Amager Bryghus / Stillwater Darkest of Suns

Amager Bryghus and Stillwater Artisanal Darkest of Suns spiced dark saisonDarkest of Suns is a dark brown, spicy saison with peppercorn and juniper. It was brewed at Amager Bryghus in collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal. Stillwater and brewer Brian Strumke are best known for brewing saison, and so it was natural for Amager to invite him in to brew a variation of saison.

The beer is a dark chestnut brown, with a fluffy, and long lasting tan head. The aroma is intense. It has a unique spicy character. The peppercorn are obvious, and the juniper comes off in a spicy wooden way, much like cedar wood. There is some herbal hop character along with the spice, and malty notes of biscuit and toffee. All in all, I think it works very well, in its own unique way.

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Amager Bryghus Linda the Axe Grinder

Amager Bryghus Linda the Axe Grinder brewed in collaboration with Linda HaugLinda the Axe Grinder is a huge, hoppy imperial red ale brewed at Amager Bryghus in collaboration with Linda Haug. A couple of years ago Todd The Axe Man, brewed in collaboration with Todd Haug of Surly Brewing was a huge hit. Linda doesn’t work at Surly (anymore), but still deserved a beer in her own name, and here it is.

Linda the Axe Grinder is a 9% beer, but it feels bigger than that. It’s sweet and boozy, but it has that dessert wine feel that makes it acceptable anyway. It’s a copper red beer with a thick and creamy, long lasting off-white head.  Læs mere Amager Bryghus Linda the Axe Grinder

Amager Bryghus / Cigar City Brewing Game of Arms

Amager Bryghus / Cigar City Brewing Game of Arms in a Spiegelau Stout GlassGame of Arms is an 8.2% ABV licorice porter, brewed by Amager Bryghus in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing. It is part of Amager’s 2016 series of American collaboration beers, and like yesterday’s Swole Mole, it has also been brewed in America. It was first brewed at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa as Top Roll.

Game of Arms is a beautiful jet black beer and it has a firm and long lasting tan head. The aroma is definitely roasted and full of licorice, but it also has toffee and cocoa powder, and a hint of smoke.  Læs mere Amager Bryghus / Cigar City Brewing Game of Arms

Amager Bryghus / Three Floyds Swole Mole

Amager Bryghus / Three Floyds Swole Mole in an Amager Bryghus glass
Amager Bryghus / Three Floyds Swole Mole in an Amager Bryghus glass

Amager Bryghus / Three Floyds Swole Mole is an imperial pilsner. It was brewed as a part of the annual American collaboration beers at Amager Bryghus. Every spring for Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Amager Bryghus invites some of the visiting American breweries to come and brew together. In the next week or so, I’ll go through the five 2016 beers.

Three Floyds have visited Amager Bryghus before. In 2013 they brewed the pale ale Arctic Sunstone. That pretty much took Danish hoppy beer to a new level on its own. Swole Mole isn’t that revolutionary, but it’s a great beer. Another version was brewed at Three Floyds in Indiana as Swole Patrol. Læs mere Amager Bryghus / Three Floyds Swole Mole

Review: Thisted Bryghus Goldings and Target

Thisted Bryghus Goldings and TargetThisted Bryghus is an old Danish brewery with a long tradition. It has survived as independent while most breweries in Denmark were bought and closed by Carlsberg and a couple of other big players. They have a fantastic core range of beers, including Denmark’s first organic beer and the world famous Limfjordsporter. And then they make a lot of other beers.

Last year they started an Anglo-American range with three American styles that I reviewed in Danish back then. This year they have presented three English styles. Here is a review of two of them, a pale ale hopped with Goldings and a brown ale hopped with Target. The third beer is Pilgrim, an oatmeal stout hopped with Pilgrim, no wait, with First Gold hops. Læs mere Review: Thisted Bryghus Goldings and Target

Fullers Vintage Ale, three year vertical

Fullers Vintage Ale 2015Fullers Vintage Ale is a beer love story that goes back a long way for me. I have always had a weakness for good barleywine, strong beers with a vineous quality and a sweetness like dessert wine – other than that, I don’t like sweet beers at all. No sugar or caramel taste for me, please.

