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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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Seasonal

I’m always a bit exited when it comes to trying a new beer from Sierra Nevada. The brewery has since I first tried their «Pale Ale» and later «Torpedo» as well as «Celebration» + a few others, surprised me with a supreme quality in the whole selection, even though it’s a brewery of their size. At hand this time we have their «Oktoberfest», which would be their interpretation of this famous seasonal brew. Together with them on the team is the German craft brewery Brauhaus Miltenberger, in order to bring the level of expertice to an even higher level. Light and crisp with golden colours, this fine brew is pretty malt-driven with several layers, together with a quite complex fruityness from the hops and with a very fine bitter adjustment at the end. No dissapointment, pretty far from. A right beer for the fest!Oktoberfest2017

NissegodtWith fruity aroma of intense blaccurrant vibes- fits the dark colour well. At first, it’s very fresh, before going off in an explosion of deep in the forrest-berrytaste, also with a very nutty twist to it and great bittterness at the ending. This is very fine christmasbeer.

With smell of some kind of a stout’ish angle  1001 natt(but clearly with reference to the sibling/neighbour in the box), this has eastern spices influence to it. X-mas spices, but greatly camouflaged behind the yeastiness and a hint of liqurice. When tasting, there’s a sense of coffee blended with a combination of cinnamon, fruity sweetness of plum and pastry. The mouthfeel is medium- bodied. There’s a hint of bitterness at the end, but very, very subtle.

1000Aroma is pointing in the direction of yeast/pastry and spices from the east. The beer is invitingly dark yellow of colour and produces a nice hat when poured in the glass. Little carbonization, and the spices demanding their space as the mouthful strikes, with a shy hint of bitterness. The yeast is however contributing in a rich way to the taste, without being disturbing- rather in a delicate way. After a while the fruitiness also shows it’s presence, although not in the classsical way that you’d exspect from a pale or blond ale, quite unlike most other bright-colour beers. All the while with the spices remaining there.

There’s a very subtle aroma to this one, and a quite undistingushable one. Even though the colour is dark, the beer’s consitency seems quite light in the glass. Tastewise however, it is well mature and contains an interesting crossing of spices- all topped with an acidic hint at the back of the tongue and the palate. Though as expected, it’s a little thin- but it luckily maintains it’s caracter for a while.

FunkyElfA somewhat strange aroma with metallic influence. Fist chocolate, then acidity, before the liqurice sets in. All with this hint of metal-taste fundament.

XsPxmasThe dark colour seems inviting. At first, there’s a good presentation of the malts for a starter, with powerful sweetness. Midtways, the beverage converts into a metallic- like disturbance, even though the disharmony is well attempted on camouflaging this.

HancockXmasVery light in colour, with a fresh pilsenerlike round-off. All of a sudden, sweetness (!) kicks in, on the verge to a syntethical impression.

HoppyXmasThere’s small hints from the hops to detect. The beer is light colourwise and light in concistency. Hardly (if any at all)  any references to christmas in this one, but to a certain extent still fruity. Medium freshness and a mild bitterness.

JuleølHornBA very sweet, liqurice-like smell of malts. Still fresh at the same time as rustiqe hints of christmas is clearly present. Long-lasting and sweet aftertaste.

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