When I started blogging, I wrote much more about individual beers. Tasting notes, anecdotes about the brewery, that type of thing. I rarely do that any longer.
Why? Probably because others do this much better. But I try to cover newcomers on the Norwegian scene, at least when they have prime quality beers.
But occationally I drink exceptionally good beers. This often happens at festivals or when we have tastings here in Oslo, when there is little time for taking proper notes. But this one, luckily, I opened at home on a Friday evening. This is one of the beers I brought home from New York.
The Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. comes from He’Brew, or, rather from the Smaltz brewery. Their concept is making puns of everything Jewish, while at the same time making certified kosher beers. And I am not talking blond Maccabee lagers here, but extreme beers packed with flavour.
The beer in question is dedicated to the artist Lenny Bruce, the reasons for this are a bit unclear to me. I had high expectations, particularly after making a renewed acquaintance with their pomegranate beer in New York recently. And I was not disappointed.
This is a ruby read beer with little or no head. The aroma has raisins and sweet malt. The first sip reveals a complex beer. Grain, sweet fruit and flowers, dusty and dry hops. A alcohol warming in the background, and a little rye breadiness thrown in for good measure.
Now, the kosher-abiding community in Norway is miniscule, so this beer will probably not be imported. But I have a pledge: I will not leave my home on the Sabbath – I will not even venture from my armchair – if I am given an ample supply of these. I have no particular feelings for Lenny Bruce, but I suppose I could work on that.