Ugly Duck Brewing Co. – Vinyl Snob

Founded in 2012, Ugly Duck is a sub brand of the Danish brewery Indslev. 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 was given this 330 ml glass bottle wheat beer as a gift from a friend. It sports 4.2% alcohol, it brewed on license at Indslev Brewery, in Denmark.

Small head of fine foam, it disappeared faster than I could rate the look of the beer and its aroma.

Extremely fruited in the aroma, no clear wheat notes, but a heavy passion fruit feeling to it. I check the label at the back, passion fruit juice has been added to the beer. I am not a fan of adding flavor or aroma. I am a big fan of Germany’s Beer Purity Law.

Tinkling with citrus notes, bitterness and a heavy passion fruit taste does not play well with the lack of CO2. The overall taste picture comes off very raw, properly from the added salt, it just tries too hard to stand out and fails at being a good and solid beer.

Overall rating 65 / 100

Skagen Bryghus – Aslaug

The brewery Skagen Bryghus was founded in 2005 in Skagen, Denmark. It is located in the building formerly used for the electricity generation for the city.

This is a wheat beer at 5.0% in a 500 ml glass bottle. I was given this wheat beer as a gift from family members, for my birthday, a proper birthday wish is wheat beer in all its wonderful different shades and forms.

Big head with a rough structure and fine foam top. A good and hazy yellow color with orange notes.

Fresh wheat in the aroma, comes off with a medium strength. Subtle notes of sweet fruit.

Good CO2 level with a fresh an fruity taste to it, rounds off with more dark notes and a slight bitterness. Can be enjoyed in very large sips, no need to hold back, possible good for thirst quenching. I could have wished for some more sweet notes and less hops in the after taste.

Overall rating 78 / 100

Perlenbacher – Patronus

Perlenbacher is a brand of the supermarket Lidl. It is brewed by Frankfurter Brauerei.

I received this beer as a birthday present from my family. It is a 500 ml bottle at 5.5% alcohol.

There is no head or foam worth mentioning.

The color is a deep orange with brown notes to it.

Good medium strength aroma with a sweetness of dried fruits and hints of wheat.

Good CO2 level which balances fine with the fruit notes. Sweet in the taste with a good play with the wheat notes. Full of life.

Overall rating 83 / 100.

Bryghuset Vendia – Haugbølle Hvede

The brewery named Bryghuset Vendia was founded in 2006 by Henning Gyldenberg Pedersen and Erik Lytzen. The brewery is owned by the local community through sale of shares. No-one owns more than 5% of the stock. Bryghuset Vendia is located in Hjørring, Denmark.

I bought this wheat beer in a local store on the Danish island Langeland. Its a 500 ml glass bottle at 4.8%

Nice big head, rough foam, slightly orange in the color. Disappears within a few minutes.

Slightly hazy and glowing orange color.

Medium strength fruit and sweet wheaten aroma.

Good Co2 level, full bodied sweet and wheaten taste, with an explosion of fruity notes. The after taste has a few notes of darkness about it. Good balance between the elements.

Overall rating 84 / 100

Vadehavsbryggeriet – Blåvand Hvede

I bought this bio-dynamic wheat beer from a supermarket in Odense, Denmark at the price of 3 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 5,8%

Slightly hazy and yellow in the colour.

Large head with a fine foam on the top.

Good wheat and fruited aroma with pleasant notes to it.

Good full bodied taste that is in balance. Hops and wheat joins up in a nice play. Slightly too weak CO2. Some bitterness in the after taste. Biodynamic beer holds a special place in my heart, just next to the German Beer Purity law.

Overall rating 86 / 100

Hvide Sande Bryghus – Fyret

Hvide Sande Bryghus was established in 2018 by Niels Sangill. It is located at the harbour area of Hvide Sande in a building that used to house a fish packaging factory. Niels is born and raised in Hvide Sande and returned to produce good local brew.

