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Brewed by Ringnes Bryggeri (Carlsberg)
Style: Doppelbock
Oslo, Norway

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
2fat2fly99 (3) - NORWAY - DEC 23, 2002 does not count

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hallstein (138) - Skogn, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2014
Was lucky enough to taste a 2002 bottle of this lovely brew. It’s not beer at all. Reminds me a lot more about port wine or good sherry. Loads of dark fruits, sweetness and christmas spices as anise, cinnamon, allspice etc. Carbonation is still present, but the beer is incredibly smooth, and the alcohol cannot be tasted what so ever. Delicious brew! (The most smooth beer i’ve ever tasted, hands down.)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ArthurII (2) - NORWAY - OCT 5, 2004 does not count
Quite different from most other norwegian beers, this dark beer is rich on taste, sweet and bitter at the same time, and absolutely one of my favorites.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gladstone (23) - NORWAY - MAR 24, 2006
Maybe the best beer ever made in Norway and by far the best beer ever made from Ringnes (at least in my years) Beautiful dark colour and lots and lots of aromas. Ringnes should be proud of this excellent beer

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holmen2 (1146) - NORWAY - MAR 11, 2014
Dark brown qith a hint of ruby. Good beige head. Aroma of prunes, raisins, dark caramel and port. Similar taste and full mouthfeel, Liquorice. Soft caronation. An absolutely wonderful Doppelbock!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sigmund (5262) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2002
Brewed for every Christmas since 1999, this year (2002) unbelievably is the first (but definitely not the last!) year I have had this excellent beer. The recipe this year is supposed to be slightly less sweet than in 2001. Dark reddish brown colour, low head, pleasant but initially surprisingly weak roasted aroma (improves as the beer warms up). This is par excellence the most flavourful beer in Norway for nearly a century (between 1909 and 1999 max. ABV was 7%). Not as subtle and complex flavour as Aass Bock, but robust as hell. Roasted malts and coffee abound, Christmas spices and decent hops are balanced by a sufficient sweetness. Alcohol (9,9%) is well hidden. Robust aftertaste. Now THIS is a beer for the big boys! (OK, for big girls too.)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KongKalle (12) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2012
Very dark brown color on the beer, almost black. Beautiful light brown foam. Pleasant to taste, although the hops is relatively moderate.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Humlehode (120) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2014
Pours very clear dark amber with tan head. Sweet malt, caramel, biscuit aroma. Very smooth and well balanced. Is this the best christmas beer? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Laegraid (37) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2007
Tasted 22. Nov -07. But a 2006 bottle. This is a fantastic beer, its very hard to detect any flavors except a sweet maltiness. This do not mean its dull, its the greatest malt taste I have ever found in a beer. You can’t really taste that it is a 9,9% beer, maybe because it is a year old. Overall a very good beer in the winter months

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Foffern (1274) - Bodø, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle at home. 1 year old. Deep golden redbrown with a big frothy beige head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt and some alcohol. More roast in the mouth, towards smoke, along with leather and some dried fruit. Hints of alcohol. Medium bitterness and light to medium carbonation. Medium+ body and creamy mouthfeel. Overall a round and nice christmas beer. Well-balanced with a pleasant fullness in the mouth. A beer cellar classic.


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