As the name suggests, Fullers Vintage Ale is a beer worth keeping, and furthermore, it’s a beer that changes a little from year to year. It’s always a matter of taste how long to cellar such a beer, but it certainly needs a little time. Some years I have had it when it debuted at the Great British Beer Festival i August, and it’s been too fresh, too sharp at that time. Just half a year helps it to a more rounded character. Læs mere Fullers Vintage Ale, three year vertical

De Dolle Brouwers Stille Nacht, Christmas Beer Vertical

De Dolle Brewers Stille Nacht in three vintagesDe Dolle Brouwers Stille Nacht (Silent Night) is one of the most famous Christmas beers in the world. It’s also well known as a beer with great cellaring potential. It is such a potent beer that it’s definitely not at its best when it’s fresh, but should be aged at least a year to calm it down and mellow it out a little.

I had a case of vintage 2008 that I only finished a couple of years ago, and now I’m buying a few bottles a year to have a selection of older bottles. As the 2008 got older, I didn’t think it changed much from one year to the next, but in the first few years there are big differences. That’s why I have done a vertical tasting of the three most recent vintages, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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Ugly Duck/De Molen Nothing But Trouble

The3 original and six different barrel aged versions of Ugly Duck/De Molen Nothing But Trouble
Then original and six different barrel aged versions of Ugly Duck/De Molen Nothing But Trouble

This weekend Ugly Duck Brewing releases six new barrel aged versions of a collaboration beer with Brouwerij De Molen, called Nothing But Trouble. I’ll be presenting the beers at the big annual Christmas beer release event at the Indslev Brewery (mother brewery of the Ugly Duck brand), so I have had a little preview of the beers. Yes, I’m working for the brewery, so take these notes for what it is.

The original, unbarrelled, version could be tasted at the Copenhagen Beer Festival as Ugly Duck/De Molen Eendens & Molens, but hasn’t been for sale elsewhere until now. It’s an 11% Imperial Stout brewed with a little licorice and some smoked malt. Read an excellent blog in Danish from the brewday at Rigeligt Smør. Læs mere Ugly Duck/De Molen Nothing But Trouble

Anmeldelse af ølanmeldelser?

Den komplette JV anmeldelse af Gul Påske: ”øllet har en flot gul farve”, ”den minder for meget om en pilsner”, ”hvor blev påsken af?”
Den komplette JV anmeldelse af Gul Påske: ”øllet har en flot gul farve”, ”den minder for meget om en pilsner”, ”hvor blev påsken af?”

Hvilke krav kan man stille til en anmeldelse af øl, og findes den perfekte anmeldelse? Aktuel debat på bloggen. I søndags lagde Christian Andersen et “Gok til anmeldelser” på sin blog Durst, og i går lagde Christian Møller “En anmelders bekendelser” på sin blog, som jeg ikke havde hørt om før. Da jeg også hedder Christian og blogger om øl, må jeg jo hellere følge trop.

Udgangspunktet på Durst var en test af påskebryg i Jydske Vestkysten. En urimelig kortfattet, overfladisk og ukvalificeret anmeldelse ifølge Durst. Korte løsrevede sætninger, som ikke nødvendigvis fortæller læseren hvad det er for en slags øl eller hvad den kan.

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Tre amerikanere fra Thisted Bryghus

Tre amerikanske øl fra Thisted BryghusI januar præsenterede Thisted Bryghus tre nye øl med amerikansk inspiration. Jeg har ikke fået skrevet om dem endnu, men da der i lørdags var generalforsamling i Danske Ølentusiaster, og Thisteds brygger Antoni Aagaard Madsen holdt ølsmagning efterfølgende, kom jeg i tanker om at der lå et næsten færdigt blogindlæg og ventede.

Antoni Aagaard Madsen fortæller om de amerikanske øl ved Danske Ølentusiasters generalforsamling
Antoni Aagaard Madsen fortæller om de amerikanske øl ved Danske Ølentusiasters generalforsamling

De tre øl dækker tre klassiske amerikanske øltyper, og har fået bynavne der matcher typen. En kaffestout der er navngivet efter kaffens hovedstad og Starbuck’s hjemby, Seattle. En steambeer der er opkaldt efter guldgraverbyen Monterey. Og en pale ale der hedder Boston. Selv om amerikansk pale ale er flagskibet i moderne amerikansk “craft beer”, så er det jo en øltype med engelske rødder, og da englænderne i sin tid kom til Boston og New England medbragte de naturligvis den tids engelske øltraditioner Læs mere Tre amerikanere fra Thisted Bryghus