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Farmhouse Ale - Sahti
3.89 | pDev: 12.6%
Nøgne Ø
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: A cooperation between Norewgian brewery Nøgne Ø and Swedish brewery Dugges, this is their interpretation of the traditional Finnish style.

Brewed with malt, hops, rye, wheat, sea wormwood, juniper twigs, honey and yeast from Belgium, Germany and Britain.
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BrownNut from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4 - Soft translucent rosy amber. Fizzy tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - 4.5 - Lovely, prominent, malty honey smell exclusively. This smells so deliciously good.

T - 4.5 - Lovely malt with the saturation dial cranked up, and rich honey sweetness. Reminds me almost exactly of when I used to eat my Raisin Bran as a kid and would drizzle thick streams of honey over it after I poured the milk. I can't tell if there's a hint of spice here or if it's the prominent booze fumes or the spritzy carbonation or a combination of all three, but something gives it a real zing. I was expecting this to taste like a giant mouthful of gin thanks to the juniper twigs, but really I'm struggling to detect those notes at all.

M - 4.25 - I was expecting a sharp, piney beer, with an accompanying thinner mouthfeel for max sharpness, but instead I've got something with a lovely velvety mouthfeel. It's north of medium bodied and feels so good to pull into the mouth.

O - 4.25 - Firstly, I love this brewery and secondly, I want to try all beer styles. So I bought this one and figured it would be my only Sahti ever based on my expectation of the pine tree it would taste like. I have kind of been dreading cracking this open and figured I'd dislike it. But I'm so glad I did, because instead I've gotten something that comes across much more like a lovely English-style Old Ale, with a wonderfully delicious honey base. What a treat. Nogne O does it again. I don't think I would call this beer complex, but the honey-malt combo is so delicious that it gets a pass. MAN it's delicious.

I googled to find the serving temperature recommendation and it said about 40 degrees, but based on the thick rich sweetness of it, I figured it would be better closer to room temperature. So I left he last third to warm up. For once I think I was wrong. I think it was actually a good bit better colder. The taste is so strong it doesn't get wiped out by the cold.

Jun 21, 2013
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, the beer was a cloudy color with a soft white head. The head dissolved rather quickly to leave a white lacing around the sides of the glass. In the aroma, one immediately notices the juniper, making me think of a gin and tonic. At the same time, the nose also reveals a strong dose of honey that puts a sweet edge on the juniper. This is not like the sahtis I have tasted in the past. On the initial taste, honey and biscuit come to the forefront with the bubbles quickly brushing this away. A mild sense of fruitiness is detectable. As the carbonation mellows the juniper sours the honey in the aftertaste. In the bigger sense, the carbonation might be too aggressive as the sweetness fades too quickly into the sour. At the same time, the sour of the juniper at the end is the best aspect of the taste. I am unable to say that this is my favorite sahti, but it is among the best.

Jun 07, 2013
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dfillius from Iowa

3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yield 1 finger of fizzy off-white head with good retention. Hazy cloudy amber with chunks :-( When I poured remainder of bottle later on, lots of yeast came out with the rest of the bottle.
S: Apple cider vinegar or white balsamic vinegar, slight sherry. Juniper maybe...but it's a stretch.
T: Honey is up front and lasts. Heat, some breadiness, not terribly herbal as I would expect a sahti to be. Juniper? Hard to stomach as it seems hodgepodge and vinegary. A jumbled braggot maybe. I'm wishing for the herbal character of a sahti! After this beer warmed it became much better, and was as follows: some roastiness/earthiness is apparent and probably from the roused yeast. Braggot characteristics meld and become quite nice for that style. Still not much of a sahti. Maybe it includes the ingredients, but not the flavor. Before it warmed, I was leaning towards 1.0. Now I brought it up to a 3.5.
M: Bright, tart, with chewiness. A little heat, but not much for an 11% beer.
O: Pretty good. I wouldn't order another or buy again, but I fairly enjoyed it.

Oct 27, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Gusher upon opening. Pours very cloudy reddish orange color with a small 1 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a very thin cap. Some light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big honey, grape, pepper, molasses, raisin, herbal, cherry, floral, citrus peel, and yeast spices. Beautiful aromas here with great balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, honey, molasses, pepper, grape, raisin, earth, herbal, floral, citrus peel, banana, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, herbal, floral, grape, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a while. Great balance of flavors; with absolutely no cloying at all. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very nice creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 11%, with only a warming after the finish noticed; definitely a slow sipper. Overall this is a great sahti! It felt a bit unbalanced at first; but it smoothed out as it reached room temperature. Really well done.

May 14, 2012
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kawilliams81 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- pours a cloudy, golden with a 2 finger off-white head. Some lacing remains on the glass.

S- crazy sweet honey!

