Alengrin (5635) - BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2017
New English style brown 'ale' (or so it is sold) from a 75 cl bottle with crown cap, bought at a Delhaize supermarket. Medium thick, lightly lacing, creamy, egg-white, fairly dense head slowly dissolving in the middle and all but vanishing in the end, over a cristal clear, ruddy bronze beer with coppery hue. Aroma immediately breathes that 'freshly ironed cloth'-like smell of pasteurization, quite heavily weighing on impressions of hazelnut shells, iron (and not in a very natural way), hardened butterscotch but less sweet, minerals, toasted white bread, canned corn, dried apple peel, industrial caramel sauce, dried out tea bags, wet dog, very old dusty peanuts. Very spritzy onset, minerally and souring (over)carbonation, very low in esters, just some basic 'malt fruitiness' vaguely reminiscent of fried apple peel but not much else, subdued sweetishness with a dull sourish edge, some residual brown sugariness but superficially so with no stickiness whatsoever. Stings of numbing carbonation continue over a slick, bit resiny, rather thin, superficially butterscotch-like malt body with sweetish corn-like edges - feeling like a strongish pale lager blatantly simply coloured and flavoured with syrup, which is probably close to the truth. Does develop a bittering toasty edge towards the end (in a notably unrefined, if not harsh way), as well as a hint of a more spicy, 'dried' floral hop bitterness; minerals keep lingering and that 'hot cloth'-like pasteurization effect creeps up retronasally alongside the dried flower-like hop accents. Ends with the same very simple toasted bitterish maltiness and ongoing, quite burp-inducing overcarbonation, and feels a bit thin in the end for a 6% ABV beer; the bitterness - or anything else in this beer, for that matter - does not feel natural at all and acquires an almost plastic-like, 'chemical' quality in the end. I have encountered strongish lagers disguising as dubbels (see the current Leffe Brune), tripels (see the current Grimbergen Tripel) and probably a few other styles, but never as an Anglo-Saxon brown ale - which this beer very clearly is not: this is your ordinary, admittedly above-average-strength generic Dunkel, basically a pimped and syrup-coloured version cast from the old industrial Carlsberg lager mold. I can imagine the unassuming Belgian consumer hesitatingly buying this at the supermarket - and discarding it as being not all too pleasant, thinking this is what English (or even American) brown ale is supposed to be. Another case of mass-marketed, cheaply made foolery, a crime these macro breweries excel at. Avoid, though admittedly Carlsberg has committed worse crimes than this. Probably the most fake brown ale in the world - but as said above, this is more likely a cheap lager of sorts than any kind of 'real' ale ('real' in the literal, so non-CAMRA sense of the word). Kronhjort1996 (57) - Århus C, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2017
Let rustede noter af malt, duften er den samme.
Simpelt udtryk, brun som forventet, medium skum.
light sweetness, lightly bitter,
slick feel, average carbonation, long finish,
Gennemsnitlig brown ale, men sikker heno (48) - - OCT 5, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2017 Bottle. Clear, dark amber color and short head. Roasted malts and caramel notes. Medium but prominent bitterness. Wixie (656) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2017
Semi hazy brown liquid, hardly any head. Sweet aroma of malt. Light body, little bit carbonation. Taste is sweet, with hints of iron. PapaCanard (168) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 7, 2017
Bière de couleur caramel assez aqueuse. Pas de mousse et pas de bulles... c’est normal, ça, pas de bulles??? Bref, à part le petit goût sucré, mais très léger, le petit goût sucré, c’est un breuvage quelconque... plat.
Casper0904 (488) - DENMARK - JUL 31, 2017
Better than most danish brown ales. Al ittle bit more complex in taste and gives a sense of something extra. Egil1966 () - - JUL 23, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2017 A little heavy for just drinking, but perfect for a meat meal, pasta and pizza. jobe977 (160) - Töreboda, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2017
Bottle at Foldingbro, Denmark. Brown with small to medium head. Very nice fresh aroma of caramel and herbs. Taste is bitter and sweet in a nice mixed way. Somewhat sweet finish. Great and tasty - gotta love it! Itzjerm (3074) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2017
Sweet creamy full bodied. A decent nice brown ale. Lots of Carmel sugars. Lasting head. drfabulous (8481) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 10, 2017
Draught at Carlsberg. Thin to ok body with some malt and maybe a taste of chocolate. Meh.