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Old Odense - Nørrebro Bryghus

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 18
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Med on 08-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (500, 550?) into Cab glass.

Ultra-rustic maple/cider body with thin wisps of yeast serving as head dissipate quickly on first pour; second pour heads up about 1/4 finger but that's it. Slightly cloudy.

Complex spice profile is wild - dark, dried (thorn?) berries, robust anise character and brown sugar sweetness from maple syrup. Slight ginger, cinnamon and clove texture. Very unique - a little apple character, too!

The sweetness of the scent provides a sharp contrast to the velvety sourness on the palate. Heavy, piney herb content mixes with a maple sap sweetness to balance with austere yet luxurious tart profile with just a hint of horse blanket feel. What complexity!

Mouthfeel is very comforting - like a fall evening in a cabin in the woods. Strong, oak barrel and pine mixes with citrus sour for a great austerity. Sweet and spice layer is well-balanced and soothes the palate with an extra-long finish. Incredible.

This has a little bit of everything...a collaboration of brewers yields a collaboration of ingredients in an exercise of Beautiful Chemistry. Something to sip, swish and savor. Wow!

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Collaboration with Sam from Dogfish Head. Brewed with star anise, blackthorn berries, maple syrup and herbs.

Pours into my glass a slightly hazy red orange with a quarter inch of bone colored foam on top that fades quickly. Aromas start out with a mixture of sweet maple syrup and herbs. Soured malts with a touch of caramel and licorice in the background. Fruit and pine tones as well along with an earthy essence overall. An odd mix of things going on here.

First sip brings sour and sweet flavors upfront with a nice mix of fruit flavors (cherry, citrus). Licorice, pine and syrup meld in together along with a mix of herbal, earthy flavors as well. Flows down spicy and dry with a lingering sour twang and a bit of syrupy slickness. Intriguing and ultimately tasty.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light with a bit of a syrupy slickness as well. Fast moving carbonation bursts across with each sip. Overall, an interesting sour gruit and something I've never really come across before. The syrupy aspect is a bit distracting to me and the price could have been a bit less, but overall it was an interesting brew.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Was served at a vintage/rare tasting at the DFH Brewpub.

A: Old Odense was a reddish/brown with an orange tinge to it. Small off white head on top made up of fine bubbles. Not much lacing.

S: The maple syurp comes through, gives a nice sweetness, and intensifies as it warms. A surprising tart/sourness with cherries and apples.

T: The maply syrup is not as prominent in the flavor profile, which is dominated by the sour cherries and apples. It reminds me of a slightly sour apple cider actually.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, slightly sour.

O: Not sure if this beer was intended to sour over time, but I enjoyed it. Would have been nice to have had it fresh, but no chance that happens now! Seeing that there are some bottles out there, might try and get one!

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Masterful creation, with no detectable hops. A good sourness supported by the spices, there is depth. Smooth, soft carbonation. Unfiltered. Good spice I like star anise and it was not an obstacle. Some soapy head, nice and off white, lacey. Spicey and sour and herbal aroma. In a word, balance.

Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours an amber color with a very strong orange to red tint. It's a little hazy, but you can see through it. It's topped off with a foamy white head that's about a finger and a half deep. Carbonation is very active and it receded quickly. Very light lace lined the glass.

Smell: It's very sweet and fruity smelling. There's a nice cherry aroma with plenty of berry notes mixed in. A little apple and citrus orange and lemon are apparent. Smells very tart or sour. Those scents really dominate the nose. There's an ancillary earthy aroma that lingers. Smells a little malty. No alcohol is noted at all. Very well done on that front. There's a distinct spiciness becomes more apparent the more you stick with it. I can't quite put my finger on that aspect of it. But, it's definitely there.

Taste: Right out of the gate, it smacks you with a very tart, sour flavor. I wasn't expecting it to be quite as tart as it is. It is sweet and fruity. Cherry, apple, orange and lemon all combine to give it a nice fruity flavor. Spices emerge relatively early. There's definitely pepper in addition to some others I can't identify. The spicy side is a nice complement to the tart flavor. It works better than I was expecting. It is a little malty, but that aspect is subtle beneath the tart/spicy assault. It is a little earthy and has a slightly wood-like flavor to it. Alcohol is blended very well and goes unnoticed. Finishes spicy and very dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and is relatively smooth. Carbonation doesn't seem quite as active as it did on the pour. But, it still doesn't reach an elite level in this regard. Drinkability is above average, but I wouldn't characterize it as good. It's very flavorful, but is extremely tart. More of a sipping beer, if you will.

This collaboration between Nørrebro Bryghus and Dogfish Head yields a pretty nice beer overall. The style classification is up for a little debate. I don't think herbed/spiced beers are generally this tart and sour, but I've been wrong before. Ignoring that for the moment, the beer is pretty solid across the board. Personally, I'd like it a little better if it were less tart and sour. That aspect seems so aggressive that it blurs some of the other flavors of the beer. That being said, it's a good beer and is well worth checking out...if you can live with the price tag.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jhoban19
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600ml (1 pint 4.3 ounces) bottle poured into a Hennepin goblet.

