Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 2005 version: On tap. Clear brown with a red hue. Average head. Distinct hop aroma and a little malt aroma. Carbonation level is too high. Beer is unusually bitter, at least compared to last years rendition, which was very sweet, and a lot more bitter than your average Christmas beer. Notes of malts on the tongue with some caramelly sweetness in the distant background. I like this one quite a lot, but as Ive mentioned before, the carbonation level is way too high. 7/4/7/4/14.
2006 version: Deep dark ruby red colour. Clear. Thick bubbly head at the edges, but creamy in the middle. Crisp, nutty. Suffers from being extremely cold as it has frozen characters. Sourish hoppy aroma. Old sigaretts. High carbonation level. Nutty münchenermalt flavours. Red berries. Gentle hoppiness balances the malts. Unfortunately the beer is way too thin and watery for a proper Christmas beer. And I dont think it is just the fact that the beer is served way too cold. Metallic hops and somwhat powdery. Not really a nice Christmas beer. Too much fusel alcohols and fruity characters. Also a bit too thin and the hops are not right.
thebeertourist (5175) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Oslo Mikrobryggeri. Dark brown with a red hue. Head is small. Delicious sweet chocolate and caramel aroma. Flavour is sweet with lots of chocolate and fruitiness. There is good balancing bitterness so the beer remains very refreshing. Medium body, quite fizzy.
Sigmund (6471) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub. Served far too cold. This is a seasonal Yule/Christmas ale. Deep reddish brown colour, hazy. Pleasant malty aroma and flavour with caramel and spices. A bit too carbonated for my taste.