NORSAND (11) - - DEC 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Small, shortlived head. Medium dark amber colour. Clear.
Nose: Caramel, a little coffee, some hops, a little smokey. Not very rich nose.
Taste & palate: Light sweetness, medium bitterness, reasonable freshness / acidity. Medium body, lively, small bubbled carbonation, pleasant, rounded and medium long finish.
A nice, medium bodied and well balanced Christmas beer which is (off-)dry enough to go with a variety of lighter winter foods. Lacking sweetness, acidity and/or body to deal with the heavier dishes of Northern Europes Christmas time. But extra points for good balance and a certain elegance.
RihardsF (31) - LATVIA - OCT 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bought this few weeks ago to taste. Nice aroma and pretty good taste. Bit sharp aftertaste, could be balanced better. Overall nice tasty beer for the price. Best so far from Valmiermuiza.
Vells (438) - LATVIA - OCT 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best from Valmiermuižas so far. Quite intense roasted malts, some fruitiness, bit sharp and unbalanced
belgis (27) - LATVIA - OCT 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. For a change Valmiermuiža with aroma, a slight, but still hopy. Had a nice foamy head, but it just disappear too quickly. Bit roasted, bit caramel malt. Nice color somewhat suspicious pale darkness. Taste at starts filled with malt tastes, but fast can feel alcohol(7%) normally with other not bottom shelf beers it doesn’t happen so fast. Sharp alcohol taste slowly takes over other tastes and that’s why it tastes a bit cheap. In this sense a bit of a disappointment.
Discore (39) - - OCT 4, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Clear deep brown beer. Slightly sweet, malty aroma. While the taste was acceptable to some degree, for me it was too thick and it lasted for a bit too long, thus becoming irritating. Some people will love this beer, but for me something was definitely off and I consider this as a step down for Valmiermuiža brewery current line of beers.
FatPhil (8114) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap (ALEhouse, Riga, MelnaZiema2013)
Sweet sticky aroma. Slightly sour fruity taste. A bit messy. Slick palate. Kinda-OK dark lager, but a bit dull.
Marduk (1679) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark red or redish brown color. Earthy, somewhat dirty, unclean, malty aroma. Bready, nutty, grainy, malty and moldy flavor. Mouthfeel is somewhat filthy.