December 18th – A Word On Beers X-mas Calendar

December 18th and this is what was in my two X-mas calendars:

🎄The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar🎄

Spontandryhop Centennial by Mikkeller – Brettanomyces and hops with fruity hints in the nose. Taste is fruity lambic with a bit of bitterness and some earthy,  floral and citrus notes from the hops. The most complex lambic ever, but still a nice glass of beer.

🎄My wife’s homemade X-mas calendar🎄

Eartha (Vintage 2015) by Penyllan Brewery – Funky Brettanomyces and cherries paired with some chianti, rose and a tiny hint of strawberry in the aroma. Cherries, caramel, a bit of bread and tart fruit flavors in the mouth. Carbonation is vivid and this beer is a display of complex acidity with notes of bitterness and warming alcohol in the end. This is once again a super tasty beer from Jessica and Christian.

Some days ago I had another one of the sour beers from Danish Penyllan Brewery and today it’s a very tasty experience once again. Jessica and Christian who run the brewery sure know how to do barrel-aged sour beers. Eartha is a super tasty mix of old ale, cherries, and chianti with nice complexity. This beer has so many layers of taste that every sip is a new and exciting experience. Neither funky Brettanomyces nor cherries and chianti is ever too much. It’s just pure enjoyment and dreams of summer in a bottle. The Spontandryhop Centennial is a tasty lambic with a nicely executed dry-hopping, but it’s nowhere near the complexity of Eartha. Today’s best beer is without a doubt Eartha from Danish brewery Penyllan.    

All through December, I’m opening my two X-mas beer calendars. The two calendars are The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar and my wife’s homemade X-mas calendar.

See you tomorrow!

December 17th – A Word On Beers X-mas Calendar

December 17th and this is what was in my two X-mas calendars:

🎄The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar🎄

Single Hop Series APA Citra by Mikkeller – Refreshing citrus and tropical fruits in the nose. Taste is much the same with Citra hops at center stage. The beer itself is quite simple, but that’s just right for this one. The flavors of bread and citrus and tropical fruits blend nicely with the relatively pronounced bitterness. A nice straight forward pale ale!

🎄My wife’s homemade X-mas calendar🎄

Patrons Project 5.07 // Ricky Lightfoot // Scafell Pike // DDH IPA by Northern Monk – Full-blown hop flavors in the nose. Ripe tropical fruits and some citrus dominates followed by a malty-sweet aroma. Taste is citrus and sweet peaches and apricots followed by some pine. Mouthfeel is full and supports the fruit flavors very nicely. Following all these impressions are flavors of melon – maybe honeydew – and some passionfruit. This is a really tasty New England IPA.

Today’s hoppy beers are both loaded with my favorite hop – Citra. Citra all over makes me sure that there is a chance I’m happy when drinking these beers. And boy am I happy! Single Hop Series APA Citra by Mikkeller is a very nice American pale ale. It’s not too sweet and it’s not too bitter. It’s just about right. Patrons Project 5.07 // Ricky Lightfoot // Scafell Pike // DDH IPA by Northern Monk is so much more than just about right. It’s a seriously tasty New England IPA with very evident flavors of Citra, Columbus, and Azacca hops. It’s tropical and citrus flavors all over the place and a very nice creamy mouthfeel without that overpowering sweetness that sometimes spoils a great juicy New England IPA. This is by far the best beer today. 

All through December, I’m opening my two X-mas beer calendars. The two calendars are The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar and my wife’s homemade X-mas calendar.

See you tomorrow!

December 16th – A Word On Beers X-mas Calendar

December 16th and this is what was in my two X-mas calendars:

🎄The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar🎄

Beer Geek Dessert by Mikkeller and Lervig – Vanilla and chocolate in the nose paired with something that reminds me of a “bleeding” chocolate cake with caramel. Taste is huge vanilla flavors with roasted malt, some bitterness, dark chocolate, very dark caramel. Sweetness is a bit over the top to me and I usually like sweet things. It’s still a nice pastry stout, but if brewed again I think I would prefer the sweetness to be dialed down a bit.

