The brewer's wife mans the pumps at the 2004 Copenhagen Beer Festival
WinterCoat's beers are almost all English ale types. The only exceptions are Boghvede ("Buckwheat") and Yellow Jacket, which both use Belgian wit yeast, and Bushwhacker, which is an American Ale. Our beers are neither pasteurized nor filtered. Our bottled beers are bottle-conditioned. This means that there is a fine layer of sediment at the bottom, which should not be poured into the glass with the beer. We think most of our beers taste best at about 10-12 degrees centigrade, and prefer to hand pump them from the kegs with real ale pumps, avoiding the addtion of unnecessary CO2. Our beers are sold in ½ litre bottles and 19-litre Cornelius kegs, but are available cask-conditioned if ordered in advance.
Mols Øl is the 2nd WinterCoat beer inspired by a Danish locality, flavored with herbs found naturally in the area in question. Mols Øl is named for and inspired by the Mols peninsula, which was declared a national park in 2009. Mols has many microclimates, and therefore all types of grain are grown in that rather small area. Mols Øl has barley, wheat, rye and oat malts. Juniper branches are used to strain the mash, and wild thyme is added with the hops. The result is a beautiful reddish amber ale with a full-bodied malt flavor and a fresh herbal nose. The juniper gives Mols Øl a slightly sweet character, despite the low level of residual sugars.
The first WinterCoat beer on the market. A beer that has a bit more of everything - more malt (and therefore more body), more hops and more alcohol than a "regular" ale. Our ESB has a dark amber color. The English ale yeast contributes the fruity notes which are underscored by 4 types of hops which give this beer its fresh bitterness and complexity.
This beer has the deep, rich almost black color one expects in a stout. Its taste is smooth and pleasant, but also complex due to the combination of several types of malt and grain. Oats enhance the creaminess and give the head its staying-power, as well as contributing to the nut-like character of the aftertaste. The depth of both color and taste are enhanced by the use of roasted barley and chocolate malt.
This dark, mild-type beer is what we believe the English call a "session beer", a beer one can drink more of without becoming tired of it. It has a lower alcohol content than other WinterCoat beers, and therefore less hops. It is, true to type, mild in taste, and has the light fruitiness of an ale without being sweet, and a lovely, rich taste of malt. An especially pleasant beer, the taste of which grows on you the more you drink of it.
India Gold is a different India Pale Ale - made without American hops. It has a beautiful golden amber colour and an especially fruity aroma which is balanced by 3 types of hops. The taste is full-bodied and yet very refreshing. WinterCoat's version of an IPA is different from most, as it contains 2 types of hops not normally associated with traditional English (or American) beers.
The idea was to make a jazzy beer. We named this beer after the Miles Davis LP of the same name from 1969. We drove to Belgium ourselves to get the yeast for the first Bitches Brew. This is a pale golden, strong French/Belgian ale brewed with a bit of wheat. It is full-bodied with a soft spiciness. It should be drunk cool, around 5-7 degrees C. A lovely beer which sparkles on the tongue and goes well with fish, poultry, light meats like pork or veal - and salad. It's also very refreshing all by itself!
Don't try to pronounce the name of this beer without at least one under your belt! This beer was brewed for the Lille Vildmose nature center in northern Jutland. The area is characterised by peat bogs, which inspired this brown ale with its subtle notes of peat-smoked malt, the fresh, spiciness of bog myrtle and the bittersweet fruitiness of rowan berries. These 3 ingredients harmonise beautifully with the other malts and hops used. A wonderful beer to drink with game, lamb and braised meats - and it does justice to pickled herring as well!
WinterCoat's Imperial IPA is light amber in color. The fruitiness from the ale yeast combines beautifully with the body of the malts and the freshness of the hops to create a very well-balanced, though very heavily hopped brew. Double Hop has a heady hop aroma without too much bitterness. The smooth taste belies its 8.2% alcohol content. This beer is dangerously pleasant to drink!
Cockney Imperial Stout was born at the request of Mike Wilson, publican and proprietor of Cockney Pub in Århus. Mike talked Niels Jørn into brewing a whole batch of a rich, dark, very strong stout exclusively for his pub. The stout went like wildfire, and 800 litres were sold from a single tap in the small pub in just 5 weeks! Rumors of this amazing stout spread to the rest of the country, convincing Niels that this smooth, black beer should be a constant in the WinterCoat selection. It, like many of WinterCoat's strong beers, goes down deceivingly smoothly.
This beer is the first of its type in the world, as far as we know. It combines the ingredients of WinterCoat's India Gold with Belgian wit yeast and a tiny tad of wheat. The result is a delightfully refreshing summer beer with a warm, golden opalescence. It is a harmonious marriage between English malt and hops and Belgian yeast. "Yellow Jacket" is an American term for a wasp.
This beer has been a Christmas tradition in the brewer's home since 1996 and was the beginning of the WinterCoat dream - and with good reason! Its dark colour has a deep, reddish glow, the fruitiness is intense, accentuated by a touch of citrus and balanced by the spiciness which the 2 types of hops contribute in glorious harmony. This year (2006), in our efforts to become Denmark's only Cascade-free micro, we've removed the Cascade hops and given Yule Ale a tad more orange peel so it retains the rich citrus notes a Yule Ale should have.