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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Photo of Patrick999
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. The beer tried to ooze out the top of the bottle, but it was just a slow gusher. Very active carbonation on the pour, the beer looks very much alive. Dull hazy orange body.

Hol-eee crap. Or should I say, Holy Pee? The predominant aroma I'm getting is that of urine. This is a seriously Brett-y beer right now. I mean, it almost hurts to smell it, like I'm sniffing a puddle of bum piss in a South Beach stairwell. Good god. Some funky tart berries that I can't recognize in there as well, that must be the lingonberry presence. But seriously, this is really kinda nasty, so bad that it's actually good. If Cantillon's Blabaer is outstanding, with it smelling like a big fat dog pile, then this has to be outstanding too. This is one crazy, seriously funked-out beer. Some whiffs, the urine almost subsides and you get some cinnamon-fruit type overtones. In fact, the more it warms, the less urine I get. Very changeable aroma, you could almost write a whole review centered around the smell. It's warming further and now I'm getting more of a farmhouse-type aroma, kinda grassy and weedy, damp earth. Very, very interesting to this drinker.

Compared to the aroma, the taste is almost secondary. Yet, it offers a lot in its own right. Pretty musky up front....well, pretty musky all throughout, with moderate tartness approximating that of a Fantome saison more than a lambic. There is a real wild berry character here, but I just don't know exactly what a lingonberry tastes like. Really good stuff, though. To me this seems to be some kind of farmhouse ale/lambic hybrid, and it works. Very good. 8% alcohol nowhere in the taste, but I feel it.

I thought it would be overcarbonated based on the way it looked, but no, it's merely a spiky, palate-cleansing semi-sour. Basically what it should be.

Drinkability? For me, easy-drinking. This beer seems a bit underrated. If this was in a Russian River bottle, BAs would be falling all over themselves to get it.

One of the more interesting, stimulating beer-drinking experiences I've had in a while, and I wasn't even expecting quite that much.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of kornkid8600
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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

Photo of brystmar
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Tyttebærries galore! Label says it's similar to the lingenberry & mountain cranberry and wild to the core.

Pours a hazy copper with copius amounts of thick head. Funky brett yeast tempts your nose as soon as the bottle's seal is broken. Berries and earthy goodness tempt the nose as well.

Sour berries through and through, funky yeast and wheat flavors follow suit. Hops show up briefly as it goes down. Exceptionally smooth and balanced for a wild ale! Quite easy to drink; wish we hadn't shared this bottle cuz I want more.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into an unmarked tulip, this is a strange orange shade of amber color. Sort of pinkish. Even the carefulest pour sparks a massive head formation. My beer to head ratio is like 1 to 5 at this point. Excellent retention and lacing on this slightly off-white colored head.

The nose is not very wild smelling, but oh so sour and tart. I doubt I've ever had straight lingonberries, but they smell like minty cherries. Smells like these lingonberries grow on pine trees if you ask me, there is a substancial piney aroma here.

The taste is about the strangest beer I've ever had. Totally not what I was expecting. First I'm hit with this minty, piney tart berry flavour, that quickly transforms into a combination of sweet and tart, and finally works it's way to the typical brett characteristics. The brett is surprisingly subdued in this one, definitely taking a back seat to the tart lingonberries and their piney like flavour. It's so strange, I swear there is mint in this...

Mouthfeel is light and very smooth, as is typical with most brett brewed beers I've had. I like the contrast between the room temperature head and the slightly colder liquid below it.

Drinkability? It's hard to say. Don't chug this, please. It must be enjoyed as it warms to see how it changes, and it must be savored. This is a beer that demands you stop and think about the flavours and the aromas, it beckons you to drink more. I really enjoyed this, much more than I thought I would. It's a unique beer, and a good one.

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Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A healthy puff of CO2 and a slow gusher upon opening. Pours with two fingers of slightly off-white head on top of an opaque, glowing copper-red body. The foam displays good retention and leaves light lace.

