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Ramses Bier Notenkraker

Brewed by Ramses Bier
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Hooge Zwaluwe, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Notenkraker is gebrouwen met gepofte tamme kastanjes, Ahorn siroop en caramelmout. Om de hopsensatie specifiek te maken is slechts een hopsoort gebruikt: Marynka uit Polen. Deze hop geeft een droppige en aardse toets. De hop is 120 minuten continu toegevoegd. Het toevoegen van extra hop vlak voor het bottelen versterkt de hop smaak en geur zonder het bier bitterder te maken. Deze Chesnut Ale bevat uitsluitend natuurlijke ingrediënten.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (6136) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2015
330 ml. bottle sampled @ Drinkers Pub. Lightly hazy amber, patchy head. Nose is overly oily with some Coca-Cola, syrupy, herbal, very oily,…. Taste is very sweet oil, candy, sugar, weird oily nuts, hugely sweet & oily, some oxidation-like notes even (the chestnuts I assume), leaves,… Lower carbonation. Weird, not a big fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (18524) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2015
Bottle at arends nest... Dark brown... Sweet toffee fruit.. Soft malts.. Soft sweet toffee bready fruits

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3674) - BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2015
Chestnut ale (literally) from one of these young Dutch micro breweries, made with actual chestnuts and maple syrup and hopped for 120 minutes on end (where have I heard this before...). Named after the nutcracker, a very rare bird in the Low Countries. Heavy gusher: the bottle had already begun to leak during transport and when opening, almost exploded. Since I was prepared for this, not having too much trust in the recipe, I managed to capture most of the beer in my tasting glass, presenting itself with a completely cloudy, warm brownish burgundy robe and a sticky, cobweb-lacing, off-white, regularly shaped ad very frothy but quite coarse head. Earthy aroma of overripe banana, maple syrup, butterscotch, hazelnut paste, cashew nuts or indeed chestnuts, raw red cabbage, cooked mushrooms with brown sugar the way my dad used to eat them decades ago, a refined fragrance of honey liqueur, sweet chestnut, pear, white pepper, dried ginger, marmelade, dried flowers, some hints of male aftershave and varnish (in other words: a lot of phenols!). Crisp onset of fruity esters but less strong than expected, hints of dried red berries, dried banana and apricot, restrainedly sweetish and dito sourish, suffering from overcarbonation, numbing the tongue and distracting from the actual flavour. Middle phase is pleasant, though still overcarbonated; I get a caramelly and very nutty maltiness first, toasted with spicy yeasty notes above and a clear chestnut ’dry sweetness’ intermingled, of the kind I remember from when I was a child; finishes with a continuing maltiness but also in a fairly powerful hop bitterness providing balance against the initial sweetness and showing a peppery, earthy, ’noble’ character. Alcohol remains hidden and a nutty maltiness remains, well-balanced with spicy hops. The chestnuts are noticeable here, more so than in the few other examples of this particular ’fruit’ beer style I had - and in this case, they work very well together with the nutty malt character of the basic beer. The hops provide enough balance against the sweetness, or even a bit too much: I wonder if this beer would benefit from a tad less hop bitterness. Too bad for the gushing, which is always a bit of a disappointment, but otherwise, this is interesting, more refreshing than expected and quite fulfilling, making me curious to find out more about this Ramses range (also because of the - usually - zoological themes on their labels, a weakness of mine). Still lacks refinement, though: strong gushing is often paired with an overdosis of phenols, and that is no different in this case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (6139) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2015
330ml Bottle - Dark brown with a foamy head. Raisins, marzipan and nuts in the aroma. Nutty and slightly sweet taste with nuts, raisins, caramel and maple syrup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23682) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Bottled. Hazy orangeish pale brown colour with a big off-white head, that leaves some lace, and sticks for quite a while. Aroma is fruity, some spicy, syrupy and mild toffeeish notes. Flavour is rather sweet malts, some spices and mild yeasty and ripe fruity notes to it. A bit on the sweet side of things, but still somewhat wellbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LomYst (669) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2015
Caramel, brood, heel lichtjes notig vooral in het begin, beetjr rogge achtig... goed gebalanceerd bitter zoet... zeer drinkbaar... lekker maar zowel de marynka hop als de kastanjes maken zijn niet erg boeiend, kelder aroma

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (7810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 22, 2015
bottle at home, gusher. pours hazy brown, nose is malty toffee, taste is dry, sweet toffee, herbal, fizzy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rikstar (1638) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2015
0,33l fles gedeeld net bryan tijdens het brouwen. Amber tot bruin kleurig met een crème kraag. Geur is hoppig, met een kruidige ondertoon smaak Is bitterzoet met inderdaad siroop in de afdronk komen de aardse tonen en de kastanjes meer naar voren met uiteindelijk drop salmiak. Aangenaam biertje

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (11526) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2015
Bottle. Amber color. Caramel and soft spicy notes in the aroma. Malty caramelly sweet, spicy flavor. Hint of licorice. Maroones. Herbal bitter. Acceptable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Neorej80 (437) - - FEB 1, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Bitter,sweet nutty and banana aroma. Nice dark amber colour, a bit cloudy and some yeast. A bit flat ( Not so much carbonation). A bit sour cherry flavour, yeasty and bitter (pine). Nice hint of nuts. A dry , bitter and a bit yeasty aftertaste. Interesting!

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