Nørrebro Bryghus, hailing from the Danish craft beer scene, is the latest brewery to have its turn in the spotlight of the LCBO’s Featured Brewery program.

Like Harviestoun before, Nørrebro can be a bit tricky to locate. I had no trouble picking up the first four but the Var Tripel (210773, 600 mL, $9.35) eluded me. From what I’ve read, it’s a Belgian-inspired triple with lots of spice and citrus notes. Sounds tasty.

Attractively-packaged with a color scheme right out of the ’70′s, the large bottles are designed for sharing so I invited some friends over to help me drink them before we went out that night. Here’s what we thought…

Julebryg (211268, 600 mL, $7.50) Bring back a little of that Christmas cheer with this winter warmer in these dark days of the season. Cloves, nutmeg and gingerbread dominate on the nose, if less so on the tongue, with some fruit and a touch of sourness on the back-end. Pretty smooth. I’m not sure if I’d recommend it over the Great Lakes Winter Ale (90845, 750 mL, $6.95) which is a slightly-better value.

Still, if you’re the type of person who’s got to try everything, give this one a shot. Hit up Queen’s Quay, Summerhill, Davisville, Front & Jarvis or Coxwell to grab a bottle.

La Granja Espresso Stout (199729, 600 mL, $10.15) This one made news when Roland & Russell, the importers responsible for bringing Nørrebro to the LCBO, approached an Ontario maple syrup farmer by the name of Frank Higgins and asked him if he’d like to have his product blended into a version of this beer brewed exclusively for Canadians.

With a background like that, I want to love this beer but come away underwhelmed. A thin body, oily mouthfeel remind me of Rickard’s Dark and I’m having trouble discerning any maple syrup. I don’t get much coffee despite the name. This is not worth the price of admission. A far better take on this style of beer is Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee Stout (135194, 650 mL, $9.60).

If you must try it, King & Spadina, Coxwell and Davisville are your best bets.

Bombay Pale Ale (210849, 600 mL, $7.50) No, it’s not aggressively hopped like an American IPA, or even Duggan’s No. 9 for that matter, but considering this is done in a more traditional English-style, that kind of assertiveness  shouldn’t be expected. The hops take a backseat to the malt and there’s  a bit of citrus in there too. It’s smooth and refreshing but I don’t know if I’d be willing to buy a lot of it at that price.

Almost as plentiful as the Julebryg, look for this one at Queen’s Quay, Summerhill, Front & Jarvis, Davisville, Yonge & Eglinton, King & Spadina and Dupont  Spadina.

Little Korkny Ale (211250, 600 mL, $21.95) It can be difficult to find a good barley wine in Ontario. My favorite was Thomas Hardy’s Ale but it hasn’t been produced since 2008 and I’m not opening my last bottle any time soon. We couldn’t finish it but after going through the first four, it’s no wonder. Dried fruits, molasses and caramel combine with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel in a bold beer that demands a lengthy session, preferably after a hot meal and in a comfortable chair. Is it worth the money? If you don’t think so, you probably don’t like this style very much. It would be welcome addition to any cellar.

King & Spadina, Dupont  Spadina and Yonge & Eglinton have under a dozen bottles each. Better hurry if you want one.

While I may not have unreservedly loved these beers, I like that the brewery takes established styles and plays with them. The larger bottle format is perfect for sharing and in that context, the cost isn’t so prohibitive.

If you can find any, give them a try.

(Photo thoughtfully provided by Line Bjørn, Marketingkoordinator of Nørrebro Bryghus)

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