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Gudeløs | Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS

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Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
For every sold beer, a small sum is donated to the Danish Atheistic Society.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

yummy scrumptious Imperial Stout here...

pours a creamy dark brown-black with a small tan head that lingers on the surface and leaves a little lacing as it goes down. smells are toasty and a little peppery. the taste is complex, sweet and rich with appropriate bitterness and a good spicy tingle. the alcohol is there but not overpowering. this beer leaves a nice coating on the tongue and drinks smoother as it warms towards room temp.

excellent imperial stout -- a dark wintery brew to spark the imagination.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #4.

16? oz. bottle poured into my Victory tulip.

Huge molasses and caramel pops out of the bottle and tells me I'll be dealing with an english barleywine or old ale. As it pours, the dark mahogany is telling me I've got an old ale on my hands.

Pours dark brown with a huge 3 finger mocha head. This pillow of foam receded into the glass over minutes, leaving some crater-filled froth and hints of lace on the glass.

Nose of molasses, caramel, and a lot of vanilla. Possibly some slight oak? Not incredibly complex, but what it has is fantastic.

What a punch of flavor in my mouth! This beer is incredibly well-made. Some huge sweetness up front with a perfect balance of roasted bitterness on the finish. Still am not 100% sure if this is in oak at all. As it warmes, there's some more fruit notes that come out, and I'm starting to wonder if this is a big belgian quad...but only for a second.

Very full-bodied beer with just slight carbonation (even with the ridiculous head) perfect for the style. This beer is not hot at all and I would not be surprised if this beer had a couple years on it, though I don't pick up any good (or bad) oxidation notes making me think this is lower in ABV or just a well-made 10% old ale.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer! It somewhat reminds me of adam and I'd kill for a side-by-side. Whatever this beer is, I'll be seeking it out again since I just can't stop drinking it. Still set on this being an old ale.


The Reveal: Gudeløs Imperial Stout by Bryggeriet Djaevlebryg

Wow! I remember reading about Godless before it got imported here but completely forgot about it. What an awesome curve ball. After seeing that it's an imperial stout, I do get a little more roastiness, but i'd still call this an old ale. Great beer regardless.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black into my Chimay glass with a lighter head dissipating quickly. Bitter roasty smokey chocolate nose/some tobacco with fruit and maybe some vanilla.

Tastes more intense than the nose, more of the roast malt and a long dry finish with the float of 8.9% throughout but not too aggressive. A little more medium bodied than I like in an imperial stout. Definitely a dry cocoa flavor at the end.

A nice beer recommended by my local packie - I've been able to have several Danish stouts and they've got something pretty interesting going on. A nice brew worth snaging if you can find it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purely black with a tobacco stained cap of fluffy foam. Arcs of sticky lace adhere above the fill line, with spotty bits here and there also. Wispy skim across the surface after a few minutes.

Licorice, plum and oddly blueberry in the nose when first poured. Later there are hints of coffee and brownies.

Lightly sweet with a moderate roast malt character, suggests a smoky espresso fudge. Some dark fruit is also present. Fairly light for a nearly 9% imperial stout, though it has some heft to it. Slight berry acidity lends a mildly astringent bite, though it doesn't distract. Long aftertaste of dark roast coffee and rich dark chocolate. This is very nice, glad I finally got to try it after so many positive recommendations!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 02/12/11 notes. Shared by BigSexy410; thanks Sexy.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of rich chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, vanilla, and bitter chocolate.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was a very nice stout. I loved the sweet chocolate in the smell and it had a nice smooth mouthfeel. Would have again.

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Photo of WhyBeNormal
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this beer and it did not let me down. Smells of a dark espresso-like bitter roast with the light flavor of licorice rounding out the bitterness. Tastes surprisingly sweet and very rich with a full, chewy body. Sweetness fades to a lingering dry roastiness. Soooo good ...

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a full tan head, some lace, solid head retention.

S: Dark chocolate, chalky with notes of roast and some light hops.

T: Sweeter than the nose would suggest. Heavy with chocolate, both sweet milk chocolate and its bitter cousin. Light woody character, hops are fairly mild. Almost like and imperial oatmeal stout, quite tasty.

M: Smooth, creamy, medium to full-bodied, pretty easy drinking for its size.

D: The atheists can brew for sure. Well made, I would still balk at the $10 price tag in the stores, but this is a good effort.

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Photo of CMB2012
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one on-tap at the Local Option. Poured into a 10oz snifter.

Pours a dark roasted coffee color with a nice two finger mocha head.