🎄My wife’s homemade X-mas calendar🎄

Barrel Aged Frogichlaus 2019 by Hoppin’ Frog Brewery – Malty and sweet aroma with hints of bourbon and a tiny bit of caramel and chocolate. Taste is malty sweetness with bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a bit of milk chocolate. The beer is by no means too sweet. It’s a very nicely balanced experience that reminds me of a great barley wine in some ways. Taste is much more “clean” though. Probably what you would expect from a lager style beer with a 12.4% ABV. A very tasty beer. If this is a Christmas beer I want many more before it’s all over in a week and a half!

An actual Christmas beer in my calendars today – with the level that Barrel Aged Frogichlaus 2019 provides, it’s totally okay with me. In some ways it reminds me of a bock of some kind, but this beer is endlessly much better. It’s actually just shy of being perfect. Again the Mikkeller calendar beer doesn’t stand a chance against my wife’s homemade calendar. Beer Geek Dessert is not a bad beer at all. It’s just up against a beer from the highest shelf. On any other day I would easily be satisfied with Beer Geek Dessert, but today it just seems a bit rough and unpolished compared to the smoothness of Frogichlaus’ velvety soft bourbon barrel aged niceness.  

All through December, I’m opening my two X-mas beer calendars. The two calendars are The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar and my wife’s homemade X-mas calendar.

See you tomorrow!

December 15th – A Word On Beers X-mas Calendar

December 15th and this is what was in my two X-mas calendars:

🎄The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar🎄

Beer Geek Brunch by Mikkeller and Lervig – Coffee and chocolate in the nose – almost like a chocolate espresso. Taste is very balanced coffee and sweet dark chocolate flavors – much like a spongy chocolate cake with coffee icing on top. The mouthfeel is just about endlessly smooth and quite creamy. I could easily see this beer with a great brunch.

🎄My wife’s homemade X-mas calendar🎄

Patrons Project 19.02 // Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs // Psychopomp // Multivitamin Tropical Juice IPA by Northern Monk – Huge Citra and tropical fruits in the nose – almost like the aroma of multi-fruit juice. Taste is really like drinking freshly squeezed juice from ripe mango, pineapple, guava, and mandarin. There is next to no bitterness and mouthfeel is very creamy and soft. This is milkshake IPA at it’s best – a true fruit-bomb!

Today brings the first milkshake IPA in this X-mas calendar – and what a beer it is! It’s so incredibly juice and fruit flavors are everywhere. It’s easily the best milkshake IPA I have had. Don’t be mistaken, Beer Geek Brunch is not a bad beer – I like my imperial stouts with coffee and chocolate flavors – Patrons Project 19.02 // Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs // Psychopomp // Multivitamin Tropical Juice IPA is just an amazing beer with so much fruit flavor to offer that you might think there is a whole plantation in just this can. It’s a mind-blowingly fruity beer.

All through December, I’m opening my two X-mas beer calendars. The two calendars are The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar and my wife’s homemade X-mas calendar.

See you tomorrow!

December 14th – A Word On Beers X-mas Calendar

December 14th and this is what was in my two X-mas calendars:

🎄The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar🎄

Awful Gato by Mikkeller San Diego – Coffee, a bit of vanilla, some sweetness and a tiny hint of citrus in the nose. Taste is full-blown coffee at first followed by vanilla and chocolate flavors. Bitterness sneaks up just before you take the next sip. Between every sip, this beer makes you mouth water flow. This is a super easy drinking beer. It’s definitely one of the best brown ales I have had in a very long time.

