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Hazelnut Brown Nectar - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,381
Hads: 3,863
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.18%
Wants: 259
Gots: 635 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-27-2001

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
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Reviews: 1,381 | Hads: 3,863
Photo of jwhancher
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Leftover bottle from NHC award banquet. Pours clear brownish amber with nice head & foam that clings to glass. Smells & tastes of hazelnut. That much is nailed. Tastes has add'l sweet malt character. Very nutty with even bitterness. Feels about light to medium. Overall, an excellent spice, or whatever, kind of beer you classify this. Great tasting and well balanced all around.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a partially hazy brown/coppery color and doesn't appear to have a whole ton of bubbly carbonation rising to the top. The head is somewhat disappointing though, as it is rather shallow to begin with and the tan colored foam disappears rather quickly into a skirmish of bubbly patchwork. The lacing is also not as good as I thought it would be, as some patchy clumps of head do cling to the side of my pint glass but slide right back into the brew.

S- The aromas are quite nice, there being a noticeable rich malty scent with sweet cooked brown sugar mixed into the background. The hazelnut is there too, but it isn't the overpowering aroma that I thought there might be....just subtle essence! I also notice a slightly yeasty aroma the really helps smooth out any bitter notes that there are on the finish.

T- The flavors follow the aroma closely and very well! Again, rich caramel sweet malt is the dominant flavor with a hint of milk chocolate and toasted brown sugar. There is an Earthy nuttiness that compliments the sweetness overall on the palate and helps to add a mellow dryness to the beer. The finish is a blend of lingering hazelnut and bitter hops. Very nice indeed!

M- This has a very smooth character, with very creamy carbonation hitting the palate. This is a medium-full bodied beer and is probably one of the most well rounded beers a person will come across I believe! This really is a brown nectar and is like velvet desert on the palate!

D- Outside of the initial appearance, this beer has it all! It is full flavored and very well balanced with the hazelnut flavor at just the right amount, the alcohol is essentially non-existent, and is so sleek on the palate. I will most definitely purchase this again and highly recommend this beer! Rouge has put their spin on the brown ale style and more than hit a home run with this!

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Solid brown, small head that dissipates to paper thin quickly

S - some hints of coffee surprisingly.

T - green. too green. like a sugar water with a little tartness. No nutty taste, but again hints of coffee.

M - very nice, but takes a back seat to the disappointing taste.

Overall, I'm starting to think i must not like Brown Ales in general. I tasted the same gross "green" taste in BBC Nut Brown Ale, Newcastle is very average, and I can't remember having any others.

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Photo of ToriBug13
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Brewing Hazelnut Brown Ale

T- ¾ inch thick foam, nice rich brown color.

S- Nice malty, sweet caramel smell.

T- First strikes me with balanced malt and the sweetness of the caramel, with just a hint of earth. Nice woody after taste. Mid palate there is nice dark fruit, fig or plum? After my first couple of sips I thought it might be too much for a bomber, but it surprisingly drinks very smoothly. This was a fun beer to run into, so earthy and malty. I keep looking for hazelnut, however even without it this is a killer beer. Very impressive!

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Photo of xk6m6m5x
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a deep reddish-brown with thick khaki head the slowly dissipates into a well retained lace

S-mild chocolate and an earthiness I can put my finger on what exactly

T- this was the disappointing part, I get no hazelnut at all, I get a very plain no frills brown ale, which is good but not what I was expecting.

M- thinner then expected and over carbonated for my taste

O- good beer but not what I was expecting

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.02/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a ever-so-slightly hazy coppery brown.The haziness is like the first bits of fog building up, enough to notice but not so much that it keeps the light from getting through. Beautiful, creamy tan head has great retention eventually dropping to a thick creamy film. Good lace.

Smell is ...weird and not in a good way. A combination of dry cardboard and nearly rancid nutmeats with some dirt mixed in. Not good. It's a pretty strong presence as well. I have 2 more bottles so here's hoping it just this one.

