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Sunturnbrew - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009

Brewed at the solstice each year since 2008.

This smoked barely wine is brewed with 30% smoked malt and 20% rye.

26° Plato, 50 IBU,
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Ratings: 215 | Reviews: 125
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml picked up in Detroit in the winter. Smoked malts, dry and middling mouthfeel. Really nice after fish, surprisingly not that great with meat. Dark brown colour, moderate amount of off-white head. Good smoke aromas. Drinkable, but not that complex.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a super thin head that's hard to get on a pour and just as hard with a quick swirl. Nice looking black with tan when you get it.

Nose is all toasted grain, toast with jam, candi sugar with a bit of carmel, toffee and sugared coffee. Really nice complex and layered smells.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a little buttery mouthfeel.

Flavors are an initial hit of sweet malt/sweet carmel to bitter coffee, bitter black chocolate and toasted malt and grains. Espresso coffee finish.

All in all a layered, well balanced and complex brew that is most inviting. Well made; high quality.

Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin ring of white bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very strong aromas of smoke in the nose along with notes of band-aids.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but stronger and the iodine (band-aid) flavor is more apparent, which takes some getting accustomed to.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is not for the faint of heart. It shares a lot of similarities in the smokiness with a rauchbier but is stronger and fuller bodied.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dense mahogany with a very modest head that quickly fades but leaves some dotty legs behind

Smell: Pumpernickel bread, dates, toffee, tea and alcohol

Taste: Pumpernickel bread and toffee, up front, with a range of dark fruit and tea-like spice developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, a juniper berry alcohol character arrives, heightening the sweet malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Overall: While this is a really interesting beer, I don't know that it is something I would return to as it is rather flabby and though the malts are complex, I am just not enamored by them

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity


Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium dark amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoked is quite intense with light caramel malt and a touch of sweetness. Taste is quite interesting with some intense smoke which cuts through the sweet malt base. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with an interesting twist to the barleywine style.

Photo of Knapp85
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky brown with a thin creamy head. The aroma is spicy and smokey. The taste smokey but not overwhelming. The smokeiness is good here because the flavor didn't become salty like some smoked beers do. I get some burnt spice in the background of this. This brew has a think mouthfeel like many Nøgne-Ø releases. It's an interesting brew.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"While most people think differently, Norwegians are convinced that the sun turns and actually changes direction on every December 21st."


Dark chestnut brown that is really lucent black cherry when backlit with overcast morning sky. The upper two inches of the snifter is filled with a tidy crown of ecru hued foam that persists and looks damn good while doing so. A barely audible 'pffft' on crown cracking suggested that that might not be the case.

This bottle is probably from December '09, so the lack of aggressive hops isn't surprising. Smoke is definitely appreciated (while far from overwhelming), and the earthiness of rye malt is noted as well. If it's bold enough, this should be tasty ale.

Nogne does it yet again. Sunturnbrew is a classic wintertime ale that delivers much more interesting flavor from the malt side of the equation than almost any barleywine you'd care to name. The perfectly proportioned use of smoked malt and rye malt was a masterstroke. And the hops haven't been completely overlooked either.

This big brew is growing on me with each passing ounce, mostly because the flavor profile is becoming deeper, wider and most intense. Specifics include pumpernickel toast, raisins soaked in Sambuca (anise liqueur), bitter black tea leaves, and a lovely infusion of sweet smoke.

A gentle (and pleasant) warming of tongue and belly is the only evidence of the 11.0% ABV. The mouthfeel started out good and has become great over time. It straddles the fine line between too big and not big enough in expert fashion. What a lush and lightly chewy treat this is.

Sunturnbrew is fantastic beer from Norway's best brewery. It's a classic (and hugely drinkable) winter ale that puts a delicious smoky spin on the barleywine style. $10 is a little steep for 500 ml of beer, but as I sit here looking forward to the final half of the bottle, it's easily worth that price. Recommended without reservation.

Photo of biboergosum
2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Hey, the 'sun turned' not that long ago around here too, and its effect is, as usual, becoming slowly more noticeable. I do like the creepy Inuit with the old-school futuristic shades depicted on the label.

