Brown Ale | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
11º P, 27 IBU

Added by Sigmund on 11-12-2003

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Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of p-wagz
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of wsfletch
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of patelc75
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was superb, not too heavy for dark brown ale. The right amount of chocolate and caramel. Perfect hops. They use Crystal hops, I think, but I don't know if those are supposed to be good or not. I got it at Spuytin Duyvil's shop in the mini mall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Nice shop if you've never been.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown colour, slightly hazy, some sediment, good head. Lovely aroma of caramel, cedar wood, nuts and cookies. Flavour is nutty and biscuity with burnt edges. Not too sweet. Aftertaste has some bitterness with burnt notes. (Some might not like the burnt part, but I do!) If Newcastle Brown is your idea of a brown ale, you're in for a surprise!

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Photo of Bradv77
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of albern
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional English style Brown Ale. It looks great, with a nice dirty brown matte color with a nice tan creamy smooth head, good retention and lacing. The nose on the beer is a delight. Roasted malts, crystal malts, florals, plum flavors, maybe some fig as well. There is tons going on in the aroma, with some caramels and bready malts underneath as well.

The taste is first rate. This is one of those low ABV beers with tons of character. The beer is medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth as silk, nice and milk chocolatey creamy. There is a nice cocoa flavor, chocolates, mocha, roasted malts, brown malts, maybe a slight hint of some dark cherry chocolate as well. The beer is a touch drying with a bit of hop in the finish to bring the beer to a wonderful culmination. This one is a really nice offering from a brewery that has some very nice beers. Seek this one out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of 3leggeddub
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into standard pint glass.

Way darker brown than your average brown ale; almost black really. A half inch tan head from initial pour thins to barely a covering. Add to that fairly large bubbles from the carbonation and at first glance you could mistake this for a glass of Coke. There's a nice earthy aroma with a hint of cocoa to it. It's so enticing it makes up for the general cola appearance which may dissuade some folk. The overall body is a bit on the thin side and the carbonation is somewhat sharp, but neither of these factors are enough to really diminish the experience. The taste is full of gorgeous malt offering up bittersweet chocolate and some nice roasty, nutty notes. There is only a hint of hop bitterness at the end that cuts the sweet malt from getting to be too much.

Nøgne Ø has kept things interesting yet simple with their English Brown Ale. There are a lot more flavors going on in here than what you tend to expect from a brown ale, but at the same time they are very controlled and never come over the top. This beer helps to dispel the idea that to be flavorful or complex a beer needs to be a double this, imperial that, or an alcohol bomb. At 4.5% ABV it's ridiculously tasty and drinkable for the long haul; exactly what a session beer should be. A great little beer that is not trying to be in your face in any respect, but it should be in your fridge and preferably in your belly. Highly recommended as it is my current favorite go-to beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. It may be closer to a porter than a brown ale, but whatever it is, it's delicious.

The beer pours to a very dark brown color, almost black. Small off white head with decent retention. Little to no lacing.

The smell is very chocolatey and roasty. A bit of a chalkiness from highly kilned malts. A hint of caramel and toffee.

The taste is great. Great chocolate flavor and some black patent malt, but little roast. Nice coffee flavor. Very rich. There is very little hops bitterness, but there is a great piney, herbal English hops flavor in the finish. Mouthwatering. This is one of the most sessionable beers I've had in a while.

The body is fairly thick for such a mild ale. Crisp carbonation. Dry finish with great coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Extremely drinkable. I will definitely drink more of this in the future.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed, brownish -amber with a beige head that thins to a film. The aroma is pleasantly malty with notes of dark fruit, sharp spice and a hint of coffee and possibly chocolate.

Despite the maltiness this beer isn't too sweet. There are caramel and dark fruit notes on top of a toasty base. It moves through to a bit of alcoholic spiciness, which when combined with the maltiness gives it a boozy quality. The finish is woody with a light roasty bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Soft and smooth on the palate, medium-bodied and moderately carbonated.

Not too heavy and well balanced. A great session beer.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a pretty clear brown hue, head is 3-fingers of active tan froth that quickly bubbles down,
S- Smooth and crisp roasted malts, nutty tones, touches of chocolate and caramel, hints of alcohol
T- Taste is driven by roasted malts, with a fair portion of coffee and bitter chocolate flavors, nutty presence, finishes slightly sweet
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, active carbonation
D- I have a nostalgic place for brown ales and this one is solid all around, i really like the nut-driven roasted malt profile, and this is highly drinkable at less than 5%abv, I could drink this all night long!!!

