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:
265
Reviews:
143
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C. for the Nøgne Ø event. Thanks to Kjetil Jikiun. Review from notes.

The beer is hazy and yellow hued with a lasting white head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the glass.

The aroma offers grass, lemon, lemon zest, yeast, light spice.

A balanced flavor. Tasty beer. Earthy, herbal, light floral notes. Everything comes together nicely. Fresh and crisp.

Light bodied and refreshing, while offering a complex bouquet of flavors.

A solid beer.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah hah! So that's how it's pronounced! "NUHN-ye"

Pours a clouded orange with basically no head. Nose is citrus and minor funk, but the citrus reigns supreme here. Flavor is inky. I know I have used the term before, but this tops all others. Calms a bit over time, or maybe I am just used to it. So we're definitely on a more robust edge here with some grass mixed in as well. Hearty. Feel is about standard. The usual slightly thin liquid touch and lower carbonation. This is a decent saison. I wouldn't really compare it to Fantome or any other of my favorites, but it will do.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded golden with a foamy white head that thins and lasts, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of lemon, a bit of farmhouse mustiness and some floral spicing.

The taste is of sweet graininess, towards caramel, with a lemon zest. There's a yeastiness that borders chalky. There's a slight metallic - almost aspirin-like bitterness in the dry finish that mixes with the sweetness. Clumsy, but works better than it sounds as I read what I'm typing.

It is creamy, but a bit syrupy/thickish for a light-bodied brew.

It's saison-like. After I was almost finished with it I read the label - Wheat and lager malt; East Kent Golding and Crystal hops; Belgian ale yeast and their "own Grimstad water". Interesting. Interesting - and an "interesting" beer. Saison-ish. Not quite as refreshing as I had hoped it would be - a bit heavy with a bitterness that ALMOST clashes with a heavy maltiness - the slight mustiness I'll take as coming from the Belgian yeast strain puts a nice Saison touch to it. Good, but nothing great - in or out of the style - I've had brews I've enjoyed more and were better made from this brewery.

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Photo of Tone
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of tart malt, hint of yeast, pale malt, hint of wheat, slight alcohol, and a hint of spice (spruce?). Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight yeast, tart malt, slight spice, and a hint of wheat. Overall, weak appearance and body, but good blend.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, slight citrus, bannanas, corinader. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly bitter, with some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew, but was expecting more from this brewery.

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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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Brewed 27-02-13. Batch #930. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium yellow with two fingers of white head.

S - Peppery spice, lemon, fruity esters, bready malts, light banana, yeast and bubblegum. A lot going on here.

T - Peppery spice up front with lemon, banana, clove and a light bubblegum presence up front. Some sweet and bready flavours from the malt bill and fruity esters come through more and more as the beer warms.

M -Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and wheat malt scent along with a tart yeast aroma. It has a subtle earthiness as well. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale and wheat flavor. It goes down easy with some tart yeastiness and a light earthy feel. It's not as dry and earthy as most are. It more resembles a wit in flavor. It's refreshing and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer. It's probably the easiest drinking saison Ive ever had, which tells me it's not entirely true to style.

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Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nøgne Saison has the colour of an orange peel but the complexion of an amulet. I don't know whether I want to drink it or put it behind a display case. Its vivid tone is especially appreciated against a bright afternoon sun which serves to illuminate its almost atomic-sized bubbles. Its head is hardly bigger and almost all but disappears before the half-way point.

The aroma is an even concoction of yeast and biscuity, bready malt. It smells a little like a bakery. There are also fruity notes vaguely reminiscent of pear and apricot, the appreciation of which is congested by a slightly bitter-smelling earthiness. Some floral qualities are noted too.

Short men can still cast big shadows - while yeast is by far the smallest proportion of this recipe it is also arguably the most conspicuous. While the hops and malt each contribute their own brand of grassy and grainy flavour, it's likely the yeast who's behind the grains of paradise spice, the flower petal incense, orchard fruit, and at least some of the oven-fresh bread loaf.

Nøgne Saison has less energy than one expects from a Saison; the wheels of carbonation could use a little grease (as evidenced from the total lack of head). A lot of the spice and acidity falls flat on the palate, as opposed to with the colourful effervescence they should. It's still a pleasant drink, especially as a thirst-quenching aperitif.

If mention of a beer can conjure up a season, then Saison should conjure up the nicest, warmest, sunniest of spring and summer afternoons. Nøgne Saison doesn't quite have the gumption to evoke that imagery but it sure does pair well with it. It is not this brewery's best offering but definitely does live up to their usual standard of quality.

