Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-08-2006

14°P, 25 IBU

Ingredients: Wheat and lager malt; East Kent Goldings and Crystal hops; Belgian ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water
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Photo of blakesell
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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?

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ADZA
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and wheat malt scent along with a tart yeast aroma. It has a subtle earthiness as well. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale and wheat flavor. It goes down easy with some tart yeastiness and a light earthy feel. It's not as dry and earthy as most are. It more resembles a wit in flavor. It's refreshing and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer. It's probably the easiest drinking saison Ive ever had, which tells me it's not entirely true to style.

Photo of vrazionale
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden body, with a laced head.

S - Lots of fruit here: peaches, apples, orange, lemon. There are definitely some farmy notes on the nose, but they are well-integrated with the fruit, yeast, and bready smells.

T - I get a lot of hops. The bitterness clashes a bit with the more traditional tart, funky flavors, but my palate got used to it. I'm also picking up a good amount of peppery flavors here. Definitely a very unique flavor profile for a saison.

M - Nice carbonation. The hops leave a lingering bitterness that does interfere a bit with the tart flavors traditionally associated with saisons.

D - Not my favorite representation of the style, but this brew is unique and enjoyable. I think it's a pretty refreshing warm-weather beer. Worth a try, especially in comparison with other saison-style ales, to see how it contrasts in flavor and mouthfeel.

Photo of almightyme3
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just tried this one as a recommendation from the guy that works in a local beer store. Never tried this brewery's products before, so this is a first for me.

a - hazy yellow just a hue off straw yelow, that most wheats are.
good head forms and dissipates not too quick leaving a small amount of lacing.

s - hard to make out the composition - a bit musty and some citrus notes as well.

t - you can taste the hops, however the taste of a wheat beer prevails, a little bitterness lingers and almost feels like some of the "grand cru" wheat beers that are a bit darker. Reminds me of hitachino's nest a little bit. But definitely hoppier and more bitter.
feels warm and with 6.5% abv, feels like it's got more, actually.

m - great mouthfeel, leaving the taste of hops behind.

d - drinkable to a degree, i don't think I can do more than 2 of these -- would be a great beer with certain food, but not by itself.

I would buy this again, but for the price, not as good as it could be. Feels like a cross breed between saison and belgian wheat. good once in a while.

Photo of prototypic
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison is hazy and a light gold color. Despite its haziness, there's no swimming yeast. A foamy white head rises to about two fingers. It fell to a surface level covering nearly as fast. Lacing was sticky and rather light.

The nose is kicked off with a very musky and earthy aroma. It has a slight funky aroma. It's not Brett, but something else. A generous amount of spices amp it up quite a bit. Clove and pepper are apparent, but there may be other spices I'm not picking up. A floral hop presence attributes a grassy aroma that only further its strong earthy character. A little Belgian yeast is noted on the tail, but it's not prominent. No alcohol is noted. Not a bad effort at all.

A nice grainy flavor kicks it off. It tastes a little sweet at first, but that quickly disappears. Clove and pepper spices are quite tasty and boost the overall flavor a notch. Hops are more prominent than one would expect. They're mostly floral and earthy in character, but add quite a bit to the overall flavor. I like it. Lemon and light orange citrus notes creep in toward the end. Belgian yeast is noted, but certainly isn't that strong in overall flavor. Incidentally, there's no appreciable funky flavor here. I was expecting it. Alcohol is blended very well and goes unnoticed. Overall, this has a pretty nice flavor. It's a solid effort by the Scandinavian crew. It's not quite on par with some of the best, but it's firmly in the second tier for the style.

Saison's body is light and has a decent, smooth feel. Carbonation feels a little too light and doesn't hold up its end very well. It doesn't have a substantial negative effect. Perhaps minor. Drinkability is good. It goes down way too fast and easy. The flavor is overall pretty impressive. I could handle a few of these.

Saison's a nice release from Nøgne Ø. It's probably a little better than the score here will reflect, but it's tough to stack up against some top notch releases of the style. The flavor isn't quite as refined or artful as those examples. But, it's difficult to call that a problem. The biggest problem is that its carbonation is too light. Pretty impressive outside of that. Definitely recommended.

