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


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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Editor’s note: This edition brewed with Belgian yeast, in addition to other tweaks to the receipe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esox (1114) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2013
Bottled. Dark amber, hazy beer. Thick, creamy head. Spicy-sweet, somewhat earthy and gun powder- like aroma. Somehow reminds me of Swedish snuff: it truly has some of that fermented earthiness, tobacco and spices(cinnamon, cloves?) Dark, roasted malts, dark fruits, a bit of spices. Dry, slightly sour roastedness, a bit of yeast and balanced spiciness in the finish. Slightly thin, of course, but way better I thought. Well balanced ale, would do well with a variety of food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1304) - Bodø, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle at home. The beer is slightly hazy brown color, with a light beige foam head of medium size. Its aroma is malty with a touch of nuts, wood and some dried fruit, berries and roasted malt. The taste is also characterized by much malt, and more of the same from the aroma. In addition I find Belgian yeast. Mouth feel is smooth, and the beer has a light bitterness. A good beer with a great balanced flavor and is rich, but feels more like a solid brown ale, and not so much Christmas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andy_ (779) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2013
Ruby reddish brown, slightly hazy beer with little off white head. Aroma has coffee cocoa and spices (coriander?). Taste is chocolaty and cocoa sweet and woody. Pretty long and smooth bitter, licoricy and woody finish. Palate is thinner than medium but not watery. Pretty high carbonation. Interesting and original but not really my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nilsas (1729) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2013
God duft av humle, malt, krydder og rosin. Mørk brun farge. tynt dekkende skum. Fin smak av humle og rosin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (1855) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2013
0.5L 4.5% brown bottle, from supermarket. Big bright brown head, persistent, making lacings. Brown body. Scents of hops, pine tree, grapefruit, spruce. Taste; lots of hops, spruce needles, juniper, smoked syrupy malts. Underlying bitterness, well balanced, full bodied. Final; roasted malts, smoked chestnuts, trampled pine sticks, dark dry chocolate, coffee-bitter swing. A good candidate in front of a fireplace, or for Christmas evenings. Overall very tastey on only 4.5.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vighals (1422) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2013
Mørk brun med beige lavt skum som ligger godt. Malt og lett karamellukt. Lite søt, salt lakris, medium bitter. Medium - kullsyre. Bitter og salt ganske lang ettersmak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RexTalionis (2618) - FINLAND - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle 50 cl, batch #1026, BBE 09.04.2015. Pours dark amber in color with a tan head. Bit of chocolate, wet old cellar notes and nuttyness in aroma. In the beginning there was something that felt a bit sticky, like perfume or something similar. This faded away quite fast though. Bitter in taste, some bready malty notes and chocolate too in flavor. Tasty brew with chocolate bitterness and mild peppery spicyness in aftertaste. A bit of some harsh notes appears sadly towards the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBaboon (1615) - FINLAND - NOV 3, 2013
Pours dark brown with light beige head. Aroma is spices, malt and caramel. Flavour is spices, sweet, bitter and coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
VastActiv (3084) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 1, 2013
Tap at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Hints of chocolate, spices, ginger? and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
armando629 (2416) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 23, 2013
0,5 l bottle as a gift.
Poured opalescent brown with a medium froathy tan head. Aroma of light roasted-toasted grains, fruity yeast. Easy body, light chocolate and dark fruits, some fruity yeasts. Fine beer but not a very exciting one.

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