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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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3,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,105
Reviews: 1,321
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 146
Gots: 181 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
13 Ingredients:
Malts: Harrington, Klages, Munich, Hugh Baird Brown, Carastan 13-17, Crystal 70-80, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate.
Hops: Perle and Sterling.
Specialty: Hazelnut Nectar.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

14 Plato
33 IBU
73.6 AA
36 L

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-27-2001)
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 4/19/09. Poured bottle into pint glass.

Nice carbonated light brown, with relatively minimal head. Smells nice and sweet, with caramel, toffee and honey dominating the scent. Taste largely reflects the smell, and is light and a little malty. A little bit syrupy, but tremendously drinkable and a wonderful session brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 16:57:41 | More by cdViking
Photo of BringusKilkenney


4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light brown with a golden color in the light.

The smell is of nice nutmeg and carmel with hops in the back ground real nice.

The taste is amazing light and sweet. Nutmeg is definitely in the front with caramel and hop bitterness in the back this is a great beer probably one of my all time favorites. Just crisp clean and an all around great brown ale.

The mouthfeel is light and esay to put away great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 18:46:14 | More by BringusKilkenney
Photo of LordAdmNelson


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich dark brown with about and inch and a half of off-white head. Decent retention. Bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Rich, caramel, nutty--can really get the hazelnuts here. Smells delicious. A little bready, not too sweet, I think it smells great.

T- Again nutty, toasted malt comes out stronger than in the nose, not too sweet, finishes with a nice hazelnut/almond aftertaste. Slight chocolate. Very pleasant.

M- A little thin, and more carbonated than I might like. Maybe a creamier feel would suit me better. Still doesn't detract very much from the beer.

D- The texture and subtle but great taste makes this very drinkable. Fantastic beer, one of my favorites from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 13:25:50 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of smurder187


4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one has been tried and tested for many years, and I think I only add to praise when I write about this being one of my favorite beers. The beer is dark, but has a lighter tone to the tastebuds. It's smooth, malty and carries a light hazlenutty flavor that tastes great every time.
Sitting in the Portland airport after a visit with my brother, I felt blessed to have a delay and a Rogue bar by my gate. I enjoyed a tall glass of this nectar and decided to get a growler to take home on the plane. I've always enjoyed this particular brew, but that moment at PDX solidified it as a favorite as th beer and I merrily bonded.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2009 18:57:33 | More by smurder187
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remember the last Rogue beer I've had. They are always my vote for most overrated brewery, but I've had two or three recommendations, so I gave this a shot.

Pours a ruddy amber brown. Thin white foam head. Smells like chocolate, nutty earthiness, and a bit of caramel malt.

Taste is mostly sweet. There's an earthy, nutty bitterness to it I like. Is that hazelnut? Guess I don't know what hazelnut tastes like. Nice chewy malt backing. Pretty decent actually.

I generally don't like brown ales, but I could find myself getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 08:23:30 | More by Overlord
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a great head with a dark brown molasses color

S-smells like nuts! also with a great malt background

T- Sweet and nutty but not overpowering with a great malt and coffee taste. taste stays around and this is just a great beer to sip on. The best brown I have had yet.

M- medium to heavy bodied with no alochol burn

D- Man, this is the perfect dessert beer, sweet nutty, makes me want to eat a big old brownie right now.

This is a world class beer, especially if you like nut browns.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 05:05:22 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler bought at the Smokestack, westpoint MS

This beer pours a nice creamy looking head, dark red/brown color. It smell interesting, as if some one made a nutty bread and left it in the oven just a tad bit too long.
I don't know where to place this beer, it's sweet, thick and very nutty. I like this a lot but wouldn't have it too often, it's simply too rich. I will however enjoy this growler till the last drop!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 02:06:34 | More by yesferro
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North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Apperance: Poured a clear dark brown, with some reddish hues. One finger head that doesn’t stick around very long; it reduces to a thin layer pretty quickly. No lacing at all.

Smell: Nose of strong bready/biscuity malts and smoky roasted nuts (maybe hazelnut?). Some sweetness is there, deep down, but much less prevalent than the other darker fragrances.

