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Nørrebro Julebryg - Nørrebro Bryghus

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 01-14-2007

Brewed with barley, wheat and rye malt and Christmas spices.
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by bobsy:
Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO's brewery feature.

Pours a deep mahogany with a dirty white head that laces well and has good retention. As far as I'm concerned, this is what a winter warmer should look like. Big clove and ginger nose - almost like gingerbread, with huge sweet bready malts underneath. Again, spot on for the style. The flavour follows the nose faithfully, and seems very respectable without wowing me. Strong gingerbread elements, with molasses and clove felt throughout. Good breadiness, along with some berry. Booze isn't apparent, though you feel it a little towards the end. Medium body and carbonation.

I'm not a huge fan of winter warmers and will only buy them occasionally, but I think this is a very respectable example of the style. The spicing is handled well, and its seems nicely balanced and drinkable.

marked to style, though I probably wouldn't buy much of this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second of my Norrebro beer flight from the LCBO. Poured into a nonic.

A hazy, russet-chestnut brew, murky and intriguing. Leaves a thin layer of sticky foam, a few flakes of lacing, but generally the whole thing collapses after about ten minutes.

Nose is pleasant and winter warmery. Clove, ginger, cranberry, fresh brown sugar, caramel, malt, assorted other spices.

Malty, and with a tasty spicy finish that hearkens back to the Juletide season. The spices do an admirable job of making the brew interesting, but aren't potent enough to completely run away with things. That's pretty much what I'm looking for in every winter warmer.

Slightly thick, easy to drink, and with a body that reminds me of a bock or thin barleywine. Mild carbonation.

At 7 bucks a pop, not something I would get a whole lot of (I picked up two), but certainly worth trying once. Definitely among the better winter brews I've sampled thus far this season, spicy but not oppressively so. Like many a winter warmer, one is enough for an evening.

Fine work again - looking forward to my other Norrebro offerings!

Photo of KingHefey
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A burnt orange, copper colour with a small amount of head and little lacing.

S: Amazing nose. Cloves, orange rind, some cinnamon and most of all ginger. Reminds me of Christmas cake.

T: Dark fruits, cloves and an array of spices that I could not specify. It ends with a rye and ginger taste.

M: Thin with a moderate amount of carbonation. The ABV is only detectable at the end.

D: I wish the taste lived up to the smell.

Photo of mintjellie
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown colour shows intense garnet highlights. Small taupe head quickly dissipates to a thin wisp around the edges. Big gingerbread aroma, with the cloves and ginger combining with the sweet doughy malt to form a scent reminiscent of those quintessential yuletide cookies. Nice doughy pumpernickel flavour also gives it a bit of tang, while the Christmas spices lend it depth and complexity. The ginger gives the beer a subtle prickle of warmth. Moderately sweet. It tastes like something Santa would love to indulge in after finding it waiting for him on the mantle. Medium bodied with a soft, light carbonation. Feels smooth and rich on the palate. This is a wonderful winter warmer, it's comforting cookie-like profile well suited to cold nights spent by warm fireplaces. Rock solid.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LCBO special import series. Pours murky brown with one-wuarter inch lasting head,and leaving lace lines. Spicey and yeasty aromas that are pleasant to take in. Slightly above average mouthfeel and drinkability. This 600 ml bottle needs to be shared, as cloves and ginger get to be much three glasses in. Satisfying, palate tingling.

Photo of heebes
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

600 ml bottle.
Part of the brewery feature at the LCBO.

Pours a cloudy brown with a two finger foamy light tan head. Nose is dominated by spices, ginger, sweet caramel malts, root beer like auroma. Taste follows the nose, sweet spices and ginger some barley in the middle and a long dry finish. Certainly a well hidden ABV. Body is a little thin and watery, light to medium mouthfeel. Falls somewhat short of expectations but in the end does its style justice. Drinkability; high in quickness to drink but prefered as one bottle for the session. As with all in the series, price was a little high so I'm not likely to return to this beer unless I saw it on the shelves around Christmas time. Good one to try though.

Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice chocolate brown color with a tight tan creamy head that settles into a sparse cap. The aroma is sweet; dark cherry, honey, pepper and some other spice. The taste is more of a raspberry fruit with a caramel/buttery malt, some peppery spice, a sprucey flavor perhaps some juniper. Seems like a mix between a BSDA and a winter warmer. Moderate feel with active carbonation; finishes sweet with a light spice and has a slight sour touch. The brew is a tad thin. A nice not overly spiced winter warmer. Good subtle fruity flavors with some earthy spice makes this brew very enjoyable. Not the most flavorful beer but well made, good balance.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a small head.
Nose shows sultanas, spices (cinnamon?), soft roasted malt, caramel and golden syrup.
Flavours are pretty much full-on fruitcake. Lots of dried fruit, golden syrup and Christmas spices. Finishes a bit weakly though.
Carbonation could be a bit lower to let the flavours shine.

Photo of paxkey
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours cloudy orange-reddish with nice tan colored head.

yeast and malt aromas are prominent. very complex nose. floral, spice, very appealing.

so much going on with this beer. i taste rye in the finish. its sweet bitter and well balanced.

delicious winter warmer. hard not to consume quickly.
nice chewy mouthfeel. no taste of alchohol, yet a pleasant warming.
sweet and spicy without being too much of either.

great beverage.

Photo of Rutager
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy, deep copper with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Cloves, plums, brown sugar.

Taste. Strong cloves up front. A little toasted light grain. A little watery.

Mouthfeel. Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation. ABV well hidden.

Overall. Better than most winter warmers, but not really my style. Nice to try.

Thanks, Northyorksammy!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep lightly hazy amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of caramel malt with light dry notes of rye malt also noticeable. Taste is a refreshing mix of light sweet caramel malt with light notes of rye with no significant hops presence. Body is fuller then average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Easily drinkable with enough complexity. This could be a nice session ale if it was more affordable with a little bit less alcohol.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Medium brown/amber colour; opaque. Half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Cloves, ginger, sweet caramel. Slight hop profile is noticeable as well.

T - Cloves, ginger, slight spiciness, sweet caramel and a slight hop bite. The spices overpower the other flavours here.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

D - This one is drinkable but was disappointing. If the ginger and cloves were tuned down, this could be a great winter warmer but all I really get here is the spice flavour. I would not buy this again.

Photo of mrnobody
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

600 ml bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a hazy reddish brown with no noticeable head.

S: Smells malty, fruity, slightly sour.

T: Tastes pretty much how it smells. There is some bitterness in the finish but also some sourness.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

D: I'm not wild about this. It's doubtful I'd drink multiples.

Photo of cwps48
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip...

A: Opened the bottle and it bubbled over. Decent head, dissipates quickly with very little lacing. Lacing increased as it warmed. Dark amber coloration, slightly transparent.

S: Very winey, with dark fruits. Spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves?). Significant malt presence. Alcohol comes out as warms.

T: Sweet. Dark fruits come through. Some dry spices going on, I think the ones I just mentioned. Slight hop character, but very nicely balanced by the malts.

M: Dry, smooth. Nice carbonation (after initial burst).

Overall: Decent brew. Kinda a high price tag for this beer though...

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip...

A: Dark chocolate amber brown with ruby tinting on the edges...huge frothy four finger head, very creamy and falls in pillows, excellent lacing clinging to the edge of the glass.

S: Dark tart cherries with lots of spice, clove, ginger and a faint hint of nutmeg. Noble hops in the background with just a hint of mint. Bready caramel malt in there as well...very complex.

T: A lot lighter than I expected...follows the nose but a lot weaker and much more subdued. The cherries come out on the front and the spices follow soon after with the hops and mint coming up in the finish. The bready malt is tasted throughout but always in the background.

M: Medium body with aggressive carbonation but the bubbles are pretty fine and dance on the tastebuds which seems to complement the taste. Slightly creamy as well.

D: Tartness of the cherries and the big aroma of the spices holds back the drinkability, but pretty good for a big winter warmer. Very nice overall.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interestingly sized 600ml bottle from LCBO release, pours a ruddy russet brown with amber highlights, a finger of foamy head which leaves a lone patch of lacing.

Pleasant ginger and orange rind waft up alongside a brown ale styled malt profile, spicy aromatics. Taste reveals dominant notes of ginger with hints of cloves, orange peel, cocoa, nuttiness, hints of earthy rye bread. Slightly thinnish body gives way to drinkability and a well disguised ABV. Short bitter finish which mingles with a light sweetness. Overall, solid flavors and quite drinkable for a spiced winter ale of its ABV but I feel it is quite simple, a little too reliant on the adjuncts, and could use some more depth to the malt profile. Still, quite enjoyed and a nice spiced ale.

