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Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
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 John_M
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

John_M, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

BEERchitect, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of dbexpert
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

dbexpert, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of jagoffyinzer
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

jagoffyinzer, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

bobsy, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

BarrelO, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
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!!

wesbrownyeah, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.28/5  rDev -13%

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.

chasebrownyeah1, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of joecast
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

joecast, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

From 6/12/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber golden color with little white head.

s - Smells of yeast and spice, with a hint of funkiness and hops.

t - Tastes the same as the nose plus wheat or bread.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice saison. A pretty nice smell and taste and an easy to drink saison. Would definitely give it another shot.

mdfb79, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

A bottle shared at Arp's. Madness seems to have occurred when this bottle was opened towards the end of the tasting. There was screaming, beer being spit and spilled, and general chaos.

Appears a cloudy straw color. Decent head retention. Nice lacing.

Yeasty esters in the nose. A bit of basement musk, not farmhouse per say. Perhaps a bit of spice - just a Belgian earthy aroma. Touch of earthy hops.

Too much dryness VS sweetness. A bit of hay taste to the wheat, pepper, Belgian candy sugar, and cardamon. Very light hoppiness makes an appearance before the moisture is sucked out of my mouth. I found this just too dry after the initial sweetness. I know the finish should count for mouthfeel more than taste, but it really distracted from what I though could have been a better flavor progression. No brett or horseblanket, and the funk from the nose doesn't really come out in the taste.

Mouthfeel was average. Carb was too low and too dry.

Drinkability was slightly above average just because it seemed to disappear quickly. Madness around me, but none in my glass.

jampics2, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Started to overflow the bottle (slowly) when first opened. Yet, there was very little head (thin, single bubbles). Properly cloudy with a darker gold color.

Smells surprisingly like a typical American pale ale. A solid level of hops and no sourness like other Saisons I've had.

There is sourness in the flavor, though. Tastes almost as if someone had blended (in a one-to-one ratio) an APA and a Saison. For purists, this may be a little bit disappointing. I, however, like this combination and find it to be an interesting departure from either style.

smcolw, May 28, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
3.58/5  rDev -5%

Tasted from bottle. Pours cloudy tan with a fluffy white head that recedes to lace. Yeasty nose with light malt, orange, and lemon pith. Palate is much lighter than expected with a nice light hoppiness, light malt, and just generally very light overall. The palate is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this beer represents a lot of what I love in a Saison. A little lighter in flavor, but overall very good to pair with different foods.

wedgie9, May 12, 2010
Photo of pinotboy007
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Amber with a decent froth with carbo streams. Not much lacing.

S - Raw honey, hops, and white pepper.

T - Some modest hoppines with a pleasant dryness which points to it being food friendly. The complexity is more along the lines of a very dry white wine, if that makes sense.

M - Modest fizz but still dry and a bit creamy, too.

D - Nice on its own but I'm guessing this is a food Saison above all else. It's NOT a Saison Dupont, but very nice nonetheless.

pinotboy007, May 09, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

1 Pt .9 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy, pale orange golden color with a frothy cream color head that has nice retention and average lacing. Aroma is earthy, grainy with mild fruitiness and malt. Also an occasional unpleasant cat pee pinch in the nose. Taste has a strong pale malt and grain body with soft full body and fine, sharp carbonation. Pleasant balance of pepper spice, lemon zest and sweeter fruits and sugars. Finish isn't quite as dry or crisp as hoped for. I don't know, it seems like all the right pieces are in place for what I look for from a saison but they don't quite add up a smooth, enjoyable sum.

yourefragile, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of JBogan
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

A tall pour produced a one finger foamy white head atop a slightly hazy pale golden body. A generous amount of lacing was left behind.

The aroma was mostly a yeasty farmhouse funk. Some yeast and straw were present, but that's about it. I've read some reviews where people have apparently picked up numerous other scents but I certainly wasn't among them.

The taste was rather subdued. There was some sweet pale malts along with an ever so slight lemon presence, and some floral notes, but overall this beer was what I would describe as mild tasting.

The mouthfeel was on the flat side. A bit thick for this style beer, with almost no carbonation which made the experience somewhat dull.

Generally I enjoy saisons but this one was just average. I'll look elsewhere next time I am in the mood for this style.

JBogan, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of david131
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

A- As soon as I popped the cap, the liquid came gushing out. Once it is tamed an in a glass it the orange/brown liquid appears luminescent with loads of streams making their way to the surface. The head is very thick and creamy and has excellent retention. Perfect.

S- Flowers, honey, fruit, pepper, and bread. Not super aromatic, but subtle and enjoyable.

T- Some fruit and bread... Not much going on here at all. There is nothing at the end to speak of.

M- Very clean and dry on the finish. Extremely light finish considering how smooth it is at the front end.

