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:
264
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
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Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of magnusdave
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of dbexpert
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell.
bread, hay, light toast, citrus, herbs, grass, a touch of barnyard, rustic,banana, damp earthyness
Appearence.
pale, light straw in color, rocky head, white foam, hazy, right on for style Taste. light sweetness, lightly bitter, crisp and clean, again on point for style
Mouthfeel.
light body, thin feel, lively, fizzy, finish is crisp with a slight pesistence from the hops that carry a very herbacious undertone
Drinkability.
Quite impressed with this accurate rendition of a Saison. Brewer definitely understands the style

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served to me blind by laituegonflable.

Pours a hazy pale golden colour, with a very decent bead of carbonation streaming up to a massively full and rocky head of just off-white foam. Head is really excellent, and overall, it's a pretty fantastic looking brew.

Delicious nose, very tropical, with luscious sweetness, and a dry cut grass aroma to split it a little. Very nice. It's not as powerful as a really robust hop-bomb, but the characters on this are very pleasant. (Initially served clear without agitating the sediment - with the yeast, we get some barnyard floor kind of funk that wasn't present when it was clear).

Taste is also a little subdued, but very pleasantly so. I was expecting a sharp thrust of bittering hops through the centre of the palate (given the tropical notes on the nose), but the bitterness is quite restrained, and the fruit notes and clean grassy characters have a chance to express themselves as well. Finish is round and smooth, cleansing, but not particularly dry (with the yeast, it goes a tad phenolic - adds a rustic character that is more true to style) - I feel like it carresses my mouth into accepting the next sip. Yep. I like this a lot.

Just delicious. Smooth, clean, but with lots of full rounded funk characters and a very welcome hop addition. Absolutely, supremely drinkable. I had to stop myself from draining the glass in one pull. A very fine brew.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid sized bottle, no freshness nor bottling date info. Pours cloudy dull apricot, light and short lived near white head then leaves very fine, well detailed sticky lacing. Nose is of lightly sugared dried fruits, light honey blossoms and powdered sugar. Subtle, complex and well crafted creation. Light on the spices early and more of a wheaty, yeasty feel to it. Some pepper late, and soft but drying hops. Nicely done, I'm drinking it on a freezing winter day, but I can imagine this would be a nice summer accompaniment to a lazy lunch of salads, cheese, bread etc. No bargain, but worth a try for lovers of the style.

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Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Pale yellow in color, with a cloudy, murky consistency. Head was fairly long-lasting and creamy, with some good lacing.

S: Typically funky and fruity smell of a saison.

T: Tasted of hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and some malt. Had a slightly metallic, bitter aftertaste that was a little off-putting, but aside from that, pretty tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not exactly in line with most Belgian saisons, but drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle M and S, Bristol - Pours cloudy golden with a large white foamy head. Medium carnobnation. Nice lacing. Aroma - ripe fruits, floral notes, yeasty feel. Taste - sweet, ripe fruit forefront, yeasty middle, crisp bitter finish. Very well rounded saison, worth checking out..

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Photo of BrownNut
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - I didn't get anything particularly strong on the nose, but what I did get was almost a fresh apple smell intermingled with that fruity higher alcohol smell (even though it's not particularly high)

Mouthfeel - So delightfully crisp and clean and dry.

Taste - A slight bit of tart/sour back in the spit glands fades fairly quickly and transforms into a perfect amount of hop bitterness that gets left behind at a low level. Not a big hop fan, this level of bitterness is really nice - judiciously and artfully integrated and balanced. The hops do one job in this ensemble instead of stomping everything else out.

The immediate aftertaste on the exhale reminds me a little of a hefeweizen or witbier and definitely recalls sitting outside with a pint in summer. I get something like the lemon on a pint of Hoegaarden.

By the end of the glass, when things were warmer (I drank it straight out of the fridge), it got applier and sweeter.

Little bitty teenie weenie carbonation bubbles. Mine were very actively churning the whole time.

The burps are really nice - gently round and slightly fruity.

The overall clean freshness plus the initial tartness plus the residual hop bitterness plus the carbonation join together draw a crisp dividing line between the taste and aftertaste.
It's so nice to enjoy the flavor with each sip, have it fade quickly to a very low level, and then get to enjoy it fully freshly again the next time. It doesn't haunt the palate or weigh it down. How nice.

I'm starting to feel like Nøgne Ø can do no wrong. They're just classy. Artful and classy. They never hit you over the head. They just impress with art and subtlety. If they had this in bars I would drink it all summer long and not feel the need to stray. Bravo.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another stellar beer from Nogne-O. A soft and confectionate maltiness fades to ultimate dryness and forcasts a floral and bitter hop character.

The beer pours a medium gold color, a bit rich for Saisons. Ample carbonation releases a mid-sized head that laces reasonably well and retaining to satisfactory levels. Much more clear than normal. A good look but Saisons usually impress very well with the foam; this one is only good.

