Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø India-Style Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
07-21-2012 16:45:20 | More by smcolw
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
07-18-2012 02:00:22 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
06-19-2012 17:59:14 | More by FreshHawk
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
05-25-2012 15:47:36 | More by drabmuh
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
05-22-2012 22:33:54 | More by kylehay2004
3.1/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
05-14-2012 12:44:15 | More by Thorpe429
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
05-13-2012 18:38:52 | More by oline73
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
04-21-2012 04:54:09 | More by nickfl
3.55/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
03-15-2012 01:26:44 | More by CrazyDavros
4.58/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
03-03-2012 20:16:59 | More by OWSLEY069
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
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
02-13-2012 14:18:48 | More by StJamesGate
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
02-11-2012 03:28:55 | More by prototypic
3.68/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
01-20-2012 06:26:39 | More by lacqueredmouse
Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø India-Style Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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