Alt Nouveau | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Alt NouveauAlt Nouveau

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alt Nouveau is a decidedly hoppy take on the Alt style, reviving a brand the brewery first released in the mid-nineties. The Art Nouveau style illustration on the label is inspired by the artichoke plantings at North Coast’s partner, Fortunate Farm, in Caspar.

Added by BEERchitect on 04-29-2017

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by DougT:
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3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Modeled after the altbier of Dusseldorf, but inspired by American ingenuity and boldness, North Coast pulls a traditional Germany altbier from their their goodie sack and captures a clean, amber-like impression on the easy going session with direction and purpose.

Toasty, grassy and lightly perfumed, the beer's scent rounds with a bold malt influence, largely of cry caramel, toasted toffee and pecan. Its taste, however is woven together by modest versions of caramel, toffee, coffee and nuttiness. a dry caramel, toffee and nuttiness reaffirms the nose while a floral hop tone swirls about the early senses.

As the middle palate unfolds, the sweetness drifts away but the toasty, grainy and coffee-like flavors remain. Void of fruit, spice or yeastiness, the ale soon trends dry, toasty, and refreshing. A woodsy hop bite trails with the character of stem, leaf and dark woods.

Dry, toasty, crisp and largely clean, Alt Nouveau dives into a head first profile of toasty dry flavor, a kiss of minty alcohol and a long toasty linger with peanut skins, peppercorn and shy sweetness playing a tone in aftertaste.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear vibrant amber/ copper orange with a mid sized bubble foamy off white head that laces well and keeps a blanket on the surface.

Has very herbal and spicy like aroma as if rye were freshly crushed and blended with some Noble hops (perhaps hallertauer, tettnang?) along with a mild fruity estery presence.

Lightly caramel drizzled biscuits, a spicy and floral sharpness follows, and a somewhat metallic or maybe even sulfur like finish. Some fruitiness, but can't quite decipher the exact culprit.

Feel is light and refreshing, crisp with moderate carbonation, and wonderfully dry begging for sip after sip.

I'm not seeing any indication of whether this is a Northern German or Dusseldorf styled Altbier, but based on my experience with this, I'd say Northern German, and it hits the marks quite well. A delicious beer that is light and refreshing enough to tackle over summer, or bold and rich enough for the not so scorching months. Pleasantly surprised, but then again I have rarely been let down by North Coast. Prost!

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/16/17.Pours into a becker a deep copper/bronze with a fluffy one finger off white head atop that is gone pretty quickly.Caramel cookie dough and spicy hops in the nose,a well hopped alt style here.The biggest problem with the beer for me showed up right away,to me it's to thin in the back end and it takes away from the flavor profile.Caramel and dough are the main flavor components then it dries out nicely with some herbal/spicy hops in the finish.The beer could be top notch but that watery feel kinda knocks it down a big notch for me.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle; kind of an art nouveau graphic on the label. undated.
Pours with a fine looking, clear brown body topped by a thick and durable beige head.
Very hoppy aroma for style, but then this is an Alt "nouveau". Earthy Euro style hops rather than fruity or piney "american" style. Some appreciated caramel tones in the finish.
Flavor: more traditional, but relatively hoppy.
Feel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 04/13/17

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and deep amber in color with a thin, sandstone colored head that peaks at no more than a quarter finger's width before rolling back quickly to a near barren surface and a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Nose hits on powdered chocolate

Taste - Hits on some caramel and light chocolately malt notes upfront before a bit of earth and floral character follow up mid-taste. A touch of apple-ish esters. Becomes more floral as it rounds out to the finish, then a bit of spice that lingers with faint chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with fair, bitey carbonation. Slick drinker that goes down easy enough, but doesn't add much to the experience.

Overall - Had I known beforehand that they intentionally hopped up this brew, I would have looked for a fresher sample, but I find it a drinkable experience as is. One I'll try to remember to revisit when it's released next year.

