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

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 91
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MrOH on 12-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, orange citrus to a a small pine hop and a small earthiness. In the taste, dry pine to dry orange citrus hops, with a small earthiness underneath it all. A hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a note of dry orange juice citrus and a small earth in the aftertaste. Nice hops in a nice saison base.

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Photo of MrOH
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, hazy copper with a solid couple of fingers of off-white head. Excellent retention. Nice lacing.

Bold tropical fruit aromas, pineapple, mango, some citrus, banana,guava, passionfruit. Sweet bready malt and some spicy yeast lay beneath.

Delicious hop-derived fruity flavors. Mainly overripe pineapple with some guava and citrus. Some grainy breadiness from malt. Juicy up front, but finishes dry. Nice spicy bitterness lingers well past the swallow.

Fairly light-bodied with high carbonation.

A very interesting and delicious beer. I had recently brewed a saison using all NZ hops, but obviously not enough, because while I did get similar flavors and aromas from them, I did not get nearly the amount that this beer contains. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a massive, three finger head of white foam full of fish eye bubbles. The body is a hazy, dark copper color with streams of bubbles that support the head as it settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Spicy, citrusy hop aromas with notes of lemongrass, coriander, and pepper as well as some caramel malt.

T - Bready malt and some grassy, herbal hops up front. Notes of black pepper, lemon pith, coriander, and light toffee. Finishes with lemongrass, anise, and musty hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Very interesting and drinkable. The hop character is strong, but also very herbal which keeps it in balance with the spicy yeast and the style's overall character. Another nicely made beer from a brewery that time and again has proven to be one of the best out there.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: this one gushed from the bottle. 3.5 finger slightly off white foamy head on a murky deep gold with amber hues body.

S: you can easily smell this one from two feet away. well rounded yeast, banana/pineapple fruity esters and candied oranges with a subtle herbal note. As the foam settles the hops including grapefruit, pine and earthy notes come through more strongly.

T: Interesting play between the fruity esters and hops. yeast and fruits seem to dominate up front with the finish more of a grassy/floral hop note which lingers for quite some time. Lacks the sharpness/peppery note of many in the genre.

M: medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: One of the best smelling saisons I have had. The flavor is more interesting than it is great but still a nice tasting beer. This one is a must try overall.

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Photo of fostachild
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

brewed: 05 08 11

pours a nice medium orange colour - good amount of head.

smell is awesome, peaches/fruit, hops, yeast.

taste is hoppy, citrusy, and has a nice bitterness - well balanced. good carbonation and drinkability. overall a pretty enjoyable, solid beer.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into tulip 1/5/13

A lots of tiny particles being pushed around by streams up the side and
randoms popping up form everywhere, glows a hazed orange amber with a massive
half glass of loose soapy foam that has great retention ending up as a pencil
top eraser with chunks of lace, I'm talking lace sticking a 1/2inch off the side

S passion fruit, guava, pineapple, mango, sweet orange and a little lime, a big
tropical nose mixes with the farmhouse yeast and faint catty notes, quite hoppy
and considering this ones 14+months old it would've been a palate wrecker fresh.
some spice as it warms

T more yeast and the hops are just slightly toned down compared to the nose,
some rind and hay I wasn't really smelling, good but I was could smell this one all day

M a few extra bubbles in a somewhat light body, a little gritty and a earthy,
spicy finish

O refreshing and way to easy to drink, a Saison hopped up with New World hops?
who wouldn't love that? I just can't believe how hoppy this one is where most
would fade hard after this long in the bottle

I would and will drink this again, hop the hell out of a solid Saison base
and you have a winner. It would seem not everyone agrees with me as this one has
ratings all over the place, its a hit for me

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark amber with a frothed egg white head that sticks and trails. Booming resiny leafy orange and Lemonhead fresh hop nose.
Lean grain and rusk upfront with maybe some mango as it warms, cardamom yeast hit, then Sauternes, white pepper and orange pith end.
Passionfruit finish and astringent bitter linger. Medium, chewy, fizzy, crisp.

