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Old Odense - Nørrebro Bryghus

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Old OdenseOld Odense

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very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
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:
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 ndolover
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Very clear apple cider golden color, light tan head forms small colar and then quickly fades. No lacing

S: Lovly malt backbone that dances well with berry and dark fruit notes. Herbal notes of licorice and medicinal honey

T: More sour then I was expecting, lactic, with citrus notes. Berry, maple, odd herbal character.

M: Slick, with some fusal alcohols, medium mouthfeel and a shade on under carbonated for my taste.

Very unusual beer, and worth a try if you like oddities...but too sour for a beer with herbal and maple notes. Perhaps I had a bad example...but at $16 a bomber, I have a hard time thinking about getting it again.

ndolover, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  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.

Reagan1984, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a tawny gold in my DFH glass. Head decent, easily roused with a few swirls.

Per the nose, you can just tell this is going to be an odd beer. A lot of Sam C's maple syrup, along with some undefined "sour berry" aroma. It smells sweet.

Yet it isn't sweet. I get a decent amount of sour cranberry with some medicinal bitterness. The label claims star anise....I know star anise would typically contribute a strong licorice taste, yet any licorice character is muted, confined to the sides of the tongue. It comes to a dry, bitter/sour finish. This is a very strange beer, unlike most others I've had. Yet there's a lot to pick out; it is complicated. Certainly not boring.

It sits on the palate a little syrupy, without being sweet.

This is the kind of beer you bring to a tasting with your fellow beer geeks. You're probably not going to want to pound the bomber yourself. It's a bit much. Interesting, no doubt, but a bit busy. But as I said, it's a good beer to bring to a tasting. A dab'll do ya.

Patrick999, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of kegger22
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

kegger22, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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

Stunner97, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

FtownThrowDown, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  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.

orbitalr0x, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Sammy, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Derek, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

akorsak, May 03, 2009
Photo of Martin2D
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Martin2D, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Yetiman420, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

prototypic, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured a hazy orange/brown color with an average off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good aroma of spice,yeast, citrus and maple. Medium body with smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet&sour flavor with a complex sweet finish of medium duration.

Interesting complex brew.

tmoneyba, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of pangea001
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

pangea001, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

jdhilt, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of firkinhophead
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

firkinhophead, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

ATPete, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

jwc215, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky caramel color with amber highlights and no head except for a tiny ring of foam around the outside.

S - Slightly sour with a Flemish type funk, tart berries but in the wild berry type of way (must be what a black thorn berry is), maybe some grapes and raisins rounded out with an earthy, spiciness.

T - Tart berries jump out at you followed by a lighter acidic sourness, earthy with some spice. I let half the glass sit for a good 30-45 minutes and the maple syrup really came out and sour/tart became very subtle.

M - Low carbonation that makes this one feel medium/heavy, slightly syrupy.

D - The beer was somewhat subtle in most aspects. After reading all the different ingredients for a sour on the label I was expecting this one to be a little bolder. I think this beer would be amazing if the aromas/flavors came out a little more. I prefered the sourness as it was colder to the maple syrup as it warmed. A very interesting beer that I really enjoyed.

brewcrew76, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

bluejacket74, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

yemenmocha, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

gford217, Dec 04, 2008
Old Odense from Nørrebro Bryghus
89 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.