clear blonde colour. Beautiful floral aroma with big juicy pineapple and melon hops. Similar flavours and a nice chewy mouth-feel. Definite lemon and white pepper saison notes. Going to have to up my rating from (737316). Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BottleHound (156) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 22, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 500ml bottle. Hazy yellow with small white head. Aroma is hoppy and spicy. Flavor with wheat, coriander, vanilla and sitrus. Smooth medium bitter ending. Light summer feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerheart65 (1407) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2012
Citrus and pine crisp fresh. Hazy straw yellow with white head medium long. Taste has also bit malting in background. Medium body, soft carbonation and texture. Crisp and bitter. Bitter and dry finish. Nice soft and fresh beer for summer days.

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