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

Pocas 10 Years Old Tawny

In 1918 Manoel Domingues Poças Júnior and his uncle established Poças & comandita. Manoel Poças receives the Quinta das Quartas, the first of the company’s wine estate in the Douro, in payment of a debt. In 1959 Manoel’s grandsons Manuel and Jorge Pintão joined the firm. In 1962 the declaration of the first Poças Vintage. In 2006 the company remains on family hands with 4 generations working together.

I bought this 375 ml half-bottle at 20% at the price of 10 Euro in a Danish supermarket.

Faint brown colour with red notes in the reflections from light.

Heavy curtains are left on the side of the glass after swinging it around, they descent very slowly.

Overwhelming sweet fruit in the aroma accompanied by a more and more dominating alcohol as the aroma is swept out of the glass.

Very hot from the alcohol, good fruit but still too thin, faint notes of aged wood barrels, as the alcohol fades away it opens up for a good dried fruits in the after-taste which has longer than expected life time.

Overall rating 88 / 100

Croft Vintage Port 2000

Estimated cost of this Croft Vintage Port 2000 bottle of 750 ml is 38 Euro.

Taste notes right after decanting

Dark red with brown notes in the colour

Has a heavy swing to it already, leaves heavy curtains on the sides of the glass

Deep dark fruit with a spiced side in the aroma. Well performing right after opening the bottle.

Warm alcohol, full bodied taste with a dark side to it, though on the weak side. Slight notes of dried fruits with short after taste.

Intermediate rating 88 /100

3 hours after decanting

The alcohol has become more dominant in the aroma and there is no change to the taste.

Intermediate rating 87 /100

7 hours after decanting

Enhanced on the sweet notes, much more open, alcohol is less warm. A specific raisin taste has come forward. 

Tannin’s are still well alive and gives a good play.

Intermediate rating 90 /100

22 hours after decanting

Red as blood.

Still some alcohol in the aroma but certainly with a much more spicy and mysterious darkness about it.

Still bite from the tannin, warmth from the alcohol and a good full bodied taste.

Clear taste of dried fruits in taste and after taste.

Overall rating 90 / 100

Poppels Bryggeri – Belgisk Wit

Poppels Brewery is a independent brewery founded in 2012 in Jonsered, Västra Götaland County in Sweden. 

I bought this biodynamic beer from a wine shop in Odense, Denmark at the price of 4 Euro for a 330 ml bottle at 4,7%

Thick yellow colour, like porridge, in a good way.

Very small head that disappears instantly.

Fantastic fruit and a slightly bitter / flowery aroma. Perfect combination in the nose.

Good CO2 with a delicious wheat, fruit and flowery balance, it just continues with this good composition in the after taste. Highly recommended!

Overall rating 88 / 100

Mikkeller – Kihøshk

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 from a wine shop in Odense, Denmark at the price of 3,5 Euro for a 330 ml bottle at 5%

Very pleasing look with a orange and red tone in the colour.

Big and rough head with a fine foam top.

Medium strength hops in the aroma aroma with a bit of play from a sweet and flowery scent.

Okay CO2, starts out with a faint sweetness that is quickly taken over by hops and it finishes in full flower almost into bitter hops. Not much wheat over it.

Overall rating 74 / 100

Pocas Junior Porto 20 Years Old Tawny

In 1918 Manoel Domingues Poças Júnior and his uncle established Poças & comandita. Manoel Poças receives the Quinta das Quartas, the first of the company’s wine estate in the Douro, in payment of a debt. In 1959 Manoel’s grandsons Manuel and Jorge Pintão joined the firm. In 1962 the declaration of the first Poças Vintage. In 2006 the company remains on family hands with 4 generations working together.

This 750 ml bottle at 20% was bought in a Danish supermarket at the price of 32 Euro.

Right after opening

Orange, red notes and brown play in the colour. Light and thin curtains on the glass wall.

Dried fruits in the aroma, dominated by alcohol.

Immediately a mouthful of raisins, sweet and with a suitable length of after taste. Some alcohol.

Intermediate rating 88 / 100

21 hours after opening

Colour and aroma unchanged.

Much more pak and barrel in the taste, mild alcohol and less warm. Smooth and sweet taste.

Overall rating 90/100

Gould Campell Vintage Port 1980

Gould Campell was founded in 1797 by Garret Gould. Through the years and many wars, the brand survived and was a well-established name in Great Britain. In 1970 the company was bought up and became a part of the Symington family business. The brand Gould Campell was discontinued in 2015 due to economical reasons.

This 750 ml bottle of vintage port at 20% can be found at around 53 Euro from wine shops in Europe.

Taste notes right after decanting

A very fine looking cork, in such a good shape that it has to be re-corked at some point.

Dark red colour with brown notes.

Darkness and dried fruits in the aroma. Clear notes of oak casks but yet dominated by the alcohol.

Warm alcohol, early signs of balance with a dry tannin and acid. Sweet fruit notes with a good raisin in the after taste. Spicy and slightly mysterious.

Intermediate rating 87 /100 

3 hours after decanting

Colour has changed for a more bloody expression.

Less alcohol in the aroma.

The dried fruit notes in the taste had become more full bodied.

Good and sweet wine.

Intermediate rating 90 /100 

6 hours after decanting

Balance has settled for a perfect mix of sweet fruit and tannin. It is as close to drinking candy as it can get for this wine.

Overall rating 91 / 100

Albani – Citra Witbier – Belgisk hvedeøl

I bought this 500 ml can at 5,2% in a Danish supermarket at the price of 2 Euro. 

Albani Brewery is located in Odense, Denmark and was established in 1859 by three local business owners and of these the most famous is Theodor Schiøtz. Albani expanded in Odense and also bought up another nine breweries in Denmark over the course of almost 100 years. In 2000 Albani became a part of Royal Unibrew and remains there today.

Light yellow in the colour, a few heavy pieces of sediment floats around but generally you can see through it.

Medium sized head with a fine structure and top. The foam stays on the beer for a good while with a thin suitable layer.

Powerful citrus and flowery aroma, a note of sweetness to it.

Low CO2, sweet at first with all the fruit but that quickly changes when the coriander and citrus fruits kick through along with the bitterness of the hops.

Overall rating 76 / 100