Photo of brendan13
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a tulip glass a hazy dark golden colour with a few centimetres of white fluffy head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Smell is belgian yeast spicy phenols, along with some sharp lemon and orange citrus fruit hints and a floral/herbal note.
T - Spicy phenolic also in the taste with some citrus fruitiness and floral hints coming through as well. A bit of a grainy sweetness and touches of wheat.
M - Higher side of light bodied, fairly high carbonation. Could be a touch drier.
D - A tasty enough Saison. I would drink it again.

Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attended a beer tasting on 4/24 where we got to meet Kjetil Jikiun and speak with him. Ended up picking up a few bottles of this. During the tasting and the bottles taken home - these brews POPPED right open, bit of spray attached to them.

This beer pours a pale, hazy, golden body, with a thick 2-3 finger head. Decent head retention touch of spotty, wispy lacing. Nose is of grainy hops, grass, orange, and yeast, with possibly a touch of pepper. Taste surprised me with the amount of malts in here - but grass and grains, with a dose of yeast are really at the forefront of the taste. Orange zest balance out the grain taste and give real substance. The citrus hops in here give a bit of a punch but the finish is on the malt side, with a sweet aftertaste to it. Light to medium bodied, there is a fair amount of carbonation that works well for this beer. This is a HIGHLY drinkable beer and I can't wait to drink the other bottles I got from the tasting!

Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Pale yellow in color, with a cloudy, murky consistency. Head was fairly long-lasting and creamy, with some good lacing.

S: Typically funky and fruity smell of a saison.

T: Tasted of hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and some malt. Had a slightly metallic, bitter aftertaste that was a little off-putting, but aside from that, pretty tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not exactly in line with most Belgian saisons, but drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of popery
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Glowing, dusky, gold, lemon liquid with a pretty good head.

S: A bit refined/constrained for my tastes in a saison. Lemony citrus, earthy Belgian yeast, summer barley. The funk could be amped up, but it's still there.

T: This beer isn't quite as differentiated from other Belgian styles as I would like. It is quite focused enough on Saison funk. Nøgne Ø has brewed a very good Belgian-style ale, but judging it strictly as a saison, it doesn't have quite the kick of a Dupont or Fantôme beer. There is a complexity of spice blended into Belgian earthiness that reminds me of an excellent Tripel more than anything. The hopping is moderate but noticeable and pleasant. The funk is mild and reminiscent of an extremely clean, fancy barn, rather than a rustic country farm (if that comment means anything to anyone).

M: Smooth, mild, pleasant aftertaste.

D: Good, easy on the palate.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tall sided tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy dense cardboard colored yellow body with a snow white head that has some larger craters in it but last for a good while. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting the head.

S- This beer has a musty smell with a slight lemony note that grows as the beer warms. There is a slight sweet perfume yeasty hint to it under the lemon.

T- This beer has a taste that is a bit like funky barnyard but more white cheese rind and a full preserved lemon flavor to follow. The finish has a lemon rind and pin hop flavor with a carbonic acid dryness.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish.

D- This beer has a nice earthy wild yet light flavor making it great for a warm summer sipper but it also has some nice depth to keep it interesting. It blends the nice funk of an aged beer with the fresh flavor of green hops.

Photo of Murchmac
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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 Oxymoron
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is it ok if I start putting a slash through all my o's? Pours a mostly cloudy straw colored to lemony yellow hue. Some sediment on the bottom but kept most of it out. A soft white head that is very solid. Did hide eventually to the side of the glass and lasted through the full tasting. Good lacing as well.

The nose is light for a saison but some good notes in there. A soft malt aroma with a noticeable wheat aroma. Some minor bready and salty notes as well. Some fruity notes, oranges, cherries, figs and a herbal lemon balm note. Some light pepper aromas. Some minor stale aromas as well. A bit hoppy for style but ok.

The taste is more on balance. The malt comes out a bit more with more of a malty base. Some bready and biscuit notes, but limited wheaty notes. A bit sweet for style but ok. The yeast is bit light but still having some fruity characteristics. The lemon really comes out more with a slight orange and herbal flavor. Some very light buttery notes but very light. Some hints of Belgium yeast character but would really like more esters and yeast character. The hops come out and enhance the herbal quality.

The body is moderate and has a lingering sweetness. Would like a bit cleaner finish but ok. Carbonation is a bit light and could help out. Overall there are some good notes and some minor off notes. I would have liked more yeast character to come out but what did come out was nice.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy yellow-peach color with two fingers of rich off-white head.

