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Archbeer.com is an independent informal site for beer enthusiasts, providing information on specific beer brands tested by guitarist Archaon of the Norwegian black metal band 1349.

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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Trappist

VestvevlerenBrownish-black coloured with a beautiful foamy hat. The nose is highly malty and the actual taste does of course not disappoint. Well-balanced is just the first letter- this is nothing but astonishing. Caramel, Norwegian brown goat cheese, rounded off with the elite of delicious honey. All around in the mouthful, it’s just spreading like a virus throughout, escalating to culminate in a finish of long tasting toffee/lightly bitter climax.

ChimayBlueWith a colour as dark that one can’t see through, one expects some heavy business… And it sure is. But especcially in the way, that the sharp taste of alcohol eventually shines through- Because it is draped in a great veil of sweetness and a taste similar to a weissbier (a dunkel one) with grand carbonization. Surprising in the way it takes turns, not in a negative way. As a matter of fact quite tasty for being as sharp as it is.

Rochefort10Deep roasted malts with hints of caramel. Dark brown in colour with a beautifully perfect head. It reveals itself gradually, starting off with a quick fresh intro (even though the texture is quite light, it’s very powerful for the tastebuds) which evolves into roasted walnuts and sweetness- the malts herein are making this as significant as it is. After this, it goes into an interesting, mature bitterness, all topped with a dry finish.

Now we’re talking belgian style! Quite dark  for a Trappist to be, but well tasting. Almost like an angry Weissbier with a nice fruity, rounded body but slightly bitter- somehow this feels more balanced than the 0,33 cl version of the blue Chimay.

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