T- lots of honey upfront with some spices that follow.

M- medium body and carbonation. I had no idea this was 11%, very drinkable and mellow for the abv.

O- popped my sahti cherry I believe? Enjoyed this beer, and would not drink often I would drink again.

May 05, 2012
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Sahti is syrupy thick and dark with light cloudiness and a half-inch fine white head that lasts a long time. Lacing forms a thick coating while the beer has legs.

The aroma is dominated by honey with some lemon and floral notes.

The flavor is interesting! Sweet with light malts, honey is clearly present with a light tartness just before a mild, bitter finish. The finish has a clear presence of juniper. Overall, this is reminiscent of a sweet white wine, but there is licorice with warmth.

The palate is slick and almost syrupy with a full body and surprisingly light alcohol. Carbonation is light an lively.

Consumed from a fisheye pint glass, this was a nice surprise, purchased purely out of curiosity, but well worth finding again. Sahti probably goes well with a rich meal, but was good on its own.

Mar 03, 2012
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bminor7 from New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle from either hoosick or half time.

appearance - amber with some suspended detritus, ring of white foam. syrupy consistency.

nose - candi sugar, a little juniper

flavor - candi sugar, dark fruit. some funkiness. iron? no real hop flavor. This may be past its prime since the bottle has been in my posession for at least 2-3 years now.

m - heavy, sticky, but a nice wintertime treat.

overall - probably more interesting fresh. brings a lot of consistency and flavor. somethin like an imperial sahti?

Jan 22, 2012
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Phocion from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a tulip. Solid finger of off-white frothy head sitting on medium, hazy, burnt orange body. Excellent retention and full, sticky lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Aroma is very full of spices. Honey is predominant, but wormwood, juniper, and spicy rye are all fully evident. Slightly sour yeastiness and caramel malts are also noticeable.

The complicated aroma does not translate quite as well into flavor. Very sweet and sour. Honey completely overwhelms and the only other things that are noticeable are a sharp alcohol flavor and the wormwood.

Medium-bodied and soft carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, this was drinkable although a bit sweet, but fairly unremarkable and unmemorable. I generally try to rate with style in mind, but in the case of Sahti, I am completely clueless.

Nov 21, 2011
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dansmcd from Australia

1.9/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Golden amber colour with two fingers of eggshell, creamy head with good retention. OK lace.

S - Very intense nose. And very unpleasant. There are the expected juniper twigs and dark berries (blackberries, raspberries) but as if they were totally covered in vomit. Like if my dog had been eating a bush and then followed it up with a meal of strong industrial cleaner and chucked it all up. Add a sweaty feet character and you have it.

T - Thankfully a lot more agreeable (if I hold my nose). Pine needle, honey, juniper, spice and some booze.

M - Quite tart and warming. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Tough one to judge. I wanted to like this, but the smell had me dry retching. I just couldnt get past it so I had to drain pour about half and quickly open something else. I cannot see myself going for another sahti in the future, and certainly not this one.

Nov 21, 2011
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a puffy, thick whitish head. This ale appears very lively in the glass, almost turbulent. Easily one of the most active beers I've seen.

S: Very powerful and intense. The honey is extremely assertive, though caramel, rye, pine, juniper, and a faintly herbal, seaweedy note (presumably from the sea wormwood) can also be detected without much effort.

T: Opens sweet and silky with notes of honey, juniper berries, pine, spruce, rye, seaweed, caramel, and spicy, funky yeast. The finish is long and intoxicating with honey, juniper, pine, and caramel notes caught up in a veritable maelstrom of warming alcohol.

M: Medium-to-full in body, silky, smooth, and a bit resinous, this ale has a decidedly off-dry character. It is not all that drinkable, but then again a beer of this sort is not intended to be. In my opinion, this feels the way a sipping beer should.

O: This is the second real sahti I've had (Kataja Olut was the first), and I'm still intrigued by the possibilities of the style. This one is sweeter and a little stronger than most, but has an absolutely wonderful flavor. Definitely worth seeking out if you're into quirky, offbeat ales.

Nov 05, 2011
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nicoco184 from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle, 1 pt 9 fl oz; poured into a tulip

Appearance: Bottle overflowed when opened from overactive carbonation. Initially poured with a thick head that thinned very quickly leaving a copper-brown liquid.

Smell: Honey scent is VERY present with a little bit of spice (clove, maybe?) and a mild scent of pine.

Taste: A hoppy-malt base, caramel, honey, earthiness, dark brown sugar, alcohol is present at the end

Mouthfeel: Prickily carbonation, sticky flavor

Overall: Nice honey brew and excellent complexity. While I appreciate everything that is going on in this beer, I'm not sure if this is something that I would open every night. Honey, for the most part, masks the incredible strength of the beer.

