Hazelnut Brown Nectar | Rogue Ales

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Hazelnut Brown NectarHazelnut Brown Nectar
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
13 Ingredients:
Malts: Harrington, Klages, Munich, Hugh Baird Brown, Carastan 13-17, Crystal 70-80, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate.
Hops: Perle and Sterling.
Specialty: Hazelnut Nectar.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

14 Plato
33 IBU
73.6 AA
36 L

Added by kbub6f on 08-27-2001

BEER STATS
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4,191
Reviews:
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Avg:
4.05
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12.59%
 
 
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Photo of Dubbercody
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Takes browns to a place seldom though of and rarely visited, one that I Really like. At least the first pint of it.

Hazy brown, strong hazelnut flavor that following their chocolate would be a great dessert. This also like many of Rogue's other offerings has a noticeably accentuated taste, flavor and experience tasting it on tap as compared to the bottle. While Rogue in the bottle is usually very good, tap just makes the beers sing.

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Photo of Omniwar
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caahare
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at Taco Mac Lindbergh in Atlanta.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells mostly nutty. There's also a sweet butterscotch aroma.

Tastes good. Sweet malts and nut up front ending with a mild bitterness. The butterscotch is also there, although not as intense as it is in the smell.

Mouthfeel is good. The thickness isn't great, but it's by no means watery. Carbonation is just right, and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good, although the sweetness is a bit overpowering. The first glass went down easily, but I can't see myself having more than one of these at a time.

Overall it's another solid beer from Rogue. Worth a shot.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazed dark brown in color. Some sediment at the bottom. Creamy tan head that stayed well.
Roasted malt aroma with cocoa and coffee.

The taste seems to come in 3 distinct phases. First a smooth, sweet, very nutty malt phase. Then an onslaught of mouth-puckering bitterness. Finally after the finish comes a pleasing hazlenut coffee and cocoa flavor that lingers on the palate for some time. Quite an interesting beer to drink.

Good body and mouthfeel with slight creaminess.
Drinkability set back a notch due to the bitter 2nd phase of the tasting experience.

The hazelnut extract really shows. Overall this beer is quite nutty and also coffee-like. If you're into hazelnut coffee this one is a must find.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion the Rogue Brewery is one of the staple American craft breweries who have helped bring real flavor into this world of bland commercial beer, and pushed the boundaries of what is possible. Since 1989, or really 1988 (in a basement) Rogue has been crafting honorable beers and creating new and exciting examples in Newport Oregon. Rogue's beers are responsible for over 300 awards since opening, and with good reason.

I reviewed their XS Imperial IPA, which is one of their more limited and special edition brews, and also one of my favorites. But Rogue brews more than 25 regularly available beers! Thats incredible! One that we often have at the LCBO, and was one of the first to grace my lips is the Hazelnut Brown Nectar. And to tell you the truth, its been a while since I've had one, so I took advantage of the sunny day and walked to the LCBO Queens Quay to grab one.

One of my favorite things about Rogue is the way they label their bottles. Each bottle clearly indicates the ingredients used, brief tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, some of the brewing specifications, and also who the beer has been dedicated to. For the Hazelnut Brown Nectar:

Ingredients: Malts; Harrington, Klages, Munich, Hugh Baird Brown, Carastan 13-17, Crystal 70-80, Crystal 135-165 and Beeston Chocolate. Hops; Perle and Sterling. Specialty; Hazelnut Nectar. Yeast and Water; Rogue's Pacman Ale Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

Tasting Notes: A nutty twist to a traditional European Brown Ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, a rich nutty flavor and a smooth malty finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Pork or Beef.

Brewing Specifications: Brown Ale, 12 degrees PLATO, 28 IBU, 75 AA, 9.8 degrees Lovibond, 6.2% abv.

Dedication: Dedicated to the homebrewer in each of us! The homebrewer who inspired this creation is Chris Studach, a friend of Rogue's resident wizard John Maier, who added a Northwest twist to the classic style by adding hazelnuts for the host homebrew at the 1993 American Homebrewers Association convention. Chris put the nut in nut brown!

