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Sahti - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 45
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Sahti |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A cooperation between Norewgian brewery Nøgne Ø and Swedish brewery Dugges, this is their interpretation of the traditional Finnish style.

Brewed with malt, hops, rye, wheat, sea wormwood, juniper twigs, honey and yeast from Belgium, Germany and Britain.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-02-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not too interesting nor drinkable. Spicey aroma, floral. Cloudy fruity colour. Yeast in taste with a mild pepper and mildly astringent juniper, taste even moderated by the honey, subdued fruit. Passable.Easy average mouthfeel, little carbonation.Odd.

Sammy, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

t0rin0, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh.

Pours a peach color with a white head and some nice spotty lacing. The nose brings some citrus, caramel, and light spicing. The taste is quite sweet with a fairly large amount of stone fruit and some tropical notes. There are some miscellaneous spices in there, too--nothing really stands out. The body is medium and a bit cloying, ultimately affecting drinkability.

Thorpe429, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish-brown in color. It poured with a finger high head that slowly died down and left patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: It's extremely aromatic and has strong smells of honey intermixed with other unusual spices.
T: Like the smell, moderate to strong flavors of honey dominate the overall taste, although it's not really that sweet. It is also very complex and has flavors of juniper, wheat, spices and tea.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some dryness is noticeable, particularly in the finish.
D: Drinking this beer is an interesting change of pace, but there's no way that I could have more than one of these in a single sitting due to the amount of honey. The alcohol is well hidden and it doesn't taste anything like 11 percent.

metter98, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderately yeasty persimmon (like a recently shaken snow globe) with a faintly crackly crown of putty colored cream. There's pretty good cap size and persistence, especially given the ABV and the relative lack of hop resins. Shouldn't beer of this style have no hops? Anyway, love the unfiltered appearance.

The nose is all kinds of interesting. It's musky and floral and herbal and spicy... I've never smelled anything quite like it before. This is only my fourth Sahti in case you're wondering. Maybe the sea wormwood from Sweden is what's putting the 'can't quite put my finger on it' spin on things.

The flavor is just as off-the-wall. There can't be too many fermented beverages in all the world that taste like Nogne-Dugges Sahti. Gotta be the wormwood, which is an acquired taste to say the least. This stuff reminds me of the beer version of a heavily herbed liqueur.

Juniper twigs come through loud and clear, but the beer doesn't taste too much like gin. Honey adds a background sweetness that is easily controlled by hop bitterness. That's verboten for the style, but you'll never see me complain about the use of little green cones. Wow, what a complex and incredibly interesting ale.

The flavor profile is so varied and so aggressive that the alcohol is buried almost without a trace. A gentle warming on the way down and a slight tongue numbing as the ounces pass is the only evidence of its presence. Sipping is definitely the way to go here.

How do I know what the mouthfeel on a sahti should be like? This one is akin to a 7.0% IPA with perhaps a little more slickness on the finish. Although the carbonation is on the slightly spunky side, it works well.

Nogne-Dugges Sahti joins Dogfish Head Sah'tea and Malmgardin Panimo Arctic Circle Ale as the finest versions of this rather odd style that have ever entered my glass. I would never drink it on a regular basis, but what a mind- (and palate-) bending ride this has been.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been a big fan of the style ever since the first one I tried and this again was no exception. Served chilled and poured into my terrapin snifter, this one was consumed on 10/03/2009.



Very nice our here, rich honey colored amber and nice and cloudy with a light touch of white head sitting up on the top. Subtle lacing leans back against the side of the glass and really keeps the profile nice and alive looking. Aroma is sweet, lots of honey here with really nice touches of herbal and flavor notes dancing around in the background. Smooth, even flavor here with it being over 11% is actually quite shocking as none of it really was that noticeable at all. Lots of sweet honey flavors again all over the one and the profile were done quite well. A bit of a biggie, especially given the ABV, but again a very solid representation of the style.



Overall I thought this one was very nicely done. Rich and smooth with a really well done profile. I really enjoyed nearly every sip of it and think the juniper and berries added in the mix really rounded out the flavor quite nicely, I would have no issue at all with trying this one again.

mikesgroove, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GRG1313, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a clear light golden color with a fluffy white head and plenty of visible carbonation.

S: A very floral aroma, probably from the honey, which seems to work somewhat well with an underlying tea note.

T: The floral quality is once again pronounced on the palate along with a fruity sweetness, slight tartness, and a somewhat surprising bitterness as well. There's a slight herbal note to the beer which isn't necessarily a shock due to the ingredients.

M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation which helps out quite a bit.

