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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 -4.4%
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 -9.6%
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 BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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 nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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 oberon
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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 +3.9%
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 mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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 vfgccp
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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 jwc215
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite a dark brown with a relatively thin head. Quite roasty, maybe a bit more than usual for the style, getting closer to a porter in aroma. A good bit of sweetness in the end. Still delicious whatever style it is. Quite roasty again in the taste as well as a bit bready and with a hit of minerality in the finish. A bit bitter as well and definitely not sweet- I'd say this is more American style than English. Spicy mouthfeel, a bit prickly even, and relatively robust for a brown. Quite good- this a fairly intense brown, and a good example of how extreme a low abv style/beer can be in flavor and substance.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2007
This beer has quite the malt focused aroma to it. Notes of freshly toasted grain, browned bread crust, browned biscuits and even some roasted soda cracker notes make up the dry malt aromatics. On the sweet side there is a touch of caramelized malt sugar aromas towards the finish. The beer pours with a one-finger thick, tan colored head that disappears fairly quickly. The beer itself is a deep, opaque, burnt amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, ruby red color when held up to the light. Something that I can’t quite place, seems a bit off putting in the aroma; I think it is the mix of malts used in this recipe, but can’t quite place it. Luckily it is a very low level and is not all that perceptible.

The beer has a medium full heft to it that sticks to the palate and coats the mouth with browned, caramelized sugars. Only lightly sweet despite this, the malt has a complex, concentrated, but obviously dark malt (from both crystal and other, more roasted malts) induced flavors. The rich malt notes accentuate hints of fruit character that leans towards raisins, dried berries (is that some hop character coming through) and perhaps a touch of fig. The beer finishes a touch on the thin side and has a touch of bitterness to it that lingers along with a bit of herbal hop character. Also in the finish is a touch of dark grain astringency, which adds a touch of acidity to the finish as well.

This is a tasty beer, one which is definitely enjoyable.

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

Pours with a light brown, three-finger head that goes slowly to a thin layer and leaves a good lace. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Deep mahogany color. Nose is mellow chocolate. Flavor is molasses/chocolate, hints of a bitter finish. Nice brown. $5.20 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a chestnut brown from the bottle while in the glass appeared a dark chocolate coloring with a cushy and foamy tan head that exhibited a very good retention. A broken collar that was moderately thick in width was left behind.

S: The nose displayed a good sense of fresh chocolate shavings along with a slight dryness of roasted grains. Also present were light lingering notes of chocolate milk and fresh cocoa powder. The strength started out promising enough but after several minutes was diminished to an elusive scent fading into obscurity. Was nice while it lasted only wish it hung around longer to be appreciated.

T: The flavor was lightly creamy in nature with a mixture of chocolate malts with a soft, fresh roastediness. Perhaps it was a bit thinner then anticipated considering maris otter was used as a base malt. Moments of roasted barley and smoky peat were well recognized along with light coffee notes. The flavor seemed almost like a mixture between a brown and a scotch ale with a bit of burnt caramel sweetness and smoky appeal added in. There were instances of a spicy hopping, almost like what you would find in a Belgian trippel, but was lightly noted, added little to the enhancement, and not as dominant as advertised. The finish finds a closing of smoky peat character along with some milky chocolate grains that produce a bitter-sweet farewell. The alcohol, whatever it may have been, contributed a very soft warming but never revealed itself to be more then of sessionable quality.

M: The mouthful had a light to medium consistency, again a tad disappointing and surprising not only per style, but because maris otter grains were used which usually impose a thick creamy body, something this was definitely lacking. Light traces of carbonation were observed while the texture was quite smooth but really didn't excite nor disappoint.

D: An easy drinking brown, though a moderate use of complexity still didn't make up for the lack of creaminess and rich malting I was expecting, though the smoky character was a nice touch. Ok but wouldn't say it was defining in any way or worthy of seeking out, perhaps a different take on the style that I found to be overall middle of the road. None the less should have no problem going down.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer glows a warm brown body with a thick lumpy light tan head and a few tiny bubbles trail up the side of the glass. S- The flinty aroma turns more roasted malt depth as it opens up with a coffee roasted malt and some tartness to the black malt finish. There is a soft light toffee note that comes through as the beer warms up.
T- The blend of roasted malt, bitter hops and chocolate meld together with some soft berry notes to finish the taste. There is a light tartness to the roasted finish with a slight roasted bitterness lingering afterwords. It takes on a soft sweaty quality as the beer opens up.
M- This beer has a medium-light fizzy finish.
D- The roasted flavor dominates with the softer toffee adding some depth but not much other depth. The sweaty note in the finish is a little off but it is not really powerful. This beer is easy to drink but could use a little more depth to the malt bill.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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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