D- Well it may be nice on a summer day or something, but there is absolutely nothing in the flavor profile that stands out to me. It is also not even close to being worth $10 a bottle.

david131, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of blakesell
3.58/5  rDev -5%

Found this at Belmont on my last trip and realized I hadn't gotten any of these for the cellar, sadly, it was the last bottle and I'll be drinking it fresher as the weather has me in the mood for saisons?!!?

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Sam Adams (perfect pint) glass.

Appearance- Beer pours lightly hazy golden yellow with a healthy 2 finger head of foam, beautiful looking beer with a light amount of lace lingering on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Wow, this smells phenomenal, a lot like a Dupont Saison but with extra smells, I'm getting a little lemon citrus and lime (!!) in here with hints of chamomile perhaps even a chai spice. Hops are subdued and I would assume that this is made with Belgian style pilsner malt and a bit of wheat. All this off just the nose, impressive.

Taste- Wow, in that the smell was excellent, the taste is something of a letdown in relation to the smell. It has sort of a cookie cutter saison flavor if that even exists. The substance that was present in the smell is all but gone and I have a thin unmemorable beer with spices in the taste with a hint of lemon on the finish.

Mouthfeel- A slight prickly feel on the lips and a chapped feeling although my lips are fine right now. Thin bodied and medium in carbonation. Lackluster.

Drinkability- Solidly drinkable, but such a letdown after such a great smelling beer. I am left wishing that the smell matched up to the taste so much more. Ultimately it is saison lite.

blakesell, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

CampusCrew, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance: Pours out a clouded, darkened yellow body with a medium-sized, frothy, white head.

Smell: Mild, airy malted grains in the nose rounded out with a few fruity scents and some nicely fragrant wafts of fresh spice.

Taste: Lightly sweet tastes of light pale malts and delicately tangy malted wheat. An array of subtle flavors graciously pass by the palate: finely-ground pepper, mild cloves, and both lemon and apple peelings. Very appealing! Floral, zesty. lightly citrusy hop character with a smattering of complimentary bitterness. A few sugary honeyed hints dodge in and out and amongst the various flavors. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering mix of citrus, spice, and mild earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Some slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pleasant combination of fine flavors, fluffy (but not too fluffy) mouthfeel, and overall drinkability. Nogne Saison is a pleasant saison -- won't you give it a chance?

ChainGangGuy, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a slightly orange-tinged gold with very frothy off-white head, bubbles are fairly visible and webbed, and sinks in a beautiful melting-marshmallow style, leaves tinges of lacing around. Quite hazy as well, with healthy bead.

Nose is fairly fresh and organic, with some lucerne character and some pineapple esters as well. Good dose of mildly sour funk. Not excessively complex, but everything present and accounted for.

Taste is a nice fresh one, nice and complex palate. Some sour, resiny notes on the front give way to some pleasant bitter and hoppy flavours, blended well with some fresh fruit characters - mango and pineapple on there. A big rubber sensation, great deal of that, with a fair amount of barnyard funk and a carrot flavour as well. A bit of a metallic character on the back which leaves a slightly acerbic hang, almost like a corked wine. Allover a nice blend though, fairly light and fruity with good saison characters.

Beautifully textured feel - full-bodied but smooth with a great earthy feel. Wonderful.

Very pleasant and drinkable beer. Thirst-quenching and refreshing. Shame about the aftertaste which is the one downer to an otherwise great drop.

laituegonflable, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, slight citrus, bannanas, corinader. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly bitter, with some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew, but was expecting more from this brewery.

Wasatch, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of ADZA
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

This beer pours a orangey,cloudy hue with decent carbonation that leaves a half finger head with lots of visible lacing down the sides of the glass,it has aromas of marmalade,orange peel and grapefruit,on taste its quite fruity with a real floral,peachy,grapefruit taste about it that finishes with a bitter edge but smooth enough to quaff down.

ADZA, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

I haven't had a lot from this brewer, but enough to know that they make high quality ales. Their Imperial Stout is amazing and their Porter is pretty solid. This is their take on a Saison.

A: First off, I will note that this beer gushed like a volcano when I opened it. I lost at least 4oz of beer because of that. Other than that, this beer pours a banana yellow with a head that dissipates to nothing. No lacing present.

S: Not a lot on the nose. Some banana and apple notes. Yeasty as well.

T: Taste is actually pretty good compared to most Saisons I have had. This beer is pretty tart overall. Some lemon notes, as well as banana and green apple. Spice is pretty subdued with a decent yeasty character in there. A little bready as well.

M: Medium to light bodied with a pretty crisp finish. Very smooth with no lingering bitterness.

D: This beer is pretty refreshing. Pretty decent flavors with a nice light and crisp mouthfeel making this a pretty nice summer offering.

I will note that I am very disappointed about the beer fizzing out on me. Losing a quarter of my beer, this was still very enjoyable. More on the fruity side, this might be one of the best Saisons I have had. Although I will admit I don't care for the style to begin with. Definetly worth a try, especially if you like Saison style ales.

OldSchoolGamer, Jul 22, 2009
Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
85 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.