Friday, February 18, 2011
Nørrebro Bryghus Roundup - Denmark FTW!
Starting with the Winter Warmer (Julebryg), here's the Nørrebro lineup!
Nose is pleasant and winter warmery. Clove, ginger, cranberry, fresh brown sugar, caramel, malt, assorted other spices.
Slightly thick, easy to drink, and with a body that reminds me of a bock or thin barleywine. Mild carbonation.
Beer: Nørrebro Bombay Pale Ale
This a great little beer; their Bombay Pale is different enough to distinguish itself from other pale ales of the type with its big fruit flavors and mild earthy hops. While I understand the reasons (somewhat) behind high import prices, at 7ish bucks a pop in Ontario, I might only be back for one more, if not more. (Grade: B+)
Beer: Nørrebro La Granja Espresso Stout (Ontario Maple Syrup Edition)
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Inky black, only the faintest chestnut hues around the edges. Leaves a thin head that quickly recedes into nothingness, leaving neither a ring nor more than a few flecks of lacing.
Huge roasted coffee aroma, just like my espresso machine smells in the morning when I get my daily caffeine jolt. And yes, I do detect the sweetness of maple syrup lingering in the back, along with caramel and cream. A great nose indeed.
The first few sips were a bit abrasive, but once my tastebuds acclimatized, I was hooked. This is a rich, luxurious coffee stout - packed with coffee flavor and lightly accompanied by maple syrup sweetness. The alcohol content is catching up with me, but dammit, I don't care. This beer is great!
Thick mouthfeel, zippy carbonation that lasts throughout the bottle.
Great stuff from Nørrebro, and certainly worth the investment. The collaboration with Ontario maple syrup folks has been worthwhile, providing a nice sweet counterbalance to the bold coffee flavors. Glad I picked up a bottle, might snag one more to hold onto for later! (Grade: B+)
All in all, a terrific lineup from Nørrebro Bryghus. Though they may seem pricey, most of their bottles are approximately the same as a cheap bottle of wine or a pint from a local pub, so splurge a little and support a fine Danish craft brewery. Though it might cost a little more, bringing in foreign craft breweries is a fantastic way to introduce yourself to the world's brewing traditions that otherwise might get neglected in favor of corporate fare. If the reception of Nørrebro by LCBO consumers is any indication, the Ontario market is ripe for the introduction of more craft breweries from around the globe. Keep em coming!