Tap at Foeders. Thanks for sharing svartvit! Very dark brown with offwhite head. Sweet roasted malts, grain, light honey, coffee, dry nutshells, juniper, berries. Moderate sweet and bitter, medium body and soft carbonation.
Tap at Foeders. Very dark brown with big thick beige head. Sweet malts, light coffee, earthy, soft flowers, roasted meat, light dank hops, caramel, toffee. Quite sweet and medium bitter. Over medium bodied. Interesting and complex, don’t get much honey.
33cl bottle, mercike à Klaas & Liesbeth pour la bouteille, BB 01/2019 as a braggot - hence honey. De couleur acajou voire pourpre, le col est légèrement crémeux et offre des nuances de blanc-cassés éparses. Arôme est marqué par les houblons - notes un effet Cascadian typique de Simcoe et qui se prête très bien au côté recherché - je suppose, thème viking, idéal pour se balader dans les bois avec un braggot? Ici de subtiles effluves de pin rappellent un effet de conifères agréables. Le tout poursuivit par des notes maltées un peu grillées et toastées. Miel perce en léger retrait. Palais est un savant mélange entre le malté et houblonné, le tout sur une petite note de douceur mielleuse. Retrouve un côté côte ouest américaine sur un un effet boisé et pin. Petite amertume et effet un peu botanique du miel qui revient sur le devant, le tout oscille sur un léger effet gruit albeit avec des houblons. Petite note fruitée rouge sur la fin.
Thanks to sharing RB crew. Sampled draft @ Gents Bierfestival 2018. Dark brown bread appearance, solid creamy mocha head. Nose is fermenting dark bread, kvass, grain, chocolate, bark & compote. Taste is Baltic traditional dark fruit fermenting, bread, kvass, grain, dark cherry, interesting, thick.
Dark brown with creamy head. Aroma has some barnyard and hay. Maybe some horse shit. Flavour is quite sweet. Malty with some honey sweetness too.
Mossy rim over chestnut-coloured drink. Coffee, maltsyrup, cardboard, maple syrup, mead. Dry, but somehow conferring a sweet impression. Bit fruity, as in dried fruit, macerated in sugared water or rosewater. Quite slick, bit sticky. Somehow coffee in the aftertaste. Well. I'm used to better from Totem.
A dark braggot, at least that is the intention, made for some heavy metal club in Ghent called Grimm; made with 1/3 (Polish) mead and 2/3 of a beer specifically brewed for the occasion. To my knowledge the first ‘officially’ commissioned Totem beer, had it from tap at Dok which spared me a visit to said metal club… Tightly papery-lacing, regularly shaped, pale greyish white, very stable head remaining closed for a long time over a hazy ruddy bronze beer with burgundy hue. Aroma of damp acorn shells on a forest floor, raw red cabbage, honey-glazed beetroot, hard caramel candy, ripe purple gooseberries, ground hazelnuts, apple peel, rhubarb compote, tea, mead indeed but much more subtle than I was expecting (and hoping for). Sweetish and notably sourish onset reminiscent of red apple, fresh blueberries and blue plums with lively, minerally carbonation and supple, caramelly and nutty malt body, developing toasty bitterish edges towards the finish. The mead effect pops up in the end but in a very gradual, relatively subtle way, adding something weirdly – yet ‘naturally’ – metallic, accentuating the initial sourishness and providing a retronasal honey touch, before the soft toasty bitterness of the beer component blends with an earthy, mildly spicy hop bitter flavour. Fruity esters linger about after swallowing, surfing on the nutty character of the dark malts. Not sure how to judge this: it is ‘different’ as expected from Totem, but at the same time has the nose, taste and ‘feel’ of a classic, 20th century Belgian dubbel pimped with honey. According to the brewer, whom I admire as being one of the most inventive and interesting ones at least in Eastern Flanders and probably beyond that, the – to Totem standards – accessibility and ‘easiness’ of this beer, only a true braggot in intention and composition but not so much in final flavour, was fully intentional, and I can indeed imagine the non-beer geeky metalheads for whom this is made, having issues to cope with some of Klaas’ more ‘expressive’ and adventurous, typical brews…
Imported from my RateBeer account as Totem Óðrœrir (by Totem):
Aroma: 8/10, Appearance: 3/5, Taste: 7/10, Palate: 4/5, Overall: 15/20, MyTotalScore: 3.7/5
8/VI/18 - on tap @ Asgaard (Ghent) - BB: n/a (2018-754)
Clear dark purple brown beer, small creamy beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving some lacing in the glass. Aroma: lovely smell, quite hoppy at first, citrus notes, but also chocolate, malty, grains, soft roast. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty roasted start, little sweet, chocolate notes, soft acidity. Aftertaste: hoppy bitterness, bit fruity, grapefruit, bit of honey. Nice one!