espenra (1017) - Kurland, NORWAY - APR 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2013 50cl bottle. Amber colour with a medium big head. Much lighter colour rhan I’m used to from belgian dubbels. Aroma is sweet with notes of bread, yeast and some brown sugar. Flavour is sweet with bitter notes. Notes of bread, yeast, malts and some faint notes of citrus. Malts and alcohol as well. A very nice dubbel indeed.TartuGambrinus (2) - ESTONIA - JUL 23, 2012 does not count
Earlier Rating (Ægir Julebrygg 7.0% (green label)): 11/7/2009 Total Score: 3.4
50 cl bottle at Patricks, batch 117JGB-B. Best before 2011-01-15. It poured a black colour with a medium big off-white creamy head that settled down fast in the glass. Aroma is sweet with notes of malts, yeast and plums. Some hints of pine and chestnuts as well. The flavour is slightly bitter, but in a pine-way, not loaded with hops. Notes of malts, pine, chestnuts and medium dark caramel. it has a short aftertaste.
weak but stable foam. cloudy orange-brown beer. weak malty aroma with hints of cloudberry. tastes like wild apples and good southern hops. creamy aftertaste. full bodied beer for really strong vikings. Zoney (144) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2010
500 ml bottle. Pours hazy golden with a small tan head. Floral taste of good hops. A very nice winter seasonal, a fresh taste compared to the other brews you get in norway this time of the year. Oysteib (112) - NORWAY - JAN 13, 2012
From bottle. Light brown color. Sweet, with slight bitterness. Surprising taste for a Norwegian christmas beer, but very very good. Reminiscent of a Belgian triple. KnutAlbert (6758) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet.
Rich, true to style aroma.
Chestnuts, cereals, bitterness bordering on sourness.
Malty full body, prunes, sour cherries.
ALLOVATE (3048) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2015
Earlier Rating: 11/27/2008 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle at Olympen, Oslo.
Dark ruby beer. Sweet and malty. Christmas spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and prunes, but I don’t think any spices are added to the brew.
A little Belgian style sourish yeastiness, making a sweet and sour dimension in the finish.
Heavy, almost oily. I’d rather prefer this after dinner than with food.
Bottle courtesy of bergstaden. Prost!msalsbury (32) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2014
At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Radiant ruby chestnut displaced by a bad case of the floaties. Head lifts up a good inch and holds; Tight and tidy off white cream that laces well. Complex nose has earthy liquorice, milk chocolate, tar, prunes and dates in sweet syrup, molasses and toffee, peppery spice and just a touch of sherry. Robust, viscous and slightly oily on the palate with soft carbonation making it smooth. Lots of malt and yeast meld together harmoniously. Milk chocolate throughout. Woody, earthy and dusty with ample dried stonefruit and sherryish notes. Sweet upfront, vinous, fruity with a little tang of burnt fruit, hint of smoke and depth of wood. This carries into the oddly warming swallow. Very long and rounded. Hits above its ABV. Has a touch of roasted carob, tar, mace, pepper and vanillin to add to the nuances. I loved this ale. A wonderfully quaffable but warming and complex Dubbel. Disappointed that this may be the only bottle I get to try. Surprisingly good! (50cL, no date stamp, trade from Norway)
Pours a dark brown with two finger thick head that is beige and creamy. The aroma is very sweet, with strong dark fruit elements, caramel, and warming alcohol. The aroma isn’t backed up by the flavor, which is more dry than sweet, and more malty than it is fruity or spicy. Still, a very nice beer. Sigmund (7759) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2012
500 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo. ABV is 7.0%. Cloudy brown colour, huge off-white head. Pleasant typical dubbel aroma, notes of brown malts and brown kandij sugar, caramel and mild spices. Well rounded mouthfeel. Medium sweet flavour, with the same elements as in the aroma. Moderate hops, as normal for the style. Very enjoyable, clearly a beer I’ll buy again. Skinnyviking (9643) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2013
Earlier Rating: 11/18/2008 Total Score: 3.7
500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Cloudy very dark brown colour, big to moderate creamy tan head. Nice aroma of malts, Christmas spices, brown sugar and some fruit. The flavour is malty sweet and rich with moderate notes of spices, dark dried fruits and brown sugar. There is a subtle acidity to balance the sweetness, but the hops are moderate. This is a very nice Yule/Christmas beer, will go better with fruit cake than the traditional Scandinavian Christmas dinner.
Bottle at the courtesy of Rune. Very high and astonishingly long lasting fluffy off-white head. Hazy dark orange brown body. Sweet caramel raisin plum prune aroma. Roasted malt caramel cocoa bitter sweet light spicy flavor with a touch of citrus. Low carbonation. Long spicy and light bitter finish. Lovely. Alcohol level seems just right. Long time ago I had such a nice Norwegian beer. Let them keep coming Rune!stefannilssons (1580) - SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2013
Earlier Rating: 5/18/2012 Total Score: 3.6
Courtesy of Rune. Bottle. High creamy and long lasting off-white head. Hazy brown body. Sweet dried fruit aroma. Highly carbonated bittersweet flavor of dried fruit with a peppery note and a touch of caramel. Long dry and bitter roasted malt aftertaste.
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