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Nordic Rye Ale - Beer Here

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Nordic Rye AleNordic Rye Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 31
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Roggenbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GRG1313 on 07-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 50
Reviews by foogerd:
Photo of foogerd
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown caramel colored body with a nice foamy thick light kahaki colored head that leaves beautiful plentiful lacing

S- Lots of burnt brown sugars and breads some caramel.

T- A total malt bomb, thick and juicy malts tons of breads a touch of hop bitterness. This is a must for malt lovers really delicious balanced brew.

M- Thick body with moderate carbonation.

O- I expected nothing and was very pleasantly surprised, definitely something to pick up if you see it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off this is no Belgian-style farmhouse/saison,this a Scandanavian-style farmhouse ryse,the style needs to be updated.Poured into an imperial nonic a deeply hazed russet with a large blooming off white head atop.Aromas of chocolate malt and lighter spicy rye,not really in your face but the rye is there.Somewhat sharp and lactic rye flavors overtop of toasted grain,the hops give off a leafy herbal quality.This isnt a hop bomb infused ry ale,the rye is pronounced and is the main component of the beer,its pretty damn good.

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of dark malts with large amounts of breadiness, milk chocolate, and spicy rye. Also present are mild amounts of herbal hops and very slight hints of white grapes.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet dark malts up front with slight amounts of roast and milk chocolate. Joining in shortly thereafter are spicy rye, light smoke, and heavy bread flavors. Near the end the flavor profile sweetens with hints of white grapes and raisins, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer was very good, a whole lot of things going on and they all played off of each other very well. Well worth a shot.

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. My first Roggenbier, and my last BA style to try! Skol!

This beer pours a hazy, dark burnt amber hue, with two fat fingers of creamy, foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some pretty consistent layers of frilly lace around the glass in its strung-out wake.

It smells of dense, toasted bready malt, spicy rye, herbal hops, oily nuts, peppy yeast, and a bit of edgy booze. The taste is gritty caramel malt, sweet, zingy rye grain alcohol, pithy nuts, dry chocolate, treacle, and dusty leafy, earthy, and herbal hops - complex, sure, but not overly so.

The carbonation is average, bordering on being a wee bit zippy, the body a stoic medium weight, a little clammy, but generally smooth. It finishes quite off-dry, the rye and caramel notes still leaning heavily in that direction, a tugging hoppiness and somewhat metallic booziness providing a capable counterpoint.

The label proclaims this a 'modern Scandinavian farmhouse ale', so I'll take this to mean that Norwegian farmhands prefer different kinds of beer than their Belgian counterparts. Anyways, this is pretty much what I expected, given my until-now only academic exposure to Roggenbiers - the rye hardly shy about stealing the show, for better or for worse, adding to an unfiltered and duly interesting beer. Glad I got to finally try one.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown coloured bodied, big soapy head, very lacey. Malty and very yeasty.Corriander, pepper, yeasty,toasty bready, salty, licorice, caramel, oily, rye.It's the style,would like more boldness. Danish Farmhouse, but still only so-so drinkable. Thanks Peeno.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

310ml glass at The Local Taphouse, Darlinghurst.

Pours a deep brown-red colour with a nice beige with hints of jaffa head of foam. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell is solid. A good deal of rye. Some fruit, just a touch of strawberry and some dark fruit as well as a bit of booze.

Tastes very malty, plenty of malt and rye. Think dark fancy restaurant bread rye and that is what it tastes like, plus some alcohol warmness. Danieelol, you.mightn't like:-) A little bit of spice.

The spice helps make this drinkable, cutting it up just a touch otherwise the maltiness would smash this up in a bad way.

For what they are doing, this works! Big ABV has some added things, booze obviously, but for a big rye beer, I think they'd be happy with how this turned out.

Photo of Gmann
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber/ruby color with a huge pillowy tan head that slowly settles leaving chunky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is slightly grainy with some sour and pepper notes from the rye. Some steely metallic aromas as well.

The taste is fruity, mainly raisin but not in an oxidized sort of way. The raisin mixes well with the sour and peppery rye. Some ripe grape and tart cherry. The malt is lightly roasted, subtle chocolate. There is also a spice note from the yeast that I can't quite figure.

The feel is light with airy carbonation. Lightly sweet on the palate with enough of a bitter offset for good balance. Good drinkability.

I like the beer but its not very complex. It is well made and balanced. Perhaps display more of the rye or some juniper.

Photo of GRG1313
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Be aware. This is not your "typical" Farmhouse Ale, despite the label indicating "Modern Scandinavian Farmhouse Ale." This one is "very modern," indeed. This is a huge beer with none of the character, in my opinion, you would expect in a Farmhouse Ale. That being said, huge rye, dark, flavorful brew.

The appearance of this beer is extraordinary. Appears black with an initial thick khaki head. Holding to the light it's a clear cranberry copper - very dark and really lovely with the thick head (that unfortunately fades rather quickly.

