Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-06-2012 21:45:34 | More by stephens101
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
02-23-2011 07:04:34 | More by eric5bellies
3.23/5 rDev -14.3%
bottle from city wide in south bend. Pours a grapefruit-juice yellow-orange with a short white head. A cloudy beer, laces slowly and unevenly. Smells surprisingly funky (i admit to having read some of the reviews in advance and noticing a complaint about lack of funk - not a requirement for saison, by the way). Citrusy hops with a soured malt backbone on the nose too. Yeah, definitely some monkey-funk smell. Taste is a bit unblanced, with part of the beer wanting to go with a hop forward lighter saison direction, and the other half wanting to be a funky malty or wheaty explosion. It almost achieves a sort of orange zest and horse shed medium but it doesnt quite pull it off. Still, it has some good qualities. I like the citrus flavor and the mild tang. I just think it could have a bit more of a spiciness or something to bring everything together.
05-17-2008 23:00:46 | More by aforbes10
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
Appearance: pale straw, quite hazy, nice layer of tight-beaded white froth, good head retention
Aroma: orange peel, coriander, chamomile, canned pineapple, blossom honey
Flavor: dry malt profile with a tangy edge; melange of orange peel, coriander, chamomile, and grapefruit rind bitterness; finishes dryish with a lingering acerbic bitterness
Mouthfeel: medium-light body, fluffy carbonation, soft texture, slightly astringent
Other comments: It's amazing how much spice can be churned out by the yeast. There are no added spices, yet those flavors and aromas are there.
01-01-2008 15:10:50 | More by GreenCard
District of Columbia
3.08/5 rDev -18.3%
This one's either not that good, or slightly skunked. Or both (for $9, I'm not pleased). Medium white head over a yellow-orange colored beer that's slightly opaque. Bubbles dissolve down quickly leaving a very fine film on top. No lacing. Nose is citrus and skunk. Flavor is some mild citrus, malt, wheat, yeast, and skunkiness. This one is really disappointing. I don't get it either...brown bottle, no apparent issues. I'm pissed.
06-21-2008 19:18:55 | More by soupyman10
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
From mini-bomber into NBS mug to kick off the race and the continued Euro-taint of the 24...
Cloudy honey/white grapefruit yellow. Active carbonation, thin sudsy head. I'd say it was a 4 'cause it's a little different but I gotta admit - it looks a little too much like something I'd leave at the doctor's office.
Yeasty amd nice, austere (piney?) hops. Orange and coriander aroma is well-distributed with some citrusy (grapefruit?) bitterness.
Clean-tasting balance of orange, vanilla and a little pine. Alcohol is way in the background - slight sourness to yeast. Very pleasant.
This hits the mouth more flat than preferred or expected from the visible carbonation. Tanginess adds the desired palate spike.
Definitely enjoyable for a sessionable offering - based on serving temperature would prefer to serve a little colder than usual. Nice stuff!
04-07-2008 10:44:50 | More by IBUnit63
3.86/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
01-08-2013 21:01:25 | More by MattSweatshirt
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
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. Shouldnt 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.
02-08-2006 21:18:23 | More by Sigmund
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Good yellow-orange colour with good head and lacing.
Smell is banana, orchard, nice typical saison flavours with some band-aid. Is there Brett in this?
Taste is similarly refreshing and flavoursome. More banana and a slight sourness. Lots of bittering hops. Interesting, tangy.
Mouthfeel is thick with quite a bit of carbonation.
Overall a good saison, a bit heavy in the taste and mouthfeel.
09-28-2011 13:36:07 | More by danieelol
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a massive head. Good retention / lacing. Cloudy golden. High carbonation. Plenty of sediment ends up in the glass after the last pour.
Restrained yet complex aroma. Not too much "farmhouse", but some nice yeast and sweet malt character. Don't know if this is spiced but there could be some floral hops there.
Taste is seriously well balanced. The evenness of the malt, yeast, acidity, bitterness etc is sublime.
The only gripe I have about this is how true to style it is. I am very new to saison but would expect this to be slightly dryer or at least less sweet and maybe more of that farmhouse character. Obviously this may upset the current balance of the beer but being a hop head it's not the first time I would have thought balance was overrated. Not to take away how well made this beer is.
07-08-2010 07:29:37 | More by joecast
District of Columbia
3/5 rDev -20.4%
This was my first beer from this brewery, and I was pretty impressed. It seems they brew just about every style of beer, and with this one - they nailed the saison right on the head. It was flavorful, crisp, slightly sour, bready, and spicy. I could definitely have this beer again and again, if it weren't so pricey.
08-16-2012 19:06:16 | More by alysmith4
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Cloudy straw colored pour with a fluffy two finger head with great retention and lacing. Interesting nose with hints of Belgian yeast, straw, lemon, white pepper, and a touch of clove and banana. The taste is earthy and herbal with hints of grass, yeast, lemon, pears, along with a touch of barnyard and rye. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with moderate carbonation and a slightly sour bone dry finish. I'm definitely not a huge fan of the style, but this is a solid standout.
08-29-2012 18:03:40 | More by beerdrifter
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
08-17-2011 03:39:04 | More by Beerenauslese
3.13/5 rDev -17%
I was pinched on the bus today for not wearing green and then the woman began to argue with me. I'd like to pinch this beer for not overwhelming me.
Everything you'd expect from a saison with color and smell. It was a little too cloudy for me.
Taste could have been good, what you would expect from a saison, a little too metallic and sour for me.
To top the day off, I went to McDonalds and they were out of shamrock shakes. Like my day, everything you would expect, but just not that good.
03-18-2009 04:05:16 | More by Murchmac
Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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