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Style: Belgian Ale
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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (828) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2012
500 ml bottle. Slightly hazy coppery orange colour, big white head. Sweetish aroma of wheaty malt, fruits, spices and hops. Wheaty-malty flavour, with citrus fruits and spices, and a nicely bitter hoppy finish. Foamy carbonation. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (5629) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2012
50 cl bottle @ home. Batch #616: brewed on 04.05.2011, BBE 04.05.2014
Aroma is quite wheaty with some citrus and hints of orange peel. Flavour has lots of wheat too with some citrus, ripe banana and hints of spices. Palate becomes oily and somewhat sticky towards the end of the glass. A bit weird and stale, but good. Does not feel Belgian, more like Wheat Ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (2192) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2012
Pours deep copper with a high head. Aroma is malts. Flavor is mostly malts with some caramel and alcohol. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dermi (625) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2012
50 cl, bottled. #616. Pours cloudy mahogany with a nice white head. Aroma: Wheat, malt, fruits, banana, hops. Taste: Soft medium-high sweetness, enjoyable bitterness. Slightly roasted tones, yeast. Palate: Medium body, smooth. Average carbonation. Very nice and good drinkablility.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6140) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 50 cl bottle. Batch #616. Brewed on 04.05.2011. BBE 04.05.2014.
Experimental cellaring attempt with this. Age hasn’t been good on this, somewhat toffee-like cardboard is the description I would use. Oh well, now I know better.
50 cl bottle. Batch #616. Brewed on 04.05.2011. BBE 04.05.2014.
Pours hazy amber color with a huge foamy head. The beer was very eager to come out from the bottle as it was opened. Aroma of yeast, wheat, lemony fruits, mild spice notes and hops. Flavor of yeast, fruits, hay, herbs, mild spices and some caramel and banana. Decent.
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6207) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2012
500 ml bottle. Batch #616, brewed on 04.05.2011, BBE 04.05.2014.
Very aggressive bottle when opened, I must say. Pours a beautiful murky and hazy orange amber colour with a small foamy head, which collapses quickly. Aroma of sweet ripe banana, orange, wheat, yeast and some strong sweet toffee. Flavour of sweet malts and wheat, banana, yeast, floral hops, herbal spiciness and sweet toffee again. Medium bodied, quite foamy and thick mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Finishes bitter, fruity and sweet with some yeast. Some similarities with a Weizenbock. Tasty stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esp0r (1973) - NORWAY - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle enjoyed at home
Deep copper, red tinted tanned head. Smells of wheat, yeast, bubble gum and some alcohol. Tons of sweetness in taste, fruity flavors as well, also a heavy malty flavor, nice bitterness of hops, alot of bite in the finish. Quite thick feel, full bodied. A very nice seasonal as usual from NØ

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (3993) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Well I just can’t wait for the Easter ("Påske") holiday with a beer like this hanging around, so I’ll rate this now and focus on the pure enjoyment with the holiday actually comes around. :-) Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy solemn deep golden-amber body with a large, bubbly white head. Nice. Aroma is Belgian ale yeast (saison-like tones, almost), syrupy candy sugar-like sweetness, pineapple, flowers and subtle hints of pepper, citrus and grass in the back. Taste is lovely spicy floral sweet tones, with base pale malts blending in with dark syrupy caramel notes. Some mild citric hints in the aftertaste, most likely on account of the wheat. The hops don’t come out much, other than in the highly balancing of the sweetness, which is beckoning (for a sweet tooth-kinda guy like me, at least) without ever feeling overpowering. Some mild grassy touches in the back, though. Style-wise, this is like a Belgian blonde gone freestyling with the dunkel/bock tradition as well as dipping into the American amber ale landscape. Fascinating. Smooth mouthfeel, complex and yet utterly drinkable - this is the best beer I’ve had from Nøgne Ø in quite a while! :-) A shame the availability is so low for this super-nice creation, let’s hope they have time and space to make this a regular spring seasonal.


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