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Nuevo Noir - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Nuevo NoirNuevo Noir

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BA SCORE
82
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RootedFool on 07-15-2005)
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Photo of watermelonman
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a deep ruby and brown color with a small head. Lace is minimal.

The smell is good, coming on strong and bringing plenty of dark malt alongside substantial fruit content. The taste is decent, with malt dominating. Caramel and sugars come through too. The mouthfeel is fairly full and it's easy to drink.

Photo of poluti
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a typical brown ale. It somewhat typical until it clears up a bit to a more orange amber color. Very nice lightly tanned head. The smell is a bit floral with a little too much alcohol coming through. It tastes thicker than was led on by the smell. Very sweet beer. It is very prominant on the tip of the tongue but well-balanced on the tongue and not a sour sweet. I enjoyed this beer and will probably have it again.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had very high expectations for this one. Just not what I was expecting. Presented as Belgian Brown Ale, what the hell is that? It does look like a brown ale and nothing else. Nice lacing and effervesce.

S&T. This is where the beer starts to go horribly wrong. There is a fair amount of must that emanates, but that is really it. One of my favorite characteristics of Belgium style beers is their pronounced alcohol. This one does not have anything remotely close.

Don't get me wrong it's a nice tasting beer; just don't compare it to other Belgian's...because it's not.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While not an oud bruin by any stretch, I really enjoyed this beer in and of itself. It poured a clear ruby-chestnut with an average head of khaki that held fairly well and left minor lacing about the glass. The nose was fruity with a light spice; and the body was medium. It was sweetish, fruity (berries), and malty with a twist of tartness in the finish. Hedonistically, I really enjoyed it and felt it had a pretty decent drinkability, but I do have a personal leaning towards the style - not that this is to style at all, but there are some similarities.

Photo of kennyo
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a Laganutis fan, everything is way sweet except the Irish Red but I figured to try this seasonal, 22oz bottle

nice clean/clear beer, brown in color, lots of carbonation, light tan head that disapates after a while. Toasty malt aroma, and yes, candy sugar sweetness, caramel flavor.

This beer definitely holds true to the Laganitus sweet beer style.

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They were pouring this one at the Blind Tiger in NYC for the past 10 -14 days. Arrived glistening dark almond in color, almost dark mahogony with just a skimpy and short lived tan head. Only left some minimalist dots of lacing. Sweat and citrusy nose. Subtle, understated and quite complex, with notes of burnt malt, caramel, vanilla, more citrus, candy sugars. NIce stuff, quite drinkable for a BDA. Well worth a try.

Photo of beertaster13
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark cherry with a mocha tan head that rises to about an inch in thickness. The smell is of strong syrup molasses and bananna nectar. The yeast is nutty and buttery. The taste is a dark molasses covered bannana, hints of clove leaves appear, slight citrus in the end. A great belgian style from a american brewer. Good for anytime, a night time relaxer or perfect with a nice dessert.

Photo of grindcore666
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 poured into my cheap snifter. Chestnut in color. Smell is nutty, very nutty - with some mild alcohol characteristics as well.

Essentially tastes how it smells. Burnt nuts. Copper. Not much more I can pick out since it's not a complex taste. I'm not too impressed.

The aftertaste retains some of the copper (which I do not like), tastes metallic. Otherwise, above par in the mouthfeel category. Creamy. Light to Mid body. Not heavy at all. Mostly sweet.

This was an OK beer from Lagunitas, they can do so much better though - and I was expecting them to pull through. Oh well.

Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another in the line of seasonal's i've focused on recently. I've had success with this brewery so this was a welcomed addition to the stable.

Poured into a tulip. light tan head that has a slick but stable retention. The head holds a ring lacing, not sticky, but slowly slides giving it a slick appearance. Fine carbonation, light brown color that is actually quite clear and filtered.

Caramel was there but not strong, I really got an orange/citrus that was pleasant against the strong malt backdrop.

Tasted the typical yeast presence, was surprised by an intense warming for such an average ABV. Chewy mouthfeel. Loved this offering. dry aftertaste lingered and made me want to drink this fast. It was hard to resist. for the price I'll pick up a bunch on the next visit.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this 22oz. Lagunitas seasonal release at BevMo in Brea a couple weeks ago, put it aside and promptly forgot about it until last night. So I broke out my new La Fin du Monde glass and got to it.
Nuevo Noir had a dark chestnut coloring, minimal carbonation and a short-lived light tan head that left no lace. The nose had a lot of caramel malt aroma and the influence of Belgian spices was readily detectable. The taste began with a prompt upload of candy sugar and caramel on the tongue. Sugary nature continued to press through the middle until finally the spiciness staggered forth and put in a token appearance at the back of the tongue. The feel was medium-light, a bit thin, and rather listless.
Overall, Nuevo Noir went down rather quickly, maybe because I simply desired it get it over with instead of spending an inordinate amount of time with it. Not a bad beer; it does possess some Belgian influence. Still, it came off as being quite one-sided and heavy-handed insofar as sweetness goes. Definitely comes down far into the sweet-not-spicy range for the style. Rather ho-hum, truth be told.

Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this "Belgian Style Brown Ale" in a brown 22 oz. bomber bottle. No freshness date was to be found on the label, but it did list the IBU's for the beer, which I found kind of helpful. I poured mine into a snifter glass.
The beer itself poured a light brown color, close to not even being able to be acceptably called brown, not the expected black or even brown color I had hoped for. The head poured foamy, but it dissipated quickly and left an offwhite ring of foam around the edges of the glass. The beer smelled heavily of toasted malt and lightly of roasted nuts as the medium carbonation brought the bubbles to the surface. I was impressed by the aroma. The beer covered the tongue with the expected warmness and unagressive brown ale taste with a body on the lighter side of medium. The 6.3% abv is readily tasted but not overpowering.
The beer is pretty drinkable, but nothing I'll be returning to too often. A good choice though, but there are better examples of the style out there.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bready/yeasty aroma. Some sweet malty nose too.

Light brown with a big tan head. Pretty clear.

Lots of sweet malt flavor. Some almond like flavor and hints of honey. Hops provide nice bitterness but otherwise no flavor. Pretty well balanced. Creamy and medium bodied. Light, pleasant carbonation. Not a whole lot of belgian yeast character in the flavor.

I like it. It's nice to drink but would not stand up to a lot of Belgian Browns on the market. Needs either more belgian fermentation character or bigger strength. More like an American brown with a little more heft.

Photo of RoyalT
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This Lagunitas poured a light brown in color with a fine, small head.

Smell – The big, brown yeast doesn’t fit the Appearance. It is just huge and smells like a monster BSDA. There are some light darkish spices in here along with some confident toasted malts and a light but dark sweetness.

Taste – This BDA kind of falls apart at the taste. The big toasty malts and live yeast are here, but they lose the complexity that they showed at the Smell.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied with some good carbonation, but the flavors just don’t round out in the mouth like they should.

Drinkability – This was a clumsy effort at the style although it had some strong points. It is very inconsistant but a good beer by any measure.

Photo of drewbage
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from my classic Maltose Falcons 30th Anniversary Tulip.

Pours deep orange brown with a low white head that holds surprisingly well

Flavor is a light brisk caramel with a dry finish driven by a light cinnamon spice.

I'll agree with JonnyL, this basically feels like a 10 with a bit of caramel tossed in for extra complication.

Photo of charlatan
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chestnut to red colour with a decent mottled head. Smells of rotting banana skins and flour (or maybe dough if I'm being very generous). This is bad enough to be offputting, but I have learned not to trust my nose, particularly where Belgian style beers are concerned.

Lovely sweet malt flavour starts the ball rolling before typical Belgian banana and clove kick in as the initial carbonation dies down in my mouth. The sweetness is always there though, so the Belgian element never becomes overwhelming. I've never had a brew with close to this combination before, and I have to say it is surprisingly tasty. My stomach says one 22 oz bottle is more than enough.

Photo of Troyone
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a root beer color with a copper hue and a minimal off white head that quickly disappeared with evident carb action.

Has a roasted caramel malt smell with a pine and citrus hops aroma.

Moderately/heavy sweet, moderately acidic, and lightly bitter roasted/burnt caramel malt taste with hints of dark chocolate and molasses. Has a resin and orange hops flavor.

Medium bodied, syrupy almost creamy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a smooth slightly metallic and astringent finish.

A rather pleasant drinking beer, not enough bitterness balance for me and the slight metallic and astringent finish, although smooth, prevents this from being my type of a session beer.

Photo of mattcrill
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to Crotor and BIF 16 for the chance to sample this one.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear ruby color fading to light carmel on the edges. A dishwater sudsy white head develops and quickly disappears.

Smell: Belgian tripel yeasty funk, wheat bread, rye, and some cloves. Not particularly inviting to me.

Taste: Light cloves, Belgian yeast, a touch of sweet carmel, finishing again with strong cloves and a touch of ginger. Reminds me of a winter warmer.

Mouthfeel: Thin and almost watery. The spices leave a presence on the palate but that's about it.

Drinkability: I can't imagine re-visiting this. An interesting twist on a style but kind of misses the mark for me. Oh well.

Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown beer with a light tan head.

Smell a little sweet and a little tart with a good spicy scent. Fruity mostly a tart apple scent. Mostly this beer is VERY spicy in scent.

Taste is malty with a lot of bready flavor. Lots of clove flavor, enough so that it actually numbs the tongue. Flavor of coriander and Oak I think. This very quickly becomes a dry ale dominated by spice and woody dryness.

Mouthfeel is good, but seems a bit heavy.

A drinkable beer but really better to serve with food that would complement the dry and spicy flavor. A good beer to substitute for Cabernet sauvignon.

Photo of Dmann
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An average beer from Lagunitas. It is certianly not a Belgian Brown Ale but it is tasty nonetheless. The pour was decent and the beer had a nice dark amber color to it but there was not much head at all to speak of. The scent was very sweet right off the bat and it had a bit of that trademark Belgian yeast scent to it but not as much as I thought. The flavor was good if not unremarkable. It started out good with a small rush of good Belgian character, but then it fizzeled out into a average sweet brown ale. I would skip this one as there are much better examples of the style out there.

