Maine / Nøgne Ø - Time III
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Belgian Saison
3.82 | pDev: 10.73%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Maine  / Nøgne Ø - Time IIIMaine  / Nøgne Ø - Time III
Notes: Brewed with a new friend, Kjetil Jikiun, founder and brewer at Nogne-O. Our aim was to brew a delicate, sessionable beer incorporating elements of the saison and hoppy American ale styles. We used a blend of our house ale and saison yeast strains. The result, an ale, golden in color, generously hopped, with background notes of saison funk accented by soft rye and wheat flavors.
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 150
Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ Proletariat NYC. Brief impressions from a teku pour:

A: Black body. Pale khaki head.

Sm: Roasted barley, dark malts, floral hop character, coffee roast, chocolate malts. The roast dominates - which I *love*. Aromatic intensity is mild.

T/Mf: Acidic roast and the beginnings of coffee. Dark malts. Some chocolate malts. Cream. Floral hop character.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, well-carbonated. Not sticky, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent.

O: Highly drinkable, and absolutely worth trying. More solid work from Maine. One of the better beers I've had in this nascent style.


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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 7/16/2013.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Medium white head. Thick chunky collar. Nice lacing.

Smell - Doughy malts. Belgian yeast and sweetness. Orangey hops. Alittle rye.

Taste - Orange hops and a grainy malt character. Less doughy, more of the spicy rye. Herbal and grassy in the finish. A little bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. High carbonation.

Overall - I didn't notice the bottle date when I picked this up. It would appear Maine beers sit quite a while. I was just excited to try a Maine beer I hadn't had. Clean flavors, maybe lacking some excitement.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Collaboration Time III pours a hazy honey yellow into the glass with a small, white head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind some spots and lines of lace.

The aroma has a nice blend of orange citrus, lime, coriander, and white pepper. A little banana is present too. The citrus reminds me of an orange grove. Very soft and inviting.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft with an effervescent fizz. The flavor is much like the aroma, orange, lemon and lime citrus blended with mild spice notes of white pepper, coriander and clove. Some bubblegum and banana sweetness appears in the background. It finishes dry with a little fruity tartness. Once gone the citrus and spice lingers on the palate.

Overall this is a well crafted, very tasty beer. Very easy to drink and would go great with some fancy cheese.

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Photo of Boto
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Brewery: This one pours a hazy paler golden color. There was a bit of a white head on it. Some lacing. The aroma is good. Some rye, spices, citrus, earthy, wheat to name but a few. The taste is also good. Wheat, rye, grassy, yeasty, spicy. A touch bitter and dry to finish. Very Nice!

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Photo of portia99
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (bottled 7/16/13) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a pale golden color with very good clarity - just the faintest hint of haze. A finger of rocky white head, froths and fizzes away over the course of a minue or so, leaving behind traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Very fruity - loaded with citrus - lemons, limes, oranges. Coriander, spicy hops, slightly herbal, trace funk, a bit floral, hay/grass. Really nice saison aromas...liking this so far.

T - Orange juice up front, lemon/lime, dry and earthy malt, bitter hop presence, grassy. Quite dry, bitter/hoppy overall on top of the fruity aspects.

M - Bright and fruity, medium body with ample stinging carbonation. Juicy offset by hoppy bitterness.

O - Rather good saison. Aroma is outstanding...flavor is lacking a bit of the complexity in the aroma, but still quite good. I would definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of jujigatame
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Maine Beer Co. Collaboration III

Bottled 7/16/13, consumed 9/15/13, 5.6%

500ml bottle to imperial nonic.

Pours a hazy pale light orange, not quite gold. Ended up with a big head even with a relatively gentle pour.

Smell is yeast, cut grass, lemon, slightly tart. It's in the saison range.

Taste is saison at first but the hops come in halfway and present bitter. Not too strong but they do claim their place. Smooth at first and then they bite the tongue a bit. The citrus flavor is mostly lemon so far. The head has faded away and left a thin film with slight lacing. The pale ale and saison seem to play pretty well together. This drinks easy and feels refreshing. It doesn't have everything I'd want in a saison or a pale ale but enough of each to appeal on those fronts. The dry note of rye runs throughout but seems relatively mild to me.

An interesting combination. Highly positive past experience with MBC beers is probably what led me to take the plunge on this one. Not sure if I would have otherwise without a firsthand recommendation. Glad I did though because it was tasty. Might be a good compromise for folks who can take some of the yeast but get turned off by a full-on saison.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a muddy golden orange with 1.5 fingers of dense, light tan/yellow head - nearly white. Retention is very good and lacing is perfect.

