44 / 100
330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. The only other Dugges beers I'd seen before were when I was in America, so I was pleased to see some hitting our shores. They also did (in collaboration with NÃ¸gne Ã) my favourite Sahti, so I'm happy to be able to try some more of theirs.
Pours a rather dark golden colour, almost tending towards amber, with some haze. Head is a mushy bubbly mess of off-white, that settles to a pancake-bubble flatness on the top of the glass. Lacing is solid and persistent. The body looks reasonably heavy, although the carbonation is large bubbled and haphazard.
Nose is oddly hoppy, and not necessarily in a good way. Although there are some of the classic pine or resin characters, they have a nuance that gives them aromas of hospital antiseptic, dish detergent and wood shavings. Malt tends to be a little grainy. There's an almost plasticky aroma to the hops after a while, and it's not really that pleasant.
Taste is similar, or perhaps even worse. Slightly metallic hop flavours sit flat and lifeless throughout the palate, while there's a mild modulation in the grainy sweetness backing it up. Sandy, gritty character on the back lets the malt melt into a mush of musty sweetness. On the finish, there's a wet cardboard oxidation character.
I note that there was no freshness date on the bottle (not that I necessarily expect one), but this certainly feels old. In fact, it feels like it's years old rather than just out-of-date. I really don't see how it could be years old, so that may just be a reflection on the beer at its core. As it was, this wasn't a terribly pleasant experience.