Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +6.1%
On draft at Churchkey in D.C. for the Nøgne Ø event. Thanks to Kjetil Jikiun. Review from notes.
The beer is hazy and yellow hued with a lasting white head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the glass.
The aroma offers grass, lemon, lemon zest, yeast, light spice.
A balanced flavor. Tasty beer. Earthy, herbal, light floral notes. Everything comes together nicely. Fresh and crisp.
Light bodied and refreshing, while offering a complex bouquet of flavors.
A solid beer.
06-06-2012 23:48:37 | More by Huhzubendah
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
Yellow to orange coloured beer with a cloudy appearance and a big, foamy white head at the top that has great retention and lacing.
Citrus fruits, lemon and orange zest dominate the smell of this one along with some grain and yeast. The smell is light, summery and refreshing with a touch of lemongrass and spice to it as well.
A refreshing, summer time beer with good yeast and citrus fruits flavours including the lemon and orange from the smell. There is also a little pinneapple and perhaps some berries along with a tiny amount of grain and an almost wheat like taste.
Medium and smooth with a citrus tang to it and a sweet bitterness through the middle. The finish is crisp, slightly sour and very dry.
Light and fruity, this one is a great summer time beer with some good citrus flavours and a very crisp yet refreshing feel to it. This wasa beer I had been looking forward to for some time and it didn't disappoint.
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05-22-2012 08:50:39 | More by flyingpig
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-01-2012 21:47:37 | More by katan
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
01-23-2012 04:25:35 | More by nhindian
3.58/5 rDev -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.
01-17-2012 06:07:24 | More by jjkatter
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
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!
01-15-2012 21:25:37 | More by AgentMunky
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
01-15-2012 07:45:09 | More by heygeebee
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
Aroma - I didn't get anything particularly strong on the nose, but what I did get was almost a fresh apple smell intermingled with that fruity higher alcohol smell (even though it's not particularly high)
Mouthfeel - So delightfully crisp and clean and dry.
Taste - A slight bit of tart/sour back in the spit glands fades fairly quickly and transforms into a perfect amount of hop bitterness that gets left behind at a low level. Not a big hop fan, this level of bitterness is really nice - judiciously and artfully integrated and balanced. The hops do one job in this ensemble instead of stomping everything else out.
The immediate aftertaste on the exhale reminds me a little of a hefeweizen or witbier and definitely recalls sitting outside with a pint in summer. I get something like the lemon on a pint of Hoegaarden.
By the end of the glass, when things were warmer (I drank it straight out of the fridge), it got applier and sweeter.
Little bitty teenie weenie carbonation bubbles. Mine were very actively churning the whole time.
The burps are really nice - gently round and slightly fruity.
The overall clean freshness plus the initial tartness plus the residual hop bitterness plus the carbonation join together draw a crisp dividing line between the taste and aftertaste.
It's so nice to enjoy the flavor with each sip, have it fade quickly to a very low level, and then get to enjoy it fully freshly again the next time. It doesn't haunt the palate or weigh it down. How nice.
I'm starting to feel like Nøgne Ø can do no wrong. They're just classy. Artful and classy. They never hit you over the head. They just impress with art and subtlety. If they had this in bars I would drink it all summer long and not feel the need to stray. Bravo.
01-11-2012 02:53:09 | More by BrownNut
Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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