Photo of liamt07
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, bottled November 2, 2010; into a balloon tulip.

Poured a dark maroon, with a finger of khaki head which disipates to a thin layer. GOod lace, minimal retention. Nose holds a load of winter spices that warmed me right up, nutmeg, allspice and a touch of cinnamon. A sweeter malt bases sits below it all with an aroma I can't quite distinguish. The spices are the life of the party here though. They're somewhat subdued in the flavour however, which is less exciting than the nose. Some caramelized apples are here, but relatively speaking the spices still prevail over them. Good full and smooth body, alcohol relatively hidden and a solid drink for this one given the cold evening upon us.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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

Pours brown hazy with dense brownish head with good retention. Aroma seems to be sweet spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg), but it is rather faint.

Taste is nicely complex dark fruit, spice, a bit toasty, it is sweet initially, but gradually becomes more bitter, reminds of some strange Christmas cake. Mouthfeel is light-medium with mild carbonation.

The beer was a very nice treat, although I would have liked a bit more intense flavours.

Photo of jrenihan
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled November 2, 2010.

Pours a very dark amber, or perhaps an incredibly deep ruby red. Almost appears black, but the light indicates otherwise. Two fingers of light tan head recede to a thin layer quite quickly.

The first smell that hit me was sweet malt. Some roasted caramel came next, along with spices.

Taste has a strong spice component, nutmeg and cloves in particular. Reminds me of rum, and, in particular, christmas pudding. Interesting flavour, and not what I expected from the nose. However, this is not something that I would want to drink all that often.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly thin and watery. The smell and flavour suggest that the beer will be quite full bodied, and I was taken aback by how thin it was. Otherwise, fine.

Drinkability is pretty good. Goes down much easier than expected, but the taste is not of a sort that encourages me to drink too much.

A decent beer, and the first "winter warmer" I have had. However, the mouthfeel really threw me off, and the taste is more interesting than enjoyable.

Photo of brystmar
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours dark brown with tons of thick, white head. Good retention, strong lace.

S: malty with winter spices, cocoa, yeast, sweet malt, booze. Shares many qualities of a stout, Belgian dubbel, and Christmas ale.

T: malts up front, fruits and spices next, stout-y roasted malts follow with sweetness and cocoa. Finishes sweet with a big banana flavor. None of these components is particularly strong (other than the banana), though, which is the only reason I can't give it higher marks on taste.

M: thick and chewy; relatively low carbonation. Perfect!

D: very easy drinking here. Zero alcoholic burn, no sharp edges or harsh flavors. Wish I hadn't shared the bottle :P

Photo of Stigh
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bark
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is very dark brown-red; the liquid is hazy (the beer is bottle conditioned). The finger thick off white airy head slowly sinks down to an airy layer leaving some lacing.

The exciting smell is sweet with lots of spices – cloves, cinnamon, ginger… There is also a mote of black current syrup and some red wine.

The taste is dry with lots of Christmas-style spices. Apart from that, the taster is much smoother and milder than expected. Some lightly roasted malt, some dry hops with a very gentle bitterness. The aftertaste got some fruity notes, some yeast, a slowly growing bitterness, lemon peels, spices and a touch of alcohol.

Carbonation is mild. Microscopic bubbles.

A fine beer for those lazy winter nights. (I hope this is the last Christmas beer in my larder for this year…)

Photo of jaluria
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this beer recently while on a trip through eastern New England. I thought it would pair nicely with a holiday meal which it did.

Poured a translucent toasty brown with an off-white colored head that was relatively firm. A touch of lacing was left in my glass after the initial pour. The aromas flowing out of my glass were enticing and perhaps the best part of this beer. I detected cloves, ginger, nutmeg and other spices. The malt character seemed robust and rather punchy. In the background I smelt subtle Noble hops with just a hint of mint. The taste followed the nose but was subdued and less intense than the nose. The spices in this beer added to the warming alcohol effect I felt after my first glass. the mouthfeel was rather thin and slightly oily. The overall experience I had with this beer was great; enjoying a holiday meal with it. A perfect spiced beer for the winter.

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