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Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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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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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into tulip, no dating. Pours hazy golden amber color with 1-2 fingers of a dense white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big pepper, spices, clove, grape, apple, grass, and a bit of funk. Very nice and standard saison aromas. Taste of big spices, pepper, bread, funk, apple, and grass. A lot of spice in the taste with lingering notes of spice, pepper, and a bit of funk on the finish with some bitterness. Decent balance of flavors, but I was hoping for more fruit in the taste. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied. A bit of a creamy mouthfeel that drinks very smoothly as well. Overall, a solid saison offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 03:53:42 | More by superspak
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Beerenauslese

California

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been in my cellar a year. Not really intentional, just a lost sheep.

Body is translucent gold, with a good half inch sudsy white head. Good head retention, leaves small clouds of lacing on the glass.

Smells of tropical fruits, sweetness, and coriander spice.

Tastes of tropical fruits, oranges, and a bit of Belgian yeast funk. Dry finish with fruity hops and maybe some coriander.

Body is medium and lively carbonation gives this a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this tastes more like a tripel than a saison, it has loads more orange fruit flavor than one would expect in a typical saison, and is enhanced by the East Kent Golding hops. But then a Norwegian craft brewer doesn't really need to heel to Belgian/French traditions. The result is still a pretty good and refreshing beer regardless, even though it has been cellared a year.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 03:39:04 | More by Beerenauslese
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at hawthornes in philly

Pours a hazed golden straw color, fluff of white head fades to a bit of film, with patchy lacing left on the glass.

Soft, yet fragrant nose - floral hops and some bites of pepper spice. Some banana and fruit sweetness with herbal touches.

Slight floral hop profile with soft bitterness up front. Wheat and straw with some herbal qualities. Sweetness and fruit, including banana and orange. Biscuit malts are soft as the beer finishes a bit dry on the tongue.

Medium body, higher carbonation, tingle and refreshing on the senses. Pretty drinkable saison, nice for the season, but considering the price point I probably wouldn't buy this again - just not a whole lot happening here.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 23:16:15 | More by xnicknj
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L bottle. Batch 570. Best before 101213, brewed 101210. Poured into a C&B Belgian tulip. Pours a gold-yellow with some orange hues. Lovely 2-3 fingers of white foam cap the beer. Excellent lacing on the sides. Rather hazy in appearance.

Smell consists of lemon/orange peel, some spice, e.g., black pepper, and tartness, if that's a smell. Has a general fruity aroma.

Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Delightful tart fruit up front consisting of some lemon, orange. Green apple as well. The pepper is there for some spiciness. Gives way to a crisp and dry finish. Taste is complex. As this beer rolls across the tongue, there is a touch of honey sweetness there. Yeasty and earthy are the final adjectives I would use to describe this beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with lively carbonation. Overall, very tasty and enjoyable. I wish I had some other Saisons from Belgium to compare this to. Nevertheless, a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 17:10:38 | More by JohnnyP3
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful hazy golden color with very little head tiney legs clinging to the walls of glass.

S: Slightly dusty smell yeasty hints of honey and citrus.

T: Grains and honey some spices yeasty belgian tastes little cloves.

M: Slightly chewy with very little carbonation levels.

O: Very Drinkable and tasty could drink a bunch of these if they were more available.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 23:09:31 | More by nukem5
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rbhockeyfan

Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: A beautiful light orange honey color with a nice head and touch of lacing on the glass after the head dies

Smell: Fairly typical of a farm house ale, sweet, strong, and touch of funk with a light alcohol note and a bit of stone fruits

Taste: A little week compared to the smell, but not bad. Nothing that makes it stand out to me. A touch of the stone fruit that comes through in the nose with a mild flavor that lingers for a short time

Mouthfeel: Again is pretty average for the style of beer.

Overall: An average to slightly above average beer, nothing to write home about but certainly one I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:21:45 | More by rbhockeyfan
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sweemzander

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 01:01:21 | More by sweemzander
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Sail & Anchor, Fremantle 21st Feb 2011.

A - Pours a glowing hazey golden colour, not unlike some Belgian wit beers.

S - Sweet sugars, citrus and spice, not unlike a wit beer either.

T - Lemon zest, coriander, some sweet malts and a little yeast. Not unlike a wit beer again.

M - Low carbonation and medium body.

