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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A definite English brown, with session low 4.5%, English malting and some yeast. I succesfully employed this 500 ml. as a dessert beer. Though on the sweet side, a bit of bitterness to offset, yeast making an easy smooth mouthfeel and a bit like a Belgian without the want or need for spice. A good ezample of the style, though cross stytle. Found in full English at Oak Tree in New Jerey.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown with a big, thick, firm, dense and lovely tan head.

Nose is big assertive, full and rich brown sweet pumpernickel with light carmel, mapel and toffee character.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery but with a nice balance and which is overcome by full big and clean coffee flavors.

Big black espresso character, flavor and bitter finish. Coffee character in all respects. This is a big brown ale.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After just sampling the Nogne Pale Ale, this one fares much better in comparison. A hearty malt profile brings a big boast of toasted malts, mild roastiness, caramel malts, chocolate and a touch of milkiness. The hops deliver a great bitter balance, but with a spicy, floral, pine, citrus character that doesn't interfere with the delicate malt blend. Again, a beer that is very English in nature, but with the bold hopping of American Browns. The beer nearly reaches Porter styles and a hint of Dry Stout in the roasted side. A beautiful Brown Ale.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, light nuttiness, light coffee, herbal, light fruitiness, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, light coffee, herbal, light fruitiness, and roast/yeast earthiness. Light earthy/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, dark bread, brown sugar, light coffee, light fruitiness, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice session Brown ale. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with a medium dirty white foamy head with adequate retention. Aroma of nutty malt with light roasted malt also being noticeable. Taste is a mix between some great nutty malt with a light bitter finish. Texture is quite creamy with a nice full body and medium carbonation. Overall, I thought this was a nice tasting brown ale which is not something I usually say a bout brown ale and somewhat similar to Rogue Hazelnut.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Deep Dr. Pepper. Creamy dusting of head. Nice lace.

S - Mild aroma. Light booze and dried dark fruits.

T - Dark coffee, brazil nuts. Lightly toasted malts.

M - Watery mouthfeel is really disappointing. The flavors could really shine if they had a body to stand on.

O - Good flavor and balance, but the mouthfeel really hurts this one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, nuts, maple, caramel and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced and isn't as heavy or sweet as most brown ales. There are flavors of maple, caramel, nuts and a touch of smokiness. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean in a style that is usually kind of sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is really good sessionable beer with a lot of flavor and substance to it that makes it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium to darker brown with alot of reddish orange tinge,a fluffy two finger slight off white head atop that settled into a nice creamy mass.Full English malt aromas,caramel and brown sugar dominate with an underlying fruitiness,a tinge of mineral as well,the hops are faint with a shot of leafiness.Lighter mouthfeel wich could be expected for the style,flavors of malty goodness (yeah I am a hophead),brown sugar and caramel flavors with a noticeable lightly roasted nut note,again the hops are faint in a leafy finish.A real nice brown ale,one of the best I have ever had,well done.

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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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moderate, but quickly dying head; leaves good lace, though. Ruby mahoghany brown. Light does penetrate, appears to be clear.

Nice bittersweet chocolate; inviting; no discernible hop.

Nice dark chocolate flavor. relatively thin bodied with a high carbonation. Unsweetened cocoa is the lingering aftertaste.

This is an easy beer to drink. It is delicious but weak in body.

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

Nut brown with generous orange highlights. A strong blast of sunshine shows the beer to actually be an especially stunning shade of vermilion. The khaki colored crown is a mass of sticky bubbles that liberally coat the glass with thick sheets of... sticky bubbles.

The nose is solid as well. I'm sure it helps that the brewery has decided to use authentic English ingredients; like Maris Otter malt for instance. Each deep inhale delivers an enticing combination of earthy-sweet brown malt and spicy hops. According to the label, Crystal (a Hallertau variant) is the only hop in use. Well done.

