Nøgne Ø / Bridge Road India Saison - Bridge Road Brewers
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3.64/5 rDev -10.6%
Pours a cloudy dark orange (orange when held up to light) with massive white head.
Smell is hoppy modern ANZUS hops of some description- pine, citrus. Rockmelon. Nice, full on and wholesome. Behind that; Belgian qualities.
Taste is lots of fruits- rockmelon is particularly prominent. Perhaps kiwifruit also. Nice Belgian esters and spiciness, but not syrupy.
Mouthfeel is about the Belgian spice and hop bitterness. Some fennel (not aniseed- it's not that strong and is thankfully more subtle).
Greatly prefer this to the Nøgne Ø iteration. (Modern) hoppier and drier. Of course I think this is fresher (~3 months old) than when I had the Nøgne Ø version.
07-13-2013 07:32:58 | More by danieelol
3.68/5 rDev -9.6%
330ml bottle from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a Great Divide glass.
Has a hazy appearance with a light golden colour. Nice white, 2 finger head of foam that laces on the way down where it settles at half that height. Some suspended yeast particles.
Very strong herbal aroma, kind of herbal hoppiness. The more the hops pervade with grapefruit and blend into the herbal spiciness the better this gets. More unique than anything as it should be given the attempt and melding the two styles together. Let this warm and it seems to keep improving.
Taste has a good deal of grapefruit to it, though the faint saison characteristics seem to ensure that some peppery spice towards the end keeps the bitterness in check. Would prefer to see more of the saison character in this given it is a style that Bridge Roads does better than most out here.
Full bodied, hop resin at the front along with a decent level of bitterness is tempered at the back end making this quite drinkable.
Worth trying to see what you think of it. Unique, that's for sure. Can't see this ever being a regular fixture in either brewery's lineup, but interesting nonetheless and good to see some boundary pushing going on.
10-30-2011 08:21:40 | More by MrKennedy
3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
Hazy, pale golden colour with a smooth, foamy, white head. Very good head retention. Very good.
Bright, floral hops with some some of the classic tropical fruits from the Galaxy and Stella hops. Pineapple, must and green grapes. Very nice.
Very light malt sits in the background to a battle of hops and yeast character. Moderate fruity, vinous hop character with moderate bitterness which is just a touch astringent. Then there is the yeast which is slightly peppery with some soapiness playing into the mix as well. Very interesting and I'd like it a bit more if it weren't for the astringency on the back of the palate.
Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.
I quite like this on the whole, the combination of styles works but the choice of hops was always going to be a killer in terms of harshness as there is really no way to make either Galaxy or Stella smooth.
11-09-2011 06:02:03 | More by dgilks
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
Pours pale amber with a small head.
Nose shows abundant amounts of tropical fruit with passionfruit, pineapple, grapes, peaches, etc, etc, etc... Underneath are big spicy notes and soft clean malt.
Similar fruit as flavours, before transitioning to sweet light malt. After that things really dry out as the hops and spicy characters return for an aggressive finish.
Carbonation seems a little full-on.
Really captures both styles.
11-05-2011 06:09:41 | More by CrazyDavros
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
330mL bottle thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.
Hazy apricot with a huge white head. Excellent retention, eventually leaves a sticky lace lattice and an immovable island of foam.
Zingy and sharp nose of cut wet grass, onions, lemon zest, grapefruit pith, vegetal yeast and barnyard funk. Touch of candy floss ester character.
Mountains of funky wet grass and compost joined by an earthy, minty resiny bitterness. Again, very mild sweet ester character.
Medium mouthfeel. Vibrant carbonation on the tongue. Moderate lingering bitterness rather than a crisp saison dryness shows the heavy hopping.
Funky and charismatic. The full frontal NZ hop character works really well with the Saison yeast. Drinkability isn't high but to be expected with this much going on.
12-10-2011 13:33:15 | More by spicelab
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
330ml bottle poured into a Mikkeller glass
Clear pale golden with crisp, oily bright white head. A little lacing.
Delicious nose. Fresh cut grass, pineapple, mandarin, apple peel. Funky wet hay aswell.
