Red Horizon | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with sake yeast in cooled tanks for several months. 75 IBU.

Added by bark on 12-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
110
Reviews:
67
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
18.6%
 
 
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The sake yeast makes the beer. High alcohol is well hidden. Spicey mostly, berry fruity, smooth and big mouthfeel. Amber coloured body.Certainly an impovement on most sakes.
Bottle shared with Jack at The Ginger Man NYC.I would have this again. Unique.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brewed with No. 7 Sake yeast;

Crystal clear golden amber with an "almost" head.

Initial nose is pure saki that goes very much to lavendar, vanilla oak, sweet toast, milk toffee - very complex and layered nose with something for everyone.

Mouthfeel is rich but very alcoholic and therefore does not really feel in balance.

Flavors are all sweet front oaked whiskey with a sake "kick." Almost like a bourbon that then gets a bit like scotch. Has sweet front flavors of candi sugar, malt and vanilla that goes to a smokey, toasty coffee, carmel flavors, all of which is dominated by a whiskey/saki strong alcohol character.

Finish is a bit whiskey hot with some toasty and bitter malt and coffee.

Interesting; the saki yeast is apparent and initially appealing from a sake standpoint but character turns quicklky from saki characteristics to whiskey with some off putting tastes. All in all not really drinkable; it's "tastable" but not one I need to try again in any respect.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hands down this was my least favorite of the Horizon Series. The beer poured out as a golden orange color with a fizzy white head that lasted less than a minute. The beer has no lacing and visually doesn't looking that appealing. The smell of the beer was boozy and had some herbal spicy aromas to it. The taste of the beer should have a bit more flavorful I think, I wasn't able to pick up much of the sake yeast or anything else that was in there. It just tasted like a really strong beer. The mouthfeel was thick, had some good carbonation but just wasn't thrilled by it in the long run. Overall I found myself really bummed about this brew. I expected it to be more like the Sweet & Dark Horizons somehow. This to me wasn't worth the $15 a bottle. I loved the packaging but that's about all.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.34/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber colour ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of varnish and loads of alcohol ester is not enjoyable at all. Taste is dominated by paint varnish notes with loads of alcohol showing. Body is kind of thin with oily texture and medium-low carbonation. Absolutely the worse thing I have tasted from this brewer; the alcohol i showing way too much and the paint varnish smell is awful. This is one hell of an expensive drain pour.

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Photo of superspak
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.5 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating anywhere. Pours very hazy reddish orange color with a small off white head that recedes almost instantly as expected. No lacing on the glass; with some carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, caramel, molasses, bread, tobacco, oak, toasted malt, and other light fruitiness. Nice and well balanced aromas; and not boozy at all like I was expecting. Taste of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, apricot, prune, biscuit, herbal spiciness, tobacco, earthiness, and light fruitiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, and light spices on the finish for a while. Very malty flavor profile, but is not cloying at all. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel. This is definitely a sipper, but it goes down quite smooth for the ABV. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with only a warming after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent beer brewed with sake yeast. Tons of well balanced flavor and complexity; with nice smoothness for the level of alcohol.

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Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

American Strong Ale?? I guess this wasn't brewed across the pond...

Anyway..

Poured into snifter.

Pours a light fizzy head. Color is a hazy pale gold.

Aroma: Lemons, tea, yeast, cloves, fruit. Very sweet. Not boozy at all. Has some spice. Light pepper to it. It is light, but awesome.

Taste: Spice, yeast, cloves, apples, pears, fruits, juniper berries, figs and some booze. This beer packs a punch, but it isn't overly boozy for how high the abv is. Very unique.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Fairly full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean, but spiced.

Overall, a solid beer, that drinks well for how high the abv is. It is a bit of a sipper, but it is something that I would want to sip a lot of. The saki yeast is interesting. I dig it.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.32/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a moderate amber color with a short head. Nose carries some of the sake yeast, which isn’t terribly tasty when paired with the underlying malt character. A bit of booze, though not excessive for the alcohol level. Very strange. Not a fan at all.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of vfgccp
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Apple cider color. Low halo of head.

