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 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 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 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 Jmoore50
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

The appearance is a dark ruby color that pours with a frothy white head. The beer is hazy and has a darker purple heart. The head stands around for the entire tasting, leaving medium lacing.

The smell is of mint, unspecified berries, and pine.

The taste is different. There are a lot of bold flavors that are all strong in the first tastes. Lots of pine and berry, kind of reminds me of the Sah'ti. Once the tasting keeps going there are lighter fruit notes like peaches and raspberries, but all followed by bitter Brett tastes. It is fairly astringent on the palate and has a thick body. It is a palate wrecker and somewhat of an intense beer. Nogne O is a solid brewery and its getting to the point where I am enjoying most of their brews.

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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 johnnieoz
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch nr and brewing date spaces are empty. 500ml brown bottle.

As implied above tyttebaer is the same fruit as lingonberry, the former being both Danish and Norwegian while the latter is Swedish. The label says "Scandinavian cranberries".

A: Hazy golden amber hue with a tinge of lingon red. Small tan head leaves minimal, persistant lacing.

S: A pleasure to inhale. Faint malts and hops, enveloped by a tart, tangy and somewhat sweet on/tyttebaer aroma.

T: A wild ale indeed. Nice and sour with a sweet initial taste that quickly turns funky and tart.

M: A bit on the thin side as it swirls around the mouth. The dry finish is pleasing on the palate.

D: This was a definite sipper. In order to savor the unique scents and flavors, it is best to let it warm up a little. One will do it for me.

Consumed in my Jämtlands Bryggeri (one of the best Swedish breweries, located in the eponymous central western province that borders on Norway) tulip, watching Olympic hockey, in honor of the men from the land of lingon.

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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 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 walker1200
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened this bottle slowly, and it still erupted out. Poured into a snifter this brew was redish brown with large white bubbles that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of circular patterns.

The aroma consisted of sour fruit, socks, and sourish candy, typical of the lambic style.

Tasted more sour than sweet, again, sour fruits and sweettarts, sharp and bubbly carbonation. As it opened, the taste became grapefruity.

Light to medium body, coated the mouth with sour berries and citrus.

Not as easy as sipping a kriek or flanders red, however if you enjoy a nice sour every now and then I think you'll like this brew. Resembles a Cantillon lambic, more sour than sweet or malty.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 meatyard
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A small gusher upon opening. Color is a hazy ruby/orange with a short, white head and little retention. Lots of carbonation.
The smell is tart & fruity from a distance at first. Later I get a leather like smell as well.
The taste starts off nicely with a tart & sour flavor from what I guess is the Lingonberries. (Guess I need to eat at the Ikea restaurant to be sure.) Upon swallowing there is a very light bit of funk and something not quite pleasant in the taste that I can't figure out. There is also an aftertaste of scuppernong grapes.
Mouthfeel is pretty effervescent and very dry.
Drinkability is OK but it's unique enough to be one & done.

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

Reviewed 11/22/2009. Bottle. Pours a hazy orange brown with a very thick white head. Aroma of apple, fig, cinnamon, pie crust. Smells like a slice of apple pie! Flavor of sweet fruits initially (some cherry, some apple), anise, licorice, and mint. Not really sour to me -- more fruity. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Pfeifer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ML bottle
A - Very carbonated upon opening. Sprayed about 1/3 of the bottle on myself - crap. Light head with some lacing. Muddy brown with hint of red.

S - Not a big nose. Pick up some citrus, mostly tart red berries and a little bit of hops. Similar to red Flemish ales with a little wild funk.

T - Hint of berries, but the natural character of wild yeast shines through. Not overly complex but a solid brew. Fine acidity. Interesting combination.

M - Smooth. The carbonation is just right and the alcohol is blanced nicely by the bitterness of the brew. Leaves a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Not too tart/sour but also not overly flavorful.

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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 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 Dotcubed
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Strange that it's called an american wild ale.
This is clearly an import. Wild ale with fruit seems more like a Belgian lambic.

Beautiful redish orange.Fizzy bubbly head. Tart or sour smell- Lambic. Fruity medicinal scent like powdered e-mer-gency health drink.

Sour-tart. Like choke berries. Dry and funked. Hard to compare to a lambic. Almost tannic cran-raspberry fruits. Some hints of vanilla. Acidic. Complex and sneaky at 8% alcohol.

Lighter body.
higher fizz.

Great pick for Turkey, mashed potatoes, pie, etc.

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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 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 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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