Hoppy aromas of floral and earthy/spicy notes fill the nose and compliment the fruity esters and sharp, yeasty spices very well. Background bread-crust malts add a biscuity and confectionary note to the hops, esters, and spice.

Powdered sugar, sweet grains, and crusty malts set the stage for frutiy esters (peaches, apples) and spicy phenols (white pepper, orange zest, and corriander). Hop spice and bitter bring about an earthy/spicy flavor that confidently bounces off of the well attenuated sweetness. Very rounded, complex, and balanced.

The sweeter early flavors never dip into heavy textures; rather the fleeting sweetness leads into hoppy dryness with an effortless and consistent motion. Dry without being hot in the finish. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of frankiepop
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

NØGNE Ø SAISON is a quality saison that has a very rich almost trippel like flavor. I love the yeasty malty flavors. Classic in style with the fruitiness and spices, but a richer, sweeter. The appearance is good too despite a piss poor head. Light colored but with that messy yeasty look I love to see. Means goood beer! The aroma was OK too. The only downside for me really was the damn texture. Pretty darn fizzy for this tough guy.

But OH do we have some righteous music from the northern Europe jazz label ECM Keith Jarret and his Europen 4tet on the cd entitled "My Song."

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

A: Pours a mellow, light-gold color with a few streams of lazy effervescence. Small 3/4 finger cap of pure white foam. Not too much in the way of lace.

S: Aromas of tart apple and wheat, and pear. Aromatic Belgian yeast, white pepper, coriander, and a slight hint of barnyard funk.

T: Dry wheat, apple, and hops dominate at first. A fruity, peppery, funkiness takes over soon afterwards along with the aforementioned coriander and some citrus-y hops at the finish.

M: Quite full and pleasantly peppery. Hop bitterness from beginning to end.

D: An excellent beer and a great companion to blue corn chips and Trader Joe's Hot! Fresh Salsa.

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Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attended a beer tasting on 4/24 where we got to meet Kjetil Jikiun and speak with him. Ended up picking up a few bottles of this. During the tasting and the bottles taken home - these brews POPPED right open, bit of spray attached to them.

This beer pours a pale, hazy, golden body, with a thick 2-3 finger head. Decent head retention touch of spotty, wispy lacing. Nose is of grainy hops, grass, orange, and yeast, with possibly a touch of pepper. Taste surprised me with the amount of malts in here - but grass and grains, with a dose of yeast are really at the forefront of the taste. Orange zest balance out the grain taste and give real substance. The citrus hops in here give a bit of a punch but the finish is on the malt side, with a sweet aftertaste to it. Light to medium bodied, there is a fair amount of carbonation that works well for this beer. This is a HIGHLY drinkable beer and I can't wait to drink the other bottles I got from the tasting!

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Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Surprisingly dark body, almost reddish-orange. Sizable head that eventually fades and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Phenolic sugars with some fruitiness and a bit of hops.

T: A fair amount of sugary sweetness, but also plenty of hop zing. Hints of breadiness from the malt. Finishes dry.

M: Silky smooth with effervescent carbonation.

D: A very solid saison. Recommended for fans of the style, especially in the summertime.

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Photo of nezelrac
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 500ml bottle into large tulip

A - pale straw; dense white head with good retention and lacing

S - classic; lightly sour; spiciness from the hops, too; some lightly funky citrus notes; very appealing

T - wheat and malt; spicy notes weave in and out; good length; hops are distinctly present but balanced and show some restraint

M - light-ish but significant; good CO2; a little prickle but nothing sharp

O - delicious; refreshing; worth having another several

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Photo of oysbot
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goldorak
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Same peachy color as the bitter I had just before, if a bit brighter, and the head was more soapy and resilient.

Smell: Quite an interesting yeast profile in the nose, it showed some wet hay, cracked pepper or perhaps sage, lavander and had a sugary, sweet and fresh finish.

Taste: Could have used a bit more spring in the carbonation, but maybe it's just me who's used to Fantomes and the like that almost explode in your mouth. The upside to it is that it pushes the spices (coriander, mostly), yeast and body to the front. The hops didn't need any help at all, the weedyness seized on your tongue a second or two after each sip.

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Photo of joecast
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a massive head. Good retention / lacing. Cloudy golden. High carbonation. Plenty of sediment ends up in the glass after the last pour.

Restrained yet complex aroma. Not too much "farmhouse", but some nice yeast and sweet malt character. Don't know if this is spiced but there could be some floral hops there.

Taste is seriously well balanced. The evenness of the malt, yeast, acidity, bitterness etc is sublime.

The only gripe I have about this is how true to style it is. I am very new to saison but would expect this to be slightly dryer or at least less sweet and maybe more of that farmhouse character. Obviously this may upset the current balance of the beer but being a hop head it's not the first time I would have thought balance was overrated. Not to take away how well made this beer is.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange with a one finger head. Some moderate lacing develops.

