Tyttebær | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration by Danish brewery Mikkeller and Norwegian brewery Nøgne Ø.

The recipe includes lingonberries.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some small yeast particles near the edge of the glass. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface. The beer became murkier as the yeast from the bottom of the bottle got poured out.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour lingonberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but seems a little more medicinal than sour and also has some hints of vinegar. The lingonberries taste a little like cranberries but weren't nearly as tart.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly tart on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer wasn't nearly as sour as I expected it to be for an American Wild Ale and tasted like a spritzy sour berry drink.

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Photo of tsauce2
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 16.9 fl oz bottle in to a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is raspberry red. Translucent. Head is off-white with light red tinge, 4 in, tightly packed small bubbles quickly dissipate to 1 cm. Over-carbonated (gusher). Light/medium lacing.

S: True to form wild ale smell. Tart, a bit of funk, smoothed over with some fruit notes. Light sweetness.

T: Tart/sour hits the initial palate, followed by cranberry, then a much more natural and bitter cranberry flavor, finished by alcohol warmth. Aftertaste is tart cranberry with some light sweetness in the middle and front palate, but bitterness on the back of the palate that lingers.

M: Medium/light body. Sour/tart notes give a typical wild ale and excites the palate. Bitter notes detract from the natural cranberry notes. Yes, cranberry is naturally bitter, but this tastes overly bitter imo. Very interesting finish. Outer palate has a bone dry finish, but middle of palate finished wet, giving a salivating effect.

O: Interesting and good, but to me the big bitter notes turn me off. The bitterness really seems to linger on my palate and is not that pleasurable. Otherwise, this beer is quite good. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of beerwolf77
1.32/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Thanks goes to sweemzander for sharing...I guess.

Gusher alert! Amber orange. Solid two fingers of white head. The aroma is a bit off putting. Brett soaked pool toys, mixed with cough syrup and peptol bismo. Yuck. The flavors are not any better. It's like a mouthful of wet used band aids soaked in crappy cherry cough syrup and pepto. Loads of carbonation. This was a sick joke to play on people.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Effervescent, quickly constructed, big head made of tiny bubbles. Bright jack-o-lantern orange. No lace but consistent layer of tiny bubbles.

Aroma is cranberry seltzer mojito? Sweet Tarts with a musty brett twist? Probably somewhere in between.

Musty, dull tart cranberry. Highly carbonated, overly I dare say. The fizz tickles my nose when I take a sip. Better once I aclimated to the effervescence.

Probably my first and only beer brewed with lingonberries. Lingonberries are Nordic death metal cranberries.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

! Gusher warning !

-had to let this one breathe real slow by slowly opening the cap, letting it sit and his for a few mins, and repeat.

A: Pours explosively effervescent, much like one of those firework snakes you light that grows and grows. The head seemed to grow and recede wildly at the same time. ~2-3 inches produced immediately after the pour, then 1/2" retained. light brown/khaki head. Golden amber colored body with red notes. Very entertaining.

S: Could smell this strongly as soon as I cracked the cap. Immediate sticky stinky funk and puckering tartness filled my nares like a concentrated noxious gas. Cranberry sweet and tartness definitely on the forefront as well. Stinky feet as a tertiary smell.

T: A let down from the smell, but still decent for sure. It's lighter than I expected. Some toned down funk and toned down tartness with a little horseblanket, red wine, even some apparent peat/whiskey/piney presence that doesn't bode in its favor and also leaves a spicy pine nut like flavor on the finish.

M: Thin... damn it. Carbonation is good however, and not as voracious as I expected after cracking the cap and pouring. Only slightly filmy and acidic - not real issues though.

O: Was very excited about this until tasting, only to be let down... O well, you seemingly don't come by world class sours off the shelf for a reason. Prolly won't buy again for $14.99/500ml but worth the try.

