Imperial DunkelWit

So what’s going on here? More craziness from Scandinavia? We’ll see.
Picked this one up at Green’s on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. 500 mL bottle approx. $8-9 for the chance to try this one.
Poured into the Tucher, 0.5 L Weizen glass the beer is truly exceptional. An amazing color of reddish brown which is deep and garnet in its’ color, but in certain light almost looks purple – VERY distinct! Surprisingly good head, lace and retention for a beer with this ABV.
The nose gives up some alcohol and a very strong herbal, spiced and medicinal note.
Tastes are somewhat bizarre. At first the beer seems like liquid licorice – literally! After that we get varying amounts of pepper, MORE licorice, medicinal herbs. Then comes a serious wave of aniseed bitterness which ultimately is the distinguishing taste. Aniseed is the final flourish and the has the final word. Light alcohol burn. Very odd.
Mouthfeel is quite lively.
A licorice aniseed BOMB!
I dunno, it seems like Nogne are getting increasingly distracted by the American influence of doing weird stuff and for me it’s not working. It’s just getting a little too quirky and bizarre and the experimental nature of the brew seems to be overtaking the taste – “crazy” is often not “good”.

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03/14/2010
Style:
Witbier
Format:
bottle
ABV: 10.0 %
Appearance: 5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3
Total: 3.48
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