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Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø India-Style Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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88
very good

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MrOH on 12-25-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

2neardead, Feb 16, 2013
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Photo of Beerswag
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour into mini pilsner glass no stem, aged only 3 mnths
Looks like a good beer, foam is shining and 6 finger head is pillowy and tannish to light- brown which takes at least 3 minutes to disipate. Smell is rich in apricot and white grape with some grapefruit like essence. Taste is bright fruit floral and chewy sweet carmel malt, aprocot and grapefruit hop bitterness, and wheat; taste reminds me of hybiscus; bitey and raw, may need some time to mellow the biteyness and cool down the hotness coming from the 7.5%abv.although this is labled a'india-style saison' ),"hybrid beer".Mouthfeel is medium to moderate-heavy, crisp and fresh, needs some cheese or game to tame the complex profile here. On the heavier side for a Saison, however the abv suggest a fuller and filling beer. Overall enjoyable, unique and complex beer from a brewery which definitely pays quality attention to detail, and execution...bitey blue-cheese, humboult-fog( nice goat/sheeps-cheese) gamey-fowl(quail/goose) honey-comb, chutneys, herbed-crusted , dry-meats, no full meal is need with this one, smaller bites.

Beerswag, Feb 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

bpfrush, Aug 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

doremite, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle. Apparently a blend between a saison, and an IPA recipe from a heretofore unknown to me Aussie brewery. Sure, why not.

This beer pours a very hazy, dark golden amber hue, with a stupid amount of frothy, rising, and chunky dirty white head, which leaves some violent ocean plume lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bitter tropical fruit - pineapple, guava, and kiwi - peppy earthy yeast, white sugar, pale grainy malt, faint mint notes, and some further orange and grapefruit citrus hoppiness. The taste is acrid citrus rind, a much more subtle pine tip astringency, gritty, dirty yeast, musty grass clippings, a sort of overwhelmed toasted caramel malt, more grassy, straw-like hop notes, and some slight booze warming.

The carbonation is big, airy, frothy, and unfortunately the unwelcome star of this show, the body at the same time medium light in weight, and smooth only as far as one can imagine this beer lacking the saison side's unnecessary bottle excesses. It finishes mostly dry, the lingering hops, dry yeast, and skulking alcohol all contributing to the cause.

I'm getting a bit sick and tired of any and all unproven blendings of thus far unmatched styles, which are usually that way for a damned good reason. Here, the inherent assets of both participants do well enough to represent their cause; however, the overall effect is just not really worth the effort.

biboergosum, Apr 28, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good drinking hoppy saison cross-style. However if I mixed a bottle of each style, maybe I would get something similar? Lighter coloured body. Foamy lasting head and lace. White sauvignon aroma. Citrus flavours and in secondary white pepper and saison yeast. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Sammy, Sep 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Demosthenes503, Dec 20, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

India Style Saison pours a straw color. It’s very hazy. When held to light, it takes on more of a gold look. An off-white head covers it and stands just under three fingers tall. It’s extremely slow to recede and leaves a really attractive, sticky web of lace clinging to the glass. Looks really good to me.

The nose is good. It smells quite fruity up front. Fruit scents of lemon, light orange, pineapple and grapefruit come through. Citric hops definitely seem to be the focus here. There are some very light, sweet malty notes that linger throughout. It definitely features Saison characteristics. It smells earthy, grainy, and a tad musky. It’s also grassy, but that could be attributed to the hops, as well. Alcohol isn’t strong at all. Smells good.

The flavor is consistent with the nose. The malt base is a little sweet, but the flavor is quickly lost in a ton of citric and grassy hop flavor. Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and orange flavors are all noted. It definitely has a grassy flavor in the mix. The Saison side is very earthy and grainy. The grassy hop flavors blend very well. Ultimately, the hop flavors seem to cover its Saison side a little too much. Alcohol is blended extremely well. Finishes hoppy, bitter, and a little dry. Good stuff.

India Saison has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel soft. It has a pretty good feel overall. It definitely goes down easy. This 500 ml bottle is disappearing quickly.

India Style Saison is an interesting collaboration between Nøgne Ø and Bridge Road Brewers from Australia. I like the idea of mixing an IPA and a Saison, and this is a really nice take on the style twist. Personally, I think the IPA side of it shines a little too strong. I would’ve preferred it the other way around. It’s good stuff though. Definitely worth checking out.

prototypic, Feb 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

zonker17, Sep 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

GRG1313, Aug 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Magery, Apr 23, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a very large, lasting head.
Nose shows passion fruit, lychee and green apples, with some crystal showing underneath.
Similarly fruity flavours, especially in the way of green apples, a character emphasised by the very high carbonation, acidity and dry finish. Some serious mineral content in here, leading to a distinct metallic quality in the finish.

CrazyDavros, Mar 15, 2012
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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with 3 fingers of frothy cream coloured head.

Smell. Guava, papaya and limes with a little sweet light malt and some peppery saison yeast.

