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

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87
very good

155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
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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Photo of Floydster
2.45/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions for about seven dollars and unfortunately, it was not worth the money

Poured into a mug with a dark reddish brown color, vanilla head was about 1/4 inch and mellowed quickly, left some lacing, but died off before I was done drinking this

Smell was a little bit of roasted nuts and a small amount of malt, but it was hard to distinguish anything else, very weak aroma

Taste was one of the worst brown ales I have ever had, sour aftertaste just killed it for me, nutty at first and then fades into something that is just not good, no sweetness, just a dry tarty taste in the finish that does not belong there, not smooth at all like most other browns

Could drink much more of this mainly because the taste was so bad, the alcohol in it was low and it was light, but it is just hard to stomach

Not recommended for the ridiculous price tag, disappointing brew from Nogne

Floydster, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moderate, but quickly dying head; leaves good lace, though. Ruby mahoghany brown. Light does penetrate, appears to be clear.

Nice bittersweet chocolate; inviting; no discernible hop.

Nice dark chocolate flavor. relatively thin bodied with a high carbonation. Unsweetened cocoa is the lingering aftertaste.

This is an easy beer to drink. It is delicious but weak in body.

smcolw, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of patelc75
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was superb, not too heavy for dark brown ale. The right amount of chocolate and caramel. Perfect hops. They use Crystal hops, I think, but I don't know if those are supposed to be good or not. I got it at Spuytin Duyvil's shop in the mini mall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Nice shop if you've never been.

patelc75, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

bluejacket74, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Vancer, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of dgallina
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

dgallina, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of BBM
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BBM, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

RonfromJersey, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rajendra82, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gueuzedude, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

rallison, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of Budlum
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Budlum, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

BeerResearcher, May 30, 2007
Photo of beckje01
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

beckje01, May 26, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

neonbrown82, May 24, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BuckeyeNation, May 20, 2007
Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ggaughan, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

FtownThrowDown, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Drew966, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

ppoitras, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DrJay, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Westsidethreat, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Mar 05, 2007
Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
87 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.