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 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 Arbitrator
1.68/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah yes, the titty beer. Shared at a tasting by alfrantzell. Thanks, Arne. From notes.

A: Pours a clear, but dark, amber-honey body in the glass. Fine white bubbles on top of the brew.

S: Cranberries, sourness (lactic), cinnamon, oxidation (wet cardboard variety), and must.

T: Cranberries, light sourness, some green tea... Metallic. Some weird chemical flavor. Not much else.

M: Watery in flavor, light-bodied.

D: This was pretty bad. Not drainpour bad, but bad.

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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 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 jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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 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 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 Chambic
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: clear amber, with big bubbles sitting atop concentrated head

S: the tartness and funk are there, with a bit of candied berry, but not much to it

T: big and fizzy upfront, with the berry at the finish

M: medium-bodied, with a bit too much carbonation; just seems really fizzy

Was disappointed by this beer, especially since I was having it in its motherland.

Notes from 02.10.10 at Olympen in Oslo

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A hazy and very rosy amber brew with a lot of visible carbonation. The head is large, but thin and short-lived. No lacing. I was worried it was a gusher when I uncapped it because the carbonation started a slow moving expansion of foam through the bottle.

S - Cinnamon and cranberries stand out as the dominant odors. Smells a bit musty too, like a hint of slowly decaying wood.

T - Very sour, almost no sweetness. I think some is from the brett and some from the tart berries. It is puckering throughout. Aftertaste sees the tartness fade - not entirely, but enough for other flavors to speak. There is a maltiness with some faint pithy hop bitterness.

M - Initially the high carbonation was stinging, but like the head, this subsided quickly. Thin and dry. Pretty refreshing.

D - It wasn't an unpleasant experience, but not likely one I will repeat.

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Photo of Dawkfan
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Active as soon as I opened this, the head quickly grew to 3 fingers and then settled down to about a pinky size and remained for sometime. The outer edges of the head have a pink hue to it, not much lacing to this one only some slightly above the tight cap. Bodies color is a beautiful murky reddish amber bordering on a shade of purple.

S- This one's got me I'm at a loss for words! To me I don't get a lot of the Brett in the nose, it's more of a sweet berry and sour apple aroma. There's something else as well which I can't put my finger on.

T- I'm just not picking up much of the Brett, to me this style just needs to be in your face with funk which this beer is lacking. Tart throughout, the finish tastes almost like a stiff vodka cranberry.

M- Mouthfeel is light almost watery it's well carbonated and slightly dry.

D- It's unique that's for sure, not something I'd have again though.

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Photo of drpimento
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle was a gusher when opened. Poured with a huge head (!) and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is yeast malt and brett. Flavor is just like aroma. Body is just crisp and highly carbonated. Finish is like flavor. Fairly simple beer. Not a session for me.

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Photo of Faina
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of scottfrie
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What was left after my 500ml bottle sprayed everywhere was poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky dark purple-brown, almost plum color, with two fingers of purple tinged white head that reduced down into a thin scum.
S: Cranberries, white grapes, apple juice, faint alcohol and wild yeast.
T: Carbonated cranberry juice. Not as sweet as anticipated from the nose. It has a pungent cranberry tart/bitternesss to it. Tastes a lot like fresh cranberries mixed with carbonated cranberry concentrate. Sweet up front, slight dark cherry. Some doughy kinda funky yeasty taste in there too.
M: Very carbonated. Light and dry. Tart, with a tart aftertaste, but it doesn't stay.
D: A complex and very different beer. I liked it in a weird way but wouldn't drink it all the time. It's worth a try but be really careful when opening the bottle, and expect it to explode.

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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 ThreeWiseMen
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Zach brought this gem back from his trip to NYC. Thanks homie!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy, auburn-amber body with a loose, sudsy, white head. Nice retention and lacing. Looks... messy? I don't know - it's ok.

Smell: Berries and... well... poop. No, that's not a joke. It's almost painful to smell. What the fuck.