I love Belgian IPAs so was intrigued by this. I know very little about the two hop varieties, Stella and Galaxy, but they deliver much more than 40 IBUs worth of flavor. It's also much leaner and drier that the fruity nose would lead you to expect. Light malt load is down to the pilsner-wheat combo - it doesn't claim to be an ale, and it's not. Is it a good saison without the harsh hopping? That I'm not sure of. Hopping, tart yeast and dry body together make this a bit rough, or at least one that makes more sense in the Australian sun.

Fascinating and unique

*transferred from review under Bridge Road, 12/7/11

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Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Highly drinkable and full of character, this well built and hoppier version of Saison bridges what's best about both IPAs and saison.

Burnish gold in color, the hazy ale releases a creamy and fluffed off white head that's fueled by constant streams of carbonation underneath. Firm in its retention and decorative with its lace, the beer delivers a charming Belgian appearance, albeit a bit darker than most modern versions but likely similar to traditional ones.

Wood, grass, and hay fill the nose with a dried malt cracker-like bready scent. Overtones of fruit and spice layer with apricot and papaya with peppercorn and orange peel. Musty malt character gives glimpse into the rustic earthen corkish character of saisons gone bye.

Flavors are every bit as dry as was insinuated by the nose. Low lying sweetness informs the fruit notes but remains understated. Instead the dry taste of pilsner, bread crust, and dry grain evaporate on the tongue and leave a whimsical balance of dry tropical fruit, citrus fruit, soft spicy corriander, fresh cracked peppercorn, and a dash of cumin. Damp earth allows for the must of wild yeast and cork to provide the taste of wet hay, fresh mulled grass, tea leaves, and a woody sassafras taste that develops into broad bitterness to finish.

Bone dry from start to finish as the ample sprite of carbonation bounces the malt from the palate and ushers in a quick finish of fleeting malt, hop derived bitterness with light astringency, and moderate alcohol warmth.

India Saison doesn't all and all remind me of any new fangled concoction of saison fused with IPA. Instead, it allows a glimpse into the hoppier, drier, and spicier saisons of a hundred years ago that I have only read about.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of mrjez
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a decent white head. Plenty going on in the nose and in the palate - tropical and citrus hop presence, yeast and some funk strains, slightly earthy or grassy, some spice. It's quite bitter and a little booze comes through, and it dominates the tail of a mouthful, detracting slightly. Quite delicious, an impressive blend of styles.

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Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Alchemist pint glass.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a partial cap, chunky collar, and splotches of lace. Lightly hazed golden body with some slow-moving bubbles present.

S - Phenolic and slightly funky Saison yeast flavors, as well as a good deal of tropical, candied citrus, and piney hop flavors. There's also some caramel and brown sugar malts. I'm guessing this uses Galaxy hops. Yeast character grows as the beer warms up.

T - The taste has less malt sweetness and more palate-numbing hop flavors. A mixture of citrus and tropical fruits initially before yielding to some bread and spicy Belgian yeast in the finish. There isn't a lot of overt bitterness, but my tongue is number a bit.

M - Grainy texture, with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly hefty medium-full body, with a lightly sticky finish. Not much alcohol presence.

D - Intriguing stuff. I'm guessing this is a second batch, as I can't find a bottling date like some of the other reviews reference. More IPA than something like Hill Farmstead E., and perhaps lacking in depth comparatively, but eminently drinkable - I had no problems with the 50cl bottle. One of the strongest offerings I've had from Nøgne in recent memory.

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Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden pour with a big, rocky, dense white head. Great head retention and nice lacing. A delightful pour.

Interesting combination of spicy clove and coriander against the slightly citrusy, tropical hops. Great pineapple note under there and the pawpaw is interesting too.