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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours solid gold color with at best fairly good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I pick up some honey, black pepper and clove. Flavors replicate the nose, though the beer has a bit more flavor than I was expecting given the aroma profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish. There beer is smooth and soft on the palate, which is attractive. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol not at all noticeable.

Nothing extraordinary here... just an pleasant and enjoyable saison from Nogne.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark gold, almost orange beer that has a solid one-finger head that dies slowly and leaves some lace. Some malts and a citric burst in the smell. A sweet malt taste is there, with caramel being prevelant. There is some tartness in there also, like sour apple or raspberries (some fruit sharp in nature). Medium-bodied and passes over the tongue with minor crispness and finishes with a drying sensation but doesn't have a funky aftertaste. Good beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that is made up of a bunch of large bubbled froth. The beer is a hazy, straw gold color. The aroma is an appetizing mix of grain, hops, fruit and yeast character. Aromas of orange zest, herbal nettle, grassy grain, a touch of honey-like malt, soda crackers, sweet ginger and white pepper are all easily noticed. The citrus character is quite pronounced in this beer, and looking at the label this must stem from the use of Crystal hops.

A soft, creamy mouth feel greets me as I take my first sip. A bit of carbonation adds a little zippy tickle and a touch of peppery carbonic acid that does not overcome the creamy mouthfeel. The combination of the creamy mouthfeel and the citrus-like hop notes make me think of orange-cream candies. Substantially malty with flavors of grassy grain, fresh crushed wheat, honey, and a touch of soda crackers in the finish. The beer is fairly sweet, though at times towards the end it dries out with the grassy grain notes, but ultimately the sweet malt is what lingers on in the finish. This lingering, honey like, sweet malt note is joined by a light, but noticeable hop bitterness and a fair amount of citrus hop character. Spicy yeast derived notes provide touches of ginger, a touch of phenolic soaked cotton ball, definite clove, white pepper and a touch of green apple.

Perhaps a bit full bodied, when compared to my ideal of a Saison, but I find the mix of Crystal hops, sweet grain and spicy yeast character to be quite pleasing here. I really like the use of Crystal hops here; sure it is not in the least a traditional Saison hop, but it reminds me of the Saison / American hop brews that I have bee fond of making over the past couple of years.

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Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of yourefragile
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 Pt .9 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy, pale orange golden color with a frothy cream color head that has nice retention and average lacing. Aroma is earthy, grainy with mild fruitiness and malt. Also an occasional unpleasant cat pee pinch in the nose. Taste has a strong pale malt and grain body with soft full body and fine, sharp carbonation. Pleasant balance of pepper spice, lemon zest and sweeter fruits and sugars. Finish isn't quite as dry or crisp as hoped for. I don't know, it seems like all the right pieces are in place for what I look for from a saison but they don't quite add up a smooth, enjoyable sum.

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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large size frothy white coloured head. There is a very high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some honey and a floral/perfume flavour. It ends with a floral lingering aftertaste.

Overall - A nice refreshing beer that has some great flavours for summer. I would like a tad less floral flavour but it's not too over the top. It comes across a bit like a lemon cough drop at times, but not in a bad way. Anyways, a good beer that is worth picking up.. at least once.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours straw gold with a slight copper tint under a 1” white clingy foam collar.
S: Light fruit in the aroma but not as much as other saisons.
T: Drinks fairly dry and clean with light malt and light fruit flavors.
F: Medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: This is a very drinkable beer without any obvious flaws but it is not very bold.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500mL bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear orange color. Produced a great fluffy white head with solid retention. Very consistent lacing all around the inside rim.

(S)- Very very dry. Has a unique floral-like almost medicinal band-aid brett character to it. Earthy yeast and lemon/wheat characters as well. A different aroma, but an intriguing one.

(T)- Very different from the smell. Very dry and very earthy with bitter clay in front of a band-aid-like tartness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very dry and bitter with tons of clay. A bit disjointed and surprisingly thin even for the style. The bitterness is almost overwhelming actually.

(D)- Definitely a bit odd and funky for a traditional Saison. Very bitter and earthy with little else going on aside from that weird medicinal aspect.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

A- Pours a very hazy golden yellow color with orange hues

S- The aroma is delightfully fruity with a lot of citrus, spices and yeast. There is not as much hops in the aroma as most Saisons, but there is a really nice mixture of citrus and spices.

T- The taste features a lot of citrus and spices like the aroma, with a nice touch of hops in the finish. This is a little different than most Saisons that are typically light and crisp with some spices and a hoppy finish, but this is a solid brew in its own right.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but I feel that it could benefit by a little more carbonation.

D- This is a great beer, but at 6.5% it is not as sessionable as some of the lower ABV Saisons out there.

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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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Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
3.77 out of 5 based on 265 ratings.
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