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Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bbcamillo
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter glass. This nice alt pours a orange tinged
clear brown hue with a nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring,
thin layer, and showcases some nice light lacing. Nose of toasted breaded malts
with a touch of citrus and subtle floral hops. Flavors follow the nose with toasted and
breaded malts touched with a mild sweetness and balanced hop note that is reminiscent of
an English bitter with a light orange zest hint on the rear with floral and herbal hops. Excellent mouth
feel; medium light body, medium high carbonation, and a lightly bitter finish.

An excellent example of the style that is rarely seen on the American beer landscape.


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Photo of Brolo75
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear chestnut, amber red color with an off-white creamy head, lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom.

A: Picking up slight piney notes along with herbal and spicy aromas, touch of citrus, and warm, toasted, bready malts, aromas are subtle.

T: Lots of spice and herbal notes, slight citrus zest, lots of bready malts in the finish, caramel and toffee, very smooth and easy to drink.

M: Light bodied with a semi-dry finish and lots of carbonation, leaves a tingly feeling on the palate.

O: A solid beer, as I'm reviewing this beer it's nice and cool, fitting weather for this beer, definitely going to enjoy finishing off the six-pack.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueSpader
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BennyProfane
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nutty amber color with a white head. Smells vaguely of malt, nuttiness, and caramel, but I can barely smell any of these. Tastes nutty, malty, some caramel, and maybe some toast. Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Smooth body with decent hops, sweetness and some grain but my complaint is the carbonation I mean this beer exploded in the glass filling it up pretty much to the brim with a foamy off white head from just a light pour. Too bubbly to drink it might as well be a carbonated soda or champagne.

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Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear ale the color of tarnished bronze. Fairly tall tan colored head.

Smells both hoppy and malty. Scent of caramel and oak with lesser scent of vanilla. Distinctly smells of NW style hops, but really something like Altbier are best with German hops.

Starts out malty and sweet but not too sweet. Lots of caramel and vanilla with an oak after taste. Bitterness is quite mild despite the description, mostly detectable from the hop burp is gives you. This oak flavor reminds me very much of a Firestone Walker beer and their Burton Union brewing system. Not complex but it is tasty.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, not a fault in my opinion.

Overall a tasty beer. Tastes like it has had a significant touch of oak in its brewing process. If I wasn't looking at the bottle I could swear this tastes like a Firestone Walker made beer.

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Photo of rypkr
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry, fizzy, malty. Love me an altbier and appreciate NC for brewing this unique style. It's good and a solid offering I just wish it was a little less carbonated.

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Photo of Beaconheath
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

With its coppery body and off-white foam this looks like an Alt, but it doesn't taste like one. Both smell and flavor are dominated by American hops with that unmistakable whiff of something piney. Admittedly "Nouveau" in the name should tip one off that this steps outside of the German Alt style, nevertheless the label claims it's an "Altbier," so I have to rate it on that basis. Altbiers are malt-forward, this goes elsewhere. Imagine a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; darken it a bit; back off on the sweet malt and push the sharp hops forward; you've got this. As always with North Coast it's a superbly crafted product, and it will appeal to people who like hoppy American Ambers. I don't get why they want to call it an Altbier.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau lager glass from a 12 fl oz bottle on June 18, 2017. Packaged 04/04/2017. Look is dark copper with a thick creamy head and some lingering lacing. A nice interpretation of the style. Recommended.

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Photo of kinmundy77
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/04/17, a little old but not too bad

Pours a huge overcarbonated fizzy bubbly head that fades semi quickly, no real lacing, semi clear sediment chunked reddish tan caramel copper color

Nose sweet caramel candy malts, toasty reddish malt, syrupy sugar sweetness, herbal earthy hop, biscuity toffee

Taste sweet malt flavors but pretty dry, toffee, a little biscuity, toasted grains, caramel, etc, but dry thanks to continuing to ferment int eh bottle with overcarbonation, not yeasty though, grassy earthy hop note with some bitterness, watery malt flavor too, little spicy hop late with mild to fair bitterness, tingly carbonation.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, seems like it will be syrupy but it's not instead a bit watery, tingly carbonation

Overall eh, even with the continuing to carbonation fiasco, it was too much sweet candy malt and not enough hop bitterness, little watery despite all that, I'll try to find it again and re try it fresher.

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Alt Nouveau from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 65 ratings