Nøgne Ø / Bridge Road Aurora Borealis

Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Grimstad, Norway


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 447   ABV: 14.9%
Very limited release.
A collaboration brew from Bridge Road Brewers of Victoria and Nøgne Ø of Norway. This is the kind of beer that needs to be enjoyed in the right place at the right time and not necessarily on a Thursday evening watching the tennis. Why? Well, how many beers do you know with the sort of genesis enjoyed by the Aurora Borealis? Along with its sibling, the Aurora Australis, it has been months in the making, months that have seen two batches of a strong Belgian style Quadrupel brewed on either side of the world then packaged into wooden barrels and sent, unrefrigerated, over the seas from one hemisphere to the other. Along the way, a couple of these barrels have exploded too; making this is a rare treat not to be taken lightly.

Editor’s note: Brewed at Nøgne Ø, bottled at Bridge Road. Shipped to Australia in barrels previously used for whisky.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imaragingbull (579) - Sydney, - OCT 5, 2013
Draft. Pours opaque deep brown with long lasting light tab head. Big rich aromas of pitted fruits, boozy toffee, rum, chocolate, burnt toffee, figs, prunes, anise. Full rich boozy body, warming malt character, nice yeast profile finishing complex malty and lightly chalky on the finish, not so lingering

floydian1 (1519) - FNQ, Australia, - AUG 10, 2017
330ml bottle into chalice glass. Cellared for a good 3-4 years. Pours opaque very dark brown with a thin beige head showing a yellowish tinge. Complex rich malt-driven nose has notes of cherries, plums, figs, raisins, molasses, port and subtle dry whisky. Palate is syrupy thick and smooth with a sticky oily texture and light carbonation. Taste shows the malt notes with a sweet finish and a dry whisky-like finish with its alcoholic burn. A real winter warmer to be sipped and contemplated.

Triedalot (2) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2016 does not count
Great beer, don’t know what the folk at bridge road where trying to do. Tasted the Australis, must have had too much hair from that lady looking brewer in it, sour, infected. Compared to this great beer, I wouldent know their related...?

bergstaden (3327) - Røros, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2016
Thank you for this bottle Allovate - Black with a brown head that goes away fast - Good aroma of malts, dark fruits and some woody notes - Good dakr malt body with charred wood barrel flavours with some alcohol heat and there is some dark fruity tones there as well - The malt, dark fuirty tones and wood barrel goes into the finish with a nice alcohol heat - This was real good

NBird (626) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2015
From the cellar.. 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. VS 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.

Lunkie (1965) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2015
Herbal malt aroma. Murky brown colour. Great head and lacing. Rich malt spiritus flavour. Smooth lingering palate.

jinroh (2462) - ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2015
Pours brown, a bit yeasty and hazy because of that (I got the bottom of a bottle). Thin film forms on the beer after the pour. Aroma has some stingy alcohol, whisky barrel, some deep chocolate. Tobacco, strong alcohol. Burning. Nice and warm. Tobacco stays long, also there after initial kick. Body itself is lighter, maybe that explains that strong first sensation. Herbaliquor. Doesn’t carry itself as long as it could. Still good but hoped for a bit more.

shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle, thanks Jonno. Aroma is whisky barrel, roast, dark fruit. Taste is interesting, roast, booze, dark fruit. Don’t feel the booze, but doesn’t give so much.

TimE (6273) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2015
Light brown color, big huge whisky nose with some milk chocolate. Very thin body, slight sour with tons of whiskey, with molasses, but honestly not too much depth. Not bad.

fletchfighters (1604) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2014
330 ml bottle Dark brown color. Thin tan collar, touches of lacing. Big, slow ABV legs. Nose is soft peat, whisky, and oak. Raisins, vanilla, and chocolate compliment it well. Barrel is not as forward as fresh versions and booze is more restrained. Quite a good nose though subtle. Taste is whisky soaked raisins, peat, oak, vanilla pods, and toffee. Barrel very evident and still boozy. Good though. Slow sipper. Medium feel, a tad thin but quite tasty. Developing very well.

ClubGonzo (5683) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2014 Bottle @ Apotekergaarden, Grimstad. Pours a deep mahogany brown body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, booze, brown cheese, hints of grains and toffee. Taste is dark chocolate, caramel, booze, burnt sugar, hints of smoke and wood. Full body, medium to high carbonation. Not bad, but it seems a bit boozy and unbalanced in its sweetness/bitterness ratio compared to the Bridge Road version.

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