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Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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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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139
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253
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
14.32%
 
 
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Photo of Sigmund
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, courtesy of "Venner av Nøgne Ø". Like all NØ beers bottle conditioned. This beer has just been released for sale in some pubs, will be for sale in Vinmonopolet stores in May. I might rerate in May, if there is any significant development of the flavour profile by then. Pours (or rather: gushes out of the bottle) with a large white head, beer is hazy pale golden. Very nice fruity (citrus, green apples) and yeasty aroma, hints of spices, oak, leather and barnyard. Flavour is moderately sweet with a distinct spiciness and decent hops. Shouldn’t a saison have slightly more acidity? After a light and refreshing start there is a solid wormwood-like bitterness in the finish, not unlike Saison Dupont.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had a lot from this brewer, but enough to know that they make high quality ales. Their Imperial Stout is amazing and their Porter is pretty solid. This is their take on a Saison.

A: First off, I will note that this beer gushed like a volcano when I opened it. I lost at least 4oz of beer because of that. Other than that, this beer pours a banana yellow with a head that dissipates to nothing. No lacing present.

S: Not a lot on the nose. Some banana and apple notes. Yeasty as well.

T: Taste is actually pretty good compared to most Saisons I have had. This beer is pretty tart overall. Some lemon notes, as well as banana and green apple. Spice is pretty subdued with a decent yeasty character in there. A little bready as well.

M: Medium to light bodied with a pretty crisp finish. Very smooth with no lingering bitterness.

D: This beer is pretty refreshing. Pretty decent flavors with a nice light and crisp mouthfeel making this a pretty nice summer offering.

I will note that I am very disappointed about the beer fizzing out on me. Losing a quarter of my beer, this was still very enjoyable. More on the fruity side, this might be one of the best Saisons I have had. Although I will admit I don't care for the style to begin with. Definetly worth a try, especially if you like Saison style ales.

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Photo of almightyme3
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just tried this one as a recommendation from the guy that works in a local beer store. Never tried this brewery's products before, so this is a first for me.

a - hazy yellow just a hue off straw yelow, that most wheats are.
good head forms and dissipates not too quick leaving a small amount of lacing.

s - hard to make out the composition - a bit musty and some citrus notes as well.

t - you can taste the hops, however the taste of a wheat beer prevails, a little bitterness lingers and almost feels like some of the "grand cru" wheat beers that are a bit darker. Reminds me of hitachino's nest a little bit. But definitely hoppier and more bitter.
feels warm and with 6.5% abv, feels like it's got more, actually.

m - great mouthfeel, leaving the taste of hops behind.

d - drinkable to a degree, i don't think I can do more than 2 of these -- would be a great beer with certain food, but not by itself.

I would buy this again, but for the price, not as good as it could be. Feels like a cross breed between saison and belgian wheat. good once in a while.

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Photo of vrazionale
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden body, with a laced head.

S - Lots of fruit here: peaches, apples, orange, lemon. There are definitely some farmy notes on the nose, but they are well-integrated with the fruit, yeast, and bready smells.

T - I get a lot of hops. The bitterness clashes a bit with the more traditional tart, funky flavors, but my palate got used to it. I'm also picking up a good amount of peppery flavors here. Definitely a very unique flavor profile for a saison.

M - Nice carbonation. The hops leave a lingering bitterness that does interfere a bit with the tart flavors traditionally associated with saisons.

D - Not my favorite representation of the style, but this brew is unique and enjoyable. I think it's a pretty refreshing warm-weather beer. Worth a try, especially in comparison with other saison-style ales, to see how it contrasts in flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of jjkatter
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 wedgie9
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours cloudy tan with a fluffy white head that recedes to lace. Yeasty nose with light malt, orange, and lemon pith. Palate is much lighter than expected with a nice light hoppiness, light malt, and just generally very light overall. The palate is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this beer represents a lot of what I love in a Saison. A little lighter in flavor, but overall very good to pair with different foods.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Crown #19.

Poured hazy orange color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate yeasty spice and fruit aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet&sour citrus flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration.

Solid refreshing beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, tropical orange. A few bubbles, accompanied by a skim of foam. Not exactly Belgian without a huge head of foam, but nice anyway.

Wheaty aroma, clear presence of Belgian ale yeast. Fairly bland and muted.

