My need for hops has been quenched. Phew. Nogne O (my keyboard doesn't have the right character but there should be a line through the 'O') is Norway's leading producer of craft beer and, here's a thing, the only producer of sake in Europe. Their name means "naked island". Their story goes back to 2002 when Gunnar Wiig and Kjetil Jikiun decided to found a new brewery. They love Maris Otter UK malt and the big C US hops (Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Colombus). In 2003 they produced a mere 300hl and in 2015 it was a much more impressive 20,000 hl. In 2013 the brewery was acquired by Hansa Borg Bryggerier, a family owned group of regional brewers and Nogne O continue to grow at their base in Grimstad. I have loved many of their beers and Cotteridge Wines always stock a good selection from them.
This beer is big on numbers. It is a celebration of their 500th brew so it must have been initially brewed some time ago because on my same shop I also picked up their #1000 which may be kept for next Christmas. This particular beer though was batch #1357 and it was bottled in January 2015. So what are the other numbers I hear you ask. Five malts, 100 IBUs, 5 Hops and 10% ABV. Quite something. It has a bit of a creamy feel to it with butterscotch notes in the base and the hops permeate through above this malty base for what is actually a highly drinkable balanced beer. It really is quite lovely.