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Archbeer.com is an independent informal site for beer enthusiasts, providing information on specific beer brands tested by guitarist Archaon of the Norwegian black metal band 1349.

Ratings

The beers reviewed are rated on a scale ranging from 1 to 6 based on the following parameters:

  • Color
  • Consistency/texture
  • Fragrance
  • Elements of taste and aftertaste
  1. Disgusting (rather drink water)
  2. Poor/boring (somewhat drinkable, but nothing more than that)
  3. Ok (meets expectations)
  4. Good (above average and high quality in terms of taste)
  5. Splendid (top notch; a joy to consume every drop)
  6. Out-of-body experience (absolutely supreme taste and presentation)

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Blonde

Honey blondeA little mirky blonde that let’s the sunbeam sparkle through it’s golden nuance-filtre. Being one of the few first African (craft) beers I try in my life, exitement is definately very high. So; what does it contain? Well, first off: Nose is lightly sweet and mildly fruity… Honey infused. Suitable carbonization and medium bodied, the beer kicks off with a subtle hint of bitter hops, evolving into fruityness and is almost meady in taste- with the first impression being comfortably sweet. The honey shows it’s presence midway through, lasting a good while. Very nice introduction to a new continent!

SmåtøsJudgnig by the strong smell of lager when opening the bottle, I assume I have an idea of what we’re in for here. Deep yellow in colour, nice head and hardly transparent, together with the rather interesting name (young slag) could somehow seems like a good tease. Strong presence of pilsener, but there’s some fruity notes underneath. Ok, so what does it taste like? Pretty close to perfect in carbonization and overwhelmingly lager’ish, but also hints of earth and vague acidic notes of lemon. Well-balanced and refreshing, but a bit too dry and bitter in aftertaste for my liking.

imageMedium golden for the eye, with lots of head. Somewhat fruity and sweetish aroma. Less sense of freshness than expected/hoped for, but the sweet fruity features are still present in taste. Subtly bitter undernotes and generally weak tasteexperience in contrary to the expectations, which one should be able to expect from a summerbeer with 7,5 ABV. There are also traces of honey in here.

GrimbergenThis fluid makes me think of liquified gold. Stunningly golden yellow but clear, with a beautiful thin hat of foam, and aroma of wheat and fruity springtime. The taste of this blonde can best be described as clean- providing a caramellish sweet taste followed by a fruity mild bitterness. The rich taste  lasts for a long time.

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