Imperial DunkelWit
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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #149
Ranked #27,811
3.78 | pDev: 15.34%
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, juniper, yeast, coriander, candi sugar, slight alcohol, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, juniper, yeast, coriander, candi sugar, slight alcohol, and a hint of wood. Overall, blend is sporadic, but body is strong and tasty, the juniper and yeast dominate, but a poor appearance.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a sly dark brown color with a thin finger-ed white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing clung decently around the glass. The smell started off with a huge coca cola flavor rounding over some nice light spices of ginger, all spice, and coriander. Orange peel seems to be the bitter part to balance nicely. The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and taking the spices to be the balance all about. Orange peel is still there, but becomes slightly sticky sweet in the aftertaste and moves slyly and sweet over the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body as there wants to be a nice sessionability about it, however, I find myself sipping this one. Carbonation runs super smooth and has a sticky coca cola feel over my tongue. Overall, I really don't think this is a witbier by style, that's just in the name that Nogne gave it.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed form the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This unique brew pours a clear medium mahogany color with a moderate head of off white foam that dies down to a thick ring with light lacing. Nose of bitter orange, medicinal notes of licorice, coriander, and sweet malts. Flavors follow the nose with blonde licorice and orange peel that rests on the heavy side on the front and middle, strong booze touched with candy malts hit middle and sides of the taste, and finish with a medicinal blonde licorice malt note that is warming and strong on the fresh coriander flavor that resides on the aftertaste. Decent mouth feel, medium light carbonation, and full on the taste. An interesting wit hybrid that is unique.

Not everyone's cup of ale...this is a strange brew, but it is interesting and substantial.


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Photo of Immortale25
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and big side bump of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass.

S- Whoo boy. Orange peel and coriander pour out of the aroma bringing to mind the smell of a Vitamin C tablet pill bottle...not sure if I like that or not. Other non-distinct spices are there, all of which are quite powerful.

T- The first taste is pure booze, almost grain alcohol-like, and then the spices come and attempt to bring some character. They almost succeed since they, along with the malt creating a dark bread flavor, have a complexity but it all just bounces around with no real purpose. Yeah, I can't get over the overbearing sweetness and booziness. Otherwise, this might actually taste nice. Earns points for uniqueness though. Once the palate acclimates, things become manageable.

M- Syrupy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Usually I like Nogne's spiced offerings but this one is just way too chaotic and hot to be very appreciable. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%

0.5L bottle
Served in a weizen glass

It is a murky black tea color. It wasn't that cloudy until I dumped in the yeast. It is capped with two inches of tan head that leaves a little lacing.

I get a medicinal aroma along with orange and coriander.

The taste has orange and coriander, as well. It also has a bit of a medicinal taste.

It is undercarbonated for a witbier. Smooth almost full mouthfeel.

I think the high abv combined with the orange and coriander created the medicinal smell and taste. It reminds me of orange flavored cough syrup or sizzurp or orange drank. Whichever seems appropriate.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

few have gone where this thing goes, a style hybrid of epic proportions, but even more like a beer/gin hybrid in a lot of ways. tons of gin on the nose and front palate, while other pines and orange zesty and herbal notes are apparent at random throughout. strange and enticingly medium brown, molasses colored, with an inch of well compacted khaki head. gin hard in the nose, but other things too including sweet brown malt, english ale yeast, which doesnt fit the bill, belgian fruit esters, dried winter spices, and some salt water taffy i had and didnt really care for when i was too young for high end treats. overwhelming cornucopia of intense flavors too, all of these, with some toffee brittle, birch syrup, and botanical medicinal curiosity. its almost more than i can handle in terms of understanding, but not more than i can stomach or appreciate. you would never guess its strength in terms of alcohol, and would never know it was supposed to be an imperial germal style belgian wit (and whatever else). it matches none of these in style, but is a wholly unique offspring of a number of different brewing traditions that i think is extremely effective. wily and robust, i would buy this again.

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Photo of ADZA
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and sporadic lacing,the smell is beautiful its like freshly baked bananna bread,cinamon doughnuts,lemon brulee and very light corriander,the mouthfeel is just medium bodied and has tastes of freshly baked lemon brulee,candied orange peel,dried apricot slice,lemon cheescake and finished with a herbal,sweetness that is very different but very drinkable too and overall i really enjoyed this beer and would buy again and definatly recommend for the crowd who want something different but very drinkable and would recommend for citrus desserts cheers.

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Photo of bruachan
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

smells nothing like it tastes: complex spicy bouquet; sweet; slight cola.

hot finish. nutty and slightly raisiny malt presence, although it's certainly not robust. i wouldn't expect any sort of wit to be big but a 10% brew needs something to support the alcohol and flavors

very boozy. needs some time. meh

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.06/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I was told that this was going to be a very malty beer, so I came in with the expectations of such. I wasn't sure which glass would be the best for this experimental beer, so I went for my Eisenbahn Wiezenbock glass. 500 ml bottle, and on to the beer:

Very dark brown, almost at the point of being black. Carbonation bubbles are visible at points. A thick head formed on the pour, retention is decent. Lines of lace cling around the glass. The noe features a very strong lemon/coriander combination, which is refreshing at first, but quickly becomes too much of a good thing. Subtle apples and brown sugar try to break through the dominance.