S - An odd, sinus clearing aroma of mint and licorice with lots of herbal spice notes and musty funk. Wet dirt, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and horse blanket.

T - Lots of tart cranberries up front with a hint of jam like sweetness and some raspberry character that marks these as lingonberries rather than the American cranberry. Some funk comes out in the middle with surprisingly mild tartness and the odd mint/licorice character from the aroma. Finishes slightly tart with some residual sweetness and a hint of hop bitterness. Berry flavors linger on the palate in the aftertaste with some surprising nutty malt.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a beer like nothing I have ever tasted before. Eminently weird with a distinct contribution from its eponymous scandinavian fruit it ends up being oddly compelling and drinkable. The strange spiciness and the really nice, complex fruit character work well with the restrained wild yeast character. I don't know that I will be buying a bunch of these to stock my cellar with (I would be kind of afraid of bottle bombs considering the way this one gushed) but I will definitely savor every sip of what is left in this bottle.

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Photo of clickpush
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into tulip glass. Bright pink/orange color, good clarity and hefty amounts of carbonation. Big three finger white head on a nice rough pour, moves down slowly w/o leaving any lacing along the glass. Solid cap of caps the body of the beer.

Nose just pops out of the bottle and the glass. Mouth watering, salty, sweaty, tart. Like sweet tarts. Strawberry, fruity. Makes the mouth pucker.

Flavor is like the smell. Tart, dry, slightly hoppy. Good easy drinking. Very fresh. Some bitterness from the cranberry. Somewhat like carbonated, under ripe grapefruit juice. Not as complex as the aroma, but very refreshing & enjoyable. Feels quite carbonated yet well held together. Very drinkable.

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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 WYVYRN527
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always anxious to try unique collaberation brews, the minute this one came in I had to get a bottle.

A: Pours a very hazy amber, with a bit of a pink tinge to it. The head is off-white, and very audible upon pouring the beer. Very good head retention as well.

S: The smell up front is tart, with the lingonberry dominating, along with piney, floral hop character. The Brett is noticeable on the back end, with just a slight hint of that tell-tale bandaid aroma.

T: Like the smell, but more intense. The tart berry flavors slam the palate with great acidity, along with dry floral hops. The combination of Brett and the hop varietals used give the beer a very unique finish, being piney, dry, and also funky.

M: Suprisingly good mouthfeel. It is fairly full bodied, with tannins that give is a crisp dry finish. Carbonation lends the beer a mouthfeel similar to vintage Champagne.

D: This beer, being 8%ABV, is quite easy to drink. It makes a great before-and-after dinner beer. This is a stand-out wild ale, and although it's a bit pricey, it's worth trying a bottle.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Richardberg
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, slightly hazy copper color topped with a thick foam. Little lacing but good retention.

Smells of wild yeast, sour berry, and bready malts. Complex without being overwhelming in any way. Delicious. Taste is almost as good, though the sourness dominates the yeast overtones a bit here.

Medium body, not very fizzy, but enough foam on top to make it feel creamy. Goes down very easy overall.

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

Pours a cloudy orange amber with a fairly good head that sticks around. Made with Brett and Lactobacillus as well as both malted and unmalted wheat, malted barley, hops and lingonberries. Smells tart, a bit like a bitter cranberry. Citrusy, earthy, and a bit like a forest with loam and pine. Very nice flavors of tart fruit, pine, earth, and some barnyard. Nice bitterness throughout and the lingonberry flavor is like a piney, uber-cranberry. The sourness from the Brett is light, but the tanginess from the lacto is a bit more pronounced and there is some light funk from the brett. Really like the fruit and deep, almost juniper-like pine flavors. Tart and very bitter in the mouth-bracing. Quite a delicious brew from this very cool brewery.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a different beer.

A: Light amber color with a finger of white head. A little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The lingonberries come through nicely. A touch of bret but not really getting anything else.

T: The berries come through strongly. Little bit sweet then finishes clean.

M: Very light bodied quite refreshing.

