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Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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BA SCORE
85
very good

207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%


Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
14°P, 25 IBU

Ingredients: Wheat and lager malt; East Kent Goldings and Crystal hops; Belgian ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-08-2006)
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theformula

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer #41 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/10. Thanks to GeorgiaBeer once again for this one!

A: Pours a light orange body into a tulip glass. A 2" white head dissipates quickly but leaves a nice layer on top. The body is hazy w/ yeasties & visible, active carbonation.

S: Awesome aroma, whoa. Could've fooled me for a Belgian. Prominent aroma of doughy yeast & barnyard funk give it that authenticity, while grains & husk (pilsner like, actually) along w/ wildflower & light candi sugar give it a subtle sweetness. Definite coriander and lemon notes as well. Fantastic.

M: Med. body, med. carbonation. Silky smooth body, a little crisp and smooth. Nice.

T: Follows suit w/ the aroma thankfully. Delicious malt base of wildflowers, clover honey & husk are in near perfect balance w/ the funky, doughy yeast & spices. It has some wit & pilsner characteristics, interesting. Leafy, lightly bitter hops (Saaz?) round it out nicely. Rustic but refined & complex.

D: This is deviously delicious, an excellent Saison. Great authenticity w/ a twist. Complex, funky and easily drinkable. This would kill for some seafood. Highly recommended & one of the best Saisons I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 21:52:30 | More by theformula
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nickfl

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - One finger of pure, white head dissipates quickly and forms a thin film on top of the hazy, golden body.

S - Spicy, yeasty character. Notes of pepper, lemon and lavender. It took me a long time to identify it, but there is also a strong aroma of chamomile.

T - Hops and alcohol up front. A perfumey lavender note emerges briefly, followed by more pepper and lemon flavors along with just a bit of tropical fruit (guava perhaps). Floral chamomile and grapefruit hop notes are present throughout, but intensify during the finish along with a sharp bitterness.

M - Moderately high carbonation and medium body. The finish is not quite as dry as some other saisons.

D - Extremely drinkable. I have had many beautiful saisons, but this is perhaps the most drinkable. Something about it just demands that I keep drinking. It has excellent hop character and some nice yeast notes. I feel like it is a bit lacking in the fruity esters that I really enjoy in this style, but some fruit character finally emerges as the beer warms. The only major complaint I have is the rather poor head retention. Overall this is a damn good saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 08:02:17 | More by nickfl
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 18:48:09 | More by CanuckRover
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. no date found. poured into tulip.

golden straw color with orange tones. hazy. nice head stays around and eventually fades to wispy layer. good lace.

moderate barn and farm funk at first whiff, but gives way to peach juice and white grape fruitiness. grassy hop with hint of citrus. bready yeast and funk in the end.

flavor has hoppy resins jumping out at the start, meeting the funk note, then fades out for toasty malts to peek through, then back to funk, esters, and gentle phenols with hint of pepper. moderate bitterness, fluctuates and continues to a grassy, pleasantly funky finish, with a twinge of acidity beforehand.

smooth, with faint resins in the finish. moderate carbonation with crisp liveliness and fluffy on the tongue.

a bit pricey per oz or cl of fluid, but still nice. funkiness is perhaps more than average, and may hamper drinkability slightly, but still stays pleasant and complimentary.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 23:47:44 | More by tai4ji2x
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thekanna

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a turbid, unripe tangerine-orange with absolutely no head. The color glows with sunset-like beauty when held towards the light.

S: Wow, this one is complex. Huge whiff of dried apricots with some passion fruit, complex Belgian yeasts, mangoes, and assorted dried tropical fruits scattered around.

T: Largely dried apricots with a huge hop resonance. Citrus fruits are present but muted. Hops creep up halfway and resound in a citrusy, grapefruit pit-like bitterness in the aftertaste.

M/D: Nice active carbonation. Highly refreshing and drinkable; masks the alcohol very well. Strong enough hop bitterness to cut through any flavorful cuisine.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 03:37:28 | More by thekanna
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tprokop7

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle purchased 2 months ago at Julio's in Westborough.

Poured a golden straw color with a significant head. Smelled wonderful, with plenty of hops and slight citrus. Taste was great as well, a good example of the style. This is a very drinkable beer, I wish I had more...

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 23:17:06 | More by tprokop7
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours a cloudy orange-gold, shades of peach, with a fluffy white head that dissolves into a soapy layer.

Nose is nice - lemon, apricot, a hint of smooth vanilla, yeasty, some grassy hops underneath.

