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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: 9.43%
Wants: 19
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Med on 08-07-2008)
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Photo of mendonza
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of drperm
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased two bottles of this gem back in 2008 when it was available. Drank one soon after; cellared this one for 3 years. I'm kicking myself for not having reviewed the first bottle upon opening -- I'd love to compare tasting notes with the un-cellared version. I remember thinking it was delicious; that was about it.

Opened 12/17 2011. Enjoyed with tapas and a cheese/olive/pear/chorizo/almond plate. Pours (into an Allagash footed goblet) a rich solera-sherry colour; thin antique white foam rings the glass. Nose is rich in herbs and floral notes; roses predominate, along with sour cherry and maple sugar. The taste is pleasantly and complexly sour with a sweet twist. Figs, plums, rose oil, and biscuits with dark molasses or treacle come to mind.
If you ever come across any of these, snatch them up!
Impossibly smooth and almost smoky, this is a great winter brew and I'm sad that I don't have any more in my cellar. Great with tapas/antipasti and would work well with fruit desserts also.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slight haze dark amber to light brown, with white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is quite enticing with a mixed fruit character that reminds me of that fruit juice called "five alive" that I had as a child. Strawberry and raspberry are present, as well as a suggestion of black tea (ceylon). Without knowing what the ale is, you might mistake it for a nice & fruity gueze or other lambic.

Palate is delightfully sour, without being excessively sweet. There's a strawberry influence at the end that is quite dominant and pleasant. Light herbs/spices keep you guessing, and it's very drinkable - refreshing just like a cold class of juice.

Worth seeking, even for the steep cost of admission.

Photo of Med
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange/copper hue with a slight haziness and a creamy off-white head that doesn't stick around but looks great while it lasts. Decent sticking of what's left leaves some moderate lacing. Tart citrus dominates the initial aroma, but there's a sweetness underneath that hints at molasses or maple syrup. Flavor is very tart and initially reminds me of a Berliner Weiss, but there's also an herbal component underneath that builds even after the finish to a slight spiciness. Wonderful. Mouth is slick and moderately carbonated with nice coating. No real noticeable alcohol and no real dominant sourness leads to excellent drinkability. I only wish this was easier to get.

Photo of Martin2D
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy amber orange

S - Classic sour funk mixed with fruit

T - Not the funkiest sour beer, but has that classic twang. Light on sour, but there's a lot of fruit flavors in here that do well with the sourness.

M - High carbonation, champagne-like, and medium-light in body

D - I definitely like this one; would drink a lot of these if I could. Sam did a great job and its great to see a nice collaboration with a company that does some funky styles.

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 DIPAbrewer
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a beautiful deep copper color with a thin creamy head. The aroma is tart with hints of maple syrup and an unfamiliar fruit (Black Thornberries perhaps?).

The taste is very complex, it begins with a tart twang then the maple syrup steps in to balance. The mix of herbs and spices used in the brew are not obtrusive and each one works with the others to create a harmonious flavor combination. I notice some resinous woody flavors in the background and the anise is not overwhelming.

This is a great beer, give it a try if you can find it.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Photo of cbl2
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

9/28/2008 $18.99 500 mL 7.50% Bottled 2/14/08, best by 2/11/10 (I think, it's code).


Pours a murky medium brown with a thin layer of white head that quickly settles.


Tart sour aroma with hints of fig and cinnnamon (though it's brewed with star anise, black thorn berries, maple syrup and herbs).


Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Nicely tart with ripe cherry overtones. Sweetens as it warms, enhancing the fruit characteristics and introducing dark sugars (molasses?). Herbs are never quite apparent, though I'm ok with that, cause this is tasty.

At $19/bottle, this is not an everyday sipper, but it is truly a one of a kind beer. Sort of a combo between a Flanders Red and a barleywine, but with much less alcohol. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of jhoban19
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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 NittanyBeerFan
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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 YonderWanderer
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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

20.3oz bottle

Pours a glowing yellow/orange brown color with a thin white head that vanishes quickly leaving minimal sticking. Slightly tart in the nose, lots of big berry notes, vanilla, maple syrup and sweet malt, balanced by the subtlest of harmonious spice and mint leaf. Unreal, how complex yet smooth this beer is. Wine-like, it leaves a dry aftertaste which is nothing short of pleasant. Absolutely incredible, this is 100% worth the high price tag if spotted. Highly recommended.

Photo of Derek
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, copper-brown, off-white head, thin ring of retention.

S: Tart berries with an unidentifiable herbalness.

T: Pleasant tartness, plenty of berry & fruit flavours, brown sugar & a herbal mix. I'm guessing this Gruit doesn't have hops, as the bitterness is undetectable. There's a little funk here, but somehow it still as a slight residual sweetness, which plays well with the fruitiness.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has some acidity and an off-dry finish.

D: Very engaging.

This is an eclectic brew that's reminiscent of gruit, sahti & even flanders brown!

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DruRho
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brick Store Pub from a bottle supplied by Bricksroredave and shared with Dave and a couple of others. Thanks Dave! Poured a hazy orange/amber with a nice white head. Smells sweet and sour with aromas of lemons and oranges and a touch of apple. Nice taste, and not at all what I was expecting. More orange, lemon, and apple but with the impression of very ripe fruit combined with some barnyard flavors. A bit funky, with the fruit peel flavors up front and more slightly sour citrus juice flavors on the backend where the funkiness comes out as well. The mouthfeel is crisp, tannic, and refreshing. A nice beer, and a nice surprise.

Photo of THECPJ
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: I was fortunate to be at a tasting where this bottle was cracked.

Appearance: orangish red brown with a layer of bubbles

smell: maple syrup, sour cherries, apple,

taste: sour, tart, cherries, apple cider, brett

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very interesting beer lots of complex flavors in this beer. Wish I would of got to taste this one fresh to compare the differences.


Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 pangea001
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy reddish brown. small pale head dissipates almost immediately.
S- One can tell this will be sour by the smell. I might be able to smell the maple syrup and the herbs.
T- Let sit out and nearly reach room temp. Pleasantly sour and vinegary. Berry tartness. I tasted some mustiness. Herbs and maple syrup barely evident in the aftertaste.
M- Don't know what to say about mouthfeel. Medium bodied perhaps? Slightly fizzy. Carbonation seems appropriate for the style.
D- A great bottle to share. As abv isn't too outrageous I could see having a couple.

Overall- Right up my alley as I love sour beers. This one is interesting and delicious. I'd have it again for sure, but at around $17 a bottle, that probably won't happen too often.

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