🎄My wife’s homemade X-mas calendar🎄

Brewer’s Reserve Vanilla Bean Stout by Central Waters Brewing Company – Evident bourbon barrel and some vanilla hit the nose followed by a faint note of dark chocolate. Flavors of coconut are dominant at first followed by evident bourbon and quite a lot of vanilla without overpowering anything else. Somewhere in between all this is a bit of oak and a tasty mix of faint chocolate and licorice. This is really a sipper that changes as the temperature of the beer is rising. This is a super tasty beer!

Yesterday’s beers were black. Today’s beers are brown and black. I think it fits the season quite well. Coffee and vanilla seem to be the keywords today, but then bourbon enters the stage and takes over completely. Brewer’s Reserve Vanilla Bean Stout really is a treat. If you like imperial stouts aged in bourbon barrels this is a beer you need to find. The balance between bourbon barrel and vanilla is superb. This is a beer that makes me wanna buy some more to store for the future. Both beers today are way above average and if you really force me to choose I have to go with Brewer’s Reserve Vanilla Bean Stout by Central Waters Brewing Company since is just absolutely amazing. 

All through December, I’m opening my two X-mas beer calendars. The two calendars are The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar and my wife’s homemade X-mas calendar.

See you tomorrow!

Beer Blog Awards 2019 – Årets ølbutik

This blog post is in Danish since Beer Blog Awards is a Danish thing. Use Google Translate if you want to read it – thanks for understanding.

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Danish Beer Blog Awards har i år fået tilføjet en ekstra kategori, nemlig årets ølbutik. Årets ølbutik kan både være en fysisk butik og en webshop. Der er frit slag fra bloggerens side.

Mit valg kunne falde flere steder. Det ville være nærliggende at kåre den fysiske ølbutik jeg kommer mest i. Det er MENY Bjerringbro. MENY bjerringbro har et fantastisk øludvalg og Allan gør et kæmpe arbejde for hele tiden at holde sig på den forreste kant af udviklingen. Det bliver dog ikke MENY Bjerringbro der løber med prisen, selvom det sørgelige sker i Februar 2020, når butikken desværre lukker for at give plads til et tysk discount supermarked. 

Et meget lille udpluk af det fantastiske udvalg i MENY Bjerringbro

Jeg har også i årets løb været forbi Tidens Farvers Ølafdeling i Aarhus. Det er vel nok universets dejligste farvehandler! Der er virkeligt mange forskellige interessante øl, som kan gøre enhver ølelsker tørstig. 

Både Bjerringbro og Aarhus kan være nødvendige valg, når man som mig bor i Danmarks ølbutikørken nummer 1 – Silkeborg! Mit håb er at der kommer en ændring på den front i 2020, men det må tiden jo vise om der er nogen der vil binde an med. Mine fingre er i hvert fald krydsede.

Min favorit ølbutik i det forgangne år skal ikke findes i mit lokalområde. På grund af min geografiske placering køber jeg rigtig meget af mit øl online. Det giver selvfølgelig de sædvanlige udfordringer med friskheden på IPA’er og lignende, men det finder man jo hurtigt ud af med den enkelte webshop. 

Igennem de sidste par år har jeg hver måned modtaget kassen fra Mikkeller Beer Club. Det er som regel altid en fornøjelse at opleve de øl der er med – både fra Mikkeller selv og fra andre bryggerier. Der er altid smæk for skillingen! Jeg har også købt andet hos Mikkeller Webshop i løbet af året, blandt andet diverse fantastiske sours fra Mikkeller Baghaven. Alt denne lykke er dog ikke nok til at sikre Mikkeller Webshop prisen som årets ølbutik.

I løbet af 2019 har jeg også haft gode oplevelser med at handle hos Kihoskh, ølkassen.dk, To Øls webshop og hos bestofbeers.dk. Alle har de hver især leveret kvalitet og uden forsinkelser eller smadrede varer, men de kommer alligevel ikke i betragtning til at modtage prisen.

Alko – den finske pendant til Systembolaget i Sverige.