Juicy, wheaty flavors, similar to a Witbier. Very dry aftertaste, the hops make their presence known in the finish. East Kent Goldings and Crystal varieties are listed on the bottle. Black pepper and light presence of phenols. Not much of a fruity character as would be expected in a Belgian Saison. Fairly utilitarian, not experimental at all.

Full mouthfeel, alot of yeast. Not enough carbonation. Feels like a stab at an imperial witbier. It's fairly refreshing, but a little to heavy for summertime quaffing. Split the bottle, and it did pair well with a shrimp wonton soup.

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Photo of beertunes
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Poured a bright, cloudy, yellow with over an inch of bright, white head that had good retention and low-to-moderate lacing.

The aroma was a very yeasty, spicy scent that's typical of the style. The flavors also had those aspects, but there was a nice earthy grain taste that added a layer, that the aroma hadn't predicted.

The body was perhaps a bit fuller than average for the style. As this is one of my favorite styles, it shouldn't be a surprise that I found drinkability to be very good, maybe a touch better than average for the style.

Overall, a very nice beer. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of froghop
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a medium size white fluffy head, and good lacing.

smell is of citrus, musty, hay, some malt, and yeast.

taste is smooth, citrus, a little fruit, some bread yeast, some sour, and apricot, ends a little sour.

overall a very nice saison.

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Photo of bobsy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle in Buffalo on the basis that I love saisons and it was the only one in the store I hadn't bought before.

Pours a rich orange with a finger of white head that quickly drops to a film. A few lace spots are left behind, but for the style its neither impressive nor disappointing. Malty aroma of mash tun with some earthiness, grain and light spice. Certainly lacking in the funk and pepperiness I look for in the style, but pleasant enough. Much the same can be said of the flavour, which lacks all funk (booo!) and pepper (booo!). What we have left behind is a pleasant, quaffable beer that goes long on the malt and wheat, while complimenting it with a marked earthiness and mineral quality, before culminating in a lightly bitter and dry finish. Medium body and carbonation seemed style appropriate.

An interesting take on the style that almost seems a little unfinished, and with a touch too much mash tun character. A pleasant beer for sure, but lacking the complexity or extreme drinkability that would result in a return purchase, so in that light, a touch disappointing.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Cloudy straw colored pour with a fluffy two finger head with great retention and lacing. Interesting nose with hints of Belgian yeast, straw, lemon, white pepper, and a touch of clove and banana. The taste is earthy and herbal with hints of grass, yeast, lemon, pears, along with a touch of barnyard and rye. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with moderate carbonation and a slightly sour bone dry finish. I'm definitely not a huge fan of the style, but this is a solid standout.

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Photo of david131
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- As soon as I popped the cap, the liquid came gushing out. Once it is tamed an in a glass it the orange/brown liquid appears luminescent with loads of streams making their way to the surface. The head is very thick and creamy and has excellent retention. Perfect.

S- Flowers, honey, fruit, pepper, and bread. Not super aromatic, but subtle and enjoyable.

T- Some fruit and bread... Not much going on here at all. There is nothing at the end to speak of.

M- Very clean and dry on the finish. Extremely light finish considering how smooth it is at the front end.

D- Well it may be nice on a summer day or something, but there is absolutely nothing in the flavor profile that stands out to me. It is also not even close to being worth $10 a bottle.

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Photo of clickpush
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Half liter bottle to tulip glass. A hard pour produces a cloudy orange beer with only a small small white head. Tons of carbonation visible in the body of the beer. The head goes down quickly to scant lacing, but the brew itself looks thick and inviting.

Nose: Strong citrus bouquet: oranges and lemon zest. Dry spice notes of coriander and cracked white peppercorns. The aroma is not as strong as I would like, but characteristics are spot on for the style.

Mouth: Thick, chewy mouthfeel is the first thing I notice - quite odd for a saison. Orange flavor, hoppy, dry citric finish like grapefruit rind. Tons of citrus flavors complimented by the addition of coriander, notes again of cracker pepper. Unfortunately something about the mouthfeel is off-putting - it's not crisp or light, but actually more like the consistency of a thin carbonated syrup.

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Photo of rbhockeyfan
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of JBogan
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A tall pour produced a one finger foamy white head atop a slightly hazy pale golden body. A generous amount of lacing was left behind.

The aroma was mostly a yeasty farmhouse funk. Some yeast and straw were present, but that's about it. I've read some reviews where people have apparently picked up numerous other scents but I certainly wasn't among them.

