1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

SaisonSaison

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

207 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
View: Beers (56) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 207 | Reviews: 132 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of katan
katan

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml into a pint

A - Pours a light golden straw color - frothy head that sticks to the side of the glass, lots of lacing.

S - Lots of white pepper spice, a little bit of a grainy background. Very strong. A little bit of citrus/fruitiness sneaks through.

T - Starts off with a peppery edge, a some sharp graininess sits in the background - almost like a rye bite. Mid-stream gets more bitter, as well as some funky and lightly sour citrus notes. Finishes mostly clean, just a bit of malt sweetness.

M - Moderate to light body, stronger carbonation. A bit of a stingy finish due to the carbonation. No alcohol warmth detected.

O/D - A very good Saison- Nogne O recreates the best parts of a saison. A workable ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 21:47:37 | More by katan
Photo of nhindian
nhindian

Pennsylvania

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

16.9oz bottle poured into an Allagash cervoise.

A - Pours a hazy, yet somewhat clear (as it settles) straw yellow, fairly pale but not too atypical for the style. A 1.5-finger, ivory head slowly builds, reaches a crescendo, then gradually fades away, but not without leaving a foamy cap in its wake. A nice amount of lace settles on the edges, with multiple peaks, but it fatefully recedes back into the liquid after several seconds.

S - The nose is rather crisp and refreshing, bringing a strong amount of yeast and esthers. After this, it's nearly all fruit-based, as lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits dominate. There's a little bit of spiciness and lemongrass, but not to the extent of other saisons I've had.

T - The taste tells two different stories for me. Right away, I feel a little underwhelmed as it definitely doesn't bring the complexity that others do and the flavors don't exactly have the longest finish. That being said, what is in this beer is executed very nicely. The fruits and hops work in tandem perfectly to refresh the palate, but also give it an edge. The yeast is actually one of the more prominent features here, giving the beer a different profile than what I was expecting.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with lowish carbonation for the style. Although not as zesty, this beer does have the bone-dry finish that I love in saisons.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. After drawing initial impressions, I swirled the rest of the yeast from the bottle into this to see how it would change. Besides the obviously cloudiness in the appearance, there wasn't a whole lot of difference, but I would probably recommend it for this bottle. This isn't the most complex saison, but it is pretty solid nonetheless. However, given the price, I would've hoped for something a bit more differentiated.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:25:35 | More by nhindian
Photo of jjkatter
jjkatter

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

0,5 liter (%#^* $12) bottle poured into a goblet...

A- golden, a bit cloudy with a nice white head which dissipates into a fair lace.

S- clove and yeast. A hint of citrus.

T- plenty of body. Lots of hops with clove and a subtle mustiness. Carbonation is plentiful and finish is plesantly dry. A tad more lingering bitterness than I care for, but just a tad.

MF- Rolls nicely over the palate. It drinks a bit higher than the 6.5% ABV, but in a good, warming way.

O- this beer was not too bad. It was certainly over-priced. I would drink it again if I can find it at a reduced price.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 06:07:24 | More by jjkatter
Photo of AgentMunky
AgentMunky

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. No visible best before date, but I bought it from the 20% off shelf at Stein's Deli in New Orleans, so my hopes aren't excellent.

A: Milky-pale yellow; cloudy, but luminous in the light. White, pitted head that looks light and fluffy, leaving spiderwebs of lace behind.

S: Funky yeast; sour. A bit earthy/spicy. A promising saison, as I like mine strange and dry. Not unfruity, but in a tart fruit sort of way.

T: A very nice saison! Sweetish, malted wheat provides the stage upon which the odd fruit dances (briefly). Yeast plays a prominent role in the flavours of the beer, leading to a dry, earthy finish.

M: A bit watery. I could see how this would be refreshing in summer months, but it's below freezing outside. Very light carbonation is surprisingly pleasant.

O: A bit pricey ($9) but enjoyable all the same. One of the better saisons I've come across, and a beer which confirms my bias towards Nøgne Ø. Recommended; buy with confidence!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:25:37 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of heygeebee
heygeebee

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger dense white head, good lacing, over a cloudy golden straw body. Looks the biz.

Aromas of sherbert, barnyard funk, wet blanket.

Taste is somewhat less than the smell. The hop bitterness almost overtakes the yeasty sherbety elements. Not as sour or as tangy as could be. Hides the 6.5 well.

Mouthfeel creamy. Somewhat at odds with the tart flavours

Overall. not as zesty as I would have liked given price and Nogne O profile. Don't get me wrong not a bad beer, just not a great one.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 07:45:09 | More by heygeebee
Photo of BrownNut
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
Photo of Tone
Tone

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of tart malt, hint of yeast, pale malt, hint of wheat, slight alcohol, and a hint of spice (spruce?). Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight yeast, tart malt, slight spice, and a hint of wheat. Overall, weak appearance and body, but good blend.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 14:44:06 | More by Tone
Photo of theboozecruise
theboozecruise

Louisiana

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

Picked up at Calandro's in BR, and poured into a goblet. IRS a hazy deep golden color as expected from the style. About a finger of head in the goblet with good retention and really good lacing.

A good Saison aroma as well, floral with some honey notes and a little bit of sour funk.

The taste is more of the same with the floral hop notes coming through the strongest. The honey is a little faint and the funk fades into the background a good bit as well. Nothing wrong though, it's a very nice beer.

Really well done, a good example of the style. "Good" across the board on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 21:32:08 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of nezelrac
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
Photo of KDawg
KDawg

Illinois

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

poured this from bottle in a bordeaux glass. Poured a light orange color with a foamy head

the nose is a bit muted but still has nice aromas of citrus', floral tones, and bits of ginger spice

really good medium feel. Nice depth with very good citrus based flavors

This was a very nice saison. The feel is really good and makes up for the muted aromas a bit

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 20:24:57 | More by KDawg
Photo of danieelol
danieelol

Australia

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

Good yellow-orange colour with good head and lacing.

Smell is banana, orchard, nice typical saison flavours with some band-aid. Is there Brett in this?

Taste is similarly refreshing and flavoursome. More banana and a slight sourness. Lots of bittering hops. Interesting, tangy.

Mouthfeel is thick with quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall a good saison, a bit heavy in the taste and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 13:36:07 | More by danieelol
Photo of superspak
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
Photo of Beerenauslese
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
Photo of xnicknj
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
Photo of JohnnyP3
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
Photo of nukem5
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
Photo of rbhockeyfan
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
Photo of sweemzander
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
Photo of eric5bellies
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
Photo of bluejacket74
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
Photo of corby112
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
Photo of beertunes
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
Photo of CanuckRover
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
Photo of jeffthecheff
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
Photo of jikvig
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
Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
85 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.