alfhansen (35) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle at home. Bought 2 the second one is in storage until next year. That is not because this is a bad beer, but because my spider senses tell me it will be better next year. It is a really good doppelbokk, in fact, one of the most interesting I ever had. The normal earthy, mossy aroma with a hint of mango and peaches. Taste is malty, caramel, dried fruit and black pepper, with the hops following closely to make it very drinkable. Best Ringnes beer I had to date.
Rune (7777) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with friends during a tasting of Norwegian Christmas beers. Deep, dark amber coloured body. Tan-coloured head with a solid stand and that left spotty lacing to the glassware. Almond, herbs and fruity hops to the nose. Spiced fruity taste with apricot, plums, dark honey and almond. Bitter malt-fruity notes with warming alcohol to the ending. Oak dry mouthfeel.Well bodied. Maybe even better after a few years in the cellar (koseklassen, juleøltesten, Tromsø 30.11.2012).
hcalsos (205) - Rælingen, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.33 bottle. Red brown colour with a thin offwhite head. Banana, citrus and caramel aroma. Warm mouthfeel quite bitter with sweet malts og hops. Caramel banana aftertaste.
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tussius (10) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Excellent aromas of oranges, prunes, candied sitrus peel, caramell, toast and ginger. I love the aromas. The flavour of the hops are less well integrated than the aromas, but I believe that’ll improve with age. On a side not it’s a beautifully amber beer with a nice, thick head. It’s really well made.
Gr0ve (2128) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Crystal clear dark copper colour. Small to medium off-white head. Heather honey aroma with herbal notes. Body is surprisingly light and the beer drinks well. Quite bitter and refreshing. Delicate flavours at first, but gets more complex as it warms up. Oranges, black pepper, coffee and spicy hops. Very nice.
thebeertourist (4774) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep red copper, medium head. Nutty caramel aroma. Nutty flavours, a bit sweet, noticeable alcohol. Not very complex, but a well-made bockbeer.
Aaron68 (546) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle shared with friends in a private home in Oslo,November 22,2012
Dark brown in color.Aroma is honey,citrus,malt and a bit caramel.Hidden alcohol.Taste is honey,dried fruits and quite sweet finish.A bit thin and tasteless regarded 10 ABV.I have a few bottles in my cellar,so maybe it will get better next year.
KnutAlbert (6012) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet, a bit tired flavour. Some citrus flavour, too. A hint of barnyard which should not be there. The honey is quite prominent.
ClubGonzo (3951) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared with and courtesy of Foffern - thanks bro! :-) I’m very excited to taste the most unlikely collaboration in a while: macro lager giant Ringnes of Norway joining forces with Brooklyn Brewery’s brewmaster Garrett Oliver to produce a spiced-out doppelbock - what are the odds! :-D Pours a dark nut brown clear body with a small off-white head. Nose is oranges, caramel, honey, malty syrupy tones, hints of bubble gum and fusel alcohols. Taste is overripe plums, alcohol, prunes, caramel, herbs, oranges, hints of pepper and citric peel. Dry, woody mouthfeel. Interesting, and a real surprise. Too young though, I suspect this will be much better closer to next Christmas, and as such I’m keeping a bottle in my cellar for a re-visit a a later point.
abemorsten (2622) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Clear rusty orange body with a white film. Fruity caramel and toasted malts on the nose. Alcoholic, full bodied and syrupy. Caramel and toasted notes and a bitterness that leaves the tongue dry