Taste is burnt malt, that funky nutmeat stank note and nothing else. Score is a little higher here than the smell received because it isn't so harsh and there is better balance (though not too much to actually balance with just two notes).

Medium bodied at best with a light, almost too light, effervescence. Smooth but nothing really appealing here. I won't drain pour it (it ain't warm Falstaff or Corona) but the thought is running around in my head like a 6 year old on Halloween.

I am really disappointed with this one. I love me some hazelnuts (aka filberts) and browns are a favorite style but I know Rogue is a crap shoot when I bought it. Been drinking their stuff for 10 years or more. I had Voodoo Maple Bacon again last week (SO GOOD!) and I've got a bomber of Voodoo Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana chilling for a couple of weeks from now. The Shakespeare, FestiveAle, Chocolate & Double Choc. stouts, Dead Guy and Glen were great, too. The American Amber, XS Imp. Porter were very far from. The rest are middling offerings. But with such high ratings from over 2000 people I expected better from this one. I've two more bottles sitting in the fridge. If they prove better I'll gladly amend this review (like always) but if your still looking at this in Sept. 2013 or beyond, they were just as bad.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep deep brown with a reddish tint. Beautiful brown/yellow tinted head, nice retention and lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, mild chocolates, brown sugar and nuttyness. Slightly faint

T - sweet light caramel malts transition into even sweeter brown sugar and hazelnut flavors. Nice sweetness and the nuttyness really keeps up! Slight roasty with slightly grassy hops and smooth tame bitterness come through at the finish.

M - pretty well carbonated and fairly light. Very enjoyable to drink

O - nutty and sweet flavors are perfectly bold given the light body and drinkability. Fantastic balance of flavor and feel

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Photo of kots84
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Reddish brown creamy head.

Smell - Not a lot on the nose. Some haze nut but that pretty much it.

Taste - The first thing I taste is warm milk. After a second it roasted coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - A little thin but good carbonation.

Overall - A great beer. One of my go to.

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Photo of Aleks_P
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light reddish brown, translucent. Little lacing when poured, very little head.

Smell: Smell is not particularly noteworthy, can detect some light malt/caramel scents.

Taste: Very light and malty. A bit sweet, hazelnut is just noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Like the flavor the beer feels light and carbonation feels foamy. Not dry at all with the malt flavor.

Overall: Very good beer, light and sweet and something I'd enjoy having two or three of. I'd consider keeping this is the fridge for regular rotation.

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Photo of delta490
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- cloudy light brown with a long lasting creamy white head
S- sweet and nutty
T- a little sweet, with maybe some hazelnut but it lacks the richness and depth of hazelnut. Or any other nuttiness. No hops noted. Not much roasted malt flavor that I would also expect from a brown ale.
M- a little thinner than I wanted. No carbonation.
O- not bad but sort of a one note song. Lacks the depth a brown should have.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle out a 6-pack. review is from notes.

look is a hazy brown with a small mocha head. smell is sweet hazelnut, not unlike nutella. taste is better: crisp malt, roasted/woody. finishes nutty, hazelnut throughout. feel is medium, crisp and easily drinkable.

good brown with an odd, overpowering scent. easy to drink otherwise, with a nutty hazelnut sweetness throughout.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: into a tulip, deep brown beer body, dark orange/red highlights center-pour produced a thick finger of tan head - persisted nicely, left sparse lace arms

S: deep, earthy malt and hop smell accented by dry hazelnut aromas; soft, earthy aromas suggesting molasses' sweetness and herbal tart/bitter-ness

T: not too bitter, faint chewy dark sweetness; suggests a wet, brown, pastry; dusky hazelnut presence; a yeast presence that is reminscent of some dark Belgian ales; flavors clear nicely on the finish, drying the mouth just enough before the next sip. Sweetened as it warmed.

