"When Casper Vorting shows you around his brewery, the mind tends to wander
back to those seldom times that you only experience in the cellar of a
Mediterranean vineyard, when the winemaker proudly treats you to a tour of
This mysterious atmosphere and spirit is reflected in
everything about the place: the brewing methods, choice of bottles, labels
etc. It reeks of quality and a mature respect for the beers own character.”
Henrik Bøegh, Handmade Beer.
More photos from Bøgedal Bryghus
All Gravity Brewery
Bøgedal is an atypical brewery in that it is Scandinavian’s only All
gravity. The beer runs from cask to cask by means of pulleys flows from
level to level without the use of pumps, and the wort is cooked over an
open fire. Because of the delicate methods in use, Bøgedal can produce a
nearly clear beer without filtration, thereby retaining many of the
important flavours and aromas.
The brews are never identical, even when the same recipe is followed.
technology without temperature control allows the beer to live its
own life and develop naturally. Bøgedal Bryghus, as the only commercial
brewery in the world, maintains an old Danish tradition of brewing so-called,
“Goodbeer”, going back to the pre-industrial age. This is a strong, very
rich beer with many of the natural sugars still intact.
Each brew is unique
Since each brew is unique, the bottles are labelled according to the number
of the brew, with the only data being the type of beer and hops, plus the
brew and bottling dates.
World Class Beer
Jan Filipe, Barley Wine, describes a Bøgedal Beer like this:
only one in Denmark, maybe in all of Scandinavia, that is remarkably
singular, finding no points of reference among its fellows. Were
we to find a parallel in the world of wines, it could be nothing less than a
The world famous Danish Newspaper, Jyllands
Posten, short and sweet, describes Bøgedal Beer as,
“…a world-class brew with depth and originality”,
and judges Bøgedal to be among the top 3 best breweries in the country in
Bøgedal was founded in 2004, and has an annual production of a mere 32,000
bottles of 75cl. Each brew has a capacity of 600-800 bottles.
beer is very delicate, being unfiltered and un-pasteurised, is ideally
stored upright at 8 degrees Celsius, and protected from sunlight. Before
consumption, the bottles should be allowed to stand upright for up to 48
hours so that yeast residues and sediment can settle, and Bøgedal
recommends a drinking temperature of 8-12 degrees Celsius.
Jyllands Posten 14th
of June 2008
out of 6 stars
is unbelievable how much flavor can be concocted from water, barley, hops
and yeast. Like Bøgedals other beer, no. 125 is a beer outside of all
genre, but I will still dare to describe it as a freshly brewed and tapped
‘Märzen’, with a loving touch of alcohol, a splash of bock and a dash
of cascade hops. Both light and heavy, simple and complex. The perfect
beer for lovers on a picnic.”
Jyllands Posten 2th
of December 2007
”Of course, there come charming brewers out of the Vejle River Valley.
Brewer Casper Vorting has found a magical formula for beer, that justifies
that it is also Denmark’s most costly. He doesn’t try to interpret an
IPA, a monastery brew, a Bock, or for that matter any other of the many beer
types. Beer from Bøgedal is Bøgedal Beer in their own, styled fashion. No.
103 – the number signifies the succession in order of brews – is like
most Bøgedals round, soft, vitally emotional and discreetly seductive.
With a hint of Porter, a bit of chocolate and zesty orange, coupled
with a 6.3% kick, it has a bit more of a love-bite than the brewers other
6 out of 6 stars”
The Brewery’s own description
Brew No. 101
Pearl, Cascade 5.9%
Light amber, small, compact bubbles and creamy head. Aromatic sweetness with
traces of honey, wheat and fine wine. A wonderful latent sweetness and
bitterness with a taste of citrus. Good body, balanced and comfortable. Goes
well with an informal get-together, but also with classical white meats and
poultry, yams, pasta, mushrooms or mature, but mild, port cheeses.
Dark Ale with Northern Brewer, Orange, Brown Sugar 6.3%
Dark-brown beer with a
dark-brown head. Smells sweet of prunes and citrus with an acidic tip. It
fills the palate with its sweetness, and opens up into a pleasant bitterness.
Hangs in the mouth like a dark chocolate with a faint smoky aftertaste. Goes
well with venison and chestnuts, blackberries and brussell sprouts,
smoked or salted meats.
Light, Pearl, Cascade 6.7%
Light amber with a very white head and small bubbles that leave a fine
embroidery on the glass. A scent of acacia honey and fresh spring flowers.
The taste is full of sweetness with notes of citrus turning into dried
apricots, and finishing slightly bitter and perky. Hangs languorously on
the pallet, and goes well with all types of cheese, café foods and
no. 127 Copy 103
Dark, Northern Brewer, Orange 6.5%
Dark-brown, with a light-brown, tight head.
A slightly orange aroma, and a bitterness of a dark chocolate, and
honey tarts. It starts out a bit sharp with a bitter café espresso
finish. Goes well with hearty slow-food, even add a splash to the pot, or
as a beer-marinated piece of beef.
Brewed according to the same recipe that received 6 out of 6 stars in
Jyllandsposten December 2007
Golden Ale, Pearl, Tettnang 5.2%
with a café latte-colored head. A sweet smell of Danish Spruce, milk
chocolate and brown sugar.
A hearty beer, with a real nice creamy taste, and a good balance
between the bitter and the sweet. Enjoyable as an after-dinner cap, or a
relaxer after a busy week. Goes just as well with a light lunch, or mild
cheeses. Brewed especially to the American market
beer is being imported by B. United International Inc
distribution on the US marked.