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Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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85
very good

218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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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:
14°P, 25 IBU

Ingredients: Wheat and lager malt; East Kent Goldings and Crystal hops; Belgian ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-08-2006)
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Gmann

New York

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

Pours a bright yet cloudy pale orange color with an average head that dissipated into a light cap. The aroma is earthy; some pepper, light lemon and a good whiff of a banana bread. The taste is of banana bread, light citrus, and a light funk. A light hop bitterness in the end. Taste reminds me of a hefe with a little funk. Not tart like most saisons, has more of a yeast profile. Still very tasty though. The feel is moderate and has a creamy texture, finishes fairly balanced. Not a typical saison as I didn't pick up much in the way of floral notes, tartness, or the funk. However, still a very fine tasting brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 02:37:01 | More by Gmann
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -20.4%

12-24-2011 07:34:10 | More by jophish17
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ADZA

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 03:13:13 | More by ADZA
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AgentMunky

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:25:37 | More by AgentMunky
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prototypic

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison is hazy and a light gold color. Despite its haziness, there's no swimming yeast. A foamy white head rises to about two fingers. It fell to a surface level covering nearly as fast. Lacing was sticky and rather light.

The nose is kicked off with a very musky and earthy aroma. It has a slight funky aroma. It's not Brett, but something else. A generous amount of spices amp it up quite a bit. Clove and pepper are apparent, but there may be other spices I'm not picking up. A floral hop presence attributes a grassy aroma that only further its strong earthy character. A little Belgian yeast is noted on the tail, but it's not prominent. No alcohol is noted. Not a bad effort at all.

A nice grainy flavor kicks it off. It tastes a little sweet at first, but that quickly disappears. Clove and pepper spices are quite tasty and boost the overall flavor a notch. Hops are more prominent than one would expect. They're mostly floral and earthy in character, but add quite a bit to the overall flavor. I like it. Lemon and light orange citrus notes creep in toward the end. Belgian yeast is noted, but certainly isn't that strong in overall flavor. Incidentally, there's no appreciable funky flavor here. I was expecting it. Alcohol is blended very well and goes unnoticed. Overall, this has a pretty nice flavor. It's a solid effort by the Scandinavian crew. It's not quite on par with some of the best, but it's firmly in the second tier for the style.

Saison's body is light and has a decent, smooth feel. Carbonation feels a little too light and doesn't hold up its end very well. It doesn't have a substantial negative effect. Perhaps minor. Drinkability is good. It goes down way too fast and easy. The flavor is overall pretty impressive. I could handle a few of these.

Saison's a nice release from Nøgne Ø. It's probably a little better than the score here will reflect, but it's tough to stack up against some top notch releases of the style. The flavor isn't quite as refined or artful as those examples. But, it's difficult to call that a problem. The biggest problem is that its carbonation is too light. Pretty impressive outside of that. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 01:34:47 | More by prototypic
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GbVDave

Illinois

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

A: Pours a mellow, light-gold color with a few streams of lazy effervescence. Small 3/4 finger cap of pure white foam. Not too much in the way of lace.

S: Aromas of tart apple and wheat, and pear. Aromatic Belgian yeast, white pepper, coriander, and a slight hint of barnyard funk.

T: Dry wheat, apple, and hops dominate at first. A fruity, peppery, funkiness takes over soon afterwards along with the aforementioned coriander and some citrus-y hops at the finish.

M: Quite full and pleasantly peppery. Hop bitterness from beginning to end.

D: An excellent beer and a great companion to blue corn chips and Trader Joe's Hot! Fresh Salsa.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 00:59:14 | More by GbVDave
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-30-2013 02:04:03 | More by williamjbauer
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 13:21:24 | More by bobsy
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-05-2013 22:43:19 | More by andrenaline
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dcmchew

Romania

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 17:27:33 | More by dcmchew
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-02-2012 19:36:01 | More by brez8791
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MSandahl23

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-29-2012 16:03:52 | More by MSandahl23
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

02-07-2014 23:39:14 | More by Molson2000
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-26-2013 01:18:09 | More by kwjd
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 17:08:43 | More by jrenihan
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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

Attended a beer tasting on 4/24 where we got to meet Kjetil Jikiun and speak with him. Ended up picking up a few bottles of this. During the tasting and the bottles taken home - these brews POPPED right open, bit of spray attached to them.

