Loncium Sweet Krampus

Reviewed by on December 9, 2016 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Privatbrauerei Loncium

  • Origin: Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria

  • Rated On: December 9, 2016

  • Best Before: July 18, 2017

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Loncium is an Austrian brewery, and they produce this strong winter brew with cinnamon and orange peel.  Can’t have a brew from central Europe at Christmas without ol’ Krampus on the label!

This 330ml bottle pours a clear, dark red-brick tinted brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some ghostly apparition lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a mixed earthy spiciness (cinnamon, sure, but also clove and nutmeg), muddled dark orchard fruit, a hint of orange citrus, some free-agent ashiness, plain yeast, and some very understated weedy and floral hoppiness.  The taste is semi-sweet grainy and lightly roasted caramel malt, orange and bruised banana fruitiness, brown sugar, subtle black coffee notes, ephemeral metallic cinnamon, and more tame leafy, earthy, and slightly perfumed floral hops.  The carbonation is fairly hard to come by in its low-key frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with maybe a bit of spice picking away at perfection here.  It finishes on the sweet side, the malt, fruit, and sundry sugary characters lingering into that good snowy night.

Overall, this is an agreeable enough spiced and warming seasonal offering, with no one trait taking up too much space.  It’s aptly named – sweet (but not overly so), and dangerous (like the titular demon) in its more or less obscured 14-proof booziness.  Hey Krampy – we’ve been bad, bad children this year – so what are ya gonna do about it?

Brady White

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