D: Really a different beer. I had a hard time describing some of the flavors in this one. It did stand out in an impressive lineup of sours however.

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Photo of vikingloki
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Abe's in Bethlehem PA 4/16/10, and admitedly, it's probably a Yuletime release.

Popped the cap and it's fizzing away, am careful on my pour into a pint glass and it still sports a massive creamy foam head, dwindles to a thick coating, but I couldn't wait to drink it because it smells wonderful. Pretty deep orange color.

It's wild and unusual, a sour for sure, has a nice malty backbone to support the funk. I love lingonberries, and this ale sports a tart bite, but I don't know if it's from the berries or hops.

Label says Brett and Lacto, and was fermented for 9 months, bottled and let sit for another 6 months.

Recommended if you can find it. I would have it again. Pricey but worth it.


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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 ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours orange and hazy with a very persistent white head, some random splats of lacing.

S - Catty smelling, tart and briny. Also gingery nuances, as well as Band-Aid and medicinal aromas. The catty part detracts from the likeability of the nose.

T - Tart, gingery and saucy, with a raw astringency from the lingonberries. Fairly dry throughout, with a lingering briny tartness. A little smoke, char and wood are available too, aside from the sour. There is also a discernible hop presence remaining. The taste is better than the smell.

M - Good balance of effervescence and dryness; it enhances.

D - This is a very nice and serviceable sour. I am always fond of readily-available sours, and where I live, this is readily-available.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opens and foams over, pours frothy into the glass. Settles into beautiful glowing chestnut color with lacing cap. Head lasts throughout the glass. Smells awesome, like a true wild ale with plenty of mysterious aromas: fungal, funky, sweet and deep. Taste is surprisingly tart but not overly acidic, just truly tart from the logenberries. Quite nice but flavor hits in spikes; would be nice with smoother flavor. Likewise the mouthfeel is overly active and slightly jarring, but as it opens up it mellows and becomes a nice drinkable beer

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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 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 laituegonflable
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, cloudy bronze colour with pleasant beige head, dense bubbling looks similar to frozen Coke. Sinks quickly, leaving rings of thick, foamy lace behind. Almost opaque from the haze, yeah an interesting wild brew.

Nose is sour and kind of funky. A lot of barnyard character - hay and corporeal, salty notes with a good dose of pleasantly tart, fresh fruit. Good berry character, blackberry and juniper with a hint of pear and a citric tang - although not a lot of citrus aroma, just that sharp acidity. Pleasant and refreshing with a good sweetness underlying it all.

Taste is nice and refreshing, a lot of tang and twang, snap crackle and pop throughout the palate. Starts with fresh tartness, lemony with some bite. More fruit character comes through midway with distinct berry flavours, raspberry and underripe blackberry for some crisp, if a little puckering, flavour. Finishes with a distinct rindy bitterness, almost cheese-like but without the pungency. It is the most unlikeable part of an overall really fresh, drinkable sour.

Has a distinct bite to this with a bit of palate-tearing acidity, almost bordering on Cantillon puckering. With a good gulp, it foams up nicely to provide a layer of protection but otherwise I wouldn't keep this in my mouth for long.

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Photo of timtim
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

woah... what did i expect from a mikkeler/nonge o collaboration? something not weird? guess not. hard to even rate this thing, but it's pretty remarkable, so I will. Pours a very lively pink-brown with a huge, crackling and fizzing dirty pink head that shrinks pretty quickly to a thin film. unusual color, but not unattractive. nose is full of sour, earthy, dirty (almost manure-like) fruit, some sweet malt, some husky grainy malt, mushroom, a touch of hop and a lot of brett. it has some age on it, so the brett is really doing it's thing. taste is sour, oaky, bretty and even a touch boozy, but that does nothing to explain the explosion of strange flavors that work in a very ethnic sort of way. spritzy, light (relatively... for something this huge i mean) body. i love this beer and i dont love this beer. very fun to drink and ponder, but don't have too much interest in more than half a bottle. loss of drinkability points, but still enjoyable to a fan of wild ales.

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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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