Granås Gård Hegra Maltøl

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Brewed by Granås Gård
Style: Traditional Ale
Hegra, Norway


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Editor’s note: ABV fluctuates. At least between approx 4,7 and 6% ABV. This is real farmhouse beer!

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MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Wooden smoke (alder + juniper) wafts over tropical fruitiness and light caramel, while massive rustic earthiness commands this Stjørdal-style Maltøl.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is barely a ring of foam around the cloudy reddish brown.
-The fruitiness is reminiscent of banana and guava.
-Mouthfeel is relatively dry, lean.
-The smoky return is met by a smidgen of tartness.
-I presume this is to be drunk as fresh as possible from the brewery.
-For smoke beer lovers, this is bleedin’ memorable!

PET bottle from the farm.

larsga (7509) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2014

First rating: No head. Hazy deep amber body. Smoky campfire and juniper aroma with buttery caramelly lingonberry notes. Sweetish strong campfire smoke and banana taste with juniper and lingonberry notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, smooth mouthfeel, kind of light and mellow. Sweetish buttery campfire smoke aftertaste with earthy mealy lingonberry notes. Some acidity in the background, not clear if it’s meant to be there. The taste and feel of camp fire ashes lingers, as does a buttery flavour. Extremely interesting, and quite challenging. Weirdly drinkable. Wow. (0.75l PET bottle, shared by KnutAl, and brought here by David and Bernt, to whom much thanks. This bottle travelled around a lot and was opened several times before I had it. Therefore not giving this rating much weight.) 6,3,6,3,13=3.1

Second rating: Small beige head. Hazy opaque reddish brown body. Alder smoke and banana-like fruit aroma with barnyard and roasty rubber notes. Sweetish fruity wild berry taste with smoky juniper notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, flat mouthfeel, leaves a sharp, prickling sensation in the mouth lingers for a long time. Sweetish fruity, wild berry aftertaste with long lingering smoky ashy juniper notes. The ash kind of settled in the mouth. Hardly any bitterness, except the juniper. Very, very interesting. Strong flavour, massic character, still very drinkable. Rough and rustic. (1l PET bottle, fresh from the brewery, tasted the same day.) 7,4,6,3,14=3.4

OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2012
Growler. Thanks to David L. and beeroverwithme for bringing it down south and passing it over to KnutAlbert, who in turn passed it on to larsga. And thanks for what was left, larsga! This is probably the most ’traditional’ beer possible to find in Norway. Brewed in small quantities, only by a few farmhouse brewers, in remote parts of the country. The beer appears cloudy, dark amber colored. No head, no carbonation either (due to the long journey in a plastic bottle). Rich aroma of peated and sweet caramel-scented malts. Pretty nice smoke character, rounded and gentle. Sweet-flavored. Sugary caramel with a well prononced, genuine malt flavor. No bitterness to speak of, but fine smoke tones a light stingy fruity-acidity is there to beef it up. Juicy and mellow in the mouth. Probably much fresher with the co2 that went out during the roadtrip. Sweet, acidic, light smoky finish. This is the real thing. I love it, and I hope I’ll get an opportunity to taste it fresh from the source.

hcalsos (205) - Rælingen, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2012
Tasting @larsga. Amber color, sweet aroma with smoke. Juniper, ash, sweet with a delicate sour hint. Dry mouthfeeling. Definately one of the more interesting beerstyles i have encountered. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2012
Summer version, brewed early June 2012. Hazy amber. Smoky nose. Bittersweet, intense fruit. sourness. The smoke is more evident in the aroma than in the flavour. Sourish finish with a little yeast.

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