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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy strawberry/cranberry color with a 1 inch reddish tan head that fades to a small cap. There is some fizzy lacing going on here.

S - Smells of sour cranberry (like when they are fresh), yeast/bacteria, and a slight vinegar aroma.

T - Tastes of sour cranberry, diluted vinegar, and funky yeast/bacteria.

M - Very carbonated. Super bubbly going down my throat. There is an acidic quality to this beer too.

D - Very good beer with a traditional fruit from Norway. It is very fresh and fruity, but the $13.49 per bottle price tag makes for a rare buy.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18%

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 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 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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one last night.

A: The pour is a cloudy amber color with a finger or so of white head which leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is quite interesting with a fair amount of cranberries/lingonberries and a decent Brett funk to it.

T: A decent tartness from the fruit, along with a touch of sweetness. The finish is very dry, but the Brett does not really offer up much funk.

M: Medium in body with a high level of carbonation and the aforementioned dry finish.

D: I find the dry finish and high carbonation in wild ales to be very enjoyable, so this was a positive for me. The downside is that the flavors just aren't quite up to snuff.

I've been wanting to try this beer for awhile. Although I'm glad that I got to give it a try, I must say I'm not completely enthused by it. An interesting beer, but I can honestly say I was expecting more.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

The beer pours a hazy amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild sourness along with a light cranberry essence. The taste is decent. It has a powerful sour punch that hits you up front. It's very light and quaffable despite the 8% abv. . The cranberry flavor is muted and mainly in the background. There is an earthy feel in the finish that really takes away from the overall taste. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good/too much carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but I expect better from these guys.

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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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a light brown color and a thick, murky texture. There was a quarter inch of fizzy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A strong astringent, sweet berry smell. Very aromatic.

T: The berry element took center stage here, along with some hops. An interesting mix, but not for everyone.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An intriguing beer. Drinkable, but as I said, not for everyone.

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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 Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5 L bottle,

A: Pours a murky dark red maroon with a nice white head with good retention.

S: Smells a lot like a candy cane, the closest I can liken it too, medicinal.

T: Tart cranberry juice, real berry flavour which is nice. Light dry Bretty notes, bit of mint and hops.

M: Mild/moderate acidity, medium-bodied, long aftertaste. Bitter and dry in the finish.

D: Certainly unique and strange, flavours I have never had in beer before. Expensive, but worth a buy just for the experience.

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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 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 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 lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost gushing on pour, only some quick thinking saved it. Pours a red-tinged amber colour, very cloudy, with a frothy and lively head of lightly pink foam. Lacing is good. Carbonation is vibrant. Looks pretty good overall.

Huge acidity and funk on the nose, with sweeter notes of rosewater and fairy floss. Very much full of sour fruit characteristics, with some very distinct sour ale funk to it as well. Wow, this is one riproaringly wild ale on the nose.

None of the acidity on the palate, but huge oak characteristics, with dusty yeast and organic funk to it, with a lingering grapeskin bitterness on the back. Pretty dry on the finish, with those big woody oak characteristics sticking around untill there's only oak, and no beer left. Phew.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and sparkling, but not overwhlemingly bubbling, given that it was so lively when opened.

A pretty nice Wild, I have to say - it could use a bit of acidity on the palate, but I'm very glad it wasn't as sour as the nose suggested it may have been. The dryness is welcome, and I like that it has such a refreshing profile as a result. A very nice Wild Ale.

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