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark mahogany tea with a creamy colored head.

Aromas are rich with candied malts (not too sweet), dark chocolate, and mild coffee.

Taste is exactly the same as the aromas. Very rich and perfectly blended never getting sweet..just wonderful flavors of candied roasted malts, dark chocolates, mild coffee and a very pleasant drying.

Perfect mouthfeel for the style and mildly chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to irishevans for bringin this to la crib.

Pours a dark dark brown, with red highlights behind the light. Fluffy head fades pretty quick and leaves nice lacing.

nose is light, smells yorkshirish but nuttier.

Whoa! was not expecting that strong of a roasted flavor. Roasted malt is dominant with almost some espresso but not quite. Very nice taste with an awesome smokiness.

Thin carbonated mouthfeel, but ok. Drinkability is quite high. I am suprised they dont call this a nut brown, as it has some roasted nut flavor.

Better than I expected, another good one from those crazy norweigans at nogne. And props for choosing a brewery name us americans can pronounce unlike handlblhgygerieitijglajjtgiweit and their dark force.

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Photo of Jayli
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice deep dark brown, held against the light gives slight deep mahogany hues. Almost a three finger thick foamy head with decent head retention, wispy lacing is left on the glass. Nose is of chocolate, caramel malts, slight toastiness. Taste is of chocolate, toffee, caramel. The malt presence is dominating but not overpowering. There is a earthiness and spice to it the malts that balance out the taste. Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side, however the taste is so robust that it almost thickens the body so that it's not too filling but extremely satisfying. Decent carbonation, smooth body clean finish. This is beyond a sessionable ale - great drinkability, great taste, I would sit with this beer all day.

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Photo of Gusler
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour reveals a clear brown body with a creamy light tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving a complete cover upon the glass. Nose has a black walnut like sweetness, hints of caramel and hops, malt earthiness also noted, quite clean and refreshing. Start has a perfect malt presence, sweet with a modicum of bittering hops at the back, medium in feel. Finish has a masterful acidity, the hops pleasantly spicy, sweet and tart, dry aftertaste, a really nice representative to the style.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of head, but some very good lacing.

S: Not a particularly aromatic beer, but did smell of roasted malt and a sugary element.

T: An excellent taste of roasted malt, brown sugar and a slight tinge of alcohol. Also, like most browns, this beer had a pronounced nutty flavor.

M: A fairly high amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a solid, drinkable version of an English brown ale. Easy to drink and complex.

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Photo of Twerknasty
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark movie blood red color. Contains little head. Smells like a dark bitter apple covered in walnuts, toffee, and a slight bit of vanilla. The palate rolls up and starts doing work with sweet spicy choclate with some dark cherries on a background of vanilla and even smokey characteristics. The finish leaves nuts in the back of the throat, buahaha! Although, im actually serious. Good entry, excellent composition and overall a well put together beer. I'd recommend it!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's comes a 500 ml bottle. On to the beer:

Very dark brown in color. There are ruby red hues found at the bottom of the glass. The head on top is big and billowy, and the retention is excellent. The aroma greets the nose with a bouquet that is seductive, full of toasty, toffeeish aromas, semi-sweet chocolate, nuts, all while being sugar coated.

In the mouth, it tastes like a classic English Brown, despite the label description of the hops being New World. Soft waves of nuts push onto the palate voer and over. Dry toffee, soft yeast, a faint squirt of hops and tea, mellow....nice. Despite a 4.5% ABV, the mouthfeel shows some semblance of meat on its bones. Texture is very smooth with a light buzz of carbonation. Drinkability? Yep, it's got that going for it.

A good interpretation of a classic brown ale from a relatively new brewery. Well worth a try.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big light tan head, micro-micro bubbles, lots of snap, crackle, pop. Brown body with light ruby red highlights, hints at translucence.

Chocolate and coffee aromas, pleasant, enticing, without being as powerful as a stout or porter.

Taste begins with a highly enjoyable semi sweet malt, which slides gracefully across the tongue, before being quickly engulfed by coffee and chocolate. Sweetness is blunted by a crisp hop snap at the swallow. Hop tingle continues into the aftertaste, dancing along the remaining mocha notes.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, almost but not quite slick, and in keeping with it being a brown ale and not a porter/stout.