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Photo of silentjay
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yah, I was warned that this was a gusher, but forgot. Got it all over the coffee table and carpet.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a tan head that quickly dissipates, yet laces well.

definitely get the cranberry and some funkiness with a tartness that is not quite sour.

very tart berries and some breadiness and some barnyard funk. doesn't quite go as sour as many wilds, but its very dry.

medium bodied with decent fluffy carbonation and a very, very drying finish.

didn't quite come together exceptionally well for me. the drying effect belies what should be a complex brew, leaving it as if I was eating under-ripened wild berries on the side of a mountain trail. decent, but not what I expected out of these two acclaimed brewers.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.08/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

500mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Gusher! Pours a hazy orange red color. Produced plenty of off-white foam that dissipated after awhile. Some lace.

(S)- A literal Brett bomb! Smells like walking into a 60yr+ old antique store that sells nothing other than band-aids and cough syrup. Some spicy notes in the far background.

(T)- Super bitter and medicinal. Tart, with some fruit components, but otherwise is straight-up Bretty medicine that has gone bad.

(M)- A very high/crisp almost effervescent carbonation level. This is very off-putting and bitter with the Brett funkiness being very much overwhelming.

(D)- Started off ok, but this is a chore to drink. You probably could not pay me to take one more sip of this. Happy to have tried it, but this is a one and done beer for me.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle, uncertain of the date/batch because those designated spots are left blank on the back label. No recollection as to where this was purchased, but I estimate about 1 year ago, give or take. Cellared ever since. Poured to a wide goblet.

'Wild Ale brewed with Scandinavian cranberries' (listed as lingonberries on the back label - also includes Brettanomyces & Lactobacillus). Further description: "This ale is full of Tyttebær, and fermented with wild yeasts and bacteria. Feral at heart, it sat in fermentation tanks for 9 months and in bottles for 6 more months before we felt it was ready to be released. Who knows what it will do before ending up in your glass... It is, and always will be, wild."

A: A misplaced uncapping (i.e. not directly IN the sink) means some countertop cleanup. Maybe an ounce lost. Or two. No worries... Pours a rosy-auburn, like cedar heartwood, murky and unfiltered without any notable yeast fallout. Not the tallest head, less than half a finger of ivory cream, but plenty of staying power - indicating the the barely visible carbonation is busy at work replenishing that topping. A few dabs and squiggles of lace.

S: Tartness in the nose isn't too forceful, more the gentle perfume of berries and citrusy cultures. A crackery/bready backing.

T: Honestly hard to discern 'lingonberry' from some other berries, but the end result is a balanced tart & sweet fruitiness that winds up tasting of a scone with that mouth-drying malt/yeast mix. Kinda wish it had highlighted this particular berry more (as it's a favorite from visits to Sweden... and IKEA) rather than a more generic 'tartness' (berry? apple?).

M: For an 8% (really?!?!?) beer, the alcohol is hardly notable. Feel is medium-bodied - crisp, well-carbonated (maybe a little overdone) and quite refreshing.

O: Glad I didn't read reviews before opening this and trying it unbiased. I found it to be a very nice, well-constructed wild ale, fruity enough and dry when it needed to be. Definitely worthy and one I'm sorry to see listed as 'retired'. Would gladly have more

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Photo of generallee
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8% and it has a spot for a date to be printed but it was not filled in.

Appearance: The body has a woody brownish color and a heavy cloudy haze. On top it sports a light tan head with specks of tan yeast sediment. This tall loose packed head settles down to a small cap of foam that hangs on well and makes for some spotty/slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a tart, almost currant like character to the aroma.

Taste/Palate: A pleasant tartness slides across the palate and brings notes of sweet/tart berry, currant and as it warms cider like tart green apple. This tart fruity character sits up on a base of dry bready and yeast notes with a touch of earthy funk. It finishes dry and pleasantly tart with a very slight touch of spice.

Notes: My overall feeling on this beer is simply, F-ing A this is a tasty beer!

