Sahti | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Finnish Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Sigmund on 12-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not too interesting nor drinkable. Spicey aroma, floral. Cloudy fruity colour. Yeast in taste with a mild pepper and mildly astringent juniper, taste even moderated by the honey, subdued fruit. Passable.Easy average mouthfeel, little carbonation.Odd.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish-brown in color. It poured with a finger high head that slowly died down and left patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: It's extremely aromatic and has strong smells of honey intermixed with other unusual spices.
T: Like the smell, moderate to strong flavors of honey dominate the overall taste, although it's not really that sweet. It is also very complex and has flavors of juniper, wheat, spices and tea.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some dryness is noticeable, particularly in the finish.
D: Drinking this beer is an interesting change of pace, but there's no way that I could have more than one of these in a single sitting due to the amount of honey. The alcohol is well hidden and it doesn't taste anything like 11 percent.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Ommegang chalice

Batch 382

Pours a 1 finger slight off white head. Not very good retention and only leaves a very minimal level of splattered lace. Color is a slight hazed pale pumpkin hued gold.

Aroma: Very sweet aroma. Has a lot of honey and figs. Slight rye and I get a little bit of the juniper. A nice spiced beer.

Taste: Wow, this is a very sweet spiced beer. The rye is a lot more present here. The honey, figs, and juniper are all very present as well. A very interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp from the decent amount of carbonation. Kind of creamy on the palate. Medium bodied. Ends with a big spiced dry aftertaste.

Overall, I have only had two sahtis in my life, this and DFH and I seem to enjoy DFHs version more. This one is just too spiced up for me. It isn't bad and definitely worth a try, but not something I would buy often.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks, Nick. Medium amber body, lightly hazy with a half-inch cap. Sweet honey aroma, herbal and botanical, floral, rich. Smells pretty good. Very sweet on the tongue, up-front honey with floral and herbal notes. Juniper is present, but resides behind the honey. Sweet and botanical finish with light lingering fruitiness. Not bad, I couldn't drink a ton of this, but it's fairly enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of nickfl
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of white head on a slightly hazy, copper-orange body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sugary toasted and caramel malt with some red apple yeast notes; reminiscent of and english ale. Big, sweet orange-blossom honey notes and some undefinable herbal notes as well, presumably juniper.

T - Huge malt and (more especially) honey sweetness up front. Rich, floral, spicy unique honey flavors, just like those in the nose, but even more potent. Spicy rye/wheat malt in the middle with a hint of herbal european hops and a bit of juniper. The finish is quite sweet, though there is a definite hop and juniper presence there to keep the malt and honey from going over the edge into cloying sweetness. The honey lingers of the palate and blends with the malt and spice to create a darkening of flavors that leaves a bit of toffee and tobacco teasing the palate until the next sip.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet but not unbalanced finish.

D - Wow, this is not at all what I expected; but wow. The juniper is quite subtle, enhancing and contrasting the dominant (and extraordinary) honey and malt flavors but never coming to the front. There is a great deal of complexity here and a richness that lends this beer to sipping and reminds me in a strange and very positive way of some of the better english old ales and barleywines. I have no idea if this would age well (and likely no opportunity to find out), but it does make me wonder.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh.

Pours a peach color with a white head and some nice spotty lacing. The nose brings some citrus, caramel, and light spicing. The taste is quite sweet with a fairly large amount of stone fruit and some tropical notes. There are some miscellaneous spices in there, too--nothing really stands out. The body is medium and a bit cloying, ultimately affecting drinkability.

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

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, orange-amber body with a smallish, scant, white head.

Smell: Expressly aromatic nose of fresh honeycomb, a heavy layer of herbs, young juniper seedlings, marzipan, spice, and even a few hints of alcohol.

