JoKr Brewers Tonneau du Pauvre

Tonneau du Pauvre by JoKr Brewers, Mead, 12.4% ABV. 

This mead is based on floral honey and is aged on French oak chips for nearly a year.

JoKr Brewers first attempt at a mead.

JoKr Brewers’ first attempt at a mead.

In the glass it looks clear, pale and golden.

A bit too pale to get a very hight Appearance score.

A bit too pale to get a very hight Appearance score.

The aroma is strong and is, not surprisingly, dominated by floral honey, but obvious notes of oak are also very present. The alcohol is noticeable, but in a pleasant way.

The oak is even stronger in the flavour, especially in the finish. I find the woody and slightly vanilla exit to be a nice contrast to the initial flavour of pure honey. I also get hints of dried dark fruits, but I suppose that these elements are also products of the oak chips. The alcohol is not exactly hidden, but it’s 100% clean. The taste is moderate sweet, but I’ve had much sweeter meads, and in the finish it all dries up significantly.

The mouthfeel isn’t as excellent as other Bergen meads. It isn’t as full-bodied and lovely syrupy as the best ones. It feels a bit like it has been diluted with a couple of shots of vodka.

 

Conclusion: a nice straight forward mead with additional fun caused by the oak chips.

 

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    13/20
Ratebeer score: 3.3/5.0

JoKr Brewers Rye Wine

Rye Wine by JoKr Brewers, Barley Wine, 10.4% ABV, 52 IBU.

One of my favourite beer styles is barley wine, and I think rye often makes a good beer even better, so let’s go!

JoKr Brewers Rye Wine, batch 23.

JoKr Brewers Rye Wine, batch 23.

It pours a very viscous-looking, slightly hazy copper body with a tiny head that disappears fast. However, for each sip I take a new tiny layer of bubbles is produced, so in that the respect the head actually is fully lasting. Not much of the foam sticks to the glass, though.

The aroma is a bit faint with mainly sweet malty notes. There are some spices in the back, e.g. traces of anise seeds, and I also get hints of honey and a whiff of alcohol. Quite unusual for the style, I really miss the intensity and notes of e.g. sweet caramel, dried fruits and overripe fruits. This is too dull, even for a British barley wine!

It looks like a barley wine.

It looks like a barley wine.

The flavour on the other hand is rather strong, as it should be in a barley wine, but unfortunately the strongest flavour is alcohol. More so, the alcohol is sharp, medicinal and solventy and not very pleasant at all. The alcohol has its upsides though, it makes the finish pleasantly warming. Other flavours include light spices (mainly anise seeds) and sweet malts, but again there’s a lack of fruitiness. The taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter.

The Rye Wine has a fantastic creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a soft carbonation, the texture is almost syrupy and the body is definitely full.

Conclusion: a far too alcoholic and unclean beer that doesn’t have the qualities I like in a barley wine. The only thing I really appreciated with this one is the pleasant mouthfeel. My co-rater (yep, my father-in-law again) has the following conclusion: “smooth start followed by disappointment and bitter liquorice”.

 

Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      5/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    9/20
Ratebeer score: 2.6/5.0

JoKr Brewers Leprechaun Lager

Leprechaun Lager by JoKr Brewers, 5.8% ABV, 48 IBU.

JoKr Brewers Leprechaun Lager, batch no. 20.

JoKr Brewers Leprechaun Lager, batch no. 20.

This one pours a hazy, pale golden body with a creamy, white, long-lived head that ends up as a fully lasting layer, and a good amount of foam is left on the glass. However, I’m not quite sure if this is how the beer is supposed to look like, because when I empty the last .5 cm into the sink, as I tend to do to keep the sediments out of my glass, I see a green, algae-like goo coming out! What is that? And was this supposed to give the beer a green tint? And how will this mysterious component influence the aroma and flavour? Or is it just trub with lots of hop leftovers?

This one could have been green.

This one could have been green.

The aroma is certainly a bit special, there are stuff in here that I have no idea what reminds me of. Maybe the green secret ingredient? It’s a quite strong aroma with fruits, mostly lightly fermented apples and pears, pale malts and there are some refreshing and exiting sour notes, there is definitely something funky about this brew!

The taste is light sweet and light sour initially while the finish is moderate bitter with the light sourness lingering on. The flavours aren’t that strong, but they are pleasant. Nordic fruits, resin, malt and again these wild and funky notes that makes it more exciting.