Taste. Tons of bitter green grassy hops with some nice sweet tropical fruits, lime, spicy saison yeast, and some sweet light malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Interesting and tons of flavour. The hops might be a little much, but a tasty brew otherwise.

Rutager, Aug 27, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty hay color ale with a super large off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of rustic malt notes with some dry floral hops with light grassy notes. Taste is also dominated rustic malt notes with some dry floral hops with light hay and grassy notes. Great bready and yeasty finish which compliment well the hops profile. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with refreshing profile while maintaining a good level of complexity.

Phyl21ca, Aug 15, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light golden amber with a two finger fine white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, apple and citrus juice, Belgian spices. Flavor is sweet light stone fruit, orange, light lemon and caramel malt, but quickly dries out to a earth spicy saison finish with a hint of funk, pepper and bitter herbs. Light to medium bodied with very active, peppery carbonation. An interesting take on a saison with an interesting flavor transition. The finish seems more herb bitter than hoppy; I'm not getting any discernable hop flavor, although I may be unfamiliar with the variety. The finish is mildly funky saison and peppery spice. Interesting.

LiquidAmber, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

mmurphy525, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

st9647v3, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Sneevel, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

pknyc, Jul 10, 2014
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3.09/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from Notes made 12/12/2012

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a really nice cloudy copper colour with a two fingered white head that retains very well.

S - Hints of sticky burnt sugar and almost manure like aromes, with some hop and pineapple citrus.

T - Cut grass and burnt toffee malts. The finish is a little citrus but the predominancy of the burnt toffee kinda takes over.

M - Has the mouthfeel of a saison, and lowish carbonation.

O - Not the most balanced flavours, would have like to have seen more tropical citrus notes.

eric5bellies, Feb 17, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Mikkeller bar while I was in town for Sour and Bitter. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with mild hoppy notes along with some banana.

Taste: This beer is sweet up front. Some fruit and spice notes. The banana note isn't as prevalent as it is in the smell. The Belgian yeast note is nice, I would have liked the hops to be a bit more aggressive if you're going to market this as an India Saison.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was pretty good, but nothing spectacular. I would have liked a touch more bitterness in the flavor.

oline73, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazed, dull gold color. Good sized, foamy, light, frothy, white head. Head rises quick and disappears fairly quick as well with patches of lace.

S - Pretty hoppy nose. Pineapple, lemon, orange peel, and a lemongrass aroma. Some saison pale malt, spice, slight funk aroma but it is more IPA than Saison.

T - The saison flavors are much stronger than the nose suggested leaving it around 50/50 between the styles. Bready and peppery flavors along with a mix of fruitiness (both the orchard saison fruit and the citrus, pineapple IPA fruitiness). Touches of pine and grassy hops but they play second fiddle to the fruity hop flavors.

M - Medium body, lots of carbonation, slightly dry finish.

D - Easy to drink beer. The flavors mix well although it is like you took an IPA and a Saison and mixed them. Nice fruity flavors.

Notes: Definitely like a mix of an IPA with Australian hops and a Saison. Interesting beer that was enjoyable overall. The hops and IPA aspect were a bit stronger than the saison flavors in the end. Good beer overall.

FreshHawk, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Arborescence, Jun 09, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Odd that the first of the duo I get is the one brewed in Grimstad! Come on Bridge Road, lift your game!

Pours with a massive foamy white head. The beer is a hazy honey golden color. Medium high carbonation keeps the beer lively and the soapy foamy head continues to leave traces down the glass.

Aroma has that signature zesty perfume. Lots of spicy Belgian yeast character with matching floral fruity Australian hops. This pairing manages to work quite well where other yeast/hop combos tend to clash.

Taste has a considerable bitter kick. Seems to be as much from the yeast as it is hops. It manages to keep things under control with plenty of hop flavor and some spicy yeast character. Dry finish cleans it up nicely.

Tough to balance something like this but the two very talented brewers have done an admirable job. Bordering on Belgian IPA but whatever the style its an aggressive, characterful, bold, drinkable beer.

joecast, Jul 26, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer arrived in Indianapolis about two weeks ago. This is the Nogne version of the beer, which Bridge Road also brewed and bottled. I can see why someone would classify this as a Belgian IPA but I consider this to be a Saison first and foremost.

It pours a medium bodied tangerine orange in color with moderate cloudiness. It looks spot on for a saison. The aromas are in your face and very fresh. There is a great deal of Belgian fruity yeasts with a slight hop bitterness. The fruit profile is an odd fruit salad concoction of bananas, oranges, and tangerines. The flavors are pretty direct. There is a great deal of Belgian yeast characteristics paired with a distinct hop bitterness and dryness. It drinks very dry. The dry aftertaste is where the hops are most prevalent. It's a decent drinker, but the dryness kind of took over. It's an interesting beer, essentially a hoppy saison (and not a Belgian IPA in my opinion) that could be a gateway to a new hybrid style.

aasher, Jan 04, 2012
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