Nøgne Ø ‘tindved’ Norweigan sour


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

Poured into a tulip glass the appearance displays a cloudy golden orange with a 1/2 inch white head that collapsed quickly to a halo of bubbly foam around the side of the glass. Reasonable lacing. The aroma is mainly funky and sour with hints of wheat, phenols, tart berries and maybe a hint of apricot. Some sour apple also on the back end certainly delivers a unique nose. Mild carbonation with a smooth mouth feel, almost watery but it’s saved by a short burst of grippy bitterness on the back of the tongue. The flavour carries on from the aroma….unique, almost like a saison with it’s spicy, tart characters. The sourness is the story throughout though, with phenolic hints of funk, barnyard and wheat initially. Some sour fruit in the mid-palate is rounded off by an acidic citric finish. 7% ABV. To be honest we’re only new to sours but we feel this held up its end of the bargain. Definitely an acquired taste, personally the sourness and acidity is just a bit too much for us, but we can see why people become enthusiasts of this style of beer. Not bad.