Taste: In a word, “nutty”. The same nuttiness found in the nose presents itself in the taste, overwhelming so. The nuts are strong up front, with sweet malts in the background. A hint of hops at the very end, but the nuttiness is still there lingering for a good while.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodies and pretty smooth. A nice bit up front, and the taste lingers well.

Drinkability: An interesting take on a Brown Ale, but the nuttiness is completely overwhelming and just didn’t work with the style. Maybe if you like that sort of thing, this beer might work for you. I really can’t recommend this beer, and most likely will not try it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 01:24:42 | More by jonziefle
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bubbly brownish red appearance. Head fades quickly. More red than brown in the light.

A unique sugary sweet (but not at all cloying) brown aroma that is unlike any other brown I've ever had. It's like cake and bready brown sugar with that dry hazelnut adding richness. Just tremendous; it's a nutty, bready confection.

The taste is sweet, like real bready brown sugar. Grounded with sweet, bready yeast. Beautifully balanced between the sweet sugar and the nutty hazelnut. Hints of oatmeal and cocoa powder.

The feel is so dry and thick, like a light milkshake. Perfect consistency for this style. It's a great, sweet (but not saccharine) beer. Bready and confectionary. Wonderful and nutty.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 17:10:51 | More by williamherbert
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up locally with an assortment of other Rogue ales.

The bottle has a description of "A nutty twist to a traditional European Brown Ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, a rich nutty flavor and a smooth malty finish." To the best of my recollection, I have never had a beer that tastes almost exactly as advertised.

Pouring into a pint glass resulted in a nice mahogany colored beer with a very thick, long lasting head - about 3 fingers worth. Very nice, light smell of malts and hazelnuts. Taste was of hazelnuts, not too light, not too strong, with a hint of honey. Was very smooth and disappeared all too quickly from my glass. Would definitely not mind picking up a few more of these

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:15:49 | More by Seanstoppable
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle split poured into an Imperial Pint - no date on bottle.

A - The Nectar poured a ruby brown color that produced some serious tan, billowing, loose head that refused to go down for minutes but left sticky lacing down the glass when it did.

S - A sweet malty smelling beer loaded with hazelnut and honey aromas. On the negative side it's got a mineral overtone in the nose that's reminiscent of a pool area...

T - A good play on the Brown Ale. The "nectar" and hazelnut really pull through in this malty and sweet delight.

M - Smooth, almost syrup-like mouthfeel but still thin and relaxed.

D - It's finish is satisfying but a little too sweet to be something that's constantly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 02:06:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle.

Poured dark brown color with medium light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Full hazelnutand roasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Good flavor of hazelnut, malt and caramel with medium sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 00:49:07 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of aristeros


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Second time I've grabbed a bottle of this and I'm slightly biased towards the style.

Pours a caramel brown, brown and a deep copper in the light, opaque, a bit hazy. One finger head vanishes quickly with a little lacing. Some mild coffee and a bunch of hazelnuts in the nose. It's like a cup of coffee, and my hand can't figure out why the glass is cool.

A light, creamy sweetness--just short of too sweet--on the front end, and you can taste the hazelnuts and some notes of roasted flavors. Evokes toffee, you expect more coffee notes from the smell and it's there, but the taste is a surprise. Slightly syrupy, low carbonation. Some malty notes on the back end.

It packs a few surprises and has character. Wouldn't pair with foods so much as leave for drinking after I've eaten. Very refreshing. I've come back to this one, and will again.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 13:57:12 | More by aristeros
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3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into a pint

A - I guess it passes the eyeball test on what a brown ale should be - although the light does reflect some almost cherry colors to it as well. Formation of the head is quick and leaves just as quick. Seems to be off-white in color. Lots of carbonation going on inside.

S - Almost a sweet maple syrup smell to me (make note of a possible reduction in food). Some hints of nuts. No hops or yeast.

T - Starts off rather thin - neither malt or bitter aggressiveness. Mid-stream increases the bitterness ever so slightly. Maybe a hint of the spiciness of our old friend the pac-man yeast. Finishes with a nutty hit from the hazel nut. Aftertaste is generally not present.

