Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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Reviews by BrownNut:
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
Aroma - I didn't get anything particularly strong on the nose, but what I did get was almost a fresh apple smell intermingled with that fruity higher alcohol smell (even though it's not particularly high)
Mouthfeel - So delightfully crisp and clean and dry.
Taste - A slight bit of tart/sour back in the spit glands fades fairly quickly and transforms into a perfect amount of hop bitterness that gets left behind at a low level. Not a big hop fan, this level of bitterness is really nice - judiciously and artfully integrated and balanced. The hops do one job in this ensemble instead of stomping everything else out.
The immediate aftertaste on the exhale reminds me a little of a hefeweizen or witbier and definitely recalls sitting outside with a pint in summer. I get something like the lemon on a pint of Hoegaarden.
By the end of the glass, when things were warmer (I drank it straight out of the fridge), it got applier and sweeter.
Little bitty teenie weenie carbonation bubbles. Mine were very actively churning the whole time.
The burps are really nice - gently round and slightly fruity.
The overall clean freshness plus the initial tartness plus the residual hop bitterness plus the carbonation join together draw a crisp dividing line between the taste and aftertaste.
It's so nice to enjoy the flavor with each sip, have it fade quickly to a very low level, and then get to enjoy it fully freshly again the next time. It doesn't haunt the palate or weigh it down. How nice.
I'm starting to feel like Nøgne Ø can do no wrong. They're just classy. Artful and classy. They never hit you over the head. They just impress with art and subtlety. If they had this in bars I would drink it all summer long and not feel the need to stray. Bravo.
01-11-2012 02:53:09 | More by BrownNut
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4/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured into an oversized wine glass a pale golden with a touch of honey colored hue a thinner but tight formed white head atop.A mix of a aromas slightly funky with a firm toasted wheat component,some residual honey sweetness and orange linger,flavors are a bit phenolic and yeasty at the onset flollowed by some honey-like sweetness and light citrus fruit maybe a touch of pineapple,toasty thruought with a big herbal near medicanal hop finish.A solid saison here no major flaws and not overly "funky" relying more on fruity sweetness and herbal hop.
12-09-2007 21:19:05 | More by oberon
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
Saison by a Norway brewery with a very appealling bottle that states a bold red striped O.
A- Pours a flawless Saison orange and yellow hue with little white head that falls to a ring around the glass.
S- Heavy wheat and sugar compose this beer with light citrus and grassy hops on the backbone.
T-M- Taste is a smooth mixture of mildly rotton oranges and lemon peels. Second is a malty sweetness that lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is slightly tart with a sweet astringent feel that leaves a alcohol estery coating.
D- Drinkable as any great beer and i'd knock down quite a few at the right price... cheers!!
07-13-2010 01:11:51 | More by wesbrownyeah
3.84/5 rDev +1.9%
Appearance is a very murky light orange colored beer with white head and sticky lace retention ; small dotted pattern left on the glass. Smells of grass, citrus, peaches, white grape juice, decent smell. Taste is grassy, juicy nectarine, bitey, very danky, hops and bready finish; dry. Overall, this brewery still ranks amongts my favs in the World, the Saison is unique, and probably better on hot summer days, rather than cool nites or stormy winters. Would like to see is one paired with Oysters/Lobster/seafood, or a stone fruit desserts. Humbolt Fog..black or white truffles.
12-22-2013 16:32:26 | More by Beerswag
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
Mid sized bottle, no freshness nor bottling date info. Pours cloudy dull apricot, light and short lived near white head then leaves very fine, well detailed sticky lacing. Nose is of lightly sugared dried fruits, light honey blossoms and powdered sugar. Subtle, complex and well crafted creation. Light on the spices early and more of a wheaty, yeasty feel to it. Some pepper late, and soft but drying hops. Nicely done, I'm drinking it on a freezing winter day, but I can imagine this would be a nice summer accompaniment to a lazy lunch of salads, cheese, bread etc. No bargain, but worth a try for lovers of the style.
02-11-2008 23:07:02 | More by Billolick
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
500mL bottle from the LCBO, part of the summer release. Enjoyed the winter brews from them, so I was excited to see more from them on the shelves. And it's hot as stink out, and I just finished some yard work - clearly, this is perfect weather for a saison.
Poured into my trusty Duvel chalice. Hazy golden brew, about a half inch of foam that settles into a thick ring. Looks about right for the style.
A yeastier, maltier nose that reminds me more so of a strong pale or tripel than a saison. A bit of citrus and herbal hops as well.
