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Last updated: June 2, 1998
S-620 23 Romakloster
Located on Gotland, Sweden's biggest island. Beers were available only on Gotland and in Stockholm before the brewery closed in 1997.
My Opinion Of The Beers That I've Tried:
17.0 points overall
Style 23 - Specialty Beer
- 18 points - Beer #22-1910, Kamuela HI, at home, December 31, 1996
Fresh beer! "Bäst före 9703". This is not your average beer. Amber, extremely hazy, low head, fairly high carbonation. Smoky...and something else that I've smelled before. Earthy, vegetal...juniper! Real smooth body, real big beer. Alcohol is prominent (at 8% by volume) but doesn't dominate. Earthy-smoky-strong, like a Stein-Rauch-Bock. Sharp smoky-juniper finish. I'm not sure what it's "supposed" to taste like, but it's mighty tasty anyway. This one's a Hall of Famer mostly because it grabs you by the tonsils and makes you want to drag a boat across Sweden. Thanks to Jojje Bredenberg for the beer...he calls it "a reconstruction of the beer the Vikings drink to get the strength to pull their longships over land." There's a lot of text on the label...my Swedish isn't very good, but I'll try to post some of it here in the future.
Style 23 - Specialty Beer
- 15.5 points - Beer #22-1911, Kamuela HI, at home, December 31, 1996
Yellow-amber hazy, low head, moderate carbonation. Very faint hint of fresh hops in the aroma. Very smooth body, very earthy flavor. No trace of the Cascades rumored to be here, until the finish, where a honey-like sweetness fades to a lingering sharpish bitterness. The label says, "belgisk klosteröl, engelsk ale och porter...och Altbier". Quite a range! It does have the look-and-feel of a Belgian abbey ale. 4.5% abv. Thanks to Jojje Bredenberg for the beer...he calls it "a reconstruction of the first type of beer brewed in Sweden with hops, (only American Cascade hops in it ... )." Swedish correspondent says: I don't recall what the label says, but I don't think it claimed to be all those styles... Might have been some general reference to top fermented beers, which not too long ago might not have been commercially brewed at all in Sweden (I'm a bit unsure when the last of the old ones disappeared and the first new one came).
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