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Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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 Razorback09
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of bulldogops
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Mortiz238
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of AugustusRex
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of bobsy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle in Buffalo on the basis that I love saisons and it was the only one in the store I hadn't bought before.

Pours a rich orange with a finger of white head that quickly drops to a film. A few lace spots are left behind, but for the style its neither impressive nor disappointing. Malty aroma of mash tun with some earthiness, grain and light spice. Certainly lacking in the funk and pepperiness I look for in the style, but pleasant enough. Much the same can be said of the flavour, which lacks all funk (booo!) and pepper (booo!). What we have left behind is a pleasant, quaffable beer that goes long on the malt and wheat, while complimenting it with a marked earthiness and mineral quality, before culminating in a lightly bitter and dry finish. Medium body and carbonation seemed style appropriate.

An interesting take on the style that almost seems a little unfinished, and with a touch too much mash tun character. A pleasant beer for sure, but lacking the complexity or extreme drinkability that would result in a return purchase, so in that light, a touch disappointing.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, tropical orange. A few bubbles, accompanied by a skim of foam. Not exactly Belgian without a huge head of foam, but nice anyway.

Wheaty aroma, clear presence of Belgian ale yeast. Fairly bland and muted.

Juicy, wheaty flavors, similar to a Witbier. Very dry aftertaste, the hops make their presence known in the finish. East Kent Goldings and Crystal varieties are listed on the bottle. Black pepper and light presence of phenols. Not much of a fruity character as would be expected in a Belgian Saison. Fairly utilitarian, not experimental at all.

Full mouthfeel, alot of yeast. Not enough carbonation. Feels like a stab at an imperial witbier. It's fairly refreshing, but a little to heavy for summertime quaffing. Split the bottle, and it did pair well with a shrimp wonton soup.

Photo of beertunes
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.

Photo of wedgie9
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours cloudy tan with a fluffy white head that recedes to lace. Yeasty nose with light malt, orange, and lemon pith. Palate is much lighter than expected with a nice light hoppiness, light malt, and just generally very light overall. The palate is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this beer represents a lot of what I love in a Saison. A little lighter in flavor, but overall very good to pair with different foods.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Crown #19.

Poured hazy orange color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate yeasty spice and fruit aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet&sour citrus flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration.

Solid refreshing beer.

Photo of jjkatter
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.

Photo of vrazionale
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -4.2%
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 Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep peachy color ale with a nice foamy head with average retention. Aroma of ester yeast with some sweet malt and light spices and fruit is quite enjoyable. Taste is mix between some sweet malt with some ester yeast and light spices. I thought the taste might have a been a bit too sweet with no enough floral hops to sustain comparison to some of the great saison out there but it was still very enjoyable and something I would love to drink more often.

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

500 ml bottle, courtesy of "Venner av Nøgne Ø". Like all NØ beers bottle conditioned. This beer has just been released for sale in some pubs, will be for sale in Vinmonopolet stores in May. I might rerate in May, if there is any significant development of the flavour profile by then. Pours (or rather: gushes out of the bottle) with a large white head, beer is hazy pale golden. Very nice fruity (citrus, green apples) and yeasty aroma, hints of spices, oak, leather and barnyard. Flavour is moderately sweet with a distinct spiciness and decent hops. Shouldn’t a saison have slightly more acidity? After a light and refreshing start there is a solid wormwood-like bitterness in the finish, not unlike Saison Dupont.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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 jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded golden with a foamy white head that thins and lasts, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of lemon, a bit of farmhouse mustiness and some floral spicing.

The taste is of sweet graininess, towards caramel, with a lemon zest. There's a yeastiness that borders chalky. There's a slight metallic - almost aspirin-like bitterness in the dry finish that mixes with the sweetness. Clumsy, but works better than it sounds as I read what I'm typing.

It is creamy, but a bit syrupy/thickish for a light-bodied brew.

It's saison-like. After I was almost finished with it I read the label - Wheat and lager malt; East Kent Golding and Crystal hops; Belgian ale yeast and their "own Grimstad water". Interesting. Interesting - and an "interesting" beer. Saison-ish. Not quite as refreshing as I had hoped it would be - a bit heavy with a bitterness that ALMOST clashes with a heavy maltiness - the slight mustiness I'll take as coming from the Belgian yeast strain puts a nice Saison touch to it. Good, but nothing great - in or out of the style - I've had brews I've enjoyed more and were better made from this brewery.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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 blakesell
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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 MartzMimic
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light gold with a minimal white head. Slight aroma of malt, grains and fruit. Those flavors carry over to the taste. Just a touch of funk, and a bit of peat comes through as it warms. Light and crisp mouth. A very drinkable saison. It's a nice change from a lot of the American farmhouse ales.

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/12/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber golden color with little white head.

s - Smells of yeast and spice, with a hint of funkiness and hops.

t - Tastes the same as the nose plus wheat or bread.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice saison. A pretty nice smell and taste and an easy to drink saison. Would definitely give it another shot.

Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of nhindian
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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