This beer pours a murky, dark reddish brown colour, with one finger of dense, tight foamy beige head, which leaves a solid, uninterrupted mesa profile of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of acrid smoked malt, fruity and medicinal at the same time, which is a bit of an assault to the ol' olfactory senses, lemme tell ya - not much else could be perceptible beyond that. The taste is more of the same meaty smoke character, unfortunately, though thankfully blended into a heavy caramel/toffee malt, with some burnt (of course) field berries and singed (yes) bitter leafy hops grinning and bearing it all for our mutual displeasure.

The bubbles are probably as scared as I am, and do their best to show it by staying low and out of the way, the body rendering the first good news in terms of a decently hefty medium weight, and an inexplicably discordant overall smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, the struggling malt having its day in the face of the medicinal, band-aid-esque smokiness. All else is seemingly lost in the fray.

Jebus H. Christ! I was initially distracted by the folksy solstice info, so I didn't actually read the ingredients before jumping into this. Turns out there's nothing there that would indicate the palate-fuck one should expect here - does one have to indicate smoking the shit out of any of your malt-based inputs? Anyway, take a possibly agreeable big barleywine, toss in on the BBQ, and see what transpires, I guess. It does settle down about halfway through (yeah, I persevered), but maybe that's just the heretofore ignored 22-proof booze.

Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a one and a half finger head of light brown foam that sits on top of an opaque, black body with a hint of amber showing through around the edges when held up to the light. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Deep, dark caramel aroma with notes of molasses, smoke, and resinous hops. Pine and light citrus notes are darkened by the malt to put off some more mustardy, blue-veined cheese notes.

T - Thick, syrupy malt up front with huge sweetness and lots of molasses. Some cola notes in the middle that are washed away by sweet caramel and an increasing roasted flavor. Finishes with more molasses, some smoked malt, and moderate pine and blue cheese hop flavor. The enormous sweetness is balanced by intense, resinous bitterness with a bit of asprin-like astringency. Lingering complex, brown sugar flavors as well as a smoke and some carbon.

M - Thick, syrupy body, low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a huge beer. The malt is thick, sweet and complex and while the hops are also over the top, they don't really manage to balance things out. The low carbonation really increases the perception of the heavy, sweet malt and I think the beer would be quite a bit more drinkable if it had an average level of carbonation. Still, the malt character is powerful and very interesting with a combination of moderately dark caramel and intense, woody molasses. The alcohol is very readily apparent, with a spicy, not quite hot character that would take a good bit of aging to remove. Overall, it is a sipping beer that is worth trying, but I don't think I will be seeking it out again.

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

On-tap 6/7/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoked malts, dark fruit, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste likewise is very smoky with a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild for the style but allows the smokiness to dominate. There are touches of dark fruit, spice and chocolate in the background. The after-taste is smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easy once you get used to the flavors, not too filling, strong kick, good variation of style, this is a decent stronger beer to drink for something different.

Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vigorously poured into a imp pint nonic producing a effervescent chestnut with one finger of chunky mocha colored head. Tons of lacing & great head retention

S: Leafy hops, much dark fruit once warm, plus booze presence

T: Huge breadyness, much smokeyness & ainise up front, this wring but coming out sooo right, leafy & herbal hops too. Not really holding them to style, nothing on the bottle attributes this as an ABW, I prefer to think Arctic circle winter warmer.... Warming & vinious once a touch warmer, brown sugar, some leafy hops & figs, dark chocolate & cherries too! Finishes dry fruitty, smokey & with some baker's chocolate & cherry

MF: Chewy with soft carbonation, very warming

Super drinkability for what it is, but be generous & share, or catch a cab! I don't love everything these guys do, but this is a home run IMO

Photo of Rifugium
2.24/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Man, I just don't know about this one. I don't know if it was off or infected or what, but something just wasn't right with this beer.

Poured a clear chestnut brown with a small cap of off-white head. Big whiff of phenols right off the bat, with pumpernickel and smoke as an afterthought. Taste was infused with dark bread, smokey malts, and dark tea, but mostly BAND-AIDS. This was like drinking a liquid doctor's office, and I've really never tasted anything else quite like it other than the time I tried ripping off a Band-aid with my mouth because I had a beer in both hands. Typically, this is an off-flavor, and an indication of phenol contamination. I don't know if that was the case here, or if that's actually what they were going for in the beer, but either way, this simply did not sit well with me. Fortunately I only got a sampler and not a full serving, because I doubt I'd have made it through the whole glass.

