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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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It is always interesting to come across a brewery that one hasn’t tried something from before.

This German brewery has thus collaborated with Denmarks To Øl, in order to serve this bright-yellow beauty. For starters, it seems well carbonated with a great head when being poured- and the nose is nothing but splendid. According to the bottle information, this is a rose hip-infused sour rye pilsener, and flower’ish, mineral/fruity citrus notes does subtly emerge. Also acidic hints. 

When it comes to taste however, it starts off with a quick flirtation with sweetness before the acidity undoubtedly shows it’s presence… very sour for this type of beer to be. Very fruity middle with bitter high end to it. Also, it’s quite salty and I find hints of seaweed in here. Mildly sour aftertaste that evaporates quickly.

Very nice and fresh, this one.

 

Photo: M. K. Burheim

Joyful summertimes

A bright shining star on the sky of what arguably is becoming a slightly saturated market (?) in Oslo, the craft beer scene, was the festival called Håndverksøl-festivalen.

Taking place on the dates 15 & 16th of June, this festival gathered some brilliant breweries from around the globe. Arranged by the nice people from the brilliant Oslo pub Café Sara, brings tremendous amounts of joy on these couple of summerdays whilst the festival happens.

The arrangers had brought together breweries from several countries and continents who provided the people of the Norwegian capitol with several thirst-quenching highlights. Among the breweries were Captain Lawrence, Wild Beer, Nøgne Ø, Firestone Walker, Cascade, Alesmith, 3 fonteinen, Dugges, Northern Munk, 7 Fjell, Lervig, Ægir, De Molen and a bunch of others.

(For complete listing, see the festival’s website: www.håndverksølfestivalen.no)

 

Dark Horizon 1

Nøgne Ø even threw a tasting of their famous flagship “Dark Horizon”. To be exact, they’d dug up a few bottles of the 1st edition, to many of the participants joy. Another cool factor that should be mentioned is that the festival takes place both outdoors as well as inside a church (!!), where the faith in craft beer reigns heavily.

What you got here is a bunch of  top notch craftbreweries, that team up to serve the interested lot what they wish for… And so much more. A really pleasant first-timer here.

Amongst all the festivals taking place throughout the year, this is for sure one to note down next year!

I am familiar with the Delirium series from before, and from what I can remember, this is good stuff. What’s on today’s menu is their 25th anniversary “Argentum”, a hopped amber beer. When poured, it’s got a nice look to it; yellow brownish (maaaaybe a hint of red!) visuals and a good head. As far as aromas go, this smells refreshingly fruity with clear hints to citrus. A very clean impression is what I get… I can’t hold it any longer, let’s get to the taste.

Lot’s of bubbles! Carbonation level is great here, very fresh. Medium/full body. Extremely dry! A fruity, floral first impression which soon turns into absolute hop-dominance in form of a stingy bitter outro… A bit too much for my taste really. The aftertaste is just to bitter for my liking. Not eligible for a second purchase, so to speak- will go for another one from the Delirium series in that case.

(Photo: M. K. Burheim)

 

RODENBACH 2017I know when opening this bottle, that I’m in for a treat. I’ve tasted quite a few flanders now and I never seem to go tired of a good one… Which brings us to this magnificent gold-awards winner.

The colour is strikingly ruby red, on the verge to light brown, but still letting shimmering light through. As for the nose: Here we are faced with ripeness all the way; nice notes of cherries, red currant and it has a strawberry-like sweetness to it.

So, lets get down to it and what one really is waiting for: Tasting. There’s bubbles giving the first fresh introduction, natural sweetness, exiting sour elements comes forth and tingles the tongue, even more so strawberry than in the aroma. A massive fruit infusion combined with mateurity.

Absolutely splendid, this is it!

Boot boysIntriguing label & name from these (seemingly) punks are paired with positive assocciations from earlier tastings.

A brown ale is what we’re in for from these Brits, and visually striking brown transparency colour. Perfect head is poured and exitement boosted as fruity aromas of dried dates, mature plum and caramel-notes comes forth. There’s also clearly nutty aroma to this one. Yes, I do inhale!

As for the taste: It is very mild and a bit light… Not exactly watery, but little edge to it. Really nice sweet middle which lingers for a bit. Taste of (I was about to say wet autumn leaves!) sap, with that sweetnote on top. A mild and far from controversial ale, but hey- whoever said brown ales would promise anything else than that), but overall well-tasty.

Will try their beers again, when the opportunity sees the light of day.

 

(Photo: M. Brochs)

MolenbierSo, another one from De Molen is what we are faced with here. The actual beer has a smooth wooden-brown colour to it and pours a small creamy head on top. I am usually very fond of their brews, at least what I have tasted from this brewery so far. This one is a lighter type though, so there’s some degree of excitement “in the air tonight».

With regards to aroma: There’s a fruityness of figs/fig jam, some oak and quite distinct malt character. I find some nuance of coffee too, even more so defined in the taste, which enhances the previously observed wooden impression. There’s also taste of roasted chestnut here, very suitable for this time of the year, at which it’s consumed. Santa would’ve sled right down the chimney for a taste of this.

At first, it’s got a sweet malt-orientated introduction and dried dates, before evolving into more powerful, dark roasted beans and at the end, rounded off with a very hoppy bitterness.

There’s not much bubbly action going on here, but that’s not missed either in this type of beer. Nice one, De Molen!

(Photo: M. Brochs)

Tokyo craft pale aleThis beer is the first one to be reviewed here following last month’s Japan tour. The fragrances are flowery fruity and by looks it is a bright yellow beer which shows rather great degrees of carbonation. More nutty fruit-like with a hint of pears, underlying notes at least. So; what does it taste?  The land of the sun here brings us a fresh crisp pale ale with definite traces of pear and chestnut, boosted with the hefty carbonation. A great representative for Japan’s passion to the art of brewing, this one. It also maintains a quite heavy malty power throughout  the whole mouth feel, leaving a subtle caramelish postludium.  Another reason to love this exiting country!

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.

DemocImpRedAleA “red ale” states the bottle label. However, this is brown deeming by colour and the fragrance is pointing in the direction of a somewhat fusion-like of the two. There’s that sweetness of a brown ale-aroma, but also traces of fruity hops herein- with a caramel-nutty salty twist to it. A mouthful confirms that salty, but also spiced (and hints of ripe berries) taste which in turn evolves to immensely bitter for a red ale to be towards the end. Full-bodied and lightly carbonated this blends into the aftertaste as well, rounded off with a sweet edge but a bit soap-like. Final verdict: Not balanced enough, even though the taste-elements on their own provides a decent fundament.

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.

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