D: Although the alcohol isn't necessarily noticeable, this style isn't really for me. The flavors are certainly interesting, but this is not a beer I would seek out again.

womencantsail, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.2%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, orange-amber body with a smallish, scant, white head.

Smell: Expressly aromatic nose of fresh honeycomb, a heavy layer of herbs, young juniper seedlings, marzipan, spice, and even a few hints of alcohol.

Taste: Altogether sugary sweet taste of honey candy leads the way, but this is followed by strong, sharp herbaceousness I'll attribute in part to the wormwood. It's odd, in the span of a couple months, I went from having zero beers with wormwood in it to four. For me at this point, it somewhat harkens back to the gentian-laden Weyerbacher Decadence. Juniper presents some woody and fruity hints. Touches of spicy rye. Lightly acidic. A few slim traces of almond syrup. Blips of peppery alcohol on the backend, though nothing to denote a beverage of 11%. Dry, long finish with none of the flavors wanting to retire quietly.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Some stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Interesting and arresting, particularly as it's not everyday one comes across a sahti, particularly one so boldly and uniquely envisioned as this one. That said, this isn't a brew I would reach for on a daily basis.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice medium brown color with some hazy to it. The head was pretty nice looking, white, thin and leaves a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer has a lot of things going on here. The Juniper is actually picked up on the nose which I like a lot, The other herbs in the mix really work well together to benefits this beer. The taste has a nice sweetness from the honey upfront which is followed up right away by many different herbal flavors. The mouthfeel of this beer is a slick and a little on the heavier side. Overall I really like it, I'd like to have it again someday.

Knapp85, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -21.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks, Nick. Medium amber body, lightly hazy with a half-inch cap. Sweet honey aroma, herbal and botanical, floral, rich. Smells pretty good. Very sweet on the tongue, up-front honey with floral and herbal notes. Juniper is present, but resides behind the honey. Sweet and botanical finish with light lingering fruitiness. Not bad, I couldn't drink a ton of this, but it's fairly enjoyable.

largadeer, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of white head on a slightly hazy, copper-orange body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sugary toasted and caramel malt with some red apple yeast notes; reminiscent of and english ale. Big, sweet orange-blossom honey notes and some undefinable herbal notes as well, presumably juniper.

T - Huge malt and (more especially) honey sweetness up front. Rich, floral, spicy unique honey flavors, just like those in the nose, but even more potent. Spicy rye/wheat malt in the middle with a hint of herbal european hops and a bit of juniper. The finish is quite sweet, though there is a definite hop and juniper presence there to keep the malt and honey from going over the edge into cloying sweetness. The honey lingers of the palate and blends with the malt and spice to create a darkening of flavors that leaves a bit of toffee and tobacco teasing the palate until the next sip.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet but not unbalanced finish.

D - Wow, this is not at all what I expected; but wow. The juniper is quite subtle, enhancing and contrasting the dominant (and extraordinary) honey and malt flavors but never coming to the front. There is a great deal of complexity here and a richness that lends this beer to sipping and reminds me in a strange and very positive way of some of the better english old ales and barleywines. I have no idea if this would age well (and likely no opportunity to find out), but it does make me wonder.

nickfl, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee. It's been on the "coming soon" list in Chicago but I couldn't bother waiting any longer. Served in a Red Hook pint glass.

A - Three fingers of dirty white foam that dissolves fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Hazed peach/orange color that has a nice glow and tons of bubbles racing upwards. The lack of lacing and mediocre head retention were a bit of a disappointment - otherwise quite nice.

S - You can really smell the honey above everything else, but there is also plenty of toffee malt and a bit of obvious alcohol. There's a bit of light spice/herb as well, but the honey is just overwhelming (more so than most braggots I've had). Unbalanced is the only way to describe this.

T - The taste is more in line with what I expect from a Sahti (well - at least to the two others I've tried). Lots of lightly sweetened bready malt, saison-y Belgian-style yeast, honey, medicinal herbs, and a woody aftertaste from the juniper twigs. The balance is much better here, and there's plenty of depth. Also, no obvious alcohol is a plus.

M - Dry finish (like oak-heavy brews) with a bit of residual stickiness. Moderate carbonation, on the lighter side of medium bodied, with some alcohol warmth that kicks in pretty quickly.

D - The smell starts to get cloyingly sweet pretty quickly, and the 11% is a little too strong for the 500ml serving size. Thankfully the aftertaste is clean and the carbonation is moderate. I'd try this again in a more reasonable serving size, but any future bottles would have to be shared with at least one other person.

MasterSki, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Slatetank, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Matt and Mike. Beer is light amber with a good head that falls back quickly leaving a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low.

The aroma is slightly sweet, with some spice that comes up as the beer warms but not too much. It actually kind of smells like a barleywine. I like the aroma.