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Photo of Knapp85
2.38/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of the few beers from Nøgne-Ø that wasn't awesome. I felt this beer could have been way better, but to me this brew was too medicinal in the aroma and taste. I don't recall cranberries tasting like that. I expected this beer to be much more sour or at least tart. Perhaps even red in color but none of those things were there. Disappointing.

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Photo of digita7693
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a gusher!

A nice 2 finger head that fades to a thin white film. no lacing.reddish cloudy color

S rather sour with some bitter fruit notes(the cranberries)

T sour with a bit of brett, but not overwhelmingly so, bit of cranberries

M/D typical for a wild ale. pretty drinkable.

a solid wild ale, not mind blowing, but good

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Photo of bbeane
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, let's start out by saying this bottle was gusher...

A- Poured into my DFH oversized snifter... starts with a huge rocky head that lingers for awhile, eventually disappearing leaving behind nice lacing. Beer is a reddish amber color with lots of sediment

S- Very pungent... could smell it as soon as I popped it open. Smells very sweet with malts and fruit, and funky. Almost like a much more appetizing medicinal smell

T- Bit of a let down in the flavor. Tasty, but not as funky or complex as I had hoped. Funky, dry, bit sour with no alcohol presense

M- Medium body and carbonation... pretty thin and watery

D- Easy to drink and tasty, but a bit expensive for what your getting IMO. I've had better wild ales for sure...


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Photo of bark
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #337, brewed on 300108.

When pouring the beer, the foam makes a harsh loud sound while it quickly sinks down. No lacing. The clear liquid is brown-red with a tint of purple.

The smell is very dry and sour with lots of minerals and metals like iodine, iron and wet coins. Some sour fruity notes of lingonberries, chalk and plums.

The taste is earthy, mineralic, very dry, lots of stable/horse-flavours. Hints of lingonberries, apricots, raisins and plums. Dry sour lambic-flavours with hints of mild vinegar and wool. The aftertaste is dry with metallic sour flavours and fragile hints of fruits and berries.

The carbonation is very strong; the small bubbles fade quickly. The liquid is dry, almost astringent.

An interesting take on the fruit lambic/wild ale style. I had hoped for more lingonberries though.

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Photo of wajacobs
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We picked up a bottle at ABC liquor in Long Beach, actually my wife picked it out. I didn't read the label until we got home "wild ale brewed with Scandinavian Cranberries" uh oh! Further reading revealed brewed with brettanomyces and lactobacillus, yup double uh oh! "Honey" I say from the kitchen "your not going to like this one" and wait for the pause "it's going to be sour"

It poured a deep amber with a big head that disipated to quickly, the nose is so fruity and pleasant but besides the cranberries I can't place the fruit with a slight farmhouse aroma that I'll attribute to the brett. As I pull it into my mouth an intense tartness attacks the tip of my tounge but quickly gives way to cranberries as I draw it deeper and deeper into my mouth and in a flash its gone. My mouth is dry and my tounge feels like I just ate an entire roll of sweet tarts.
This is definately a champagne lovers beers!

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky chocolate brown with pale yellow highlights that had a thin head head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The cranberries were definitely poping out on the aroma with mild bretty character but had slight booze and fruit juice notes. The cranberries also dominate the palate with punch juice character very mild brett and a touch of tart vinegar notes. The brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a fruity, juicy, mild funky, and tart finish. It wasn't as tart as I thought it would be but it was decent especially coming from a norway denmark collabo.

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Photo of goldbot
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours essentially dark brown with slightest reddish hue. A huge pinkish-white head that lasts a while with plenty of lacing around the glass. Smells of subtle cranberries with ample funk from the Brett. Subdued malty-ness with a slightly sweet cranberry flavor. Again a nice but not overpowering Brett funk. The flavor was much less sour than expected, considering the trifecta of Brett, Lactobacillus, and cranberries. Definitely on the dry side but has plenty of body from the earthy yeast flavors. Overall a very enjoyable wild ale. The fruit flavor adds great depth and quality to the flavor without being overpowering or cloying at all.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

13 July 2013

Surprised to see this one still on the shelves, but I grabbed the last one out of interest. Batch 337, bottled 30/01/2008. BBF 30/01/2013

A - Pours a dark copper colour with a very active fizzy head that disipates quickly to nothing.