I bought this 500 ml bottle at 5.0% at a restaurant in Hvide Sande, Denmark at the price of 6 Euro. This is a Danish take on a weissbier.

Thick and hazy orange in the colour.

Medium white head with a fine top. Disperses quickly into a thin layer.

Medium sweetness and fruit in the aroma, no particular notes stand out.

Soft tasting experience, good CO2 levels to accompany the sweet fruit that balances with some dark notes.

Overall rating 80 / 100

Quinta Do Portal Vintage Port 2000

Quinta Do Portal is a family owned wine yard and maker, founded in the 1990s in Porto, Portugal. The vintages from Portal is recommended to be stored for 10 years as they aim for a lighter Port to distinguish themselves form the traditional tannin heavy Douro Port.

Taste notes right after decanting

Aroma is dominated by alcohol with a thin dark spice to it.

Brown and red in the colour with orange edges.

Good balance very early, shows a fresh fruit with a sharp tannin. Comes off a little thin and with little to no after taste.

Intermediate rating 83 / 100

Taste notes 3 hours after decanting

Aroma is unchanged, alcohol is still dominating.

Colour has changed to be slightly darker, a good sign.

It has now gained some dried fruits in the after taste.

Intermediate rating 85 / 100

Taste notes 7½ hours after decanting

The alcohol is no longer dominant in the aroma, a deep and ark spicy fruit comes off nicely.

Slightly darker in the colour.

Fresh and lively wine, not full bodied in the mouth, but still with good tannin. After taste has also gained a fair amount of dried fruits and a prominent raisin.

Overall rating 88 / 100

Taste notes 26 hours after decanting. Less alcohol in the aroma, but not much fruit gained. Taste and mouth feel is more tame, tannin has worn off and it is flattening out.

Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012

Fuller’s has a history dating back to the 1600’s London in the Chiswich district down to the Thames river. A long history of brewery houses first coined the Fullers’s Griffin Brewery, as it is known today, in 1845 with the partnership of John Fuller, Henry Smith and John Turner.

I bought this 500 ml bottle at 8.5% in a wine shop in Odense, Denmark at the price of 13 Euro. This limited edition ale had number 141.

Thick and hazy beer with a orange and red glow to the color.

A small head with just a little rough and fine foam.

The aroma comes off as a dump truck full of sugar, combined with notes of fresh yoghurt and its delivered with a knotted fist.

Extremely full bodied and overly sweet. A very low CO2 level and a after taste that will hunt you into eternity.

Overall rating 78 / 100

The Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012 review was part of a vertical tasting of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2013

Fuller’s has a history dating back to the 1600’s London in the Chiswich district down to the Thames river. A long history of brewery houses first coined the Fullers’s Griffin Brewery, as it is known today, in 1845 with the partnership of John Fuller, Henry Smith and John Turner.

I bought this 500 ml bottle at 8.5% in a wine shop in Odense, Denmark at the price of 13 Euro. This limited edition ale had number 32554.

Brown with red notes in the color and slightly hazy.

A small head with just a little fine foam.

Very heavy sweetness in the aroma with a mysterious flavor to it.

Thick flowing, spiced up and full of candy sweetness. Sticks to the glass with its heaviness and very flat CO2 level. Notes of darkness.

Overall rating 83 / 100

The Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2013 review was part of a vertical tasting of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2014

Fuller’s has a history dating back to the 1600’s London in the Chiswich district down to the Thames river. A long history of brewery houses first coined the Fullers’s Griffin Brewery, as it is known today, in 1845 with the partnership of John Fuller, Henry Smith and John Turner.

I bought this 500 ml bottle at 8.5% in a wine shop in Odense, Denmark at the price of 13 Euro. This limited edition ale had number 13971.

Red and orange in the color and somewhat hazy.

A small head with both rough and fine foam.

Sweet fruit and spices in the aroma, accompanied with a tad of alcohol.

Low CO2 level, full bodied sweet and wine-like in the taste. Notes of oak.

Overall rating 88 / 100

The Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2014 review was part of a vertical tasting of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.