ClubGonzo (5668) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Well I just can’t wait for the Easter ("Påske") holiday with a beer like this hanging around, so I’ll rate this now and focus on the pure enjoyment with the holiday actually comes around. :-) Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy solemn deep golden-amber body with a large, bubbly white head. Nice. Aroma is Belgian ale yeast (saison-like tones, almost), syrupy candy sugar-like sweetness, pineapple, flowers and subtle hints of pepper, citrus and grass in the back. Taste is lovely spicy floral sweet tones, with base pale malts blending in with dark syrupy caramel notes. Some mild citric hints in the aftertaste, most likely on account of the wheat. The hops don’t come out much, other than in the highly balancing of the sweetness, which is beckoning (for a sweet tooth-kinda guy like me, at least) without ever feeling overpowering. Some mild grassy touches in the back, though. Style-wise, this is like a Belgian blonde gone freestyling with the dunkel/bock tradition as well as dipping into the American amber ale landscape. Fascinating. Smooth mouthfeel, complex and yet utterly drinkable - this is the best beer I’ve had from Nøgne Ø in quite a while! :-) A shame the availability is so low for this super-nice creation, let’s hope they have time and space to make this a regular spring seasonal. TET (2994) - Kaarina, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2012
A nice colour, reddish brown beer with a small bubbled and blond head. Aroma is fresh, fruits, nicely earthy sourness, dry herbs and spicyness, even some liquirice. Taste is slightly fruitfull and refreshning, overally quite dry, herbal bitterness, nice sourness, even some green apples. Medium- bodied, nice carbonation, quite light to drink, but that fitts nicely into dry and fresh impression. Pleasant, enoughly challenging, sour and fruitfull beer; very interesting brew, even some Orval -nuancees. Palme (4780) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2012
0.5l bottle. Oh, is it this deep amber? I’ve always thought this would be a bright clear light one, but the pour on this one is actually both blurry, warm and deep glowing-amber. It also has a small bubbly sidesticking and creamy beige head. The aroma has subtle fruity tones, some sweet caramel, dark malts, and there is almost a hint of ashy smoke here as well. Strange that last part, but I quite like this! Really nice flavors here, and my god it’s so light drinkable. A really nice smooth and creamy texture with a soft carbonation level. Lots of that same fruity tones found in the aroma, and it has nice tones of sweet caramel. Really well balanced with a gentle bitterness all the way, and it ends in a light almost herbal and grassy-bitter well balanced finish. This was really nice! 10.03.2012 BeerBaboon (2083) - FINLAND - MAR 22, 2012
Samea, tumman oranssinen ja muodostaa valkoisen vaahdon. Tuoksu on sitruksinen, vehnäinen ja mausteinen. Maultaan olut on mausteinen, hedelmäinen ja hieman kuivan katkera. Myös hieman paahtunut. Keskihiilihappoinen tai ehkä jopa vähän sen yli. Runko on keskipaksu. Hyvä olut taas norjalaisilta 50belair (3627) - Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2012
On tap at Brasserie 4:20. Clear burnt orate pour with a fluffy off white head. Aromas of apricots and nectarines. Crisp and clean with good carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. Good balance with light white fruit (nectarines and apricots) and Belgian yeast notes. I thought this was an IPA at first. A real nice Belgian Ale without the traditional spice and dark fruit notes.
esp0r (2867) - NORWAY - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle enjoyed at homelusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2012
Deep copper, red tinted tanned head. Smells of wheat, yeast, bubble gum and some alcohol. Tons of sweetness in taste, fruity flavors as well, also a heavy malty flavor, nice bitterness of hops, alot of bite in the finish. Quite thick feel, full bodied. A very nice seasonal as usual from NØ
500 ml bottle. Batch #616, brewed on 04.05.2011, BBE 04.05.2014.Dermi (1182) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2012
Very aggressive bottle when opened, I must say. Pours a beautiful murky and hazy orange amber colour with a small foamy head, which collapses quickly. Aroma of sweet ripe banana, orange, wheat, yeast and some strong sweet toffee. Flavour of sweet malts and wheat, banana, yeast, floral hops, herbal spiciness and sweet toffee again. Medium bodied, quite foamy and thick mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Finishes bitter, fruity and sweet with some yeast. Some similarities with a Weizenbock. Tasty stuff.
50 cl, bottled. #616. Pours cloudy mahogany with a nice white head. Aroma: Wheat, malt, fruits, banana, hops. Taste: Soft medium-high sweetness, enjoyable bitterness. Slightly roasted tones, yeast. Palate: Medium body, smooth. Average carbonation. Very nice and good drinkablility. mikkopen (1156) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
500 ml bottle. Slightly hazy coppery orange colour, big white head. Sweetish aroma of wheaty malt, fruits, spices and hops. Wheaty-malty flavour, with citrus fruits and spices, and a nicely bitter hoppy finish. Foamy carbonation. Tasty. mjs (7169) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2012
(Bottle, 0.5 l - batch 616, from Alko, 20120324) The beer poured brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had fruitiness, spices, malts and yeast. Palate was mouth-filling with medium carbonation. Flavours were hops, fruitiness, yeast, sweetness, malts, spices and bitteress. Aftertaste was fruity, sweet and bitter. A tasty brew with not too much sweetness.