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Red Horizon - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 18.92%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 12-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with sake yeast in cooled tanks for several months. 75 IBU.
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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 66
Photo of rootbeerman
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes 1-22-11

A: pours looking like dark unfiltered honey color. very short lasting fizzy head that is light tan but does leave a bit of a halo around the glass.
S: potent, opening the bottle fills the room. very sweet malt with some alcohol, also some fruit.
T/M: I've had weaker ABV beers that seem more boozy. sweet malt that hides most of the ABV very well. the flavor has some caramel, light baked apple, and for 75 IBU its not all that bitter. there is a yeasty flavor im not familiar with which im assuming is the sake yeast.
D/O: more of a sip around dessert or as a dessert, and is a sipping beer in general. want to know how this would be with a few years on the bottle.

Photo of BZero007
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Rick's Wine and Gourmet in Alexandria, VA.
Poured a 7oz bottle in to my Portsmouth Tulip. Only the ever so small coating of head formation, leaving a thin lace at where it began. The brew is a great looking ruby color and clear. The aroma is of a sweet malty sugary citrus. The flavor from this brew really amazed everyone at the party i opened it at. Every sip was a differet profile that came through. You had a very sweet citrus and malty caramel flavors coming threw with only the slightest of hint of the ABV shining threw. Mouthfeel was great no burn at all and not overly warming. This brew I would pick up again if the price was more suited to the size of the bottle.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 7oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a 1/2 finger head that disappeared pretty quickly. Left a small permanent collar of head. Little bit of lacing. Color is a orangeish brown.

S. Sweet malt. Light fruit. Pears, apricots. Has a nice sweet fruit smell. Candi sugar. Has a brown sugar and molasses smell also. Has some alcohol aroma, but not as much as would be expected for 17%. Sweet malt, fruit, and sugar.

T. Tastes much like the smell. Sweet malt give some brown sugar and molasses like flavors. Light fruit flavor in pears and apricots. Overall pretty sweet. Doesn't have much of an alcohol burn. Pretty good tasting Strong Ale.

M. Medium/full bodied. Low carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

D. I was expecting something a lot hotter than what this delivered for 17%abv. I found it to be a rather smooth Strong Ale. A big and complex beer that could have been rough, but was surpisingly drinkable.

Photo of brystmar
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This small 8.5oz bottle comes masked in a large aluminum cylinder sporting Japanese characters intertwined with the Nøgne Ø logo.

A: pretty red color, nicely translucent; zero head and only hints of beady lace. Pretty standard for a high-gravity brew like this.

S: booze, sweet malts, floral hops, more alcohol, funky yeast. Definitely reminiscent of sake, but overwhelmed by the ever-present heat.

T/M: thick and chewy, nicely coats the inside of your mouth. Spicy w/sweet malts and fruit first; booze and yeast not far behind. Sugary sweetness quickly fades behind the hops though. Lingering finish is bone dry, bitterly hoppy, and burny as it sinks down into your system.

D: I found this to improve as it warmed from serving (~50-55F) temperature, but still not to a reasonable point. This would be a much better brew at 12%.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small ass bottle into small ass snifter. Split with Oglmcdgl.

Red Horizon pours out marmalade orange with some "redder" tints up towards some surfaces. A stealth pour yielded sparse bubbles that barely formed anything, in fact, nothing now that im looking at it. This smells like a spirit with some fruits and some alcohol. The sake yeast imparts a spicy undertone under the alcohol. Smells like a new kind of snapps only not cloying. Red Horizon is extreme beer done right in that it's not a boozy mess. The booze and heat are there, don't get me wrong, just not like some other beers... Avery... nevermind. Sake yeast, some traces of vanilla. More spirit like than beer after some sippin. Feel is a big medium, slick, coating, warming and a lingering aftertaste, not so bad. I enjoyed my 4.2oz of this and hope to have more in the series.

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A tiny little bottle split with onix1arg. Poured into two snifters.

