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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

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255
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
14.32%
 
 
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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yet cloudy pale orange color with an average head that dissipated into a light cap. The aroma is earthy; some pepper, light lemon and a good whiff of a banana bread. The taste is of banana bread, light citrus, and a light funk. A light hop bitterness in the end. Taste reminds me of a hefe with a little funk. Not tart like most saisons, has more of a yeast profile. Still very tasty though. The feel is moderate and has a creamy texture, finishes fairly balanced. Not a typical saison as I didn't pick up much in the way of floral notes, tartness, or the funk. However, still a very fine tasting brew.

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

P:  A glowing and vibrantly carbonated body of clear gold crown with a finger of white dense head. 

S:  Delicious Belgian yeast, lemon zest, oak, soft packing foam, fresh sun soaked grains, very fresh and vibrant. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose but packs a big bouquet of fresh flowers, a touch of booze, timid grapefruit, waxy apples, apricots and white grapes.  Body is sloshy and playful with a zesty carbonated sting. Finish is super dry with lingering fruit and flowers. 

O:  A fruit packed cornucopia of yeasty flavors that meld well with the  great yeast strand. Fresh, clean and super dry a great saison. 

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Photo of theboozecruise
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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 scott451
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temperature into a pint glass. A two finger fine white head on a clear gold. Hazy if you swirl it. Good head retention and lots of lacing.

Faint malt smells with some sour overtones. Some fruit and pepper. First taste is fruity with a slight sour afterbite. Mild but very smooth.

Smooth mouthfeel. Mildly carbonated. True to the style. Understated but well balanced.

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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 satowns
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher!! Upon popping the cap, a large plug of foam begins to eject. Not quite an explosion, but a little messy.

Poured into a goblet where the foam quickly disappears; what a short life it lived...Glowing gold in color, the carbonation is hidden behind a veil of haze.

First whiff reveals leather, orange and a brett-ish mustiness.

Spicy and nicey! Good white pepper quality; a little tart in the finish. Yeasty earthiness work well with the spicy E. Kent Goldings. Wildflower honey in the finish.

This is a very quaffable beer. Complex enough to satisfy the Belgian lover, but tame enough to serve as an entry into the Belgian world of beer. I would prefer a bit more spice in the flavor. The only repellent from future purchases would be the price for 500mls....$8.50!

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Where the streets have no name by U2 (just listening to the radio...)

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

A: Glowing, dusky, gold, lemon liquid with a pretty good head.

S: A bit refined/constrained for my tastes in a saison. Lemony citrus, earthy Belgian yeast, summer barley. The funk could be amped up, but it's still there.

T: This beer isn't quite as differentiated from other Belgian styles as I would like. It is quite focused enough on Saison funk. Nøgne Ø has brewed a very good Belgian-style ale, but judging it strictly as a saison, it doesn't have quite the kick of a Dupont or Fantôme beer. There is a complexity of spice blended into Belgian earthiness that reminds me of an excellent Tripel more than anything. The hopping is moderate but noticeable and pleasant. The funk is mild and reminiscent of an extremely clean, fancy barn, rather than a rustic country farm (if that comment means anything to anyone).

M: Smooth, mild, pleasant aftertaste.

D: Good, easy on the palate.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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 laituegonflable
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly orange-tinged gold with very frothy off-white head, bubbles are fairly visible and webbed, and sinks in a beautiful melting-marshmallow style, leaves tinges of lacing around. Quite hazy as well, with healthy bead.

Nose is fairly fresh and organic, with some lucerne character and some pineapple esters as well. Good dose of mildly sour funk. Not excessively complex, but everything present and accounted for.

Taste is a nice fresh one, nice and complex palate. Some sour, resiny notes on the front give way to some pleasant bitter and hoppy flavours, blended well with some fresh fruit characters - mango and pineapple on there. A big rubber sensation, great deal of that, with a fair amount of barnyard funk and a carrot flavour as well. A bit of a metallic character on the back which leaves a slightly acerbic hang, almost like a corked wine. Allover a nice blend though, fairly light and fruity with good saison characters.

Beautifully textured feel - full-bodied but smooth with a great earthy feel. Wonderful.

Very pleasant and drinkable beer. Thirst-quenching and refreshing. Shame about the aftertaste which is the one downer to an otherwise great drop.

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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 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 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 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 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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Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
3.77 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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