The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #1 – Tindved – Nøgne Ø

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #1

Tindved (Sea buckthorn Sour Wheat Ale) – Nøgne Ø (Nogne O), 7% ABV – 0.25L., (Grimstad, Norway)

on the front-right label:

“Tindved er et syrlig norsk øl brygget på norsk byggmalt og norsk hvete. Det er tilsatt saft fra pressede tindvedfrukter for å gi den gode friskheten. Dette er et ufiltrert og upasteurisert øl. Skjenk derfor forsiktig i glasset slik at sedimentene i bunnen flasken kan ligge uforstyrret.

Tindved is a sour Norwegian ale brewed with Norwegian malted barley and raw wheat. We added juice from pressed sea buckthorn to obtain the brash sourness. Nøgne Ø ales are unfiltered and unpasteurized so pour carefully if you want to leave the natural yeast in the bottom of the bottle.”

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  • Style: (sea buckthorn) Sour Fruit Ale/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Barnyard woody sour dry fruity apricot wheat malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only if you like sours, but not too exciting

Visual: Pours golden marmalade orange with a beautiful ultra-creamy lasting head, super sticky lacing, lots of tiny bubbled active streams.

Nose: huge barnyard fruity apricot sourness. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: creamy mouthfeel, immediate sourness

Mid-palate: (lvl-1)-sweetness, huge sourness-tangy, tart, (MAIN) wheat malt, apricot, barnyard, woody

Finish: more funk, very dry, soft-bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Intense barnyard with bold dry sourness and a fruity apricot-wheat malt profile. It’s a decent combo but not something that I particularly loved or found to be awesome. Still it’s a quality brew that I’m sure fans of sours would appreciate.