A- a small fizzle of white suds that instantly vanishes leaving only a faint wisp on top. Clear copper orange in color.

S- loads of sweet fruits and a nice background spice. Peaches and apricots come to mind with a touch of banana. The abv is not lost in the nose and a clear alcohol hit.

T- the very spirit like opening brings a good amount of fruit and a bid spice with it. I get a lot of peaches and I can't stop thinking about this great peach shnapps a fruit brought back from germany. I can't place the spice but I get a but of green pepper corn. The alcohol is never lost but its not as abrasive as one would think and at times works really well.

M- on the fuller side of body, viscous and slippery with a small carb that brings just a touch of fizz. Its hot on the palate I'm not going to lie but at this abv what do you expect.

D- well is a huge beer but its smooth and subtle at the same time. It does tend to feel more like a spirit then a beer. I'd like to see what a good long time down would do to this.

Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a luscious golden colour with a tiny, nearly there, white head. The head disappears quickly as expected.

Rich, thick caramel aromas with noticeable higher alcohol notes. Fruity with lots of notes as in good old ales.

Fruity, malty and potently alcoholic. The fruity esters which comes through are apple and pineapple. I get hints of lemon and touches of cinnamon. The alcohol isn't bad for a beer this big but the sake yeast is providing some alcohol notes which are not desirable with an offputting fusel note.

Full body with low carbonation. This is very English in feel. Good.

A very interesting experimental beer. The flavour profile nicely combines sake and beer into a strongly alcoholic beer reminiscent of an Old Ale.

Photo of pdoran10
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazy yellow orange color into a snifter. Little head, not much lacing.

Smell is hot and boozy up front, not overwhelming, blends to a very sweet chewy caramel candy smell.

taste is sweet caramel, but finishes super dry and crisp unlike other huge beers. booze is reasonably hidden with a distinct sake flavor from the yeast that I associate with rice, but might just be the sake yeast and no rice flavor. Nice flavors, very sweet.

Mouthfeel is substantial but not a sweet malty mess like many 12% + abv beers. Dry, moderate to low carbonation.

A sipper with nice flavors, but really doesn't shine in drinkabliliy.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

I just couldn't resist this bottle. Stupid successful marketing. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber topped by half-finger of lightly dirty white foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, honey, rich caramel, oats, and sweet corn. The taste holds notes of rich, sweet caramel, maple syrup, honey, thick corn syrup, light fusels, very light cheap sake, and flowers. The body is kinda hefty, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly chewy feel, and a drying finish. Overall, this was a thoroughly interesting experiment in brewing, but not a successfully tasty or drinkable one, in my opinion. It was just far too sweet and bruising for me to really get all that much enjoyment out of it.

Photo of augustgarage
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 250mL bottle into my oversized (22oz) Dogfish Head snifter.

Orange peel body with amber highlights and good clarity. A very thin collar rings the glass while a smattering of foam floats across the surface like a hurricane seen from space.

Vanilla, along with floral and honey notes suggested by the sake yeast. The alcohol is obviously present, though not quite fusel.

Incredibly sweet palate entry, with a knock-out punch of alcohol followed by an evolving flavor profile (hints of grassy hops, cherries, and Irish Whisky) and concluding with a lingering finish suggesting leather, cedar, and toasted rice.

Creamy, full-bodied, with light carbonation. Hot but not scalding.

The sweetness really holds back the drinkability for me, though the herbal/floral/woodsy finish is very unique - well crafted except for the initially cloying element. A great dessert beer...

