Gorm (1899) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dunkel mørk rød farve med lyst skum. Lukt av bær, frukt og lakris. Smak av karamell, bær, frukt og lakris.
bierkoning (12268) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Reddish brown color. Red fruit in the vinous aroma. Malty sweet alcoholic flavor. Indeed sake-like, with dried red fruit. Sherry notes. Very low on carbon. Interesting beer.
djoeye (3439) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Near clear red brown nuttish body with disappeared fawn bubbles. Aroma of leafy hops, resin juice, bitter caramel. Tastes birch bark, resin, brown caramel, brown hops and a sunset. Solid body, strong juicy stuff. Juicy finish.
[thanks to lmojoh for sharing, 25cl bottle in a tube]
bartlebier (3347) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25cl bottle, brewed 11/2011, bb12/2016, odd-one-out contribution by bastarda @Outre-Rhin tasting 05/2015, danke. Soggy oddbrown pour. Aroma is an instant under-the-radar education to unsuspecting nostrils: damp wild rice, umami-meaty, smoked trout and algae, contoured by a stonefruity sweetness of old date and fig jam. More umami yeast textures in taste: grilled shiitake mushrooms, both rice-powered sake and vinous plum wine blending in, creating a meaty mouthfeel like charcuterie, woodcured ham/Schwarzwaldschinken and wheat-derived fig puree. Manages to remain dry and smooth despite all that. Quite a composition.
Calisky (2462) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAY 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Freiburg testing - courtesy of Bastarda, many thanks Almuth.
Couleur rouge brune trouble, mousse qui disparait. Nez fort fruits rouges, caramel, alcool, fermenté (le saké?). Gout assez complexe, levuré, fruist rouges, salé, note de viande froide, jambon sec, umami. Bon corps. Bière très particulière, mais a essayer.
bastarda (413) - Freiburg, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
sublte sweetish nose of plumwine and tealike herbs with a hint of oak; tastes drier than to be expected by the aromas, shiitake mushrooms and earthy/woody and even salty notes balancing white grapes, caramel, plums and some forest strawberries. Complex. Landscapelike.
jaghana (5433) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - MAY 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 25cl from Bastarda thanks. A cloudy amber beer, nose is on fig and quetsches. Aroma is on ripped fruits, mushrooms, sweet, licorice wood, flour notes, very complex, unusual, light wet rice notes, salted.
kalervo (1002) - FINLAND - MAY 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pyryn luona 5/2015. I enjoyed this more than the first edition, this was more complex and not too alcoholic.
aleksander9 (1333) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark hazy red with white head. Aroma is candy, red berries, licorice and fruity. Sticky palate. Aftertaste is candy, malt, caramel, licorice, dry and some floral notes. Overall: well hidden abv. Interesting brew, but nothing special. Lacks complexity.
TET (2585) - Kaarina, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch # 741, bottle # 10942, brewed at December 2011, bbe at December 2016, over 3 years old but still years to expiry date. Slightly red, dark brown beer, almost without head. Aroma is rich, strongly fruity with notes of dried and fresh fruits, plums, honeydew, some red and sweet berries, raisins, strong sweetness but not too much. Taste has concentrated fruits and berries, honeydew, herbal bitterness is drying the taste. Strong sweetness but that’s in the fruity form, thus it’s not too much. Alcohol can’t be tasted but it’s there. Full bodied, slippery, only slightly sticky in the mouth. Unique, honeydew fruitness from sake yeast is also in this edition. Charming.