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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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Denmark

IMG_9898Looks like a proper lager… a bit weak Head. The nose is malts, subtle as one can get it… hard to find much more here. (As expected) taste? Pretty foul. Weak is an understatement, smells and tastes more metallic than beer, and that taste is barely detectable before disappearing into wateryness. Luckily, the white month I’m on is soon to come to an end…

SpontanyuzuGolden yellow, crossing over to orange colour is the first visual impression. Nose is sweet’ish limonade and citric fruits. Carbonisation is great, pouring produces a nice line of bubbles along the edge. So what does it taste like? Incredibly complex, kicking off with very fruity notes and at the same time also a bit sweet this before evolving quickly into crazily distinct acidity- facemelting fist-in-the-face of lemon, extreme! Fused with sour apples and hints of vinegar makes the face twist 180 degrees here. But, at the same time as there is no denial that this is a very fresh and interesting fruit-infused sour beer. Longlasting taste that eases off gradually without losing the actual taste- it just keeps on lingering albeit weaker and weaker until it’s gone. On a hot summer day, this would be the ultimate beer. Best consumed very, very cold.

ToddHere we have Amager’s tribute to overlord brewer, Surly’s own Todd Haug. Visual presentation is lightly yellow in colour and with nice head. Extremely citrus-aromatic, like snorting the florality from a whole forest. Tastewise it is at first fresh and sweet, then a tad bitter… However, not in an extreme sense. I never thought I’d say this but… You taste fabulous, Todd! There’s some orange in here too. but mostly lemon. Sweet at first, then sliding over in that bitterness.

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.

Sausage festThis Imperial brown ale is mirky oakbrown by colour. Nice head which is quickly disappearing. Fruity/nut-like taste with Nutella/Toffee’ish notes, perhaps a tad too cold at time of consumption, as it is first & foremost bitterness that I get, although one can sense some sweetness here too- mainly from coffee, light chocolate and hazelnut. Very dry and longlasting. Goes through a variety of fases, from almost acidic bitter to sweet.

imageDeep straw-yellow which pours a nice hat with small bubbles. Nose is lightly acidic, and transforms into an increased acidic degree in mouth. Almost borderlining to bitter, in addition to sour. Light bodied but a very, very powerful taste to it. Lots of citrus, very summer-like. Also great traces of the malts here. Longlasting taste.

imagePours big head. Smells of raisin and eastern spices, highly wine-like aroma. Lots of head. Taste: Outstandingly presence of coffee to begin with. chocolate in aboundance and a hint of vanilla. Which makes this perfect to accompany f.instance ice cream. The spicy features contributes to increased exitement and there is some bitterness to be detected also, far in the back. Unfortunately the beer was a bit too cold at the time of consumption, would’ve helped even more with lower temperature for the sweetness to be brought out.

imageAged in Malaga wine barrels, the expectations rises to the ceiling here… The aroma is oak and red wine, distinct smell of ripe berries. The colour is also extremely inviting- not burgundy but blood red, really dark. The closest to red wine out of any beer I’ve tried. Produces a light degree of foam inside the glass, but only at the edges. Taste: It gives me acidic ripe cherries, gooseberry and some oak. Just a mere hint of sweetness before turning dangerously acidic, and on the second sip, a hint of leather and overall very sharp. With the acidity lingering for a good while in the aftertaste.

imageDeep Deep yellow in color but not much mention-worthy smell. Much carbon dioxide content, which produces surprisingly little head, but bubbles inside beer and sticking to the glass, even after pouring. Aroma of citrus and green apples. As far as taste go, we find at first, lovely sweetness from the malts, very fruity and then, it all turns damn bitter. With such a bitter end, it is a great escalation to the «top» too. Really bitter ending!

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