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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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of Jettanbass9
2.62/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the infamous nogne-o....

A - ugly. i could have mistaken the pour and look for a diet coke. the carbonation sounded like a 2 liter being poured over some ice. not impressive at all.

S - popped the cap and took a whiff... boozy. poured, still boozy with a faint aroma of english malts. a second whiff reassures of english chocolate or brown malts and maris otter.

T - sweet, like sugary sweet. hop character is somewhat muted by the nuttiness and a fruity yeast. The taste is somewhat average... but the description let me down. Crystal hops are some of my favorite to use in my own beers and their are barely noticable in this one.

M - average. think newcastle, brooklyn brown... its not over the top or watery, the first success of this beer.

D - see above. IF this were ever on tap, i would definitely try again but this average beer doesnt stand up to a real english brown or any of the american interpretations. It doesnt taste bad but there is nothing exceptional about it. I'd drink one of these and take home a 6 pack of troegs rugged trail instead.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice, dark brown color - very opaque. The head was a pretty standard, tan color about 1/4 inch thick. The nose had lots of chocolate and coffee, but not much depth to it.

There was a lot more depth in the flavor as caramel, coffee, honey and vanilla develop within each other. The body is fairly light with a little carbonation. Overall, it's easy to sip and very refreshing. Good stuff.

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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 JDV
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich deep maroonish brown, and close to black. Tan head, and smells of roasty malt, some coffee, and a traditional hearty "brown" element to it. Taste is typical flavors of the style with mild roasty malt, nice nuttiness and a touch of creaminess to it. hint of metal at times. Nice lingering mild roast malt flavor. Definitely an above average brown. I like it.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 Pint, .9 Fl Oz bottle copped from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa for $5.49...
Pours a dark-brown, mahogany appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated...
Smell was attractive and decent without being too strong or overbearing... a nice aroma of nuts, brown sugars, and caramel...
Taste mirrored the smell, with a noticeable suggestion of thick, rich malts, nuts, toffee, chocolate, caramel, and yeast... Nice flavor without being too dominating on the palate... Went down crisp, clean, clear, and smooth without any interfering flavors at all...
Nice, nutty, malty, rich mouthfeel added to the overall attractiveness of the beer...
Very easily drinkable, with a modest 4.5% ABV that went down like sugared-water... I could definitely drink this one all night...
Very good depiction of the style... Recommended...

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

Pours medium dark brown, chestnut color. Head dissipates rather swiftly.

Nose is fairly weak for some reason.

Palate is rather surprising, a whop in your face after a dissappointing nose. Big roasty flavors with a suggestion of brown sugar are present. Finish is medium to short.

Makes a nice refreshing beer during the warm months when you're not in the mood for a heavy winter warmer, but still would like to reach for the darker side of things.

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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 johanvond
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass. Nice redish brown color ith slight off white head. Low in carbonation and light in body. A bit too light in body almost watery but still realy drinkable. There a realy good mix of caramel chocolate and toffie nuttyness and unfortunalty i feel this is where the light body can hurt this otherwise realy good beer. Its worth a try and could be good after a heavy meal.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown with a rocky cream colored head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The taste is rich, roasted and malty sweet. The flavor is quite well balanced and seems somewhat complex for a brown ale. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall, I’m impressed with this ale and will definitely seek it out again!

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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 jdhilt
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 ralree
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very deep red and nearly opaque. Head is pretty worthless - only 1/4 finger and no retention.

S: Smells great - caramel malt and spices, maybe some chocolate, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Weird alkaline taste to this. Otherwise sweet and a little weak. Caramel malt comes through alright, but not much else. A little bit of cola taste. This isn't really doing it for me.

M: A little watery, but good carbonation. Slight astringency, but not overpowering.

D: Drinkable, but not satisfying. Needs some more body.

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Photo of Floydster
2.44/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions for about seven dollars and unfortunately, it was not worth the money

Poured into a mug with a dark reddish brown color, vanilla head was about 1/4 inch and mellowed quickly, left some lacing, but died off before I was done drinking this

Smell was a little bit of roasted nuts and a small amount of malt, but it was hard to distinguish anything else, very weak aroma

Taste was one of the worst brown ales I have ever had, sour aftertaste just killed it for me, nutty at first and then fades into something that is just not good, no sweetness, just a dry tarty taste in the finish that does not belong there, not smooth at all like most other browns

Could drink much more of this mainly because the taste was so bad, the alcohol in it was low and it was light, but it is just hard to stomach

Not recommended for the ridiculous price tag, disappointing brew from Nogne

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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 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 bluejacket74
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a small (less than 1/2 an inch) off-white head. Not much lacing or head retention. It smells like cherries, coffee, chocolate, nuts, and even a little bit of alcohol (weird considering the low ABV). Taste is mainly dark fruit, coffee, walnuts and some noticable alcohol heat which goes away as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is light and on the thin side. Carbonation is low and a little bit slick. I expected it to have more body to it, it was thinner than I expected. Drinkability is OK, but nothing impressive at all. Overall it's decent and I would try it again, but I wouldn't make it a point to seek out. I'm actually disappointed in this beer. I liked their imperial stout a lot, but the brown ale isn't in the same ballpark.

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Photo of Vancer
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty treat Beer from limesmut in a nice trade, gracias !

Dark brown edges surround an almost black pour, ivory head pops up leaving spot lacing.

Good aroma of a chocolate milkshake, which makes for a damn fine quaff. Surprising dose of hops balance this bad boy out quite nicely. A tasty brown ale, an easy going style that makes for a nice sipping brew on a football Sunday. A brown is not overpowering, and this brew is a solid classic.

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Photo of dgallina
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 9 ounce brown bottle with no obvious dating.

Pours dark cherry-wood brown. No real head and only a little lace. Smells something like black cherries and grapes mixed with coffee and chocolate malts. Flavor has much less overt fruit and far more malt. Begins and finishes with rounded toasted coffee malt and burnt bread notes. A touch of fruit sneaks through in the after-taste, but not much. The body is very light and clean, leaning towards creaminess. More of a porter than a typical brown ale. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of BBM
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was excited to try this beer, since I've never had a Norwegian brew before, and this wasn't another Euro pale lager. So, it poured a cloudy, chocolate-colored brown, with a thin beige head. There was also a bit of tan sediment at the bottom of the glass, for some reason. Aroma was nutty, with hints of strawberries and roasted chocolate.

There are notes of chocolate, toasted walnuts, burnt caramel, and espresso in the surprisingly robust flavor of this ale. There is a slight bitterness for balance, but malt and sweetness is the order of the day here. The slightly metallic, chewy finish rounds out this beer. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, I was hoping for something a little more pronounced in that area.

But overall I was extremely impressed by this brew, and wouldn't hesitate to try another from Nogne.

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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 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 rajendra82
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nøgne Ø Brown Ale, the last of their current offerings in our area came in a familiarly styled 500 ml. bottle. Uncapping, and pouring revealed a brown bodied beer with a good 1½ finger thick head. The aroma was a lot hoppier than most other brown ales, and the taste did not disappoint in that department either. The slightly burnt malt revealed chocolate and toffee to go along with the spicy hops. Carbonation was spirited and aided by intensifying the flavors. This would probably be classified as a light Porter by several brewers. Soft mouthfeel, and easy drinkability. Another winner from this Norwegian brewery with American sensibilities. Please, please, please bottle your IPA and send it stateside.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Brown Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 169 ratings