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Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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85
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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%


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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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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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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 23:19:22 | More by smcolw
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johnmichaelsen

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 johnmichaelsen
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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
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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
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at George and Dragon in Barcelona.

Pours somewhat transparent dark golden color with a thick white topping that weaves cobwebs of lace down the glass.

Smells funky and citrusy and lemony.A unique funky smell I haven't run across. Guess they have something special going on up there in Norway.Gets a little woody.

Crisp and highly bubbly. Bathes the palette in funky goodness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Hints of orange hit in the beginning before being brought under the funk tide.

Highly enjoyable Saison by these viking brewers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2013 21:01:25 | More by MattSweatshirt
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 09:28:55 | More by mdagnew
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy blonde gold, with a soft creamy cap of white head. Moderately hazy without any visible carbonation. Decent retention and lacing. 3.75

S – smell has a crisp wheat yeasty character. Aromatic lemon, florals, quite fresh, some light white pepper or soft cinnamon spice. Earthy clove and a fieldy aspect to the yeast. 4

T – is light and soft the delving into a full crisp lemony yeast body. Light sweetness with a citrus twist, creamy yeastiness that becomes increasingly dry toward the end. Lots of lemon, woody pepper, pear, hay and a subtle farmy yeast aspect, but this is quite restrained, a prominent but soft yeast brings subtle spice notes over a creamy wheat-body. A full bracing dry finish. A little mild maybe but the balance is there for sure and it works pretty well. 3.75

M – light initially, then a full mouth creamy yeastiness, a bit of a prickle on the finish, with a mild soft carbonation on the palate, a bit lacking, refreshing and very sessionable, alcohol is not noticeable besides an additional light spice. 3.75

A smooth saison that delivers pretty good yeasty spice with a well balanced body. Not overly farmy or wild in yeast character, but the balance is pretty good and it delivers some citrus zestiness with an assertive yeast character. Could see this pairing quite well with lighter food dishes with the nice full crispness. Another quality one from nogne. 4

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 21:53:30 | More by mick303
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Beerswag

California

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a very murky light orange colored beer with white head and sticky lace retention ; small dotted pattern left on the glass. Smells of grass, citrus, peaches, white grape juice, decent smell. Taste is grassy, juicy nectarine, bitey, very danky, hops and bready finish; dry. Overall, this brewery still ranks amongts my favs in the World, the Saison is unique, and probably better on hot summer days, rather than cool nites or stormy winters. Would like to see is one paired with Oysters/Lobster/seafood, or a stone fruit desserts. Humbolt Fog..black or white truffles.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 16:32:26 | More by Beerswag
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy yellow, half finger head.

S- Clean citrus with estery yeast notes.

T- Fruity yeast character blends with sweet malt up front lending way to hint of toasted malt and a smooth dry hop finish.

M- Just ok, light enough to be refreshing.

D- I could have more, after seein what else is available.

I enjoyed this beer alot just not as much as Hennepin.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 21:21:03 | More by Pauly2X
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brendan13

Australia

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 08:22:50 | More by brendan13
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Wasatch

Utah

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 00:13:37 | More by Wasatch
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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
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richj1970

Alabama

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 00:09:12 | More by richj1970
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Ah hah! So that's how it's pronounced! "NUHN-ye"

Pours a clouded orange with basically no head. Nose is citrus and minor funk, but the citrus reigns supreme here. Flavor is inky. I know I have used the term before, but this tops all others. Calms a bit over time, or maybe I am just used to it. So we're definitely on a more robust edge here with some grass mixed in as well. Hearty. Feel is about standard. The usual slightly thin liquid touch and lower carbonation. This is a decent saison. I wouldn't really compare it to Fantome or any other of my favorites, but it will do.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 07:17:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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gpogo

California

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very hazy light gold. with small off-white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a speckled lacing.

A- Fruity citrus aroma. Slight spiciness as well with a nice dosing of hops adding to the spice and slightly grapefruit aroma. A slightly skunky aroma as well, though this does not seem to be present in the taste.

T- Kindof blunt or thick as I start tasting it then the citrusy orange and lemon join the party. Overall there is a constant coriander flavor finishing off dry with a hoppy bitterness. Leaves a nice fruity aftertaste.

M- Medium body with low carbonation. When poured I noticed a significant amount of carbonation however this seemed to have escaped almost instantly as the bubbles found nucleation points.

D- Not exactly what I expected from a saison, but a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 04:35:47 | More by gpogo
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ADZA

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 03:13:13 | More by ADZA
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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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stephens101

Oklahoma

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

Fizzy off-white head that slowly diminishes. A thin sheet of nearly unbroken lace is left in its wake. Color is a murky yellow orange. Smells of lemon, grapefruit, rind and herbs. Has a finishing floral essence that consummates the piquant nose. Tastes sweet and grainy with a plentiful funk, herbal hops, a splash of citrus, taffy and and grass. Medium bodied and crisp; might I say refreshing? I'm thoroughly enjoying the complex palate on this easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 21:45:34 | More by stephens101
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 17:08:43 | More by jrenihan
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 21:23:42 | More by biegaman
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cjgator3

Florida

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

16.9oz bottle

A- Pours a very hazy golden yellow color with orange hues

S- The aroma is delightfully fruity with a lot of citrus, spices and yeast. There is not as much hops in the aroma as most Saisons, but there is a really nice mixture of citrus and spices.

T- The taste features a lot of citrus and spices like the aroma, with a nice touch of hops in the finish. This is a little different than most Saisons that are typically light and crisp with some spices and a hoppy finish, but this is a solid brew in its own right.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but I feel that it could benefit by a little more carbonation.

D- This is a great beer, but at 6.5% it is not as sessionable as some of the lower ABV Saisons out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 22:34:26 | More by cjgator3
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WesWes

New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 22:07:23 | More by WesWes
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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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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 02:18:53 | More by JohnnyBarman
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