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.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A collaboration between Mikkeler and Nogne made with mountain cranberries (lingonberries or tyttebaer). Many thanks to John for bring this over.

Appearance: Pink brown body, opaque, no head at all. Actually pretty ugly.

Aroma: Awesome. Super funky rubber and acidic fruit. Circuit board notes.

Taste: Subdued. No distinguishable fruit flavors...odd. Rubber band and floral notes. Not as funky as I thought it would be. Very mild tasting. I would like more fruit and/or more funky flavors.

Mouthfeel: Bone Dry, light bodied, flatish front with tiny carbonation that stings at the back of the palate and in the finish. Reasonably tart but not nearly as funky as the aroma would indicate.

Drinkability: Very good.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one wasted no time before attempting to gush all over my table. Luckily, these days I prepare for such occurances and had a glass ready.

Pours(or gushes) a glowing amber color with a dirty white head.

Stale, bretty aroma with tart cranberry undertones. Mostly smells like a box of fruity bandages(not to say that's necessarily a bad thing). It lacks vigor or signs of happy life.

Flavor is better than the aroma. The tart fruit comes out more with cranberry and cherry but there's something stale about it that just isn't very pleasant. It has a semi-dry rose' kind of feel. Has some nice aspects, very easy to drink, improves slightly as time allows it to open up.

Not bad, but far from great and I don't really see this one improving greatly with age.

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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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

500ml bottle, recent brasserie V tasting

appearance: cloudy amber body, white foam, webby lacing

smell: tart cranberry, acidic and funky, bretty comes through nicely

taste: hard for me to comment on the usage of ligonberries as they arent very common in the US - i get tart cranberry and cherry in the flavor, as well as some light brett funk, rubber, and herbal flavors. Glad to try and even more glad i didnt have to purchase an expensive bottle of this

mouthfeel: crisp, moderate tartness

drinkability: good

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Looks beautiful. A sort of cloudy redish brown with a nice white head that lasted the whole time.

Smells funky but with a sort of metalic smell. I also smell some weird malt smell I haven't smelled in a sour before.

Taste is sour in the beggining but as you drink it, it tastes less sour. Also it's as if there are some bitter malts or hops or something. Usually sours are a balance between sweet and sour. Not bitter and sour. This beer is ok but I don't think it's worth the $14 I paid for it.

Overall I would check it out if you happen to see this around somewhere but once is good enough and $14 Is a little steep fir this beer. Don't go out searching for it.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of philipquarles
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle. This is isn't a lambic and it's not 4.5%, but I guess that's neither here nor there. Pours a murky brown-pink with a huge, rocky, rose-tinted head. The foam never dies. Ever. Strong lingonberries on the nose with plenty of tartness. Faint lactic acidity and brett character. Sour taste, both due to the lingonberries and the bacteria. Very, very earthy. Surprising astringency, but it works well. Incredibly dry. Really interesting stuff.

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

Appearance - Pours a hazy caramel color with about two fingers of white head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing.

Smell - Tart, sour cranberries. Dominate earthy and barnyard funk from the brett. Something is off with the smell. Ehh....

Taste - Yikes. After being able to have so many great AWA's this watery mess just seems...bad. Heavy cranberry flavor, tartness with sour. Again, an odd taste that goes with the odd smell. Perhaps a tinny metallic? I don't' know...I just can't figure out what is off with this.

Mouthfeel - As stated, quite watery. Light bodied, biting carbonation, metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability - Drinkable, but only because I spent so much on this sucker. Should have just bought another supplication. A one and never repeat type of beer. Yet to really be impressed by any Nøgne Ø beer. Just had my mother go on a beer run for me in the Midwest (heh) to pick up two Dark Horizon 2nd Edition's so I hope those will change my opinion when I am able to try one this Christmas.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy reddish/brown color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is fruity and a bit tart and funky. It smells like tart and sweet lingonberry/cranberries, funk, and a bit of mint. I think the taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the berry taste is the stronger than the others, and I also notice a bit of an earthy/woody taste in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's well carbonated and also slightly dry. Drinkability is good, I thought it was easy enough to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, it's definitely worth a try.

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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 Dubber55
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle was a gusher. Only lost a little bit though. Hazy amber with some orange highlights. Tremendous 2+ finger head of small, white, soapy bubbles.

The first thing I notice in the nose is definitely the brett. Lots of the typical aromas from the use of wild yeast: barnyard aromas, horse blanket, hay, leather, and band aid. It also smells acidic as well. Maybe a little bit of cranberry smell but, the brett has really overpowered anything else.

The taste is acidic and tart. Again, the wild yeast is pretty prominent in the flavor profile. I get some leather, green apples, a little cranberry flavor, and a bunch of lemons. Pretty straightforward for a wild ale. It seems to me that wild ales usually do a good job of hiding the alcohol- not in this case. I can taste the alcohol in the initial flavor and in the finish. There is an astringent character to this beer.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with some lively carbonation.

Overall, I am not too impressed. The alcohol is more present than I would like. This beer is also just not interesting enough to make me want to finish the bottle. The astringent character doesn't help either. Add all that to the fact that the bottle was expensive and I won't drink this again nor would I recommend it. There are better wild ales out there for a better value.

