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Old Odense - Nørrebro Bryghus

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Old OdenseOld Odense

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 20
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Nørrebro Bryghus visit their website

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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3/5  rDev -25.6%

05-31-2014 22:01:23 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of firkinhophead


3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An interesting take on an ancient beer style that was brewed as a collaboration between Anders Kissmeyer of Norrebro Bryghus and Sam Calagione in June 2007.

Pours a hazy orangey-gold with a bit of frothy head that settles to a bubbly ring.

Aroma is of sour berries, some sweet, earthy malt, fruity pipe tobacco and spices.

Taste is sour-sweet, with notes of maple, green apple, pineapple, lemon and pine (fir, actually per the ingredients). Raw, cider-like body, with a puckering finish. Not as vinegary as some Belgian lambics, but definitely in that category. The Brett is not particularly evident, but there are some definite earthy, wet hay notes. Some brandy-like fruity alcohol as it warms.

Mouthfeel is somewhat flinty and thin.

Drinkability (at least to me) is low, but I am just not big into sour beers. Interesting, but the sourness wears me out.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 05:34:30 | More by firkinhophead
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3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 20:07:26 | More by jwc215
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New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 23:23:26 | More by jdhilt
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3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Old Odense ale is the color of old apple cider complete with the cloudiness. It has a modest off-white head with little retention. The aroma is also that of hard cider. It has the taste of over-ripe, sour apples. Maybe old cider that has gone off, but not yet hard. I cannot get any of the anise or maple syrup flavor out of it, and I'm not sure what thornberries taste like (on the label). I think I'll let this warm a little. The feel is light/medium bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability is so-so, the 20 oz I have is really more than I want.

Not bad, I just can't get over the hard cider comparison that I made. BTW, characteristics didn't change much after it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 02:03:35 | More by kegger22
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New York

3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a dirty light brown with a small white head. Aroma of maybe sour garlic and lots of spices. Flavor of the same hard-to-identify spices (ginger? I don't think it was fir tree...) and a slight tartness. Interesting beer but also very weird with the crazy spiciness. Very spicy. But decent too.
6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 19:44:27 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 00:54:22 | More by peabody
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy dark orange small bubbly head.

S: Sour cherry candy with lactic notes. Faint cinnamon with pronounced maple and vanilla. I get some apple as well.

T: Sharp sour cherry with a big lactic presence and notes of grain. Sweet and reminiscent of sour candy. There's a little maple in the flavor and a good deal of cinnamon.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: Unique and good.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:37:49 | More by jaysephx69
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a tinge of apricot nectar; the modest head leaves a fair amount of dots and dashes

Smell: Caramel, maple, lactic sourness with apple and cherry elements

Taste: An initial layer of caramel and maple is layed down and lingers, throughout, but it serves as a platform for the lactic tartness and apple, cherry and lemon fruit flavors that build through mid-palate and dominate the finish; there are clearly herbal elements in the mix, but I would not have picked out the star anise without knowing it was in the mix

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied; somewhat nectar-like with low carbonation

Overall: It would have been interested to have tasted this when it was fresh to get a better sense of what the brewers intended; as it stands now, it is a bit tiresome to drink the full bottle

(Can't believe I saw this sell for $250 recently on eBay, particularly when it is still available for less than $20 off the shelves at West Lakeview Liquors - thanks to BOBPINCH666 for the heads up)

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 21:17:56 | More by brentk56
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3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber and slightly hazy with a small white head rock solid and long lived. No lace.

Funky, barnyardy aromas, with anise, light maple syrup, wild berry,
brie cheese, some stone fruits, but mainly nectarine, also some tangerine.

Sour notes, a bit winey and grapey, raspberry, blackberry, wild berries, anise, maple, barnyard, honey suckle, tangerine, other fruity flavors, with some funk. A bit thin and lightly watery but not too bad. Odd beer and I believe my first Gruit.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 19:46:10 | More by mcallister
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

06-28-2013 00:42:09 | More by jmilo64
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt 4.3oz bottle poured into a snifter.

This one pours a deep murky amber with a little brown in the middle. There is a small off-white head that recedes quickly to a ring and leaves no lacing,

The aroma is very sweet with the berries, molasses and hints of the spices. The caramel malts are also present in the nose.

The taste has a little more tartness up front with a hint of funk and spices. The sweetness comes out in the middle with the malts underneath and the finish is slightly sweet.

The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy with little carbonation and the sweetness sticks on the palate between sips.

As usual, Sam has taken on an interesting style and made it fairly drinkable. This one isn't one of my favorites but I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 01:40:25 | More by gford217
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-29-2013 01:31:55 | More by t0rin0
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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 04:26:18 | More by jsanford
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance- brown in color with rather high carbonation, decent appearance though not overwhelming

Smell- rich sugar and caramel up front on the nose, syrup smell, maple syrup, almost a slight tart smell even before the first sip

Taste- Unique beer flavor wise absolutely, mix of a very malty beer of molasses and sugar, and unique slight tart and sour finish very unique for sure cant say I have had one quite like it

Mouthfeel- actually a rather light and average mouthfeel

Drinkability- This beer brewed conjointly with dogfish brewer is unique and I have give it a few extra points for that, is overpriced as is there whole line but its interesting, a finish of sour and malt i can honestly say i havent had more then a hand full of times, not something id personally seek out but if you want try something different give it a shot

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 22:49:36 | More by Stunner97
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an attractive red with a consistent haziness throughout. Initial pour yielded a big, craggy off-white head, but it didn't stick around long. No lacing after the drink settles.

S: Smells of sweet berries, light funk and chocolate.