Nose is somewhat average/better than average with medium assertive esters, that "fruity, banana, carnuba wax" smell. Hints of sweet plum and hints of roasted grain and coffee.

Mouthfeel is thin but the flavors are so assertive and bold some may not care. In fact, if the mouthfeel was thicker this one might not even be drinkable that's how full and bold are the flavors.

Taste is just plain big! The bottle label says "Modern Scandinavian Farmhouse Ale." Wow. Strangest farmhouse ale I've ever tasted. This is a gigantic bitter rye hop bomb. The bitter character is huge on the front palate, fades in the middle so you get some roasted grain and a hint of sweet, and then bowls you over with a huge pine bitter back palate and finish. Finish tastes like you've chewed rye seeds, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Lots of rye, to say the least.

Initially the pine bitter was so big as to be offensive but I have to admit four tastes in it begins to grow on you. Suffice it to say that if you like gigantic bitter brews, this one is for you. If you like a traditional saison or farmhouse ale, despite the label, ....this ain't it!

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows bready and nutty malt along with sweet melanoidin notes and a spicy, bready rye hit.
Big malt notes as flavours but there's a weird minty note throughout too.
Carbonation is pretty damn aggressive.
Interesting stuff.

Photo of bspisak
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy, dark amber w/ a moderate creamy tan head w/ good retention.

Lightly herbal hop aroma supported by bready toasted malt that is very much like pumpernickel bread.

Quite balanced between hops and malt, both of which compete on and off for attention. The hop character is lightly herbal, while the malt starts slightly sweet with a dark caramel character, then takes on a bit of spice with a wonderful bready toast complexity. Finishes semi-dry with a noticeably touch of spice from the rye and a slight touch of roast that lingers on the palate with a hint of chocolate.

Moderately full bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is perhaps a touch above moderate, but without a carbonic bite. Bitterness is firm but not harsh. Very, very, slight roast astringency very late in the finish, but not at all unpleasant.

Overall is wonderfully balanced with a flavor that keeps on giving well into the finish.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention with some light lacing. Aroma of light spicy rye notes with some light hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by light spicy rye notes with medium hoppy finish with light residua sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but not really memorable.

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very cloudy brown in color. It poured with a quarter-finger high dense beige head. The beer has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of spicy malts in the nose along with notes of earthy yeast and smoke.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has spicy flavors from the rye along with notes of fruity yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste of this beer. It is definitely a lot easier to drink compared to other beers I’ve tried from this style.

Photo of spicelab
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased from Slowbeer.

Dark chocolate with a large and solid tan head that continues to rise after pouring. Good retention and plentiful lace trails.

Completely did not expect this. Akin to a Scotch ale, with dark palm sugar, cinnamon, allspice, Christmas cake, almonds, walnuts and a touch of diacetyl. Pretty restrained roasted malt character. Only mild coffee and cocoa notes. The rye is barely perceptible.

Still dominated by big malty, sweet, fortified character, but the spicy, peppery rye kick provides a welcome counter. Loads of muscatels and other dark fruits.

Chewy and luscious, as expected for a rye beer. Moderate carbonation buzz on the tongue. Nice.

Pretty solid offering that would be brilliant with Christmas pudding, or almost any other dark fruit based dessert. Still, seems one-dimensional and in need of much more roast malt character.

Photo of megahurts4
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer Here Nordic rye ale

Appearance: cloudy caramel, medium-large head, and some nice lacing.

Smell: rich malts, toffee, and light hops.

Taste: nice rounded pleasant hops, chocolate, and a rye backbone.

Mouthfeel: medium, smooth, and very pleasant.

Overall:
This brew is really great. It can be easily drank and has a great mouthfeel. The aroma is very nice as well. It actually feels pure and clean while going down. I associate it with the charcoal cleaned Jack Daniel's mouthfeel.

Photo of papat444
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks for getting me this and thus completes all the styles reviewed.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle.

Appearance: Very murky brown body. Cascading effect the color of burnt caramel that segues into a light ecru head with average retention but some milky lacing.

Smell: Rye bread, some pepper, light spicing. Not bad.

Taste: Rye, tinge sweet, burnt sugar, cloves, various spices. Bit barleywine-ish with some smoke and a spicy bite.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is lively and the body is solid.

Overall: Very drinkable and not as different as i thought it would have been. Glad to complete the round of styles!

Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Pino for my 22nd birthday. 500ml into a tulip. Can't believe we managed two roggenbier ticks in the same night.

Poured a deep brownish-violet, mocha head with great retention and modest lacing. Nose has some light chocolate and subtle rye notes, a hint of smoke. Taste has chocolate, rye, cocoa powder, minor Saison notes and great yeast flavours. Fairly full body, modest carbonation. A fantastic roggenbier, great taste with a nice rye integration.

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark reddish brown with tan head

S - very sweet malt, caramel with walnuts, dried figs, blackberry jam

T - sweet slight bitterness, rye malt, toast, brown sugar, dried dark fruit

M - medium to lightly heavy

D - very nice beer but definitely a once in a night drink as it's so thick-tasting. highly recommend.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy light to medium brown in color with a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Very good retention qualities for the head. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots of pleasant rye spice notes with some earthiness. Not the strongest aroma for a beer but what is there is very pleasant.

