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Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 248
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

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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Reviews: 138 | Hads: 248
Photo of thekanna
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of JBogan
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A tall pour produced a one finger foamy white head atop a slightly hazy pale golden body. A generous amount of lacing was left behind.

The aroma was mostly a yeasty farmhouse funk. Some yeast and straw were present, but that's about it. I've read some reviews where people have apparently picked up numerous other scents but I certainly wasn't among them.

The taste was rather subdued. There was some sweet pale malts along with an ever so slight lemon presence, and some floral notes, but overall this beer was what I would describe as mild tasting.

The mouthfeel was on the flat side. A bit thick for this style beer, with almost no carbonation which made the experience somewhat dull.

Generally I enjoy saisons but this one was just average. I'll look elsewhere next time I am in the mood for this style.

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Photo of dgallina
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint, .9 fluid ounce slim brown bottle. The usual bold Nøgne labeling and no freshness dating.

Looks a bit dull and sickly on the pour. Cloudy pale yellow, nearly flat body, with a film of white head on top. Smells nice enough, however. Dusty lime notes with a light funky yeast and mellow grain backdrop. The aroma mostly follows through in flavor. Lemon and lime ride atop slightly earthy yeast. Builds to a hoppy bitter finish with an unfortunate metallic aftertaste. The body is thin, rather limp, and barely carbonated. An thoroughly unimpressive beer. Significantly below average for this brewery.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Surprisingly dark body, almost reddish-orange. Sizable head that eventually fades and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Phenolic sugars with some fruitiness and a bit of hops.

T: A fair amount of sugary sweetness, but also plenty of hop zing. Hints of breadiness from the malt. Finishes dry.

M: Silky smooth with effervescent carbonation.

D: A very solid saison. Recommended for fans of the style, especially in the summertime.

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Photo of nukem5
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful hazy golden color with very little head tiney legs clinging to the walls of glass.

S: Slightly dusty smell yeasty hints of honey and citrus.

T: Grains and honey some spices yeasty belgian tastes little cloves.

M: Slightly chewy with very little carbonation levels.

O: Very Drinkable and tasty could drink a bunch of these if they were more available.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full cloudy yellow/orange look with little head, just a nice looking saison.

Nose of lemon, some funk, esthers of yeast, somewhat sour smelling - just right for the type.

Taste does not carry the nose, a bit of a disappointment, needs more depth and doesn't carry the promise of the nose. Nice balance, but that's the best thing about it. Oh well. Has some fruit and a nice dry aftertaste, a bit of hops bitterness, not sweet.

Nice and heavy, good body, but doesn't make up for the taste.

Very drinkable, easy to have, but needs more flavor. Had expected more on the recommendation from my Arminetti's dude, nice try.

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Photo of gpogo
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of clickpush
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Half liter bottle to tulip glass. A hard pour produces a cloudy orange beer with only a small small white head. Tons of carbonation visible in the body of the beer. The head goes down quickly to scant lacing, but the brew itself looks thick and inviting.

Nose: Strong citrus bouquet: oranges and lemon zest. Dry spice notes of coriander and cracked white peppercorns. The aroma is not as strong as I would like, but characteristics are spot on for the style.

Mouth: Thick, chewy mouthfeel is the first thing I notice - quite odd for a saison. Orange flavor, hoppy, dry citric finish like grapefruit rind. Tons of citrus flavors complimented by the addition of coriander, notes again of cracker pepper. Unfortunately something about the mouthfeel is off-putting - it's not crisp or light, but actually more like the consistency of a thin carbonated syrup.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one with friends so didn't have a chance to jot down my thoughts. However, I tried to make some mental notes to help with the review.

This one looked like a saison. It had a nice cloudiness, but almost no head, which should have been my first sign that something was amiss. It smelled ok, with some spice and hoppiness, but not terribly strong.

It tasted, well, like not a whole lot. It certainly had more spice, and more depth than your average High Life, but not nearly as much as some of my favorite saisons. It also had a strange aftertaste that seemed a little off.

It felt appropriate in the mouth, and it was fine in terms of drinkability. I might have another, if I was thirsty and there was one sitting around. If someone brought over a bunch of these, and that's what we were drinking, I could polish them off, but I would definitely check the fridge to gauge my options. Overall, disappointing, but not a bad beer or anything.

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Photo of KDawg
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Saison Dupont glass with an amber color and a slight haze. There is a good sized off white head with tight formation and lacing.

Aroma has fresh Belgian yeast with good Saison characteristics, as well as some coriander like spice and a touch of malt.

The flavor is nice and simple up front with a nice pale malt sweetness. In mid palate is a refreshing Belgian yeast flavor of juicy fruit, as well as some spice. Ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg are lightly layered in that order. Overall, this is a little less complex than most Saisons, but it is tasty and quenching.

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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.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
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!!

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Photo of BrownNut
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L bottle. Batch 570. Best before 101213, brewed 101210. Poured into a C&B Belgian tulip. Pours a gold-yellow with some orange hues. Lovely 2-3 fingers of white foam cap the beer. Excellent lacing on the sides. Rather hazy in appearance.

Smell consists of lemon/orange peel, some spice, e.g., black pepper, and tartness, if that's a smell. Has a general fruity aroma.

Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Delightful tart fruit up front consisting of some lemon, orange. Green apple as well. The pepper is there for some spiciness. Gives way to a crisp and dry finish. Taste is complex. As this beer rolls across the tongue, there is a touch of honey sweetness there. Yeasty and earthy are the final adjectives I would use to describe this beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with lively carbonation. Overall, very tasty and enjoyable. I wish I had some other Saisons from Belgium to compare this to. Nevertheless, a good representation of the style.

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Photo of scott451
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temperature into a pint glass. A two finger fine white head on a clear gold. Hazy if you swirl it. Good head retention and lots of lacing.

Faint malt smells with some sour overtones. Some fruit and pepper. First taste is fruity with a slight sour afterbite. Mild but very smooth.

Smooth mouthfeel. Mildly carbonated. True to the style. Understated but well balanced.

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally made it to Julios Liquors and they have many Nogne offerings. The first I've seen, so I picked up this pint+.9oz saison.

A: cloudy, dark straw with a fairly small white head. Quickly to a ring.

S: Smells like a saison. spices, earthy, barnyard hay. faint hops and a tad fruity

T: yeasty with a bigger malt presence than other saisons. pepper. damn tasty.

M: Fuller in body than some saisons. dry finish with some bitterness. light carbonation

D: nice. refreshing. I like saisons in warmer weather than Boston in February, but it's heft in comparison with others makes it all the more drinkable today.

I've only heard of Nogne O, but now that I have, found a source and tried this great offering I'll return to Julios to explore this brewery further.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ssmack
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500 ml bottle into large wine.

A nice apricot orange colour. No head at all! A circle of fine bubbles around the glass does not account as a head. There is a sparking lacking but not much retention.

A mild aroma. Fruity and grainy.

A mild malt taste with some fruitiness. Noble hops bitterness in the second half of the taste experience.

A medium feel but slightly watery and no carbonation.

Definitely a below average saison. I do not need to try this one again.

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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.

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Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
85 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.