Nuevo Noir | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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
Photo of travolta
2.62/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Apperance: Red, chocolate, and dark cherry in color. A medium sized pillowy head, with moderate retention.

Nose: BBQ, roasted meat, some slight citrus afterwards.

Taste: Nutmeg, caramel, coffee, fig.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, lgith in carbonation.

Notes: Perhaps a good beer to convince your friends to try craft brews with.

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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 kennyo
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a Laganutis fan, everything is way sweet except the Irish Red but I figured to try this seasonal, 22oz bottle

nice clean/clear beer, brown in color, lots of carbonation, light tan head that disapates after a while. Toasty malt aroma, and yes, candy sugar sweetness, caramel flavor.

This beer definitely holds true to the Laganitus sweet beer style.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled April 2007
Notes of toasted chocolate, and browned bread crust greet my nose as I pour this beer. This is quite a bit more aromatic than I was expecting and, without yet inspecting the aroma, seems to even have a lightly funky edge to it. The beer pours with a two-finger thick, amber-tinged, tan colored head and the beer is a brilliantly clear, concentrated amber color that is quite pretty to look at in the light. Upon further inspection, the aroma is quite a bit more fruit focused; notes of caramelized raisins and figs are quite prominent. Underneath the fruitiness is that initial note of malt. Really the aroma is quite sticky, and a bit too fruity smelling for me.

Lightly sweet up front, it picks up more sweetness as it moves across the palate. The sweetness makes me think I am drinking something like raisin, or even prune juice. Underneath this fruit character are notes of caramel malts, lightly toasted grain and a browned crusty bread character; This malt character is not really noticeable enough to balance the over the top sweet and fruity notes though.

This beer certainly mimics many Belgian beers, it just happens these are the ones I don't like. They are too sweet and syrupy for me, and they are lacking in the yeast-derived complexity of the truly great Belgian Ales.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to Crotor and BIF 16 for the chance to sample this one.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear ruby color fading to light carmel on the edges. A dishwater sudsy white head develops and quickly disappears.

Smell: Belgian tripel yeasty funk, wheat bread, rye, and some cloves. Not particularly inviting to me.

Taste: Light cloves, Belgian yeast, a touch of sweet carmel, finishing again with strong cloves and a touch of ginger. Reminds me of a winter warmer.

Mouthfeel: Thin and almost watery. The spices leave a presence on the palate but that's about it.

Drinkability: I can't imagine re-visiting this. An interesting twist on a style but kind of misses the mark for me. Oh well.

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Photo of grindcore666
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 poured into my cheap snifter. Chestnut in color. Smell is nutty, very nutty - with some mild alcohol characteristics as well.

Essentially tastes how it smells. Burnt nuts. Copper. Not much more I can pick out since it's not a complex taste. I'm not too impressed.

The aftertaste retains some of the copper (which I do not like), tastes metallic. Otherwise, above par in the mouthfeel category. Creamy. Light to Mid body. Not heavy at all. Mostly sweet.

This was an OK beer from Lagunitas, they can do so much better though - and I was expecting them to pull through. Oh well.

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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 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 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 bjohnson
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a burgandy maroonish color with a slight one finger white fizzy head that dissipates to about a half pretty quickly. Fizzy bubbles continue to come up from the bottom.

S: Aromas of caramel and dark fruit with a good malt background that balances the smell out nicely.

T: Tastes of caramel and dark fruit combined with wheaty malts Slight banana flavor also--consistent with belgiums. Body is medium to light and not too complex. Aftertaste is minimal to bland, kind of watery.

M & D: Mouthfeel and drinkability are both ok on this offering from Lagunitas. The brown ale style of belgium is a new one for me, and although I thought it was interesting, there could have been more body and flavor. This is drinkable because its smooth and light bodied, but would get something else from Lagunitas first.

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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 edmundfitzoil
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this "Belgian Style Brown Ale" in a brown 22 oz. bomber bottle. No freshness date was to be found on the label, but it did list the IBU's for the beer, which I found kind of helpful. I poured mine into a snifter glass.
The beer itself poured a light brown color, close to not even being able to be acceptably called brown, not the expected black or even brown color I had hoped for. The head poured foamy, but it dissipated quickly and left an offwhite ring of foam around the edges of the glass. The beer smelled heavily of toasted malt and lightly of roasted nuts as the medium carbonation brought the bubbles to the surface. I was impressed by the aroma. The beer covered the tongue with the expected warmness and unagressive brown ale taste with a body on the lighter side of medium. The 6.3% abv is readily tasted but not overpowering.
The beer is pretty drinkable, but nothing I'll be returning to too often. A good choice though, but there are better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of charlatan
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chestnut to red colour with a decent mottled head. Smells of rotting banana skins and flour (or maybe dough if I'm being very generous). This is bad enough to be offputting, but I have learned not to trust my nose, particularly where Belgian style beers are concerned.