STRONG coriander flavor. It's so overpowering that even the pleasant spicy alcohol easily gets lost. It's so overpowering that you have a difficult time finding the "dark" characteristics. It's so powerful that it interferes with the mouthfeel, its full body and gentle crispness.

Horribly off-putting and a major dissapointment. The $10 I spent for the bottle could have gotten me two Arrogant Bastards, or one Delirium Tremens 750, or six PBR tall boys....

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours with two fingers of light tan foam on top of a very dark brown body with just a bit of amber showing through. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Malty notes of caramel and dark bread with some cinnamon and allspice as well as some light pine hops in the background.

T - Dark caramel and some surprisingly assertive pine hop/juniper flavors up front. Lots of molasses and a hint of licorice in the middle. Things finish up with some clove and cinnamon as well as a little more hop character and moderate bitterness.

D - This is a very robust beer with a strong, dark sugar character. There seems to be some spice (as expected from the wit part), but it is not overbearing. The hop/juniper character is the biggest surprise, and it pushes back against the malt in a way that keeps the beer relatively drinkable. Not my favorite Nogne O beer, but it is just as well made as the others.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial DunkelWit pours a flat, opaque mahogany with barely any foam on top. What foam there is leaves only a couple spots of lace on the glass.

Spicy aroma of juniper, clove, orange peel, smoke and a touch of bread (yeast?).

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, watery and lightly carbonated. The flavor is sweet and spicy. It begins with sweet malt and caramel. Quickly, orange peel, coriander, clove and a touch of cinnamon take over. It finishes dry with lingering spicy notes of cinnamon and clove.

A very tasty beer that would be great with a holiday meal. The spices are prominent, but mild. Very well balanced.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was pretty impressive. I picked up a bottle and was very intrigued by the style. The beer poured out as a hazy brown color with a foamy white head on top. The head settles into a few soapy looking bubbles around the glass and leaves a white film over the beer. The smell has a stron amount of lemon coming off of it. The dark malts and yeast give off a bread like aroma. The taste brings the lemons and malts, the flavors of clove come in there too. The mouthfeel is actually on the thicker side, has a decent feel to it. Overall I liked this beer. Would be a great beer for the summer, found this to be pretty refreshing.

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Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Steve and Sammy, 500ml into a tulip. Thanks Steve.

Pours a very dark brown, with an opaque body. Eggshell/cream coloured head with solid retention. Nose was quite peculiar and unique, some black licorice, heavy coriander (almost overly so), orange peel (in a weird sort of way that I'm struggling to describe) and a general 'perfumey' aroma that befuddles and interests me simultaneously, all the while stinging my nostrils. I guess this is somewhat representative of what an Imperial Dunkelwit would (should?) be, I'm not sure I'm sold on it thought. Taste starts with a full and thick malt to coat the tongue initially, allowing some peppercorn/coriander and orange to follow. Again, this weird perfumy and pungent spice prevails almost overpowering the the wheat and dark malts underneath all of this. Mouthfeel is good, with a bit of weight to it. Light alcohol and lingering spices. A definite sipper, and a truly unique offering. Not confident I'd actively revisit this one though.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crazy aroma, unusual taste. The aroma is licorice and chocolate and boozy and very sweet. Three-quarters of an inch of brown head on dark brown body, and lacey. The taste inclues chocolate, sugar, a little bitter, lemon in the aftertaste, black peppercorn, root beer. Above average mouthfeel. Drinkable but I would not like it again.Thanks Stephen.

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Photo of brystmar
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: brown & hazy in my snifter. No traces of head or lace. I know it's common for imperial brews to prove lackluster in these departments due to the higher ABV, but this is supposed to be a witbier!

S: spicy! Cloves, yeast, malt, dark fruit, more spices. Mmmmm...

T: sweet start to finish. Tons of fruit, (roasty?) malts, and spices with a solid booze backbone. Reminds me much more of a Quad or a Belgian-stlye Christmas ale than a wit. Still good though.

M: full-bodied and oily; low carbonation. Works well.

O: an interesting brew, so say the least. I love the experimentation going on at Nogne O; the idea alone of an imperial dunkelweiss is intriguing. And it was well executed here.

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Photo of taigor
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass.

A - Poured a deep brown, mahogany slightly cloudy color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving average amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Predominantly malt with hints of citrus and other fruits. Slightly hoppy scent to finish.

T - Very sweet to start. Lots of malt with slight flavors of citrus, coriander, chocolate and slightly hoppy bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

O - High abv is well hidden. Overall very enjoyable beer and highly recommended.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.41/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very deep clear copper with red highlights. A feint light white head that fades quickly to nothing. There is almost no nose to this beer, despite allowing the bottle to get to room temperature and multiple swirls in the glass for greater oxygination. There is a feint delicate plum and nothing else. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but all is overshadowed by a pinetar sour coffee character and sour bitter finish. Bad bottle?