I like barleywines, I like smoked beer, and I generally love rye beers. But this....this was extraordinary, and not in a good way.

Photo of Mora2000
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a murky dark brown color with a white head. Not real attractive. The aroma is rye, smoke and caramel. The flavor is rye, meaty BBQ smoke and caramel sweetness. Low carbonation and a very thick mouthfeel.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but should be at least a year old. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown with a thin light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin film that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, toast, pine, citrus rind, raisin, smoke, wood, spicy rye, bread, earth, tobacco, herbal spiciness, and light alcohol esters. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of molasses, caramel, fig, toast, pine, citrus rind, floral, biscuit, raisin, prune, smoke, spicy rye, earth, tobacco, wood, and herbal spiciness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, tobacco, toast, earth, spicy rye, light smoke, wood, light pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. The minimal carbonation definitely works well here. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked rye barleywine. Great flavor complexity, depth, and balance; very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 US release; Sampled October 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a clear, rich red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells malty up front, but quickly picks up a soft smokiness that still manages to be the dominant characteristic of the nose. Somehow this makes me think of smoked dates or perhaps smoked raisins as there is a fruitiness to the nose at the beginning. At times this seems like it has some woody pepper like notes to it and there is also a rich, caramelized, brown sugar like note and toasted grain character up front.

My first sip is sweet, viscous, rich and palate coating up front. Wow, this is one chewy beer, very much a sipping brew as small bits are best at a time. There is a lot of spicy grain character to this; likely the rye contributes this as well as quite a bit of the slick texture. The beer finishes with a mix of phenolic smokiness as well as a touch of bitter roast grain character. Sweet caramelized, brown sugar like notes are tempered by the savory smokiness that dominates the finish. There is a lot of umami flavors going on here, which makes this thick brew that much more a chewy experience; I almost feel like I should be able to stick a spoon in this and see it stand up on its own. The spiciness, when coupled with the sweetness almost reminds me of cinnamon, though not necessarily in an overly distinctive way.

Quite nice, I am really enjoying the intermingling of rich malt, funky / spicy rye, fruitiness and smoke character. This is the consummate cold weather, sitting by the fire, tucked into a blanket and armchair with a good book, sipping brew. I could easily spend a couple hours happily consuming my 500ml bottle and wish I had more of this as this beer is going to age wonderfully.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a rich but clear nut brown in color with a thin light beige head. The head reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots more smoke than I was expecting along with dark roasted malts and a slightly medicinal hint.

T: Very sweet and smokey - there is a subtle iodine/band-aid like flavor from the smoke. The beer's flavor becomes more medicinal as it warms.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A little too medicinal for my palate - I usually enjoy the iodine/band-aid hints from the smoke but this one is too intense, especially after the beer warms. There is something in the smoke that is a little different from peat but I cannot identify, though I really like whatever it is. Not sure this is one I'd get again.

Photo of mothman
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into tulip.

Pours 1/4 finger of beige head. No retention. Color is a dark ruby hued bark brown.

Aroma: A lot of spices. Cloves, bananas, berries, malts, and cinnamon. Massive spices and booze.

Taste: More spice and booze. Raisins, plums, smoked malts, cocoa, berries, cherries, and some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and warming. Medium bodied with a lower to medium amount of carbonation. Ends really dry and spiced.

Overall, a really weird beer. Not sure on the style. I am not the biggest fan of it. A small glass was fine.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Belgian Cafe...
Appears a murky brown with mahogany edges and a light beige head that quickly fades out into a mild collar.
Smell is of caramel, smoked wood, chocolate, brown sugar, and espresso beans.
Taste...wow, I should've gotten the smoked trout with this one because it's really smokey in the flavors. Some residual sweetness lingers after the smokiness subsides but it's on the sweet, and aggressively strong end of the spectrum. Smoked meats, roast chestnuts, earthy mineral flavors pull through for a dangerously complex potion.
Mouthfeel is sticky, effervescent up front, sugary, gummy with tar and a chewy, lip smacking sting.

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