S - Berries and more fruit,with a little funk. Very pronounced.

T - Well up front some sour tangy citrus. The berries kick in very soon after and it finishes with a massive sour malt kick. No sign of the 8% ABV

M - Very spritzy with light to medium body.

O - This beer has stood up quite well and retained many of its flavours. I'm glad I bought it.

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy yeloowish red colour almost pink. HAs a pink tanned that dies but laces.

S - Plenty of berries and some sweetness to it.

T - An almost medicinal flavour that is hard to describe, finishes in a very bitter way with some sourness, siome peach and berry in between.

M - Light body and full carbonation.

D - By the end of the bottle I was seriously won over. This is a funky beer if you are looking for something a little different.

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Photo of speter
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish-pink/pinkish-yellow with a huge, rocky pinkish-tan head that leaves tremendous lacing as it fades to a thin layer.

S: Brett on berries, with the overall scent being a mellow mixture of the two, neither overpowering or dominating the other.

T: The lingonberries give this a bit of sucrettes (i.e., medicinal) that fights the brett funk. The real action is shortly after the center, where the sourness sucks the saliva right out of your mouth.

M: Very light and spritzy. In no way is it apparent that this is 8%ABV.

D: Although the lingonberries initially attracted me to pick this up, the end up detracting from the overall experience. I enjoyed the half bottle I had, but I certainly want no more.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apricot orange with a cherry blush and a crackly crown of pale pink foam that isn't sticky enough to grace the snifter with much lace. The beer is an interesting hue, but the rest doesn't impress.

The nose needs time to blossom. Eventually, the tangy berries, the modest barnyard quality of the wild yeast (Brettanomyces), and the slightly different funkiness of the bacteria (Lactobacillus) are able to be appreciated. Gotta go with 'interesting' again.

Tyttebaer is not one of the better wild ales in the world, no matter the country of origin. Again, the various ingredients are noted on the taste buds, they just don't interdigitate all that well. There's too much tartness, not enough berry flavor, and not enough funk. This is... wait for it... interesting ale, but it isn't especially well-crafted ale.

The flavor isn't bold, deep or complex. This collaborative effort tastes like a wheatwine with a shot of cranberry juice and a wee pinch of funk. Age (roughly 15 months) might have caused some flavor deterioration, but these wild ales usually hold up pretty well.

The mouthfeel is thinnish for the ABV and is too boisterously bubbled. Time and warming don't seem to be helping either one. A bigger and creamier brew would have lengthened palate contact, which might have helped in any number of ways.

Tyttebaer is both Danish and Norwegian for lingonberry, which is a mountain cranberry grown in that part of the world. This is a better (and more interesting) beer on paper than in the glass. As we all know, the glass... then the mouth... then the belly... are really the only places that matter.

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Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label of this brew has a place for the batch number and best by date, however that info was not printed. I guess that syncs up with notion of this being a one-time brew. Poured from a half liter bottle into a snifter it appears a clear light amber orange color. A finger of tan head appears composed of large bubbles that audibly pop, fizz and crack away very quickly. A light swirl revives the head to a finger's strength almost instantly.

The nose is brett filled with wet leathery notes. Some light fruitiness plays a background suggestion that I am guessing to be the contribution of cranberry. It is faint and not immediately identifiable as cranberry without having the preconceived hint of seeing it listed as an ingredient on the label. Some light mineral quality is evident along with an almost plastic scent.

