Category Archives: Beer

Brasserie de la Senne – Taras boulba.

The history of the brewery Brasserie de la Senne starts in 2002 where the founders Yvan De Baets and Bernard Leboucq meet eachother. In 2003 they build a microbrewery in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, the former warehouse of the Moriau brewery. It was called “Sint-Pieter Brouwerij.” In 2010 they moved to Brussels and are now brewering from there 100%

I bought this 330 ml bottle at 4.5% at Carlsen’s Kvarter, a bar in Odense, Denmark at the price of some 7 Euro. It is a Belgian hoppy ale style of beer.

Uniform yellow in the colour.

Small head.

Aroma is a fresh and hoppy fruit, a bit to the weak side.

Good CO2 with a full bodied taste and feel. Good fruit and balances well with the hoppy bitterness.

Overall rating 77 / 100

Brussels Beer Project – Grosse Bertha

Brussels Beer Project was founded in 2013 by two beer enthusiasts, Olivier & Sébastien. It is now a collaborative brewery where brewers can rent in on the equipment. The brewery is located in Brussels, Belgium.

I bought this 330 ml bottle at 7% at Carlsen’s Kvater, a bar in Odense, Denmark at the price of some 8 Euro. It is a Belgian Hefeweize style beer.

A beautiful yellow, at least in the half darkness of a bar.

Small head on the top.

Aroma comes off a little weak but with a good fruit in it.

Powerful fruit in the taste, full bodied and a real mouthful. Good balance of CO2, fruit and slight bitterness in the after taste.

Overall rating 80 / 100

Ølgaard Julehvede

Ølgaard family brew is made on license by Midtfyns Bryghus on Fyn, Denmark. It is a fairly new brand on the scene of small home brewing companies that borrows equipment on the established breweries.

I bought this Christmas wheat brew at Carlsen’s Kvarter, a import beer beer bar since 1972, in Odense, Denmark. For a draft beer of 500 ml at 6.0% the price was 9 Euro.

Beautiful looking beer, orange and brown in the colour.

Small head with a fine foam.

Aroma comes off with a hops and christmas cookies to it, a bit to the weak side.

Faint wheat notes, powerful full bodied alcohol and warmth, becomes better as it goes from cold to room temperature. Let it rest for a bit if you buy this and get it served cold. But generally it is too neutral and should make more of itself.

Overall rating 68 / 100

Mecklenburger – Dunkles Weissbier

A old brand that has been sold off and is now brewed on license by more than one brewery. It can also be found from the German brewery Darguner Brauerei. This beer is brewed by Harboe Brwery in Denmark.

Harboes Bryggeri is located in Skælskør, Denmark and was established in 1883. Harboes has been family-owned and managed for five generations.

I bought this beer from a wine shop in Odense, Denmark at the price of 2 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 5,4%

Beautiful nut brown in the colour.

Medium sized head with a fine foam on the top.

Sweet medium strength fruit aroma with a hops darkness to it.

Slightly wheated in the taste. Fresh like thin darkness with classic dark notes. After taste is over as fast as it is discovered.

Overall rating 76 / 100

Bryghuset Braunstein – Pokal – Hvede

The supermarket group in Denmark called COOP have re-released their brand “Pokal” in a new version, where it originally was a cheap and low quality beer, it is not targetted the growing market for special brews.

This organic wheat beer comes from a private owned micro brewery located at Koege in the Denmark. The micro brewery is from 2011 and is run by two brothers that also own it. They try to target a smaller market with their special beers and especially their organic beers.

I bought this biodynamic 500 ml bottle at 6% from a Danish supermarket at the price of 1.3 Euro. Good price for biodynamic.

Slightly orange tones in the yellow colour. Unfiltered with a light haziness.

Completely white foam on the big head, rough structure underneath a fine top.

Hoppy aroma with a delicious sweetness from the fruit notes and wheat.

Good CO2 level accompanying a fresh fruit taste. Good balance between the wheat and hops. Ends in a slightly bitter after taste.

Overall rating 85 / 100

Ø Bryg – Vera’s Wit

Ø-bryg was founded in 2008 by Erik. In 2015 he opened Thurø Brewery at the small island of Thurø in Denmark.

