drmet (925) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - NOV 8, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
-pours an opaque golden-orange with a big,foamy,white head
-Follows the nose with a berry acidity and a light to medium, grassy bitterniss
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
MetalNHopHead (1841) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, I want more Scandinavian IPA’s like this. It has the standard hazy orange color of a regular IPA. Aroma is like a dank stew of juniper, spruce, pine, herbs, and tropical fruit all thrown together. It tastes like grapefruit, papaya, guava, mango, peach, apricot, and grass. This beer is bright, spicy, juicy, and tangy. To Øl has some fun beers, but this was just plain awesome.
HuskerTan (2078) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 6, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Juicy Fruit gum, guava, mango, tropical fruits.
A- Orange color, cloudy liquid, white head.
T- Juicy, citrus, gummy bears.
P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, juicy finish.
O- Vaugely reminded me of To Ol’s Sur Sour stuff. Very juicy and refreshing. Don’t know anything about juniper berries and buckthorn but apparently they make a delicious beer. I could drink a ton of this. Not sure why it gets to be a fruit beer instead of an IPA on here, but regardless it’s great.
erickok (5831) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely developed with big juicy hops, farmy sweaty yeast. Some fermenting fruit. Taste is soury as well, gose like, plucky, really nice. Unexpectedly great mix of strong modern hops and (kettle?) sourness. Super beer, so drinkable yet special! (33cl bottle from Saveur Biere)
gopherfan99 (1655) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; pours cloudy orange with a white head; floral aroma with citrus notes; taste is tart with some citrus hints; finish is also tart
LLucas (15) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a grapefruit fruitbeer. I would only really enjoy in very warm weather. Too sour for me.
SVD (1855) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home, hazy orange beer, medium head. Aroma is hoppy, berries. Taste is sour, grapefruit, berries, fruit, hint of bitter. nice one
mateuszk (2668) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber, hazy with white head. Aroma of berries, peach then buckthorn. In taste acidic in fruity way with berries and probably buckthorn. Medium body, moderate carbonation, finish is bitter and slightly sour. Quite nice, fruity beer.
Alengrin (5105) - BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many modern Scandinavian craft brewers have developed a sense of ’terroir’ and are making use of local ingredients or ingredients which have been used in their traditional beers for ages; with this one, To Ol connects this terroir with the wave of New World hops, with the traditional Scandinavian factor being represented by sea buckthorn and juniper berries (of which the latter have been used in both Scandinavian and Baltic beer traditions for centuries, hence the connection with the Baltic as well). Interesting concept, carried out at the Proef, like so many of To Ol’s beers. Label depicts a piece of birch bark, a tree with a certain iconic status in Scandinavia and even used in both traditional and (post-)modern Danish cuisine so in reference to Scandinavian terroir, this is again no coincidence. Thickly cobweb-lacing, dispersed, yellowish white head, retaining well on the edges and in patches in the middle; immediately cloudy and even somewhat ’milky’ appearance, deeply peach blonde in colour with a somewhat pinkish hue. Aroma of lemon zest, lime juice, dried mango, juniper berries very noticeable, dust, dried radish, old bread, raw chicken, green peppercorns, bitter honey, dried moss or hay, old cheese. Vividly fruity onset, wry berries which must represent the sea buckthorn dominating but hints of unripe kiwi, green plum and grapefruit as well, tart with a thin sweetish edge to it, medium to sharpish carbonation, malt sweetish (bready) and slightly grainy middle, sea buckthorn berry tartness slicing through the whole while the resinous, somewhat peppery, drying spiciness of the juniper berries comes up and adds another layer of flavor, tartness still dominating the finish blending with the spicy juniper effect and with bittering, grapefruity, resinous hops which are accentuated by the juniper berries. Bitter and tart ending, but traces of malt sweetness as well; very yeasty too. Dry and juicy at the same time, a malt sweet core made sourish by the buckthorn, spicy by the jupiner berries and bitter by the combo of American hops, this is, in all, something of a fruit IPA which, contrary to most others, does not emphasize sweet orange and mango flavors with actual sweet fruits, but makes a turn to the dry, spicy, sour and bitter. Not the easiest beer to appreciate or even comprehend, but not too harsh (contrary to some other Danish spiced ales) due to redeeming malt and fruit sweet accents, and for me personally, the combination works well. I can imagine something like this will divide opinions, though.
berkshirejohn (6372) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle from Beer52.com. A murky amber pour with a loose cream head; sour and fruity aroma; extremely sour fruity taste - that will be seabuckthorn I guess; not a fruit I’m familiar with; the sourness continues, grapefruit-like, into the finish, which has a touch of sweetness and some spicy warmth. An interesting but rather challenging beer, I won’t be looking for another one in a hurry.