M - A higher than average carbonated beer. Makes it a hair stringing on the tongue. The body of the beer itself seems too thin.

D - Moderate to low drinkability. I find the flavor profile to be somewhat repetitive and the carbonation heavy on the palette. ABV is manageable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 03:14:06 | More by katan
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip from a bomber.

A: Body is a deep, dark orange...almost brown. Limited head that disappeared quickly. Light lacing left behind.

S: Very malty with serious hints of hazelnut. Awesome nose on this brew. The smell actually makes me feel warm.

T: Malt, hazelnut, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes with a light, clean bite from the hops.

M: Light carbonation. Slightly syrupy. Slight bitterness lingers on the palate.

D: Overall, this is a fantastic beer! It is the complete sensory experience. This is definitely a libation I will keep on hand in the fridge. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 03:06:59 | More by badmoon
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The name says it all. Nutty sweet brown...but with nice clean finish.

I got this on-tap last night (3/31/09) at Chicago's Handle Bar.

- appearance: pours medium brown. Opaque not chill-haze. One-finger of head that quickly disappears to a thin layer of bubbles. No lacing.
- taste: apples, cherries, slight citrus hops, clean lightly carmeled malt, highly attenuated so finishes amazingly dry (in a good way).
- aroma: not much. Some carmely malts but that's about it. As it warms some of the fresh-fruit notes come out in the nose....but just barely.
- mouthfeel: light despite the sweetness. Highly carbonated. Carbonation gives it a nice slightly "prickly" feel.

The taste, mouthefeel, and overall drinkability make this a must-try. Damn good stuff. I could rifle these back all night.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2009 16:51:51 | More by davedahl
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4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(from notes)

Pours a dark caramel brown with nearly no head into my pint glass. It has a little ruby lining on the edges when held up to the light, and the little head that there was recedes quite quickly.

The smell is malty, a little bit of nuttiness which I can pin to be hazelnut, though quite subtle.

Tastes malty on the tongue with a bit of nuttiness towards the end. Kind of what you might describe as biscuity. There isn't really any carbonation to be had. I also taste a little cold black coffee and a hint of chocolate.

The mouthfeel is oily, but not too much so.

The drinkability of this is superb, and the flavor is very rounded. There is little aftertaste left in the mouth, yet an urge to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 16:21:50 | More by xenolithic
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with chesnut-hued flarings around the edges of the glass. A rich, two-finger, off-white head quickly fades to a rimming of foam that imparts a sticky lacing to the interior of the flute.

S: Vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate cocoa powder.

T: True to its name, Hazelnut Brown Nectar opens with a big wave of hazelnuts, followed by more subtle suggestions of cinnamon, vanilla, and bitter cocoa powder. Semi-dry finish.

M: Thin bodied and heavily carbonated.

D: A thin-bodied sipper that offers more than adequate character without filling you up.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 19:33:33 | More by CaptainIPA
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4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

purse a beautiful dark brown color with an equally good looking head. really looks good. smell is very unique, strong hazelnut dominates everything else, but has a small cocoa aroma to it. taste is really really good, i mean good. has an earthy taste to it, just rally damn good. easy to drink, im going to be buying more of these

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 01:18:08 | More by 1fastz28
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3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this on-tap last night at Spike's. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: Body is a deep, dark mahogany color with not a whole lot of visibility. Head is thin and white (or maybe off-white - room was poorly lit) and drags light lace.

Smell: Toasted malt is quickly eclipsed by large hazelnut aroma. Piney hops add a pleasant sting in the finish.

Taste: Loads and loads of sweet hazelnut, followed by pine, spice, and citrus. Hops provide for a clean, mildly bitter, ending. Definitely good, but hazelnut needs to be toned down in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, and clean-finishing. Carbonation is right where it needs to be. Really great, except the body is a tad syrupy and heavy.