Serve the Hazelnut Brown Nectar cool around 8C (45F). It is only 6.2%, so not rich enough to warrant cellar temperature, and the initial cold helps create a quenching and refreshing beer. It smoothly pours a rich amber brown beer with chestnut and almond browns shimmering in it. It is deep and wide showing a glimmer of dark gold, or even copper. A nice fluffy one and a half inch tan to cream colored head rises easily from the beer and holds its own very well.

The aroma is soft and soothing with light creamy nuts, cereal grains, and a complexity of many sweet malts which comes through as silky sweet and gently aromatic. The lightest touch of hops exist here also to give some balance to a malty sweet but creamy nose. Hazelnut cream is lightly noted also.

Gentle sweet malts open your palate easily with warm toasty and roasted malts and the mellow sweet sensation of nuts. The nuts come in gently bringing a smooth creamy mouthfeel, but moderate carbonation makes it very quick. I do wish this beer was less carbonated to let its natural smooth texture become more profound. Mild bitterness comes in the sides from both chocolate malts and hops - the malt lends some smooth bitter chocolate notes and the hops bring a clean and fresh aromatic palate-cleansing feel.

The beer is very clean and fresh and obviously brewed with expertise; the finish is exceptionally quenching with soft nuts again and chewy malts. There are no traces of alcohol or off flavors here, and overall you are left with a satisfying nut brown which is excellent on its own or with meaty dinner dishes. I actually love this beer in the summer in the sun. It is great with a picnic filled with hearty sandwiches, dark breads, cheeses and fruit.

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Photo of hopmashian
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HunterSBeerson
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fscottkey
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%

A: [2.75] No head formation. The color is a dark brown - like root beer - with a slight reddish cast. The bottle does not indicate ABV or IBU. There is some born on code on the bottom - but I am not sure what it means.

S: [4.00] Toffee, brown sugar some coffee.Slight hint of hard apple cider. The overall smell is pleasant.

T: [3.75] Caramel and toffee. The caramel that is on caramel apples. Biscuity breadiness.

M: [4.00] It is much creamier and "thick" than I anticipated. I thought it would be thin and watery. It has a nice body to the beer. Carbonation is totally in check.

O: [3.75] There is no sense of alcohol (I would guess ~5.5% ABV). This is a sweet and mellow bodied beer. It has a unique flavor profile. The flavor is robust and caramelized. I really liked it.

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Photo of willeyone22
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle from Manny Brown's Bensalem - Wow....love this beer. the Hazelnut flavor is perfectly balanced in this american brown ale. I reccomend this beer to people who are afraid of trying darker beers, and it has always gotten a good response. This is a brown ale that I rarely get tired of...

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Photo of puck1225
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft at the local BJ's. Nice dark brown color with a creamy light brown head. Good caramel taste, a bit sweet with a pleasant after taste. I do not get many Rouge beers , but I did enjoy this beer.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting! I like hazelnut, and this was a hazelnut flavored brown ale!

Appearance: brown, cloudy, with amber highlights. Small light brown head, some lacing.

Smell: extremely mild. At first i got some hops, but as it warmed the hazelnut was the dominant smell.

Taste: sweet. Malty, nutty, and yes, hazelnut. The hazelnut was the strongest flavor but in my opinion did not dominate it. It blended together to be a tasty, unique-flavored brown ale.

MF/D: medium to full-bodied. A good tasty drink, but 1 glass was enough. A little too sweet to have a ton of, but a good brown ale. I might like this better in colder weather or with dessert.