The brew smells of dark bitter chocolates, reminiscent of a Mexican cafe mocha; mixed with some sweet milk sugar and dark roasted malts.

The taste matches the smell closely, there is some spice and very slight alcohol burn, but mostly just a very smooth, full and velvety beer that if I didn't know the actual ABV I would say I could drink all night long.

I would love to find this beer bottled, and I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of ShareANevada
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gudeløs = Godless; supporting the Danish Atheist Society. I like.

Picked up at Binnys, a rather tempting Danish Stout.

Great pour into large Duvel glass, really good looking beer, capped with a fat cap of tan sud. Fair amount of carbonation shows, peeking through the surface.

The roasty aroma seems a bit subdued, perhaps a bit longer to warm. Fine carbonation bubbles greet the tongue, followed by a surprisingly dry stout. Its almost an odd couple of carb and imperial dry stout.

A pretty drinkable stout, especially after letting off some carbonation, which to me, really hurts mouthfeel in this category.

Worth a shot, was pretty pleased from my godless Danish bredred.

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Photo of John_M
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. Have to say this beer looks great! The nose isn't quite as attractive, though I still appreciated the light mocha and wet tobacco I picked up. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and there's definitely some sort of tobacco and leather going on in this moderately sweet (at most) RIS. That tends to dry the beer out in the long finish I pick up. Mouthfeel is otherwise medium bodied, and drinkability is OK. There is a hint of alcohol and licorise in the finish that detracts just a bit from the beer's drinkability, but otherwise this is a pretty solid RIS from this new to me brewery.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a religious person, but that wasn't the reason why I bought this beer. All I saw was a Danish Imperial Stout, and that was all I needed to buy this beer. Only after I bought it did I read the extra stuff on the label; this beer was created from an alliance between Devil's Brew (this brewery's name in English) and the Danish Atheist Society. For every bottle purchased, one Danish crown is donated to that society. Well...I suspect that I found the beer fit for me! On to the beer:

It's obsidian black in color, topped off by a thick tanned head than leaves good lacing and retention. Lovely smell. It's smells like really sweet milk chocolate at first, then transforms in cocoa powder, light fume of smoke, and a light roast. A burst of hops comes into the aroma later on.

The first few sips are joyful. Dark chocolate sweet, maybe add a little extra cocoa. Moderately hoppy, which gives the beer a gentle taste of hop juice. As more sips go in the mouth, the chocolate/hoppy balance strays away from the chocolate part to (tastes hoppier). As the liquid goes down the throat, leaving the palate dry, cocoa, ash, and darker chocolate linger in the aftertaste. Its medium-heavy body and gentle sparkle of carbonation are nothing to be ashamed of, and it's very apporachable for a 8.9% ABV beer.

I've heard that there is more to Danish craft beer than Mikkeller. I'm very glad to report that Gudeløs hits the mark. It's not Beer Geek Breakfast, but still pleasurable. And if you recall the first paragraph, this beer may be the first of its kind.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown/black with a large 3 finger light brown head that is quite dense and foamy. Leaves a ring of lacing and a few drips but holds a nice creamy cap.

Aroma is premium coffee, chocolate, smoke, peat, vanilla, some dark fruits, roasted malts. Great strength, particularly the chocolate and coffee. Everything comes together perfectly, wonderful aroma.

Flavor is more premium coffee, espresso, fancy-pants chocolate, roasted malts, plums, figs, raisins, a bit of cherries, vanilla, a light hop presence as well with some citrus, fair sweetness, mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, low to medium carbonation.

I've been waiting for this for quite and while and damn was it worth the wait. Scary drinkable for an Imperial Stout as the body isn't too heavy and it's not boozy whatsoever. Almost somewhere between an IS and a Baltic Porter. Damned good stuff and for a great cause too!!!

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Photo of readbaron
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Really impressed by this one.

Pours beautifully. Pitch black with the perfect amount of tan head.
It eventually fades into a thin ring.

Smells great. Lots of chocolate, and dark fruit, with some smoky peat and malt underneath. Smells sweet with pleasant complexity underneath.

Taste is incredibly smooth, and very similar to how it smells. Quite a bit of chocolate and malt, a bit of dark fruit, some smoke and a bit of licorice.

Mouthfeel is very good. Creamy and smooth. Could stand to be a bit thicker, but at times it coats the tongue perfectly.

Impressively drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. I don't get too much smoke or any dark fruit in the aroma.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma. I get a ton of coffee and chocolate in the flavor as well as some roasted malt. There is also a nice smoke component to the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Craig for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a very, very dark brown with a pretty sizable mocha colored head.