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 8.5 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada XXX Anniversary tulip.

a - Pours a murky amber-light brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of herbal notes and tea, bready malts, oak, yeast, fruity malts, light cherry, and maybe some caramel malts. The tea and herbal notes are the strongest, and I'm really not getting any alcohol which is surprising. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of that tea/herbal note again, as well as molasses, sugar, sweet fruity malts, caramel malts, bready malts, light oak, and some alcohol. While I didn't smell any alcohol, it is present in the taste. Considering the 17% ABV, it isn't that bad though. Again, pretty good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, pretty smooth and creamy. Light alcohol in the mouthfeel but not awfyl considering the ABV.

d - A nice, very strong, strong ale; this one is a sipper for sure. I enjoyed the smell and taste; both are full of a lot of great malt smells/tastes. I was surprised how little alcohol was in the smell; the more I drank it, the more I noticed it in the taste however. Luckily, the bottle is only 8.5 oz., so you can slowly sip on it and finish a bottle by yourself, but could be fun to split with a friend. While I enjoyed the beer, it was definitely not worth the price tag I paid for it ($14 at a store in NJ). Would like to try again, but wouldn't purchase again myself.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.5 fl oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: It pours an amber color that reveals an orange hue when held up to the light. There was a two finger white head that hung around for awhile. It left little to no lacing.

S: Malt hits first then the scent of bubble gum. It smells really sweet and there is an obvious alcohol presence. As it warms some more, tropical fruits waft from the glass with some spiciness in tow. I have never smelled a beer that even remotely resembles this.

T: Ginger, and tea leaves jump out with an intense kick from the sweet malts. There is a big alcohol blast that leaves my tongue reeling! Pineapple rears it head somewhere in there with some hints of other fruitiness from the yeast. This is a very spicy brew and I am liking it. It finishes very dry and slightly minerally.

M: The feel is a bit thin with low carbonation.

D: Glad I tried this one. Extremely unique offering from Nogne O. I have another that I will cellar for a year or two and see what happens! Cheers.

Photo of clickpush
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 250ml bottle to tulip glass. Hefty pour leaves half finger of large bubbled head that reduces quickly to halo only. Like two lazy bubbles making their way up the beer. Halo remains and some sticky lacing on the glass.

Nose: Huge aroma as soon as the bottle is opened. Heat, hops, sweetness. Sour cherry, sour candy. Just explodes out of the glass.

Mouth: Very sweet yet hoppy. Creamy mouthfeel. Hot, alcoholic finish with a tingly feeling up to my ears... Nice alcohol exhale. Candi sugar, cherry syrup. I like the mouthfeel of the 17% alcohol but I'm not crazy about all the residual sugar. Very sweet.

Photo of rhinos00
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tiny 8.5 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- pours a clear, amber color; white head starts to form and quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass.

S- Initially it starts out like many big strong ales...alcoholic and sweet with malts. However, if you dig a little deeper there's a pleasant floral attribute, almost like tea leaves. When mixed with the malt sweetness, it creates a very unique and nice aroma. Also, a bit of spice in there as well.

T- Originally, the taste didn't really agree with me. However, after letting it warm and treating the beer as more of a sake, I really started to enjoy it. At the very front, it once again takes on characteristics similar to a high gravity, malt bomb. However, that quickly subsides and the sake yeast really comes into play. It transforms the beer into what seemed like a tea-like, tropical liquor. The finish is sweet with a slightly herbal background and some mild spices.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation...almost gives it a fuller feel. Coats the palate pretty well.

D- For 17% abv, this beer is very drinkable. Sure it's a sipper, but rather enjoyable.

Overall, a unique beer that I actually ended up enjoying. That being said, this is definitely a beer I could probably only have once a month.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was really happy to have this one at a new beer store in Reno called Craft. The owner Ty brought this one out and shared this with a few different people.

It starts with a beautiful presentation, a great red tin case holding a petite crown capped bottle. It poured a beautiful golden color that reminded me more of a liquor than beer. No head, but beautiful legs.

This one is pretty complex. It has a sweet honey smell paired with some light tropical fruits. It has a very distinct sake flavor that is brought on by the yeast strain. The sake flavor is so distinct and makes it an interesting pairing with the other flavors going on. It is very sweet, and that is to be expected with ABV this high. The sweetness reminds me of a barleywine, bringing sweet malts to the table with the sake yeast.

A sugary and bit boozy mouthfeel with the complexity of this one makes it a sipper. Pleasantly surprised by this one.

