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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in my Allagash chalice. Bottle was a gusher - open it over a sink. Poured a dull, burnt orange with a rocky, 2.5 inch off-white head that settles into a frothy cap. Thick swaths of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose reveals light berries, citrus and a hint of bandaid funk. Taste consistent with nose, with a rubbery bandaid medicinal flavor lingering between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium, sparklingly effervescent and a bit acidic - my salivary glands are still active between quaffs. A pretty interesting wild and a steal at $6.99. I wonder how this beer has been evolving over time. Interesting, but that bandaid taste gets to be a little tough after a while.

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Photo of brendan13
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark orange colour with a few centimetres of rocky white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Noticeable horsey & earthy brett aroma with some berry fruit notes.
T - Also quite dominated by the brett with the berry notes also present as well as a mild lactic sourness.
M - Light bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - An interesting beer that is well worth trying. A bit pricey for regular drinking but I'll be buying it again.

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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 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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Tyttebær from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 105 ratings