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Wednesday
Jul302014

JACOBSEN EXTRA PILSNER

Jacobsen Extra Pilsner. You are going to like this or you're going to hate it, but you won't deny that Carlsberg's in-house microbrewery (it's brewed in the original Carlsberg brewery) has had a big go here.

It's not like any other pilsner you've ever had, flavoured as it is with sea-buckthorne, a small, sour yellow berry that grows by the sea in Denmark (and Sweden).

At 5.5% ABV, this is strong for a pilsner, which is why it's called Extra. And Extra is also the level of patience you'll need while you wait for your palate to catch up with the oddness.

Lemon and corn and that sweet smell of rotting seaweed aren't things you normally associate with a pilsner, but they're all here. And it's certified organic, too, so that's real rotting seaweed.

It quickly hits you with conventional pilsner notes, like grass and then bitter dryness, but then there is a bunch of stuff you don't expect, like sourness and fruitiness in equal measure.

It's a bit like what you'd expect a Belgian abbey to make out of a pilsner recipe because you can definitely pick out passionfruit, kiwi, melon and a sourness from the sea-buckthorne.

Odd, but it might take a second glass to appreciate it properly.

 

6/10

 

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