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Brown Ale - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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very good

152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
11º P, 27 IBU

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 11-12-2003)
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a small (less than 1/2 an inch) off-white head. Not much lacing or head retention. It smells like cherries, coffee, chocolate, nuts, and even a little bit of alcohol (weird considering the low ABV). Taste is mainly dark fruit, coffee, walnuts and some noticable alcohol heat which goes away as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is light and on the thin side. Carbonation is low and a little bit slick. I expected it to have more body to it, it was thinner than I expected. Drinkability is OK, but nothing impressive at all. Overall it's decent and I would try it again, but I wouldn't make it a point to seek out. I'm actually disappointed in this beer. I liked their imperial stout a lot, but the brown ale isn't in the same ballpark.

10-20-2007 00:28:50 | More by bluejacket74
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Vancer

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

A tasty treat Beer from limesmut in a nice trade, gracias !

Dark brown edges surround an almost black pour, ivory head pops up leaving spot lacing.

Good aroma of a chocolate milkshake, which makes for a damn fine quaff. Surprising dose of hops balance this bad boy out quite nicely. A tasty brown ale, an easy going style that makes for a nice sipping brew on a football Sunday. A brown is not overpowering, and this brew is a solid classic.

09-30-2007 19:35:20 | More by Vancer
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dgallina

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

1 pint, 9 ounce brown bottle with no obvious dating.

Pours dark cherry-wood brown. No real head and only a little lace. Smells something like black cherries and grapes mixed with coffee and chocolate malts. Flavor has much less overt fruit and far more malt. Begins and finishes with rounded toasted coffee malt and burnt bread notes. A touch of fruit sneaks through in the after-taste, but not much. The body is very light and clean, leaning towards creaminess. More of a porter than a typical brown ale. Quite drinkable.

09-20-2007 22:22:24 | More by dgallina
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BBM

New York

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

I was excited to try this beer, since I've never had a Norwegian brew before, and this wasn't another Euro pale lager. So, it poured a cloudy, chocolate-colored brown, with a thin beige head. There was also a bit of tan sediment at the bottom of the glass, for some reason. Aroma was nutty, with hints of strawberries and roasted chocolate.

There are notes of chocolate, toasted walnuts, burnt caramel, and espresso in the surprisingly robust flavor of this ale. There is a slight bitterness for balance, but malt and sweetness is the order of the day here. The slightly metallic, chewy finish rounds out this beer. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, I was hoping for something a little more pronounced in that area.

But overall I was extremely impressed by this brew, and wouldn't hesitate to try another from Nogne.

08-30-2007 15:24:19 | More by BBM
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

Big light tan head, micro-micro bubbles, lots of snap, crackle, pop. Brown body with light ruby red highlights, hints at translucence.

Chocolate and coffee aromas, pleasant, enticing, without being as powerful as a stout or porter.

Taste begins with a highly enjoyable semi sweet malt, which slides gracefully across the tongue, before being quickly engulfed by coffee and chocolate. Sweetness is blunted by a crisp hop snap at the swallow. Hop tingle continues into the aftertaste, dancing along the remaining mocha notes.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, almost but not quite slick, and in keeping with it being a brown ale and not a porter/stout.

High drinkability, sessionable. Shame I have only one.

Purchased on a combination of recommendation and the attitutde of "hey, I've never had a craft beer from Norway", overall a highly enjoyable surprise. Try if you have a chance.

08-14-2007 21:15:06 | More by RonfromJersey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

Upon seeing Nøgne Ø products were available at Green's, I leapt unto the first bottle I could get my hands on like it was a free hooker. It happened to be the Brown Ale.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany body with a lush, though diminishing, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: A very wooden, almost timber-like aroma with plenty of roasty, smoked nut scents; mainly walnut and bitter hickory nuts. Only fainty chocolaty, with hints of dry, dusty cocoa powder.

Taste: Appreciably nutty flavor with earthy undertones of smoke and unsweetened cocoa. A twinge of sweet caramel and a pinch of herbaceous hops surfaces near the dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: And after having finished it, I know I'm better for it. Furthermore, I think we all learned something today, didn't we.

