Nøgne Ø / Bridge Road India Saison - Bridge Road Brewers
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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
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
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
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
Pours a pale amber colour, pretty cloudy with a few floaties due to my clumsy pouring, but hey - I'm not averse. Head is quite bubbly, white and retaining a thin crown of clingy lace. Looks good.
Smells quite lovely. Plenty of saisony funk and phenols upfront, kind of musty with aromas of wet wool and barnyard, then the hops float over, disseminating their magical aroma dust everywhere - citrus, passionfruit and light kiwi. Lovely blend, really. Good grounding by the phenols and great lift from the hops.
Now isn't that interesting. Quite malty on the front but a distinct floral/fruity tang. Hints of chardonnay and lemon/orange, then the back is bitter but with a distinct Belgian funky flavour. Notes of damp basement, raw gelatine, black pepper and juniper, but none of them in a bad way; just intriguingly bitter and earthy. Yet the fragrant hops are still there, injecting a lilt of citrus fruit - mandarin and a touch of lavender. Lovely blend and really craftily handled. I doff my cap, gentlemen.
Having trouble noting the mouthfeel as there's so much flavour going on. Very smooth, though - slick with a touch of spice at the back, but no real pull, just leaves cleanly. Wonderful.
This had the potential to be little more than a weird experiment. But happily the hops don't strangle the saison character but just enhance it, and complement in a wonderful refreshing way. This is a cracker.
12-04-2011 03:10:36 | More by laituegonflable
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
Bottle from Purvis. From notes.
A - Poured bright and golden with one finger of white head. Strong carbonation. With the bottom of the bottle added there is alot of yeast sediment floating. Chunky spots of lace and a film of retention.
S - Strong citrus, hay, wheat, and some funk.
T - Same with citrus, hay, wheat, and funk with more hay and light funk combining for a neat flavour profile. Sweet malt as well. Nice stuff.
M - Good carbonation and medium to full body with a crisp hoppy finish.
O/D - Delicious. Interesting and flavourful with no evidence of the ABV. A solid colab.
03-07-2012 00:47:05 | More by tbeckett
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
3.95/5 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
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
On tap at the brewery.
A: Served a nice pale golden color with a good head that fades quite slowly to ample lacing.
S: Aroma is a mix of citrus and pine with a nice funk. Spice and an interesting fruit mix in the background.
T: Taste is a changing mix of citrus, pine, a mild malt sweetness with a bit of spice, fruit and a nice dose of funk. There is a nice bitterness with a slightly spicy finish.
F: Medium body, with an original robust flair that makes this beer stand out.
O: Not a typical saison as this one has a bit of an IPA personality without being overbearing. An ineresting and very enjoyable beer. Well worth checking out.
09-08-2012 05:56:23 | More by soju6
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
From Notes: 11/10/11
Pours a nice golden color with a pillowy white head.
Aroma is citrus, earthy, a bit yeasty.
Taste; notes of lemon-zest upfront with a solid earthy-ness. Sharp citrus throughout with some floral hop notes. Finishes with a zesty herbal hop presence, rustic earthiness and a bit of acidity.
Overall; think they produced what they were looking for; a nice melding of an IPA and Saison; quite enjoyable!
12-07-2011 10:08:12 | More by pixieskid
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a hazy dark straw with a lovely pillowy off-white coarse head.
Moderate aromas - Saison funk on nose - hint of citrus.
Wow - complexity rules on an awesome taste. Hints of sour, some barnyard, with hops in the mix and grapefruit. None dominate - all so well integrated. A nod to a 5 here rather than a 4.5 due to complexity with no overall dominant element.
Mouthfeel, despite all of the above, is crisp.
What a beer - great idea, well executed.
02-26-2012 08:28:16 | More by heygeebee
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
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
3.9/5 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
Nøgne Ø / Bridge Road India Saison from Bridge Road Brewers
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