S - Light lemon citrusy notes, blegian clovey yeast, bananas, and more lemon.

T - Mildly dry and tart lemon flavors initially, champagne like dryness almost. Cloves and belgiany esthers kick in - the finish is the most subtle of bitters, slightly dry, and mildly spiced. Not really grainy but kind of an earthy taste to it. Lemony dryness/minimal bitterness at the aftertaste.

M - Easy to drink and smooth yet medium bodied and mild carbonation. Definitely a bit thick for the style, which I actually really like.

O - Very calm easy drinker. I like the dry lemon and super mellow hop bitterness i get, particularly the finish and aftertaste. I'm also really digging the mouthfeel, it's relatively heavy for the style yet still very easy to down.

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Photo of nataku00
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Good lacing as head dissipates to a half finger layer of foam.

Nose has a spicy combination of rye and the saison yeast, white pepper, coriander along with caramel and biscuit malt sweetness. Not much fruit ester or hopping, though this bottle is nearly two months old.

A bit of hop bitterness in the taste, grassy and herbal like bay leaf and sage, but with a bit of white grape sweetness, spicy yeast and rye flavors. Finish is dry with some lingering herbal bitterness.

Light body and heavily carbonated, really sharp against the tongue and keeps it very dry.

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Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. A bit of an orange with a light caramel color. Some foamy white head with a little bit of lacing. Haze opaque.

S. It has a citrus scent with a bit of hoppy bitterness.

T/M. It has a grassy taste. There's some citrus. It has an odd kind of grape taste in the back of the mouth. It's quite carbonated. A light to medium body.

O. It's nice. Nothing amazing, but it's a good, crisp beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottled July 2013, opened August 2013.

A - Appropriate haze on a solid dark apricot body. Bright white head has nice retention and lace.

S - Super fresh hop cone nose, with a warm bready backbone. Lemongrass, sake, orange zest, bread dough.

T - Moss, rye grain, earthy hops, touch of lemon on in the center, and light plant stem and resin finish.

M - Medium frame. Maybe just a shade watery on the backend. Could use more carbonation.

O - Nice concept and decent execution.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours bronzing orange with a huge, rocky head of creamy, yellow bubbles. The head sits at about a fingers width and lasts for a while, leaving a lacing of fuzzy curtains on the side of the glass. In body the beer is a murky haze, practically opaque with just light smudges of the other side of the glass coming through. The body is free of particles, but it is quite murky. On the nose, the beer displays its “pale ale parts,” bursting with juicy, citric hop aromas and a nice funky yeast background that gives the beer a little pop. Oranges, tangerines, pineapples, and candied lemons all come to mind as you stick your nose in the beer. Light, yet clean pepper and funk notes come from the funk, but they are not glooping on the nose like they sometimes do. This is a crisp and fresh smelling beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes different from the smell. Initial citrus moves into a quite dry finish with a light, tart pop from the yeast and a nice spiciness from the rye. In flavor, the beer begins as light orange juice, which builds into beautifully bright citric flavors, mostly staying true to and orange juice flavor. In the middle of the swallow, this is shouldered lightly aside by spicy rye flavors that dry out the tongue and suggest light cereal graininess that lingers into the aftertaste. The finish is a marriage of the rye spice and the citric flavors, with light hints of creamy funk as the only proof of the saison yeast in this beer. As the beer warms, however, light bubblegum flavors do start to come out. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium or the heavy side of light in body, with a big fluffy carbonation that provides a light bite on the tongue, but mostly just carpets it with smoothness. The mouthfeel is a little slick, and slightly chewy, which is odd but not disconcerting. The mouth is left nicely dry with light saliva working on the sides off the mouth to counteract the beer’s acids. Overall, this is a really nice, flavorful beer. I’m not quite sure what to refer to it as in terms of style, since it lacks a lot of the strong flavors that a saison or farmhouse ale might offer, and it most certainly is not a pale ale. It does have some very complex rye and hop flavors, however, which have me coming back for more sips. This beer is another success from Maine Beer Company, though the price tag does give me pause.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Tauroe for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold, with moderate level of visible carbonation and a finger's worth of white head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Rye and bready malt, saison peppery spices, and some barnyard funk from the saison yeast with a nice hop presence (grassy, citrus rind, and floral). This has a nice aroma, but seems a bit subdued overall.

