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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Photo of chance269
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: I bought this in Midtown Sacramento in the 22oz bottle...I'm always apt to buy any new Lagunitas beer, and as I can see by the number of reviews, this one is very new...hence the title. Poured into pilsner style glass.

Appearance: Deep amber/brown with a reddish hue. 1/2" head that dissipated fairly quickly...but leaves a decent lacing on the glass following each sip.

Smell: Sugary, fruity tones...for only being 6.3%, a good amount of alcohol smell permeates, but not in a bad way...enhances the hints of sugars and maltiness.

Taste: Some sweet malt tones, fruit zest...very subtle sourness in the aftertaste. Lacks the richness and complexity of similar styles like Trois Pistoles or Maredsous 8.

Mouthfeel: Definitely lacks the carbonation of imported Belgian ales...bubbles are much that respect, it doesn't live up to the style. But I still LOVE all beers by Lagunitas.

Drinkability: Goes down easy enough. I'd say after a 22oz. I'm ready for something else with a little more intensity and mouthfeel, like a Maredsous...but still this beer is a worth a try...

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Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

07-17-05- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dating. Poured into my Orleans pils style glass.

Appearance- Dark copper colored pour with a decent 3/4 inch head and minor lacing.

Smell- Lots of dark caramel malt and maybe smells like there may be a touch of sourness in the scent.

Taste- Hmmmm, I'm wondering if one of us (I or the first reviewer) got a bad bottle or maybe a different batch. Mine had no sourness whatsoever. In fact, it's very much on the sweeter side. Lots of roasted caramel and a decent amount of brown sugar. In fact, it's kinda like a real weak version of their Brown Sugga. Decent amount of hops as well.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation, a bit fuller mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Went down pretty easy. A good beer, but at least from the bottle I got, I would put in under a catagory that doesn't exist. Something like an imperial brown ale. Or a cross between a strong ale and a brown ale.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Mudite goblet, the head is nearly three quarter inches tall, off-white (almost tan), lots of pea-sized bubbles on the surface. Retention is decent, reveals a creamy consistency -- a solid but thin sheet sticks to the glass. Body is deep mahogany with slight ruby highlights. Smell: Nice waft of musty yeast, with a spine of orange zest and brown sugar, and simple sugars as well, and some grapefruit juice. Taste: Blunt profile of citrus rind bitterness, backed up by a puckering display if funky yeast and sour malts; aftertaste is an almost chocolate-like sweetness, a little oakiness (some wood for sure, and smoke) with the bitterness slowly receding. Leaves a nice sizzle on my tongue. Mouthfeel: Very wet, not as full as I would expect but this is a summer seasonal afterall; washes down with ease; middling carbonation. Another awesome seasonal offering from Lagunitas.

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Nuevo Noir from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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