07-08-2007 04:20:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Nøgne Ø Brown Ale, the last of their current offerings in our area came in a familiarly styled 500 ml. bottle. Uncapping, and pouring revealed a brown bodied beer with a good 1½ finger thick head. The aroma was a lot hoppier than most other brown ales, and the taste did not disappoint in that department either. The slightly burnt malt revealed chocolate and toffee to go along with the spicy hops. Carbonation was spirited and aided by intensifying the flavors. This would probably be classified as a light Porter by several brewers. Soft mouthfeel, and easy drinkability. Another winner from this Norwegian brewery with American sensibilities. Please, please, please bottle your IPA and send it stateside.

06-30-2007 03:03:57 | More by rajendra82
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Sampled May 2007
This beer has quite the malt focused aroma to it. Notes of freshly toasted grain, browned bread crust, browned biscuits and even some roasted soda cracker notes make up the dry malt aromatics. On the sweet side there is a touch of caramelized malt sugar aromas towards the finish. The beer pours with a one-finger thick, tan colored head that disappears fairly quickly. The beer itself is a deep, opaque, burnt amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, ruby red color when held up to the light. Something that I can’t quite place, seems a bit off putting in the aroma; I think it is the mix of malts used in this recipe, but can’t quite place it. Luckily it is a very low level and is not all that perceptible.

The beer has a medium full heft to it that sticks to the palate and coats the mouth with browned, caramelized sugars. Only lightly sweet despite this, the malt has a complex, concentrated, but obviously dark malt (from both crystal and other, more roasted malts) induced flavors. The rich malt notes accentuate hints of fruit character that leans towards raisins, dried berries (is that some hop character coming through) and perhaps a touch of fig. The beer finishes a touch on the thin side and has a touch of bitterness to it that lingers along with a bit of herbal hop character. Also in the finish is a touch of dark grain astringency, which adds a touch of acidity to the finish as well.

This is a tasty beer, one which is definitely enjoyable.

06-16-2007 03:08:17 | More by Gueuzedude
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rallison

California

4.13/5  rDev +7%

Pours a dark reddish brown with a 1/2 finger white head that mostly disappears. Smells of caramel malts and raisins.

Taste is different, in a nice way. Hops are present, lending a nice richness that is often not present in beers of this ABV. Nice bit of caramel maltiness to support the hops, with touches of raisins and similar flavors. Nice.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty rich, both for the style and abv. I like that. Drinkability is good as well.

Recommended. A unique brown, and nicely done.

06-15-2007 07:20:40 | More by rallison
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Budlum

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

The pour produces a tall, creamy, tan head that holds for about one minute before dropping to a half inch layer. The body is a rich mahogany color displaying excellent clarity.

A rich, malty aroma with lingering chocolate notes warm the nose. Faint hops and a warming alcohol smell blend with balanced spices. This is right on for the style.

A sweet barley flavor backed by light brown sugar coats the tongue first. A lightly charred flavor adds some much needed depth for this style of beer. Light hop flavors blend with the roasted flavor elements for a slightly odd combination. The finish is very smooth with a great bready flavor much like a toasted English muffin.

The mouthfeel of this beer is very flat, even for the style. A heavier body would've helped the feel of this beer.

The beer is incredibly drinkable. The flavors are great and the thin body make this a fast sipper. This would be a great beer to introduce the style to friends.

06-03-2007 19:11:37 | More by Budlum
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

1 PT .9oz dark brown bottle. No freshness date.

Pours an overly dark, almost Porter-like dark black coffee color with a thin, but creamy beige color, along with some patchy and trailing lacing.
A mild damp woody aroma fades fast. With some concentration, a whiff of dried chocolate malt escapes.

Tastes of strong coffee, toffee and scorched malt are upfront. Minor flavors of sweet grapefruit and a metallic bite lie beneath.

Oddly, for such a low abv brew, a light alcoholic fuminess is noticed.

A nice brew, just somehow floating about as a Brown Ale. Too dark for a brown, too mild for a Porter, perhaps it's a Dark Brown Ale?

05-30-2007 02:41:49 | More by BeerResearcher
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beckje01

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

Had this at a Nøgne tasting.

Starts with a nice malt smell, very inviting and good for a brown ale. The taste is solid for a brown nothing wonderful but very solid. The mouth feel is hurting it a bit just feels to thin. Overall a drinkable beer with nice taste but the mouth feel is holding this back a bit, but I don't know what to do to really make the taste stand out for being something above and beyond. Brown ales are a nice meal beer for most meals I eat out so if I ever see this one I will order it but can't say I would have it around the house I don't make the foods that would go with it and its too pricey just to have it on its own.