T: Great flavors in this beer, follows the notes from the smell with the primary component being the rye spiciness. There is some bready malts and quite a bit of yeast flavor as well. I like the complexity in the flavors of this beer.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Chewy.

O: A very tough style to find here in the US and I'm glad that I was able to find an try it (and it seems like this is a pretty good example of the style). There is no presence of alcohol which makes this one very easy to drink. Would gladly have another.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini-snifter.

Pours a medium brown color with a good off-white head. Decent retention and falls into a thin cap. The nose brings forward a good amount of spicy rye plus some pine-needle character. Flavor pulls back on the pine and is more earthy with some rye. Also some toasted bread and a bit of faint sweetness. Medium body with a good amount of bitterness and spice. Interesting. This is something I'd have again.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a dark caramel brown with a rich and creamy light tan head. Massive amounts of lacing left behind.

Aroma of rye, molasses and chocolate malts.

The taste is rye, raisin and chocolate malts with a smokey finish.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

Not sure if this is a farmhouse ale as labeled but not bad.

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As I'm part Finnish, I'm always interested to try "Scandinavian" style beers, and at the same time a fan of rye beers and good farmhouse beers, so hopefully this hits right on for me.

Pours a frothy almost 2 finger head that starts smaller but rises continually to almost 2 fingers, then just sits around and doesn't want to fade, but leaves a slight lacing when it finally does. The beer is a darker murky ruby copper brown color with barely hints of light coming through.

Nose explodes with rye, spicy fruity rye dominates, followed behind by some darker rustic malts, hints of caramel and reddish toasty malts, some soft but spicy yeast bursting through but disappearing quickly. Deeper in comes some roasty porter like creamy aromas. Also some spicy and light earthy hops, and mild grassy hops.

Taste brings more of the same, starting this time with dark malts, some reddish toasty malts, plenty of crystal malts bringing a slight caramel, in there is some rye as well, not as dominant as the nose had but plenty of spicy rye, and hints of roasted creamy porter flavors. Some hops make themselves known as well, with some herbal hops, a bit vegetal and earthy, hints of spicy hops too with some decent bitterness. A very light spicy character with hints of rustic farmhouse like flavors. Finishes a bit bitter with some lingering hops, fairly dry as well, the spicy character comes out a bit more on the finish, both some of the farmhouse saison spicy yeast as well as the rye.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, good carbonation.

Overall not really what I expected, more like a dark brown ale with some rye fermented with a hint of saison yeast. The spices come out a bit more on the finish, but are barely there. Not sure if this is really what they typically drink as a farmhouse saison style in Scandinavia, but it's interesting. The herbal hops are a bit of a take away for me, but also probably usual for the area.

Photo of AgentZero
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Share by MasterSki.

A - Brown beer with some yellow on the sides. Bit of an off-white head that faded to a ring. Some random stick left on the sides.

S - Caramel, brown sugar malts, little bit of smoke, rye, coffee.

T - Really unique beer, you get the rye, the coffee, some good sweet caramel.

M - A little bit on the light side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Unique beer, tasted pretty good, enjoyed drinking it. Don't believe I've had a Roggenbier before, but if this is a good take on the style I'd be willing to drink more of these.

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of malt, coffee, and a nutty quality.

T: Tasted of malt, coffee, rye, a little chocolate, caramel, a touch of hops and that nutty quality. Definitely a complex beer. Very unusual and very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat earthy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is the first roggenbier I've had, so I don't have any frame of reference for the style. That being said, this is a highly enjoyable beer.

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

Appearance: Thick beige one finger creamy head with long retention. Brown leather color. Thick, hazy, unfiltered.

Smell: Roasted malts. Cocoa and toffee. Rye. Spice. Bread.

Taste: Sourdough rye bread, cocoa flavors. Ripe fruits. Pepper, caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Malts contribute a thick and creamy mouth.

Overall: Delicious, well balanced and flavorful.

Photo of brotherloco
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. No date. Served in a tulip.

Pours a deep dark brown with some ruby red highlights, almost opaque. A vigorous pour gave me a big 3 finger head of dense beige foam. Settles slowly and stays pillowy. Thick lacing. Peering into the glass you can see cascading bubbles.

Aroma of caramel and spicy malt. Notes of creamy vanilla and earthy hops. Malt for days, can't get any of the alcohol.

Flavor is rich with malt. Sweet, bready, toffee are all in the mix. Peppery spice comes on big as well. Dark fruits morph into a red wine-like earthiness. Finish introduces some roasted notes and a sour twinge. Sweet and spicy malt lingers on the tongue long after the sip. A great flavor.

Medium-full body with medium-high carbonation. Really well integrated and supportive. A fantastic, silky feel. Only (slight) knock is it gets a touch thick over time.

My first brew from Beer Here and I'm definitely impressed!

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