S: A good chocolate aroma that provides both dark and milk varieties. Some solid roasted malt character, too, and a bit of a caramel sweetness.

T: The flavor is similar to the nose with quite a bit of chocolate/cocoa powder. Decently roasty with a touch of bitterness and maybe a little licorice. Not all that sweet, but pretty well balanced.

M: The body is medium with a moderate but smooth carbonation.

D: Wasn't sure what to expect from this beer, but it wasn't too bad. Pretty easy to drink for an imperial stout.

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Photo of baggio
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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A: Dark, dark, brown with a huge beige head.

S: Milk Chocolate, Dark caramel, Cafe au lait, Ryebread.

T: Roasted malts, Bitter chocolate, Cafe au lait, Hint of
pepper, Brown sugar, Vanilla.

M: Quite rounded around the edges with a pleasant bitterness and well hidden alcohol. Body is quite thin and carbonation is medium.

A very drinkable and delicious imperial stout!

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Photo of rarbring
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is dark brown, almost black, a nice firm head with small bubbles, leaving good lacing.

The smell has a honey sweetness, roasted bread, coffee and cocoa beans, nuts.

A lot of roasted tones, brown sugar, dark toast, coffee and chocolate but a good balancing bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, smooth, slightly oily, a complex body.

A very enjoyable stout, especially after six sour bombs ... at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The jut black body supports a volcanic head of deep tan that sits proud of the top of the glass and last for a good bit. There are a few tiny bubbles stuck to the glass but as they pop off they disappear in to the abyss.
S- The black fruity roasted malt is dry with a dry licorice hint and some dark cola notes in the finish. There is a green earthy hint in the finish but it is not distinctly from hops.
T- The big black roasted flavor has some dark candy licorice notes to it with a mellow chicory character to it without the bitterness. There is a noble green pungent note in the finish that blends with the roasted flavors lingering for a bit.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and a creamy texture as long as the head last. There is a soft alcohol warmth that clings to the black malt character.
D- This beer is a nice easy drinking beer but it has an inky quality that coats the mouth. The full roasted flavor is nice without being to bitter and the licorice is pretty subtle adding just a bit of mystery to the flavor.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Hommelbier snifter.

A: Pours an appropriately sinister shade of black. Sitting on top, initially, was about 3 fingers of creamy, dark khaki foam. Retention was incredible. Those three fingers slowly melted down to a mottled, 1/4 finger layer of skim that stuck around for the long haul...possibly to keep the evil contained within the glass. Lace started with a couple of rings, some webbing, and finally, full-on sheets.

S: Killer nose here. TONS of drunken dark fruit, fudge, vanilla bean, blackened malt, milk chocolate covered cherries, char, and finishing with a touch of fresh ground espresso.

T: Incredibly close to the smell. I did, however, notice a bit more charred oak/campfire in the taste. The chocolate covered cherries are a bit more pronounced, as well.

M: I loved the fact that this wasn't like drinking a stout milkshake, yet I didn't think it to be thin or slight in the least. Nice levels of sweet that layer almost perfectly with bitter, dry, spicy, and finishing with a suggestion of citrus tang. After the slight fruitiness of the finish, a long and dry spiciness settles in and tingles for ages.

D: A fantastic Imperial Stout that achieves all of this with relatively down-to-earth abv. Only towards the very end of the bottle does the spiciness become a bit too much. I'm thinking an 11.2oz serving size would've netted this another .5 in the drinkability score.

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Photo of pastradul
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time. Was able to have it a chocolate and beer dinner at stone brewery!!!!

Heavy pour (asked th server if I could keep a finished bottle and he finished the bottle into my glass... resulting in a more the double sized pour compared to every one else' glass!) into a brandy snifter resulting in a thick big bubble head.

Appearance is dark brown in the body with a light mocha head.

The nose is lots of medium to dark roast coffee with some dense chocolate and booze.. slighlty sweet booze.

The taste is wonderfull... lots of coffee upfront with a great oaky vanilla cream flowing over the mid to back palate. finishing with just a slight warmth.

The mouthfeel is so silky as it warms up... like a thin milkshake.

This was the highlight of the dinner for me beer wise!

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Photo of domtronzero
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear very dark brown almost opaque. Big, quickly dissipating tannish head.

S - Coffee, dark malts, dark fruits (raisins, prunes). Lite alcohol.

