Nuevo Noir | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Nuevo NoirNuevo Noir

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Summer

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Added by RootedFool on 07-15-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by mzwolinski:
Photo of mzwolinski
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear amber, with a thinnish light tan head. The aroma is a bit thin, with some wheaty notes and a hint of caramel malt sweetness. There's some spiciness there, but it comes off a bit off -- rather sock-like, as the Bum put it. Sweet malty start to the flavor, which pretty much goes nowhere. A bit toasty with a hint of spice toward the back-end, and not as off-puting as the aroma would have led me to believe. But not at all like a Belgian brown, as the label would have led me to believe. Still, it's not bad considered apart from its miscategorization. Full-bodied but drinkable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This Lagunitas poured a light brown in color with a fine, small head.

Smell – The big, brown yeast doesn’t fit the Appearance. It is just huge and smells like a monster BSDA. There are some light darkish spices in here along with some confident toasted malts and a light but dark sweetness.

Taste – This BDA kind of falls apart at the taste. The big toasty malts and live yeast are here, but they lose the complexity that they showed at the Smell.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied with some good carbonation, but the flavors just don’t round out in the mouth like they should.

Drinkability – This was a clumsy effort at the style although it had some strong points. It is very inconsistant but a good beer by any measure.

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Photo of Dmann
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An average beer from Lagunitas. It is certianly not a Belgian Brown Ale but it is tasty nonetheless. The pour was decent and the beer had a nice dark amber color to it but there was not much head at all to speak of. The scent was very sweet right off the bat and it had a bit of that trademark Belgian yeast scent to it but not as much as I thought. The flavor was good if not unremarkable. It started out good with a small rush of good Belgian character, but then it fizzeled out into a average sweet brown ale. I would skip this one as there are much better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They were pouring this one at the Blind Tiger in NYC for the past 10 -14 days. Arrived glistening dark almond in color, almost dark mahogony with just a skimpy and short lived tan head. Only left some minimalist dots of lacing. Sweat and citrusy nose. Subtle, understated and quite complex, with notes of burnt malt, caramel, vanilla, more citrus, candy sugars. NIce stuff, quite drinkable for a BDA. Well worth a try.

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Photo of jakester
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bomber at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours a hazy burnt orange/red with a one finger head of beige colored foam. Head falls to islands and a ring, with no real lacing.

Aroma is faint Belgian funk, a little spicy, with notes of cloves, coriander, and dark brown sugar. Smells are soft, and you gotta work to get 'em.

Flavor is brown sugar right up front, sweet and a little burnt. The Belgian phenolics are there, but gentle. I can taste cloves, coriander, black pepper, yeast, and caramel candy. Flavors are also muted, but the flavors and aroma improves as the beer warms. Aftertaste is brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with soft carbonation. It's smooth and creamy, with a sweet finish.

As a seasonal, this works; it's funky, a little spicy, a little yeasty. I couldn't drink alot of this because of the sweetness, but on Christmas morning, it'd be great with corn flakes! Recommended.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leather-brown and red pour, but clear. Almost no head out of the bottle. Aroma is baked apple with some spice. Taste is very good; malty with background of spice, raisins, and brown sugar. Finish is clean, not sticky sweet. A nice understated Belgian.

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Photo of masikon
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a vintage copper with bergundy hints, a nice foamy, heavy head comes in which disappears with moderate lacing. Nose is heavy with dark malts seeming to be predominant, slightly spicy with not a whole lot of hops here. Taste is also weighty on the palate and somewhat rich with malts, slightly spicy reminding me of an american style winter warmer. Has an unusual yeasty finish as opposed to hops. I think this is a unique tasting brew which is definitely worth a try although I'm not sure that it is true to the style that it is marketed as.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper color, with light red highlights. The head is very thick and creamy. It is very light tan, almost white. It fades slowly, leaving a huge amount of laces. This beer has a spicy, herbal aroma. It has a slight toasted malt aroma. I detect a minimal hop aroma. Mostly I smell cloves. It has a spicy taste also. The cloves are dominant. It has a slight malty taste. I can not detect any hop presence in the flavor. It has a slightly sour taste to it as well. This beer goes down smooth leaving a clovey aftertaste. This beer is medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. I think this beer would make a great session beer. It is low in alcohol, so that would not be a problem, and the flavor is enjoyable, and not overbearing. I will probably have this beer again. If you see it, you need to try it.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a deep ruby and brown color with a small head. Lace is minimal.

The smell is good, coming on strong and bringing plenty of dark malt alongside substantial fruit content. The taste is decent, with malt dominating. Caramel and sugars come through too. The mouthfeel is fairly full and it's easy to drink.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While not an oud bruin by any stretch, I really enjoyed this beer in and of itself. It poured a clear ruby-chestnut with an average head of khaki that held fairly well and left minor lacing about the glass. The nose was fruity with a light spice; and the body was medium. It was sweetish, fruity (berries), and malty with a twist of tartness in the finish. Hedonistically, I really enjoyed it and felt it had a pretty decent drinkability, but I do have a personal leaning towards the style - not that this is to style at all, but there are some similarities.

