Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
Nøgne Saison has the colour of an orange peel but the complexion of an amulet. I don't know whether I want to drink it or put it behind a display case. Its vivid tone is especially appreciated against a bright afternoon sun which serves to illuminate its almost atomic-sized bubbles. Its head is hardly bigger and almost all but disappears before the half-way point.
The aroma is an even concoction of yeast and biscuity, bready malt. It smells a little like a bakery. There are also fruity notes vaguely reminiscent of pear and apricot, the appreciation of which is congested by a slightly bitter-smelling earthiness. Some floral qualities are noted too.
Short men can still cast big shadows - while yeast is by far the smallest proportion of this recipe it is also arguably the most conspicuous. While the hops and malt each contribute their own brand of grassy and grainy flavour, it's likely the yeast who's behind the grains of paradise spice, the flower petal incense, orchard fruit, and at least some of the oven-fresh bread loaf.
Nøgne Saison has less energy than one expects from a Saison; the wheels of carbonation could use a little grease (as evidenced from the total lack of head). A lot of the spice and acidity falls flat on the palate, as opposed to with the colourful effervescence they should. It's still a pleasant drink, especially as a thirst-quenching aperitif.
If mention of a beer can conjure up a season, then Saison should conjure up the nicest, warmest, sunniest of spring and summer afternoons. Nøgne Saison doesn't quite have the gumption to evoke that imagery but it sure does pair well with it. It is not this brewery's best offering but definitely does live up to their usual standard of quality.
07-15-2013 21:23:42 | More by biegaman
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
Botled Feb 27, 2013.
Beer is hazy golden with a smallish white head that fades steadily.
Nose contains yeast, peppery spices and lemon.
Yeast and spices dominate the taste as well, pepper and coriander seem present. Lemon again. Fairly dry. Not bad but lacks the depth or sheer quality of the great saisons.
Medium bodied, highly carbonated, feels a bit irritating.
Overall, a decent saison but not great.
06-29-2013 17:08:43 | More by jrenihan
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured at cellar temperature into a pint glass. A two finger fine white head on a clear gold. Hazy if you swirl it. Good head retention and lots of lacing.
Faint malt smells with some sour overtones. Some fruit and pepper. First taste is fruity with a slight sour afterbite. Mild but very smooth.
Smooth mouthfeel. Mildly carbonated. True to the style. Understated but well balanced.
06-28-2013 19:19:32 | More by scott451
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6
Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large size frothy white coloured head. There is a very high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.
Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, lemons
Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some honey and a floral/perfume flavour. It ends with a floral lingering aftertaste.
Overall - A nice refreshing beer that has some great flavours for summer. I would like a tad less floral flavour but it's not too over the top. It comes across a bit like a lemon cough drop at times, but not in a bad way. Anyways, a good beer that is worth picking up.. at least once.
06-28-2013 00:44:56 | More by spinrsx
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
500mL bottle from the LCBO, part of the summer release. Enjoyed the winter brews from them, so I was excited to see more from them on the shelves. And it's hot as stink out, and I just finished some yard work - clearly, this is perfect weather for a saison.
Poured into my trusty Duvel chalice. Hazy golden brew, about a half inch of foam that settles into a thick ring. Looks about right for the style.
A yeastier, maltier nose that reminds me more so of a strong pale or tripel than a saison. A bit of citrus and herbal hops as well.
Tasty saison, very refreshing. Grapefruit, clove, herbs, lemon, a bit of yeast and bready malt, nicely balanced. The finish is quite citrussy, though the medicinal, herbal hops stick around for quite some time. Mild carbonation, great body to this. It's going down at record speed.
Not quite as dry and musky as I'm used to in a saison, but this is certainly tasty stuff.
06-25-2013 02:18:53 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.25/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
06-22-2013 22:21:19 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Brewed 27-02-13. Batch #930. Poured in to tulip.
A - Translucent medium yellow with two fingers of white head.
S - Peppery spice, lemon, fruity esters, bready malts, light banana, yeast and bubblegum. A lot going on here.
T - Peppery spice up front with lemon, banana, clove and a light bubblegum presence up front. Some sweet and bready flavours from the malt bill and fruity esters come through more and more as the beer warms.
M -Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.
06-22-2013 15:06:30 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.81/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass.
A: Pours nice light golden color with fluffy two finger white head leaving some moderate lacing.
S: Earthy yeast and funk mixed with lemon, orange, and some spices.
T: Citrus flavors mixed with grassy undertones. Some yeast and malts while crisp and refreshing.
M: Light and dry with mild carbonation. Easy drinking brew.
O: Nice Saison. Not my absolute favorite of the group, but a solid choice none the less.
05-18-2013 00:09:12 | More by richj1970
Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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