Opened a second bottle - same color; same head; same lack of nose. Flavors of menthol and pine coughdrops. Less sour but flavor profile (spices?) simply put the flavors of this in the almost offensive catagory. It's like drinking camphor; tastes like a liquid Vicks vapor rub.

I do not thing this is bad beer; I simply believe it is a beer that is not for me and not like any witbier I've ever tasted.

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Photo of dgilks
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clarity. Amber-brown colour. Fluffy, light tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is a little odd with the maltiness of Munich malt and a light herbaceous spiciness playing against each other.

Odd flavour with the highest concentration of coriander I've ever had in a beer. There is also a distinct maltiness and a light citrus background which is nice. I like it.

Medium body with moderate, silky carbonation.

An oddly drinkable beer which really hides it's 10% ABV.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a MJ tasting glass.

A - pours a deep ruby with one finger of offwhite/light tan head that does not last. Leaves a thin whisp of foam on the surface and some lacing.

S - Coriander and orange peel, with a chocolatey roasted character. Reminds me of chocolate covered orange peels.

T - First sip of dark chocolate covered orange peels, a little coriander flavor, but mostly roast/chocolate and orange.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy and mouth-coating. No astrigency, roasted character is not overdone.

D - Highly drinkable and dangerously so at 10%. This would be great in the winter by a roaring fire. I wonder how it would taste warmed in a mug like gluhwine? Very nice beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly blackened brown hue that resembles a more solid root beer or vanilla soda. Dark amber at the bottom fading thru. Light whispy off-white foam spills off quickly showing its higher ABV. Just a couple spots and specks of lace stick on my Ommegang flute glass.

Potent Pinesol aroma laced with corriander, black licorice, blackened mushrooms, and cinnamon. Quite one sided on the nose and not coming across as much other then it smiling its 10% teeth.

Taste is akin to a weaker 'Noel' darker style Belgian with a brief stay to a smoothed out candied black licorice. Darkly sweet with touches to corriander, root beer, vanilla, and cinnamon. Kinda quick and loose, slimmingly bready, like that of a fruitcake found at the holiday table. Yet, without much going, the finish is where the warmth hits, and hits big, with a decent complexing spiceyness popping about while the strange tangy stretch of black licorice and root beer linger behind it.

Smooth, warm, but light on body, not empty really, but lacking girth, stature, and any real character. Its just there with a lightened dark sweetness and big black licorice tone while the warmth maintains a firm lingering hold.

One strange concoction from Nogne O, not a suprise really, given alot of the other brews they put out. But this one takes the holiday-fruit bread/cake. Odd, but likeable.

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Photo of bark
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 439.

The colour is dark brown-red, the liquid is clear. The two finger pale brown head sinks slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is dry and bitter with roasted and metallic hints. Some spices (cloves, nutmeg, coriander and cinnamon) and a touch of oranges.

The taste is intensive with perfumed notes of spices, herbs and after shave. Nutmeg, cloves. Cinnamon and other Christmas-spices. The aftertaste is warming, but the alcohol is not very evident. Some spices and a lightly roasted note plus a sour hint of wheat. It is surprisingly short.

The carbonation is mild, some small bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

An interesting beer that is ruined by tasting like after shave.

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Photo of rarbring
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown with a beige head leaving rather little lacing.

The smell is yeasty vinous, sherry, somewhat citric.

The taste is sweet, dried fruits, dates, figs, apricot, but also a wine character, somewhat spicy and bitter coffee beans.

Low carbonation, a smooth and oily feeling.

A complex intriguing brew, not a surprise - as if Nøgne Ø would brew an uninteresting beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a cloudy, almost murky consistency. There was a quarter inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy head. OK lacing.

S: A super-sweet smell of malt, coriander and citrus.

T: Tasted of coriander, sweet malt, and orange peels. Seems like a witbier with a lot of malt in it. Very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An oddly interesting and drinkable beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This poured muddy brown with a cheap head.

Smell - The dark malts are nicely toasted and quite aromatic. There's also a bready yeast character to the nose and somehow the classic WB spicing comes through. The coriander is monstrous and of high quality.

Taste - The luscious malts sweeten up at the taste and that coriander is borderline overpowering. I lost the yeast though which was a huge disappointment.

Mouthfeel - This is too light for the flavor profile and I wouldn't even call it medium-bodied. Other reviewers commented on the good carbonation but I found it lacking. I also thought that the alcohol was a bit much for the overall profile of this beer.

Drinkability - I can see how some like this one but it really didn't do anything for me.

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Photo of dqrull
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddiish brown with a tan tight head.

Smell is very weird, nothing I have felt in a beer before... pronounced coriander and bitter orange, with a note of meat to it, and some tobacco. Dried apricots.

At first I notice a touch of roasted malts, and the corander is very up front making it very spicy (thanks to the coriander I presume), reminds me of a winter warmer in that sense. Dry white wine, with a light touch of christmas spices, with a hint of dried meat. A light sweetness all throughout, with a long and smooth aftertaste.

Silky and full mouthfeel, with a very lght carbonation.

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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 47 ratings