Yearly Archives: 2014

Witterkerke wit bier

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Adolphe De Brabandere submitted a application to start a brewery in the town of Bavikhove, Belgium in 1894. One of his sons, Joseph De Brabandere made the first brew the same year. Joseph died in 1929 at the age of 54. Josephs son Albert took over the brewery. Albert had two sons, Ignace and Vincent that helped with the family business, Vincent died in 1986 at the age of 32. Ignace was the only one left of the third generation. Today the brewery is ran by the fourth generation and remain a family owned brewery.

I bought this beer at the wine shop H.J. Hansen in Odense, Denmark at the price of 3 Euro for a 250 ml bottle at 5%

Light yellow in the colour and with a good unfiltered look.

Medium head of white fine bubbles, circa 10 mm stay on top of the beer for the drink.

Sweet and flowery aroma with a little fruit to it.

God CO2, light sweet fruit in the taste with a freshness. The taste is little too thin and it can off with a weird artificial after taste of the citrus.

Overall rating 73 / 100

Mikkeller – Not Just Another Wit

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Mikkel started brewing in his kitchen in 2005 and developed some new and innovative beers that quickly gave him international reputation. Later Ørbæk brewery in Denmark helped him brew on license to get a volume to export. Today he brews most of his beer on license at Proef Brouwerij brewery in Belgium.

I bought this beer in a wine shop called H.J. Hansen in Odense, Denmark at the price of 5 Euro for a 330ml bottle at 7,6%.

Semi bright yellow, not that hazy look on this unfiltered beer.

Small head, white and fine bubbles that disappears fast.

Spicy and flowered aroma with a hint of fruit.

Strong CO2, very strong flowered taste with a hefty bitterness. Long after taste. It feels like a fast attack of bitterness that moves straight on to a sweet fruit only to go straight into flower notes. There is no sign in the taste of the high alcohol percentage. Well played.

Overall rating 80 /100

Midtfyns bryghus – Go’jul

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Midtfyns brew house was founded in 2004 in Årslev, Denmark. It is a micro brewery that started out brewing beer on license from Scotland but since 2006 they have used their own recipes and develop their own new beers.

I bought this beer in a local wine shop in Odense, Denmark at the price of 6 Euro for a 500ml bottle at 6,2%

A thick and hazy yellow colour.

Great big head with a fine top and it stays for the full duration with a decent layer.

Lightly fruited and hoppy aroma with hints of citrus.

Heavy CO2 with a lot of taste from a full bodied fruit with sweet notes, goes into a more hoppy bitterness, not much, just enough to make for a good after taste that ends up long after in a flowery hint.

Overall rating 80 / 100

Munkebo mikrobryg – Jólner belgisk julehvede

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Munkebo mikrobryg is a micro brewery with a capacity of 13.5 hectolitre. Located in Munkebo, Denmark and was founded in 2013.

I bought this christmas wheat beer at the supermarket Brugsen in Odense, Denmark at the price of 6 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 5,1%.

Hazy yellow beer with large pieces of sediment at the bottom, so take care when pouring it into a glass.

Medium white head, very fine bubbles and it lasts for the duration of the beer.

Sweet fruit and a light bitter flowery aroma.

Low CO2 with a distinct taste of wheat, very little darkness minded sweetness that ends up in the after taste with a hint of flowers.

Overall rating 83 / 100

Indslev Bryggeri – Frederiks Jul

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Indslev brewery was established in 1897 by Frederik Christian Rasmussen. At some point the brewery was closed down, but in 2005 restored to former glory with brand new production equipment. The re-opening was made possible by Anders Busse Rasmussen, grand grand nephew of Frederik Christian Rasmussen.

I bought this beer in a the super market Brugsen in Odense, Denmark at the price of 3 Euro for a 500ml bottle at 6,5%.

Red with brown tones in this unfiltered beer with a good look to it.

Large and rough head with a lid of fine bubbles.

Weak fruit and a dominating bitter flowery scent from the hops.

Okay CO2, bitter fruit, some darkness, a hard flowery taste with even more bitterness in the end. A little too bitter for me with a sweet taste to play in. The label promised darkness and notes of tropical fruits, I do not think they made it all the way to the goal.