Smell: little yeast and some light plum sweetness. A hint of citrus comes through too.

Taste: caramel, plums, red apples, some yeast and a hint of funkiness. Little less flavorful than expected.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start. Light crisp and a hint of dryness at the finish. Aftertaste is very short. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very easy to drink this one, and it makes for a nice summer beer. Worth picking this one up to try.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy pale, with good head retention

Smell: nice grainy, earthtone smell

Taste: a light and easy drinking, mild clove and spices, mild earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. decent carbonation

Drinkability: a solid saison, I had it 6 months or so so the hops faded some.

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Photo of killcore
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jikvig
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out as cloudy brwon yellow, with a light foam on the top.

Good malt aromas, almost towards flour. Also a little hint of floral from the yeast.

On the palate it`s very yummy, a dry finish and nice bitternes.

Would love to try this with some asian cuisin!!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Luminous lemon (when backlit) with much less yeast than expected. Perhaps it's hiding in the bottom of the bottle. The pearl colored crown is a tightly packed collection of glassy bubbles that doesn't look very Belgian. A smattering of sticky lace decorates the sides of the glass in the form of half-moons and assorted curlicues.

The nose is fresh and clean, with an abundance of lemony, herbal, light spicy, modestly musky aromas that are due to what smells like a wonderful Belgian yeast strain and two well-chosen hops (East Kent Goldings and Crystal). There's no horse blanket, since Brettanomyces isn't used, but there is a subtle funk of a different nature.

Since the first mouthful was good, but wasn't outstanding, I've decided to add the good stuff from the bottom of the bottle to the glass. The beer is now signficantly murky and the flavor should be more intense as well. At least I hope so.

My opinion hasn't changed a whole lot. Saison is a much better than average version that doesn't deliver the transcendence of an expertly crafted Belgian ale. That's okay, roughly 99% of the world's beer doesn't either. The body/mouthfeel is partly to blame, but that isn't the whole story. On second thought, it might be most of the story.

The malt backbone (wheat and 'lager' malt) does a good job of anchoring the bottom end and providing an underlying cereal grain sweetness rather than an overattenutated crisp dryness. Things begin to dry out on the finish, which is where the top notes of yeast and spice begin to find their groove.

Lemon, lemongrass and a potpourri of spices (clove, cardamom, white pepper) share the spotlight. I'm beginning to agonize over the flavor score, and wish, yet again, that 4.25 was an option. The beer's outstanding drinkability means that the glass will probably be empty before any firm conclusions can be drawn.

The mouthfeel is the only (minor) disappointment. Undercarbonation is the main reason. Saisons should be lush and fluffy, with an ethereal creaminess that caresses the mouth and tongue. None of that is true here.

Other than the amazingly delicious Porter and Imperial Stout, Saison might be my favorite Nogne beer to date. It's tantalizingly close to greatness and is already there in terms of drinkability. Cutting through the waffling, I will gladly buy multiple bottles in the future.

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Photo of prototypic
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison is hazy and a light gold color. Despite its haziness, there's no swimming yeast. A foamy white head rises to about two fingers. It fell to a surface level covering nearly as fast. Lacing was sticky and rather light.

The nose is kicked off with a very musky and earthy aroma. It has a slight funky aroma. It's not Brett, but something else. A generous amount of spices amp it up quite a bit. Clove and pepper are apparent, but there may be other spices I'm not picking up. A floral hop presence attributes a grassy aroma that only further its strong earthy character. A little Belgian yeast is noted on the tail, but it's not prominent. No alcohol is noted. Not a bad effort at all.

A nice grainy flavor kicks it off. It tastes a little sweet at first, but that quickly disappears. Clove and pepper spices are quite tasty and boost the overall flavor a notch. Hops are more prominent than one would expect. They're mostly floral and earthy in character, but add quite a bit to the overall flavor. I like it. Lemon and light orange citrus notes creep in toward the end. Belgian yeast is noted, but certainly isn't that strong in overall flavor. Incidentally, there's no appreciable funky flavor here. I was expecting it. Alcohol is blended very well and goes unnoticed. Overall, this has a pretty nice flavor. It's a solid effort by the Scandinavian crew. It's not quite on par with some of the best, but it's firmly in the second tier for the style.

Saison's body is light and has a decent, smooth feel. Carbonation feels a little too light and doesn't hold up its end very well. It doesn't have a substantial negative effect. Perhaps minor. Drinkability is good. It goes down way too fast and easy. The flavor is overall pretty impressive. I could handle a few of these.

Saison's a nice release from Nøgne Ø. It's probably a little better than the score here will reflect, but it's tough to stack up against some top notch releases of the style. The flavor isn't quite as refined or artful as those examples. But, it's difficult to call that a problem. The biggest problem is that its carbonation is too light. Pretty impressive outside of that. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
3.77 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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