Beer #141 Ølfabrikken Porter

Ølfabrikken Porter

Name: Ølfabrikken Porter

Style: Baltic Porter

Brewery: Ølfabrikken website.

Country:  Denmark

Region:  Roskilde

ABV: 7.5% Abv

How served: 22.3oz capped bomber poured a Bush chalice.            

My Overall Opinion: Amazing. 

I paired this beer with: Nothing today.

Tasted on:  Thursday September 23rd, 2010   

Note:  This beer poured a very dark brown almost black with a thin dark tan head which dissipated very quickly.  The nose was sweet & smoky with hints of dark cocoa and coffee.  The taste was coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, molasses and brown sugar, but not too sweet as it finished with some bitterness.  The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy & with a medium to full body.  The drinkability was excellent and leaves you wanting more.

Look it even comes in a can too:

Ølfabrikken Porter can

On the Label:  Ølfabrikken (The Beer Factory) is an experimental brewery on the vibrant Danish beer scene.  oUr beers are unpasteurized and unfiltered, and are naturally carbonated (without added CO2) for maximum flavor, aroma, and mouth feel.

Our Porter is inspired by the weighty Baltic porters common in Scandinavia.  The taste is slightly smoky, with vinous notes from brown sugar, leading to a long, rich finish dominated by chocolate, licorice, and coffee flavors from our special blend of roasted malts.  Enjoy at 50-55° F in a tulip or tumbler glass.

From their website:  Ølfabrikken Porter (7,5 %)
A dark and rich porter inspired by the Baltic porters traditionally made in Scandinavia. Roasted without being burned or bitter, with the flavor dominated by dried fruits and vinous notes. High amounts of residual sugars and a fruity aroma makes this beer the perfect companion for chocolate desserts, if served lightly chilled. Brewed on Maris Otter ale malt, British Brown Malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, two types of caramel malt and brown sugar.
Was in 2006 awarded Beer News of the Year (by Danish Beer Enthusiast) and Best Porter in the world (at

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Impromptu Tasting of 19 Beers.

Saturday night started out as 3 couples (my wife & I, my neighbor and another couple) who planned a mellow evening of grilling steak and drinking only a few beers.  Well it turned out to become an impromptu tasting in which we had the opportunity to taste 13 different beers style from the 19 beers we went through that evening.   

After 19 beers & 24 glasses

Here are almost all the bottles and all of the glassware 6 people went through on the evening.  Having all those beers made cleaning the glasses a little easier.

 The Aperitif Beers:   


Cigar City Jai Alai

Beer #1:  Jai Alai

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing.  Tampa, Florida

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 7.5% 

21st Amendment Hell of High Watermelon Wheat Beer

Beer #2:  Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery.   San Francisco, California

Style: American Wheat/Fruit                                

ABV: 4.9% 

Rodenbach Vin de Céréale

Beer #3: Vin de Céréale.  2004 bottle #7392

 Brewery: Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.  Roeselare Belgium (Brouwerij Palm NV)

Style: Flanders Red Ale

ABV: 10.0% 

Goose Island Sofie 2009

Beer #4:  Sofie

Brewery: Goose Island.  Chicago, Illinois

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

ABV: 6.5% 

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Beer #5:  Beer Geek Breakfast

Brewery: Mikkeller. København, Denmark (Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway)

Style: Oatmeal Stout w/ Coffee

ABV: 7.5%  

Kern River Just Outstanding IPA

Beer #6:  Just Outstanding IPA

Brewery: Kern River Brewing Company.  Kernville, California

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 6.8%  

Pisgah Baptista

Beer #7:  Pisgah Baptista

Brewery: Pisgah Brewing Co.  Black Mountain, North Carolina

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 11.5%

 Dinner drinks:

Beers #8 & #9 were paired with grilled Filet Mignon, grilled asparagus and corn on the cob.

Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale Special Reserve

Beer #8:  Abbey Ale Special Reserve

Brewery: Ølfabrikken   Roskilde, Denmark

Style: Dubbel

ABV: 8.5% 

AleSmith 2009 Decadence

Beer #9:  Decadence 2009 Anniversary Ale

Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Company.  San Diego, California

Style: Dunkel Weizenbock

ABV: 9.0%

 Pre Dessert Beers: 


Good Karma Tripel version 5, 6 and 9

Vertical Tasting of Good Karma Tripel Version #5, #6 & #9

(IMHO Version #6 was the better of the three. It is an outstanding example of the classic Belgian Tripel)

 Beer #10:  Tripel #5 (made with Westmalle yeast) 

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  


Beer #11:  Tripel #6 (made with LaChouffe yeast,  sold as Ardennes yeast)

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  


Beer #12:  Tripel #9   (made with Uniboue yeast)

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  

 The Dessert Beers, Part 1:

Beer #13 & #14 are paired with chocolate cover strawberries

Southern Tier Crème Brûleé Stout

Beer #13: Crème Brûleé Stout

Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company.  Lakewood, New York

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.2% 

Consecration in the glass with Supplication, Crème Brûleé, Older Viscosity & Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Beer #14:  Older Viscosity

Brewery: Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port.  San Marcos, California 

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.10%

 The Palate Cleanser:  

Beer #15:  Supplication

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company.  Santa Rosa, California

Style:  American Wild Ale

ABV: 7.0%

The Dessert Beers, Part 2:

Beer #16 was paired with a chocolate lava cake.


