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Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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very good

235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Photo of ccrida
1.63/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, the Saison is a cloudy burnt gold with a small white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is very spicy, before I even had a taste, I thought "uh oh". Orange juice beer, maybe passable for an heavy-handed Wit.

Taste is heavy on the orange peel, like a fruit beer. Curarcao I assume, it has bit of Gran Mariner syrupiness. This is just not what I look for in a Saison at all (or really any beer). Sorry, this is just too overspiced. This beer doesn't necessarily taste awful, I'm sure it's popular with teenagers in countries where it's affordable.

Mouthfeel is thicker and kind of soapy.

Drinkability is very low. This is mis-labed, it's a bad wit, not a saison. If you like orange juice and don't like beer, it's worth a try.

Photo of bashiba
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of sweemzander
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500mL bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear orange color. Produced a great fluffy white head with solid retention. Very consistent lacing all around the inside rim.

(S)- Very very dry. Has a unique floral-like almost medicinal band-aid brett character to it. Earthy yeast and lemon/wheat characters as well. A different aroma, but an intriguing one.

(T)- Very different from the smell. Very dry and very earthy with bitter clay in front of a band-aid-like tartness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very dry and bitter with tons of clay. A bit disjointed and surprisingly thin even for the style. The bitterness is almost overwhelming actually.

(D)- Definitely a bit odd and funky for a traditional Saison. Very bitter and earthy with little else going on aside from that weird medicinal aspect.

Photo of MammothTarantula
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My apologies for not reviewing this more thoroughly, but I felt like I needed to say something about this even though I did not take the time to review each individual aspect of this beer.

This does not taste like a saison at all. It's basically an East Coast IPA with a slight hint of Belgian yeast. It's not a bad beer by any means, but as a lover of saisons, I was thoroughly disappointed. Don't write this beer of completely, but just beware. That is all.

Photo of ssmack
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500 ml bottle into large wine.

A nice apricot orange colour. No head at all! A circle of fine bubbles around the glass does not account as a head. There is a sparking lacking but not much retention.

A mild aroma. Fruity and grainy.

A mild malt taste with some fruitiness. Noble hops bitterness in the second half of the taste experience.

A medium feel but slightly watery and no carbonation.

Definitely a below average saison. I do not need to try this one again.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Long813
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Skeeze
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of jakubh17
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of remitrom
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of pixieskid
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of alysmith4
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my first beer from this brewery, and I was pretty impressed. It seems they brew just about every style of beer, and with this one - they nailed the saison right on the head. It was flavorful, crisp, slightly sour, bready, and spicy. I could definitely have this beer again and again, if it weren't so pricey.

Photo of soupyman10
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one's either not that good, or slightly skunked. Or both (for $9, I'm not pleased). Medium white head over a yellow-orange colored beer that's slightly opaque. Bubbles dissolve down quickly leaving a very fine film on top. No lacing. Nose is citrus and skunk. Flavor is some mild citrus, malt, wheat, yeast, and skunkiness. This one is really disappointing. I don't get it either...brown bottle, no apparent issues. I'm pissed.

Photo of charlzm
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Consumed 08/30/08.

From the bottle to the tulip glass, the beer looks a lot like a mimosa: fairly clear golden/orange with plenty of tiny bubbles though only a fleeting head. Then, because I didn't catch it in time, the cloudy yeast from the bottle bottom slipped out. Drats!

The beer is quite aromatic, with sweet honeysuckle complimented by a tart citrus character (mostly oranges). This literally made my mouth water!

The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, and the lack of carbonation imparts a heavy, almost syrupy feel.

Flavor is muted: similar to but sadly less intense than the aroma. Not particularly sour or tart, the most notable (and surprising) flavor is a marked bitterness. There's also a hint of dryness on the finish.

Disappointing, after the overall high caliber of this brewery's other beers and the awesome aroma. I poured most of it down the drain.

Photo of dgallina
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Murchmac
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was pinched on the bus today for not wearing green and then the woman began to argue with me. I'd like to pinch this beer for not overwhelming me.

Everything you'd expect from a saison with color and smell. It was a little too cloudy for me.

Taste could have been good, what you would expect from a saison, a little too metallic and sour for me.

To top the day off, I went to McDonalds and they were out of shamrock shakes. Like my day, everything you would expect, but just not that good.

Photo of JDV
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Erin for lugging this one back from Atlanta for me!
Pours a glowing, cloudy, bright, light orange color. Just a sudsy sparse head remains after a few seconds. Smell is coriander, spices, along with bright and wheaty and lightly citrusy leanings. Taste is lightly spiced with similar flavors as in the smell, along with an interesting and unexpected, but welcomed light hop presence and a lightly wheaty flavor as well. Thin to medium bodied with average carbonation. Not too familiar with the style, but I enjoyed this one.

Photo of robbyc1
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full cloudy yellow/orange look with little head, just a nice looking saison.

Nose of lemon, some funk, esthers of yeast, somewhat sour smelling - just right for the type.

Taste does not carry the nose, a bit of a disappointment, needs more depth and doesn't carry the promise of the nose. Nice balance, but that's the best thing about it. Oh well. Has some fruit and a nice dry aftertaste, a bit of hops bitterness, not sweet.

Nice and heavy, good body, but doesn't make up for the taste.

Very drinkable, easy to have, but needs more flavor. Had expected more on the recommendation from my Arminetti's dude, nice try.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head and plenty of lacing.

Aroma is sweet candy sugar with generous lemon and banana. Spices come on strong with a good bit of coriander.

Taste is surprisingly mild compared to the nose. Where did all the flavor go? Some sweet malt, lemon zest, and vague yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy.

I don't get it. It looks and smells really good, but the flavor is so mild. I won't bother with this one again.

Photo of aforbes10
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle from city wide in south bend. Pours a grapefruit-juice yellow-orange with a short white head. A cloudy beer, laces slowly and unevenly. Smells surprisingly funky (i admit to having read some of the reviews in advance and noticing a complaint about lack of funk - not a requirement for saison, by the way). Citrusy hops with a soured malt backbone on the nose too. Yeah, definitely some monkey-funk smell. Taste is a bit unblanced, with part of the beer wanting to go with a hop forward lighter saison direction, and the other half wanting to be a funky malty or wheaty explosion. It almost achieves a sort of orange zest and horse shed medium but it doesnt quite pull it off. Still, it has some good qualities. I like the citrus flavor and the mild tang. I just think it could have a bit more of a spiciness or something to bring everything together.

Photo of Seaba
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of pknyc
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap. Lager glass. Enjoyed on apr´13. Amber color & foggy appearance.Lasting crown is white & close. Citric, sour & mild toasted malt aromas. Flavors of tropical fruits & sharp citric zest bitterness lingers into a long herbal & spiced finish. Medium to high body. Moderate to high carbonation. Woddy aftertaste. Refreshing. ABV well hidden.

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Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
85 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.