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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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Sour Ale

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.

Framboise BrooklynThis beer has a a deep yellow colour to it and I t produces a light, small hat, after showing off it’s pretty highly carbonated nature when pouring. Nose is very intense and sweet- at the same time as it is a bit stingy. One can even smell the acidity, and there’s hints of strawberry. Taste is fresh, sharply sour rhubarb-like craziness! The acidity is strong in this one. As a matter of fact, it reigns pretty hard in an otherwise light-bodied beer here. The dominance of fruity acidity in the middle evolves. After a goood while, into subtle taste of summerly taste of raspberry and strawberry, which becomes evident at the end. Splendid stuff.

 

(Photo: M. Brochs)

Pours a beautiful light-redbrown colour with no signs of carbonation whatsoever. Having said that; it’s not necessary when checking out the nose here… Almost wine-like presence. A delicious fruity aroma of framboise berries, cherries and maturity. With regards to the taste, it is starting off with small bubbles and ripe sweetness, before turning sour- extremely sour (Currant?) on top, and hints of watermelon at bottom. Really teasing and spine-tingling! Nice, sour fading outro. Another great beer from this high quality brewery.image

MajaBeautiful yellow-golden colour and pouring a small head. The nose is light and fruity and carries references to multivitamin/mango-juice, although with an organic- frisky touch to it. Light-bodied and crispy impression on the palate. Subtle degree of carbonation, nice fruity taste of mandarines, followed by slightly sour evolvement gives this beer a wide range of taste and some degree of excitement. A good sour beer from Poland.

imageIt is with great exitement that I welcome this beer to be consumed, first-timer for me… The presentation is lightly yellow in colour and a little clouded. Carbonization levels are high as usual in this beer category. Nose is boosted by the yeasty aromas of green apples, lime and dry white wine. Very fruity and acidic even in smell, so there’s not such a surprise to find this prolonged in the taste-which kicks of very acidic, with a very, very light body. Could’ve benefitted from a little more body as well as aftertaste. Should be great for late varm summer nights, this.

Mort S goeuzeHaving tried several of Mort Subite’s series before (and to my liking), it is with pleasure i look forward to having this one. Golden looks, like a lager with lots of carbonization. Nose reveals apples & grapes, a fresh summer/springtime suitable aroma. Quite light/smooth for a goeuze to be, almost like a more dominating lagertaste to it. An acidic lager mind you, on the other hand: Little acid for a goeuze to be. Kinda cider-like in the middle… The sweetness is very subtle. Could have been a bit more complex, but easily drinkable… A good alternative for summer.

imageNot what I expected as far as lager goes, this beverage is close to black. Actually, dark ruby in colour with a nice head. Nose is highly fruity/berry-like blend with powerful maltbody. Now, let’s get to the most essential aspect, taste… This is at first sweet with hints of raisin and huckleberries, before transforming into somewhat comfy sour delicacy. This is a magnificent beer that easily can be enjoyed all around the year, and will go exeptionally great with mature cheese. The only thing I miss a little is a longer-lasting aftertaste, but for a lager to be, this is a quite breathtaking one.

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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.

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.

imageDark ale, not even close to transparent. Pours small head. The nose is cherries, raisins, flowers and oak. As far as tastewise, it tastes stingy and fresh, with a very sour cherry-twist that sets in quickly… One can barely sense the fruity comfort before shivers are sent through the body. There’s an underlying sweet, fruity carpet in the back that in turn shows it’s precense, band the taste lingers with good lenght. The aftertaste is redwine from the storage in barrels.

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