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

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 87
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 5.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: MrOH on 12-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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 (959 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,873 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,747 characters)

Photo of fostachild
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of MrOH
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (769 characters)

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