A glass of Turken from Balder Brygg in Leikanger served on tap at Bergen Ølfestival 2014.
Balder Turken is an 8% abv smoked doppelbock. The keg it was served from was actually more than a year old, containing beer from the same batch they brought along to BØ 2013, last year, so I was anxious to find out how it had aged.
The beer poured a slightly hazy amber brown with a thick beige head. It smelled lovely of ripe fruit, caramel and that bacony smoke note of so many Bamberg rauchbiers. Mouthfeel was medium heavy with a velvety soft texture. The taste opened up with ripe or dried fruits and a rounded caramel sweetness, like aged doppelbocks should. I also got some smoke, but less than in the aroma. Overall very elegant, with a long sweet aftertaste. Delicious!