T: Rye malts, yeasty with just a bit of fruity esters, some pepper, clove, funk, and barnyard. Then comes citrus rind and grapefruit hops. Has a fairly dry finish - yeasty and hop bitterness. Then some rye graininess on the exhale.

M: Heavy body for an APA, low alcohol presence, and a good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: This is a complex, challenging beer. There's a lot going on, but ultimately quite tasty. It would be interesting to see what a Brett addition would have done for this one. Recommended for a session of contemplation of the flavors in a beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Slight haze on a straight amber color. Head is white and bubbly and slightly creamy. Head is small with solid retention. Leaves some small bits of lacing. Moderate visible carbonation.

Smell: Soft spice with clove and some mild peppery elements. A good bit of banana and hay with some bubblegum. The rye adds a small backing malt spiciness. Some lightly sweet and caramelized malts. Almost Belgian with a later of light powdery yeasty funk. Hop profile adds some citrus and earthiness to the whole thing. Yeast is mild but assertive. Bready and light overall.

Taste: Yeast jumps out front. Lightly spiced with some lingering clove. Adds in a touch of ripe banana and apple core. Malts run light and bready. More bread crust than dough. Pale crockery malt with a slightly sweet caramel malt. More hops than the nose would indicate, leaving an earthy and floral bitterness on the back. Nice clean yeast profile. Slightly caramelized. Warming adds some rye spice and drops the malt sweetness. Floral.

Mouthfeel: Medium moving toward light body with a moderate carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Good times, not great times.

Solo collaboration with a unique approach. Nice compliment of rye and yeast spice. Feels a little lackluster after warming.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from my maine beer co wine glass. bottled on 071613 (one day shy of a month ago).

a - brew poured a murky orange yellow with a thin bubble foamed head that hung out for a while.

s - grassy clove with some hints of banana and bubblegum.

t - wheat. grainy rye. peppery saison.

m - crisp with a hint of spiced bitterness on the finish.

o - overall a unique bird. as the label suggests...rye pale ale saison. that pretty much hits it on the head.

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Photo of Dope
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 071613, just under a month old.

A: Pours a super cloudy pale orange. Enormous and fluffy offwhite head. Head fades slowly with a great island of foam hanging around. Thin but constant spideweb lacework everywhere.

S: Decent citrus with quite a bit of rye malt. Lots of spicy black pepper.

T: Hint of citrus and pine. Spicy rye and black pepper dominates here, very strong through the finish. A little hop bitterness in the aftertaste, maybe pine and grapefruit? Still lots of spice lingering around and into the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: A mildly hoppy "american style" saison. Quite spicy, clearly a decent amount of rye to go with the typical black pepper. A little one-note and simple but tasty and drinkable enough. Enough hops to make it a little unique but not enough to make it a belgian IPA of sorts.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 16.9oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

Appearance- Very nice hazy copper/orange with bubbly 2 finger off white head that left real nice lacing.

Smell- Some funky dry yeast, lemon, rye, light pepper. Mostly citrus and yeast. Don't get too much else.

Taste- Soft wheat and rye mixed with light yeastieness. Mild citrus and pepper. Not very funky like the smell eluded too. Off dry, but not sweet.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, medium body with little lingering flavor or dryness.

Overall- The weakest of MBCs offerings I've had, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me this beer; I'm always glad to indulge his need to give away beer

Consumed 8/8/13

Appearance: Hazy with some clarity, dark gold to straw yellow, starts with a nice, creamy, eggshell white head - fades to a wispy cap and leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Light malts, rye, and some saison funk - pretty clean smelling overall, which is to be expected from anything involving Maine Beer Co - pale malts, lightly toasted grains, and a subtle but important spicy rye aroma - some funky yeast, barnyard, and saison spiciness, but not a ton - an undercurrent of hops, mostly light citrus

Taste: Not particularly potent but definitely flavorful - some funky barnyard and yeasty flavors, lightly spicy with some clove - some light, fruity esters - some non-aggressive but tasty hops, mostly grapefruit flesh - pale malts, lightly cooked biscuits, and some spicy rye - nicely balanced and refreshing

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, crisp, nicely carbonated, very clean

Overall: Time to... ignore beer style criteria!

