A little mirky blonde that let’s the sunbeam sparkle through it’s golden nuance-filtre. Being one of the few first African (craft) beers I try in my life, exitement is definately very high. So; what does it contain? Well, first off: Nose is lightly sweet and mildly fruity… Honey infused. Suitable carbonization and medium bodied, the beer kicks off with a subtle hint of bitter hops, evolving into fruityness and is almost meady in taste- with the first impression being comfortably sweet. The honey shows it’s presence midway through, lasting a good while. Very nice introduction to a new continent!
MORT SUBITE «Witte Lambic» (5,5%) 3/6
This brewery has an interesting line of fruity ales, which of I’m familiar with a few. Now, this is a new one though- a wit beer, yellow and lightly mirky in looks. The nose reveals very sweet notes of white tea, sugary pineapple and honey. Lightbodied consistency and nice levels of carbonization. Tastewise, it’s very mild but the aromas previously mentioned are enhanced by notes of banana, rounded off by a fruity easy-going hopped postludium. Nice one, would definately be a hit during summer.
KJEBA Brygghus «Belgisk dubbel – juleøl» (7%) 3/6
A gift from a homebrewing friend of mine, this is the 3rd batch from the homebrewery, whom I’ve also had the pleasure of tasting the Pale ale. A Belgian dubbel, dark brownish in colour and well carbonisationed, the nose is very subtle with sweet fruits, nuts, spices & caramelish hints. Almost a bit of hay-like. Taste wise it’s quite full-bodied and strong from the ABV, a proper winterwarmer. Fades quite quickly.
BREWDOG «Democratic imperial red ale» (9%) 3/6
A «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.
BREWDOG «Hello my name is Päivi» (8,2%) 5/6
Dark, mirky yellow- on the verge to brownish colour. Pours small head which settles quickly. Nose is highly fruity- somewhat toffee/caramelish, hints of a subtle sharpness of sweet dried fruit, as dates and figs. Suits autumn and winter perfectly, contrary to all the recent summer beers that has been consumed… When it comes to taste, carbonation freshness is peek-a-boo’ing, but is gradually giving way to the immense sweet malt body. Very solid, lies steady and authentic for a good while before rounding off in a mildly hopped fruityness.
BROOKLYN BREWERY «The Discreet Charm of the Framboise» (7,3%) 5/6
This 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)
GRIM & GRYT «Humlekraft» (6%) 4/6
Deep, yellow-brownish colour with quite a bit of mirkyness. Nose is lightly floral, but clearly spiced, with deeper fruity notes of fig or plum. Very, very high level of carbonation going on in this full-bodied deliciousness. Tastewise it is moreover a freshly caramelized hopbomb, pretty bitter as it develops in the mouth. Morphing into a somewhat liquorice-like saltyness that is smoothened out in a long finish. Nice! 🙂
KINN «Saison Extra» (7,5%) 5/6
Funny, fig-like, yellow-brown… Almost orange colour and small visual traces of carbonation going on here whilst pouring. Nose is floral, grass and soil. Subtle hints of citrus. At first the taste gives a deceptive freshness, before turning a little sweet, and broadening out into autumn-like feel, almost like standing amidst piles of mown grass/hay. Finishes off with amazingly balanced hoppy aftertaste. Very authentic impression, amongst the top-notch of home brews, this one. Makes you want to become a farmer. Remarkable brewery from the motherland, to be honest. Salute!
LOVERBEER «Nebiulin-a» (8%) 4/6
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.
NØGNE Ø «Norsk høst» (4,5%) 3/6
Outstandingly 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.