High drinkability, sessionable. Shame I have only one.

Purchased on a combination of recommendation and the attitutde of "hey, I've never had a craft beer from Norway", overall a highly enjoyable surprise. Try if you have a chance.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of light brown head on top of an opaque, brownish-black body. Good retention and nice, thick lace.

S - Dark toffee aroma with brown caramel and some coffee. A hint of spicy hops and licorice.

T - Light coffee flavors with lots of caramel and toffee. The caramel notes intensify towards the middle and then transition to darker malt with more coffee and some light, spicy hops in the finish. Moderate malt bitterness with some hop notes balance the malt. Coffee notes linger on the palate along with some light licorice.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Nice and drinkable with a great malt character. The dryness of the beer really works well with the coffee. It is a bit on the dark side for a brown ale; it borders on being a porter.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon seeing Nøgne Ø products were available at Green's, I leapt unto the first bottle I could get my hands on like it was a free hooker. It happened to be the Brown Ale.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany body with a lush, though diminishing, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: A very wooden, almost timber-like aroma with plenty of roasty, smoked nut scents; mainly walnut and bitter hickory nuts. Only fainty chocolaty, with hints of dry, dusty cocoa powder.

Taste: Appreciably nutty flavor with earthy undertones of smoke and unsweetened cocoa. A twinge of sweet caramel and a pinch of herbaceous hops surfaces near the dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: And after having finished it, I know I'm better for it. Furthermore, I think we all learned something today, didn't we.

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Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium brown with a thickish white, fizzy head that slowly fizzles down to a small, odd-shaped patch, before eventually disappearing.

The smell is of chocolate, toffee, nutty with an earthy, spicy backing. Smells like a good brown ale, to me.

The taste is quite a complex maltiness, without overwhelming - chocolate, toffee, caramel. An earthy/fruity spiciness gives it a great balance while keeping the maltiness upfront. Finishes with a touch of balanced caramel sweetness.

It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied. A tad thin, but more than acceptable for a modest abv, more "sessionable" brown ale. Works well here. Medium-carbonation adds to smoothness.

Oh so drinkable - and versatile, as it could stand alone well, or accompany something like a hamburger/cheeseburger. I love the way this brewery incorporates an American hop touch to a rich English maltiness, and pulls it off so well. Kudos to them.

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Photo of atis
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky dark brown with dense brownish head, ok retention, head fades to patchy layers at the top. Aroma is strong and pleasant roasted coffee, some floral hops.

Taste is bittery roasted coffee, some herbal hops, dark chocolate with medium-dry finish and sweet malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is about medium with average carbonation.

Overall, quite interesting and surprisingly hoppy for English Brown Ale. Although I found it strange in the beginning, just after a few sips I started to enjoy it more and more.

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Photo of theformula
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to GeorgiaBeer for the trade!
Beer# 37 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/6. My 2nd out of 6 styles from Nøgne Ø.

A: Pours a dark garnet body that's nearly opaque. A large, light tan head holds up very well. Spotty lacing left over.

S: Nice aroma for the style, like it already. Milk chocolate malts carry most of the aroma, along w/ a moderate roasted character. Some caramel and very light hops in the background, but the hops are pretty quiet.

M: Med. body, low carbonation. Like the Winter Ale the M.F. is full, very soft and smooth.

T: It may be a trademark of Nøgne Ø, but the aroma never seems to relay the big flavors. Great balance. Roasty malts give away great chocolate notes w/ caramel and a little brown sugar. A bit of grainy bitterness hangs on. A moderate dose of grassy, leafy hops provide a welcome bitterness, but could be beefed up a bit. Finishes really clean, just a light cocoa fade.

D: A very good, solid English-style brown ale, I'd gladly make this a regular in the stash. Effortlessly drinkable. A little thin in the middle. This is made for the pub and pub food. Another winner from those crazy Norge folks.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant deep chestnut under a 1” – 1.5” creamy head that dissipates to a film but leaves good lacing.
S: This has dark caramelly malt aromas
T: Caramel malt with traces of chocolate fades to a mildly bitter finish with a slight granny astringency.
F: Creamy medium body and carbonation.
O: A very drinkable, full flavored brown ale.

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