A: hazy, deep amber color with a foamy eggshell head that holds up well. Lacing is plentiful with each sip, but quickly retreats back into the liquid.

S: Loads of tart/sour fruit in the nose with more than a subtle hint of caramel. The caramel really starts to come out as it warms.

T: tart fruit and those sour notes are the first tastes that jump out of the glass and onto the palate. As with the aromas, hints of caramel are there at the outset but as the beer warms the caramel becomes more available. As the caramel flavors become stronger, my mouth waters with each sip.

M: Initially quite dry with the tart and sour aromas/flavors. As the caramel takes hold, a sweetness takes over that perfectly balances the sour. It's almost like a sour lemon tootsie pop. Medium body that becomes more syrupy (but never terribly thick) as I drink.

D: highly drinkable. At times beer with tart/sour flavors can be too much for me but Old Odense is a well-crafted and well-balanced brew. The flavors really linger, alternating between the tart and sweet, as I eagerly await the next sip. Old Odense is an excellent beer to enjoy after a hearty meal, particularly paired with dessert, or in lieu of it as I have done tonight.

Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL bottle picked up at State Line.

A: The ale is a tawny shade of brown, a well-worn penny in my glass. A dark hue is just enough to render it opaque. A finger of head on pour didn't last long, leaving no trail behind it.

S: The nose has a prominent caramel malt firmness, sweet and grainy. A floral fragrance, not from hops, has a needle-like presence. Oh yeah, the nose is also notably sour, loaded with a funky saison-like weight.

T: The tartness in the nose isn't as strong in the body of the ale. Light flicking sourness is evident but it doesn't really make itself known. Anise and berries are evident, as is a brown sugar/maple syrup sweetness. The herbal side of the ale is nice, taking the place of the hops. An excellent ale that throws a lot of fruit flavors at you.

M: The mouthfeel is very lively, from the tart start to the fruit in the middle to the maple syrup in the finish.

D: An approachable ale that works better than most gruit-style ales. The flavors are full and diverse, making me want to go back for more.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 4.3 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a murky amber/brown/red color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, not much lacing. The aroma is sweet and sour, it smells like tart berries (raspberry, strawberry), caramel malt, maple syrup, and various herbs and spices. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like tart berries, herbs/spice, caramel malt and a bit of funk. It's sour in a good way but has just enough sweetness too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and slick with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. On the bottle they call it a Danish sour gruit ale. I can agree with that. I think this is a good brew, unfortuntately it's pricey but if it was cheaper I'd pick it up more often.

Photo of jsanford
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken on 6/6/10

A - Pours a clear amber with a thin & creamy white head. No lacing.

S - I feel like 100 different people would give 100 different descriptions for what this beer smells like. I get a lot of sweetness - molasses and dates with a heavy dose of spices and a dark berry profile. Very interesting.

T - More molasses and honey sweetness and more spices (anise?). There's a unique sour berry flavor that I suppose is attributed to the thornberries (whatever the hell that is) and a bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied, slightly oily. My least favorite aspect.

D - Split the bottle with a few friends, glad to have tried it but I was happy with my portion. Obviously very complex but this definitely got a bit cloying for me. Wouldn't mind tracking down another bottle, though, just to try it with a different palate.

Photo of peabody
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear burnt reddish amber with one finger of white suds.
Smell is Alcohol and caramel malts with a tad of pepper and spice. Lots of Licorice.
Taste is very much what it Doesn't smell like.
Dirty sweet water with a sour berry flavor fading into a bitter black currant flavor.
Mouthfeel is somewhat clean except for the dirty initial taste.
Drinkibility is OK but would be better if one could acquire this fantastic brew in my hometown.

Photo of abankovich
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden hue at the base of my tulip glass that deepens to a dark hazy red/amber towards the top. The head faded very quickly, almost immediately, after pouring. While it lasted, it was an off-white color. I really like the gradient of colors that I'm seeing as I look at the glass from top to bottom.

Very rich and complex aroma that I love. Berries and fruit, sweet malts (or maybe Belgian yeast strains?) and spices all come together. The maple syrup really comes out the more I smell this beer. Slight alcohol aromas are present as well.

Spicy & herbal up front with the maple syrup hitting in the middle before the sourness finishes up the back end. After the initial spice up front on the palate, this goes down very smoothly.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very little carbonation which contributes to the smoothness. The sourness actually isn't too overwhelming (especially considering I don't drink too many sours) which makes this beer pretty drinkable. I would love to pair this with some food and have a few over the course of a meal.