S - Apple, booze... and that's about it.

T - Big apple, plum, apricot and ethyl alcohol. Honey. Black pepper. Chili-pepper heat.

M - Medium body with a booze that warms your mouth throat and body.

O - A bold beer. More than just brewed with sake yeast, Nogne O was definitely trying to merge sake elements into the brew. While they pull off some of the characteristics, they don't hit a home run. Trying to invoke the spirit of great sake, the bottle says "please drink extremely cold!", but the problem is that great sakes have smooth and well balanced alcohol notes that makes them wonderfully drinkable.

The beer I tasted spent about 2 hours on ice before being poured, and the booze was still too powerful to be put in the same category as sake that I would consider drinking cold.

So (Nonge O, don't take offense to this) I heated it... yes... I put a about 4 ounces in a glass tasting snifter and heated it... about 15s in the microwave did the trick (starting from ice cold). The crazy part? It came out freak'n amazing lol Dead serious. I highly recommend that you try it.

First and foremost it looses most of it's booze edge. Obviously the heat drives some of the alcohol through evaporation, but it also accentuates some of the softer flavors in the profile and really balances the drink out.

(note: the review and ratings above the "overall" comments were based on the cold serving recommendation)

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 8.5 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada XXX Anniversary tulip.

a - Pours a murky amber-light brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of herbal notes and tea, bready malts, oak, yeast, fruity malts, light cherry, and maybe some caramel malts. The tea and herbal notes are the strongest, and I'm really not getting any alcohol which is surprising. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of that tea/herbal note again, as well as molasses, sugar, sweet fruity malts, caramel malts, bready malts, light oak, and some alcohol. While I didn't smell any alcohol, it is present in the taste. Considering the 17% ABV, it isn't that bad though. Again, pretty good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, pretty smooth and creamy. Light alcohol in the mouthfeel but not awfyl considering the ABV.

d - A nice, very strong, strong ale; this one is a sipper for sure. I enjoyed the smell and taste; both are full of a lot of great malt smells/tastes. I was surprised how little alcohol was in the smell; the more I drank it, the more I noticed it in the taste however. Luckily, the bottle is only 8.5 oz., so you can slowly sip on it and finish a bottle by yourself, but could be fun to split with a friend. While I enjoyed the beer, it was definitely not worth the price tag I paid for it ($14 at a store in NJ). Would like to try again, but wouldn't purchase again myself.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

I just couldn't resist this bottle. Stupid successful marketing. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber topped by half-finger of lightly dirty white foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, honey, rich caramel, oats, and sweet corn. The taste holds notes of rich, sweet caramel, maple syrup, honey, thick corn syrup, light fusels, very light cheap sake, and flowers. The body is kinda hefty, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly chewy feel, and a drying finish. Overall, this was a thoroughly interesting experiment in brewing, but not a successfully tasty or drinkable one, in my opinion. It was just far too sweet and bruising for me to really get all that much enjoyment out of it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad!

The beer is transparent and orange hued with no head and no lace. Mkay...

The aroma is minty, sweet, fruity, herbal, grassy.

The flavor follows suit, with a pronounced mint presence. Sweet and boozy with a throat-warming finish. That said, the beer isn't super hot or messy, just strong. At 17% abv, a couple of ounces is all you need. Worth a try.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors.

A - A hard pour into my Darkness snifter yields a thin white foam that dissipates to a few stray bubbles. Muddy orange-amber body.

S - Fruity yeast notes with pears, peaches, red grapes, berries, lemon-scented hand lotion, and a bit of brown raisin. There's a little fusel alcohol still present after two and half years of age, resulting in some mild nostril sting.

T - Taste is more like hard fruit candies mixed with scented hand soap, but with a mild note of burnt tire and paint varnish fusels in the finish. Tangy lemon citrus flavors in the finish. The harsh alcohol notes actually dissipate a bit as the beer warms, which is the opposite of what I expected.

