Totem Byggvir



Totem in Evergem, East Flanders, Belgium 🇧🇪

Brewed at/by: Bryggja
Strong Ale Regular Out of Production
ABV: 9.0% IBU: 15 Ticks: 12
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Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 8

Bouteille 33cl, merci Klaas, BB 03/2020. Orange sur léger ambre, col fin sur les rebords, crémeux blanc-cassé. Arôme est frais, érable apporte un parfum doux organique oscillant sur des effluves de miel, léger fruité de poire avec des pointes herbacées houblonnées. Mead like elements avec une petite pointe oxydée. Palais garde un côté rustique ancien, avec une présence malt assez dominante, retrait frais presque biologique rappelant un léger côté mielleux - fin sucre résiduel. Fruité léger avec un rappel herbacé - proche d'un effet de gruit - qui revient sous le caractère doux d'érable. Juste ce petit qcq chose en fin de bouche où je n'accroche pas trop. Sensation que la bière est déjà en fin de vie, effet vieux grains.

Tried on 16 May 2019 at 14:03

Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 7

Bottle. Hazy brown color. Aroma of vinous dark fruit. Taste is boozy port wine, pepper, pears.

Tried from Bottle on 16 Mar 2018 at 12:45

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Sampled at Billie's Craft Beer Fest 2017 - day 1. Smooth caramel, Light citrus, a bit of grapefruit.

Tried on 31 Dec 2017 at 11:44

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 6 | Flavor - 6 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Sampled @ Billie's Craft Beer Fest 2017. A hazy dark orange golden beer with a mid sized most good lasting beige head. Aroma of red fruits, grainy malt. Taste of sweet grainy, maple syrup, red fruits.

Tried on 03 Dec 2017 at 05:53

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 8

Bottle from Geers. Amber colour, beige head disappears quickly. Smooth malty with notes of plums and dried fruit. Light bitterness in the finish. Well balanced. Good.

Tried from Bottle on 27 Nov 2017 at 04:58

Appearance - 4 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 7.5

Bottle at Kantien, Ghent. Old ale- or barleywine-ish beer with maple syrup, in the new, Viking-inspired Totem style; apparently intended for extended cellaring so I guess I made the mistake of drinking it too young... Thick and creamy, pale beige-ish head, quickly receding and in the end disappearing completely; warm, hazy copper-tinged bronze robe. Aroma of caramel candy and indeed maple syrup, honey, white port, orange peel, nutmeg, cognac, baked banana, hints of bitter herbs, fig and a faint smokey accent. Sweet flavour, candied pear, yellow raisins, dates, sourish accent, softish carbo, thick and bit creamy mouthfeel. Nice caramelly and bit nutty malt sweetness furthered sweetened by a thick layer of maple syrup, but balanced by spicy notes in the finish, albeit not in a very hoppy way; the peppery accent is, however, mostly established by a lot of obvious, 'jenever'-like, astringent alcohol which heats the throat. Bit too alcoholic for me personally, but I can imagine this softens with age - so indeed, this must be a beer that gets better with age, I hope to be able to taste an old sample one day. For the time being: interesting, complex and warming beer, satisfying on a gloomy November evening. Once again, it shows that Totem is one of the most creative craft breweries in Belgium and certainly in the Eastern Flanders province; it also shows that the brewer is not only technically very accomplished, but also very well-informed about beer styles and beer history. Always a pleasure to meet a new Totem!

Tried from Bottle on 27 Nov 2017 at 03:50

Appearance - 10 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 9

20/10/2017 - draught glass @Wanderlust. Amber coloured with creamy off-white head. Nose has sweet malts, caramel, maple. Taste has some port, sweet malts, bit ripe fruits, caramel, maple. Sweet, creamy. Nice

Tried on 21 Oct 2017 at 00:21

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Bottle thnx to 90 ! Pours unclear warm blonde, not much head. Smell is bit yeasty. Taste is caramel, earthy, leaves, no clear maple but all the more complexity. Decent body and carbo. Bit sweet, but not more than desired. Somewhere in between a quad and a barleywine. Does this get better with age ? If so, dqmn, thats gonna be a hell of a beer ! I love it now, just dissapointed by not getting the maple syrup. Will re-rate when I open my second bottle. In years ?

Tried from Bottle on 20 Sep 2017 at 18:58

Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 7

F: almost no, thin, off-white, quick disappear. C: dark murky to brown, hazy, opaque. A: maple, caramel, sugary, fruity, bit yeast, herbal, hint alcohol. T: caramel, maple, candy, boozy, herbal, bit green banana, medium body, low carbonation, don’t drink it fresh is right, must to age, partially enjoyed, 33cl bottle from Bierwinkel De Hopduvel in Gent.

Tried from Can on 10 Sep 2017 at 13:34

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Thank you Klaas! 330 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBSG17. About 4 months old at this point. Darker orange amber, tanned head. Nose is low plastic, herbal, bark syrup, thick raw maple herbal,… Taste is massive thick herbal raw bark, plastic, herbal, plant, sugar, candy, sweet cooked apple & raw cookie dough,… Taste is herbal mat syrup, low plastic. Maple is massive but raw herbal, bit plastic, bit much, interesting, tasty but also a bit much, maybe a bit more time still?

Tried from Bottle on 27 Aug 2017 at 16:08