Årets ølbutik skal i stedet findes i et af de lande jeg besøgte på min sommerferie. I Finland var jeg svært imponeret af udvalget i de Alko-butikker jeg besøgte. Alko er den finske pendant til Systembolaget i Sverige og altså et statsligt monopolforetagende. På turen hjem med tog fra Finland var min rygsæk ret tung, da jeg fandt virkeligt mange lækre øl til meget rimelige priser. 

En lille del af ølsortimentet i en Alko-butik i Helsinki

Alko bliver dog ikke årets ølbutik. Den skal i stedet for findes i Sverige. Så tænker du nok at det er da urimeligt dyrt at købe øl i Sverige? Nej, det er det faktisk ikke. Hvad så med udvalget, det er da lille? Igen er det et rungende nej. Planlægger du en tur til Sverige, så tjek lige Systembolagets hjemmeside, hvor du kan finde mere end 2000 forskellige øl! Ja, du læste rigtigt: 2000 forskellige øl! Ved du hvor du skal hen i Sverige, så tjek om der ligger en Systembolaget i nærheden. Du kan nemlig bestille alle deres øl (også som dansker) til afhentning i en hvilken som helst afdeling, hvis bare du gør det mere end et par dage i forvejen. Dette fandt jeg desværre først ud af da jeg var på vej hjem fra Sverige og rygsækken allerede var fuld af lækre (og nærmest urimeligt billige) øl jeg havde købt i diverse Systembolagetbutikker i Stockholm. 

På baggrund af et fantastisk udvalg, billige priser og god service er årets ølbutik 2019: Systembolaget i Sverige!      

Årets vinder af prisen som Årets ølbutik.

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Som en lille bonus kan du her se en lille video fra en tur rundt i Meny Bjerringbros fantastiske ølafdeling.

December 13th – A Word On Beers X-mas Calendar

December 13th and this is what was in my two X-mas calendars:

🎄The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar🎄

Milk Stout by Mikkeller – Aroma of coffee and sweetness is what hits the nose at first followed by a smoky note. Bitter coffee and quite a lot of sweetness is dominant in taste followed by that good old smooth stout feeling that you probably know? This is just a well-executed stout and that evident coffee taste is apparently from roasted malt – no added coffee.

🎄My wife’s homemade X-mas calendar🎄

Double Negative by Grimm Artisan Ales – Espresso and chocolate are dominant aromas followed by a bit of black currant. Mouthfeel instantly is extremely creamy and smooth and gives way to coffee and chocolate flavors followed by a tasty lingering bitterness and nice notes of roasted malt. By the way, the tan head falls very slowly to a lingering lacing that stays all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is a very tasty imperial stout!

Friday the 13th and only black beers! Today it’s not a bad omen, but just about as tasty as Friday can be! Both stouts are tasty beers and it’s nice to have a milk stout that’s just plain and simple, but nonetheless, a great representation of the style such as the Mikkeller one is. Double Negative by Grimm Artisan Ales is just the better beer today! It’s a downright delicious beer that’s insanely smooth and with a coffee flavor that’s balanced to something just shy of perfection. If I had to choose an imperial stout with coffee flavors to bring as my only beer on a deserted island Double Negative could easily be the one. Today’s beers are once again the proof that life is great!   

All through December, I’m opening my two X-mas beer calendars. The two calendars are The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar and my wife’s homemade X-mas calendar.

See you tomorrow!

Beer Blog Awards 2019 – Årets danske bryggeri

This blog post is in Danish since Beer Blog Awards is a Danish thing. Use Google Translate if you want to read it – thanks for understanding.

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Årets sidste kategori i Danish Beer Blog Awards 2019 er Årets Danske Bryggeri. Den her kategori kunne måske godt være den der kunne give mig flest hovedbrud. Der er flere gode bud end nogensinde. En lang række bryggerier har vist et højere format i det forgangne år end tidligere år. Andre har vist at de ikke bare lavede få gode bryg, men har fortsat den høje klasse fra tidligere år. 

