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Svend’s Beer Log 2017 01



(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

Batemans – Rosey Nosey 3
Widmer Brothers – Brrr 4
Abbaye Des Rocs – Bruin 4
Brouwerij Het Anker – Gouden Carolus 4
Raasted – Buur 4
Royal Unibrew – Blå X-Mas 2
Det Lille Bryggeri – Hr Skovs Vinterbryg 4
Harboe – Dansk Julebryg 3
Ørbæk – Brygværket Vild Hvede 4
Ørbæk – Brygværket Herlig Humle 4

Wychwood Brewery – Bah Humbug 4
Harviestoun – Bitter And Twisted 4
Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri – Jule-Saison 4
Vestfyen – Willemoes Glutenfri 3
Raasted – 10 Belgian Redhead 4
Ugly Duck – Foxy Brown 5
De 5 Gaarde – Tido 3

Svend’s Beer Log 2016 12



(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

By The Horns Brewing Co – Stiff Upper Lip 4
Stod Fold – Gold 3
Bristol Beer Factory – Enigma 3
Mighty Oak – Oscar Wilde 4
Weird Beard – Cranberry Christmas Stout 4

Redemption – Hopspur 4
Kent – Pale 3
One Mile End – Great Tom Mild 4
Milton Brewery – Iris 3
Milton Brewery – Dionysus 4
Windsor And Eton – Windsor Knot 3
Darkstar – American Pale Ale 5
Arundel Brewery – Sussex Gold 4
Long Man Brewery – Rottingdean Smugglers 5
Mikkeller – A Red & White Christmas 3
Refsvindinge – Mors Jule Stout 3
Randers Bryghus – Meri Kurisumasu 3
Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri – Jule-Saison 4
Siren Craft Brew – Vermont Tea Party 5
Carlsberg – Kongens Bryghus Julemumme 2
Brunehaut – Wit 2
Purple Moose – Whakahari 4
Aass Bryggeri – Vellagret Juleøl 3
Ægir – Ylir Julebrygg 3
Skanderborg Bryghus – Brown Ale 3
Skanderborg Bryghus – Steam 3
Nighting Ale – Christmas Beer 2016 4
Rügener Insel Brauerei – Baltic Stout 4
Tiny Rebel – You Snows It 4
Chimay – Blue 4
Westmalle – Tripel 3
Thisted Bryghus – Julefred 3
Thisted Bryghus – Jule Stenøl 3
Ørbæk – Julebryg 4
Vestfyen – Willemoes Porter 4
Coisbo Beer – Brooklyn Fall 4
Ørbæk – Brygværket Vild Hvede 3
Fuller’s – Old Winter Ale 3
Skagen Bryghus – Gårdnisse 4
Quilmes – Quilmes 3
Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri – Jule-Saison 4
Hornbeer – Caribbean Rum 4
Hornbeer – Grisk 4
Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri – Sommerdrømme 3
Bryghuset Braunstein – Porter 4
Vestfyen – Willemoes Jule Ale 3
Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri – IPA 3
Svaneke – India Pale Ale 3
Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri – Jule-Saison 4
Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri – Jule-Bock 4
Bryggeriet Braunstein – Brown Ale 4
Fur – Barley Wine 4
Ørbæk – Brygværket Mørk Malt 4

Svend’s Cider Log 2016

Ørbæk – Ciderman’s Apple Cider 3
Crones – Rum Cask 5
King Brain – Cider 5
Twisted – Cider 4
Malvern Magic – Perry 3
Snails Bank – Fruit Bat 4
Gwynt Y Ddraig – Happy Daze 4
Hecks – Portwine Of Glastonbury 4
Hardanger Saft og Siderfabrik – Hardanger Traditional Sider 4
Orchard Pig – Maverick 4
South Downs – Apple Cider 5

Svend’s Beer Log 2016 11



(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

Grimbergen – Brassin De Noël 3
Bryghuset Braunstein – Porter 4
To Øl – Black Bauble 3
Hornbeer – Julehumle IPA 4
Mikkeller – Santa’s Helper 4
Ugly Duck – Ugly Christmas 4
Mikkeller – Ris A La M’Ale 4
Ørbæk – Ekstra Julebryg 3
Thisted Bryghus – Julefnug 3
Thisted Bryghus – Juleren 3
Raasted Bryghus – Mørk Påske Bryg 3
Randers Bryghus – Meri Kurisumasu 5
Randers Bryghus – Midnight Oil 4
Brøckhouse – Julebryg 3
Fuller’s – Old Winter Ale 3
Corsendonk – Christmas Ale 3
Ugly Duck – Hoppy Christmas 4
Tuborg – Rød 2
Leffe – Bruin 3
Bryghuset Braunstein – Viking IPA 3
Ørbæk – IPA 4
Ørbæk – Fynsk Forår 4
Yellow Dog – IPA 3
Leffe – Bruin 3
Tuborg – Julebryg 2
Albani – Julebryg 2
Brew42 – Zesty Yuletide 3
Mikkeller – Ris A La M’Ale 3
Brøckhouse – Julebryg 3
Brewdog – Hoppy Christmas 3
Schneider Weisse – Aventinus Eisbock 4
Stone – Xocoveza 4

