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)

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Added by Med on 08-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 65
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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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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Photo of Sean9689
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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Photo of mcallister
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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Photo of Goliath
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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Photo of mdaschaf
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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Photo of THECPJ
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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Photo of chinabeergeek
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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Photo of jhoban19
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600ml (1 pint 4.3 ounces) bottle poured into a Hennepin goblet.

A: hazy, deep amber color with a foamy eggshell head that holds up well. Lacing is plentiful with each sip, but quickly retreats back into the liquid.

S: Loads of tart/sour fruit in the nose with more than a subtle hint of caramel. The caramel really starts to come out as it warms.

T: tart fruit and those sour notes are the first tastes that jump out of the glass and onto the palate. As with the aromas, hints of caramel are there at the outset but as the beer warms the caramel becomes more available. As the caramel flavors become stronger, my mouth waters with each sip.

M: Initially quite dry with the tart and sour aromas/flavors. As the caramel takes hold, a sweetness takes over that perfectly balances the sour. It's almost like a sour lemon tootsie pop. Medium body that becomes more syrupy (but never terribly thick) as I drink.

D: highly drinkable. At times beer with tart/sour flavors can be too much for me but Old Odense is a well-crafted and well-balanced brew. The flavors really linger, alternating between the tart and sweet, as I eagerly await the next sip. Old Odense is an excellent beer to enjoy after a hearty meal, particularly paired with dessert, or in lieu of it as I have done tonight.

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Photo of ndolover
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Very clear apple cider golden color, light tan head forms small colar and then quickly fades. No lacing

S: Lovly malt backbone that dances well with berry and dark fruit notes. Herbal notes of licorice and medicinal honey

T: More sour then I was expecting, lactic, with citrus notes. Berry, maple, odd herbal character.

M: Slick, with some fusal alcohols, medium mouthfeel and a shade on under carbonated for my taste.

Very unusual beer, and worth a try if you like oddities...but too sour for a beer with herbal and maple notes. Perhaps I had a bad example...but at $16 a bomber, I have a hard time thinking about getting it again.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an active fizzy head that forms then fades to a thin cap almost immediately. The beer is a hazy orange/amber color with scant visible carbonation. No lacing at all.

Aroma is sweet, slightly spicy and also a bit fruity.

Interesting flavor. Is it sweet? Is it tart? A little of both. Initial tart burst gives way to some nice sweetness with maple flavor. At this point you get some fruity esters and then some spice. There is a bit of a musty flavor here. This beer is much better as it warms. Some menthol flavors. (Is that the star anise?)

Slick with slight carbonation.

Interesting beer, one to slowly enjoy.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a tawny gold in my DFH glass. Head decent, easily roused with a few swirls.

Per the nose, you can just tell this is going to be an odd beer. A lot of Sam C's maple syrup, along with some undefined "sour berry" aroma. It smells sweet.

Yet it isn't sweet. I get a decent amount of sour cranberry with some medicinal bitterness. The label claims star anise....I know star anise would typically contribute a strong licorice taste, yet any licorice character is muted, confined to the sides of the tongue. It comes to a dry, bitter/sour finish. This is a very strange beer, unlike most others I've had. Yet there's a lot to pick out; it is complicated. Certainly not boring.

It sits on the palate a little syrupy, without being sweet.

This is the kind of beer you bring to a tasting with your fellow beer geeks. You're probably not going to want to pound the bomber yourself. It's a bit much. Interesting, no doubt, but a bit busy. But as I said, it's a good beer to bring to a tasting. A dab'll do ya.

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Photo of kegger22
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Old Odense ale is the color of old apple cider complete with the cloudiness. It has a modest off-white head with little retention. The aroma is also that of hard cider. It has the taste of over-ripe, sour apples. Maybe old cider that has gone off, but not yet hard. I cannot get any of the anise or maple syrup flavor out of it, and I'm not sure what thornberries taste like (on the label). I think I'll let this warm a little. The feel is light/medium bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability is so-so, the 20 oz I have is really more than I want.

