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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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Fruit

Witte lambicThis brewery has an interesting line of fruity ales, which of I’m familiar with a few. Now, this is a new one though- a wit beer, yellow and lightly mirky in looks. The nose reveals very sweet notes of white tea, sugary pineapple and honey. Lightbodied consistency and nice levels of carbonization. Tastewise, it’s very mild but the aromas previously mentioned are enhanced by notes of banana, rounded off by a fruity easy-going hopped postludium. Nice one, would definately be a hit during summer.

Norsk høstOutstandingly fresh! With it’s bright yellow looks, this beer rounds off this years’ summertimes in the uttermost great manner. Fruity nose of pineapple and some vague hint of lemon. Distinguishable pineapple in taste too, infused with passion fruit. Good carbonisation-levels. A bit mild, but still spectacularly good taste, very refreshing. Shortlived acidic aftertaste with no traces of hops at all.

MalinaAt first,   the colour combined with the strong aromatic fumes, gives way to hope. What we’re faced with here seems to be a rather pleasant, fruity raspberry-twist… According to the nose, that is. Together with the pinkish red visual impression, and th fact that there’s references to rasperry candy here, would suit a fruit beer like the one at hand nicely. So, let’s get down to it… How does this thing taste? Immediately after filling the mouth with the first mouthful, the sense of disgust is inevitable. Absolutely horrid! Not just weak in taste, but the sip actually tastes repulsive, even though the taste itself is bland. There’s a bitterness from a bad, watered-out industrial lager going on here, but with an extra dimension of failed mild acidity. More like a taste equal to the smell of sour socks. Never to be repeated.

HopsanYellowbrownish, golden colour, on the verge of Amber. Half cm head, great carbonization. Nose is highly floral, hoppy forest-like. Sweet, lots of fruityness far out there, before the bitterness from the hops takes charge. Rich texture. On the 2nd mouthful, thehops produces a much more fruity, citrus-orientated direction. The bitterness is everything but overwhelming- moreover very fruity. The lightly hoppyness leaves slowly, leaving a very slight fruity, acidic outro.

imageVisuals: Yellow and mirky- almost light brown and pours a smooth hat. According to the nose, what we’re faced with here is citric fruits of green apple-delicacy, and of course- as expected, sweetness from pommegrenade. Delicious fruity taste, that evolves into somewhat lightly acidic nuances, eventually landing in a bed of apples at the end, a distinct taste of green apples. The beer is aged on winebarrels, providing a nice, angle. Both sweet and eventually a great touch of mildly sour, this refreshener is a medium-bodied but full-tasting masterpiece from To Øl. The distinct ending ending is also a nice feature, and great lasting. This one works all round the year, a great, special fruit beer with identity.

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Light yellow and inviting, this beer has a great pre-impression already by it’s aroma- with noticeably sour, albeit delicious fruity nose. The Brett is definately there! Tastewise, we land in some citric orchard here, hinting towards green apples, citrus fruit, heavily malt-affected and last but not least, a funny label description, this is a winner at any given time of the year. Mildly extreme and well tasty, this is a great tasting slap-in-the-face which warms for a while.

BacchusDark rubyred colour, pours a nice pink head. Nose is ripe wild cherries in abundance, delicious. Taste is first sweet, then subtly acidic & fruit-driven, with a young edge to it. Quite light-bodied texture, and longlasting. Sour, great aftertaste.

krekling_3_6_smallDark ruby colour, almost brownish. Pours large head. Nose is acidic as hell, heather and currants is what I get here. Not as sour as expected, but more taste of soil. There’s sour hints in the back, lots of fruit with a rather dry aftertaste. Surprisingly thin bodied.

TorneroseImmediately to the eye, the colour can best be described as a fusion of orange/brownish/pink. Definite smell of berries: Raspberries, cherries- and rose leaves. Taste is lightly acidic and lightly fruity, with a small bitter hint at the end. Underneath, subtly spiced, all the while calm and well tasty.

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Fragrances of yeast and raspberries/cherries. The colour is deep red, interesting & welcoming. When drinking, the first thing that’s presented, are lots of acidity crossed with a comforting sweetness- thereafter, the fruityness from the berries. The sour yeasttaste lingers for long.

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