Overall rating 69 /100

Indslev bryggeri – Julehvede

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Indslev brewery was established in 1897 by Frederik Christian Rasmussen. At some point the brewery was closed down, but in 2005 restored to former glory with brand new production equipment. The re-opening was made possible by Anders Busse Rasmussen, grand grand nephew of Frederik Christian Rasmussen.

I bought this beer in a the super market Kvickly in Odense, Denmark at the price of 3 Euro for a 500ml bottle at 6,5%.

Deep orange colours with brown tones and a lovely glow in this unfiltered beer.

The head disappears fast into a thin layer.

Sweet and light fruit aroma but with a more forthcoming darkness and caramel.

Medium CO2, fruits and darkness with a good wheat taste. Ends up in the hops and sweet after taste.

Overall rating 81 /100

Croft Vintage Port 1966

The two bottles as they looked straight from the cellar.
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Cleaned from dust.
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First bottle in the decanter.
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A rather large amount of residue at the bottom of the bottle.
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A beauty as the wine sits there in the decanter.
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Swirling the wine around before the first taste.
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Decanting

The cork was moist almost all the way through, fell completely apart when opened.

Colour is light red with brown notes to it.

Spiced dried fruits in the aroma with a slightly dominant alcohol.

Soft taste, low tannin, warmth spreads, long after taste of dried fruit.

I let it decant for  2 hours before it was returned to the bottle for serving later at a family dinner.

8 hours after decanting

Alcohol is less dominant in the aroma and the taste have come more together. There is a good and delicious play between tannin, warmth and the sweet fruit.

2 days after decanting

Velvet soft drinking experience as tannin goes smooth hand in hand with a spiced flavour of dried fruits and in the after taste I feel the taste of eating red grapes or the faint smell of a old oak cask.

This 48 year old wine really develops through the 48 hours I had it opened. A few good evenings with a few glasses at day one and two after decanting was really a pleasure.

Overall rating 93 / 100

 

Munkebo mikrobryg – Årvågen sommersolhverv

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Munkebo mikrobryg is a micro brewery with a capacity of 13.5 hectolitre. Located in Munkebo, Denmark and was founded in 2013.

I bought this witbier in Vinens Verden in Odense, Denmark at the price of 5 Euro for a 330 ml bottle at 5,2%.

Beautiful yellow to orange colour to this unfiltered beer, compact and with large particles from the sediment.

The head is small with fine bubbles and disperses into a thin layer.

A welcoming mix of fruits in the aroma with a slightly dominating citrus.

Balanced CO2 from a beer that flows thick. Bitter fruits that ends off with a light sweetness in the after taste. Price is a bit high compared to bottle volume.

Overall rating 80 / 100

Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier non-alcoholic

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This wheat beer comes from the Paulaner brewery located at Munich in the southern Bayern.

Paulaner have been making beer here since 1634, the brewery was established by the Minim friars of the Neudeck ob der Au cloister. The order and brewery are named after the founder of the order, Francis of Paola. The brewery have since the start changed hands four times and today is owned by a holding company where a venture company along with Heineken owns it.

Beautiful yellow and orange beer with a heavy unfiltered feel to its flow, there is also a lot of sediment.

Big head with a fine top that disperses into a thin layer.

Good fruit aroma and some wheat comes in over it, a little too subtle.

Medium CO2 that gives a good life to the wheat and fruit notes, a little to the sweet side in the overall taste and a tad too thin with the risk of being a little watery, overall a soft taste that lacks a little bite to overcome the lack of alcohol to play into the picture. However it is still a good non-alcoholic weissbier.

Overall rating is 76 / 100

Gutmann Hefeweizen Non-alcoholic

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The brewery was founded in 1707 when Fürstbischof Marquard II build a brewery in his castle in Titting, Bayern, Germany.

The brewery closed down in 1759 and was reopened in 1786 by Fürstbischof Johann Anton III. The brewery became part of Bayern in 1808 and in 1821 it was sold and was now privately owned. The brewery have been in the hands of the Gutmann family since 1855.

I bought this beer at a Bayern web shop at the price of 2,5 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 0%.

A very hazy and compact beer with colour going from yellow to almost brown and with a heavy sediment.

A large head with fine bubbles on top, about 5 mm stays for the duration of the drink.

Light fruit aroma but aroma is dominated by the wheat.

Low CO2, some fruit taste but caramel and sweetness dominates. Not bad for a non-alcoholic beer.

Overall rating 75 / 100