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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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Norway

With the amount of new brews coming out, the scene is Pretty flooded and hard to follow up with nowadays. Every now and then though, a light shimmers in the shape of something outstanding- such as is the case with Norwegian brewery’s 2018 version of this incredible stout.  It looks amazing (of course), but in addition to that, the nose is nothing but seductive. Coconut! Like, as in a bounty (yes, the delicious chocolate), only in liquid form. Black as night, we must dive in, mustn’t we?

At first, it’s suiting bubblyness going on here. Light to medium-bodied, for a stout to be. Then, sweetness, clean chocolaty taste, entangled in coconut and sweet, vanilla & hint of christmas’y cinnamon-infused pastry. Deep, deep down there lies the aftertaste… very mild and comfortable sweetened coffee and caramel. Fading out perfectly, a real sweet dessert. Fantastic, balancing on the top. On the verge…

Photo: M. K. Brochs

 

This beer is strikingly dark yellow in color and pours a small nice head on top. Almost on the verge to brownish, just on the borderline between dark yellow to light brown, I’d say. 

Judging by the “book” or more correctly in this case, by the box, it seems highly interesting and something that I’ve never tried before… Apparently what we got here is an orange ice cream ale, and being a collab between Amundsen and Fierce, we might just be in for a treat here. This seems to be something that I am more familiar with within the stout- category. 

So, what’s going on in terms of nose? Well, there’s the lights beautiful sweet fruitiness combined with the distinct Caramel& vanilla here… Almost toffee-like. And then, the taste: great freshness at first, in terms of carbonation. 

Then, that sweet sweet caramel comes into the picture, creamy and now even clearer before evolving into fruityness most definably banana, rounded off with a hint of citrusy bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. 

What a fabulous surprise! And what a great beer. Astonishing stuff, this one.

Lindheim Sour CherryI’ve stored this one for a couple of years, so it is with great exitement that I now approach it. Beautiful red-brown looks, pours a creamy head on top and a distinct smell of ripe cherries- we’re in for a treat here! The nose also hints towards a real sour brew. What are we waiting for? Let’s dive in!

At first, I’m struck by this very wide fruity spectre of tastes, before my face twists & melts off. The first impression is this flawless variety of mature berries, heavily domineres by cheery-taste. Then, a crazy acidity entwines with the fruityness, corroding it’s way through the palate and down the throat.

Almost a sting when it reaches the top, before slowly letting you off the hook. Eventually, it showcases a smooth outro, with a sweet, strawberry-like aftertaste which lies there and lingers. Very very nice indeed.

This is crazy. Sirupy, thick as oil and black as a wintery night, nose is heavily dominated by sweet vanilla and maple syrup, hardly any coffee to trace at all. The beer does poor little head, no wonder since the carbonisation typically is low in such a powerful beer as this one. As far as goes the taste: It starts off with a little bubbles and some sweet chocolaty palate, before converting into cocoa & transforming into a heavily bitter, dark roasted coffee. I find that there’s acidic undernotes here as well… Could definitely do super with some more aging, although it’s perfectly drinkable now. Very full and robust body! A proper warmer, this one.Vanilla maple shake

Dark yellow on the verge of orange by looks, and quite mirky. Pours little head, looks like a pale ale I’ve seen many times before… Anyways; As far as aroma goes, this is a highly tropical infused one (which interestingly is) combined with 3 different types of hops, creating a fruity tease. Let’s get to the actual taste: A very tasty, hoppy IPA with lots of pine-hoppyness, combined with grapefruit, pineapple and with a somewhat sweet undernote. The bitterness lasts for eternity though! Perlerforsvin

KJEBA BD
A gift from a homebrewing friend of mine, this is the 3rd batch from the homebrewery, whom I’ve also had the pleasure of tasting the Pale ale. A Belgian dubbel, dark brownish in colour and well carbonisationed, the nose is very subtle with sweet fruits, nuts, spices & caramelish hints. Almost a bit of hay-like. Taste wise it’s quite full-bodied and strong from the ABV, a proper winterwarmer. Fades quite quickly.

HumlekraftDeep, yellow-brownish colour with quite a bit of mirkyness. Nose is lightly floral, but clearly spiced, with deeper fruity notes of fig or plum. Very, very high level of carbonation going on in this full-bodied deliciousness. Tastewise it is moreover a  freshly caramelized hopbomb, pretty bitter as it develops in the mouth. Morphing into a somewhat liquorice-like saltyness that is smoothened out in a long finish. Nice! 🙂

Kinn Extra SaisonFunny, fig-like, yellow-brown… Almost orange colour and small visual traces of carbonation going on here whilst pouring. Nose is floral, grass and soil. Subtle hints of citrus. At first the taste gives a deceptive freshness, before turning a little sweet, and broadening out into autumn-like feel, almost like standing amidst piles of mown grass/hay. Finishes off with amazingly balanced hoppy aftertaste. Very authentic impression, amongst the top-notch of home brews, this one. Makes you want to become a farmer. Remarkable brewery from the motherland, to be honest. Salute!

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.

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.

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