Beery Christmas Day 1 : Omnipollo Octave
Octave is a festive version of our iconic Levon Belgian Pale Ale. Yeast and hops combined with a simple malt bill give the beer a rich, refreshing quality of flavor. Here, we've kept the crisp, refreshing florality and we've slightly lowered the ABV. Moreover, we've brewed this beer especially for our friend Oswin and Saveur Biere.
The eccentricity of the Swedish brewery Omnipollo
Omnipotence is absolute power. For the second part of its name "pollo" is the Spanish word for chicken. Who would think of giving omnipotence to a chicken? Seriously... The idea is absurd, we agree! But, the Swedish brewery Omnipollo, did it! Well not literally, but you get the idea.
If you like eccentricities and totally crazy experiments in beer, Omnipollo is the one to follow. Since they are keen to take beer lovers on a journey, Omnipollo has opened taprooms in various locations around the world, such as Tokyo, Japan, Hamburg, Germany and several locations in Sweden.
Originally, in 2011, Henok Fentie is a gypsy brewer, which means he brews through other breweries taking advantage of their structures. He wants to bring something new to the world of beer, letting the imagination speak. To do this, what better way than to surround himself with an offbeat spirit? That's where Karl Grandin comes in, a talented artist who will be the creator of the designs of his beers. In time, the duo mixes originality and nerve as much on the content as the container, making surprising beers with marshmallow, peanut butter, candy or many, many other things like burger!
Now owners of their Tap Room, it is located in the district of Södermalm in Stockholm, Sweden, which should allow them to express their creativity more quickly. Part of this creativity is now in the Beery Christmas 2022 under the name Octave.
Octave, an American Pale Ale full of freshness!
After Léon, Levon and now Octave, this beer has been reworked several times but keeps its main characteristics. In this new version, it keeps the floral, crisp and refreshing notes but slightly lowers the alcohol content from 6.5% to 6.4%. It is also brewed with champagne yeast which also adds a lot of fizz to the beer. The mixture of aromatic and bittering hops gives a herbaceous and spicy side, while the Belgian yeast will bring a spicy touch.
When poured into a glass, the beer sparkles and reveals a pale, golden yellow color alongside a big, fluffy white mousse.
If served with care, one notices that the bubbles are lively and rising, reminiscent of a sparkling wine.
Once you place your nose on the top of the glass, you will notice an intense citrus smell like orange, followed by peach and then Chardonnay grapes. This is followed by huge spicy notes of coriander, pepper, clove and chamomile, with a hint of malt and cracker.
On the palate, there are spicy flavors of clove and pepper, along with fruity notes of pink grapefruit, lychee and orange. Add to that an earthy note and a very low bitterness, which are accompanied by a well-concealed alcohol note. The finish is short, dry and fizzy, with notes that leave you wanting another sip. Overall, Octave rubs up against a great sparkling wine as it is very fresh, citrusy, dry and refreshing.
Octave is a very accessible beer, in the style of a Belgian Pale Ale that can be enjoyed at a temperature of about 6°C, with a croque monsieur, a Ham/Cheese sandwich, asparagus with ham and Parmesan cheese, grilled shrimp or lobster, paella or fatty fish.
ALCOHOL ABUSE IS DANGEROUS FOR YOUR HEALTH! PLEASE CONSUME WITH MODERATION.