Beer review: Hansa Spesial IPA

Let’s go big! Not big as in alcohol, not big as in size (of the beer), but big as in a beer brewed by a macro brewery. I’m about to try Hansa’s IPA for the first time. Hansa Spesial IPA is an IPA with an ABV of 4.6%, and comes in a nice looking 50cl can.

Hansa Borg Bryggerier is the largest nationally owned brewery in Norway (Ringnes is bigger, production wise, but they are owned by Carlsberg). I can’t wait any longer, let’s pop this thing open!

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Beer review: Nøisom Cascadian APA

Time for a new local beer! Nøisom Cascadian APA is a low alcohol American Pale Ale with an ABV of 4.7%. Nøisom is a rather new microbrewery located in the town where I live.

This beer can be bought in some selected stores in Fredrikstad, Norway as long as the stock lasts. Nøisom will brew and bottle more batches of this beer so if you miss it the first time around it will be back soon. In a while it might appear in some stores outside of Fredrikstad as well. Let’s get started on the review!

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Beer review: Ringnes / Brooklyn Brewery Superior Polaris

About a year ago I reviewed a collaboration between Norway’s Ringnes (a macro-brewery owned by Carlsberg) and Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery, called Imperial Polaris. The beer I’m reviewing today is Imperial Polaris aged in bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill, called Superior Polaris. The beer sports an ABV of 10.5%.

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Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:11 (2012)

And here is yet another Abstrakt review, AB:11. This beer was bottled on the same date as AB:03, only two years later, meaning that the beer I’m reviewing now has spent a year in the bottle. Last year this beer gave me a real ginger kick, so let’s hope some other flavors get to show their splendor this time around.

AB:11 is a black Barley Wine brewed with ginger, black raspberries and chipotle peppers, with an ABV of 12.8%.

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Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:03 (2010)

Time for my fourth bottle of BrewDog’s Abstrakt AB:03. This time it has been spent 3 years in the bottle! I have reviewed this beer twice on the blog, first back in 2011 and then again last year. Let’s see how it is this year!

Abstrakt AB:03 is an imperial ale aged over 2 years in whisky casks together with raspberries and strawberries, and has an ABV of 10.5%.

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Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:10 (2012)

About a year ago I tried BrewDog‘s Abstrakt AB:10 for the first time. Today I’m trying it again, and now it has spent over a year in the bottle. This beer is an Imperial Brown Ale aged in Spanish wine casks for 4 months. The ABV is 11.5%.

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Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:14

It’s been a while since I did a review of BrewDog‘s Abstrakt beers, so today I’m going to do two. First up is the latest in the series, AB:14. This beer is according to BrewDog an oak aged Imperial Weizenbock. Not exactly an everyday style, at least not for me. The ABV is as usual with the Abstrakt beers quite high, 10.2%. Let’s get it open!

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Malheur 6, 10 and 12

Malheur 6, 10 and 12

A little while ago I got some samples of some new Belgian beers coming to Norway (well, new to Norway, not new in Belgium). Some of these beers were from Malheur. Some of you might have came across some of Malheur’s “Champagne beer” before, but the ones I got was “regular” Belgian beers: A Belgian Pale Ale, a Belgian Strong Ale and a dark Belgian Strong Ale. Here are some notes from my tasting of Malheur 6, 10 and 12.

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Achel 8 Blond and Achel 8 Bruin with ham and cheese

Achel, ham, cheese, pesto and mustard

The alarm went off, and I instantly scrambled for the fridge. Today is Belgium’s National Day, and I needed to choose some Belgian beer to celebrate!

The 21st of July is the Belgian National Day, and what better way to celebrate this day (well, for me at least) than to bring out some Belgian beer? I chose Achel 8 Blond and Achel 8 Bruin, some different cheeses and ham, home made pesto and mustard, and a touch of Django Reinhardt on the stereo.

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Beer review: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:13

I just noticed that I had completely forgotten to review BrewDog’s Abstrakt AB:13! The beer was bottled all the way back in March and has been sitting in my fridge for a good while just waiting for me to pick it up.

AB:13 is a “cherry” imperial stout, aged for 14(!) months in sherry and whisky barrels. The ABV of this beer is 11.3%.

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