This beer pours a pale, hazy, golden body, with a thick 2-3 finger head. Decent head retention touch of spotty, wispy lacing. Nose is of grainy hops, grass, orange, and yeast, with possibly a touch of pepper. Taste surprised me with the amount of malts in here - but grass and grains, with a dose of yeast are really at the forefront of the taste. Orange zest balance out the grain taste and give real substance. The citrus hops in here give a bit of a punch but the finish is on the malt side, with a sweet aftertaste to it. Light to medium bodied, there is a fair amount of carbonation that works well for this beer. This is a HIGHLY drinkable beer and I can't wait to drink the other bottles I got from the tasting!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 22:18:17 | More by Jayli
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JDV

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Erin for lugging this one back from Atlanta for me!
Pours a glowing, cloudy, bright, light orange color. Just a sudsy sparse head remains after a few seconds. Smell is coriander, spices, along with bright and wheaty and lightly citrusy leanings. Taste is lightly spiced with similar flavors as in the smell, along with an interesting and unexpected, but welcomed light hop presence and a lightly wheaty flavor as well. Thin to medium bodied with average carbonation. Not too familiar with the style, but I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 19:26:48 | More by JDV
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bashiba

Iowa

2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy yellow with a thick sticky off white head.

It smelled funky like saison should, but maybe a little to funky, almost feet like.

Considering the huge nose the flavor is very mild and crisp with a bit of light fruit and a touch of lemony bitterness, very mild and not nearly as spicy as most Saisons.

The mouthfeel is spot on with a crisp and dry finish.

Drinkable, but a bit on the bland side for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 21:57:38 | More by bashiba
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam..

Poured a nice light golden orange colour with a slight haze. White head poured pretty big, thick and fluffy with a pock marked topping then faded slowly to patchy covering... quite a lot of carbonation rushes to the surface... some good patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice light toasted biscuit malts, spicy tart fruits (apples, pears, light lemon zest), grassy, hay notes, light nuttiness, metallic notes, quite floral, some talcum powder, quite yeasty, light caramel sweetness, faint rubbery hints...

Taste - Quite a lot of spicy yeastiness, tart (also overripe?) fruits (apples, pears, light grapefruits), slight vegetal notes, metallic, some chalkiness, salty notes, light toasted biscuit malts, bready, light floral honey sweetness, faint caramel, grassy hops...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Very quaffable...

Overall - A pretty good saison. A few off notes but certainly worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 09:28:55 | More by mdagnew
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jampics2

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle shared at Arp's. Madness seems to have occurred when this bottle was opened towards the end of the tasting. There was screaming, beer being spit and spilled, and general chaos.

Appears a cloudy straw color. Decent head retention. Nice lacing.

Yeasty esters in the nose. A bit of basement musk, not farmhouse per say. Perhaps a bit of spice - just a Belgian earthy aroma. Touch of earthy hops.

Too much dryness VS sweetness. A bit of hay taste to the wheat, pepper, Belgian candy sugar, and cardamon. Very light hoppiness makes an appearance before the moisture is sucked out of my mouth. I found this just too dry after the initial sweetness. I know the finish should count for mouthfeel more than taste, but it really distracted from what I though could have been a better flavor progression. No brett or horseblanket, and the funk from the nose doesn't really come out in the taste.

Mouthfeel was average. Carb was too low and too dry.

Drinkability was slightly above average just because it seemed to disappear quickly. Madness around me, but none in my glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 20:27:19 | More by jampics2
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-16-2013 13:54:37 | More by peensteen
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.4%

07-01-2013 15:28:20 | More by cfalovo97
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 22:23:23 | More by Monkeyknife
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david131

California

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

A- As soon as I popped the cap, the liquid came gushing out. Once it is tamed an in a glass it the orange/brown liquid appears luminescent with loads of streams making their way to the surface. The head is very thick and creamy and has excellent retention. Perfect.

S- Flowers, honey, fruit, pepper, and bread. Not super aromatic, but subtle and enjoyable.

T- Some fruit and bread... Not much going on here at all. There is nothing at the end to speak of.

M- Very clean and dry on the finish. Extremely light finish considering how smooth it is at the front end.

D- Well it may be nice on a summer day or something, but there is absolutely nothing in the flavor profile that stands out to me. It is also not even close to being worth $10 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 03:32:40 | More by david131
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charlzm

California

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Consumed 08/30/08.

From the bottle to the tulip glass, the beer looks a lot like a mimosa: fairly clear golden/orange with plenty of tiny bubbles though only a fleeting head. Then, because I didn't catch it in time, the cloudy yeast from the bottle bottom slipped out. Drats!

The beer is quite aromatic, with sweet honeysuckle complimented by a tart citrus character (mostly oranges). This literally made my mouth water!

The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, and the lack of carbonation imparts a heavy, almost syrupy feel.

Flavor is muted: similar to but sadly less intense than the aroma. Not particularly sour or tart, the most notable (and surprising) flavor is a marked bitterness. There's also a hint of dryness on the finish.

Disappointing, after the overall high caliber of this brewery's other beers and the awesome aroma. I poured most of it down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 23:13:36 | More by charlzm
Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
85 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.