This is an incredibly crisp, refreshing and dry beer, I really wanted to down this one and open another one right away! The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate.

Conclusion: Mysterious, funky and dangerously drinkable.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    12/20
Ratebeer score: 3.2/5.0

JoKr Brewers The S & E sessions

The S & E sessions by JoKr Brewers, Vienna, 4.7% ABV, 22 IBU.

JoKr Brewers S & E Sessions, batch no. 19.

JoKr Brewers S & E Sessions, batch no. 19.

Oh, a vienna, how extraordinarily exiting. With this positive attitude I open the bottle, and pour a clear, dark copper body. Quite good-looking, actually. The light-brown head is very small, but it hardly shrinks in size at all, and the everlasting layer laces my glass well.

Small but everlasting head.

Small but everlasting head.

The aroma is moderate and quite sweet, with notes of caramel and fruits. In other words a typical vienna, if it hadn’t been for the interesting smoky notes. That’s a new one! Also some lightly roasted notes in the back.

The taste is light sweet, less sweet than the ones sold as “juleøl” in Norwegian grocery stores. The finish is long-lasting and light to moderate bitter. The flavours are quite strong, again caramel and dark fruits, with lovely notes of gentle wood smoke.

The body is medium, the texture is pleasantly dry and the carbonation is soft.

Conclusion: as good as a vienna can possibly be, with a tasty smoky touch. A lovely session beer indeed.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    13/20
Ratebeer score: 3.3/5.0

JoKr Brewers Nacht & Nebel

Nacht & Nebel by JoKr Brewers, Dunkelweizen, 5.6% ABV, 15 IBU.

This is a rather unknown beer style to me, I’ve rated no more than three dunkelweizens at Ratebeer. But I guess I should expect a dark German style wheat beer, right?

JoKr Brewers Nacht & Nebel a.k.a. batch 21

JoKr Brewers Nacht & Nebel a.k.a. batch 21

The aroma is strong and has a good balance between yeast, spices and fruity overripe banana. On top of this, I suspect this is the dunkel part of the beer, I also get some nice caramel notes. A really inviting aroma!

JoKr Brewers Nacht & Nebel in the glass

JoKr Brewers Nacht & Nebel in the glass

The taste is light sweet with some bitter hints in the finish. The flavours are not as strong as the aroma made me hope for. There are some really nice banana notes in the finish, but initially and mid-palate the flavours are too weak. However, I do get nice notes of spices, yeast and lemon, the latter giving rise to (or maybe fools my palate to believe that there is) an acidic touch. There is also a disturbing chalky element in the back, this is not the kind of yeast I like in my wheat beers. And, I swear, by the holy mutha of Jeezus von Christ, that I get some stinging alcohol notes in this one as well! Now I’m starting to wonder if it’s the Bergen water that triggers my fusel alarm. These alcohol notes are really not that prominent, but still, a 5.6% ABV brew shouldn’t have such elements at all.

The carbonation is quite lively, and that fits the beer well. With such a light body and close to watery texture, a soft carbonation would have been strange…

Conclusion: very nice aroma but a bit too faint flavours. I won’t mention the alcohol.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    10/20
Ratebeer score: 2.8/5.0

JoKr Brewers Wheat As I Am

Wheat As I Am by JoKr Brewers, Wheat Ale, 5.8 % ABV, 29 IBU.

Ever since I got a bottle of Wheat As I Am in my beer cellar, a certain song has been churning in my head, refusing to let go. I figured the best way to make room for more useful stuff in my small brain was to get rid of the bottle as soon as possible, so here we go!

In this tainted soul, In this weak young heart, Am I too much for you?

“In this tainted soul,
In this weak young heart,
Am I too much for you?”

JoKr Brewers Wheat As I Am, batch 18. Looks good here, but the head collapses quickly.

JoKr Brewers Wheat As I Am, batch 18. Looks good here, but the head collapses quickly.

The body is cloudy, medium orange, and the head is large, frothy, egg white, fairly short-lived and leaves some lacing on the glass. Not an impressive sight, but doesn’t look bad either.

The aroma is pleasant, although not that strong. I get some nice spicy notes, yeast and there is a good deal of fruits present, e.g. hints of banana.

