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Old Odense - Nørrebro Bryghus

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
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 baggio
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%


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.

baggio, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

beachbum1975, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of meatyard
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance is a hazed orange/amber that pours a short head that disappears almost immediately. No lacing.
The smell is tart with raisins and dark dried fruits plus honey.
The taste is tart berries and honey.
Mouthfeel is medium and quite dry. It also has a bit of carbonation showing in the mouth.
Drinkability is good if you like tart & sour beers. It's unusual enough that one is likely enough for anyone though.

This is a reasonably unique beer with some excellent qualities. The taste & smell change as it warms and there are complex characteristics in the taste. It's expensive but worth it for it's interestingness if you like sour beers.

meatyard, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

jdubjacket, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

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!

GbVDave, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of peabody
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

peabody, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Monkeyknife, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

DIPAbrewer, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of cbl2
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

cbl2, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +4%

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

Gueuzedude, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

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!

IBUnit63, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

YonderWanderer, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of abankovich
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

abankovich, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Med
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

Med, Aug 07, 2008
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Old Odense from Nørrebro Bryghus
89 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.