Taste starts off with a beautiful spicy, peppery yeast note, doughy sweet but with notes of apricot, moving to some crisp lemony citrus notes over a grassy, moderately bitter hop note. So fresh tasting. Finish is long, peppery, grassy, mildly bitter, doughy yeast towards the tail end. Exhales bring up some light vanilla and tropical fruit from the yeast. Fantastic beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light but active carbonation suiting the flavors well.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 20:09:06 | More by JohnQVegas
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 19:15:26 | More by rhoadsrage
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Saison Dupont glass with an amber color and a slight haze. There is a good sized off white head with tight formation and lacing.

Aroma has fresh Belgian yeast with good Saison characteristics, as well as some coriander like spice and a touch of malt.

The flavor is nice and simple up front with a nice pale malt sweetness. In mid palate is a refreshing Belgian yeast flavor of juicy fruit, as well as some spice. Ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg are lightly layered in that order. Overall, this is a little less complex than most Saisons, but it is tasty and quenching.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 23:45:25 | More by jeffthecheff
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dbexpert

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell.
bread, hay, light toast, citrus, herbs, grass, a touch of barnyard, rustic,banana, damp earthyness
Appearence.
pale, light straw in color, rocky head, white foam, hazy, right on for style Taste. light sweetness, lightly bitter, crisp and clean, again on point for style
Mouthfeel.
light body, thin feel, lively, fizzy, finish is crisp with a slight pesistence from the hops that carry a very herbacious undertone
Drinkability.
Quite impressed with this accurate rendition of a Saison. Brewer definitely understands the style

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 17:37:51 | More by dbexpert
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 23:07:02 | More by Billolick
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served to me blind by laituegonflable.

Pours a hazy pale golden colour, with a very decent bead of carbonation streaming up to a massively full and rocky head of just off-white foam. Head is really excellent, and overall, it's a pretty fantastic looking brew.

Delicious nose, very tropical, with luscious sweetness, and a dry cut grass aroma to split it a little. Very nice. It's not as powerful as a really robust hop-bomb, but the characters on this are very pleasant. (Initially served clear without agitating the sediment - with the yeast, we get some barnyard floor kind of funk that wasn't present when it was clear).

Taste is also a little subdued, but very pleasantly so. I was expecting a sharp thrust of bittering hops through the centre of the palate (given the tropical notes on the nose), but the bitterness is quite restrained, and the fruit notes and clean grassy characters have a chance to express themselves as well. Finish is round and smooth, cleansing, but not particularly dry (with the yeast, it goes a tad phenolic - adds a rustic character that is more true to style) - I feel like it carresses my mouth into accepting the next sip. Yep. I like this a lot.

Just delicious. Smooth, clean, but with lots of full rounded funk characters and a very welcome hop addition. Absolutely, supremely drinkable. I had to stop myself from draining the glass in one pull. A very fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 02:51:56 | More by lacqueredmouse
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Pale yellow in color, with a cloudy, murky consistency. Head was fairly long-lasting and creamy, with some good lacing.

S: Typically funky and fruity smell of a saison.

T: Tasted of hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and some malt. Had a slightly metallic, bitter aftertaste that was a little off-putting, but aside from that, pretty tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not exactly in line with most Belgian saisons, but drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 12:46:19 | More by avalon07
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BrownNut

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 02:53:09 | More by BrownNut
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another stellar beer from Nogne-O. A soft and confectionate maltiness fades to ultimate dryness and forcasts a floral and bitter hop character.

The beer pours a medium gold color, a bit rich for Saisons. Ample carbonation releases a mid-sized head that laces reasonably well and retaining to satisfactory levels. Much more clear than normal. A good look but Saisons usually impress very well with the foam; this one is only good.

Hoppy aromas of floral and earthy/spicy notes fill the nose and compliment the fruity esters and sharp, yeasty spices very well. Background bread-crust malts add a biscuity and confectionary note to the hops, esters, and spice.

Powdered sugar, sweet grains, and crusty malts set the stage for frutiy esters (peaches, apples) and spicy phenols (white pepper, orange zest, and corriander). Hop spice and bitter bring about an earthy/spicy flavor that confidently bounces off of the well attenuated sweetness. Very rounded, complex, and balanced.

The sweeter early flavors never dip into heavy textures; rather the fleeting sweetness leads into hoppy dryness with an effortless and consistent motion. Dry without being hot in the finish. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 06:04:48 | More by BEERchitect
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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."

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:29:19 | More by frankiepop
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

A: Pours a mellow, light-gold color with a few streams of lazy effervescence. Small 3/4 finger cap of pure white foam. Not too much in the way of lace.