Photo of jrallen34
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.5oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Hazy dark gold with a light tan head, not a ton of retention or lacing...Interesting aroma, lemons, tea, cloves, light pepper, alcohol, tons going on, but has a weird chemical tea smell that is off putting to me...Taste has more the same qualities, lots of tea, pepper, soap, sake taste. This is bitter, chalky, and chemical, not my thing. The alcohol comes through much stronger than the nose, not appealing.

Too much going on here, totally missed the mark. Not worth trying.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.59/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous packaging on this one. Inside the tin canister rested a cute little 8.5 oz bottle wrapped in off-white tissue paper. Served at cellar temp and shared with BA'er netwonty.

We poured this behemoth into my Lost Abbey tulip. It rested a clear amber color with sticky legs, leaving a small ring of bubbles. Moderately thick and inviting appearance.

Immediately after popping the cap on this one, I smelled the unique, Japanese-style yeast mentioned all over the canister. Rice, sake, peaches, figs, complex malts and a woodiness graced the nose on this beer. If I was blindfolded, I would have thought this was Firestone Walker XI (but a different colored beer, obviously). Sublime!

Moderately sweet flavor from all the malts at play. The booziness factor is adequete, but still shockingly well hidden under the 17% ABV beer. There's definitely alot of sweet, fruity esthers in this and a big, nasty caramel-based malt bill. The perfect sipper. The 8.5 oz bottle is the perfect size for this big of a beer.

The mouthfeel was coating and hot at times with just the right amount of carbonation.

I have another one of these chilling out in the cellar that I will definitely give a year or two to age. Hopefully some age on this one will cut the sweetness factor. Very good, highly recommended!

Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very strong smell of citrus, yeast, alcohol, and a some malt.

T: An interesting combination of flavors here. Light, tropical fruits, malt, and yeast all appear. The alcohol is quite noticeable, but not obnoxiously so.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Lots of alcohol burn. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made beer, and drinkable, but not something I think I could drink a lot of.

Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear Honey colored with very little Head.

S - Smells of Ripe Cherries, Raspberries, Honey, Alcohol, Mango, Citrus, Brandy, Apple Juice, Flowers, and Apricots.

T - Tastes of Cherry, Alcohol, Brandy, Citrus, Candied Sugar, Sherry, and Honey.

M - Thick, No Carbonation, Alcohol Burn, Light Bitterness, and Sweet.

D - Not very drinkable as a beer but very drinkable as an Naturally Fermented Apertif, like a Vin Santo, Sauternes, or Ice Wine.

Photo of trbergman
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250mL bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Clear amber with a ring of bubbles around the glass.

S - A weird and wonderful array of smells: peach, mango, lychee, nuts, toffee, coconut.

T - Sweet, with a noticeable booziness. Nice interplay of malt and fruity yeast. Assertive bitterness keeps the residual sugars in check and lasts into the long finish. Plenty of fruit, with some good tropical flavors coming through, but there are also notes of tobacco and leather. Awesome!

M - Medium body, carbonation is low but sufficient.

D - I highly suggest following the brewer's instruction to serve chilled. As Red Horizon warms, the alcohol becomes more solvent-like. That's really my only knock against the beer, though. Nogne O went out on a limb with this one but pulled it off very well.

Photo of GRG1313
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brewed with No. 7 Sake yeast;

Crystal clear golden amber with an "almost" head.

Initial nose is pure saki that goes very much to lavendar, vanilla oak, sweet toast, milk toffee - very complex and layered nose with something for everyone.

Mouthfeel is rich but very alcoholic and therefore does not really feel in balance.

Flavors are all sweet front oaked whiskey with a sake "kick." Almost like a bourbon that then gets a bit like scotch. Has sweet front flavors of candi sugar, malt and vanilla that goes to a smokey, toasty coffee, carmel flavors, all of which is dominated by a whiskey/saki strong alcohol character.

Finish is a bit whiskey hot with some toasty and bitter malt and coffee.