Oct 17, 2011
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Risser09 from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1pt 9fl oz bottle poured into a tulip · fridge temp · probably 2011

Appearance: Golden orange colored beer to the point that it turns brown in the widest part of the glass. An aggressive head forms as the beer shows its carbonated vigor. A seemingly bubbly head sticks around for a minute and then recedes without any lace.

Smell: Awesome and powerful. Wow. How did they get this to smell like such a fresh collection of honey? Fresh honey, dense malt, herbal hops, and a tad bit of juniper in there too. Such an explosion of aromatics.

Taste: A solid base of malts that includes rye, is evident in this beer. Caramel, darkened cereal grain, caramelized honey, clove, and other spices persist. Still, there is a hop presence that is earthy, along with some booze to finish it off.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, boozy, smooth, but also very herbal and intriguing. It certainly has me engaged.

Drinkability: This was a phenomenal experience. Certainly a winner here that deserves lots of contemplation. A complex brew that dignifies old world brewing, upcoming craft breweries, and the inventive attitude that brings us there.

Oct 05, 2011
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rarbring from Sweden

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded brown/orange brew with an off-white small head that leaves little lacing but good curtains.

The smell is very much honey, fresh honey, also heather, ripe fruits and sun warm forest.

The taste is sweet, fresh honey, with some bees wax left, juniper, ripe apples and a general fruitiness.

Little carbonation, soft and oily, a slightly dry finish.

Very nice honey brew, cloaks the alcohol damned well.

Sep 25, 2011
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled shared by Zach and Steve, 500ml into a tulip - week 1 of the NFL season tasting.

Poured a murky amber with some brown in the body, minimal head which falls to a white collar - no lacing is left behind. Nose has some honey, cider-y qualities, notes of alcohol as well. Some herbal suggestions likely provided by the Juniper twigs and artemis maritima (not like I know what they actually smell like, although the bottle indicates they were employed in this brew...). Taste has bigger notes of honey, and spcing. Some alcohol, and is less cider-y than the nose suggested. Berries come in midway through the sip, and work with some light grape-y notes as well. Sweet all around with some brown sugar as well. Flavour is what I've been able to identify as suitable to the style, but doesn't feel as 'pungent' as DFH's Sah'tea. Slightly sticky feel, pretty full in the mouth. Some alcohol comes in at the end, but not at a strength like the 11% dictates.

Sep 16, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice medium brown color with some hazy to it. The head was pretty nice looking, white, thin and leaves a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer has a lot of things going on here. The Juniper is actually picked up on the nose which I like a lot, The other herbs in the mix really work well together to benefits this beer. The taste has a nice sweetness from the honey upfront which is followed up right away by many different herbal flavors. The mouthfeel of this beer is a slick and a little on the heavier side. Overall I really like it, I'd like to have it again someday.

Sep 07, 2011
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Hachiman from Japan

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey-colored lightly cloudy brew with a half-cm snowy head. Decent lacing.

Smells gloriously of honey and something floral (the sea wormwood).

The taste is complex and pleasant the honey and malt sweetness are overlain with the spruce and the sea wormwood aromatics. A bit of bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Pleasantly substantial lightened somewhat by medium carbonation.

I enjoyed this, and it went well with a Five Guys grilled cheese and pomme frites.

Sep 01, 2011
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange golden with a somewhat slight head. Lots of honey in the aroma and a touch of woody herbalness. The taste also exhibits some nice honey notes up front, followed by a bitter juniper woodiness. The honey comes back and moderates the juniper a bit, but I don't get the feeling that the flavors are all that well integrated. Smooth and a bit waxy in the mouth, this seems a touch too thin to me. A decent Sahti, but I would have liked to have seen a more harmonious whole here.

Aug 21, 2011
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dnrobert24 from Alabama

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not familiiar with this style, I am left to review the beer strictly as it stands on its own. Certainly, there is nothing to complain about in its appearance. Golden yellow with a white head. The smell is crazy--honey, honey, HONEY. I've not had a mead with as much honey aroma as this! No juniper or pine in there as I expected given the description of the style, but no fusel or other alcohol flavors either. At 11% this beer is ridiculously quaffable. The only drawback is the honey sweetness. Not sure I'd want a full bottle to myself, but I enjoyed my sample with some creamy goat cheese, which made the beer all the more enjoyable. I'd recommend this paired with with some rich creamy cheese or other fatty food to play off the sweetness. Interesting in its own right, I'd love to try some other sahtis to see how they compare.

Jul 25, 2011
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brotherloco from California

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. No date information.

A bit of a gusher when I opened it. I hate it when that happens with expensive beers.

Pours a very cloudy brownish orange. A good deal of floating sediment. A finger of foam settles to a smallish ring.