M: somewhat tacky, soft and almost fuzzy; smooth, faint coat, light tingle that grew softer as the beer warmed

O: a very nice brown ale - the hazelnut isn't overpowering, cloying, or sweet - it fits well with the style and is a seamless blend. I'm not a big brown ale person, and the feels and tastes of the style are not my typical preference. That said, this was a very enjoyable beer that appealed in all areas. A fan of the style would no doubt enjoy this beer tremendously.

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Photo of Olek4374
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rogue's beers are notoriously hard to get here in Alberta despite their reputation as being one of the better US craft breweries. This is one of, like, 3 kinds that my store offers. They're also expensive as fuck. This 650ml bottle cost me over 9 dollars! So it is my expectation that this is some very, very good beer. Let's see.

it pours very dark brown, basically the identical shade of brown that the bottle is (and not the picture, but rather the bottle itself. There is a very thick layer of beige head which takes a good long while to settle down. The name of the beer lives up in the smell - hazelnut is definitely the main smell I'm getting here - and that's about it. The taste is fantastic - you're getting a large hit of hazelnut flavour, but it's a lot deeper than that. it's more of a hazelnut latte flavour without the milk - just coffee and hazelnut. There's also a subtle cigar aftertaste going on here - and no, I'm not smoking while doing this review, nor have I smoked any time recently. it's a very complex flavour that just makes me keep coming back for another sip - it's hard for a heavy beer to accomplish this for me, but here we are.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with some subtle carbonation - not too shabby.

Overall, an excellent beer. Rich flavour, nice look, smell that lives up to its name. I may just have to buy another bottle despite the price. Well done Rogue, well done.

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Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Brown pour with an unassuming thin head that settled fast. Slight carbonation and faint streaks of lacing are present.

S - Easily the highlight of this beer. Sweet smell of honey and hazelnuts combined with caramel malt. Sugary sweet notes to this give it a smell of candy.

T - On one hand it has a sweet flavor and a peasant malty taste that makes drinking this quite enjoyable. But I felt the hazelnut flavor was utterly lost in the taste and towards the end of the bottle the sugary flavor started to taste a little artificial. The overall experience was a good one but the depth of the complexity could have been better.

M - A good sessionable brown ale that went good with the BBQ I had. I could see a Newcastle drinker being easily swayed to try this.

O - A pretty solid offering from Rogue and a staple brown ale that is easily accessible and priced reasonably. This is a good beer for someone who has gotten past gateway craft and wants some of the typical examples of american styles.

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Photo of RWLawman
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark red/brownish color, with a thin off-white head.

S - Toasted malts and hazelnut dominate the odor.

T - initially, I started drinking this one too fast, and missed out on some of the flavor. Once I slowed down, and started exploring, I was very pleased with what I found. Nutty flavor up front, specifically hazelnut, followed by toasted malts and some grain. A little touch of hop bitterness toward the end helped to balance out the heavy sweetness throughout. Very tasty beer.

M - Moderate mouthfeel, not quite full, and certainly not watery thin, either. Enjoyable beer. The sweetness tends to stick to the mouth a bit, which makes me crave some more.

O - I was looking forward to this beer for a while, being a big fan of brown ales and malty beverages. This was delicious.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle ordered at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy and spotty brown, partially clear in places. No head, no lacing.

Smells like hazelnuts, with a bit of chocolate.

Tastes the same, with some buttery malts as well. More hazelnut and less chocolate in the taste than the aroma.

Light, slightly watery mouthfeel. Could be thicker and creamier, really.

A decent flavored nut brown beer, but nothing I want to revisit again, really.