Nice balance of sweet and bitter here. The flavor of the malt just holding up with bitterness which is well integrated. Nicely balanced yeast and hop notes too with the same delicate balance from the aroma playing out here.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Good.

A really solid beer. The balance is great. Fortunately less bitter than the Bridge Road brewed version.

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Photo of joecast
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Once poured, this saisson takes a long while to settle. Once this has finally happened, you have a glass of semi-translucent amber, a little bit cloudy. There is little lacing and head throughout the quaff. Subtle nose of orange slice and pepper serves as an introduction to a dry and peppery citrus bite with a crisp hop fade thanks to the Australian hops. Yeast balance holds well, though retains something of a resinous grasp at he end. Norway and Australia - together again. (478 characters)

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Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of tony223366
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge white fluffy head, like 8 fingers. Color is a cloudy straw yellow and the head has nice lacing.

S: Lots of competing (in a good way) aromas. Some citrusy hops, some light mustiness. Nice pineapple, apple citrus as well. A little caramel malts.

T: More raw malt flavor than I expected. Some graininess. Citrusy hops and that mustiness is present. Really bold flavors. Bitterness is very even.

M: Medium body with tight carbonation that helps keep the big flavors at bay.

O: Awesome! Interesting and well balanced.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draught at In De Wildeman, appearance is hazy dull gold with a small white head leaving sticky lace.

Smell is not to robust, fruity, citrus, lime. A little skunky.

Taste starts out with strong citrus esters and hops before an abrupt assault of drying brett and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is foamy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is admirable. A mix of my favorite styles, aside from the brett.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a rich looking, dull golden amber with yeast sediment and inches of fluffy white head if poured incorrectly...yeah, I poured it incorrectly. The head laces and eventually fades to nothing. The nose is slightly bitter, citrusy, sweet, and yeasty. It smells more like a saison than an IPA. The taste is honey sweet with bread and hops and reminds me of the Duvel tripel hop to an extent. The mouthfeel is relatively heavy for a saison with immense sweetness upfront followed by a hoppy dry finish. It's certainly not a beer I'd slam...and I'm quite curious about what "rare Australian hops" are. There is a degree of tropical fruitiness, but frankly I expected more in both the beer's nose and taste. Overall, this is a well crafted beer that drinks like a beefy saison, but there are other similar hoppy saisons I prefer more (cough Stillwater shout out).

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried the local Australian version brewed by Ben Kraus at Bridge Road. I'm pleased that we got the original version over here as well. I loved the local one, let's see how this one compared.

Pours a deep, cloudy orange-gold colour, with a frothy, excessively carbonated head of just-yellowed white. Froms some clumpy, sticky lacing on the side of the glass as the head subsides. Carbonation is large-bubbled and the body is fluid, but doesn't hold the carbonation as it's tilted. Oddly enough, this is already significantly different from the Australian version.

Nose is, however, much along the same lines. Lovely bright ripe pineapple character, twinned with a touch of organics, giving it a crushed vegetation and curdled lemon character. This stands out wonderfully, and provides an awesome blending of the two styles.

Taste is, surprisingly, a lot flatter. Some clumsy bitterness through the centre of the palate clangs off the spicy, peppery saison notes, giving it a metallic finish. Earthy saison characters come through near the back, but there's almost no acidity to it, which was something I enjoyed particularly in the BRB version. The hoppy flavours of tropical punch have all but deserted the taste, leaving it more like a flat saison.

Feel is also a little overcarbonated, abrading the palate a little and leaving quite a bloating feeling.

This beer accentuates something in paricular for me: beer is better fresh, and freshness is probably one of the key factors in getting good beer (especially in this sort of style). While I love Bridge Road, I'm happy to concede that Nøgne Ø is a better brewery, but of the two examples, I much prefer the fresh local version.

Maybe some day I'll get to try this one fresh in Norway.

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Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø India-Style Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
87 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.