Thursday, August 12, 2010
Facts about Norway
1. They own a lot of oil
2. Therefor, they have a lot of money
3. Because of this, beer is expensive
4. And while I am at it, everything is expensive!
They also make good beer, although it´s not widely available. They got the same silly monopoly system as in Iceland, with only two Vinmonopoliet stores in the Oslo city center. I am no stranger to the magnificent beer´s of Nogne O in Grimstad. A quite remarkable story of two homebrewers who got fed up by the lack off ambition in the Norwegian beer industry and started their own brewery. Now, beer lovers can get Nogne O beers around the world. (I found it easier to find Nogne O beers in NYC then in Oslo!) All the beers are bottle conditioned and the owners aim to make quite complex and delicious beers with big palate. True pioneers of the Norwegian microbrewery industry and a very remarkable achievement to run a successful microbrewery in a very tough environment (Those norwegians really love their yellow lagers!).
I picked up this Tiger Tripel in Oslo and found it to be quite a good tripel. Massive palate, whole lot of yeast and sweetness with spicy undertones. Did not disappoint me.. 4/5