Klostergarden – Alstadberger – 6.75 out of 7 smokestacks


Alstadberger is really good. Klostergarden is a great example of an organization that focused so closely on honing their craft of this beer, that they were able to refine this into a world leading example of smokebeer. Some brewers simply throw mud at a wall hoping something will stick, this crew started with a block of marble and delivered The Pietà. This beer rivals that of Schlenkerla’s products, who’ve had an over 300 year head start. This smoked ale smells and tastes like Aecht Schlenkerla’s Marzen beer, but a little less bitter. The smoke in this one is intense, campfire. I bet it’ll seep out of my skin. Despite the picture, it’s not so dark. It’s a ruby more than a black, maybe a deep copper. Oh, and by the way, this beer was a gusher. Right after opening it up, out rose a foam snake that made a bit of a short lived mess, fortunately I was near the sink. It calmed down and left behind one of the best beers I’ve had in all of 2017 (although I realize this review won’t get posted until 2018). And the smokepower is sustained all the way down to the bottom of the glass. I’m impressed. I look forward to drinking this beer again and again. Overall score = 6.75 smokestacks (out of 7).

Brewer Klostergarden
Beer Name Alstadberger
Brewer’s Description The beer has a distinct alderwood-smoked flavour following kilning on an open fire, balanced with a good caramel sweetness and a rich malty body.
Food Pairings Your favorite dish
Brewer Location Norway
Alcohol content by volume 6.5%
IBU (International Bitterness Units) meaningless
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark) 3.125
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns) 7
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks 7
Sausage detection? Y or N Y
Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil) 3
Overall Happiness Rating: 1-7 (low – high) 6.75

Good website. Take note of their malt smoking facilities and grass roof (must be hard to mow)


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I like beers that taste like smoke.
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1 Response to Klostergarden – Alstadberger – 6.75 out of 7 smokestacks

  1. roar sandodden says:

    Happy to see you liked our beer 🙂
    More on the traditional malting and brewing in Stjørdal from Alstadberg traditional brewery to be found here:

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