Monthly Archives: May 2013

Gruut White

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Gruut is a new and modern brewery that has been built on the site where the old Lely Brewery was placed in Ghent, Belgium. Lely was owned by the Gheeraerde Family, who brewed traditional Belgian ales from 1383 to 1673. The brewery was turned into a grain mill and much later up the 1980s it was a restaurant. Today the building is once again full of brewing equipment and in the cellar can traces of the old milling equipment still be seen. The name Gruut comes from the name of the herb mixture that is used in the original recipies for this kind of beer. 

I bought this beer at a small beer store located in a cellar in the main street of Tartu in Estonia. Price was 2,65 Euro for a 330ml beer at 5%.

The beer is white, atleast as white as a beer can get, and that is just as described on the bottle.

The head structure is rough and will quickly fade away.

Aroma is a fresh light play of fruit. Taste is a bubbly experience, fresh and light fruit, a very light fruit. It is a sprinkling beer to drink but the after taste is gone in a second. I would wish it had a longer finish and a little more kick to the fruit taste.

Overall rating is 76 / 100

Edelweiss Weissbier

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Edelweiss weissbier have been brewed since 1646 and is based on the original recipe from the brewery Kaltenhausen that was founded in 1475,

I found this beer at a local supermarket in Denmark at the reasonable price of 1,5 Euro for a 330 ml can with a strength of 5%.

A bright glowing yellow unfiltered beer fills the glass from a bottle that clucks when poured.

The head is nice, fine and settles into a thinner layer.

Aroma comes off with a good fruity invitation. A very mild taste is not expected from the aroma. Seems to contain very little CO2, so little that it gets a flat feeling.

There is nothing to hold up against this beer except the flat feeling and mild taste, just under average.

Overall rating is 69 / 100

Ørbæk bryggeri – KORS ØØLL

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Ørbæk brewery was founded in 1906 by the Madsen family but was sold off in the late 1970’s. Due to heavy competition from larger breweries the brewery kept changing hands until it closed down for good in the early 1990’s. In 1996 Niels and Nicolai Rømer bought and restored the brewery to its former glory and is today producing organic juice and beers on the original brewery equipment.

KORS ØØLL is made in cooperation with Nyborg castle museum to try and make a beer as the one drank by the Johannenite order.

I found this beer at a local supermarket in Denmark at the reasonable price of 4 Euro for a 750 ml bottle with a strength of 7,5%.

The medium dark beer fills the glass, a heavy aroma of caramel and darkness is apparent.

The head is subtle and just covers the beer.

Taste is heavy, dark, middleage like, caramel and with a flat CO2 as expected from such a beer. It really hides its 7,5% alcohol so well that it goes unnoticed. The after taste have a funny tinkling to it.

Did they succeed in brewing a beer like in the middleages, I do not know. But they succeeded in making a good beer that deserves to be tried out, especially to the price. Not to mention it is organic, a big plus in my book!

Overall rating is 80 / 100