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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 IronDjinn
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 500 ml brown bottle, abv is 8%. This one was brewed at the Nøgne Ø brewery in Norway with enough lingonberries (or cowberry) that apparently the local news crew showed up to film the mountain of fruit going into the brew. Careful, this is live beer still, mine was a total gusher the moment I popped it open.

Pours out a cloudy, murky russet brown, tight spongy pink head that settles to a thick cap with great retention.

Sharp aroma of lingonberries, like a cross between cranberry, concord grape and an ambiguous dry earthy character. Totally works with the Brett.

Things tend to bottom out with the flavour. Starts out with a clean tart spritzyness, but the heavy earthyness of the berries tends to neutralize this in the middle, while some sourness of the yeast sneaks out on the finish, with tart berries lingering on in the aftertaste. Everything is dry throughout.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, dry with light spritzy carbonation, becomes sticky on the finish and aftertaste.

Very possible that these fermented lingonberries aren't jiving with my N. American palate, but personally the overall effect isn't working for me. I think perhaps they may have used too much fruit, as the normal tartness of these berries would be an ideal marriage with a lambic. Might have sampled it too early, might have sampled it too late, it is what it is.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.5 L bottle into flute. Bottle overflows upon opening...a bit too much carbonation.
A: Once this settles down, it pours a murky orange-red color with high carbonation producing a 2 inch bubbly off-white head that recedes fairly quickly.
S: Wonderful aroma!! Tart lingonberries, wild yeast, farmhouse funk, and a hint of brown sugar.
T: Farmhouse funk becomes more predominant here. Cinnamon, wild yeast, and--more in the background--lingonberries. I wish this was balanced more like the aroma.
M: Light and effervescent. Taste lingers only briefly. Tart and lightly sweet finish.
D: Definitely drinkable and definitely worth a try. A nice collaboration brew. Thanks Kris for this one!

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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 Xul
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber/brown, with some orange and very light pink hues when held up to the light. Head is a foamy, two finger off-white with excellent retention.

S: A good blend of funk, fruit, and some spices going on in the nose. The funk is at a low to moderate level, tending more towards an earthy funk than a barnyardy funk. Fruit is sweet lingonberry with some green apple. Spice has a distinct cinnamon bent, along with a bit of nutmeg and lemon zest.

T: A good-sized kick of tartness up front, the nose definitely didn't show that coming. Transitions into funk which is bigger than was on the nose, which leads into the fruit. The lingonberries are still distinct but take on a more balanced nature between tartness and sweetness. Finishes with a blend of berries and cinnamon, with a light, lingering sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, prickles the tongue as it goes down.

D: Easy drinking but definitely not one I'd want to have more than one or two of.

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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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Photo of IBUnit63
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it looks like the crew has returned with a higher-octane version of this Scandinavian concoction. Let's see what happened...I took notes on this some time ago so please forgive any brevity.

This pours with a very decent head...faint off-white with minimal pink. Body is colored sort of a faint rose champagne, with carbonation to match.

Light unroasted malt is prevalent enough to remind us that, yes, this is indeed still beer. There is a bit of perfume fruity scent accompanying a fair amount of tart cranberry musk. Specimen is electric with yeast and light grains.

This comes as advertised on the nose - cranberries are strong but do not overpower the grain and enjoyable yeast strain. Solid but maybe not a true standout here.

The palate feel isn't as pure puckering tartlike as a traditional lambic; the extra booze creates a bit of burn down the gullet while the cranberries provide a little more backbone. It's a bit on the tight side but the pucker is more mild than one would expect. Very nice.

Unlike traditional lambics which can be ultra-tart, horse-blanket challenges to endure (although they can be extremely enjoyable), this drinks relatively well. Maybe not something I'll fall over everyone trying to hoard but it's a decent read.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Pours an opaque, burnt-orange with an impossibly creamy and pillowy dark khaki colored head on top. Retention is fantastic! Gobs of sticky lace were left clinging for dear life to the inside of the glass.

S: Smells of tart earthy berries, funky barrel, vinegar, chardonnay, juniper, and wet bark.

T: Tart and tangy berries, dry/roasty malt, tart cherry, sodden oak, and hints of skanky funk. Notes of lemon come on in the middle and on through the finish. As it warms the tart berry flavor takes on a decidedly spicy edge. This isn't spiced but it tastes like the earthy and naturally spicy berry flavor comes out when it approaches room temp.

M: A tad on the thin side at first, but it thickens considerably as it warms. This stuck itself all over everything in my mouth.

D: I really enjoyed this as it hovered around just slightly warmer than cellar temp. Very interesting collaboration between these two breweries.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a reddish tinted brown color with active carbonation but minimal head and lacing. Scent combines a slight balsamic vinegar note with musty brett notes, backed by faint hints of spice and herbs. Taste is muddled, the musty brett and medicinal herbs combine to could any tart and sweet charachters expected from the beer. Medium bodied, active carbonation, dry finnish. A slight disapointment in my eyes.

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Photo of MeisterSmudge
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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