En række super velsmagende øl fra Mikkeller Baghaven

I løbet af året har jeg fået ualmindeligt meget nærmest urimeligt lækkert øl fra Mikkeller Baghaven og igen ville det være den lette og oplagte løsning at sende prisen den vej. Det har jeg, som du nok allerede har gættet, ikke valgt at gøre. De sure øl fra Penyllan og fra Ugly Duck kunne også godt gøre dem til værdige modtagere af prisen uden at det dog ender sådan. 

Amager Bryghus imponerer igen i år med deres næsten urimeligt høje bundniveau og det samme synes jeg GAMMA gør. Dry & Bitter og Alefarm kan også uden problemer være med. Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri fortsætter også deres velsmagende arbejde. Frederik på Bad Seed Brewing har lige rundet et år i egne lokaler og med pænt gode øl i produktion. 

Øl fra Amager Bryghus som de så ud til Beers Behind Bars i FÆNGSLET i Horsens.

Danske Ølentusiaster har hvert år en kåring af årets danske bryggeri og igen i år har jeg været med til at udpege kandidaten fra min lokalafdeling i Silkeborg. Flere forskellige bryggerier blev vendt og drejet og det endte med en indstilling af den senere vinder Åben. Åben har gang i mange spændende ting med blandt andet egen bar i Aarhus og Roskilde og så producerer de en perlerække af velsmagende øl. Både de humlede, de sorte og de syrlig frugt øl klarer Åben på et konstant højt niveau. Med den portefølje var det rigtig dejligt at se at de kunne formå at holde Thisted Bryghus fra at vinde prisen for gud ved hvilken gang. 

Årets bryggeri 2019

Der er er måske nok bryggerier der brygger øl jeg sætter mere pris på end Åben, men med hele deres projekt og alt det velsmagende øl der kommer fra hænderne på Philip og co, synes jeg ikke at det kan være anderledes end at Årets Bryggeri er Åben.

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December 12th – A Word On Beers X-mas Calendar

December 12th and this is what was in my two X-mas calendars:

🎄The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar🎄

Beer Geek Fudgesicle by Mikkeller and Lervig – Loads of chocolate fudge in the nose with a tiny bit of roasted malt in the background. Taste is equally great flavors of chocolate fudge and a bit of butterscotch and some roasted malt. This beer is quite sweet, but still the feeling of liquid chocolate cake with lumps of chocolate fudge is very nice. This is like a liquid dessert.

🎄My wife’s homemade X-mas calendar🎄

Internationally Known by To Øl and Finback Brewery – Huge juicy grapefruit hop aroma. Taste is equally juicy with loads of citrus flavors from both Centennial cryo hops and from the Citra hops. Tropical fruit flavors also takes a place in this super tasty hop-loaded double IPA. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and bitterness is just about right. This is yet another double IPA as I like them – not too sweet and with a fair amount of bitterness. Another killer DIPA!

Today I feel incredibly lucky once again. Both beers are amazing and boy am I lucky that have these two great X-mas calendars. Internationally Known is another super nice DIPA that just make you wanna have one more sip as quickly as possible. The juice-factor in this beer is extremely high and makes all my thoughts about overly sweet DIPAs disappear in an instant. Beer Geek Fudgesicle on the other hand is extremely sweet, but it fits this beer very well. The feeling of drinking liquid chocolate fudge is very evident. This is a very well made pastry stout and actually it’s not too sweet. It’s just downright tasty.  

All through December, I’m opening my two X-mas beer calendars. The two calendars are The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar and my wife’s homemade X-mas calendar.

See you tomorrow!

Beer Blog Awards 2019 – Årets ølnyhed

This blog post is in Danish since Beer Blog Awards is a Danish thing. Use Google Translate if you want to read it – thanks for understanding.