Drinkability: Too much sweetness for me to call this one drinkable. On top of that, body is beefier than I'd like. This is a great beer to try, but I wanted to be done with it after half a pint.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 20:18:09 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown color withy a big thick light tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is slightly sweet,nutty,malty,some maple or maybe brown sugar. Flavor is a nice nutty malt type roast,some toffee,chocolate,hints of grass and vanilla,sweet but not too much,you can even taste that "free range coastal water" just right,nicly balanced a very good brown,quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 15:59:49 | More by WakeandBake
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a crimson brown with a two finger head that's off-white. It's not cloudy, rather clear, in fact I can see right through it. I remember it being darker from the tap, but that could well just be bar lighting.

Smell: hazelnut--that distinct, huh?

Taste: hazelnut--go figure. This is dead on. A little smoky, but that's just initially. Sticks on the tongue momentarily to present carmel hints. No back of the throat aftertaste. Gone, just as quick as it was there. I should have something to feast on to accompany this.

Sits perfectly for a brown ale, carbonation is just right and it seems to gain some density on the tongue, which is nice. Frothy.

It's drinkable, I could enjoy a few of these. Not too light, not too heavy. Not porter smooth, but that's not what I'm looking for with a brown.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 03:23:26 | More by pants678
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South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice woody brown color with a cream-colored head. Some lacing around the glass.

This smells really good. I can smell hazelnut up front with some chocolate and malts in there too. Smells delicious.

Wow. Hazelnut. It hits you right up front, then some sweet chocolate malts, a little bit of cream, then once again a hazelnut finish. No bitterness whatsoever.

This is a thick, creamy beer that lingers on your palate a little. Not much carbonation is present.

Overall, a pretty decent beer. I'm not a huge hazelnut fan, but if you like hazelnut then you'll love this brew. True to the namesake.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 02:47:17 | More by feelmefoam
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brimming chestnut colour with a shot of clamato to muck things up. Despite its clarity being obliterated Hazelnut Brown Nectar manages to shine with lustrous highlights even when sitting stationary. Of all the many times I've had this beer I don't remember ever seeing a head on it. I suspect the oils in the nut extract are responsible for the diminished retention.

The aroma should be considered, by anyone who even remotely likes hazelnuts, to be quite good. Depending on how much you like them, it may be great. The smell is - as advertised - that of hazelnuts along with sweet, toasty caramel-laden malts. I'm not huge on hazelnuts but I'm having a heck of a time getting my nose out from this glass.

And I love the taste every bit as much. I understand the title is straightforward enough but for anyone still ensure as to what to expect: liquid Nutella, praline ice cream, chocolate-hazelnut truffles, hazelnut butter, and Frangelico. It may be via the use of an extract but Rogue has certainly captured the flavour of hazelnut.

I don't find it overly artificial tasting either. (OK, maybe just a little.) But I'm more than happy to overlook it because I've also been provided a nice maltiness to go along with it. A variety of malts were used to ensure all the flavour and texture needed. Indeed, this malt bill would have been 'nutty' enough without the extract.

Besides the obvious hazelnut (which I can almost sense crunching down on) the beer also draws to mind other wonderfully delicious treats - pecan pie, maple syrup, caramel custard, chocolate brownies and sugary sweet confections such as brittles. I wouldn't think you have to be a huge fan of nuts to agree this is one tasty, flavoursome beverage.

For some unexplainable reason this triggers in me thoughts of autumn. I'm not promising it will do the same for you but with every sniff and every sip comes to mind the harvest, colourful foliage, cooling winds, shortening days and all the comforts of going back inside again. Any beer capable of conjuring this kind of sentimentality certainly impresses me.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 02:00:06 | More by biegaman
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open this 22oz bomber to pair with my grilled pizza at lunch. It was a great match, though I don't know if this is a beer I would want without food.
A: Dark brown and ruby hues; small head dissipates but leaves beige froth and eventually a small ring of foam. Very little lacing on my pint.
S: Nutty, especially sweet hazelnut on the nose.
T: Sweet malts with a hazelnut finish and aftertaste; mostly balanced tastes of sweetness and a slight bitter that I couldn't quite place. The tastes are pretty inconsistent, but some might just call that character.
M: Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation.
D: This beer has pretty good drinkability if you don't mind the sweetness and, at times, the awkward bitter notes. Not my favorite brown, but I'd recommend it/have another!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 04:46:30 | More by washburnkid
Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
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