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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 | website

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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138
Ratings:
252
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
14.32%
 
 
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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 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 charlzm
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Consumed 08/30/08.

From the bottle to the tulip glass, the beer looks a lot like a mimosa: fairly clear golden/orange with plenty of tiny bubbles though only a fleeting head. Then, because I didn't catch it in time, the cloudy yeast from the bottle bottom slipped out. Drats!

The beer is quite aromatic, with sweet honeysuckle complimented by a tart citrus character (mostly oranges). This literally made my mouth water!

The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, and the lack of carbonation imparts a heavy, almost syrupy feel.

Flavor is muted: similar to but sadly less intense than the aroma. Not particularly sour or tart, the most notable (and surprising) flavor is a marked bitterness. There's also a hint of dryness on the finish.

Disappointing, after the overall high caliber of this brewery's other beers and the awesome aroma. I poured most of it down the drain.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow to orange coloured beer with a cloudy appearance and a big, foamy white head at the top that has great retention and lacing.

Citrus fruits, lemon and orange zest dominate the smell of this one along with some grain and yeast. The smell is light, summery and refreshing with a touch of lemongrass and spice to it as well.

A refreshing, summer time beer with good yeast and citrus fruits flavours including the lemon and orange from the smell. There is also a little pinneapple and perhaps some berries along with a tiny amount of grain and an almost wheat like taste.

Medium and smooth with a citrus tang to it and a sweet bitterness through the middle. The finish is crisp, slightly sour and very dry.

Light and fruity, this one is a great summer time beer with some good citrus flavours and a very crisp yet refreshing feel to it. This wasa beer I had been looking forward to for some time and it didn't disappoint.

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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 richj1970
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass.

A: Pours nice light golden color with fluffy two finger white head leaving some moderate lacing.

S: Earthy yeast and funk mixed with lemon, orange, and some spices.

T: Citrus flavors mixed with grassy undertones. Some yeast and malts while crisp and refreshing.

M: Light and dry with mild carbonation. Easy drinking brew.

O: Nice Saison. Not my absolute favorite of the group, but a solid choice none the less.

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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 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 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 JDV
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Erin for lugging this one back from Atlanta for me!
Pours a glowing, cloudy, bright, light orange color. Just a sudsy sparse head remains after a few seconds. Smell is coriander, spices, along with bright and wheaty and lightly citrusy leanings. Taste is lightly spiced with similar flavors as in the smell, along with an interesting and unexpected, but welcomed light hop presence and a lightly wheaty flavor as well. Thin to medium bodied with average carbonation. Not too familiar with the style, but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of bashiba
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy yellow with a thick sticky off white head.

It smelled funky like saison should, but maybe a little to funky, almost feet like.

Considering the huge nose the flavor is very mild and crisp with a bit of light fruit and a touch of lemony bitterness, very mild and not nearly as spicy as most Saisons.

The mouthfeel is spot on with a crisp and dry finish.

Drinkable, but a bit on the bland side for me.

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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 stephens101
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy off-white head that slowly diminishes. A thin sheet of nearly unbroken lace is left in its wake. Color is a murky yellow orange. Smells of lemon, grapefruit, rind and herbs. Has a finishing floral essence that consummates the piquant nose. Tastes sweet and grainy with a plentiful funk, herbal hops, a splash of citrus, taffy and and grass. Medium bodied and crisp; might I say refreshing? I'm thoroughly enjoying the complex palate on this easy drinking brew.

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Photo of mick303
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy blonde gold, with a soft creamy cap of white head. Moderately hazy without any visible carbonation. Decent retention and lacing. 3.75

S – smell has a crisp wheat yeasty character. Aromatic lemon, florals, quite fresh, some light white pepper or soft cinnamon spice. Earthy clove and a fieldy aspect to the yeast. 4

T – is light and soft the delving into a full crisp lemony yeast body. Light sweetness with a citrus twist, creamy yeastiness that becomes increasingly dry toward the end. Lots of lemon, woody pepper, pear, hay and a subtle farmy yeast aspect, but this is quite restrained, a prominent but soft yeast brings subtle spice notes over a creamy wheat-body. A full bracing dry finish. A little mild maybe but the balance is there for sure and it works pretty well. 3.75

M – light initially, then a full mouth creamy yeastiness, a bit of a prickle on the finish, with a mild soft carbonation on the palate, a bit lacking, refreshing and very sessionable, alcohol is not noticeable besides an additional light spice. 3.75

A smooth saison that delivers pretty good yeasty spice with a well balanced body. Not overly farmy or wild in yeast character, but the balance is pretty good and it delivers some citrus zestiness with an assertive yeast character. Could see this pairing quite well with lighter food dishes with the nice full crispness. Another quality one from nogne. 4

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark golden color with a slight haze. small creamy white head. Minor lacing left behind.