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Dagens kategori i Danish Beer Blog Awards 2019 er Årets Ølnyhed. Årets ølnyhed er oftest en øl, som har gjort stort indtryk i løbet af det forgangne år. Sidste år stak jeg lidt af og kårede Amager Bryghus og Danske Ølentusiaster (DØE) i forening, fordi det efter flere år med Thisted Bryghus, som årets bryggeri, lykkedes DØE at finde en anden og mere rigtig vinder af den pris. I år vil jeg bevæge mig lidt mere tilbage imod normen og kåre en øl eller i hvert fald den samlede ølportefølje fra et bryggeri til årets ølnyhed.

Årets ølnyhed er absolut ikke den letteste kategori, da der er virkelig meget at vælge imellem. Jeg har gennem året til stadighed været imponeret af det øl der er kommet fra Åben i Kolding, men samtidig er der også masser af imponerende øl fra GAMMA, Alefarm, Dry & Bitter, Ebeltoft, Fanø Bryghus, Amager Bryghus og selvfølgelig Mikkeller. Det er dog ingen af dem der kommer til at løbe med prisen i år. Bad Seed Brewing synes jeg også har gjort det godt, men jeg synes stadigvæk at der mangler noget for at Frederik når helt op i toppen. 

Kigger man mod udlandet er der også en lang række bryggerier, der kunne være kandidater til årets ølnyhed. Ungarske Mad Scientist har gentagne gange imponeret med deres stærke evner ud i at smagssætte øl og mjød på forskellig vis uden at det kammer over og bliver rodet. Det bliver dog heller ikke dem der løber med prisen. 

Mjød fra Mad Scientist

Hollandske De Moersleutel har også imponeret mig i en nærmest uhørt høj grad i det forgangne år. Deres sorte øl er af virkelig høj klasse og når de så også svinger sig op til at lave diverse fadlagringer, så stikker det helt af og bliver nærmest himmelsk. Specielt har deres dobbelt-fadlagrede Barcode-serie imponeret i ekstrem grad. To af dem – Barcode Blue og Barcode Purple – kunne smages til årets øloplevelse Rowdy Hops i Aarhus. De Moersleutel får dog heller ikke prisen, selvom de er en meget stærk kandidat.

Barcode Purple, Barcode Blue og Three Years Dinner fra De Moersleutel

Til årets ølnyhed bevæger jeg mig over i det sure øl . Det nemme valg ville være at pege på Mikkeller Baghaven der holder et verdensklasseniveau på alle deres sours. Brygmester Ehren Schmidt (The Sour Scientist) har virkelig formået at få det ypperste frem fra fadene på Refshaleøen. Øllet fra Mikkeller baghaven er helt sikkert værdigt til prisen, men jeg vil lidt et andet sted hen.

Lidt lækkert fra Mikkeller Baghaven serveret til Rowdy Hops i Aarhus

I året der er gået har jeg smagt alle øl på nær en fra Ugly Ducks barrel project og været ret begejstret. Historierne om hvordan Bryggeriet Vestfyen har fået fingre i de fade er dog ikke videre køn og trækker ned i en grad så Ugly Duck helt sikkert ikke kan få prisen. Desuden er øllene overhovedet heller ikke på højde med dem som laves hos vinderen. 

Vinderen skal nemlig findes på Bornholm, hvor Penyllan laver nogle ret fantastisk sours. Jeg er vild med den måde Jessica formår at bruge fadene på til at skabe nogle virkeligt komplekse, men alligevel relativt let drikkelige øl. Der er altid garanti for store øloplevelser, når en flaske Penyllanøl åbnes. Frugttilsætninger og forskellige fade bliver blended på en måde så alt giver mening og verden udenfor bare kan gå sin gang. En form for adelsmærke opnåede Penyllan også da de var med på Mikkellers festival MBCC’19. Man kunne måske argumentere for at prisen på de dejlige dråber fra Bornholm er for høj, men med den tid og den flid der ligger bag øllet synes jeg godt det kan forsvares. Årets ølnyhed er altså de samlede værker fra Penyllan.

Linnea og Nina fra Penyllan – Årets ølnyhed

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