I like Nogne beer, it's that simple. Brown Ale is a classic English brown ale that could just as easily have been brewed in Britannia as in Norway. In fact, it's better than quite a few British browns that I've had (leaving aside the question of whether a lack of freshness played any part in some of those opinions). It's clear that these guys have done their homework.

If I could change one thing and one thing only, I'd give the beer a more sturdy malt backbone. Having said that, I understand that all styles don't need to be rich and full, especially 4.5% brown ales. The flavor profile is right on the money though. I taste malt that has been more heavily roasted than is usual, bringing out notes of ground coffee beans, cocoa and charred nuts.

From what I've experienced so far, this brewery seeks to join the current trend of hopping beer beyond the traditional levels. I'm more than okay with that as long as things don't get out of hand. There's quite a bit of hoppiness in this offering, but it isn't even close to over the top. All those hops give the beer a snappy zestiness that most browns lack.

The mouthfeel barely earns the score that it has received. Again, given the style and the ABV, I've tried to keep my expectations from being unreasonably high. The biggest positives are that the mouthfeel increases (immediate) drinkability and (long-term) sessionability.

I had a feeling that Nogne Brown Ale wouldn't be as good as Nogne Porter. Of course, that's my big beer bias and my style bias talking more than anything else. As far as I'm concerned, this Norwegian brewery can do no wrong. I can't wait to crack the cap on Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle at Bruisin Ales last week, a steal on sale that night. I had not had it before, so needless to say it was long overdue! Served cold, right out of the fridge and decanted into a tall pilsner glass. Consumed 11/15/2008.

The pour was very nice with a deep, dark, opaque brown color coming out of the bottle right away. Rich looking with hardly a drop of light coming through. A small head of maybe a half an inch of off white foam then rose up from the bottom and settled down effortlessly with thick and coating lacing.

The aroma was really very well done I have to say. Rich notes of roasted malts and hints of chocolate were riddled throughout. Really a very big aroma here with some nice touches of caramel and a touch of a woodsy peat like aroma. The flavor was very nice as well. Warming, with a rich chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Very coating, though I have to admit it did come across a touch light on the feel for me. Nice carbonation and this left a long lasting flavor on the tongue, roasted malts and a touch of a vinous hop that served to string it out even further.

Overall I thought this was an excellent brown ale. Another solid offering from an always solid brewery. It seems I just cannot go wrong with these guys.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a fairly dark brown close to black color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a slow pace. Wafty wisps of lace. The aroma had some sweet and toasty malts, light roast. Some milk chocolate and caramel and then a light coca cola, I usually get that in their beers, not sure why. The flavor leans sweet but a sly earthy to semi-spicy bitterness from the hops makes a decent effort to balance. Doesn’t exactly for the most part. Sly coca cola to nutty and caramel aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Sly carbonation. ABV felt fine. Overall, decent brown ale leaning towards the English style and sticking to the normal quality of Nogne.

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

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice small tannish creamy head, which leaves some nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, nice tones of toffee/chocolate. The taste is very slightly sweety, nice and malty, with some toffee/chocolate tones. Medium body, with a nice slightly dry/bitter finish. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, as are all Nogne I've had to date, recommended.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark ruby brown in color with a 1" head that falls slowly. Some spots of lace develops.

Smell: roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of nuts.

Taste: bread-like with caramel, brown sugar, some prune sweetness, and some very mild nuttiness. Simple but hits the mark.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Very brief aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: definite session brown ale. Great flavor and easy to quaff.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted scent that boasts of chocolate and brown malts with just a bit of caramel sweetness. The English yeast adds a dry character and a faint hint of esters. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, caramel and roasted flavor that goes down easy and finishes quite dry. There is some prickly carbonation in there as well. The yeast imbues some interesting character as does the hops. It has a mild bitterness as well as a light English yeast character. I would have prefered an American yeast to this one. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a bit too much CO2. This is a damn tastey beer. I love the malt bill and hop content.

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Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 169 ratings