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Reviews: 50
Hads: 80
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 5.87%
Wants: 31
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Roggenbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: GRG1313 on 07-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of danieelol
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fascinating black-brown-red with very white head and lacing.

At first this smells massively like BA George! So much chocolate, recedes to lactic, celery and rye. Some booze. Very faint bandaids.

Taste is lots of rye and peppercorn/juniper. Roast. Almost a cloved-orange note.

Mouthfeel is quite thick and highly carbed.

Interesting and rewarding traditional ale. Worth a try. (387 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
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! (1,677 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, copper wit one finger of off white head, some lace left behind. Smell is malty with lots of dark rye, some dark sugars, spicy, light fruity/berry quality. Taste is full of dark rye, malty and spicy, lightly yeasty with a good dose of fruit, caramel and a light sugary presence. Medium carb, medium weight, decent feel. This was quite enjoyable though felt like something was missing that would make this a great beer, would like to try some more stuff from these guys as this brew showed alot of promise. (516 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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! (611 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped this open to soak my wounds after a fantastic UK team beat my Jayhawks for the Title. Oh well...

Scandinavian Farmhouse or Roggenbier? Difference? Not sure. But this beer looks black in the glass. Very white, dense, foamy head. Looks like a Guinness almost.

Rich aroma albeit not all that complex. Some roasted malt and raisin. Dark bread. Hints of soft chocolate.

The taste picks up a bit. The raisin is first, but quick. Followed by a tannin coffee thing that is also quick. Some spice and roast carry the middle and the bready, rye finish is soothing.

A nice beer. Glad I chose it for my remedy. (612 characters)

Photo of bbeane
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Starts with a big two finger thick off white head that slowly disappears leaving behind lots of sticky lacing. Beer is black in color, turning ruby when held up to the light

S- Not overly pungent... Mostly a bitter rye aroma with a healthy amount of alcohol

T- A smooth rye flavor with very light notes of malts and spices. Little if any alcohol notes despite the hints the nose leads on

M- Very smooth. Medium bodied with light carbonation

O- A very smooth, easy to drink beer. Personally, I prefer a Roggenbier with a bit more hop character, but this was quite enjoyable (580 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,932 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely red-brown colour, quite clear, but deep in hue, with a fine but subsiding head of mocha beige. Body is quite light, and extremely fluid, which is something of a shame. Looks pretty good overall. The colour is particularly nice.

Nose is spicy with rye, but also with a touch of booziness. Hints of estery fruit come through as well, mostly dark dried plums and dates which work with the booze character, and some slight banana notes. As it warms, a more pronounced pepper note arises as well. It's interesting.

Taste is dark and indeed spicy, but with a definite bite of booze. Slight phenol on the back, but it's smoothed slightly by the estery characters. Some fresh fruitiness comes through at places towards the back, giving slight red apple and plum flavours. Feel is very light, but it does add a certain rustic saison-like charm.

Overall, a good beer. I like some rye in my beer, and I particularly like a lot of rye in my beer. This one gains spice, light acidity and bite from the addition, perhaps at the expense of body. (1,048 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Roggenbier is a new style for me, though the label calls it a 'Scandinavian Farmhouse Ale'.

Appearance - Dark amber/brownish color with some floaties/haze. Thick off-white head retains well as a full cap, not much lace left.

Smell - A mix of toasty and sweet malts. Dark rye bread, caramel, molasses, some fruity Belgian yeasts, nutty malts, slight chocolate, even vanilla somehow. Doppelbock-ish with some Belgian-y hints. Pretty nice but strength fades with time.

Taste - A little less complex than the scent but seems more put together. Caramel, dusty chocolate, lots of dark bread, molasses, some dark fruit. Not particularly getting rye or Belgian/farmhouse elements. Mostly a malt bomb with just tiny bits of floral+herbal hops. A bit on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel - Great smooth and malty feel with ample carbonation. Somewhat hefty but pretty well-hidden alcohol.

Overall - The rye malt is kind of lost on me, but judging this as a German malt bomb/bock-type beer this is pretty great. Some unique touches, solid and enjoyable overall. (1,052 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown non see through hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is spicy rye,toasted malts,plums and toffee,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of spicy rye,burnt toffee,dates and finished with a burnt rye and stonefruit finish and overall nice and different but probably wouldnt revisit straight away cheers. (395 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with a two finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has rye, spices, bread, yeast, and caramel.

The taste is much like the aroma with rye, spices, bread, yeast, some dark roasted malt and caramel. Somewhat sweet, with some bitterness from the dark roasted malt for balance.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth. Not sure if this is a Roggenbier. The label says Farmhouse Ale. Pretty good either way.

Edited after I tried this again on 5/12. The first bottle didn't seem right. (528 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced a modest, creamy beige head over a dark, auburn beer that was hazy. The head lasted a short while and left minimal lacing.

The aroma is brought to life with fumes of alcohol containing a good amount of spice. Spices include peppercorn, probably rye, and licorice. Overall, there is a toasted malt aroma with caramel and pine tar in the background.

Modest sweetness with a light bitter touch. The malts are far more present than the hops and, surprisingly, there is some yeast presence as well. The spices nibble at the tongue with some peat flavors as well as dark stone fruits.

Has a medium body, a little chewy, with fizzy carbonation. The alcohol plays a role but is not dominant.

Presented in a fish-eye glass, this is an easy drinking beer, especially given its alcohol, and would be appropriate as an evening cocktail. (837 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,324 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey

A - Poured into a tulip a clearish garnet hue with one finger of creamy light brown head that leaves a nice blanket and side lacing.

S - Smokey malts, light dark fruits and chocolate with some light nut aromas too.

T - More of the very nice chocolate, dark fruits, light nuts, super light smoke, and rye malts.

M - Nice and creamy and pleasant. Very drinkable and somewhat thick.

O - Wow, really nice beer from Denmark here. Would definately buy this again. (497 characters)

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