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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,438
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
265
pDev:
10.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 265 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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 corby112
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a dark, hazy golden yellowish orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a half finger white head that fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of zesty spice, citrus and light fruit. I'm picking up some banana as well as some apple and pear. Faint hops.

Medium body with soft carbonation up front followed by a creamy full character mid-palate with a slightly earthy, bitter dry finish. A good balance of earthy funkiness(not sour) and crisp fruit notes. Hints of citrus peel, apple and pear as well as some zesty, peppery spice. Nicely balanced, clean, refreshing and quite quaffable.

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Photo of beertunes
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 harpus
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is lemon peel, wheat, coriander and a bit of banana. Smells more like a witbier than a saison, but with that being said it is a nice aroma. It tastes like wheat, lemon peel, pear, peppery spice and also a bit of an earthy taste. I think it tastes like a mix of a saison and a wit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's well carbonated. Drinkability is good, the soft carbonation and the smoothness of this beer makes it easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, I thought it was nice and refreshing. Another good Nøgne Ø brew.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tall sided tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy dense cardboard colored yellow body with a snow white head that has some larger craters in it but last for a good while. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting the head.

S- This beer has a musty smell with a slight lemony note that grows as the beer warms. There is a slight sweet perfume yeasty hint to it under the lemon.

T- This beer has a taste that is a bit like funky barnyard but more white cheese rind and a full preserved lemon flavor to follow. The finish has a lemon rind and pin hop flavor with a carbonic acid dryness.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish.

D- This beer has a nice earthy wild yet light flavor making it great for a warm summer sipper but it also has some nice depth to keep it interesting. It blends the nice funk of an aged beer with the fresh flavor of green hops.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First warm day in RI (77 degrees), just finished a few hours of yardwork and felt like a Saison would really hit the spot.

Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip (love this glass). Poured a hazy pale gold. No head to speak off, but an off-white skim of foam and ringlets that quickly dissipated into a light slick with a thin band concentrated around the perimeter of the glass. Some lacing, but not much. Scent was very discrete; some yeast and citrus (perhaps grapefruit) and maybe just a hint of funk. Flavor is also very subdued and balanced. Taste similar to nose; however, flavors are more reminiscent of a wheat beer than a saison. Mouthfeel was very flat and limp, no carbonation to speak of. Drinkability is good. Brew was very refreshing, but not at all characteristic of a Saison.

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Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 mrfrancis
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of ccrida
1.66/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, the Saison is a cloudy burnt gold with a small white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is very spicy, before I even had a taste, I thought "uh oh". Orange juice beer, maybe passable for an heavy-handed Wit.

Taste is heavy on the orange peel, like a fruit beer. Curarcao I assume, it has bit of Gran Mariner syrupiness. This is just not what I look for in a Saison at all (or really any beer). Sorry, this is just too overspiced. This beer doesn't necessarily taste awful, I'm sure it's popular with teenagers in countries where it's affordable.

Mouthfeel is thicker and kind of soapy.

Drinkability is very low. This is mis-labed, it's a bad wit, not a saison. If you like orange juice and don't like beer, it's worth a try.

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Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Botled Feb 27, 2013.

Beer is hazy golden with a smallish white head that fades steadily.

Nose contains yeast, peppery spices and lemon.

Yeast and spices dominate the taste as well, pepper and coriander seem present. Lemon again. Fairly dry. Not bad but lacks the depth or sheer quality of the great saisons.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated, feels a bit irritating.

Overall, a decent saison but not great.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled
Pours a slightly hazy golden body with decent enough white head
Wheat and aspirin aroma that barely registers
Wheat and lemon flavour with a touch of honey

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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 williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of leitmotif
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of popery
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Gmann
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 265 ratings
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