Interesting; the saki yeast is apparent and initially appealing from a sake standpoint but character turns quicklky from saki characteristics to whiskey with some off putting tastes. All in all not really drinkable; it's "tastable" but not one I need to try again in any respect.

Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

8.5 oz brown bottle, wrapped in white tissue paper and packaged in a red metal tin.

It pours an intriguing peach/bronze color with a slight hint of red. I was abole to get a large, sudsy white head form it that rose to the top of the snifter. It dissipated quickly at first then mellowed down and slowly receded the last quarter way leaving some nice lacing.

The smell is sweet and malty. Sugar cookie, icing, cotton candy, candy corn, it is predominantly sugar, but it is many different shades of sweet. There is a bit of alcoholic twang that comes with a heavy sniff. It is a smell you seldom come across in beer, and it is great.

The flavor is big and bold. Tons of sweetness here. However it isn't one dimensional. With the high alcohol it brings some alcoholic pungency but there is also some hops that add just a little spritz of bitterness that does a little bit to cut down on the sweetness. There is an almost apple sweetness in there, like candy apple that really carries the flavor. It also has some nuttiness almost like nutty marzipan that is nice.

The mouthfeel is thick and sugary with a nice alcoholic bite.

Overall it is a sipper, a true dessert beer, one that packs a punch and warms you immensely. That being said, it came acorss as one dimensional. It isn't a dark roasty beer and I think that hinders it. It is a style all its own however and you have to give it credit for that.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, opened on Thanksgiving day, shared with family.

Poured a light ruby amber with tiny light white bubbles.

Smell of strong sweet cotton candy sugar and sugar cookie. Taste of a deliciously sweet strong ale, plenty of caramelized sugars present along with a slightly dry finishing yeast from the saki yeast. This is very different and very enjoyable. Also a great idea to put this into 8 oz bottles as if I opened by myself, it might have been too much. I know Sweet horizon just scared me with its sweetness, but this one came through and really was a great beer. I let it warm for a good half hour plus and even warm, was delicious and had some light brandy flavors mixed with apricot and peach .

Medium body with a pretty good carbonation for a strong ale of this magnitude. Very well done!

Photo of TairyGreene
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Horizon pours with minimal carbonation. Proof of carbonation exists in a thin ring of bubbles around the rim of the surface. Ruby-ochre in color.

Telltale aroma of a strong ale, with residual malt sugars and all three alcohols abound. However, a funky sake-yeast character is present, not in the fruity aspect right away, but with the earthy, almost fungal presence of a foreign yeast. A firm foundation of subtle fruit is noticed; apple, cassis, brandied apricot.

A decent punch of alcohol is detectable, and more so noted while warming. Chilled, it is very mild and gentle, especially considering 17% abv. A myriad of flavors; dates, cognac, sherry, apricot, cedar, and a similarity to that nuttiness found in a good Madiera.

Surprisingly medium bodied. There is a decent amount of unfermentable sugar, and should be quite viscous. The high levels of alcohol have thinned this out just enough to make the mouthfeel slick and soothing. Is this perhaps a 17% strong ale with "drinkability"?

I'm so glad this is in an 8.5 oz bottle. Just enough to satisfy, but not too much to leave you unable to finish the bottle. Cannot wait to see what happens to this gem with some age. Fantastic brew.

Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

American Strong Ale?? I guess this wasn't brewed across the pond...


Poured into snifter.

Pours a light fizzy head. Color is a hazy pale gold.

Aroma: Lemons, tea, yeast, cloves, fruit. Very sweet. Not boozy at all. Has some spice. Light pepper to it. It is light, but awesome.

Taste: Spice, yeast, cloves, apples, pears, fruits, juniper berries, figs and some booze. This beer packs a punch, but it isn't overly boozy for how high the abv is. Very unique.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Fairly full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean, but spiced.

Overall, a solid beer, that drinks well for how high the abv is. It is a bit of a sipper, but it is something that I would want to sip a lot of. The saki yeast is interesting. I dig it.

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Red Horizon from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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