L’Oeil Du Mouton – Tête d’Allumette

Vossaøl, style historique Norvégien, 7.5%, un genre Märzen bock Allemand épicé avec une touche de levure Belge.

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Vossaøl 7.5%, a Norwegian type of brew, me likes when someone try historical stuff. Clear dark amber color, slight veil, with almost no activity. Pouring the yeast makes it slightly hazy. Foamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent lacing. Flavors of caramel, soft molasses, dark grains, esters like berries, pears, apples, wild yeast and some unknown spicy herbs. Bready and filling, quite warming with a strong alcoholic touch. Feels kinda like a Märzen, a bit German in personality, with some kind of a fruity bock effect. Slick medium body with a light crisp. Medium to strong strength finish, a bit nutty and roasted, spicy tongue coat with some plummy fruits…although the tongue coat is quite thick and leafy, with dominant sugary barley and wheat. It’s a nice brew in colder times that is easy to down and giving up a rich finish. The freshness is well present from the sharp yeast (Belgian?), and there’s good balance in the flavors. A little swirl will reveal a powerful delicious smell. The ingredients is of high quality, and the intensity accessible. Overall excellent quality craft.