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Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

Poured a nice rich clear medium to dark brown with an average sized light brown head that was mostly diminishing leaving just a little residue hanging around allowing for good lacing. The aroma was of a nutty caramel malt and a doughy yeast with a nice note of hazelnut, brown sugar and a ever so light touch of coffee. It tasted lightly sweet with hints of caramel and coffee in the beginning. Then it matured into a very malty-nutty flavor with the hazelnut being the most pronounced at the finish, although the flavor could of lasted a little longer on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was medium in body and creamy yet slightly watery in texture as alot of brown ales can be with the carbonation being ever so perfectly soft. Overall a very nice malty nut brown ale, this happens to be my favorite style and this brew fits it very well indeed.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a foamy, 2-finger, off-white head. Lots of toast and nuttiness in the aroma. There is definitely a distinct note of hazelnuts and some floral clover and honey sweetness along with a bit of caramel and hay. The hops add just a touch of spice and pepper to the nose. The flavor again has lots of hazelnut character with hints of toast, cocoa, straw, clover honey, wild flowers, and caramel. The body is a bit thinnish with a little too much carbonation but drinks very nicely.

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Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: very dark brown, with a nice tan head. almost stout like, but w/o the lacing.

smell: sugary with hints of chocolate, and obviously hazlenut. hints of malts as well. smells reminicent of a wacky designer coffee.

taste: wow. huge rush of hazlenuts and malts. so sweet and full. slight hint of hops bitterness that you'd miss if you blinked. not a trace of booze, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your preference

mouthfeel: smooth and slick. not quite full, but definitely not lacking.

drinnkability: not sure that i could do more than a bomber of this. leaves you feeling kinda full somehow. like a piece of cheesecake.

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Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Which Brew in Easton, PA.

Came with low carbonation, but that made for a super smooth experience. There was big hazelnut in the aroma. If I closed my eyes, I would have sworn the nuts were floating in my glass. The flavor was a little more mellow and didn't rank as rich as some of my favorite browns. This there was a nice, sweet cocoa, maple syrup and nutty mix to the taste. Worth trying on tap, typically a better deal than buying a bomber.

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Photo of stratusjeans
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this at Fatheads recently was poured from a 22oz bottle ordered from the upstairs.

A - Poured a clear brown color with slight head.
S - I asked my friend what it smelled like and he said "mopwater" but I could smell the grain and malt but not too much nut.
T - Pretty ok Nut brown ale. Really wanted more nut with a title like "Hazelnut" but it was pretty good.
M - Went great with my "headwitch" very light and refreshing.
D - I may not have it again since I can think of a couple of nut browns that taste better but this one crosses the 6 percent ABV so that might have affected the flavor

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Photo of Cascadia
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a Brown ale drinker, but I love this beer and Rogue has been consistant with this one for years now. A little on the sweet side, you can taste the Hazelnut (or as Oregonians call 'em, Filberts), but it's not too much. Very clean and drinkable beer. I had one on tap at the brewery a while back and I'd say it was even smoother. Always a good choice to pair with a meal.

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Photo of packetknife
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystalline dark brown with a thick frothy head that held, laced well. The nose smells of caramel candy, perhaps sweet chocolate. The nose ~feels~ weird too as you can tell it's fizzing away. Tons of malts, perhaps a bit overly matled, a bit roasty, pleasantly smooth though. The carbonation was good and it already had a thick feel to it. Reminds me of some cold coffee concoction you might get a Big Bucks.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a pint of nearly dead still brew. Murky brown, no clarity, no head.

Caramel and nuts dominate in the aroma.

Sweetness of the malt, combined with caramel, some brown bread, light bitterness, and a strong finish of hazelnut. Nothing cloying, very tasty. Finish isn't long, which i good, and palate clears to the nutty side.

Mushy brew. Soft. Needs more carbonation.

Easy to go down, tasty, and a good one to start the night with. Not sure about food pairings, but this was a good first pint.

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Photo of bellafromsocal
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a amber-brown appearance with a decent tan head. You can definitely smell the hazelnut and it carries through into the taste. Smooth and malty with little bitterness. It was easy going down and not overly carbonated. Altough not one of my favorites, I definitely enjoyed it and would order again.

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Photo of h4ger
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 4,191 ratings.
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