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Nøgne Ø / Dugges Sahti

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Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø
Style: Sahti/Gotlandsdricke/Koduõlu
Grimstad, Norway

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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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A special twist on the Finnish style Sahti, brewed at Nøgne Ø in cooperation between Dugges Brewery, Sweden, and Nøgne Ø of Norway. Brewed with rye and wheat, sea wormwood from the Swedish archipelago, juniper twigs from the Norwegian forests, honey from heather flowers in Telemark and three selected yeast strains from Belgium, Germany and Britain, and of course, some malt and hops too.


highlandlad's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, - JAN 22, 2014
Ever have one of those days when you wake up with a craving and you know you just gotta have some sea wormwood and juniper twigs? Nope, me neither. I bought this several years ago in a fit of curiosity and it sat on the beer shelf, neglected and unloved, waiting for the moment described above. That moment never came. But since this is my last beer as a 40-something, I figured I’d better make it memorable: my first sahti. Or something like it. This is Swedish-Norwegian interpretation of a Finnish style (couldn’t we work the Danes in there somewhere for the sake of Scandinavian solidarity?) In a chalice, this was a murky universe of chunky proteins suspended in a copper liquid. The head beat a swift retreat to the perimeter of the glass and then hung around to see what happened next. What happened next was a lot of frowning and nose wrinkling as I tried to make sense of the aroma. It’s like someone made a shandy from a Belgian quad and a lambic. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? Really intense chocolate/caramel malts, turpentine, sour summer fruits, something medicinal - iodine? - perhaps even mint leaf. It’s extraordinarily vivid, but not necessarily in a can’t-wait-to-run-this-baby-over-the-tonsils sort of a way. Just past its ’best-by’ date, the body is slick and oily which complements what’s going on here. It’s honey-sweet, spicy, a little tart, oaky and I can’t avoid ’medicinal’ again as a descriptor. Reminds me too much of Lockets, a British throat lozenge with honey and menthol that I used to fake illnesses to weasel out of my mum. Even then I would draw the line at consuming 500ml of the stuff. I suspect my blood-sugar reading is through the roof right now. I wasn’t diabetic at the start of the bottle, but might be by the end. On the plus side, my sinuses have never felt clearer. Farewell to the roaring forties and onwards to the undignified fifties. (500ml bottle from Platinum Liquor. Batch 382. BB 16/9/13)


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (6199) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2014
Thanks Henrik, first Sahti. Amber coloured and unclear. Has a white head, mostly diminishing. Heavy sweet and odd spicy/herbal aroma. More harmonic flavor, heavy sweet, honey-sweet, and more herbs. Crisp bitter finish, juniper? Creamy, syrupy texture and warming alcohol.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (9833) - DENMARK - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle, 11%. Clear amber with small light beige head. Aroma is malt, dusty, lacto, berries and baking yeast? Flavour is malt, fruit, berries, yeast, little lacto, little sour, medium sweet, little sour, fruit and a little bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber and slightly hazy. Aroma and taste are rich caramel, malt, bread, cheese, fruits and hops. Full bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Light bitter salty flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Alcoholic. strange but interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
vtafro (2454) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2014
(backlog) Draft. Ruby brown pour with tan head. (has some sediment at the bottom of the glass) Sweet elderberries, bitterness and spice aromas. Flavor is a combination of sweet fruit and spices.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (3917) - Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Rated on 9-30-2009. Bottle and Batch 382. This beer pours a large, very fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished, mostly transparent/slightly hazy golden body, and a lot of floaties. The Aroma is malty, wheat, honey, herbal, sweet, and outdoorsy. The Taste is sweet, refreshing, lightly malty, honey, and herbal. This beer is semi-dry and is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is okay, but I did not care for the way the flavors did not blend together. The 11%ABV is well masked, but this is a beer I do not care to have again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2013
How: Bottle.
Where: Man in the Moon, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with a small white head.
Aroma: Sweet, honey, juniper.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet, spices, juniper, fruit, hops.
Comment: I don’t have much (any) experience with sahti so can’t say how close to the real deal this beer is. It is quite drinkable, not a very good beer, but definitely something that goes down without to much struggle.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
RexTalionis (2119) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2013
Bottled. Amber in color with a small head. Quite sweet aroma, some grainy notes, some sugary honey kind of as well. Pretty similar in taste. This was a bit weird sweety one.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jookos (1523) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2013 Bottle@sbwf’13. This was awful. Has no resemblense to sahti, which is ok, but only if it wasn’t on the brink of being unpalatable. Malts and honey in taste, with a weird twist of juniper and random foresty twigs’n’shit thrown in. It’s sweet, overpowering with a gaggability. And with nothing to balance it out, it’s annoyingly cloying. Made using (I persume) an ale yeast, it’s pretty far off anything anyone could call sahti. But I like the idea of using junipers in brews. Just don’t pack ’em full of unfermented sugars that make it discusting.


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