Ölvisholt Brugghús

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Belgian Saison
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Ranked #34,755
3.64 | pDev: 11.26%
Ölvisholt Brugghús
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Photo of NilocRellim
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber colour. Smells a bit funky, yeasty, spicy, and a little sweet. Tastes slightly fruity and tart, slightly roastedness/smokiness, and a spicy bitterness at the end.

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Photo of biegaman
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As is protocol with farmhouse ales, be weary of bottle sediment when pouring. You wouldn't want to tarnish that polished, deep bronze complexion. Skadi is a good looking beer alright, albeit considerably dark for a Saison - not to mention flat; the foam that lasts can hardly be called a head.

This is a style that typically makes itself known in the nose; the yeast required is distinctively spicy, fruity and fragrant. But this aroma isn't all that remarkable. In fact, the fruit esters that are present register as relatively rich and dried, like those of a Bock, and similarly blended with a hint of ethanol.

What's true for the first two observations is true for the taste: it's nice, but not to style. A beer judge wouldn't be so forgiving of this toasty, smooth, honeyed, nutty, almost lagered-like maltiness and the lack of blatant fruit esters. Blindfolded, I wouldn't know what to guess it...

Style constrictions aside, Skadi is an easy-to-like beer. While the strength (7.5%) is immediately apparent, the taste has an intensity to match and ends on an almost anise-like note. There's little of the usual orchard fruits (peach, apple, pear) but spiced, honeyed grain fills the gap nicely.

Saison (or "farmhouse ale") is an inherently broad category that allows plenty of room for interpretation. That being said, I've never tasted one quite like Skadi. It's a decidedly Icelandic take on the style that's "colder", seemingly lagered version that's very light on those typical 'sunny summer day' characteristics.

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Photo of codekiln
4.69/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Vinbudin Reykjavik. Pours a generous head in a red wine glass; two fingers after one minute. Dark amber color. Very estery, but well balanced with a nice, sour aftertaste. Me alewifie likes this one - and she's picky. Earthy, yeasty smell. Delicious. Sparkles in the mouth; quite carbonated.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brought back from Iceland in February 2015, 330 ml bottle opened & poured into a Innis & Gunn glass. I pour it carefully but there is still a massive foamy head. Golden orange in colour with a white head that eventually settles down. Aromas of caramel & malt. Tastes of caramel and strong alcohol, not very well hidden. Feels overly carbonated, might explain some of the excessive foamy head. Overall I'm not even halfway through it, but I'm not loving it, and would pass on a second.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OVERALL: The bottom-line on this Frankenstein's monster of a beer is that it tastes like a lager on the front, a doppelbock in the middle, and a saison on the finish. Underwhelming, somewhat bitter, with notes of caramel, and - only at the end - some floral/ funk qualities you might expect from a saison. In my opinion, there is too much going on for this beer to be enjoyable.

A: This beautiful red beer (as red as a Flanders red) was served to me in a tulip glass with a one cm head that dissipated slowly. The color was unique for a saison, in my experience, in that I normally associate saisons with more yellow-orange hues than this, which looked like a cross between a Saison and the color of a blood orange. The beer had about 60% opacity.

S: The aromas of malt and yeast intermingled nicely with the typical floral and funk qualities of a quality saison. A deep breath reveals that there are some caramel notes on the end here, with hints that there was a good amount of sugar involved in the brewing process, lending rum like ester qualities to the beer.

T: The taste is slightly bitter with lots of caramel notes. The beer is somewhat refreshing at first, but for such an expensive, rare beer, this tastes more of Yuengling lager than it does of quality Saison. I may be biased against the overwhelming Doppelbock qualities of the beer in the middle, since i don't like Doppelbocks, but I think the caramel flavors of the beer jar with the belgian floral flavors of the saison half of this strange hybrid. One good thing about the beer is that the yeast was given time to do its work. i understand that the beer was made with brown sugar, and that certainly comes across in the color and aroma, but the beer is surprisingly dry in spite of it.

M: Very bubbly - the feel is reminiscent of crisp, cider bubbles, that pop aggressively on your tongue. I almost wish that this beer had less bubbly characteristics, or bubbles that were more smooth, small, and soft, allowing the beer to melt on your mouth and compliment the beer's flavors.

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