When it comes to the flavours this brew starts to collapse… Although the taste is ok, with a moderate to light sweetness and a quite short, light bitter finish, the flavours are both faint and not that pleasant. It’s quite unusual for a JoKr beer not to taste much, but this one doesn’t really taste much at all, apart from some totally out of style, stinging, very unpleasant, solvent-like notes of alcohol. Hm, haven’t I written about this before? In the back there are traces of spice, fruits and yeast, but these hints die out very quickly, leaving the aftertaste totally dominated by the harsh alcohol.

I think there is quite some residual sweetness in this one, both due to the rather sweet taste and the medium body. That’s about the only positive thing I can say about the mouthfeel: because of the alcohol this beer is pretty close to undrinkable.

Conclusion: nice aroma and ok taste, but the flavours and mouthfeel are ruined by the added nail polish remover. I couldn’t finish the 0.25 cl bottle.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      4/10
Palate:     2/5
Overall:    7/20
Ratebeer score: 2.2/5.0

JoKr Brewers Oatpremacy

Oatpremacy by JoKr Brewers, DIPA, 8.2% ABV, 92 IBU.

The day I received my previous beer delivery from ClubGonzo my dad was visiting, and he was so intrigued by the labels of the bottles that I had to offer him a taste of some Bergen homebrew. I decided to put his tastebuds up for a challenge, and got this DIPA that had stayed in my beer cellar for a few months.

JoKr Brewers Oatpremacy batch 17

JoKr Brewers Oatpremacy batch 17

The Oatpremacy pours a hazy, medium amber body with a small egg white head that ends up as a very thin but fully lasting layer. Virtually no foamy remnants are left on my glass.

The aroma is very strong and is a splendid mix of malty and hoppy notes. The hops take the lead, and deliver a very fruity feel with slightly overripe fruits, mainly grapefruit and tropical fruits like peach. I also get a whiff of alcohol. My dad didn’t get much, due to his near non-existent sense of smell.

The taste is very fitting for a DIPA: a moderate sweetness balances the heavy bitter and long-lasting finish very well. The flavours are quite strong, but I had expected more intensity due to the stunning aroma. I get tropical fruits with peach and hints of pineapple, grapefruit and resin. And then there is of course notes of alcohol that could have been better hidden. The bitterness was a bit over the top for my old man, but he finished the glass and claimed that he liked the flavours.

The beer feels rather full bodied and has a fairly oily texture. The carbonation is very soft, I find it too soft.

Conclusion: a nice DIPA, but the taste doesn’t quite live up to the standard set by the aroma. And it lacks the ClubGonzo craziness… Can be served to dads.

Aroma:      8/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:   12/20
Ratebeer score: 3.2/5.0

JoKr Brewers The Day After

The Day After by JoKr Brewers, Barley Wine, 11.8% ABV, 67 IBU.

I’ve rated no more than two barley wines on ratebeer.com, one of them being the barley wine/DIPA hybrid Nøgne Ø #100, so here I’m really on thin ice… But as always I judge a beer according to how much it pleases me at the moment, not if it’s true to a predefined beer style or not.

The Day After

The Day After aka. Test Batch 07. Looks good, right?

JoKr Brewers The Day After

JoKr Brewers The Day After

The Day After pours a clear and very dark brownish red body with a small, beige head that reduces quite quickly to a thin layer. This layer is fully lasting, and manages to lace my glass somewhat.

The aroma is strong, sweet and powerful, this is a serious brew that isn’t for the faint hearted! It has a complex fruity profile with both dried dark fruits and fruits that are fresh, yet overripe. There are also some delicious and well integrated vinous notes, and finally I get a light spicy touch.

The Day After back label, with some serious warnings. I always do what I'm told, so I let the bottle stay in my beer cellar until May 2013.

The Day After back label, with some serious warnings. I always do what I’m told, so I let the bottle stay in my beer cellar until May 2013.

The taste is moderate sweet and the finish is moderate bitter, long-lasting and very warming. The flavours are of moderate strength, I would have liked them to be stronger, and they are mainly on the malty side. The alcohol is in the front, but in a very pleasant, clean and vinous way that enhances the other flavours. Fruits, sweet caramel, a Jägermeister-like herbal spiciness and in the back some traces of liqueur filled chocolate. The bitterness and the alcohol fight for my attention in the finish, and I’m actually not sure which one these that is the main contributor to the warming, almost burning sensation in my mouth. I assume it’s the alcohol, but it may also be that the beer is more bitter than I initially thought.

The beer is very softly carbonated, but there is a faint fizz of micro bubbles that prickle my tongue as I drink, very elegant and pleasant. The body is full and the texture is oily.