Smells like a baked fruit pie and apple cider. Juniper and pine, herbal bready malt, sweet honey.

Taste is sweet and soft, cinnamon, clove and fruit. Some rye spiciness. Sweet malty finish. ABV is incredibly well hidden.

Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Can't believe this thing gushed like it did and the carbonation doesn't feel very high.

A unique floral and perfum-y brew. Strikes me as a good dessert beverage.

May 30, 2011
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bobsy from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange pour with a creamy off-white head. Nice retention due to a steady stream of bubbles and decent lace. Pure honeycomb aroma and little else. Honey dominates the flavour. There's some herbal notes kicking around, but really it's the honey that comes through strongest. Very faint juniper notes, and a touch of wormwood in a herbal finish. Big warming mouthfeel, with some strong heat at the back of the throat. SLick with a smooth carbonation.

I wanted more juniper. A decent brew, but not what I expected for the style.

Apr 08, 2011
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FreshHawk from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy, cloudy orange-brown color. Very foamy, bubbly, medium sized, white head. Average retention leaving a thin, foamy lace.

S - Very interesting aroma with a strong spicy, herbal, floral aroma. Juniper, berry, and honeycomb also in there. A bit of a stale wheat and yeast aroma as well. There is a strong je ne sais quoi about this aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. Spicy, herbal, floral. Strong juniper and honey flavors. Spritzy spice and floral start with more of the sweet honey and berry/juniper on the finish. Some stale wheat and rye in the background and a touch of pepper spiciness on the finish.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Not the easiest beer to drink, and nothing I would want on a regular basis, but a nice mix of spice, herbal, and floral flavors. Slightly sweet, alcoholy, and the other aspects mentioned.

Notes: My first sahti and it was interesting. Plenty of heather, honey, and juniper. I enjoyed it, but only as a "this is fun to try and drink" not a "I want this all the time" kind of beer. It does have a slight refreshing aspect though.

Apr 05, 2011
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing noticeable about this beer is when the cap comes off...the beer starts flowing (regardless of whether or not you were prepared for it). The beer has a dark golden honey color with a thin white head and little lacing. There is also a tremendous amount of yeast sediment, more so than any other beer I've seen on the market (almost home-brew status)!!

WOW, the beer is going to get some points in this category. There is a pungent honey comb overpowering this beer's nose. I would think this beer were actually a mead judging by the tremendous honey character and biting, 11% alcohol this beer presents.
However, it's hard to pick up on the other traditional "herbs" used in the brew and this is unfortunate.

I'm glad that only part of the beer's aroma-therapeutic sweetness carried over into the flavor profile. I am able to experience more of the beer's fruity yeast and light herbal spice. The honey is still in full effect, definitely the spotlight.

There is very little of the beer's strong alcohol content, I would have expected more. Also, the beer is more dense than I expected, almost syrupy from the coating sweetness of the honey. I am not entirely sure how I would go about pairing this beer, I think it falls into the dessert beer category given its immense sweetness.

Overall (drinkability):
This beer has a steep price tag, but is worth a try. I tried the DFH version of a sahti almost a year ago and never followed up with any other beers in its class. I feel that although this beer was delicious, I would rather pay the same price for the DFH version that comes in a larger bottle (better for sharing) and supports local brewers.


Apr 03, 2011
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Duff27 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Two inch head atop cloudy amber beer. many big floaties. Good head retention and below average lacing.

S- Smells like honey, only stinky haha.

T- Initial taste is very sweet which is half expected due to all the unusual (for a beer) ingredients...I thought the hops would take a back seat. 11% alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

M- Good mouthfeel, fine carbonation.

D/O- Not being accustomed to the style I didn't know what to expect going in. I wasn't turned off by any means, it was just really sweet. I definitely would like to try others interpretations.

Apr 02, 2011
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yesyouam from New York

3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nøgne Ø Sahti is a cloudy, very lively, amber brew with a thick, soft, smooth, off white head that has outstanding retention and lacing It has a strong honey aroma. Yeah, just honey-- really strong. It's quite light bodied and very lively with a very clean, dry finish. It has lots of honey flavor. It's lightly sweet and quite bitter. It tastes estery, like a Belgian ale, and a little soapy. The juniper is pretty strong at the finish. There's a hot alcohol aftertaste. I've never tasted anything like this so I have no idea how to gauge it. It's pretty bizarre. It kind of tastes like Thunder Blue snus.

Apr 01, 2011
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vfgccp from New York

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light amber ice tea with almost no head or lace, but visible carbonation.

S - Dry, slightly sour. Baby powder? Cherry, Hint of juniper.

T - Honey, pine, marbled rye. Nice white grape character. Touch of gin.

M - Nice, med body. Sweet finish.

O - Like many Nogne O beers, the balance is memorable.

Mar 27, 2011
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