M - Serious warming alcohol that matches the billed 17%. Dry texture, but with the faintest bit of residual stickiness. Very low carbonation level and full-bodied.

D - Very strange stuff. I imagine I'd like it more without the alcohol flavors and burn - perhaps Nøgne could make a 10-12% version instead? I appreciate the appropriate 25cl bottle size, as I don't think I could have finished a larger bottle. I'd try this again in another year to see if it has mellowed, as there's a lot of unique flavors and plenty of depth. Better than I was expecting, in any case.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Brad, another beer from Nogne with dangerously high but undetectable levels of alcohol. Beer is orangish / amber and hazy with a thin lazy white head.

Aroma is grassy, earthy, sweet mildly, a little ginger perhaps.

Beer is medium in body and the yeast character makes this beer drink like sake. It thins on the palate and finishes dry, decent but not great.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Nichols33
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small ass bottle into small ass snifter. Split with Oglmcdgl.

Red Horizon pours out marmalade orange with some "redder" tints up towards some surfaces. A stealth pour yielded sparse bubbles that barely formed anything, in fact, nothing now that im looking at it. This smells like a spirit with some fruits and some alcohol. The sake yeast imparts a spicy undertone under the alcohol. Smells like a new kind of snapps only not cloying. Red Horizon is extreme beer done right in that it's not a boozy mess. The booze and heat are there, don't get me wrong, just not like some other beers... Avery... nevermind. Sake yeast, some traces of vanilla. More spirit like than beer after some sippin. Feel is a big medium, slick, coating, warming and a lingering aftertaste, not so bad. I enjoyed my 4.2oz of this and hope to have more in the series.

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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up two bottles on a whim from Julio's. One to have now, another to age for a long while.

A - Poured into a snifter a wonderful orange hue with a very light almost nonexistant white head that faded almost immeidiately to leave no lacing or halo.

S - Nice belgian strong ale notes sweet malts and light fruits. Theres some big alcohol notes and with that means some nice sake aroma too.

T - Drinks like a belgian strong ale full of sweet almost sticky malts and nice light fruit flavours (definately somethign apricot like). At the end though, it has a nice sake-esc finish

M - I know this is a biiiig strong ale, but it just doesnt do it for me. Almost no carbonation here but it doesnt feel flat, it actually feels sticky sweet/syrupy.

O - Yeah, I enjoy this. I dont know if I'd drink it again fresh though. Really eager to see how this is after 2+ years in the cellar. Its a big time sipper, drinking more like a whiskey or sake than a beer. Very different.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in the United States, where Norwegian beer is so cheap compared to in Australia. Brought back to Sydney to drink with @LaitueGonflable. Sampled alongside the Sweet Horizon, a very different beer indeed.

Pours a bright orange-amber colour, not much of a hint of red to it, except in the deepest depths. Head is almost non-existent, but that's rather unsurprising for a beer of this ABV. Looks pleasantly languid and heavy, but with a liveliness—the tiny carbonation that forms when it's swirled bubbles merrily to the surface.

Nose is strong and pungent, with a boozy note dominant, but blended with a very dry yeasty character. Certainly, there's not a lot of sweetness, depth or complexity to match the strength. Comes across as strong and hot.

Taste is a lot better, with a sharp crispness and a surprising brandy-like complexity. Heat is still omnipresent, but that's what this beer is about. Otherwise, there's sharp vinous characters, a touch of refined wood and even a hint of smokiness. Backpalate lingers for ages with a boozy astringency.

It's an unapologetic beer, this one, and I have to respect it. While it has a certain rampant belligerence, it also has a good deal of subtle complexity. I do very much appreciate what you do, Nøgne Ø.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very strong smell of citrus, yeast, alcohol, and a some malt.

T: An interesting combination of flavors here. Light, tropical fruits, malt, and yeast all appear. The alcohol is quite noticeable, but not obnoxiously so.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Lots of alcohol burn. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made beer, and drinkable, but not something I think I could drink a lot of.

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Red Horizon from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
3.71 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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