Not bad, I just can't get over the hard cider comparison that I made. BTW, characteristics didn't change much after it warmed.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance- brown in color with rather high carbonation, decent appearance though not overwhelming

Smell- rich sugar and caramel up front on the nose, syrup smell, maple syrup, almost a slight tart smell even before the first sip

Taste- Unique beer flavor wise absolutely, mix of a very malty beer of molasses and sugar, and unique slight tart and sour finish very unique for sure cant say I have had one quite like it

Mouthfeel- actually a rather light and average mouthfeel

Drinkability- This beer brewed conjointly with dogfish brewer is unique and I have give it a few extra points for that, is overpriced as is there whole line but its interesting, a finish of sour and malt i can honestly say i havent had more then a hand full of times, not something id personally seek out but if you want try something different give it a shot

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

Pours a nice, dark reddish brown in color. Just the slightest bit of head forms on the pour.
Smell is very dark, ripe fruits and some tangy sourness as well.
Taste is very berry. Dark fruits are jumping out in the flavor. A nice amount of sourness comes along with it. This is a very nice surprise.
Mouthfeel is full, has a sourness twang to it and is quite enjoyable. This was quite an eye opener for me. We drank a lot of really good beers tonight and this one definitely stands out among the best I had.
Well done.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Collaboration with Sam from Dogfish Head. Brewed with star anise, blackthorn berries, maple syrup and herbs.

Pours into my glass a slightly hazy red orange with a quarter inch of bone colored foam on top that fades quickly. Aromas start out with a mixture of sweet maple syrup and herbs. Soured malts with a touch of caramel and licorice in the background. Fruit and pine tones as well along with an earthy essence overall. An odd mix of things going on here.

First sip brings sour and sweet flavors upfront with a nice mix of fruit flavors (cherry, citrus). Licorice, pine and syrup meld in together along with a mix of herbal, earthy flavors as well. Flows down spicy and dry with a lingering sour twang and a bit of syrupy slickness. Intriguing and ultimately tasty.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light with a bit of a syrupy slickness as well. Fast moving carbonation bursts across with each sip. Overall, an interesting sour gruit and something I've never really come across before. The syrupy aspect is a bit distracting to me and the price could have been a bit less, but overall it was an interesting brew.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Masterful creation, with no detectable hops. A good sourness supported by the spices, there is depth. Smooth, soft carbonation. Unfiltered. Good spice I like star anise and it was not an obstacle. Some soapy head, nice and off white, lacey. Spicey and sour and herbal aroma. In a word, balance.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, copper-brown, off-white head, thin ring of retention.

S: Tart berries with an unidentifiable herbalness.

T: Pleasant tartness, plenty of berry & fruit flavours, brown sugar & a herbal mix. I'm guessing this Gruit doesn't have hops, as the bitterness is undetectable. There's a little funk here, but somehow it still as a slight residual sweetness, which plays well with the fruitiness.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has some acidity and an off-dry finish.

D: Very engaging.

This is an eclectic brew that's reminiscent of gruit, sahti & even flanders brown!

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

A 500 mL bottle picked up at State Line.

A: The ale is a tawny shade of brown, a well-worn penny in my glass. A dark hue is just enough to render it opaque. A finger of head on pour didn't last long, leaving no trail behind it.

S: The nose has a prominent caramel malt firmness, sweet and grainy. A floral fragrance, not from hops, has a needle-like presence. Oh yeah, the nose is also notably sour, loaded with a funky saison-like weight.

T: The tartness in the nose isn't as strong in the body of the ale. Light flicking sourness is evident but it doesn't really make itself known. Anise and berries are evident, as is a brown sugar/maple syrup sweetness. The herbal side of the ale is nice, taking the place of the hops. An excellent ale that throws a lot of fruit flavors at you.

M: The mouthfeel is very lively, from the tart start to the fruit in the middle to the maple syrup in the finish.

D: An approachable ale that works better than most gruit-style ales. The flavors are full and diverse, making me want to go back for more.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy amber orange

S - Classic sour funk mixed with fruit

T - Not the funkiest sour beer, but has that classic twang. Light on sour, but there's a lot of fruit flavors in here that do well with the sourness.

M - High carbonation, champagne-like, and medium-light in body

D - I definitely like this one; would drink a lot of these if I could. Sam did a great job and its great to see a nice collaboration with a company that does some funky styles.

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