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Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 247
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | 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 wesbrownyeah
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!! (615 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First warm day in RI (77 degrees), just finished a few hours of yardwork and felt like a Saison would really hit the spot.

Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip (love this glass). Poured a hazy pale gold. No head to speak off, but an off-white skim of foam and ringlets that quickly dissipated into a light slick with a thin band concentrated around the perimeter of the glass. Some lacing, but not much. Scent was very discrete; some yeast and citrus (perhaps grapefruit) and maybe just a hint of funk. Flavor is also very subdued and balanced. Taste similar to nose; however, flavors are more reminiscent of a wheat beer than a saison. Mouthfeel was very flat and limp, no carbonation to speak of. Drinkability is good. Brew was very refreshing, but not at all characteristic of a Saison. (789 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do not think this is retired, another database glitch. Best Before February 2008, and a fresh bottle right out of Norway. A very good smooth drinking saison, although many would object to the bit of vinegar sourness, well controlled mind you, in the finish. White pepper,good head on golden,spicey. Had a fresh bottle, and with it a nice hoppy finish 6 years later. (367 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy shiny golden, one finger fluffy white head with great retention, leaving some small traces.
Smell of oatmeal, barnyard (a bit different than the usual saison; manure?), spices (pepper), banana, apple, some cooked corn, low citrus.
Taste starts with a nice cooked grainy feel, a very strong cereal feel, trampled on afterwards by green hay, Brett funkiness, spicy grass, pinch of dry petals, floorboard, a faint lactic bacteria sourness also. There are some nice fruity esters too, with acidic apple, banana and some apricot, but hidden a bit, along with some faint caramel. Finish is rather dry and bitter, leaving grass, hay, funky grains in the aftertaste.
Quite fizzy, a bit heavy also.
The funk in this one was a bit too aggressive, tho it created a very nice "rural" taste. It depends on how much authenticity one expects in his saison. I liked it, but i'm not sure i'd look for it again. (904 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (823 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  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. (736 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high and a half high bright white head that slowly died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface, a large pillow of bubbles in the center of the glass, and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: There are moderate aromas of earthy yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by flavors of yeast and has some hints of grainy malts towards the finish. The earthiness lingers through the aftertaste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't quite as complex as other beers in the style, but is quite easy to drink and seems like it would make a good accompaniment with food. (817 characters)

Photo of pinotboy007
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (466 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,737 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Hazy copper with a thin head that quickly recedes to a bubbly ring. Retention leaves soft rings down the glass.

(3.75) S: Grasses, cloves, lemon zest, banana, apricot, and cracker-like grain undertone. A fresh and pleasantly fruity aroma but not as potent and bold as I would prefer.

(3.75) T: As per the aroma, with nice citrus and tropical elements coupled with a dry cracker taste. This isn’t the driest saison with a more full bodied profile that’s also a tad sweet. Enjoying the mix of spices in this.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Semi-dry with a fairly slick texture. Well rounded.

(3.75) D: This is a nice saison, however, I personally prefer less of a grain focus and more dryness in my saisons. Still worthy of a taste. (771 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served cold into glassware. Purchased for just under $5 CDN.

Appearance hazy pale golden color. Explosive from the bottle and pours a two finger white head with impressive retention.

Smell - major amount of Apple and pear and peach in this fruity concoction. Some mild yeastiness and a floral backing. Some sugary goodness but most of all fruit.

Taste - fruit with a mixture of pear, peach and apple some backing candied sugar and a does of powdery yeast. Well made and flavors complement each other nicely. Maybe if anything, it's a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel - smooth, well carbonated but not over carbonated. Dry finish and moderate body throughout.

Overall - well crafted and delicious saison. Better exist, bit this will hold up to virtually all competition. Yummy. (789 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.79/5  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. (801 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of jagoffyinzer
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.82/5  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. (546 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (360 characters)

Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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