Taste: Altogether sugary sweet taste of honey candy leads the way, but this is followed by strong, sharp herbaceousness I'll attribute in part to the wormwood. It's odd, in the span of a couple months, I went from having zero beers with wormwood in it to four. For me at this point, it somewhat harkens back to the gentian-laden Weyerbacher Decadence. Juniper presents some woody and fruity hints. Touches of spicy rye. Lightly acidic. A few slim traces of almond syrup. Blips of peppery alcohol on the backend, though nothing to denote a beverage of 11%. Dry, long finish with none of the flavors wanting to retire quietly.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Some stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Interesting and arresting, particularly as it's not everyday one comes across a sahti, particularly one so boldly and uniquely envisioned as this one. That said, this isn't a brew I would reach for on a daily basis.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Moderately yeasty persimmon (like a recently shaken snow globe) with a faintly crackly crown of putty colored cream. There's pretty good cap size and persistence, especially given the ABV and the relative lack of hop resins. Shouldn't beer of this style have no hops? Anyway, love the unfiltered appearance.

The nose is all kinds of interesting. It's musky and floral and herbal and spicy... I've never smelled anything quite like it before. This is only my fourth Sahti in case you're wondering. Maybe the sea wormwood from Sweden is what's putting the 'can't quite put my finger on it' spin on things.

The flavor is just as off-the-wall. There can't be too many fermented beverages in all the world that taste like Nogne-Dugges Sahti. Gotta be the wormwood, which is an acquired taste to say the least. This stuff reminds me of the beer version of a heavily herbed liqueur.

Juniper twigs come through loud and clear, but the beer doesn't taste too much like gin. Honey adds a background sweetness that is easily controlled by hop bitterness. That's verboten for the style, but you'll never see me complain about the use of little green cones. Wow, what a complex and incredibly interesting ale.

The flavor profile is so varied and so aggressive that the alcohol is buried almost without a trace. A gentle warming on the way down and a slight tongue numbing as the ounces pass is the only evidence of its presence. Sipping is definitely the way to go here.

How do I know what the mouthfeel on a sahti should be like? This one is akin to a 7.0% IPA with perhaps a little more slickness on the finish. Although the carbonation is on the slightly spunky side, it works well.

Nogne-Dugges Sahti joins Dogfish Head Sah'tea and Malmgardin Panimo Arctic Circle Ale as the finest versions of this rather odd style that have ever entered my glass. I would never drink it on a regular basis, but what a mind- (and palate-) bending ride this has been.

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

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer is murky and orange in color with about a half inch of head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Scents of fruits, herbal tea, malts, earth. Overall, a really nice blend of fruity, floral aromas.

T: This is some tasty brew. Apples, apple cider, tea, and a variety malts comprise the basic flavor makeup. The beer is very smooth and easy going down. It possesses a bread-like quality that I find to be enjoyable.

M: The 11% alcohol is very well hidden. I honestly would not have guessed the alcohol content could be that high. The beer has a nice feel, and again, is very smooth, especially given the 11% abv.

D: A very good example of the style. I would definitely drink this again.

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

I have been a big fan of the style ever since the first one I tried and this again was no exception. Served chilled and poured into my terrapin snifter, this one was consumed on 10/03/2009.

Very nice our here, rich honey colored amber and nice and cloudy with a light touch of white head sitting up on the top. Subtle lacing leans back against the side of the glass and really keeps the profile nice and alive looking. Aroma is sweet, lots of honey here with really nice touches of herbal and flavor notes dancing around in the background. Smooth, even flavor here with it being over 11% is actually quite shocking as none of it really was that noticeable at all. Lots of sweet honey flavors again all over the one and the profile were done quite well. A bit of a biggie, especially given the ABV, but again a very solid representation of the style.

Overall I thought this one was very nicely done. Rich and smooth with a really well done profile. I really enjoyed nearly every sip of it and think the juniper and berries added in the mix really rounded out the flavor quite nicely, I would have no issue at all with trying this one again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a clear light golden color with a fluffy white head and plenty of visible carbonation.

S: A very floral aroma, probably from the honey, which seems to work somewhat well with an underlying tea note.

T: The floral quality is once again pronounced on the palate along with a fruity sweetness, slight tartness, and a somewhat surprising bitterness as well. There's a slight herbal note to the beer which isn't necessarily a shock due to the ingredients.

M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation which helps out quite a bit.

D: Although the alcohol isn't necessarily noticeable, this style isn't really for me. The flavors are certainly interesting, but this is not a beer I would seek out again.

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4.11/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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