Old Odense | Nørrebro Bryghus

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Old OdenseOld Odense

Brewed by:
Nørrebro Bryghus

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Med on 08-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a tinge of apricot nectar; the modest head leaves a fair amount of dots and dashes

Smell: Caramel, maple, lactic sourness with apple and cherry elements

Taste: An initial layer of caramel and maple is layed down and lingers, throughout, but it serves as a platform for the lactic tartness and apple, cherry and lemon fruit flavors that build through mid-palate and dominate the finish; there are clearly herbal elements in the mix, but I would not have picked out the star anise without knowing it was in the mix

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied; somewhat nectar-like with low carbonation

Overall: It would have been interested to have tasted this when it was fresh to get a better sense of what the brewers intended; as it stands now, it is a bit tiresome to drink the full bottle

(Can't believe I saw this sell for $250 recently on eBay, particularly when it is still available for less than $20 off the shelves at West Lakeview Liquors - thanks to BOBPINCH666 for the heads up)

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Photo of jaysephx69
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy dark orange small bubbly head.

S: Sour cherry candy with lactic notes. Faint cinnamon with pronounced maple and vanilla. I get some apple as well.

T: Sharp sour cherry with a big lactic presence and notes of grain. Sweet and reminiscent of sour candy. There's a little maple in the flavor and a good deal of cinnamon.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: Unique and good.

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Photo of drperm
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased two bottles of this gem back in 2008 when it was available. Drank one soon after; cellared this one for 3 years. I'm kicking myself for not having reviewed the first bottle upon opening -- I'd love to compare tasting notes with the un-cellared version. I remember thinking it was delicious; that was about it.

Opened 12/17 2011. Enjoyed with tapas and a cheese/olive/pear/chorizo/almond plate. Pours (into an Allagash footed goblet) a rich solera-sherry colour; thin antique white foam rings the glass. Nose is rich in herbs and floral notes; roses predominate, along with sour cherry and maple sugar. The taste is pleasantly and complexly sour with a sweet twist. Figs, plums, rose oil, and biscuits with dark molasses or treacle come to mind.
If you ever come across any of these, snatch them up!
Impossibly smooth and almost smoky, this is a great winter brew and I'm sad that I don't have any more in my cellar. Great with tapas/antipasti and would work well with fruit desserts also.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of HopHead84
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Tim, thanks!

A: Hazy dark orange small bubbly head.

S: Sour cherry candy with lactic notes. Faint cinnamon with pronounced maple and vanilla. I get some apple as well.

T: Sharp sour cherry with a big lactic presence and notes of grain. Sweet and reminiscent of sour candy. There's a little maple in the flavor and a good deal of cinnamon.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: Unique and good.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sean.

A - Brownish red color beer with a bit of a white head.

S - Weird smelling beer, although not weird in a bad way. Smells like an apple cider with some honey and interesting spice.

T - A truly unique beer. Rich caramel, apples, a bit of apple tartness, apple cider, some nutmeg, honey. Not like anything I've had before, unless you're counting things that aren't beer.

M - Pretty much full bodied, with some moderate carbonation. Sticky finish.

O - Unique, I'd recommend trying this for everyone, you might like it.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle split with the usual suspects. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a brownish/reddish color, small white head, thin collar, bubbles on top, slight film as the cap.

S - Very sweet fruit forward, honey, syrup, caramel, malts. Some spices in there as well, but mostly just a sweet fruity note that overtakes pretty much everything else. Luckily, it's pleasant.

T - Like apple cider. Caramel, malts, sugars, fruity notes. Really though, it's just like a nice smooth apple cider. No real tart or sour notes for me, which I don't mind. Just an interesting beer that has a flavor profile like I've never had before.

M - Light to medium, syrupy feel, light carbonation.

O - An interesting beer that I found enjoyable and like nothing else. Would be outstanding paired up with some cheeses...good by itself too! Def worth a try, but I can see how this one is liked by some, and not liked by others. It's very...different.

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3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber and slightly hazy with a small white head rock solid and long lived. No lace.

Funky, barnyardy aromas, with anise, light maple syrup, wild berry,
brie cheese, some stone fruits, but mainly nectarine, also some tangerine.

