Sigmund (7651) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2012
330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.0%. Brewed with torrified orange peel, Simcoe hops, Norwegian heather honey and Colombian coffee. Reddish brown colour, moderate beige head. Sweetish malty aroma, just a hint of coffee and orange peel, the heather honey is more distinct, also notes of caramel and alcohol. The flavour is medium sweet with some initial fruity notes, distinct notes of caramel, heather honey and coffee. The Simcoe hops are well hidden in both aroma and flavour, though. An unusual beer, good but maybe not great - still big thanks to Ringnes for finally doing something off the beaten track, in cooperation with Garrett Oliver. BoringBard (139) - NORWAY - NOV 5, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2013 Very sweet and round malty smell. Pours a very nice redish brown(Christmas) colour, allmost no foam. Not very special taste, bitter taste instantaneously that lasts forever. At the same time quite sweet and round(malty). Not even a hint of honey and coffe imo. Fantastic mouthfeel, nice and quite viscous, but goes down easily. Good beer all over - looking foreward to a late and cold christmas night to enjoy this beer! Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle from Tulla Fischer. Pours a dark golden caramellike liquid with a tiny white head that clings to the glass. Caramelmalts and soon-to-be-garbage bananas in the nose. Fullbodied, almost chewable texture. Taste brings out alot of sweetness from the malts and honey, aswell as the fruityness I got from the aroma. Very enjoyable and definately the best beer from Ringnes so far. larsga (7567) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2012
Medium beige head. Clear deep dark red body. Fruity oily coffee
aroma with perfumy mealy notes. Sweetish roasty coffee and fruit
taste. Mid-to-full body. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry-sweet
peppery roasty coffee aftertaste with fruity mealy oily notes.
Interesting and unusual, but at the end of the day not terribly
good. (0.33l bottle, wine monopoly, Triaden Lørenskog.) Bathory (458) - Kverneland, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2012 Pours a brown colour with a small tan head. Had expected a darker beer actually. Aroma of spruce, oak, and maybe some ligth touches of banana. The flavour comfirmes the nose, but there are also lots of malts, some light coffee and alcohol. Sweet aftertaste. Medium body and soft carbonation. A good beer, but there could be some more creativity or balance. Afterall I’m glad the the makrobrewery Ringnes tries to do something more than just the dull lager they are used to produce.
ABS (1071) - Stokke, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2012
A breath of fresh air from macrobrewers Ringnes. Tasted at the Christmas Ale premiere at Mathallen, Vulkan, Oslo. Pours medium brown. Malt and malt beer nose, a hint of spices and yeast. Malt and malt beer aroma. Some grass and water. A combination of light mouth feel and lots of aroma that I mostly relate to Bocks or Kellerbraus. Good and refreshing. tfredvik (1985) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2012
Foffern (1927) - Bodø, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2012
I’ve been so looking forward to this one! A new, innovative brew from the master of mediocrity, Ringnes? It pours a clear copper body with a small light brown head that is short-lived and doesn’t leave much lacing. The aroma is strong with coffee in the front together with other roasted notes. Also some hoppy stuff. An exciting, combo! The taste is light to moderate sweet and moderate bitter. The flavours follow the aroma, but in the reversed direction: it starts out with sweet sugary notes, then refreshing citrus and then the coffee turns up again in the aftertaste. Good mouthfeel: medium body, oily texture, moderate to soft carbonation. An interesting brew that I certainly will try for real this christmas.[10 cl sample served in a small but brimful plastic [email protected] 2012, Mathallen, Oslo]
Bottle shared with ClubGonzo. The beer has a clear nut-brown colour with a small beige head. The aroma is quite special and unique, and sweet. Here I find jelly candy, spices, wort, something like liqueur and a hint of alcohol. The flavour is also quite spicy with sweet berries, herbs, oak and bitterness you get from orange peel with a slightly dry finish. Mouth feel is full bodied and smooth, with a somewhat surprising medium bitterness. The beer feels a bit unbalanced and maybe too fresh. Still it’s characteristic and the adjuncts is really coming through. OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2012
Sampled @Juleølpremieren, Mathallen, Oslo. Brilliantly clear deep amber colored. A finger of slightly off-white foam on top. Clean smell. Rich malty, gently sweet, with subdued honey tones. Floral/grassy hops is noticable. Big malt body. Clean and inviting sweetness. Alcohol is well masked. Honey in the back. Fine balancing bitterness. Slick and oily in the mouth. More than medium full. This is a good beer. Well balanced, good drinkability. One of the better filtred/pasteurised I’ve had.