Sunday, November 10, 2013


Nøgne Ø Primator is brewed by the 2013 Norwegian home brewer winner, Jorg Solheim at Nøgne Ø. The winning beer was called "Jesus" and Jorg also won best Lager & IPA at this years competition. 

Primator is a doppelbock with 8% alcohol and has a low IBU of 29, this style of beer is know as liquid bread in a bottle. A lovely malty beer with little focus on the hops and mostly on the malts and yeast. Mahogany in colour, quite a large head with higher than expected carbonation which was nice as it helped to dampen the sweetness and alcohol a little. Aroma got bigger and bigger as the beer became warmer, lots of sweet malt, raisins, plums and loads of other dark fruits.

The taste was really nice and as suggested, this beer would work very well with game meat, I tried it with a strong hard cheese and it was a match in heaven. As was the aroma, lots of dark fruits and some bitter chocolate on the tongue, maybe even some rum. Having Salvator from Paulaner & Ayinger's Celebrator as 2 of my favourite German beers, this beer is right up my alley. 

Always great to see Nøgne supporting the Norwegian home-brewers, with such great classics like Two Captains & Andhrimnir being previous winners. Another great craft beer using the best of ingredients from Norway, worth buying a bottle or two id you see it. 


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