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Photo of Troyone
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a root beer color with a copper hue and a minimal off white head that quickly disappeared with evident carb action.

Has a roasted caramel malt smell with a pine and citrus hops aroma.

Moderately/heavy sweet, moderately acidic, and lightly bitter roasted/burnt caramel malt taste with hints of dark chocolate and molasses. Has a resin and orange hops flavor.

Medium bodied, syrupy almost creamy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a smooth slightly metallic and astringent finish.

A rather pleasant drinking beer, not enough bitterness balance for me and the slight metallic and astringent finish, although smooth, prevents this from being my type of a session beer.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had very high expectations for this one. Just not what I was expecting. Presented as Belgian Brown Ale, what the hell is that? It does look like a brown ale and nothing else. Nice lacing and effervesce.

S&T. This is where the beer starts to go horribly wrong. There is a fair amount of must that emanates, but that is really it. One of my favorite characteristics of Belgium style beers is their pronounced alcohol. This one does not have anything remotely close.

Don't get me wrong it's a nice tasting beer; just don't compare it to other Belgian's...because it's not.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought this one back from Boston during my NEBF 2005 visit.

Appearance: Translucent ruby red, the off-white head hanging off the edges of my glass was the only thing that seperated this one from cranberry juice.

Smell: A decent balance of sweetness, yeast spices and booze. The latter being a little bit solvent-like, but not harsh enough to lose my interest.

Taste: Roasted malt body that had just enough sugar, the alcohol gave it a dry finish, but the yeast was quite discreet, too much for this type of Beer if you ask me. However, the cocoa aftertaste was pleasing. Like most of the Lagunitas line, I'm glad I tried it, but it didn't bowl me over.

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Photo of emerge077
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage bottle shared by Jay23, courtesy of Tony. Thanks!

Transparent tawny brown in the glass. Initially a couple fingers of head that settles down to a ring around the glass. Sweet caramel, earthy belgian yeast aroma.

Malty caramel flavor, a little nutty, but also flat and subdued. A light sweetness from candi sugar. Mellow feel, easy enough to drink, but not especially impressive.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep chestnut brown with flecks of maroon and gold. Fomay almost cream like head is very impressive and has some staying power.
Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, dark wheat bread and some dark fruits with a hint of musty yeastiness.
Flavor is actually rather bland with mainly dark malts on the palate. No sourness, maybe a tick and a slightly yeasty dry bread crumg finish. Short and lacluster flavors. come to expect more from Lagunitas.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery and never gets anywhere style purported to be. False advertising aside it's not a badly constructed beer, just somewhat bland and innocuous. Darker fruit and malts are OK, again just average though
Drinkability is allright. Serious lack of effort to style but not a bad tasting beer. Underimpressed and Belgians don't se to fit with Lagunitas' usual kick ass West coast thing anyway. Skip this one, I wish I had.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this 22oz. Lagunitas seasonal release at BevMo in Brea a couple weeks ago, put it aside and promptly forgot about it until last night. So I broke out my new La Fin du Monde glass and got to it.
Nuevo Noir had a dark chestnut coloring, minimal carbonation and a short-lived light tan head that left no lace. The nose had a lot of caramel malt aroma and the influence of Belgian spices was readily detectable. The taste began with a prompt upload of candy sugar and caramel on the tongue. Sugary nature continued to press through the middle until finally the spiciness staggered forth and put in a token appearance at the back of the tongue. The feel was medium-light, a bit thin, and rather listless.
Overall, Nuevo Noir went down rather quickly, maybe because I simply desired it get it over with instead of spending an inordinate amount of time with it. Not a bad beer; it does possess some Belgian influence. Still, it came off as being quite one-sided and heavy-handed insofar as sweetness goes. Definitely comes down far into the sweet-not-spicy range for the style. Rather ho-hum, truth be told.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I popped this one last night, not planning to review it, but just to try it because it looked interesting. I have been hit and miss with Lagunitas beers, so what the heck.

This beer is really easy to review for me, because it comes down to two words: ROOT BEER.

This is a pretty good root beer, sweet, carbonated, flavorful. But Flanders Oud Bruin? Belgian Style Brown Ale? Dubbel? Nah. Root beer. Not to say there isn't alcohol, because there is. But it is not what this is about.

Too bad this isn't (is there such a beast?). If so, this would get a pretty good review. As a beer, meh.

