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Old Odense - Nørrebro Bryghus

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Old OdenseOld Odense

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very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 19
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:
Beer added by: Med on 08-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
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)

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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 Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

TAP 140208; MHT 110210; Perhaps bottled in February of 2008; Definitely Sampled in September of 2008
This smells like an old ale as I pour this as it makes me think of aged, oxidized malt. The beer, when vigorously roused produces an almost two finger thick, fairly quickly dissipating, light tan colored head. The beer is a red-amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, orange, dark copper hue when held up to the light. A deeper inspection of the aroma yields an intense, berry like fruitiness, sweet spice notes and a woody-spice / herbal note towards the end. The perceived Old Ale oxidation, that I noticed as I was pouring this beer, seems to have been a by-product of the particular aromatic components (which was actually sort of what I expected). The fruit character in the nose is just really intense and along with the sweetness seems to dominate a lot of the complexity that might be more noticeable otherwise.

Wow, the taste was a bit different than I was expecting. The beer is much drier, almost devoid of sweetness, than the sweet, fruity nose would have suggested and it is actually quite tart as well. The tartness works with berry-like flavors towards the middle and finish, though the berry notes are not anywhere near as intense as in the aroma. I would describe the fruitiness in the flavor as a mix of plums, cranberries, blackberries and tart currants. This has a certain viscousness to it that belies how dry this tastes; I would almost say that the nice tartness helps to mask a bit of sweetness that might otherwise be noticeable. The finish has a light herbal note to it that seems mostly masked by the noticeable, but not overwhelming tartness. As the beer warms up, and gets more towards room temperature, some of the sweetness becomes more noticeable, which definitely accentuates a bit more of the berry like fruit notes.

While the flavor is most noticeably tart, this beer is actually quite well balanced and easy drinking. I can't help but think this is a bit unnaturally clear, but the head retention is only medium anyway (perhaps from the same cause). I really like that the intense fruitiness in the aroma, does not drive the flavor to be one dimensional. Perhaps a bit subtle in its herbal character for a Gruit, but I have a feeling this was true of the true Gruit ales anyway; with the sourness, there is just enough herbal notes to provide a balance for the sweet & fruity notes. Quite tasty & I would be quite happy drinking quite a bit more of this.

Purchased: Papago Brewing Co, Scottsdale AZ

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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 Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 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 KAF
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of HopHead84
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 THECPJ
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 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 gford217
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
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)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.87/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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