05-26-2007 05:02:14 | More by beckje01
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%

This is a great beer. It may be closer to a porter than a brown ale, but whatever it is, it's delicious.

The beer pours to a very dark brown color, almost black. Small off white head with decent retention. Little to no lacing.

The smell is very chocolatey and roasty. A bit of a chalkiness from highly kilned malts. A hint of caramel and toffee.

The taste is great. Great chocolate flavor and some black patent malt, but little roast. Nice coffee flavor. Very rich. There is very little hops bitterness, but there is a great piney, herbal English hops flavor in the finish. Mouthwatering. This is one of the most sessionable beers I've had in a while.

The body is fairly thick for such a mild ale. Crisp carbonation. Dry finish with great coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Extremely drinkable. I will definitely drink more of this in the future.

05-24-2007 04:38:31 | More by neonbrown82
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Nut brown with generous orange highlights. A strong blast of sunshine shows the beer to actually be an especially stunning shade of vermilion. The khaki colored crown is a mass of sticky bubbles that liberally coat the glass with thick sheets of... sticky bubbles.

The nose is solid as well. I'm sure it helps that the brewery has decided to use authentic English ingredients; like Maris Otter malt for instance. Each deep inhale delivers an enticing combination of earthy-sweet brown malt and spicy hops. According to the label, Crystal (a Hallertau variant) is the only hop in use. Well done.

I like Nogne beer, it's that simple. Brown Ale is a classic English brown ale that could just as easily have been brewed in Britannia as in Norway. In fact, it's better than quite a few British browns that I've had (leaving aside the question of whether a lack of freshness played any part in some of those opinions). It's clear that these guys have done their homework.

If I could change one thing and one thing only, I'd give the beer a more sturdy malt backbone. Having said that, I understand that all styles don't need to be rich and full, especially 4.5% brown ales. The flavor profile is right on the money though. I taste malt that has been more heavily roasted than is usual, bringing out notes of ground coffee beans, cocoa and charred nuts.

From what I've experienced so far, this brewery seeks to join the current trend of hopping beer beyond the traditional levels. I'm more than okay with that as long as things don't get out of hand. There's quite a bit of hoppiness in this offering, but it isn't even close to over the top. All those hops give the beer a snappy zestiness that most browns lack.

The mouthfeel barely earns the score that it has received. Again, given the style and the ABV, I've tried to keep my expectations from being unreasonably high. The biggest positives are that the mouthfeel increases (immediate) drinkability and (long-term) sessionability.

I had a feeling that Nogne Brown Ale wouldn't be as good as Nogne Porter. Of course, that's my big beer bias and my style bias talking more than anything else. As far as I'm concerned, this Norwegian brewery can do no wrong. I can't wait to crack the cap on Imperial Stout.

05-20-2007 13:35:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Beer poured a deep brown, almost black colored body, slight tan head and ring. The nose was of roasted malt. The taste was of sweet malt, cocoa and coffee notes as well. Medium body with a hop bitterness lingering on the backend. The beer is rather smooth and well done.

04-28-2007 03:20:03 | More by ggaughan
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -21%

Poured a darker than average brown. Had a nice frothy beige head that fell to a ring on the top center of the beer and stayed the duration.
Smell is just slightly roasty, not too much coming through here. Taste is nice. Decent medium bodied mouthfeel with a good amount of cocoa coming through as well. A nice solid brown ale. A little bigger tasting than your typical brown.

04-13-2007 16:40:41 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Drew966

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Nogne O Brown Ale pours, appropriately enough, a dark brown color with a white head from a brown 16.9 ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit chocolatey. Chocolate malt is evident in the taste and there is also a nutty flavor. An enjoyable brown ale. Definitely worth a try.

04-05-2007 04:59:53 | More by Drew966
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

16.9oz bottle bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed an uneven tan skim over the clear reddish brown brew. Bubbles migrate to the edges, where they provide ample lacing. Aroma is hearty grains. Taste consists of the same substantial grain husk character, with a moderate dry hoppiness. Mouthfeel seems somewhat thin for the robust maltiness, but acceptable for the style and abv, and drinkability is nice. Seems like a good session brew here.