The taste was rather subdued. There was some sweet pale malts along with an ever so slight lemon presence, and some floral notes, but overall this beer was what I would describe as mild tasting.

The mouthfeel was on the flat side. A bit thick for this style beer, with almost no carbonation which made the experience somewhat dull.

Generally I enjoy saisons but this one was just average. I'll look elsewhere next time I am in the mood for this style.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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 DaveBar
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for appox. $4.65 for a 500ml bottler. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass.

A- Ok. Pours ok with a minimal head. Dissipates to nothing in seconds.

S- Ok. Bit of coriander. Some yeast

T- Ok. Nothing special. Not very sour at all.

M- Guess the creaminess keeps this one alive

O- Will not buy again. Another bomb really

This not very good Saison does well with... Snails and linguine in butter

Enjoy

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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 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 chasebrownyeah1
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Det Kompromisslose Bryggeri A/S saison ABV: 6.5%

A: Very hazy appearance... has a orange, yellow, and brown hint to the beer. No head that has a very minimal lacing on the glass. Can see some sediments in the fluid that makes that liquid very uneasy to see through.

S: Has a sweet smell that just lingers in the nose. Also, can smell sort of a bitter smell that kind of resembles a earthy texture. My opinion, it smells very maltly.

T-M: The first taste that I get from drinking this beer is a very citrus taste and a strong kick of malts. The citrus taste like lime and goes together with the maltly taste. the aftertaste is very earthy... hard to explain. If was to explain earthy, it would be a grassy and hoppy taste.

D: This beer does go down smoothly. However, The distinctive taste and mouthful kind of makes it a rough drink. Could I drink more of it?? Of course I can... this beer doesn't have to much affect on me. So, I would drink this beer, but this beer is a beer I would enjoy with a friend or brother.

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Photo of jampics2
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle shared at Arp's. Madness seems to have occurred when this bottle was opened towards the end of the tasting. There was screaming, beer being spit and spilled, and general chaos.

Appears a cloudy straw color. Decent head retention. Nice lacing.

Yeasty esters in the nose. A bit of basement musk, not farmhouse per say. Perhaps a bit of spice - just a Belgian earthy aroma. Touch of earthy hops.

Too much dryness VS sweetness. A bit of hay taste to the wheat, pepper, Belgian candy sugar, and cardamon. Very light hoppiness makes an appearance before the moisture is sucked out of my mouth. I found this just too dry after the initial sweetness. I know the finish should count for mouthfeel more than taste, but it really distracted from what I though could have been a better flavor progression. No brett or horseblanket, and the funk from the nose doesn't really come out in the taste.

Mouthfeel was average. Carb was too low and too dry.

Drinkability was slightly above average just because it seemed to disappear quickly. Madness around me, but none in my glass.

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Photo of TerryW
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty unremarkable, subdued beer.

Looks good, though. Soft, hazy honey gold, long-lived creamy head that settles to a solid cap and leaves lots of lace. Quite attractive.

Grassy hops dominate the aroma and flavour, noticeable malt backbone. Grains and fruit, a hint of alcohol. Overall very soft and quiet. Gently drying bitter finish. Soft almost watery mouth feel. Comes across almost like a wheat beer.

Drinkable, but not too exciting. Very soft.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle from city wide in south bend. Pours a grapefruit-juice yellow-orange with a short white head. A cloudy beer, laces slowly and unevenly. Smells surprisingly funky (i admit to having read some of the reviews in advance and noticing a complaint about lack of funk - not a requirement for saison, by the way). Citrusy hops with a soured malt backbone on the nose too. Yeah, definitely some monkey-funk smell. Taste is a bit unblanced, with part of the beer wanting to go with a hop forward lighter saison direction, and the other half wanting to be a funky malty or wheaty explosion. It almost achieves a sort of orange zest and horse shed medium but it doesnt quite pull it off. Still, it has some good qualities. I like the citrus flavor and the mild tang. I just think it could have a bit more of a spiciness or something to bring everything together.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head and plenty of lacing.

Aroma is sweet candy sugar with generous lemon and banana. Spices come on strong with a good bit of coriander.

Taste is surprisingly mild compared to the nose. Where did all the flavor go? Some sweet malt, lemon zest, and vague yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy.

I don't get it. It looks and smells really good, but the flavor is so mild. I won't bother with this one again.

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Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
3.77 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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