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jmilo64
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to phillyduke for bringing this to what would later be called our "Duly Noted Tasting." A collaboration with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head.

The color is orangey garnet, the head is minimal. As I pour this into my glass, the texture looks slightly syrupy. I haven't had a ton of gruits, but this looks appetizing.

The aroma is extremely interesting and inviting. Wild honey, funky berry notes, caramel, toffee, and some vanilla that tastes markedly different than barrel-aging-induced vanilla. The taste is very similar with an addition of some wild sourness. I also find some hard-to-pin fruity esters, which I enjoy thoroughly. In my opinion, this gives the Cafe Amsterdam 20th Anniversary Gruit a run for its money.

The mouthfeel brings on nice carbonation despite the flat-looking pour. There is a medium texture, similar to my initial impression upon the pour. No flavor is too over-the-top, and that makes this a very drinkable beer.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dark reddish brown in color. Just the slightest bit of head forms on the pour.
Smell is very dark, ripe fruits and some tangy sourness as well.
Taste is very berry. Dark fruits are jumping out in the flavor. A nice amount of sourness comes along with it. This is a very nice surprise.
Mouthfeel is full, has a sourness twang to it and is quite enjoyable. This was quite an eye opener for me. We drank a lot of really good beers tonight and this one definitely stands out among the best I had.
Well done.

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 600ml bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy coppery hue with a short lived, creamy, light-khaki colored head that leaves a small amount of splotchy lace. Carbonation is rather still.

S: Wonderful aroma of sweet caramel malt, earthy spices, fresh berry, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Whoa! This one does a 180 from how it smells and whacks my mouth with a dominant tart/tangy berry flavor. As it comes up to temp, the caramel of the nose begins to emerge as well as maple, sour apple, black pepper, and various herbal flavors.

M: Starts tart and dry and gradually shifts towards being sweeter yet still dry. Peppery and puckery with enough sweetness present to keep things in line.

D: Everything I've had from Nørrebro has been excellent and this just furthers the tradition. A fantastic version of an ancient Gruit that features near perfect levels of tart, sweet, and dry. Do yourself a favor and pour ALL of the sediment into your glass, you won't be disappointed!

Photo of jwc215
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Two codes - 40208 and 10210 (I suppose brewed on and best by?):

Pours hazed orange/amber with a tan head that loudly fizzles down to a vanishing isolated patch.

The smell is of sour fruits, prunes, caramel, some maple, a hint of anise. Caramel/sourness is strong.

The taste is of sour fruitiness with dried orange and apricot, with some maple and a hint of anise. Some herbs, but not in a bitter way, and tough to pinpoint the herbs. Dark berries come through as it progresses. It has a firm caramel backing. It is tart/sour with a sweet balance. The taste is unusual, even for an experimental brew. I "like" it for its creativity, but not crazy about the actual taste. It has a bit of booze and some astringency and acidity in the finish.

It is medium-bodied with a touch of fizz - like the whole brew, a bit odd.

Well, it's different. One that I wish I had shared with a friend as a "conversation" piece.

Photo of rjcoy06
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-brown color with a quickly fading beige head.

Aroma is quite malty with nice notes of raisin, apple, and maple syrup.

From the first sip this one is sour and fruity. Sour apple, raisin, and berry dominate. Sadly, the maltiness of the aroma doesn't translate to the taste. Finishes clean and the alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, dry and tart, and lightly carbonated.

This beer grew on me as I drank. I'm not much of a fan of sour beers but maybe this is my first step.

Photo of AgentZero
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sean.

A - Brownish red color beer with a bit of a white head.

S - Weird smelling beer, although not weird in a bad way. Smells like an apple cider with some honey and interesting spice.

T - A truly unique beer. Rich caramel, apples, a bit of apple tartness, apple cider, some nutmeg, honey. Not like anything I've had before, unless you're counting things that aren't beer.

M - Pretty much full bodied, with some moderate carbonation. Sticky finish.

O - Unique, I'd recommend trying this for everyone, you might like it.

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Murky, cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sour apple nose. Flavor is balanced to tart fruit/apple with a clean finish. Not bad but a disappointing old ale, I was expecting more maltiness. Wicked expensive at $18.00 for a 600ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of DruRho
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy light brown color with a thin layer of head on top.

S: Smell is full of berries, a hint of sourness, some sweet malts, and a myriad of other smells I cannot identify. The fruit is the dominant smell though.

T: Very rich and full of flavor. A variety of fruits and berries hit up front. There's an overarching sour taste present throughout the drinking of this beer. Some malty sweetness shows itself halfway through a sip, providing wonderful balance. This is a unique and delicious brew.

M: Smooth, a little on the thicker side, but goes down easy.

D: Were it not for the slightly hefty price tag, this would be a real nice addition to the usual rotation. Very tasty and flavorful, and quite enjoyable.

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Old Odense from Nørrebro Bryghus
89 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.