Nøgne Ø Dubbel Advent

Reviewed by on December 2, 2017 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

  • Origin: Grimstad, Norway

  • Rated On: December 2, 2017

  • Best Before: May 4, 2022

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Dubbel

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Dubbel Advent, from Norway’s Nøgne Ø brewery, is day 2 of the 2017 Craft BeerAdvent Calendar. Now this is more like it for a winter/holiday celebration release, or so we shall see.

This 330ml bottle pours a murky, dark orange-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, creamy, and mildly fizzy tan head, which leaves some tiered and streaky cloud form lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, a hint of cafe-au-lait, muddled black stone fruit, a faint earthy yeastiness, subtle bar-top nuts, and some weak musty, herbal, and floral green hops.  The taste is mixed dark orchard fruit, gritty and grainy caramel malt, ephemeral yeast, hot chocolate, some oily nuttiness, understated milky coffee, and more meek earthy, weedy, and gently soused-up floral noble hoppiness.  The carbonation is rather level in its perfunctory frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with nothing really causing any concern here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt complexity holding the lingering reins.

Overall – this is a fairly well-rendered version of the style, and quite fruit-forward in its bearing.  Easy to put back, and sneakily warming, the perfect foil to a wintry Saturday afternoon.  Glad to see this ‘All Star Edition’ breaking out a higher caliber gun.

Brady White

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