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I popped this one last night, not planning to review it, but just to try it because it looked interesting. I have been hit and miss with Lagunitas beers, so what the heck.

This beer is really easy to review for me, because it comes down to two words: ROOT BEER.

This is a pretty good root beer, sweet, carbonated, flavorful. But Flanders Oud Bruin? Belgian Style Brown Ale? Dubbel? Nah. Root beer. Not to say there isn't alcohol, because there is. But it is not what this is about.

Too bad this isn't RootBeerAdvocate.com (is there such a beast?). If so, this would get a pretty good review. As a beer, meh.

EDIT: I just read some other reviews, and saw someone mention Dr. Pepper. I think that may be even closer to the truth than root beer.

Photo of OStrungT
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper color, with light red highlights. The head is very thick and creamy. It is very light tan, almost white. It fades slowly, leaving a huge amount of laces. This beer has a spicy, herbal aroma. It has a slight toasted malt aroma. I detect a minimal hop aroma. Mostly I smell cloves. It has a spicy taste also. The cloves are dominant. It has a slight malty taste. I can not detect any hop presence in the flavor. It has a slightly sour taste to it as well. This beer goes down smooth leaving a clovey aftertaste. This beer is medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. I think this beer would make a great session beer. It is low in alcohol, so that would not be a problem, and the flavor is enjoyable, and not overbearing. I will probably have this beer again. If you see it, you need to try it.

Photo of germaniac
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Any new Lagunitas brew is a must buy for me, so I was pleased to see this summer seasonal on the shelves of the Fresno BevMo. But at the same time, a small part of me was saying,"Summer? Belgian Dark? What the...." Having never sampled the Flanders Oud Bruin style of beer, I was at a loss what to expect.

Departed it's bottled state into a tulip glass. A dark brown with reddish highlights swirling about. Minimal off white head that vanished soon after.

Smells of malt and Belgian-like spices, fruity sweetness.

Tastes of malt and a light caramel swetness, with a slightly puckery, sour finish.

Decent, but I prefer #10 as a summer drinker. Maybe I'll try it again once the weather cools down a bit.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured in the glass it was a reddish walnut color with just a ting of foam. The smell of roasted malts and mild hops filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste of roasted malts and hops were evident along with a hint of toffee and hazelnut.

A big beer with out being heavy. Extremely well-balance of roasted malts and aromatic hops. Long clean finish

Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah new seasonal from one of my favourite breweries!
22 oz bomber.
Very attractive burnt brown coloured ale with a smallish "coffee'n'creme" coloured head..great lacing down the glass.
The aroma is rather curious though..I certainlly can sense what they were trying to accomplish, but what no doubt is meant to be Belgian style spicy aroma comes off as dry roasted peanuts after a while..there is howeever some estery aromas that show through nicelly.
mmm nice Belgian spicy taste up front almost over whelming the caramel malts ..nice then it sort of breaks down near the end of the mouthful and goes bitter.
the mouthfeel was very velvety and pleasantly smooth.
Over all a really odd beer a brown ale with belgian hints..its taken me a half hour to decide ..yes I like this beer.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Snapped up off the shelves at Hollingshead Delicatessen, like all of the new Lagunitas Seasonal Releases I will always try them. The usual cartridge paper main label has the typical Lagunitas look. Labelled as “Lagunitas Nuevo Noir Ale”, small italic script underneath has the phrase “Say; “no-WAY-vo no-WAR”” a very clever play on words that may be missed by many that don’t look close enough or even get it. The main label proudly states that this is “A Belgium Style Brown Ale” and that it is 6.3% ABV.

Appearance: Chestnut brown superbly polished body which has an intense crystal clarity. Lovely soft carbonation has an average level but the foamy head retains its presence, the off-white dirty head sits proudly above the body of the beer and it has some serious testicles and stays around with an intense longevity.

Nose: Caramel fused malts start the ride but sweetness rises in the centre. The ending reveals some sweaty sock Clovis like Belgian spices and a dark wheaty feel in the nasal passage.

Taste: Starts with a malty ensemble of caramel and dark wholemeal breads. The middle is classic Brown with some light spices and a dry finish. Spicy lingering ending with some rising alcohol feel which warms a little.

Mouthfeel: Thin start which prejudices any expectation of a Belgian Style Brune somehow. The spicy malts and dark sugars lend some credence to the mouth, yet the feel is somehow lacking something special, it reminds me of sub-par Bruin/Brune found in many a new wave Belgian Brew Pub.

Drinkability: Not that bad, but I found the whole beer to be rather flaccid to be honest. Lacking in appeal and underwhelming.

Overall: Listed as a ‘Flanders Oud Bruin”, naahhh, mee thinx not, this is a standard run-of-the-mill Brown at worst, a Belgium Dark Ale at best, the Belgian influence is there but it feels more like that from a Wit and/or Dubbel. In fact the whole brew has a Belgian spicy Brune cum Weizenbock feel to it.

Not bad, but not one of my favorite Lagunitas brews.
Barely above Average at best.

Nuevo Noir from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.