D - This is a very good wit beer, but a Saison it is not.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 07:04:34 | More by eric5bellies
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is lemon peel, wheat, coriander and a bit of banana. Smells more like a witbier than a saison, but with that being said it is a nice aroma. It tastes like wheat, lemon peel, pear, peppery spice and also a bit of an earthy taste. I think it tastes like a mix of a saison and a wit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's well carbonated. Drinkability is good, the soft carbonation and the smoothness of this beer makes it easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, I thought it was nice and refreshing. Another good Nøgne Ø brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 01:10:38 | More by bluejacket74
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a dark, hazy golden yellowish orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a half finger white head that fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of zesty spice, citrus and light fruit. I'm picking up some banana as well as some apple and pear. Faint hops.

Medium body with soft carbonation up front followed by a creamy full character mid-palate with a slightly earthy, bitter dry finish. A good balance of earthy funkiness(not sour) and crisp fruit notes. Hints of citrus peel, apple and pear as well as some zesty, peppery spice. Nicely balanced, clean, refreshing and quite quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 07:48:45 | More by corby112
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beertunes

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Poured a bright, cloudy, yellow with over an inch of bright, white head that had good retention and low-to-moderate lacing.

The aroma was a very yeasty, spicy scent that's typical of the style. The flavors also had those aspects, but there was a nice earthy grain taste that added a layer, that the aroma hadn't predicted.

The body was perhaps a bit fuller than average for the style. As this is one of my favorite styles, it shouldn't be a surprise that I found drinkability to be very good, maybe a touch better than average for the style.

Overall, a very nice beer. Worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 19:37:56 | More by beertunes
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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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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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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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Blakaeris

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 22:07:06 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 21:57:38 | More by bashiba
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froghop

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a medium size white fluffy head, and good lacing.

smell is of citrus, musty, hay, some malt, and yeast.

taste is smooth, citrus, a little fruit, some bread yeast, some sour, and apricot, ends a little sour.

overall a very nice saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 15:03:27 | More by froghop
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John_M

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours solid gold color with at best fairly good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I pick up some honey, black pepper and clove. Flavors replicate the nose, though the beer has a bit more flavor than I was expecting given the aroma profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish. There beer is smooth and soft on the palate, which is attractive. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol not at all noticeable.

Nothing extraordinary here... just an pleasant and enjoyable saison from Nogne.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 20:23:05 | More by John_M
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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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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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jagoffyinzer

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a thick head that recedes to a one inch layer. Great lacing fans a rocky head that sit a top a hazy golden orange hue.

S: Smells of floral citrus that a has a pepper behind it. It's has a slight spice and a nice lemon note that rounds out a yeast aroma.

T: It has a spicy bitter that is slightly floral. The finish is lemon and pepper. Very crisp, very clean. Still a little bit on the tame side for my taste.

D: This isn't very dry for a beer of this style. Pretty smooth.

D: Great beer for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 06:03:30 | More by jagoffyinzer
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle in Buffalo on the basis that I love saisons and it was the only one in the store I hadn't bought before.

Pours a rich orange with a finger of white head that quickly drops to a film. A few lace spots are left behind, but for the style its neither impressive nor disappointing. Malty aroma of mash tun with some earthiness, grain and light spice. Certainly lacking in the funk and pepperiness I look for in the style, but pleasant enough. Much the same can be said of the flavour, which lacks all funk (booo!) and pepper (booo!). What we have left behind is a pleasant, quaffable beer that goes long on the malt and wheat, while complimenting it with a marked earthiness and mineral quality, before culminating in a lightly bitter and dry finish. Medium body and carbonation seemed style appropriate.

An interesting take on the style that almost seems a little unfinished, and with a touch too much mash tun character. A pleasant beer for sure, but lacking the complexity or extreme drinkability that would result in a return purchase, so in that light, a touch disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 13:21:24 | More by bobsy
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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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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 01:11:51 | More by wesbrownyeah
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chasebrownyeah1

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Det Kompromisslose Bryggeri A/S saison ABV: 6.5%

A: Very hazy appearance... has a orange, yellow, and brown hint to the beer. No head that has a very minimal lacing on the glass. Can see some sediments in the fluid that makes that liquid very uneasy to see through.

S: Has a sweet smell that just lingers in the nose. Also, can smell sort of a bitter smell that kind of resembles a earthy texture. My opinion, it smells very maltly.

T-M: The first taste that I get from drinking this beer is a very citrus taste and a strong kick of malts. The citrus taste like lime and goes together with the maltly taste. the aftertaste is very earthy... hard to explain. If was to explain earthy, it would be a grassy and hoppy taste.

D: This beer does go down smoothly. However, The distinctive taste and mouthful kind of makes it a rough drink. Could I drink more of it?? Of course I can... this beer doesn't have to much affect on me. So, I would drink this beer, but this beer is a beer I would enjoy with a friend or brother.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 01:11:48 | More by chasebrownyeah1
Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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