Lovely sweet malt flavour starts the ball rolling before typical Belgian banana and clove kick in as the initial carbonation dies down in my mouth. The sweetness is always there though, so the Belgian element never becomes overwhelming. I've never had a brew with close to this combination before, and I have to say it is surprisingly tasty. My stomach says one 22 oz bottle is more than enough.

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

Presentation: Snapped up off the shelves at Hollingshead Delicatessen, like all of the new Lagunitas Seasonal Releases I will always try them. The usual cartridge paper main label has the typical Lagunitas look. Labelled as “Lagunitas Nuevo Noir Ale”, small italic script underneath has the phrase “Say; “no-WAY-vo no-WAR”” a very clever play on words that may be missed by many that don’t look close enough or even get it. The main label proudly states that this is “A Belgium Style Brown Ale” and that it is 6.3% ABV.

Appearance: Chestnut brown superbly polished body which has an intense crystal clarity. Lovely soft carbonation has an average level but the foamy head retains its presence, the off-white dirty head sits proudly above the body of the beer and it has some serious testicles and stays around with an intense longevity.

Nose: Caramel fused malts start the ride but sweetness rises in the centre. The ending reveals some sweaty sock Clovis like Belgian spices and a dark wheaty feel in the nasal passage.

Taste: Starts with a malty ensemble of caramel and dark wholemeal breads. The middle is classic Brown with some light spices and a dry finish. Spicy lingering ending with some rising alcohol feel which warms a little.

Mouthfeel: Thin start which prejudices any expectation of a Belgian Style Brune somehow. The spicy malts and dark sugars lend some credence to the mouth, yet the feel is somehow lacking something special, it reminds me of sub-par Bruin/Brune found in many a new wave Belgian Brew Pub.

Drinkability: Not that bad, but I found the whole beer to be rather flaccid to be honest. Lacking in appeal and underwhelming.

Overall: Listed as a ‘Flanders Oud Bruin”, naahhh, mee thinx not, this is a standard run-of-the-mill Brown at worst, a Belgium Dark Ale at best, the Belgian influence is there but it feels more like that from a Wit and/or Dubbel. In fact the whole brew has a Belgian spicy Brune cum Weizenbock feel to it.

Not bad, but not one of my favorite Lagunitas brews.
Barely above Average at best.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bomber...

This offering poured with a light, airy, off-white head and a deep mahogany in color. Actually, when held up to the light, a ruby red tinge is present. There's a sticky sweetness to the nose, maybe some caramel with a touch of clove. Its medium-heavy in body, standard for the style. There are intermingling flavors here, most notably are the tobacco stickiness and the subtle black licorice notes. It has a real candied feel overall. Some peppery notes perk your interest midway through the beer. However, it seems like it lacks some depth. It finishes somewhat creamy and mostly sugary sweet. But even the finish is watered down a bit. Not the best interpretation, I feel it could have been more carefully crafted.

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Photo of rowew
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. ABV, pronounciation guide, phone number, and a novella are all included on the label, but date information is excluded.

Appearance: Pours reddish brown with no haze, and a white head of small bubbles that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet belgian yeast, maybe a hint of candy sugar. Slight banana aroma - very belgian smelling.

Taste: The most noticable taste aspect is the yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, carbonation level is low. Other than that the flavor seems a bit lacking.

Overall impression: This one has all the pieces in place, but the sum is a bit less than stellar. Nothing particularly wrong with it, it just doesn't add up to a great beer.

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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 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 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 taez555
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark yet clear reddish brown body with a small white tan head.

Nose had a very sweet, classic Belgian, yeast, dark fruit, sugary smell.

Taste was medium to full bodied. Very malty with an almost biscuit note. Hints of spice. Surprisingly water. Yeast, caramel and mild fruit. There’s a nice even bitterness, not overly done, just there.

Stylistically I thought this beer reminded me more of an America Pale Ale mixed with a Belgian Brown. A decent session beer, but not really a Belgian brown.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby hues and a frothy off white head. The head thins rather quickly and leaves only thin lacing on the sides.

Smell: Floral with a strong yeasty aroma and the ripe scent of a wheat beer.

Taste: Wheaty wit ha caramel and brown sugar. Some molasses-like syrup flavor comes in along with a big banana flavor, berries, clove, and nutmeg. The flavor has the banana of a wheat beer, the caramel of a barleywine, and spices of a winter ale. Not a bad combo for sure.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and chewy with a medium body and average carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice unique flavor with the bigtime banana flavor and a sweet wheat flavor.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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