Bathory (458) - Kverneland, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thrilled to be tasting this! I really like the fuzz around this one, being brought around the world. Pours a dark brown colour with a typical belgian head. Aroma of dark fruits, pepper, dough, red berries from the red wine, oak and some acidity. Such complexity! Taste is also really complex; lot of the same things, together wine some more sweetness and some more sourness. The oak and the redwine does make more of themselfs here, making such a special and unique taste. There are also some slight alcoholic notes in there as well, but it doesn’t damage the experience that much! The finish is long and acid, in good balance. I love the combination of the classic abbey and the sourness which this beer creates. Full body of course, together with a little fizzy carbonation and a quite soft mouthfeel. Overall, this one is going to be remembered for quite awhile, such uniqness. That’s one of the things I love with Nøgne Ø, they have the balls, the effort and the capacity to make such beers as this. I’m really impressed with Aurora Australis!
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JAN 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A hazy dark brown beer, with a large, frothy, mostly lasting light brown head. Thye aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted dark bread, hint of chocolate), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of figs, raisins, red wine, wood, vanilla, alcohol, some berries. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Full body, velvety/creamy texture, average carbonation. very long finish with light to moderate bitterness, moderately alcoholic. A nice beer, bold, fruity and vinous. Nice experiment.
Pinball (11982) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear red brown smooth brown head aroma of wood red wine funk Belgian yeast flavor israisins wood dark fruits figs faint spicy bitterness , red wine
Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with an beige head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, wine and woody notes. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a sweet and woody finish. Fantastic!
Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At my parents with family. Stefan brought me this from Sweden. Pours very dark maroon with thick creamy head. Aroma is tangy tart, musky, full, huge flavor. Taste is tart, tangy, medium acidity, very pleasant dark sour.
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If the first beer of the new year is an omen, 2014 is going to be a ripper. This well-travelled Australian-Norwegian collaboration has effectively done a round-the-world trip - from Australia to Norway in a wine barrel and back again by bottle. It’s an atypical quad with a hint of De Dolle (as someone smarter than me points out below. I love the De Dolle range, so we’re off to a flyer.) Lovely appearance: walnut brown with a persistent head. Rich aroma with obvious barrel and red wine notes from the barrel maturation on the trip to Norway. Shiraz barrels would be my guess - definite white pepper on the nose. Also present: blackcurrant, ginger ale and sherbet. The sherbet hints at a sour-sweet character which becomes fully apparent on the tongue. There, the beer reveals itself as an extravagant blend of brown sugars and fruity acids. There are sour cherries, turpentine, shiraz, perhaps even white rum. The body is lush and marshmallow soft. I love beers that take my palate into unexplored territory and this is one of those. Exceptional. (250ml bottle courtesy of Allovate of Perth via Bergstaden of Norway - immense thanks to both for the experience. Batch 866B. BB: 20/12/17)
rlgk (18837) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Cloudy dark amber/brown beer with a nice beige head. Vinous fruity aroma, raisins, figs, yeasty, spicy notes, grapes, some banana notes. Vinous fruity flavor, figs, raisins, warming alcohol, biscuits, caramel, brown sugar, yeasty, some spices. Full bodied, with a sweet vinous finish with warming alcohol.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
250 ml bottle. Very dark brown, but clear. Light beige fine head that clings to the glass. Rounded vinegar aroma. Some wood notes. Round malty flavours with quite a bit of alcohol sweetness. Fine carbonation. Wood flavours. Hints of vanilla, but not much. Burnt and charred wood. Interesting beer with some interesting flavours.
NBird (626) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2015 Now 2 yrs old..
Aurora Australis 2013 btl
Looks.. Dark murky brown, creamy and fluffy latte coloured, medium size head
Smells..berry fruitiness of a red wine oak barrel, some caramel, dark fruit and toffee
Tastes..boozy dark fruits and still lots of bright berry boozin was from the red barrel, lingering berry and roasty caramel.
Aurora Borealis I 2013 btl
Looks.. Thick dark murky metallic brown.. No head.
Smells..caramel, rich dark fruits, toasty malt, oak and whisky/alcohol
Tastes..really rich chewy dark malts and dark caramel, toffee and oak and still got it’s alcohol heat.
Rated in 2013..
Looks.. Very far nutty brown, med head. Smells.. Big red wine barrel and some floral notes. Tastes..nutty and dark ale like, some dark fruits, plums and some real red wine barrel flavours.. Good but just a little sweet.
zenkis (812) - Ogre, LATVIA - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vinegardy-fruity, sour-sweet flavor. Significant presence of toasted/roasted malt. Bitter is quite average, more from malt than hopping. Very mild texture, not so yeasty on tongue, medium+ to full body. Taste - sour and light sweet. Pours deep brown with huge brown-yellowish rocky top. Mouthfeel is soft astringent, as old, matured one. Tasty.