S: Aromas of tart apple and wheat, and pear. Aromatic Belgian yeast, white pepper, coriander, and a slight hint of barnyard funk.

T: Dry wheat, apple, and hops dominate at first. A fruity, peppery, funkiness takes over soon afterwards along with the aforementioned coriander and some citrus-y hops at the finish.

M: Quite full and pleasantly peppery. Hop bitterness from beginning to end.

D: An excellent beer and a great companion to blue corn chips and Trader Joe's Hot! Fresh Salsa.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 00:59:14 | More by GbVDave
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attended a beer tasting on 4/24 where we got to meet Kjetil Jikiun and speak with him. Ended up picking up a few bottles of this. During the tasting and the bottles taken home - these brews POPPED right open, bit of spray attached to them.

This beer pours a pale, hazy, golden body, with a thick 2-3 finger head. Decent head retention touch of spotty, wispy lacing. Nose is of grainy hops, grass, orange, and yeast, with possibly a touch of pepper. Taste surprised me with the amount of malts in here - but grass and grains, with a dose of yeast are really at the forefront of the taste. Orange zest balance out the grain taste and give real substance. The citrus hops in here give a bit of a punch but the finish is on the malt side, with a sweet aftertaste to it. Light to medium bodied, there is a fair amount of carbonation that works well for this beer. This is a HIGHLY drinkable beer and I can't wait to drink the other bottles I got from the tasting!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 22:18:17 | More by Jayli
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BarrelO

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Surprisingly dark body, almost reddish-orange. Sizable head that eventually fades and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Phenolic sugars with some fruitiness and a bit of hops.

T: A fair amount of sugary sweetness, but also plenty of hop zing. Hints of breadiness from the malt. Finishes dry.

M: Silky smooth with effervescent carbonation.

D: A very solid saison. Recommended for fans of the style, especially in the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 18:40:34 | More by BarrelO
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nezelrac

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 500ml bottle into large tulip

A - pale straw; dense white head with good retention and lacing

S - classic; lightly sour; spiciness from the hops, too; some lightly funky citrus notes; very appealing

T - wheat and malt; spicy notes weave in and out; good length; hops are distinctly present but balanced and show some restraint

M - light-ish but significant; good CO2; a little prickle but nothing sharp

O - delicious; refreshing; worth having another several

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 20:21:14 | More by nezelrac
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Same peachy color as the bitter I had just before, if a bit brighter, and the head was more soapy and resilient.

Smell: Quite an interesting yeast profile in the nose, it showed some wet hay, cracked pepper or perhaps sage, lavander and had a sugary, sweet and fresh finish.

Taste: Could have used a bit more spring in the carbonation, but maybe it's just me who's used to Fantomes and the like that almost explode in your mouth. The upside to it is that it pushes the spices (coriander, mostly), yeast and body to the front. The hops didn't need any help at all, the weedyness seized on your tongue a second or two after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 14:39:38 | More by Goldorak
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange with a one finger head. Some moderate lacing develops.

Smell: little yeast and some light plum sweetness. A hint of citrus comes through too.

Taste: caramel, plums, red apples, some yeast and a hint of funkiness. Little less flavorful than expected.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start. Light crisp and a hint of dryness at the finish. Aftertaste is very short. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very easy to drink this one, and it makes for a nice summer beer. Worth picking this one up to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 21:30:47 | More by Gavage
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy pale, with good head retention

Smell: nice grainy, earthtone smell

Taste: a light and easy drinking, mild clove and spices, mild earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. decent carbonation

Drinkability: a solid saison, I had it 6 months or so so the hops faded some.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 05:56:36 | More by CampusCrew
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joecast

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a massive head. Good retention / lacing. Cloudy golden. High carbonation. Plenty of sediment ends up in the glass after the last pour.

Restrained yet complex aroma. Not too much "farmhouse", but some nice yeast and sweet malt character. Don't know if this is spiced but there could be some floral hops there.

Taste is seriously well balanced. The evenness of the malt, yeast, acidity, bitterness etc is sublime.

The only gripe I have about this is how true to style it is. I am very new to saison but would expect this to be slightly dryer or at least less sweet and maybe more of that farmhouse character. Obviously this may upset the current balance of the beer but being a hop head it's not the first time I would have thought balance was overrated. Not to take away how well made this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 07:29:37 | More by joecast
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jikvig

Norway

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out as cloudy brwon yellow, with a light foam on the top.

Good malt aromas, almost towards flour. Also a little hint of floral from the yeast.

On the palate it`s very yummy, a dry finish and nice bitternes.

Would love to try this with some asian cuisin!!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 08:25:02 | More by jikvig
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