Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø India-Style Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
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,
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
05-02-2013 00:37:45 | More by wordemupg
3.56/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
04-28-2013 04:50:02 | More by biboergosum
3.09/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
02-17-2013 13:48:25 | More by eric5bellies
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
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).
01-05-2013 02:07:37 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
09-27-2012 02:23:14 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
09-26-2012 05:00:56 | More by tony223366
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
08-11-2012 08:24:02 | More by dgilks
3.25/5 rDev -18.1%
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a massive three finger pillowy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Dank, floral hop aroma with a good balance of earthy and citrus/tropical fruit notes along with some funky farmhouse yeast. Slightly grassy with resinous pine notes as well as grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. The earthy hop component is nicely complimented by the Saison yeast that gives off hints of grass, straw and hay. I'm also picking up some bread and biscuit malt.
Slightly oxidized with lots of tight carbonation which hurts the mouthfeel a bit. There's a blast of dry, sticky hops up front which provide a prominent dry bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a bone dry finish. The hop profile is too one dimensional for my liking with all dry, soily, earthy pine needle flavor. The sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes found in the nose are almost invisible with only subtle citrus rind and grapefruit. The farmhouse yeast also takes a back seat providing subtle funk that's overshadowed by the hop bitterness. Some light estery fruit notes toward the finish as well as some bread, biscuit and caramel. An interesting concept but too aggressively hopped for my preference. Could use some more sweetness and farmhouse/Saison character for balance.
08-09-2012 07:07:47 | More by corby112
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
07-26-2012 11:30:06 | More by joecast
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-22-2012 16:35:30 | More by BEERchitect
Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø India-Style Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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