Saison | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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BEER INFO

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

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Ranking:
#18,696
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
265
pDev:
10.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 265 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of MordeciaFunk
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ng85
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Vylo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of katan
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml into a pint

A - Pours a light golden straw color - frothy head that sticks to the side of the glass, lots of lacing.

S - Lots of white pepper spice, a little bit of a grainy background. Very strong. A little bit of citrus/fruitiness sneaks through.

T - Starts off with a peppery edge, a some sharp graininess sits in the background - almost like a rye bite. Mid-stream gets more bitter, as well as some funky and lightly sour citrus notes. Finishes mostly clean, just a bit of malt sweetness.

M - Moderate to light body, stronger carbonation. A bit of a stingy finish due to the carbonation. No alcohol warmth detected.

O/D - A very good Saison- Nogne O recreates the best parts of a saison. A workable ABV.

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Photo of nhindian
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into an Allagash cervoise.

A - Pours a hazy, yet somewhat clear (as it settles) straw yellow, fairly pale but not too atypical for the style. A 1.5-finger, ivory head slowly builds, reaches a crescendo, then gradually fades away, but not without leaving a foamy cap in its wake. A nice amount of lace settles on the edges, with multiple peaks, but it fatefully recedes back into the liquid after several seconds.

S - The nose is rather crisp and refreshing, bringing a strong amount of yeast and esthers. After this, it's nearly all fruit-based, as lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits dominate. There's a little bit of spiciness and lemongrass, but not to the extent of other saisons I've had.

T - The taste tells two different stories for me. Right away, I feel a little underwhelmed as it definitely doesn't bring the complexity that others do and the flavors don't exactly have the longest finish. That being said, what is in this beer is executed very nicely. The fruits and hops work in tandem perfectly to refresh the palate, but also give it an edge. The yeast is actually one of the more prominent features here, giving the beer a different profile than what I was expecting.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with lowish carbonation for the style. Although not as zesty, this beer does have the bone-dry finish that I love in saisons.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. After drawing initial impressions, I swirled the rest of the yeast from the bottle into this to see how it would change. Besides the obviously cloudiness in the appearance, there wasn't a whole lot of difference, but I would probably recommend it for this bottle. This isn't the most complex saison, but it is pretty solid nonetheless. However, given the price, I would've hoped for something a bit more differentiated.

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Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of mnixon86
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jjkatter
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

0,5 liter (%#^* $12) bottle poured into a goblet...

A- golden, a bit cloudy with a nice white head which dissipates into a fair lace.

S- clove and yeast. A hint of citrus.

T- plenty of body. Lots of hops with clove and a subtle mustiness. Carbonation is plentiful and finish is plesantly dry. A tad more lingering bitterness than I care for, but just a tad.

MF- Rolls nicely over the palate. It drinks a bit higher than the 6.5% ABV, but in a good, warming way.

O- this beer was not too bad. It was certainly over-priced. I would drink it again if I can find it at a reduced price.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. No visible best before date, but I bought it from the 20% off shelf at Stein's Deli in New Orleans, so my hopes aren't excellent.

A: Milky-pale yellow; cloudy, but luminous in the light. White, pitted head that looks light and fluffy, leaving spiderwebs of lace behind.

S: Funky yeast; sour. A bit earthy/spicy. A promising saison, as I like mine strange and dry. Not unfruity, but in a tart fruit sort of way.

T: A very nice saison! Sweetish, malted wheat provides the stage upon which the odd fruit dances (briefly). Yeast plays a prominent role in the flavours of the beer, leading to a dry, earthy finish.

M: A bit watery. I could see how this would be refreshing in summer months, but it's below freezing outside. Very light carbonation is surprisingly pleasant.

O: A bit pricey ($9) but enjoyable all the same. One of the better saisons I've come across, and a beer which confirms my bias towards Nøgne Ø. Recommended; buy with confidence!

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Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger dense white head, good lacing, over a cloudy golden straw body. Looks the biz.

Aromas of sherbert, barnyard funk, wet blanket.

Taste is somewhat less than the smell. The hop bitterness almost overtakes the yeasty sherbety elements. Not as sour or as tangy as could be. Hides the 6.5 well.

Mouthfeel creamy. Somewhat at odds with the tart flavours

Overall. not as zesty as I would have liked given price and Nogne O profile. Don't get me wrong not a bad beer, just not a great one.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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 jophish17
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of skimoore
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Tone
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
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 theboozecruise
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Calandro's in BR, and poured into a goblet. IRS a hazy deep golden color as expected from the style. About a finger of head in the goblet with good retention and really good lacing.

A good Saison aroma as well, floral with some honey notes and a little bit of sour funk.