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Photo of dsolonenko
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Ruby-red color with good head
S: Very nutty, bread, sweet with hints of caramel
T: Follows the smell - nutty at first, then bready, a bit of hop bitterness on the aftertaste
M: Good level of carbonation, a bit chewy
O: Good beer overall, should get one more

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big caramel, hazelnut, chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of the malt notes with the big hazelnut presence. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, hazelnut, brown bread, light floral, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; and lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, brown sugar, hazelnut, and brown bread on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with only a moderate amount of hazelnut; not nearly as robust in flavor as I expected from the aromas; and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that was good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good flavored brown ale. Good balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. May have been an old bottle, but there is no way to know for sure.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle into pint glass

appearance: brown/amber with off white 2 finger head

smell: hazelnut, bread, english malts, other malts, slight caramel

taste: hazelnut, roasted barley, prominent malt backbone, bready notes, very smooth

mouthfeel: good amount of carbonation

overall: a pleasant surprise, this is well crafted and tastes of smooth hazelnut with sufficient malt. will buy again

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Photo of Biff9
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this in a pub glass. The color was a copper brown with about a tree finger head. What stood out for me was the taste, it had a very clean taste to it. I don't know if it was the water or the way it was brewed but there was no bitterness to it and the aftertaste didn't linger.

I will be having this one again.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass, nice medium brown color with a small tan head. Aroma showed a hint of hazelnut and sweetness, the taste was the awesome surprise as a huge blast of true hazelnut comes through and then mellows on the taste bud into a nice full brown ale. Creamy and nutty with mild sweetness for the mouthfeel, overall an awesome brew....I would grab this again anytime!

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice brown and red body. Creamy brown head with good height.

S - Yeasty, malty and a touch of hazelnut.

T - Very well balanced. Smooth up front with a nice nutty finish.

O - Nice flavored brown Ale. One of my favorites from Rogue. Unique Ale but not overdone like some that the produce.

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Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It comes in a medium brown flavor.

The aroma has hazelnut and a honey sweetness.

The taste definitely has a hazelnut kick to it. It's sweet and has a nutty pop. It reminds me of other brown ales like Samuel Smith's, but it has a wonderful hazelnut and hop flavor to it. There's a slight coffee bitterness.

It has a nice finish and great carbonation. One of my first Rogue beers and quite good for a brown ale. I wish more had this distinct character.

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Photo of estlinska
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a standard shaker at The Saucer. Pours a deep, pretty brown color with some ruby hues and limited light penetration. It lacks any head to speak of and leaves no lacing to the glass. The nose is a good strong, sweet malt with some woody, earthy hops undertones. It has a strong smell of toasted cereal and just a hint of that hazelnut. The flavor is just too much hazelnut to me. The hops do a good job of cutting down the double whammy of malty sweetness and the hazelnut, which in this case tastes almost like Starbucks hazelnut syrup has been added. Finishes dry with a pretty good palate feel. I hesitated to review this beer due to my growing distaste for hazelnut purely because I'm sick of all the flavored syrups at coffee bars. Therefore, I really tried to review this one with the style in mind first of all, and my palate second of all (which is what I try to do no matter what). I even when back for a second round just to finalize my thoughts. I really think that overall, the hazelnut was just too much and overwhelmed the natural malt goodness of a good brown.

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Photo of danieelol
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours browny amber with good head and great lacing.

Smell has sweet brown ale malt, lots of hazelnut flavour. Pretty nice and unsurprisingly the nutty brown ale notes integrate well with nutty notes of, well...hazelnut.

Taste carries through. Not quite as potent but similarly well poised balanced between the two types of nut flavour. A slight spearmint/menthol note on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is decent - the gaps in flavour in the previous Rogue beer I had are readily filled with hazelnut flavour in this one.

Great beer. Better executed than Frangelic Mountain Brown (which I also enjoyed).

Very well integrated hazelnut flavour, somehow it doesn't seem artificial or syrupy at all. Nice and fairly dry beer actually. No artifical sweetness.

I do find it funny how really the only enjoyable brown ales are ones with adjuncts. Perhaps brewers will catch on someday.

Anyhow, great beer and deservedly regarded as a classic.

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