Taste: Starts out with some really pleasant tartness. I dig those distinct berry flavors. Some lemon too. Lots of cranberry-like bitterness in the finish, which also tastes a little like fecal matter (not that I know what fecal matter tastes like; I know what it smells like though). This beer is growing on me though. The crappy (pun!) flavors that I kept getting earlier are being replaced by cranberry-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, dry, and actively carbonated. Moderate tartness. Solid, long-lasting bitterness (cranberry-like, as noted above). Nice.

Drinkability: I don't think these Norwegian lingonberries are for everyone. I still think the smell is horrid, but the rest of this beer was quite good. Still, it took some time before I started enjoying it.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Murky opaque rust color with a nice 2 finger foamy head. Aroma is straight brett with a slight hint of tart cranberry. Pick up floral notes as well. Tart start with a strong brett and medicinal taste. Light mouthfeel. The medicinal taste really is the downfall of this beer as it just gets a little old after a while and overwhelms everything else. The carbonation is a little high as well.

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Photo of albern
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was hoping for slightly better things with this beer. It looks good and pours a slightly hazy amber color and a nice fizzy head that does retain. Not much lacing. The nose is really loaded up with Bretty yeast, some vinegary notes in there, maybe a touch of berry, but it is the yeast that predominates. This is truly a wild ale and I wasn't anticipating that, actually hoping for something more refined.

The taste is plenty carbonated, or at least it has that ultra prickly mouthfeel from the yeast and efforvescence. You can't but sip this beer given the coarseness in the mouthfeel, but this isn't a bad thing. The beer is fairly light bodied, the back end is modest with nothing lingering too long on the tongue. There is a definite berry quality to the beer. If you say Lingonberry, who am I to argue. The berry flavors are a bit undefined. The beer is loaded with Bretty yeast and a drying minty and vinegary bite that is a byproduct. The prickly mouthfeel, the slightly sweet berry flavors, the fairly light bodied-ness of the beer, and that over the top Bretty yeast really define this beer. Things mellow just a bit as the beer settles, but not by much. I'm not a big fan of Wild Ales and this beer is just one more confirming example of why that is so. If you like Wild Ale, if you like Bretty yeast with all of its vinegary qualities, if you like a light bodied beer that hides its 8% ABV very well and doesn't have any real boozy qualities at any point in the beer, than this one might fit the bill. It isn't my cup of tea.

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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 mothman
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this.

Poured into Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a large fizzy light pink hued white head. Good retention. Color is a dark murky raspberry.

Aroma: Cranberries, light funk, oak, and a bit of sourness.

Taste: Huge medicinal flavor right away. Big brett funk. I really can't taste too much fruit. Some oak shows through.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and funky. A lighter body with a high amount of carbonation. Ends with medicinal flavors.

Overall, the aroma was the highlight of this beer. Taste was way off. It was easy drinking, but I wouldn't want to have too much of it.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pt.9fl oz bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Around $8. No batch number or best before date.

A: Orange/red color with an enormous dense cream colored head, a good inch worth of thick rocky foam and excellent clinging lacing. Nice clarity, impressive head retention.

S: Doesn't smell incredibly sour or funky, but there's a definite cranberry note, huge cranberries, some notes of tea, slightly medicinal, a few notes of horse blanket, and slightly musty. As it warms the wheat profiles start to come out and is tangy which complements the berry profile. Most of the tartness really comes from the lingonberries. Decent and complex, but a little lacking, sort of meh.

T: Cranberry juice mixed with a fairly present hop profile, a few minty notes, which I've noticed in Mikkeller wild beers. Not incredibly tart, but has a definite berry sweet and tart profile, and slightly lemon wheat malt. Slightly funky, but the flavor is too delicate to stand up to the berries and malt and gets lost underneath, it really comes out in the aftertaste as medicinal and sort of creosote like in nature. Decent but I'd like a little more funknastyness.

M: Light, mild carbonation, just a hint of puckering sourness, but its pretty light. Impressively enough, almost no alcohol is detectable in this one.

D: Fairly easy to drink, but is a little lacking as a wild ale. Not incredibly sour, but the lingonberry is a nice touch. All in all fairly tasty but not really worth the $8 price tag. I like the idea, but I think that both Nogne O and Mikkeller might need a little more practice with the sours.

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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 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 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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