Tasty saison, very refreshing. Grapefruit, clove, herbs, lemon, a bit of yeast and bready malt, nicely balanced. The finish is quite citrussy, though the medicinal, herbal hops stick around for quite some time. Mild carbonation, great body to this. It's going down at record speed.
Not quite as dry and musky as I'm used to in a saison, but this is certainly tasty stuff.
06-25-2013 02:18:53 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
NØGNE Ø SAISON is a quality saison that has a very rich almost trippel like flavor. I love the yeasty malty flavors. Classic in style with the fruitiness and spices, but a richer, sweeter. The appearance is good too despite a piss poor head. Light colored but with that messy yeasty look I love to see. Means goood beer! The aroma was OK too. The only downside for me really was the damn texture. Pretty darn fizzy for this tough guy.
But OH do we have some righteous music from the northern Europe jazz label ECM Keith Jarret and his Europen 4tet on the cd entitled "My Song."
03-21-2013 01:29:19 | More by frankiepop
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
(Served in a tall sided tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy dense cardboard colored yellow body with a snow white head that has some larger craters in it but last for a good while. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting the head.
S- This beer has a musty smell with a slight lemony note that grows as the beer warms. There is a slight sweet perfume yeasty hint to it under the lemon.
T- This beer has a taste that is a bit like funky barnyard but more white cheese rind and a full preserved lemon flavor to follow. The finish has a lemon rind and pin hop flavor with a carbonic acid dryness.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish.
D- This beer has a nice earthy wild yet light flavor making it great for a warm summer sipper but it also has some nice depth to keep it interesting. It blends the nice funk of an aged beer with the fresh flavor of green hops.
04-21-2009 19:15:26 | More by rhoadsrage
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
500ml bottle - no idea what the serving temperature is - between freezing and warm, I guess.
This beer pours a cloudy, medium tarnished golden straw colour, with two fingers of weakly puffy, densely foamy, and almost caked dirty white head, which leaves some random splattered rock formation lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of gritty wheat grain, edgy yeast, black pepper and coriander spice, stunted apple and pit fruit, and floral, leafy hops. The taste is much sweeter, but still crackery wheat malt, with a reduced acrid and faintly funky yeastiness, pumped-up clove/coriander and white pepper spice, muddled light orchard fruit, and grassy, weedy hops.
The bubbles are quite light in their frothy effervescence, the body a sturdy medium weight for the style, and a bit tacky (look no further than all that nefarious yeast) in its wan attempt at smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the yeast, grainy malt, spice, and non-interfering fruit straining in that direction.
A pleasant saison, the extra bit of ABV well integrated, and barely noticeable for the most part. Well rounded, the various Flemish-influenced players all good and game to go, rendering this a worthy sipper (or glugger, depending on your persuasion or intent) for a summer patios anon.
06-27-2014 04:26:46 | More by biboergosum
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
I do not think this is retired, another database glitch. Best Before February 2008, and a fresh bottle right out of Norway. A very good smooth drinking saison, although many would object to the bit of vinegar sourness, well controlled mind you, in the finish. White pepper,good head on golden,spicey. Had a fresh bottle, and with it a nice hoppy finish 6 years later.
05-13-2007 02:38:09 | More by Sammy
4.65/5 rDev +23.3%
Pours a really nice yellow, tantalizingly incandescent. Thin head and zero lacings let it down.
Interesting aroma. Combines a nice solid wheatiness with almost tart fruit and pleasantly surprising continental hops.
Wonderfully complex saison. Begins with some nice fresh grain accompanied by just a touch of tart citrus fruit. Continental hops pick up with some welcome bitterness. All tied together with some great Belgian yeastiness in the finish.
A bit more oily, as others have said, than you would expect, but I think it works really well. Most importantly, it's refreshing.
There's a school of thought that a saison is whatever the brewer wants it to be. I don't buy into that. A saison should be a refreshing, light, spritsy beer with extreme quaffability. This one strays a bit from traditional examples but they pull it off well. Highly recommend.
10-22-2010 18:48:09 | More by CanuckRover
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
A- Pours a very hazy golden yellow color with orange hues
S- The aroma is delightfully fruity with a lot of citrus, spices and yeast. There is not as much hops in the aroma as most Saisons, but there is a really nice mixture of citrus and spices.