Malty sweetness upfront, vibrant barnyard straw. Then the hops take the flavour to a nice bitter interlude before a nice long peppery finish.
Mouthfeel is well constructed-thin and over-carbonated. I would have prefered a slightly dryer finish.
So cool to see some Australian brewers collaborating abroad. A really nicely balanced brew.
01-30-2012 09:34:28 | More by
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
A-Pours a hazy pale golden hue which leaves a fast vanishing two finger head and heaps of clingy lacing.
S-Pineapple and lots of it,mangoes,paw paw and wet hay.
T-Starts off with pineapple,mangoes,lychee,abit of barnyard funk and finishes with a tart,dry and very bitter finish and its definately a hopped up saison thats for sure and i like it.
M-Medium bodied,dry,tart and bitter.
O-I could drink this all night if given the chance and i really think it is what it states an india saison and i love a new style especially when it comes to beefing up a tasty saison.
11-29-2011 12:56:26 | More by ADZA
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.
S: An interesting aroma of hops, fruit, and that saison barnyard funk.
T: Tasted of hops and tropical fruit (pineapple) up front, with some malt, yeast, and the barnyard funk in the finish. This is basically what it's advertised to be: An IPA crossed with a saison. Somehow it works.
M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.
O: Definitely not your typical saison, but still a lively and tasty brew.
12-13-2011 13:15:19 | More by avalon07
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
A - Three fingers of soapy white head cap a bright orange amber. Sticky chunks of lace follow the head.
S - Galaxy hops are easily identifiable, ripe passionfruit, pomegranate, durian. Reminds me of fresh fruit in Bali.
T - All the same tropical fruit flavours advertised in the aroma come through, and bring with them a nice hop bitterness along with a mild heat.
M - Oily and medium bodied, moderate carbonation.
O - Not dissimilar to a good new world IPA. A successful collaboration.
01-13-2012 13:59:55 | More by dansmcd
4.21/5 rDev +3.4%
An outstanding beer with excellent aroma and taste - I want more!
Tastes like a blend of a classic Belgian with an Indian Pale ale
orange, Belgian yeast, citrus, grapefruit, slight smoke, very slight raspberry, spice and slight pine all mix together to make a great quality beer - excellent balance (other people will probably get other flavours as well - not an easy beer to describe)
07-18-2013 11:31:08 | More by admiral
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
Collaboration between Kjetil Jikiun of Nøgne Ø and Ben Kraus of Bridge Road. Originally brewed at Nøgne Ø, using Galaxy and Stella hops brought by Ben to the brewery. This version that I tried is the Australian version brewed by Ben back at Bridge Road.
Pours a gorgeous colour, bright, light and burnished pure golden yellow, with a frothy head of white that forms in large bubbles. Lace is superb. Body is indeed light, but it's hard to expect otherwise in a saison, but the carbonation is fine and powdery to make up for it. Looks fantastic.
Nose is divine and exceptionally fresh, with big sharp hop characters accentuated and complemented beautifully by the slight spike of acidity from the saison yeast. It gives it a greenness of pears, lemongrass and wet rainforest, with a lilt of pepper and a smooth round vanilla note. It's a lovely mixture, each character which complements the other.
Taste is also extremely good, and beautifully executed. Here, there's undoubtedly a sharp and rather bright hoppiness giving a bold bitterness down the centre of the palate, but it comes with luscious tropical flavours and a crisp lemon fragrance that really lifts everything. On the back, the bitterness pleasantly dips, leaving a slight peppery bite and lilting acidity. The oily hops do build up after a while, leaving a residual bitterness that starts to take over. It would go well with a little soft cheese or fatty meat to temper this.
Feel is pleasantly light, but very smooth and brightened with tiny amounts of carbonation.
A lovely brew and a wonderfully unique one. Wonderful to see this collaboration happening, and I'm so pleased I got to try the fruits of it.
10-26-2011 05:35:24 | More by lacqueredmouse
Nøgne Ø / Bridge Road India Saison from Bridge Road Brewers
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