Conclusion: A massive brew, thanks to the pronounced sweetness, bitterness and warming alcohol. Somewhat stronger flavours would be appreciated, I mean, other flavours than pure alcohol.

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:   13/20
Ratebeer score: 3.5/5.0

JoKr Brewers Bimbaffled

Bimbaffled by JoKr Brewers, Belgian Blonde, 6.2% ABV, 28 IBU.

For a blonde this beer isn’t that blond: the colour is slightly pale amber. In the glass the body looks clear, once again the JoKr brewers have done a good job when it comes to clearity (or maybe my pouring skills are improving!). The head however is frothy and is very soon reduced to a thin, white layer that doesn’t lace the glass very well.

A blonde that isn't very blond. Right here the head is big, but trust me, it collapses very fast.

The aroma is of moderate intensity and is rather Belgian, with obvious and pleasant notes of Belgian yeast, spices and with fruity notes that are sweet and at the some time a bit acidic. And then, far in the back, are some elements that make me wonder if this bottle is very lightly infected? There are some faint wild notes, some sourness and a touch of fermented apples! The fun thing is that these parts only bring another dimension to the beer, they make the aroma more interesting. Still, I think I prefer blondes with a more traditional, cleaner and stronger aroma.

JoKr Brewers Bimbaffled a.k.a. Batch 14.

The taste is light sweet and light bitter, and again I find traces of sourness. The moderate flavours have notes of Belgian yeast, spices, faint fruits, some nice notes of sweet honey and vague hints of fermented apples. And then, of course, alcohol! Ha! I had this beer 5 minutes after the absolutely clean East Block Sunshine, but here they are again, the good ol’ boozy JoKr notes of stinging, near fusel-like alcohol. Ok, the alcohol is not very intrusive, and if this had been a Duvel clone it would have been close to tolerable. But for a 6.2% ABV the alcohol is too stinging, even for the style. Apart from the alcohol the mouthfeel is ok, with a medium body, moderate carbonation and dry texture.

Conclusion: Typical Belgian notes work well with sweet honey to fight back the attacks of the biting alcohol. The pleasant elements are a bit too faint and the aggressive alcohol is too obvious. The sourness and the wild notes are a bit misplaced, even if they’re not terribly disturbing.

Aroma:      6
Appearance: 3
Taste:      5
Palate:     3
Overall:   10
Ratebeer Score: 2.7


JoKr Brewers East Block Sunshine

East Block Sunshine by JoKr Brewers, Pale Ale, 5.8% ABV, 47.5 IBU.

This is probably the clearest homebrew I’ve ever seen! It pours a crystal clear, pale golden body with a frothy head consisting of many small bubbles. The head is white and reduces to a thin but fully lasting layer after some time. A reasonably amount of foam sticks to the glass. This looks very much like your average pilsener, but hey, it’s a crystal clear home made beer! Considering that this is a homebrew I’m tempted give this a 4 in Appearance and thereby breaking my first sacred Rule of Rating™: judge a homebrew in the exact same way as a commercial brew. But the body is a bit too pale and the head a bit too average, so I’ll end up with a 3.

Pale and crystal clear!

JoKr Brewers East Block Sunshine. The label says 47.5 IBU, I'll advice the Jokers to google "significant figures"... 🙂

The aroma is of moderate strength, it’s quite sweet and has a faint touch of acidity. It’s not a very exciting aroma, but the Saaz hops are very obvious. Maybe a bit too obvious for an ale, this smells more like a pilsener. Nothing wrong with that per se, but I’m just not the biggest pilsener fan. I also get pale malts and some faint fruity notes.

The taste is moderate sweet, maybe a bit too sweet for such a light (both colour and ABV) beer? There is also a light acidity and the finish is moderate to light bitter. The bitterness is a bit sharp and grassy, and not that pleasant. I also get grainy notes and a light fruity touch. The body is medium, the texture is rather dry and the carbonation is a bit too soft.

In a way this beer is a bit confusing. The aroma is so full of noble hops that I was led to believe that this is a bone dry, crisp and refreshing lager-like beer, but on the palate this is just fairly dry and a bit too sweet, almost a bit cloying.

Conclusion: a strange ale, a wannabe-lager that ends up being neither. 

Aroma:      5
Appearance: 3
Taste:      4
Palate:     3
Overall:    8
Ratebeer Score: 2.3