Svend’s Beer Log 2016 10



(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

​St Bernardus – Abt 12 3
Allgates – Half Devil 4
Great Orme – Atlantis 4
Caffle Brewery – Catchy Pole 4
Tomos A Lilford – Cwrwgl 4
Black Bar – Black Light 5
Brandon Brewery – Saxon Gold 4
Crafty Beers – Wilbraham 3
Skagen Bryghus – Michael Ancher 4
Skagen Bryghus – Gl Skagen 3
Skovlyst – Oktoberfest 3
Skagen Bryghus – Skawskum 4
Midtfyns Bryghus – Rough Snuff 2 4
Fur – Frokost 4
Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri – Saison 4
Syndicatet/Agile – Blegfisen 5
Ayinger Altbairisch – Dunkel 4
Munkebo/Agile – Sort Smoothie 4
Garage Beer – Beerslinger 4
Humleland – Inde I Mørket 4
Founders – Centennial IPA 3
Leffe – Bruin 3
Ørbæk – Blonde Abbey Ale 4

Svend’s Beer Log 2016 09



(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

Virklund Bryghus – Mørk Hvede 5
Einstök – Toasted Porter 4
Einstök – White Ale 2
Einstök – Arctic Pale Ale 3
Grauballe – Lone Ranger 4
St Austell – Proper Job 4
Nighting Ale – To Øl Goliat 4
Franziskaner – Weissbier 3
Grauballe Bryghus – Røde Kristian 3
Jopen – Northsea IPA 3
Grauballe Bryghus – Middelalder Bryg 4
Refsvindinge – Ale No 16 3
Leffe – Bruin 3
Evil Twin – Femme Fatale 4
Evil Twin – Biscotti Break 4
Raasted Bryghus – Buur 3
Raasted Bryghus – Cascade IPA 2
Grauballe Bryghus – Sort Sol 3
Purple Moose – Glaslyn Ale 4
Wye Valley – Dorothy Goodbody’s Golden Ale 3

Øllets Dag (Day of Beer)

Today is Øllets Day in Denmark. It means “Day of Beer”, and it takes place every year on the first Saturday of September. It’s not an event I was aware existed until just a few days ago. We read that there was something like a beer festival at the English pub in Kolding, which is a couple of hours away on the train. We’d made plans to go there, but just yesterday we discovered that a similar event would be held at a local wine and beer shop near where we live. So we went there instead.

We had not expected much. Probably just a few samples by the shot, with a push to sell bottles. However, it was very different. Half a dozen members from the local branch of the Danish Beer Enthusiasts (De Danske Ølentusiaster) were lined up along a row of tables, with 43 bottles of beer from Denmark, Belgium, England, Norway and USA. They were all very welcoming, and it was made clear that you could try as many of the beer as you liked, even all of them. And at no point was a sale pushed, even though there were order forms available to fill out if there were any of the beers you liked.

Svend’s Beer Log 2016 08



(Rating system: 1-5. 1: undrinkable. 2: not nice. 3: decent/good. 4: very good. 5: one of the best I’ve ever had. Read more about my rating system)

Hancock – Merry Christmas Happy New Year 3
Erdinger – Weissbier 2
Thisted Bryghus – Øko Humle 3
Amarcord – Grandisca 2
Purple Moose – Decadence 4
Thisted Bryghus – Porse Guld 3
Vestfyen – Willemoes Ale 3
Kinn Bryggeri – Humlehaud 4
Vestfyen – Willemoes Kyst Til Kyst 3
Vestfyen – Pokal Classic 2
Vestfyen – Willemoes Stout 4
Vestfyen – Belgisk Ale 3
Skagen Bryghus – Drachmann 3
Skagen Bryghus – Bundgarn 5
Lindemann – Kriek 4
Skagen Bryghus – 5 Korns Øl 4
Skagen Bryghus – Anna Ancher 4
Skagen Bryghus – Skawskum 5
Skagen Bryghus – Michael Ancher 4
Skagen Bryghus – Nordlys 2
Skagen Bryghus – Skawskum 5
Skagen Bryghus – Drachmann 4
Skagen Bryghus – Skawskum 5
Skagen Bryghus – 5 Korns Øl 4
Skagen Bryghus – Væltepeter 4
Løkken Bryghus – Styrbord (Ålbæk) 4
Thisted Bryghus – Cold Hawaii (2016) 4
Thisted Bryghus – Pilgrim 4
Thisted Bryghus – Cold Hawaii (2015) 3
Thisted Bryghus – Boston 3
Vestfyen – Cream Ale 4
United Beverage – De Jyske Bryghuse American Brown Ale 4
Ebeltoft – Wildflower IPA 4
Thisted Bryghus – Ronkedor 4
Banks’s – Sunbeam 4
Dorset Brewing Co – Jurassic 5
Dorset Brewing Co – Tom Browns 4
Thwaites – Wainwright 3
Nant – Chwaden Aur 4
Redemption – Pale Ale 4
Redemption – Hopspur 4
Kelham Island – Pale Rider 4
Titanic – Plum Porter 4
Wadworth – Espirito de Carnaval 3

Visits from exciting moths

We were visited by these amazing moths the other day. The last is determined to be a Scalloped oak (Crocallis elinguaria). The other two we don’t know yet. If you do, let me know!

EDIT: Turns out the first one is a poplar hawk-moth (laothoe populi).

Poplar Hawk-moth

Poplar Hawk-moth

Subtle Moth

Subtle Moth

Scalloped oak

Scalloped oak