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Nøgne Ø Sour Brown

Formerly brewed at Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Sour Brown is a brown ale which has spent 9 months on oak barrels. These barrels typically have lots of funny microbes hidden deep inside the wood. These do weird things with beer over time. This beer is slightly sour and refreshing. Have it with your favourite veggies or aged cheeses. Serve at 8 degrees C.

Alexus' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alexus (240) - Stavanger, - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle @ Nøgne Ø’s Homebrewer Day 2013. Pours like their brown ale. This was one of the most interesting ales I tried at Nøgne Ø this day. A soured brown ale, nothing like the belgian brown or flemish red ales. This had a clear sourness combined with a clean roastiness. This combo was amazing. Truly a great ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (5536) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2014
250ml Bottle (Thanks Cunningham) - Dark brown with red tinges. Oak, cherries, raisins and some musty notes in the aroma. Tart, fruity and slightly roasted taste with notes of raisins, blackcurrant, cherries and fruitcake. Some notes of cherry cola can be detected in the finish. Quite complex and tart, yet one of the more ’accessible’ ’serious’ sour beers I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle. Slightly sour aroma with dark fruits, oak, roast. Taste is woody, vineous, fruity hops, pleasant sourness. Clean and roasty finish with a tickling sourness. Not amongst Nøgnes most exciting beers, nor is it among the best sours, but a 5% sour in a 25cl bottle is really perfect, would love to see this back in production.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (5002) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle - Soured malts, cocoa, plum, cherry and oak notes. Cloudy brown with a rich brown head. Dark malts, sour, cherry and oak notes. A nice rich Flemish red type ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
M_Sack (403) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle. Deep, deep brown verging on black with a frothy cappuccino coloured head. Dominant wood aromas, with apple cider, vinegar, leather and barnyard. Initial citrus sourness that leads into the familiar brown ale flavours of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt mid palate. The sourness is intertwined throughout, although the beer ends with a dry roastiness. Carbonation normal for a sour but weird for a brown. I didn't mind the beer as a whole, but not convinced a brown ale lends itself to the wild yeast thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickFifty (441) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2014
Deep, cloudy chestnut brown color, light brown head. Complex aromas containing sour berries, caramel, chocolate, wood, spice, licorice and dried fruit. Deep malty and vinous notes. Fruity and sour taste, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dry finish. Medium body, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
Narkee (15) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2014
Pours dark brown with big fluffy tan head. I poured it fairly cold and the aroma started out full of cola sweetness and funk. Some plastic. As it warmed some nutty aromas and drak chocolate came through. Taste is smooth with a quick jab of bitterness which is taken over by sour apple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2014
Bravo for the experiment but I’m not convinced the style lends itself to this treatment. Which is not to say this doesn’t point in interesting directions. The lavish head shows good length. Impenetrable body of the darkest brown. Interesting aroma of leather, acetone, sour cherries, horse blanket - one for the true connoisseurs of sour ales, amongst whom I cannot count myself. Thin bodied and dry. Acidic. The best I can say about this is that it tastes exactly like you might imagine a sour brown ale would taste - like an accountant breaking bad, but not bad enough to pay much attention. (250ml bottle from Leura Cellars)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3544) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2014
250 ml bottle. Copper color with off white head. Aroma of smoke, peat, sour notes and some barny notes. Taste is light sour, smoke, not a lot of brett notes and light roasted notes in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bjerkeaa (180) - NORWAY - MAY 16, 2014
Dark brown pour, tan head with little to no retention. Aromas are sweet caramel malts, balanced pretty good with some wild yeasty sourness. Taste starts of with an initial sourness with some bitterness to it, gliding over into a smooth brown ale with some roast coffee notes. Ends of in a mild dark/bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen2 (1226) - NORWAY - MAY 5, 2014
Hazy brown, with persistent beige head. Good aroma of dry chocolate and black malt. Dry and slightly sour taste, aftertaste and mouthfeel, with hints of dark caramel.

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