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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of joecast
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
Photo of jjohnston87
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jjohnston87, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of msarver16
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

msarver16, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle's label:
India-style Saison is the hoppy, crisp and refreshing result of a north south collaboration. Classic Belgian malts and yeast, pungent Australian new hop varieties and clean Norwegian water. Serve chilled and enjoy with cheeses and charcuterie. This product is bottle conditioned and has a slight sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Huge, fast-dying head. The liquid starts off clear, but becomes predictably cloudy as you reach the bottom of the bottle. Straw color (15 P°). Some spots for lace.

Initial smell was weak but it becomes stronger as the head dies down. Smells sour like cheese. I note green vegetables as well. Low hop and a touch of yeast.

Starts with a soft, pale malt. The hop shows up on the taste (40 IBU's). There's a peppery spice to the flavor. The aftertaste lasts a very long time. No notable alcohol.

Overall, it does seem like an IPA/Saison blend, leaning toward the Saison on the smell and the IPA on the taste.

smcolw, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

MasterSki, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +1%

savagepm, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Florya
4/5  rDev +1%

Florya, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +1%

deapokid, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of FreshHawk
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
Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

brez8791, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Michael. Beer is golden and mildly hazy with a white head with decent retention. Served in a snifter.

Aroma is spicy, a little malty. Smells OK.

Beer is piny and spicy with an odd bitterness, a mild yeastiness, not a great beer and not a repeat for me.

drabmuh, May 25, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

kylehay2004, May 22, 2012
Photo of Josh2222
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Josh2222, May 21, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to yourefragile for picking this one up. Server in a SAVOR wine glass. Pours a fairly-clear golden-copper color. Really nice white head with good retention. Lots of lacing. Nose has a good bit of spice and some very light fruit. Flavor has a nice bit of hops with some mild earth and a light touch of pine. Pretty big dose of bitterness, comparatively speaking, with a medium body. Good, but not great.

Thorpe429, May 14, 2012
Photo of oline73
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
Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

smithmd4, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Magery
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Magery, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

nickfl, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
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
Photo of MordeciaFunk
4/5  rDev +1%

MordeciaFunk, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

OWSLEY069, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +1%

dmorgan310, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -24.2%

jaidenjb, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Sneevel
4/5  rDev +1%

Sneevel, Feb 15, 2012
Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø India-Style Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.