Aroma of banana, Belgian yeast, green apple, mango, spice, and an earthy funkiness.

Tastes of banana, lemon zest, yeast, cloves, cinnamon, Belgian candied sugar, and some hoppy bitterness. Some metallic notes in the finish.

Lighter bodied, crisp, and moderately carbonated.

A bit light in the flavor department making it a pretty average saison.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours a cloudy orange-gold, shades of peach, with a fluffy white head that dissolves into a soapy layer.

Nose is nice - lemon, apricot, a hint of smooth vanilla, yeasty, some grassy hops underneath.

Taste starts off with a beautiful spicy, peppery yeast note, doughy sweet but with notes of apricot, moving to some crisp lemony citrus notes over a grassy, moderately bitter hop note. So fresh tasting. Finish is long, peppery, grassy, mildly bitter, doughy yeast towards the tail end. Exhales bring up some light vanilla and tropical fruit from the yeast. Fantastic beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light but active carbonation suiting the flavors well.

Photo of thekanna
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a turbid, unripe tangerine-orange with absolutely no head. The color glows with sunset-like beauty when held towards the light.

S: Wow, this one is complex. Huge whiff of dried apricots with some passion fruit, complex Belgian yeasts, mangoes, and assorted dried tropical fruits scattered around.

T: Largely dried apricots with a huge hop resonance. Citrus fruits are present but muted. Hops creep up halfway and resound in a citrusy, grapefruit pit-like bitterness in the aftertaste.

M/D: Nice active carbonation. Highly refreshing and drinkable; masks the alcohol very well. Strong enough hop bitterness to cut through any flavorful cuisine.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. no date found. poured into tulip.

golden straw color with orange tones. hazy. nice head stays around and eventually fades to wispy layer. good lace.

moderate barn and farm funk at first whiff, but gives way to peach juice and white grape fruitiness. grassy hop with hint of citrus. bready yeast and funk in the end.

flavor has hoppy resins jumping out at the start, meeting the funk note, then fades out for toasty malts to peek through, then back to funk, esters, and gentle phenols with hint of pepper. moderate bitterness, fluctuates and continues to a grassy, pleasantly funky finish, with a twinge of acidity beforehand.

smooth, with faint resins in the finish. moderate carbonation with crisp liveliness and fluffy on the tongue.

a bit pricey per oz or cl of fluid, but still nice. funkiness is perhaps more than average, and may hamper drinkability slightly, but still stays pleasant and complimentary.

Photo of mdagnew
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam..

Poured a nice light golden orange colour with a slight haze. White head poured pretty big, thick and fluffy with a pock marked topping then faded slowly to patchy covering... quite a lot of carbonation rushes to the surface... some good patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice light toasted biscuit malts, spicy tart fruits (apples, pears, light lemon zest), grassy, hay notes, light nuttiness, metallic notes, quite floral, some talcum powder, quite yeasty, light caramel sweetness, faint rubbery hints...

Taste - Quite a lot of spicy yeastiness, tart (also overripe?) fruits (apples, pears, light grapefruits), slight vegetal notes, metallic, some chalkiness, salty notes, light toasted biscuit malts, bready, light floral honey sweetness, faint caramel, grassy hops...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Very quaffable...

Overall - A pretty good saison. A few off notes but certainly worth a try...

Photo of damienblack
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold, thin fluffy head that doesn't linger. Good carbonation provides an interesting array of bubbles on the surface of the glass, and after they dissipate the remaining carbonation bubbles look like little submarines rising up in a great gold sea. Smells musty/grassy first and foremost, with a touch of a vinger-like acidity. Backing that are that familiar Belgian smell of yeasts and sugars, combined with a bit of citrus, and something spicy like pepper.

First impression on drinking: This is a dry beer, but cloying at the same time. There's a malt body, but the dryness is what's prevalent, mingling with some citrus fruits. Also some sourness there, but not a citrus sourness, it tastes distinct from the citrus. A slight pine-ness finishes the experience, together with some hop bitterness, more than I was expecting for the style. I think that's part ofwhat keeps it from being outstanding. It's dry, but not crisp, is another way of putting it. Overall a pretty light body, the flavor lingers on the palate, a little chewy, more than I would have figured, but at the same time it almost feels a little thin. Plenty drinkable because of the body, and while it teases the first senses to experience it, the overall experience is decent, nothing poor, but nothing outstanding either.

Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
85 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.