03-25-2007 19:08:39 | More by ppoitras
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1%

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with a medium dirty white foamy head with adequate retention. Aroma of nutty malt with light roasted malt also being noticeable. Taste is a mix between some great nutty malt with a light bitter finish. Texture is quite creamy with a nice full body and medium carbonation. Overall, I thought this was a nice tasting brown ale which is not something I usually say a bout brown ale and somewhat similar to Rogue Hazelnut.

03-21-2007 18:25:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

This one poured a clear, deep chestnut with an inch of tan foam on top after a fairly hard pour. Thick sheets of clumpy lace clung to the glass as the head fell to a thin layer of fine bubbles, sip rings forming for the first couple of minutes. Nice malty presence in the nose, some cocoa and roast, bread crust, cola nuts, mild hops. Soft bitterness, balanced to the sweet side. Some roast, brown sugar, bread crust, with a lightly burnt finish. Medium/light bodied, carbonation on the low side, some creaminess to the texture, finishes a bit dry. Pretty tasty stuff. A nice beer for after work on a Friday.

03-16-2007 21:19:50 | More by DrJay
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Westsidethreat

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Thanks for Himerman for the opportunity

A: Pours like an amber rootbeer with a fairly still presence. Head is currently a good inch of tan colored bubbles but I’ve got the feeling they won’t be lasting long.

S: Dried cocoa, hazelnut, instant coffee, brown crayons and logan berries.

T: Begins with some tangy dark fruits at the tip of the tongue with cola and day old coffee qualities to it. Watery brown sugar syrup with vanilla sensations comes next, lending way to toasted almonds and doughy thoughts. Some roastedness can be found but its quite minor and not really worth going into. Finishes with an unfortunate stab of metallic aluminum and a dirty feature.

M: Medium body but thin across the palate. Touch of carbon sting.

D: The theme to this beer is “watery”. Simply seemed water down. Flavors weren’t pronounced enough and not that they have to be over the top, the just should taste like water has been added to the brew. Decent but nothing special by any means.

03-08-2007 04:51:53 | More by Westsidethreat
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

A definite English brown, with session low 4.5%, English malting and some yeast. I succesfully employed this 500 ml. as a dessert beer. Though on the sweet side, a bit of bitterness to offset, yeast making an easy smooth mouthfeel and a bit like a Belgian without the want or need for spice. A good ezample of the style, though cross stytle. Found in full English at Oak Tree in New Jerey.

03-05-2007 00:32:32 | More by Sammy
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Ego

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

eyes...
dark brown with ruby highlights, head retention is good with this off white offering, lacing is a bit spotty, a good looking brew, nothing too exciting.

nose...
chocolate malts, espresso, really nice deep aroma on this one, hints of smoke play hop scotch in the background, the coffee flavor almost leans toward "roasted beans" (ie before grinding).. good nose

taste etc...
mmm, velvety smooth but just a hair watery, the flavor follows the nose, man this almost tastes like a "light" imperial stout, body is light medium, this provides great punch for a lighter drinking beer, the flavors all meld well with a hint of bitterness on the sides of the tongue but not enough to steal the limelight from the malts. This is very easy to drink, you would almost swear you are drinking a "bigger" beer. All the notes of the nose are expressed here (so no, I won't repeat them).

verdict?
tasty, I will be buying this again.. imperialize this Nogne, it would be a hit !

02-21-2007 03:30:48 | More by Ego
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance: clear dark ruby brown in color with a 1" head that falls slowly. Some spots of lace develops.

Smell: roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of nuts.

Taste: bread-like with caramel, brown sugar, some prune sweetness, and some very mild nuttiness. Simple but hits the mark.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Very brief aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: definite session brown ale. Great flavor and easy to quaff.

02-14-2007 16:46:32 | More by Gavage
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a crystal clear dark brown color with a 1/2 finger head. Virtually no lace.

M: Nice aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, biscuits, and grass.

T: Burnt malt and grassy hops are dominant in this one. Rounding out the flavors are bittersweet chocolate and baked bread. Finish is a nice mix of toasted and bitter flavors.

M: Thick and full. With a load of dry bitterness. Nice balance.

D: Damn drinkable. Low abv and compelling flavors make this one very sessionable.

01-31-2007 23:53:19 | More by GbVDave
Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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