T- The taste features a lot of citrus and spices like the aroma, with a nice touch of hops in the finish. This is a little different than most Saisons that are typically light and crisp with some spices and a hoppy finish, but this is a solid brew in its own right.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but I feel that it could benefit by a little more carbonation.
D- This is a great beer, but at 6.5% it is not as sessionable as some of the lower ABV Saisons out there.
11-24-2008 22:34:26 | More by cjgator3
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
Saison is hazy and a light gold color. Despite its haziness, there's no swimming yeast. A foamy white head rises to about two fingers. It fell to a surface level covering nearly as fast. Lacing was sticky and rather light.
The nose is kicked off with a very musky and earthy aroma. It has a slight funky aroma. It's not Brett, but something else. A generous amount of spices amp it up quite a bit. Clove and pepper are apparent, but there may be other spices I'm not picking up. A floral hop presence attributes a grassy aroma that only further its strong earthy character. A little Belgian yeast is noted on the tail, but it's not prominent. No alcohol is noted. Not a bad effort at all.
A nice grainy flavor kicks it off. It tastes a little sweet at first, but that quickly disappears. Clove and pepper spices are quite tasty and boost the overall flavor a notch. Hops are more prominent than one would expect. They're mostly floral and earthy in character, but add quite a bit to the overall flavor. I like it. Lemon and light orange citrus notes creep in toward the end. Belgian yeast is noted, but certainly isn't that strong in overall flavor. Incidentally, there's no appreciable funky flavor here. I was expecting it. Alcohol is blended very well and goes unnoticed. Overall, this has a pretty nice flavor. It's a solid effort by the Scandinavian crew. It's not quite on par with some of the best, but it's firmly in the second tier for the style.
Saison's body is light and has a decent, smooth feel. Carbonation feels a little too light and doesn't hold up its end very well. It doesn't have a substantial negative effect. Perhaps minor. Drinkability is good. It goes down way too fast and easy. The flavor is overall pretty impressive. I could handle a few of these.
Saison's a nice release from Nøgne Ø. It's probably a little better than the score here will reflect, but it's tough to stack up against some top notch releases of the style. The flavor isn't quite as refined or artful as those examples. But, it's difficult to call that a problem. The biggest problem is that its carbonation is too light. Pretty impressive outside of that. Definitely recommended.
05-08-2009 01:34:47 | More by prototypic
3.1/5 rDev -17.8%
1 pint, .9 fluid ounce slim brown bottle. The usual bold Nøgne labeling and no freshness dating.
Looks a bit dull and sickly on the pour. Cloudy pale yellow, nearly flat body, with a film of white head on top. Smells nice enough, however. Dusty lime notes with a light funky yeast and mellow grain backdrop. The aroma mostly follows through in flavor. Lemon and lime ride atop slightly earthy yeast. Builds to a hoppy bitter finish with an unfortunate metallic aftertaste. The body is thin, rather limp, and barely carbonated. An thoroughly unimpressive beer. Significantly below average for this brewery.
04-18-2008 23:53:22 | More by dgallina
2.83/5 rDev -24.9%
Poured a cloudy yellow with a thick sticky off white head.
It smelled funky like saison should, but maybe a little to funky, almost feet like.
Considering the huge nose the flavor is very mild and crisp with a bit of light fruit and a touch of lemony bitterness, very mild and not nearly as spicy as most Saisons.
The mouthfeel is spot on with a crisp and dry finish.
Drinkable, but a bit on the bland side for me.
09-01-2010 21:57:38 | More by bashiba
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a bright yet cloudy pale orange color with an average head that dissipated into a light cap. The aroma is earthy; some pepper, light lemon and a good whiff of a banana bread. The taste is of banana bread, light citrus, and a light funk. A light hop bitterness in the end. Taste reminds me of a hefe with a little funk. Not tart like most saisons, has more of a yeast profile. Still very tasty though. The feel is moderate and has a creamy texture, finishes fairly balanced. Not a typical saison as I didn't pick up much in the way of floral notes, tartness, or the funk. However, still a very fine tasting brew.
04-12-2008 02:37:01 | More by Gmann
3.81/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass.
A: Pours nice light golden color with fluffy two finger white head leaving some moderate lacing.
S: Earthy yeast and funk mixed with lemon, orange, and some spices.
T: Citrus flavors mixed with grassy undertones. Some yeast and malts while crisp and refreshing.
M: Light and dry with mild carbonation. Easy drinking brew.
O: Nice Saison. Not my absolute favorite of the group, but a solid choice none the less.
05-18-2013 00:09:12 | More by richj1970
Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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