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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)

2013

Very mild. But although this beer might be placed in the easy quiery, it’s generously hopped, providing the expected kick that one might get from an IPA. However- the taste is a bit shortlasting, but will for sure make do as a great alternative on warm, long summernights… Light and sharp-edged at the same time.

This brewery (which- until this beer, I’ve been totally unfamiliar with, really strikes a chord with this beer. What we have here is some kind of a belgian, with an inviting colour. Tastes of orange and hints of lime contributes to a mild freshness. Adjusted by a suitable degree of acidity which is not overwhelming, nor too faint- but very well-composed and with a pleasant sweet nerve.

This IPA is very fruity and not too carbonized. Great texture and with a superb texture, which in turn helps the other elements coming forth. Great balance of herbs and spices, together with a degree of an acidic fruity spin-off as well as sweetness, rounded off by the bitterness of the hops.

N'ice ChouffeThe nose is full of exiting spices, assocciations to holiday and very suitable during wintertimes. Starts with a fresh intro which quite suddenly evolves into a great sense of matureity.  Enormous degree of complexity, heavily spiced, fullbodied with super malttastes and bitter ending.

Clearly malty aroma. Soft entrance, with a light, nutty body in where malts reaches a peak. The taste does however let go a bit too sudden… Leaving you with a sense of hurry if one really wants to take the flavours of it all in, even though the beer in itself actually tastes good.

The smell of figs. Also features of leather and caramel. Midway through, there is a sharp sting with butter-like hint underneath. The colour is a very nice dark brown and carbonization absolutely splendid. A very mature belgian, quite unlike anything I’ve been familiar with up until now. Spices and nuts also becomes visible before the bitterness sets in. I picture this beer to go very well with a cheese, such as Manchego.

Black in looks and with a strange, fruity coffeearom, as well as spices. There’s something old about this beer- good maturity. The texture though is however, light, and the taste very acidic and fresh- not what I’d expected judging by the looks. A cavalcade of different tasteelements, but only for a very short while, falling flat far too early- only leaving a hint of coffee to hang.

The nose is more fruit than (expected) sour. Tastewise, this is outstanding: Very teasing at the tongue with its edgy acidity, combined with a delighful sweet maltbody. The fact that it is as sour as it is, at the same time that it is not extesively dominant to a unpleasant level, makes this beer in the top league of what I’ve tasted so far.

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