F/M - Slightly acrid burnt malts, dark dried fruits, medium bitterness accentuated by the roasty malts. Lite solventy alcohol which is actually quite pleasant. Otherwise a little muddy. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A little astringent on the finish with a little warming in the belly.

D - OK. More than a glass of this would be too much. Thankfully I'm sharing this with a friend.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice deep black with a huge tan head. Head was a little too big and the bubbles not fine enough, but it was still a great looking beer.

S - Nice wood, a little bit of roasted malts, big brownie chocolate smell. This smells very appealing, with a slight undertone of some sort of sweet berries, very subtle.

T - Some dark fruit, more on the berry side though then the figs/raisins that typically are associated with that for me. Confectioners sugar seems mixed with chocolate, nice burnt malts and something buttery on the end. This has a somewhat milky taste to it.

M - Creamy, heavier side of medium bodied. Finished just the slightest bit thin and just a little too much carbonation.

D - Good stuff, feels a little bigger than it's 8.9%, which is not a bad thing. This is a good tasting stout that I could gladly drink again.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Founders snifter. Got this one in a trade with BigSexy410. Thanks.

A - Black as a beer can be with a big brown/tan head that won't go away

S - Roasted malty goodness with a hint of dried fruits giving it a nice sweet aroma.

T - Follows the smell closely. Big roast taste mixed with a sweet dried fruit flavor. Remins me a lot of an Irish Dry Stout.

M - medium to heavy body with a good amount of carbonation. Really really dry for such a big beer.

D - Goes down real easy. I find it hard to believe this is an 8.9% beer, it drinks like a 5% Irish Dry Stout. I'm glad I got to drink this beer and support a good cause at the same time. I would drink this again.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShogoKawada for adding to my cellar of these guys - yum! Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

Deep seal brown, opaque body crowned by four fingers of camel/tan cream. Incredibly dense muscular saturn-ring lacing fed by a violent stream of upthrusting bubbles. Very impressive.

Medium-roast fine coffee, cocoa, molasses, chocolate malt, intensely inviting aromatics though with a certain freshness rather than lushness...faint berry notes underneath as well.

Ironic that the first words to escape my lips after tasting this were "Oh God" seeing how I'm basically an atheist myself. Truly decadent chocolate licqueur notes with multiple layers of roast malt, licorice, and esters. Rich clean bready finish, faintly herbal with leather, coffee, cream, charred currants, and light spice cake as well. Hops offer a light bitterness but not much flavor that I can perceive.

Chewey, thick, full-bodied, well carbonated, moderately astringent, but not slick mouthfeel. Very good.

A classic yet novel RIS - a suitable libation to be enjoyed while watching Häxan...

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Photo of Khazadum
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahh, the moment I saw this beer brought up I knew I had to have one. Big thanks to Adam of Lincoln Park for bringing it to his store and West Lakeview for having a second bottle for me.

Inky darkness with that senna head. Lots of head! I love it! Two fingers that lasts and leaves a broad lacing all down my glass. Finally a stout that handles itself appropriately after so long. There are milk chocolate hues when light attempts to penetrate. Not much known about the carbonation other than it sure has it.

Ooo tasty aroma. Its quite well blended, although a little fainter than I'm used to. The black licorice, anise, is present on the tip of the outflow. The burnt grains are not blasted up my nose like so many stouts seem to do, bravo on that. There is a faint sweetness, different the previous candy notation, that reminds me of bourbon, but I know it can't be that.

Flavor Profile
Definitely something different in this ever-growing craft beer world. Right at the moment this flips onto the tip of my tongue I find myself delighted to have purchased this beer.

There is black licorice that doesn't cause me to be nauseous. It is a flavor to be appreciated because it is molded and folded into the greater mass. The burnt grains as a finish are distinct without being carcinogenic. The chocolate malts are not bitter dark chocolate but milk chocolate ones in the middle that don't sicken me as I continue to drink.

Oral Sensations
Perfectly tingly, clingy where I want it to be, and one of the smoothest beers I have ever drank. There is an unbelievably quality of being velvet and liquid at once.

I rarely find a Russian imperial this fulfilling. I just can't believe it. When I find it hiding on my lips or palate, I gratefully lap it up.

I would drink this every night of the week for months at a time. I don't know of many beers that I could or would want to drink day after day, but this is it. It is the best compromise you can have without actually compromising. To continue being a cliche, it is the best of both worlds!

The nine percent isn't even a problem. This beer begs to be sipped thus keeping you from going down a slippery slope.

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Gudeløs from Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS
4.17 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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