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April 28, 2009

BBQ and Nøgne Ø of Norway

Taken April 27th, 2009 by The Beertographer

Went to Fette Sau again last night for our co-homebrewer Tim's birthday and had some delicious Pulled Pork Shoulder, Pork Belly and Spicy Sausage coupled with Potato Salad and Guss' Half Sour Pickles. All paired with some Arcadia Pappy's Old Ale, which surprisingly was a good combination.

Afterwards, we ventured just across the street to Spuyten Duyvil (again), mainly because it was very nice out, and they've just expanded their backyard area. It had completely slipped our minds that Kjetil Jikiun of Nøgne Ø would be appearing to debut some of his brews on tap for the first time in the US. Their offerings were the Imperial Stout, the India Pale Ale and the Framboise de Porter. There seems to be no reviews anywhere on the net for this one, so my guess is that it's brand new. But if you're into sour beers, this may just be the king.

At first, it's incredibly jarring. In fact, I ordered the "Vanilla Porter" without even noticing the "de Framboise" written underneath of it. A patron nearby quickly turned and exclaimed that it was sour and pretty intense. I remarked that I loved sour beers, but the bartender brought me a taste anyways, just to be safe. The combination of a smooth, vanilla-infused porter with a vinegar-sour intensity. One of the most complex and interesting beers I've ever had. The only negative would be that it might be tough to drink a second, but I feel that is often the case with sour ales.

If anyone is in the Philadelphia area, it will be debuting tonight at Monk's Cafe.

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