Sour notes, a bit winey and grapey, raspberry, blackberry, wild berries, anise, maple, barnyard, honey suckle, tangerine, other fruity flavors, with some funk. A bit thin and lightly watery but not too bad. Odd beer and I believe my first Gruit.

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4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a thin off white head. The head receeds relatively quickly leaving nothing but a thin layer of bubbles.

The aroma is nice. It reminds me to a degree of a flanders red mixed with a scotch ale. There is a bit of sweet honey, some rich caramel, herbal tea, various spices, and the familiar aroma that a sour ale brings.

The taste is quite pleasant. There are rich malt tones giving caramel with honey and spice. Then on the finish the very pleasant taste of a sour ale. It's mouth watering tartness begging for another sip. It's really enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a very fine carbonation. It's almost still, but once you swallow a light tingle rushes over the tongue.

Drinkability is remarkably high. the flavor profile is very pleasant and extremely interesting which makes for a really nice experience. The ABV is moderately high, but it's well incorporated into this beer making for an easy drinker. It's hard to complain about this beer because it's different and that's a valuable experience.

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4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Was served at a vintage/rare tasting at the DFH Brewpub.

A: Old Odense was a reddish/brown with an orange tinge to it. Small off white head on top made up of fine bubbles. Not much lacing.

S: The maple syurp comes through, gives a nice sweetness, and intensifies as it warms. A surprising tart/sourness with cherries and apples.

T: The maply syrup is not as prominent in the flavor profile, which is dominated by the sour cherries and apples. It reminds me of a slightly sour apple cider actually.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, slightly sour.

O: Not sure if this beer was intended to sour over time, but I enjoyed it. Would have been nice to have had it fresh, but no chance that happens now! Seeing that there are some bottles out there, might try and get one!

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: I was fortunate to be at a tasting where this bottle was cracked.

Appearance: orangish red brown with a layer of bubbles

smell: maple syrup, sour cherries, apple,

taste: sour, tart, cherries, apple cider, brett

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very interesting beer lots of complex flavors in this beer. Wish I would of got to taste this one fresh to compare the differences.


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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dating on the neck:
TAP 140208
MHT 110210

from notes, tasted in june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

deep amber color w/ orange brown tint. clear if decanted 2cm. 1-finger off-white head, fades to wisps and ring. lacing forms on each sip, but always slides back down and never sticks.

aroma: fruity ripe apple, plums, cherries, with caramel maltiness and whiff of acidity. mild herbal and spice character in background.

taste: mild fruity acidity upfront, with malt and fruit giving balancing sweetness. a mild, trace bitterness, with herbs and faint spice peeking through the lightly sweet finish, dried out by acidity. trace of funk as it warms, and in the dregs, in both aroma and taste.

light to medium body, with crispness from acidity and lightly fizzy carbonation.

nothing spectacular and a bit pricey for what you get. but glad i got to try it, and if they ever make it again, it's worth a shot just once.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to phillyduke for bringing this to what would later be called our "Duly Noted Tasting." A collaboration with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head.

The color is orangey garnet, the head is minimal. As I pour this into my glass, the texture looks slightly syrupy. I haven't had a ton of gruits, but this looks appetizing.

The aroma is extremely interesting and inviting. Wild honey, funky berry notes, caramel, toffee, and some vanilla that tastes markedly different than barrel-aging-induced vanilla. The taste is very similar with an addition of some wild sourness. I also find some hard-to-pin fruity esters, which I enjoy thoroughly. In my opinion, this gives the Cafe Amsterdam 20th Anniversary Gruit a run for its money.

The mouthfeel brings on nice carbonation despite the flat-looking pour. There is a medium texture, similar to my initial impression upon the pour. No flavor is too over-the-top, and that makes this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken on 6/6/10

A - Pours a clear amber with a thin & creamy white head. No lacing.

S - I feel like 100 different people would give 100 different descriptions for what this beer smells like. I get a lot of sweetness - molasses and dates with a heavy dose of spices and a dark berry profile. Very interesting.

T - More molasses and honey sweetness and more spices (anise?). There's a unique sour berry flavor that I suppose is attributed to the thornberries (whatever the hell that is) and a bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied, slightly oily. My least favorite aspect.

D - Split the bottle with a few friends, glad to have tried it but I was happy with my portion. Obviously very complex but this definitely got a bit cloying for me. Wouldn't mind tracking down another bottle, though, just to try it with a different palate.

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