Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Grimstad, Norway


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Gresskarøl er en plage å brygge. Mesken blir som en tykk grøt som det tar en evighet å sile av. I denne ølen brukte vi tørkede biter av gresskar. Avsilingen tok 7 timer. Men litt gøy var det likevel!

Pumpkin Ale is a nightmare to brew. The mash becomes impermiable and it takes forever to collect the wort from it. In this beer we used dried pumpkin. The runoff took 7 hours. We still enjoyed it though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (6258) - Halden, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2014
Appearance: Deep nutty color with a fine tan beige head. Nice lacing.
Aroma: Fruity and some spices.
Palate: Medium + body. Slightly sweet and a fine bitterness. Soft to average carbonation.
Taste: Caramel malty, spruce and a fine balanced fruity touch.
Overall impression: Tasty and very balanced. Recommendable!
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget web order, Sweden

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (6119) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2012
On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger (only 1 keg available there, I’m afraid). Cloudy orange-brown colour, large and creamy beige head. Sweetish fruity and vegetal aroma (the pumpkins, I assume), also notes of piney American hops. Effervescent mouthfeel. The flavour is fruity with notes of pumpkins, but is not too sweet. Spicy notes too, decent American hops throughout. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (5815) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
(Bottle, 0.5 l - batch 1481 - brygget 22.07.15 - BB unreadable, at Pikkulintu, 20150919) The beer poured dark brown and hazy. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, sweetness and grass. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, malts, spices, ash and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter. A decent malty brew but harsh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (5784) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle from Den Nordiske Ølhandel, Copenhagen - brown pour with off white head. Aroma and taste is medium sweet fruity and malty, pumpkin, different spices and veg notes, herbal notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nisse666 (5580) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2013
Bottle from SB cons 2013-11-19 Göteborg AR: fruity, brown sugar, when poured little pumkin meat AP: mahogny / reddish body, wee frothy ofwhite head F: heavy bitterness, roasted malt, pumkin meat, melas, citrus

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (5470) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2011
On tap @ Patricks. Hazy, dark orange body with a nice beige head. Quite mild aroma, had to use some time to identify the nuances. I found malt, caramel, spices and some kind of fruit that might has been the pumpkin, but I’m not to familiar with pumpkin aroma/flavor. Flavor is super refreshing fruity, soft caramel, spicy, sweet malt and just a hint of fruit/berry acidity. Fine, well balanced body, balanced in flavor and actually quite complex and very quaffable at the same time. Compared with a few other pumpkin ales I have sampled I like the idea of enhance the fruity flavor from the pumpkin instead of drowning everything behind a big amount of spices. Both fun and very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (5055) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2013
500 ml bottle, brewed in 2013. Brownish amber wit off white head. Aroma of spice, vegetables and roasted notes. Taste is similar, vegetables, spice, roasted and harsh notes. Not too much pumpkin, nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4998) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2011
On tap @ Patrick’s, Kristiansand, only moments before the keg was empty and a lot of people’s smiles faded... :-S Also, it’s my first pumpkin ale AND my first beer at Patrick’s. Weeee! :-D Pours a hazy dark bronze body with a small white head. Nose is caramel, pumpkin, hints of white pepper and wet leaves. Taste is strong peppery herbal notes balanced by deep malty caramel tones, burnt toast and hints of pumpkin hidden way in the back. Not much of it really, but this is still a good beer. Full body and a high carb level which serves well to provide a fresh mouthfeel in what is otherwise a rather sweet beer. A perfect autumn ale; solid stuff from NØ. Too bad the mash was "super stuck", otherwise more people would be enjoying this around the world...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (4945) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2013
Sample at a Systembolaget tasting. Sweet and spicy smell. Similar taste, fairly sweet and spicy. If you have ever had a pumpkin beer before you know what I mean with the spicy aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2011
From keg @Schouskjelleren, Oslo. An opaque brown beer, with a thin sand-colored cream head. Nice smell of sweet-scented toasted malts, rounded spices and herbs, and some fine grassy/earthy hops. Taste is on the sweet side, but it’s a refined and rounded sweetness. The pumkin addition is not overdone, shines trough with a soft herbal and light spicy character. Silky mouthfeel. More than medium full. Spices and a light bitterness linger in the finish. Nice!

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