Beer is sweet but not cloying, it is quite sweet though. Medium bodied and coating on the palate. For as high ABV as this beer is it hides it well. The finish is a little thin and moderately dry but overall its a decent beer. Not as herbal as some of the other Sahtis I've had.

drabmuh, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Style No. 100 on Beer Advocate. Only English Pale Mild, Happoshu and Gose to go.

The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is odd, but not bad. I get notes of honey, flowers and perfume. The flavor is more of the same with a lot of honey in the beer. The flowery and spice notes in the aroma and flavor are probably from the juniper, but I am not too familiar with the plant so I cannot be sure. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not sure how this compares to other Sahtis, but I enjoyed this one.

Mora2000, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is an amber hue that shows a lightly hazed, pale amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells strongly of honey and there seems to be a sort of dusty malt character towards the finish. The honey is really dominant and it is hard to smell anything else, no matter how hard I try.

Fairly sweet tasting, though not as intensely so as the aroma would suggest. A light tartness kicks in towards the middle and the beer finishes with a honey flavor that lingers on the palate in that sort of medicinal way that honey does. My second sip seems a bit more dominated by the honey flavors, though still not as much as the aorma was. A solid pale grain character is here, which contributes to some of the sweetness and there is also a grassy, sort of biscuit like grain character. Some herbal notes and perhaps some menthol like, turpene leaning notes hint at the juniper twigs. The finish has a very light orange accent to it as well. This is definitely a bit aggressively carbonated; this likely helps to lighten the sticky body a touch as I don't seem to mind that this is fairly fizzy. This beer does hide its alcohol quite well, other than being fairly thick textured there isn't much in the way of alcohol heat, so you might not guess that this is 11%.

Another interesting interpretation of a Sahti, one of these days I am going to have to track down a good traditional one, but until then I continue to not really be able to get into the interpretations that I can find.

Gueuzedude, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.11/5  rDev +7%

MarkyMOD, Saturday at 08:18 AM
Photo of Halcyondays
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle, always up for trying another version of this rare and medieval style, great bottle design,

A: Pours a yeasty, hazy brown with a fizzy white head, very good retention, but not a lot to look at, very unfiltered.

S: Herbs, some green fruit, a lot of honey, a very interesting nose. Really a joy to smell, the high point of the beer for me.

T: Quite complex, rye bread spice, brown malt/sugar come out with some herbal juniper and honey in the mid-palate. Very boozy and phenolic in the finish, the alcohol takes over the beer in the end. I like the complexities this beer brings to the table, but in the end it just doesn't taste great, it tastes okay for me. The booze completely goes haywire.

M: Very boozy and hot as I said, it has a nice smoothness, but a thin finish. Quite full-bodied.

D: I think the problem with this beer for me, while well made and interesting, is that they tried to make a Sahti 11%. The flavours in the beer just can't stand up to that much alcohol, even with the mead-like characteristics of the honey. Nevertheless, I think it's worth a purchase since it is a very rare style and the complexities are intriguing, but at the end of the day I'm not going to go back to it especially at the $9 price-tag.

Halcyondays, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +4.2%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy apricot orange colour, with a really lovely fluffy head of fine and silky white foam. Lacing is good. Looks still and bulbous in my tulip glass, not very active, but not bad. In fact, it looks very thick. I have to say I heartily approve.

Fair bit of honey, with a very fragrant, probably hoppy, but given the style possible not, character. Something rich and organic as well, not dissimilar to a Belgian yeast note. Almost a smoky character coming through as well. Lots of slightly unusual characters. Not as insanely bizarre as I'd expected from my first Sahti experience, but enough oddities in the aroma to keep me guessing.

Taste is particularly odd. There's certainly more of the honey note, and the gin-like juniper note is present in a sharp pinpoint at the very back. Otherwise, the palate is full of bursting malt and light phenolic alcohol - to my mind, quite reminicent of a dry Belgian pale ale. There's just enough bitterness to tip it out of the true Belgian style profile, and the character of the bitterness is slightly different to hops, but it's very subtle. Some light citrus comes in late as well, like orange peel. Nice. Note a huge note from the rye, although there is a depth to the grain character. Mouthfeel is particularly smooth. All up, this is a very tasty brew, and a wonderful uniqueness.

A very pleasant, refreshing and surprisingly drinkable brew. I particularly liked the thickness in the body, which just makes you have to appreciate all the different flavours as you chew your way through it. You know, I was expecting to say something akin to "not a beer for everyday", but I certainly could drink this everyday. It really is terribly pleasant, and not nearly as confronting as I'd been led to believe.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 03, 2009
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Sahti from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
86 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.