 Beer #16:  Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Brewery:  Mikkeller. København, Denmark (Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway)

Style: Imperial Oatmeal Stout w/ Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee

ABV: 10.9%

 The Digestif Beers: 


De Dolle Stille Nacht

Beer #17:  Stille Nacht

Brewery: De Dolle Brouwers.  Esen, Belgium

Style: Belgium Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 12.0%


Beer #18: Consecration

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company.  Santa Rosa, California

Style:  American Wild Ale

ABV: 10.0%

De Proefbrouwerij Boerinneken

 Beer #19:  Boerinneken

Brewery: De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot).  Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 9.5%

 My Favorite Brew of the Day:

Vin de Céréale. 

 My Least Favorite Brew of the Day:

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Ale


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Beer#96 Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale Special Reserve

Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale

Name: Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale Special Reserve

Style: Dubbel

Brewery: Ølfabrikken website

Country: Denmark

Region: Rosklide

ABV: 8.5% Abv

How served: 750ml caged and corked bottle poured into a Kastaar tulip.        

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: Grilled salmon

Tasted on: Tuesday April 6th, 2010. 

Note:  This was bottled on Nov 30, 2006 with a best before date of January 2012.  On their website this was listed under their previous brews, so I am not sure if they will make this one again.   This was a fantastic example of a Belgian Dubbel.  I can easily say this is up there with some the best dubbel’s I had had before, including Westvleteren 8, St. Bernardus Prior 8 &  the Westmalle Dubbel.  I just might have to have a dubbel taste off to find out.  I’ll let you know if the future when I do that.

On the Label: written in Danish: Er vor fortolkning af de mørke og stærke øl, der brygges på de belgiske klostre.   En flere hundred år gammel gæstamme forsyner øllet med noter af svesker og rosiner, der suppleres af diskret krydret duft af korrianderfrø.  Smagen er stor, vinøs og præfet of karamel.

Med andre ord: når du nyder denne himmerigsmundfuld vil du med garanti høre englene synge!

Nyd den som ledsager til simreretter, veldt eller modne oste.  (See From their Website for the translation)

  Serveres ved: 8-10° C i et pokalformet glas.  Upasteuriseret og unfiltreret ale eftergæret I flasken.  Bør hældes forsigtigt op for at undgå bundfald I glasset.

 Alc. 8,5% vol.

Opbevaret mørkt og køligt vil øllet modne og udvikle sig I de kommende år.

Mindst holdbar til januar 2012.  Produktionsdato: 30/11-2006

From their website:   

Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale is our interpretation of the dark and strong ales brewed in the Belgian monasteries. A more than hundred year old yeast strain provides the beer with notes of raisins and prunes supplemented by a discrete spicy aroma from coriander. The flavor is big and vinous and dominated by caramel. Enjoy it with braised meat, game and ripe cheese. Of course unpasteurized, unfiltered and refermented in the bottle.

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Beer #58 Ølfabrikken Winter Porter

Ølfabrikken Winter Porter


 Ølfabrikken Winter Porter

Style:   Baltic Porter

Brewery: Ølfabrikken website

Country: Denmark

Region:  Roskilde

ABV: 11.00%

How served: 750ml Corked & caged bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.  

I paired this beer with: A Cuban sandwich made with pork and ham smoked in the back yard.

Tasted on: Sunday December 20, 2009.

Note:  This was a very pleasant surprise. This was a thick and chewy beer which paired great with this smoked Cuban sandwich. 

From their website: Bottom fermented porter made with Danish honey and matured for four months before bottling.

 This is the 25th of my daily Christmas beer, on my quest for a Christmas beer a day from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  There are now only 4 more beers until Christmas!

Beer #34 Kloster Jul

Ølfabrikken Kloster Jul

Name: Kloster Jul

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Brewery: Ølfabrikken  website

Country: Denmark

Region:  Roskilde

ABV: 9.5%

How served: 750 ml coked and caged bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.   

My Overall Opinion: Amazing

I paired this beer with: nothing.  

Tasted on: Saturday November 28, 2009

Note: This is a beer brewed with cherry juice and licorice root.  The cherry juice is very mild in taste and is not as sweet as you would expect.  This is a beer to be sipped by the fireplace, that is unless you live in S. Florida.   Hunt down this beer!!!!

  This is the 3rd of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas.  There is only 26 more beers until Christmas!

From their website: “Ølfabrikken Klosterjul is a complex Christmas beer inspired by trappist beer and brewed with cherries from Stevns and liquorice root. The colour is chestnutty with creamy foam on top.”


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