The taste of this brew is wet leathery brett that is augmented by the tartness of this brew. It is an exaggerated level of tartness which again I assume to be another contribution from the cranberries. Take away the leather character and this brew does taste reminiscent of unsweetened cranberry juice. It is very dry and has a light puckering quality about it. Like the nose suggested, a light mineral to almost medicinal flavor is left inside the mouth that is strikingly similar to when you have a tylenol in your mouth for too long and it starts to dissolve. This aspect of the brew is not enjoyable as you can imagine if you ever had a pill dissolve in your mouth.

This is a light bodied offering with an over the top level of carbonation. The carb level is a bit out of control with this one. Not to the point of it being a gusher (even though it crept up the bottle before I poured the first glass) but it takes some effort to swirl the bubbly out and not have it distract you. Once the brew is warm, the 8% abv is not at all hidden. It incorporates a light fusel flavor and warms the back of the throat with each sip. Overall it was an interesting attempt but feel a bit short. The tartness of the style plus the tartness of cranberry had some potential but it left me wanting more and not liking some parts of it.

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Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed November 13th, 2010 from a Chimay goblet. Bottle label features spots for batch number and best before dates, but they are blank. Nice.

Moderately cloudy apricot colored pour generates modest white head. Enthusiastic carbonation.

Tart aroma: fruity (apricots, cranberries) and a little sour funk. After beer warms up a bit, a definite kitty litter box/men's gas station restroom stink begins to emanate from the glass. Ack. Guess that's style-correct, though...

Lightly sweet and very tart, this fruity brew made my eyes squint with each sip. A bit of stinky cheese funk to finish things off. Alcohol warmth after each sip.

Spritzy carbonation keeps things moving along in a lively fashion.

I'll never understand the fascination with tart/sour beers, but there are no flaws in this one if you go by style. Though I will not be drinking this one again, you might like this if you're the sort of person who likes this sort of thing.

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Photo of dqrull
2.69/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from 2008.

Pours a brown murky liquid with a small fizzly head that dies down rather fast, leaving no lacing.

Thiis one smells reaaaally strange. I get little to no lingonberries from the nose, but rather sharp plastic horse dung, which is really strange to me. It's almost as if Brett and its pals went bersek on this one. Imagine a newly opened plastic toy, but someone accidentaly dropped the toy in old horse dung before packaging, that's about it.

The lingonberries come forth a bit in the taste, but are still very much restrained, and it really is pretty sweeet, while still having a very dry feel to it. Very humble sourness as well, not at all what I had expected. The taste remains quite uniform even though the lingonberries lighten it up a bit. There are still the same horsey plastic notes, joined by a stingy little hint of metal.

Mouthfeel is very dry and crisp, by far the best quality of this beer.

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Photo of dgilks
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber colour with a slight, red tinge. Hazy. Nice, long lasting off-white head.

Moderately funky aroma with some light fruity notes. It's good but seems a touch one dimensional.

Interesting. The flavour has a decidedly sweet and sour note to it with the Brett appearing not to have eaten all the sugar but leaving a pleasant tartness and some funk. The main disappointment is the lack of fruit flavour. I get a touch of cranberry but the character just isn't quite there.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Decent.

This is a nice beer. It isn't the best sour I've ever had but it's certainly tasty and I have no problem (other than price) with drinking more of it.

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Photo of craytonic
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pour is a dark ruby-brown, small off-white head, no lacing

Smell: Bitter cranberries from a can, odd metalic tones

Taste: Again lots of odd metallic tastes with some canned cranberies, a bit earthy and musty. Relatively sour

Mouthfeel: Thin and over-carbonated

Drinkability: I fought to drink this for about half a bottle and then dumped the rest.

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Photo of weeare138
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy orange toned amber with a small white cap that quickly fades out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of water logged wood, cork, funky, sweaty socks, tart apples, and funky tart fruit.
Taste is of the aromas with funky splendor abound.
Mouth is tart, chewy, and dry with a linger of cranberries left on the tongue.

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Tyttebær from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 105 ratings