Offered as a Norland family favorite during a recent visit with friends while staying in Sweden. Served unrefrigerated/at cellar temperature. Found the beer to be an very nice pour, very attractive in the glass. Caught the outside light with deep red accents in an otherwise medium amber beer. Aroma was a medium fruity with some hop bittereness. Some caramel and oak like scents. Very nice taste. Roasted grains, some malty sweetness. Nothing too distinct; just pleasant. Very drinkable with medium smoothness and soft carbonation. Worked very well with hard cheese, hard rye bread and marinated fish. Just a very nice easily drinkable beer. Notably fuller flavor and fuller body than American amber ale counterparts.
A: Pours copper with a white head that sets into decent lacings.
S: Sour; is this a bad bottle? I can sence the floral hops and the caramell malt. Some fruit as well. Kind of American in a mild sence.
T: Follows the nose - the sourness makes me doubt that this is how the brewer intended it to taste. Anyways; the sweetness is stronger in taste compared to smell. The "American-ness" of the hops is more noticable; pineapple and grapefruit.
M: Aftertaste holds the same sourness, but also nice bitterness. Body is medium while carbonation is quite strong.
O: Well; if this was how the brewer inteneded it to be; sour in a unpleasant way (my opinion) not worth the money - but if I sampled a bad bottle - I'll give it another try...
Yet again; the other beer on BA from Kallholmen I have reviewed was not very exciting - I still wait for a nice sample from Kallholmen...
Appearance: Kallholmen Levande Ale is presented in a darker shade of translucent amber along with a thick cream white crown and a rich amount of carbonation. Continually, the crown slowly dissipates, eventually leaving plenty of lacing alongside the glass.
Smell: Floral notes, peaches, maybe apricot, cream and vanilla along with a hint of passion fruit. Overall a really fresh character.
Taste: A durable vanilla sweetness that overlap an upfront and grapefruit-like bitterness that intertwines with notes of sour peaches. The floral notes does lurk in the background and fades rather quickly mid-tasting.
Moreover, we get sublte notes of caramel sweetness with a backing of the aforementioned vanilla. Thereafter the bitterness makes a triumphant return and enshrouds whatever remnants of sweetness there was and lingers on for quite some time, like a beast resting and digesting its latest prey.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, but somewhat thin in the body, alert carbonation.
Overall: Thoroughly constructed with lots of interesting aspects which resonated in a complementary fashion. Maybe a more robust body, but other than that it's well worth a try or two (or three!) since it's a properly crafted brew.