Saison | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
14°P, 25 IBU

Ingredients: Wheat and lager malt; East Kent Goldings and Crystal hops; Belgian ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water

Added by Sigmund on 02-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
261
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
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9
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of theformula
4.67/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer #41 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/10. Thanks to GeorgiaBeer once again for this one!

A: Pours a light orange body into a tulip glass. A 2" white head dissipates quickly but leaves a nice layer on top. The body is hazy w/ yeasties & visible, active carbonation.

S: Awesome aroma, whoa. Could've fooled me for a Belgian. Prominent aroma of doughy yeast & barnyard funk give it that authenticity, while grains & husk (pilsner like, actually) along w/ wildflower & light candi sugar give it a subtle sweetness. Definite coriander and lemon notes as well. Fantastic.

M: Med. body, med. carbonation. Silky smooth body, a little crisp and smooth. Nice.

T: Follows suit w/ the aroma thankfully. Delicious malt base of wildflowers, clover honey & husk are in near perfect balance w/ the funky, doughy yeast & spices. It has some wit & pilsner characteristics, interesting. Leafy, lightly bitter hops (Saaz?) round it out nicely. Rustic but refined & complex.

D: This is deviously delicious, an excellent Saison. Great authenticity w/ a twist. Complex, funky and easily drinkable. This would kill for some seafood. Highly recommended & one of the best Saisons I've had.

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4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really nice yellow, tantalizingly incandescent. Thin head and zero lacings let it down.

Interesting aroma. Combines a nice solid wheatiness with almost tart fruit and pleasantly surprising continental hops.

Wonderfully complex saison. Begins with some nice fresh grain accompanied by just a touch of tart citrus fruit. Continental hops pick up with some welcome bitterness. All tied together with some great Belgian yeastiness in the finish.

A bit more oily, as others have said, than you would expect, but I think it works really well. Most importantly, it's refreshing.

There's a school of thought that a saison is whatever the brewer wants it to be. I don't buy into that. A saison should be a refreshing, light, spritsy beer with extreme quaffability. This one strays a bit from traditional examples but they pull it off well. Highly recommend.

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4.59/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - One finger of pure, white head dissipates quickly and forms a thin film on top of the hazy, golden body.

S - Spicy, yeasty character. Notes of pepper, lemon and lavender. It took me a long time to identify it, but there is also a strong aroma of chamomile.

T - Hops and alcohol up front. A perfumey lavender note emerges briefly, followed by more pepper and lemon flavors along with just a bit of tropical fruit (guava perhaps). Floral chamomile and grapefruit hop notes are present throughout, but intensify during the finish along with a sharp bitterness.

M - Moderately high carbonation and medium body. The finish is not quite as dry as some other saisons.

D - Extremely drinkable. I have had many beautiful saisons, but this is perhaps the most drinkable. Something about it just demands that I keep drinking. It has excellent hop character and some nice yeast notes. I feel like it is a bit lacking in the fruity esters that I really enjoy in this style, but some fruit character finally emerges as the beer warms. The only major complaint I have is the rather poor head retention. Overall this is a damn good saison.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of thekanna
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a turbid, unripe tangerine-orange with absolutely no head. The color glows with sunset-like beauty when held towards the light.

S: Wow, this one is complex. Huge whiff of dried apricots with some passion fruit, complex Belgian yeasts, mangoes, and assorted dried tropical fruits scattered around.

T: Largely dried apricots with a huge hop resonance. Citrus fruits are present but muted. Hops creep up halfway and resound in a citrusy, grapefruit pit-like bitterness in the aftertaste.

M/D: Nice active carbonation. Highly refreshing and drinkable; masks the alcohol very well. Strong enough hop bitterness to cut through any flavorful cuisine.

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Photo of sammorito
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinabeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. no date found. poured into tulip.

golden straw color with orange tones. hazy. nice head stays around and eventually fades to wispy layer. good lace.

moderate barn and farm funk at first whiff, but gives way to peach juice and white grape fruitiness. grassy hop with hint of citrus. bready yeast and funk in the end.

flavor has hoppy resins jumping out at the start, meeting the funk note, then fades out for toasty malts to peek through, then back to funk, esters, and gentle phenols with hint of pepper. moderate bitterness, fluctuates and continues to a grassy, pleasantly funky finish, with a twinge of acidity beforehand.

smooth, with faint resins in the finish. moderate carbonation with crisp liveliness and fluffy on the tongue.

a bit pricey per oz or cl of fluid, but still nice. funkiness is perhaps more than average, and may hamper drinkability slightly, but still stays pleasant and complimentary.

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4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tall sided tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy dense cardboard colored yellow body with a snow white head that has some larger craters in it but last for a good while. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting the head.

S- This beer has a musty smell with a slight lemony note that grows as the beer warms. There is a slight sweet perfume yeasty hint to it under the lemon.

T- This beer has a taste that is a bit like funky barnyard but more white cheese rind and a full preserved lemon flavor to follow. The finish has a lemon rind and pin hop flavor with a carbonic acid dryness.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish.

D- This beer has a nice earthy wild yet light flavor making it great for a warm summer sipper but it also has some nice depth to keep it interesting. It blends the nice funk of an aged beer with the fresh flavor of green hops.

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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Saison Dupont glass with an amber color and a slight haze. There is a good sized off white head with tight formation and lacing.

Aroma has fresh Belgian yeast with good Saison characteristics, as well as some coriander like spice and a touch of malt.

The flavor is nice and simple up front with a nice pale malt sweetness. In mid palate is a refreshing Belgian yeast flavor of juicy fruit, as well as some spice. Ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg are lightly layered in that order. Overall, this is a little less complex than most Saisons, but it is tasty and quenching.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours a cloudy orange-gold, shades of peach, with a fluffy white head that dissolves into a soapy layer.

Nose is nice - lemon, apricot, a hint of smooth vanilla, yeasty, some grassy hops underneath.

Taste starts off with a beautiful spicy, peppery yeast note, doughy sweet but with notes of apricot, moving to some crisp lemony citrus notes over a grassy, moderately bitter hop note. So fresh tasting. Finish is long, peppery, grassy, mildly bitter, doughy yeast towards the tail end. Exhales bring up some light vanilla and tropical fruit from the yeast. Fantastic beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light but active carbonation suiting the flavors well.

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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle purchased 2 months ago at Julio's in Westborough.

Poured a golden straw color with a significant head. Smelled wonderful, with plenty of hops and slight citrus. Taste was great as well, a good example of the style. This is a very drinkable beer, I wish I had more...

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Photo of louislouis91
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TrevorWGrover
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Dbrag
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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