EDIT: I just read some other reviews, and saw someone mention Dr. Pepper. I think that may be even closer to the truth than root beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bomber with a small speech therapy lesson on the label, plus the usual small stream-of-conscious blurb on the side (looks like this one will end in tears....).

Pours out a clear chestnut hue, tall off-white spongy head, which settles to a thin cap. Toasted malt, wood chips, Belgian yeast and candi sugar can be detected in the aroma, along with spices like black pepper and nutmeg. Very earthy, and nutty. The flavour is predominently sweet, honey and candi sugar, treacle, preserved fruits, some plum, and tends to get more woody, more earthy towards the finish. Indiscernable flavour of nuts on the finish. Sweet raisins and dates on the aftertaste. Excellent mouthfeel, smooth and velvety, has a backbone but is not too thick. A curious ale that is difficult to pinpoint, falls through some cracks and seems to switch and match with a few different styles, but all the more fun and interesting as a result. I could only handle one for an evening, far too sweet for me to go back for seconds in a row, but enjoyable while it lasts. I'd quaff it just for the sensation of that mouthfeel alone.

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a brownish red with a decent tan head that retains decently and leaves little streaks of lacing.
Smell is of malty, nutty, caramel, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the same aromas with a pleasant sugar and nutty bite to it.
Mouthfeel is ok. A bit chewy with sweetness and a borderline sourness that is detected.

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Photo of Zorro
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown beer with a light tan head.

Smell a little sweet and a little tart with a good spicy scent. Fruity mostly a tart apple scent. Mostly this beer is VERY spicy in scent.

Taste is malty with a lot of bready flavor. Lots of clove flavor, enough so that it actually numbs the tongue. Flavor of coriander and Oak I think. This very quickly becomes a dry ale dominated by spice and woody dryness.

Mouthfeel is good, but seems a bit heavy.

A drinkable beer but really better to serve with food that would complement the dry and spicy flavor. A good beer to substitute for Cabernet sauvignon.

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Photo of poluti
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a typical brown ale. It somewhat typical until it clears up a bit to a more orange amber color. Very nice lightly tanned head. The smell is a bit floral with a little too much alcohol coming through. It tastes thicker than was led on by the smell. Very sweet beer. It is very prominant on the tip of the tongue but well-balanced on the tongue and not a sour sweet. I enjoyed this beer and will probably have it again.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" tan head above the clear dark copper brew. Head fades with large popping bubbles like a ready-to-flip pancake, with average to good lacing. Aroma is effevescent light spices and malt. Taste is also spicy malts, with some bitterness at the close. Mouthfeel continues the trend of "pretty good", but drinkability is quite nice, going down agreeably and leaving you with an empty glass. Not too bad of an offering here, nice to see a special release from them that isn't over the top in one category or another.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah new seasonal from one of my favourite breweries!
22 oz bomber.
Very attractive burnt brown coloured ale with a smallish "coffee'n'creme" coloured head..great lacing down the glass.
The aroma is rather curious though..I certainlly can sense what they were trying to accomplish, but what no doubt is meant to be Belgian style spicy aroma comes off as dry roasted peanuts after a while..there is howeever some estery aromas that show through nicelly.
mmm nice Belgian spicy taste up front almost over whelming the caramel malts ..nice then it sort of breaks down near the end of the mouthful and goes bitter.
the mouthfeel was very velvety and pleasantly smooth.
Over all a really odd beer a brown ale with belgian hints..its taken me a half hour to decide ..yes I like this beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Watermelonman for the hookup! I am sampling a room temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany color with soft fluffy offwhite head of 1 cm that fades to a surface layer quickly.
Aroma is brown sugar, bready yeast, some dark fruit (plums), and cloves. QUite a complex nose that makes me want to take a sip.
Giving in I detect a medium body, very fine fizzy carbonation and silky texture. The flavor is sweet with brown sugar, cloves, and caramel, this rolls to a yeasty bready, dark fruit finish. The beer is ultra fizzy and makes me burp quite a bit. I think general spice and malt sweetness dominate the brew, which I find very enjoyable. Very easy drinker with no hint of ABV. I would buy if I saw in a store or bar.

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Photo of germaniac
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Any new Lagunitas brew is a must buy for me, so I was pleased to see this summer seasonal on the shelves of the Fresno BevMo. But at the same time, a small part of me was saying,"Summer? Belgian Dark? What the...." Having never sampled the Flanders Oud Bruin style of beer, I was at a loss what to expect.

Departed it's bottled state into a tulip glass. A dark brown with reddish highlights swirling about. Minimal off white head that vanished soon after.

Smells of malt and Belgian-like spices, fruity sweetness.

Tastes of malt and a light caramel swetness, with a slightly puckery, sour finish.

Decent, but I prefer #10 as a summer drinker. Maybe I'll try it again once the weather cools down a bit.

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Nuevo Noir from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 54 ratings