T: When initially poured, I got LOTS of bittersweet berry flavors. As the beer warmed, a vinegar-esque funk became more predominant. Berries and slight bitterness persist throughout. Interesting and unique.

M: Medium bodied and medium to full flavored. Wet, slippery and bitter mouthfeel.

D: Drinkable if you like light funkiness and berries. Not necessarily my favorite, but glad I had the opportunity to try it. Too expensive to but more often.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 02:30:11 | More by beachbum1975
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams ultimate beer glass.

Pours very thick dark yellow. I can't really say brown but the yellow/golden color is remarkably dark - especially toward the thicker, top part of the glass. Very hazy even at the lowest, thin part of the glass. Certainly a unique beer from an appearance standpoint.

Hard pour and a very controlled, half finger head that quickly dwindles to very thin.

Aroma leads me to believe there will be a sour component to this beer - no idea, just speculation. I'm not sure how the spices, at an individual level, smell but I really enjoy the spiced, sour aroma of this beer.

First sip and the flavor is as delightful and intriguing as the aroma. It has a sour component, but I think that has more to do with the spices (star anise and black thorn berries) than yeast or malt. I'm not sure - just a guess.

The website is not in English so no supporting information to help me out.

Read the back of the label to find out it's a sour gruit. The sour mystery is over.

After a while, the intensity which I initially enjoyed is wearing on me. This raises the question of do I really like this for what it is, or what it represents - an incredibly unique beer that the explorer in me is always looking for. I'll go with a blend of both for this review.

While I enjoy the sour flavor, there's a richness to the finish that impacts drinkability. Perhaps a bit too sweet and full on the finish for me to drink this extensively. The $17 price tag won't help either.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 01:02:39 | More by Yetiman420
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Pours a golden-red color with a rather big head. Not much lacing on this one.

S: Berries, Grapes, Vanilla, Honey, Raisin and several spices. Interesting to say the least.

T: Tart, Honey, Spices, Raisin, Fruit, Herbs. Lots of stuff going on here.

M: Low carbonation. Interesting blend of sour and sweet notes. Very complex and unusual.

An interesting experience this beer. Very refreshing but also slightly heavy once you've had half a bottle. At 10E per bottle this is not i will be purchasing anytime soon. Recommended because of the interesting character.


Reminds me a bit of Duchesse De Bourgogne.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 20:34:06 | More by baggio
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 00:24:07 | More by orbitalr0x
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Tim, thanks!

A: Hazy dark orange small bubbly head.

S: Sour cherry candy with lactic notes. Faint cinnamon with pronounced maple and vanilla. I get some apple as well.

T: Sharp sour cherry with a big lactic presence and notes of grain. Sweet and reminiscent of sour candy. There's a little maple in the flavor and a good deal of cinnamon.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: Unique and good.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 19:38:51 | More by HopHead84
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an active fizzy head that forms then fades to a thin cap almost immediately. The beer is a hazy orange/amber color with scant visible carbonation. No lacing at all.

Aroma is sweet, slightly spicy and also a bit fruity.

Interesting flavor. Is it sweet? Is it tart? A little of both. Initial tart burst gives way to some nice sweetness with maple flavor. At this point you get some fruity esters and then some spice. There is a bit of a musty flavor here. This beer is much better as it warms. Some menthol flavors. (Is that the star anise?)

Slick with slight carbonation.

Interesting beer, one to slowly enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 01:53:00 | More by Reagan1984
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 03:06:36 | More by prototypic
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle split with the usual suspects. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a brownish/reddish color, small white head, thin collar, bubbles on top, slight film as the cap.

S - Very sweet fruit forward, honey, syrup, caramel, malts. Some spices in there as well, but mostly just a sweet fruity note that overtakes pretty much everything else. Luckily, it's pleasant.

T - Like apple cider. Caramel, malts, sugars, fruity notes. Really though, it's just like a nice smooth apple cider. No real tart or sour notes for me, which I don't mind. Just an interesting beer that has a flavor profile like I've never had before.

M - Light to medium, syrupy feel, light carbonation.

O - An interesting beer that I found enjoyable and like nothing else. Would be outstanding paired up with some cheeses...good by itself too! Def worth a try, but I can see how this one is liked by some, and not liked by others. It's very...different.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 16:11:06 | More by Sean9689
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dating on the neck:
TAP 140208
MHT 110210

from notes, tasted in june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

deep amber color w/ orange brown tint. clear if decanted 2cm. 1-finger off-white head, fades to wisps and ring. lacing forms on each sip, but always slides back down and never sticks.

aroma: fruity ripe apple, plums, cherries, with caramel maltiness and whiff of acidity. mild herbal and spice character in background.

taste: mild fruity acidity upfront, with malt and fruit giving balancing sweetness. a mild, trace bitterness, with herbs and faint spice peeking through the lightly sweet finish, dried out by acidity. trace of funk as it warms, and in the dregs, in both aroma and taste.

light to medium body, with crispness from acidity and lightly fizzy carbonation.

nothing spectacular and a bit pricey for what you get. but glad i got to try it, and if they ever make it again, it's worth a shot just once.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 07:50:13 | More by tai4ji2x
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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a murky amber color. Very little head and no lacing along the side of the glass. Sweet fruit in the nose. Taste starts out with a sweet berry, spices and honey and evolves into a slight bitter aftertaste. While the beer has not head there is a moderate carbonation presence in the mouth. Don't know if I could have more than a bottle of this at a time, but this is definitely one of the more interesting beers I've had lately.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 23:17:39 | More by jdubjacket
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Old Odense from Nørrebro Bryghus
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.