Cuvée Akkurat & Christmas ratings 1999

Cuvée Akkurat & Christmas ratings 1999

Akkurat In Stockholm has stocked up on aged beers, and the OMH bunch payed them a visit to check out what they were like. The asssortment included around 60, mostly Belgian beers of various types that were between 1 and 15 years old. For obvious reasons they were rather pricey. We tried a handful of them, most of them excellent. The best of them all was Quelque Chose 1996 From Unibroue, Quebec, Canada, which is a cherry ale. We have never tried it fresh, but thi version was mature, slightly tart and absolutely magnificent. It became the first ever North American beer on our top-10.

Another outstanding beer was Jacobins Gueuze 1993 from Brasserie Bockor in Westvlaams (which is not the traditional lambic district in Belgium). This gueuze has matured in oak casks which has given it whiskyish flavours and a deep golden colour.

Other examples of what time can do to beer isOerbier 1991 which had developed into sort of a sourish red ale, á la Rodenbach, instead of a double dark, while the chery flavours in Felix Oudenaarde Kriekbier 1990 had turned into very mature raspberry flavours. The sweet Carnegie Stark-Porter 1986 was now dry, very balanced buyt slightly papery, while Crombe Christmas-Beer 1992 had developed cardboard flavours and was past it's peak.

As a bonus Akkurat were also having a mini festival of Scottish beers. Belhaven S:t Andrews Ale and Harviestoun Freshers Bitter were two excellent cask conditioned ales, and McEwan's ales seemed terribly one dimensional in a head to head rating.

We did also rate a few bottled beers later on, some of the Chjristmas seasonals, like the sweet Aass Juleøl or the full bodied but perhaps overly almond flavoured Shepheard Neame Vintage Christmas Ale 1999. Some were just beers we happened to possess like two fine beers from St Peter's Brewery.


Beers rated December 1999
6Quelque Chose 1996, aged 3 years (cold)Canada4.644 55 458.0%Special
29Jacobins Gueuze 1993, aged 6 yearsBelgium4.324 5  445.5%Gueuze/Lambic
42Nils Oscar NO:5 Julöl 1999 Imperial StoutSweden4.253 55  47.2%Porter/Stout
43Oerbier 1991, aged 8 yearsBelgium4.253 5  457.5%Ale, Belgian style
44Felix Oudenaarde Kriekbier 1990, aged 9 yearsBelgium4.234 4  456.0%Special
93St Peter's Cream StoutEngland4.034 45  36.5%Porter/Stout
99Carnegie Stark-Porter 1986, aged 13 yearsSweden4.024 4  444.5%Porter/Stout
99Belhaven S:t Andrews Ale, caskScotland4.024 4  44 Ale, British style
99Harviestoun Freshers Bitter, caskScotland4.024 4  443.9%Ale, British style
123Quelque Chose 1996, aged 3 years (warm)Canada3.984 44  48.0%Special
136Nils Oscar NO:8 KalasjulölSweden3.963 45  45.2%Lager, Dark
254St Peter's Suffolk GoldEngland3.704 34  44.9%Ale, British style
343Harviestoun Numbskull AleScotland3.594 4  334.5%Ale, British style
424Grain dŽOrge 1996, aged 3 yearsFrance3.474 5  228.0%Ale, Belgian style
447Örbräu #3 Märzen, homebrewSweden3.423 34  4 Lager, Dark
652McEwan's 90/-Scotland3.223 3  435.5%Ale, British style
654NisseSweden3.223 34  35.3%Ale, British style
990Gamla Stans LagerölSweden2.942 34  35.0%Lager, Light
1004Crombe Christmas-Beer 1992, aged 7 yearsBelgium2.922 3  258.0%Ale, Belgian style
1132Aass JuleølNorway2.784 32  26.5%Lager, Bock
1159Zeunerts BlondeSweden2.754 23  25.1%Lager, Light
1297Dorada PilsenSpain2.63  32  34.7%Lager, Light
1379Shepheard Neame Vintage Christmas Ale 1999England2.534 31  26.5%Ale, British style
1413McEwan's 70/-, caskScotland2.493 2  324.5%Ale, British style
1454Cerveza WuldSpain2.442 32  34.5%Lager, Light
1636Grodans Mjöd, homebrewSweden2.553 33  111.0%Special
1691Christian IVSweden2.152 22  35.3%Lager, Light
1860SandwallsSweden1.893 11  35.0%Lager, Light
Rated by: Johan Zetterlund, Mattias Leidebjer, Per Samuelsson, Lars Samuelsson, Cecilia Gårdebäck, Fredrik Huldt and Oscar Hansson

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