Nøgne Ø / Bridge Road India Saison - Bridge Road Brewers
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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
4.47/5 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
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
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
3.68/5 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
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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