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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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2013

TrooperNose: Mildly hopped aroma with sweet’ish hints. Golden light brown in colour. The taste is relatively sweet and surprisingly distant from a lager- more like a very light amber ale. Lightbodied with maltfeatures which really shows it’s significance midway through. A little shortlasting/light for my general taste, but I’d be happy to give it another shot sometime.

Nose: Mildly hopped aroma with sweet’ish hints. Golden light brown in colour. The taste is relatively sweet and surprisingly distant from a lager- more like a very light amber ale. Lightbodied with maltfeatures which really shows it’s significance midway through. A little shortlasting/light for my general taste, but I’d be happy to give it another shot sometime.

imageVisually quite dark. Very mature aroma of roasted coffee, figs and raisin, and with a hint of smoke. Deliciously mild at the beginning, well-balanced fullbodied with great traces of soil, and the fruityness in the centre. Throughout, there’s subtle bitterhints behind all the different levels which in turn, reveals themselves.

image imageGolden, somewhat mirky colour. Fruity aroma, with lots more precent hopfeatures than the original. Hints of smoke, very rich taste. The sweetness is quickly overtaken by an exiting acidity, and rounded off with just about the degree of bitterness that suits this beer. Lots more exiting than- but still with a traceable link to- it’s original.

image imageBright golden colour, close to transparent content. Mild aroma where the hops reveals some fruithints, albeit in a very modest, subtle way. Great fruityness and overall balance. Definite bitter character. The fruit peaks in the middle and is followed by another bittersting at the end. Kind of reminds me of «Le Chouffe», but with more soil- content. The flavour is rich and hangs on really well for being so mild/underlaying.

Samuel A BostonSo: What are we faced with here? A true american beer… And it also does taste very american- just not in the usually assocciated way. It reminds me of some kind of a dark «dunkel» Budweiser. Quite bland, lesser good in taste (Eventhough one has had worse).

Very hoppy aroma, very spiced. The actual taste is surprisingly sharp with a very rich hop-content for a belgian to be… Very spicy. Both texture- and bodywise, it does reflect a typhical belgian to a greater extent. With it’s powerful 115 IBU, this is a pecculiar one, which also carries that joyful element of surprise.

SkullsplitterSubtle sweetish nose. wellbalanced and a bit mild intro, which works as a nice presentation of the great maltfeatures one finds in this beer. It also goes to add to a tad of bitterness during the while. Subtle features of matured fruit.
This beer was brewed at Bridge Road in Australia where it was aged in redwinebarrels, and has then undertaken the long-destination journey to Nøgne Ø in Norway where it was bottled. You can tell it’s redwine from the slight acidic influenced aroma. Apart from that: What does this funny thing taste of? Well, for starters, it’s an ale with deep, fullbodied texture with lots of carbonization. Rich-tasting, distinct sourness beneath, still delicate in it’s own pecculiar way. Comparing it to something was a bit tough, as I was quite new to this kind at the time I consumed it- lack of comparative competitors… But, there’s no bitterness, only sweet hints in exchange with the acidity

Even though I’d caught a cold at the time of consumption, the fragrance clearly points in the direction of burbon. Nice dark colour and extreme in terms of carbonization, with good quality coffee immediately present. Hard-hitting tastewise, and medium/light bodied texture. There’s also a nice bitter hint there, providing a nice twist to this interesting and exiting experience.

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