ClubGonzo’s Agent Orange

Mead, 9.5% ABV.

ClubGonzo’s Agent Orange, mead batch 36.

Orange mead in sunset.

I often like meads with added citrus, so let’s try one with juice and peel from oranges.

This is yet another clear mead, with a quite dark and good-looking golden colour.

The aroma is strong, and it clearly has notes of oranges mixed in with the honey.

The oranges are very present in the strong flavour as well, both as a solid, sweet and orangey fruitiness from the juice, and as a refreshing very light bitterness from the zest. I prefer more acidic citrus fruits like lemon and lime in mead, but oranges also works very well. It’s a sweet mead, but the sweetness is tamed by the acidity and bitterness from the fruits.

Conclusion: a well balanced and fruity mead.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:   13/20
Ratebeer score: 3.4/5.0
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ClubGonzo’s Porto Miel

Mead, 12.5% ABV.

ClubGonzo’s Porto Miel, mead batch 34.

Pale amber to orange body.

So, ok, a mead fermented with souring bacteria and yeast, that ends up being oxidised instead of sour since the brewer forgot to put the lid on the fermenter. Well.

In the glass it looks pale amber to orange, a nice colour!

The aroma isn’t very strong, and it’s not as adventurous as the description on the label. It smells dryer than the typical ClubGonzo mead, and has notes of honey, oxidation, wood and port.

The flavour is quite strong, and it’s as oxidised as the aroma. Also some brown sugar. The taste is very sweet, but it dries up in the finish.

Conclusion: a fun twist with the oxidation, but not a terribly exiting brew.

Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:   12/20
Ratebeer score: 3.1/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Framboosenmead

Mead/Melomel, 14.5%

ClubGozo’s Framboosenmead, mead batch 33.

Deep red body.

Raspberries and beer is a lovely combination, so what about raspberries and mead?

In the glass it looks clear, and it has a very deep red colour.

The aroma is strong and laden with very sweet and overripe raspberries. There is not much tartness to be found here. Not much honey either, for that matter.

The strong flavour follows the overripe path of the aroma, with additional hints of cherry pits.

Oh, this is some serious sweet stuff! I had expected some acidity from the raspberries, but this is just pure sugary sweetness.

The texture is thick and syrupy.

Conclusion: a bit too violently sweet and overripe, but still a decent mead.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      5/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    11/20
Ratebeer score: 3.0/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Calluna Majoris

Mead, 11.7% ABV.

ClubGonzo’s Calluna Majoris, mead batch 32.

Looks a bit like liquid heather honey, doesn’t it?

A single honey mead with plain heather honey, and no crazy additions. That’s a new one!

It pours a clear, pale golden body, nothing extraordinary there either.

The aroma is strong and sweet, with recognisable notes of pure heather honey. I guess it smells exactly what you would expect a mead to smell, if you’ve never tried a mead before. It’s very simple, but clean and tempting.

The flavour isn’t any more adventurous than the aroma, this is as basic and down to earth as a mead can be. It’s heavy sweet, but not cloying.

Conclusion: a mead for traditional Norwegian heather honey lovers.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:   13/20
Ratebeer score: 3.3/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Absolutely Bananas

Mead, 11.5% ABV.

ClubGonzo’s Absolutely Bananas, mead batch 30.

Not the usual golden colour, instead is pale amber.

The previous banana mead from ClubGonzo did not impress me at all, let’s see if this one is any better.

It pours a pale amber body that is crystal clear.

The strong aroma reminds me of the dreaded Norwegian banana spread “Banos”, i.e. overly sweet and overripe bananas mixed with sugar. The honey is also quite apparent, giving the mead an even sweeter first impression.

There is a surprisingly solid intensity in the flavour as well, and it’s actually not that hard to pinpoint the banana. I had assumed that there was hardly any discernible banana left, since this melomel is getting really old. I won’t claim that it’s aged well, but it’s not bad in any way (as was the case with the Melonmel that I had a few days ago). The taste is heavy sweet, and the texture is sirupy and thick.

Conclusion: a bit too old, sweet and faint, but still possible to drink. 

Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      5/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    10/20
Ratebeer score: 2.8/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Pineapple Delight

Mead, 12% ABV.

ClubGonzo’s Pineapple Delight, mead batch 29.

Seen from above the Pineapple Delight looks a bit like a pineapple cut in half, right?

Tropical fruits are winners in beers, so why not in a mead?

The colour of this brew is deep golden, and the body is clear.

Strong aroma of honey and sweet, overripe pineapples, with a touch of acidity and fruity spiciness.

The flavour is also strong and it has the same notes found in the aroma. The overripeness is a bit pronounced and the sweetness is rather heavy, but the pineapple acidity prevents the brew from becoming cloying. A highly drinkable mead.

Conclusion: tasty sweet and sour. Maybe mix in some deep fried pork in the next batch?

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    13/20
Ratebeer score: 3.3/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Chocolicious

Mead, 12.7% ABV.

 

ClubGonzo’s Chocolicious, mead batch 26.

Look at that colour!

Yay! Finally! A mead with cocoa beans!

It pours a clear, lovely, deep amber body.

The nose is dominated by strong and dry cocoa. I have to swirl the contents to bring out the sweet honey notes, that of course backs the cocoa brilliantly.

The very strong flavour is packed with cocoa, chocolate pudding, caramel, coffee and sweet honey. The alcohol is well integrated. Lovely!

It’s a sweet brew for sure, but the cocoa beans bring a dryness in the finish.

Conclusion: everything gets better with chocolate.

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 5/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    12/20
Ratebeer score: 3.5/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Golden Leaf

Mead, 14.7% ABV.

Pale golden body.

ClubGonzo’s Golden Leaf, mead batch 25.

A single honey mead, this time with honey from linden trees.

In the glass the Golden Leaf looks light golden (duh!), with a hardly noticeable touch of green.

The aroma is strong with a very unusual honey profile –I’ve definitely never tasted linden tree honey before. It’s floral, spicy and citric, with some herbal hints.

The strong flavour follows the same unusual path, with menthol coming in as a new contribution. Also hints of wet hay. The taste is sweet, but there is also spiciness, dryness and some acidity to back it up. It has a bit lighter body than many meads.

Conclusion: a spicy and “crisp” single honey mead that stands out from the crowd. 

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:   12/20
Ratebeer score: 3.4/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Monsoon

Mead, 11% ABV.


Sometimes meads get too sweet without anything to back up the sweetness (take for instance the Sugar Honey). The Monsoon, on the other hand, has plenty of potentially crispy additions!

This one looks paler than most meads, but the clear and light golden colour still looks good.

The aroma jumps out of the glass, and delivers a collection of refreshing notes in addition to the mandatory sweet honey. I get lime, lemon and hints of galangal.

In the mouth this is like drinking a spicy version of Repsils Triple Action Honey & Lemon coughing drops, which happens to be one of my favourite candies-that-do-not-help-when-you-have-a-cold-but-they-taste-good-so-what-the-hell. Honey and lemon is always a brilliant pairing, and the spiciness further increases the drinkability of this fun mead.

The taste is very sweet, but in the finish it is backed up by citric dryness and the spices.

Conclusion: a delicious mead with a nice mix of spices.

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    15/20
Ratebeer score: 3.7/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Sugar Honey

Mead, 13.8% ABV.

ClubGonzo’s Sugar Honey, mead batch no 22.

Yes, this is a mead, not an imperial stout.

If you find most meads a bit too sweet; this one is probably not for you.

The Sugar Honey is clear and has a deep brown colour, far darker than most other meads I’ve tried.

Strong aroma of maple syrup, brown sugar, burnt sugar, sweet caramel, dark caramel, honey and alcohol. This smells like some potent stuff!

The strong flavour is as dark and complex as the aroma. It’s violently sweet brew, but both the quite high ABV and the dark and burnt notes is balancing the sugar overdose to some extent.

The texture is really syrupy and thick.

Conclusion: a highly complex and incredibly sweet mead. Definitely a sipper. 

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    12/20
Ratebeer score: 3.3/5.0