Dugges Påsköl (50 cl bottle) 6%
This is another Easter beer released at Systembolaget on the 15th of March.
Style: Brown Ale
Cost: 29,80 SEK
Very dark hazy amber liquid with a light beige foam that left a thick lacing.
Very smell, noted some spices and smoke.
Smoke was the most dominant, but also some roasted notes and bread.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a medium thick body and low carbonation.
My first thought was a Scottish ale with smoked malt or a fairly mild smoked ale. But the style is set as Brown Ale. Ah well lets settle it as an English style ale with a distinct smoky flavour. A fairly easy to drink ale with a low carbonation.
I tried this with some salty snakes and it was a decent combo. But it worked allot better with some chocolate, not a perfect match but the chocolate actually improved the beer slightly. So this might work best after dinner with a couple of pieces of chocolate. Don’t think this beer would work with a full on dessert.
I usually love Dugges beers but this feels slightly below average for the brewery. That Im still giving it a 3/5 is a testament to the quality of beer from this brewery.
Sigtuna Easter Ale (50 cl bottle) 6,2%
This is another Easter beer released at Systembolaget on the 15th of March. Brewed with Riwak and Pacific gem.
Style: American Pale Ale
Cost: 26,90 SEK
Slightly hazy golden liquid with a big white fluffy foam. Big chunks of foam stuck to the side of the glass.
Not very intense but fresh with some hops and malt. Fruity hops with some passion fruit and other tropical fruit. My first thought was Simcoe, but it turned out to be Riwaka and Pacific gem. Also a hint of vegetable broth.
Same as the smell, a mild taste of hops and malt. The hops where fruity towards tropical fruits.
Medium smooth mouthfeel with a bit of sting at the end, with a low-medium thick body. Medium carbonation.
An easy to drink pale ale. If you are expecting a hop fix you will be disappointed, since it’s moderatly hopped and the hops is just there to balance the beer rather then be the major ingredient. But it’s well balanced and enjoyable to drink. The only big thing I have to complain about is the vegetable broth smell. Feels like something might have gone wrong somewhere.
I have a feeling this beer might work well with the Easter food. But I can’t know for sure, since many of last years Easter beers where horrible matches for the fatty and salty food. Hmm… it feels like I will end up trying many of these during Easter.
Sigtuna Röd Påsk (50 cl bottle) 6,2%
This is another Easter beer that was released at Systembolaget on the 1st of March. The translation of Röd Påsk is Red Easter.
It’s described as a hoppy american style red ale brewed with Centennial and Amarillo
I’ve now tried 3 of the Easter beer and hope to be done with my tasting before the holiday.
Style: Amber Ale
Cost: 27,90 SEK
It had a clear amber liquid with a fluffy dirty beige head that left allot of foam on the side of the glass.
Grassy hops, citrus, malt and some fruitiness. Do I smell oranges?
Grassy hops, malt, some fruits and flowers and that orange flavour is there again. Some spiciness but not enough to say what it is.
Medium smooth with a bit of sting to it. Medium body.
Even though the description says American style ale my first thought was British. It’s moderately hopped with a fruity and flowery flavour. But not fruity like many American hops, more like some of the British hops.
Anyway, leaving that subject. I think this is a drinkable ale but it feels like it’s missing something, the flavours aren’t really mixing as well as I would have liked. There is some spices here but not sure if it’s from hops, yeast or malt or if it’s actually added spices. Either way it’s not distinct enough so that I can put my finger on it. But that’s not a complaint as I like beers like that, a bit mysterious.
Now to the question of what to eat with this. I reckon it’s intended for the Easter feast but I can’t say for sure if it would work. Will have to try during Easter holiday.