The taste is more of the same with the floral hop notes coming through the strongest. The honey is a little faint and the funk fades into the background a good bit as well. Nothing wrong though, it's a very nice beer.

Really well done, a good example of the style. "Good" across the board on this one.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of nezelrac
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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 KDawg
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured this from bottle in a bordeaux glass. Poured a light orange color with a foamy head

the nose is a bit muted but still has nice aromas of citrus', floral tones, and bits of ginger spice

really good medium feel. Nice depth with very good citrus based flavors

This was a very nice saison. The feel is really good and makes up for the muted aromas a bit

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Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good yellow-orange colour with good head and lacing.

Smell is banana, orchard, nice typical saison flavours with some band-aid. Is there Brett in this?

Taste is similarly refreshing and flavoursome. More banana and a slight sourness. Lots of bittering hops. Interesting, tangy.

Mouthfeel is thick with quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall a good saison, a bit heavy in the taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into tulip, no dating. Pours hazy golden amber color with 1-2 fingers of a dense white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big pepper, spices, clove, grape, apple, grass, and a bit of funk. Very nice and standard saison aromas. Taste of big spices, pepper, bread, funk, apple, and grass. A lot of spice in the taste with lingering notes of spice, pepper, and a bit of funk on the finish with some bitterness. Decent balance of flavors, but I was hoping for more fruit in the taste. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied. A bit of a creamy mouthfeel that drinks very smoothly as well. Overall, a solid saison offering.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been in my cellar a year. Not really intentional, just a lost sheep.

Body is translucent gold, with a good half inch sudsy white head. Good head retention, leaves small clouds of lacing on the glass.

Smells of tropical fruits, sweetness, and coriander spice.

Tastes of tropical fruits, oranges, and a bit of Belgian yeast funk. Dry finish with fruity hops and maybe some coriander.

Body is medium and lively carbonation gives this a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this tastes more like a tripel than a saison, it has loads more orange fruit flavor than one would expect in a typical saison, and is enhanced by the East Kent Golding hops. But then a Norwegian craft brewer doesn't really need to heel to Belgian/French traditions. The result is still a pretty good and refreshing beer regardless, even though it has been cellared a year.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at hawthornes in philly

Pours a hazed golden straw color, fluff of white head fades to a bit of film, with patchy lacing left on the glass.

Soft, yet fragrant nose - floral hops and some bites of pepper spice. Some banana and fruit sweetness with herbal touches.

Slight floral hop profile with soft bitterness up front. Wheat and straw with some herbal qualities. Sweetness and fruit, including banana and orange. Biscuit malts are soft as the beer finishes a bit dry on the tongue.

Medium body, higher carbonation, tingle and refreshing on the senses. Pretty drinkable saison, nice for the season, but considering the price point I probably wouldn't buy this again - just not a whole lot happening here.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L bottle. Batch 570. Best before 101213, brewed 101210. Poured into a C&B Belgian tulip. Pours a gold-yellow with some orange hues. Lovely 2-3 fingers of white foam cap the beer. Excellent lacing on the sides. Rather hazy in appearance.

Smell consists of lemon/orange peel, some spice, e.g., black pepper, and tartness, if that's a smell. Has a general fruity aroma.

Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Delightful tart fruit up front consisting of some lemon, orange. Green apple as well. The pepper is there for some spiciness. Gives way to a crisp and dry finish. Taste is complex. As this beer rolls across the tongue, there is a touch of honey sweetness there. Yeasty and earthy are the final adjectives I would use to describe this beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with lively carbonation. Overall, very tasty and enjoyable. I wish I had some other Saisons from Belgium to compare this to. Nevertheless, a good representation of the style.

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Photo of nukem5
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful hazy golden color with very little head tiney legs clinging to the walls of glass.

S: Slightly dusty smell yeasty hints of honey and citrus.

T: Grains and honey some spices yeasty belgian tastes little cloves.

M: Slightly chewy with very little carbonation levels.

O: Very Drinkable and tasty could drink a bunch of these if they were more available.

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Photo of rbhockeyfan
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: A beautiful light orange honey color with a nice head and touch of lacing on the glass after the head dies

Smell: Fairly typical of a farm house ale, sweet, strong, and touch of funk with a light alcohol note and a bit of stone fruits

Taste: A little week compared to the smell, but not bad. Nothing that makes it stand out to me. A touch of the stone fruit that comes through in the nose with a mild flavor that lingers for a short time

Mouthfeel: Again is pretty average for the style of beer.

Overall: An average to slightly above average beer, nothing to write home about but certainly one I would drink again.

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Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 265 ratings
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