This is a good saison, and the rye adds a nice twist. It is far from the best saison or best rye beer I've encountered, but it mixes the two styles well. It could be better, but it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Gatch
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head. Darker than I expected which is nice. The rye is there. The malt is there. The hops are there. the flavor brings some grassy qualities along with a bit of dried fruit. Smooth, satisfying, with the proper body and carbonation. The yeast stands out more as it warms. Combines all the great aspects of the two styles...spicy rye, hops, roasted malt, barn, and a bit of faint funk. an interesting and unique beer. The rye really lingers in the finish and on the palate which is great for fans of rye. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of Brendog9
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce bottle born 7/16/13. Grabbed this puppy from Yankee Spirits in Attleboro.

Poured into my Urthel tulip glass. Initially a one and a half finger head that fades into a one finger head.

The aroma is dominated by rye.

Orange color that can almost be seen through.

Taste is well balanced between the rye and saison flavors.

Very smooth and easy drinking beer. Just what I was looking for. However, this was the first beer from Maine Beer that didn't blow my doors off. That being said, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color, hint of orange, smallish sized white head fades quickly and doesn't leave any lacing.

Smell has a nice hoppy aroma, the rye adds a nice spicy character, touch of yeast hits the nose as well.

Taste starts out with a mild hop bitterness, more citrus than pine, some spicy notes hit the tongue afterwards melds with the pale malt, not sweet or overly spiced which is nice, carbonation is medium-high which is typical, finishes with a slight yeasty aftertaste but also dry, fairly thirst quenching for a warm sunny afternoon.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours some light creamy white head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a ring later on. The beer itself is a dark amber with hints of brown towards the top.

The rye seems to be front center in this saison with the sweeter and more cidery smell. The rye seems to be overcoming everything else but one can still get the hints of barley and the fruity yeast but barely.

The hops are certainly stronger than most saisons and less earthy. The beer is also a bit sweeter and closer to what a cider might taste. The grain and barley seem to be mainly in the background. Bitter aftertaste.

The beer is medium bodied with biting carbonation but feels thicker than usual.

A pretty decent collaboration and one that I might pick up again. I think it's definitely worth a taste once.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a very hazy, nearly milky yellow color. Big, tight white head. The head is thick and would rather stay in unison then deliver much lacing.

S-Sweet, fruity hops, prickly rye and Saison yeast. A bit barny as well. Not really intense but its definitely interesting to sniff. The pale maltiness is pleasant too.

T-The rye sets in first. Its a sturdy dosage. Then some vibrant hoppiness with a bit of exotic fruity hop flavors. The yeast gives me some natural barnyard elements. A bit estery. Solid complexity with a sneaky amount of bitterness.

M-Light and flavorful with good bitterness and a fresh aftertaste. Quite drinkable.

O/D-A cool Said on with the perfect addition of rye. I think pretty much anything Maine touches is great and this is a neat collaboration.

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lumpy, eggshell white head. Plenty of lumpy lace on the glass. Dark yellow and cloudy.

Semi-fruity, reminds me of fermenting cider. Mild barnyard aroma in the background. For this style, it's an excellent, but mild aroma. Light yeast and some raw barley grain nose.

More pronounced raw grain on the initial taste. High hop bitterness, particularly for the style. Normal body with a heightened carbonation. There's a touch of sourness. Altogether, a very pleasant taste.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice.

A: Golden-orange in color with a heavy haze. The creamy white head initially stands at a solid two fingers, but settles shortly. Lacing sticks to the glass in thin jagged patches.

S: Dough and wheat with a rye spice backing. Yeasty component of chalk, must, and a very light touch of funk. Soft peppery note far in the background. Hops are lemony and spritzy with some earthy and leafy scents.

T: Hoppy on the attack with lots of lemon, some pithy white grapefruit, and herbal, peppery and grassy tastes. Rye spice accentuated the spicy hops. A creamy wheat impression begins to pull through. Doughy malt. Plenty of gently funky and musty yeast character. Subtle nip of clove and white pepper. Funky on the finish with a fading oily and herbal hop bitterness.

M: Lighter in body. Full and creamy in the mouth with a soft and frothy wheat texture. Mild prickling carbonation.

O: A simpler beer than it sounds on paper. It's aim seems more to be pleasant and easily drinkable than it does to be complex and deep. I'm fine with that. An easy summer-ish quaff.

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Photo of Abilow33
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Maine Beer Company has produced excellent beers and this is another example of a really good beer. The four beers I have tried have had a similar taste. I think that people would be able to tell that all of these beers come from this company. Even though they have been different types of beer they have all been extremely good. This beer was a dark yellow color. Very flavorable.

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Maine / Nøgne Ø - Time III from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 150 ratings