Beer review: Nøgne Ø Imperial DunkelWit

Lets try yet another beer from Nøgne Ø. This time I picked up a bottle that has been sitting in my cellar for a couple of years. Imperial DunkelWit. According to the commercial description this beer is an attempt to combine the best of many brewing cultures.

The beer was brewed with the typical ingredients of a Belgian Wit: Grimstad water (OK, not too typical for Belgian Wit Biers), wheat, malted barley, coriander, orange peel, hops and yeast. The ABV is 10% (hence, Imperial), so it might not be too typical of a Belgian Wit after all. Let’s check it out.

Nøgne Ø Imperial DunkelWitLooks

Very dark brown with a reddish hue. The color is stunning actually. The beer generates a small off-white with not much retention. It does not leave any lacing on the glass either.


The aroma has a strong hint of coriander, some roasted malts, a hint of booze and some caramel.


The flavor has a massive amount of coriander! There is some sweetness from the malt but I can’t get much else out of this beer.

The mouth feel is pretty smooth and the carbonation level is a bit lower than most other wit biers I have had.


Up front I’m getting alcohol and orange zest and after a while I’m left with a sweet orange juice-like flavor in my mouth.


What to do, what to do. This time around this beer was not good. It both smelled and tasted very artificial. The last time I tasted this beer was in October 2010, and according to my notes I somehow managed to enjoy it. Well … that was then. This time it was mostly a coriander festival going on in my mouth, and I’m apparently not too fond of coriander festivals. I think I’ll just skip the score on this review.

It would have been really interesting to taste this beer when it was fresh though. Perhaps I’d really enjoy it!

I picked up this beer at Vinmonopolet in Fredrikstad early 2010 if I remember correctly. The beer is Nøgne Ø’s batch #439 and it was brewed on July the 7th, 2009.

Nøgne Ø Imperial DunkelWit

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