S - Sweet malt, yeasty fruit esters, pears, apples, and lemon, grassy, mild clove, herbal skunk-like aroma. Dried bananas and doughy bread come out as it warms.

T - Sweet and fruity upfront with apple sauce, pears, lemons and oranges but a chalky dryness flows over the palate quickly bringing down the sweetness. Grassy hops start mid palate along with damp hay creating a musky semi-dry finish. A citrus tartness is left behind on the aftertaste.

M - Fuller body for the style, moderate and tight carbonation.

A nice touch on the style, but very close to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. The citrus zest helps pick up from the sweet malt. Heavier body but still a tight foamy feel creating the sense of lightness. Letting it warm really brigs out a raw doughy character in the aroma. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 MattSweatshirt
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at George and Dragon in Barcelona.

Pours somewhat transparent dark golden color with a thick white topping that weaves cobwebs of lace down the glass.

Smells funky and citrusy and lemony.A unique funky smell I haven't run across. Guess they have something special going on up there in Norway.Gets a little woody.

Crisp and highly bubbly. Bathes the palette in funky goodness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Hints of orange hit in the beginning before being brought under the funk tide.

Highly enjoyable Saison by these viking brewers.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served cold into glassware. Purchased for just under $5 CDN.

Appearance hazy pale golden color. Explosive from the bottle and pours a two finger white head with impressive retention.

Smell - major amount of Apple and pear and peach in this fruity concoction. Some mild yeastiness and a floral backing. Some sugary goodness but most of all fruit.

Taste - fruit with a mixture of pear, peach and apple some backing candied sugar and a does of powdery yeast. Well made and flavors complement each other nicely. Maybe if anything, it's a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel - smooth, well carbonated but not over carbonated. Dry finish and moderate body throughout.

Overall - well crafted and delicious saison. Better exist, bit this will hold up to virtually all competition. Yummy.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is it ok if I start putting a slash through all my o's? Pours a mostly cloudy straw colored to lemony yellow hue. Some sediment on the bottom but kept most of it out. A soft white head that is very solid. Did hide eventually to the side of the glass and lasted through the full tasting. Good lacing as well.

The nose is light for a saison but some good notes in there. A soft malt aroma with a noticeable wheat aroma. Some minor bready and salty notes as well. Some fruity notes, oranges, cherries, figs and a herbal lemon balm note. Some light pepper aromas. Some minor stale aromas as well. A bit hoppy for style but ok.

The taste is more on balance. The malt comes out a bit more with more of a malty base. Some bready and biscuit notes, but limited wheaty notes. A bit sweet for style but ok. The yeast is bit light but still having some fruity characteristics. The lemon really comes out more with a slight orange and herbal flavor. Some very light buttery notes but very light. Some hints of Belgium yeast character but would really like more esters and yeast character. The hops come out and enhance the herbal quality.

The body is moderate and has a lingering sweetness. Would like a bit cleaner finish but ok. Carbonation is a bit light and could help out. Overall there are some good notes and some minor off notes. I would have liked more yeast character to come out but what did come out was nice.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap. Lager glass. Enjoyed on apr´13. Amber color & foggy appearance.Lasting crown is white & close. Citric, sour & mild toasted malt aromas. Flavors of tropical fruits & sharp citric zest bitterness lingers into a long herbal & spiced finish. Medium to high body. Moderate to high carbonation. Woddy aftertaste. Refreshing. ABV well hidden.

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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 soupyman10
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one's either not that good, or slightly skunked. Or both (for $9, I'm not pleased). Medium white head over a yellow-orange colored beer that's slightly opaque. Bubbles dissolve down quickly leaving a very fine film on top. No lacing. Nose is citrus and skunk. Flavor is some mild citrus, malt, wheat, yeast, and skunkiness. This one is really disappointing. I don't get it either...brown bottle, no apparent issues. I'm pissed.

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Photo of katan
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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 brendan13
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a tulip glass a hazy dark golden colour with a few centimetres of white fluffy head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Smell is belgian yeast spicy phenols, along with some sharp lemon and orange citrus fruit hints and a floral/herbal note.
T - Spicy phenolic also in the taste with some citrus fruitiness and floral hints coming through as well. A bit of a grainy sweetness and touches of wheat.
M - Higher side of light bodied, fairly high carbonation. Could be a touch drier.
D - A tasty enough Saison. I would drink it again.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Sail & Anchor, Fremantle 21st Feb 2011.

A - Pours a glowing hazey golden colour, not unlike some Belgian wit beers.

S - Sweet sugars, citrus and spice, not unlike a wit beer either.

T - Lemon zest, coriander, some sweet malts and a little yeast. Not unlike a wit beer again.

M - Low carbonation and medium body.

D - This is a very good wit beer, but a Saison it is not.

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Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
85 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.
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