I bought this 330 ml bottle at 4.5% from a gourmet food market in Svendborg, Denmark at the price of 5 Euro. Quite steep for a small beer, but from a new small brewery.

Yellow with orange tones in the colour.

Medium head that disperses into a thin layer rather quickly.

Spices and sweet fruit in the aroma with a surprisingly scent of barrel ageing.

High CO2 level makes it go full force with a mysterious hint of barrels from the spices and citrus. The fruit is deafened by the hops which however is not just a classic bitter wit, mysterious play and combination must be the keywords.

Overall rating 73 / 100

Benediktiner – Weissbier Alkoholfrei

Ettal Monastery was founded by Louis IV, Emperor of Bavaria, on 28 April 1330. In the 15th and 16th century, the monastery had its own brewery in nearby Oberammergau. The brewery was established at Ettal Monastery in 1609.  Beer has been brewed here on a continuous basis for more than 400 years.

I found this beer at a local supermarket in Denmark at the price of 1,5 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 0%.

Slightly unfiltered and yellow in the colour.

Great and big head with a beautiful foam and structure. Super fine foam on top.

Primarily wheat in the aroma with a faint fruit aroma.

Light CO2, mild in the taste with a weak but sweet wheat to it.

Overall rating is 70 / 100

Grauballe – Hvede

Grauballe brewery was established by Else Birk and William Frank in 2002, in old farm buildings just outside of Grauballe, Silkeborg, Denmark.

I bought this biodynamic beer from a supermarket in Odense, Denmark at the price of 3 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 4,7%

Thick flowing and yellow in the colour.

No head or foam top.

Powerful sweet fruit aroma with a delicious banana to it.

Heavy and full bodied in the taste, a sweetness with a weak fruit goes straight to the bitter tones in the after taste.

Overall rating 82 / 100

Bell’s brewery – Oberon Ale

Larry Bell founded The Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Inc. in 1983, but first started selling beer in 1985. The company is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. The company expanded in 2003 and 2012, and in 2006 they changed their name to Bell’s Brewery. The brewery is today run by Larry’s daughter, Laura Bell.

I bought this beer from a wine shop in Odense, Denmark at the price of 3 Euro for a 1 pint / 16 fl.oz. bottle at 5,8%

Yellow and orange in the colour with a heavy sediment.

Medium sized head that quickly disappears.

Fresh, sweet and flowery hops aroma.

Medium CO2, hoppy taste with a sharp citrus sweetness to it. After taste ends in bitterness. Good balance between sweet and sour.

Unpasteurized and unfiltered. Let it stand for a while before pouring it to avoid large chunks of sediment.

Overall rating 81 / 100

Carlsberg – Brewmasters Hoppy Alpenweisse

Carlberg brewery was founded in 1847 by J. C. Jacobsen, located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The first export of beer barrels was in 1868 due to the high quality of the beer. In 1875 the Carlsberg laboratory was founded and in 1883 it succeeded to grow a clean beer yeast and avoid uncontrollable fermentation in the beer. To this day this yeast is still used all over the world for pilsner brewing.

J. C. Jacobsens son, Carl Jacobsen, rented himself into brewery buildings owned by his father in 1871. They never could agree on the quality of the brew where the son wanted to brew faster to meet demands. J. C. Jacobsen kicked his son out of the lease in 1880 and Carl Jacobsen built the brewery Ny Carlsberg next to the other breweries. The two breweries was first fusioned 19 years after the fathers death.

Carlberg bought Wiibroe brewery in 1964, Tuborg in 1970, Hannen-Brauerei in 1988, a fusion with Tetley in 1992 and in 2000 they took over Feldschlösschen.

From 2008 there is no longer brewed beer in Copenhagen, except on the small brewery called Jacobsen where special beer of higher quality is made.

Carlsberg is among the 4th largest brewery corporations in the world.

I bought this beer from a supermarket in Odense, Denmark at the price of 2 Euro for a 440 ml bottle at 5,4%

Good looking with its thick flowing orange colour.

Medium sized rough structured head with a fine foam top.

A bit of hops in the aroma, nothing else.

Heavy and sweet with a noticeable alcohol warmth. Good play between taste notes and hops.

Overall rating 78 / 100