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Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø India-Style Saison | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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98 Ratings
Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø India-Style SaisonBridge Road / Nøgne Ø India-Style Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MrOH on 12-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
33
Ratings:
98
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from Notes made 12/12/2012

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a really nice cloudy copper colour with a two fingered white head that retains very well.

S - Hints of sticky burnt sugar and almost manure like aromes, with some hop and pineapple citrus.

T - Cut grass and burnt toffee malts. The finish is a little citrus but the predominancy of the burnt toffee kinda takes over.

M - Has the mouthfeel of a saison, and lowish carbonation.

O - Not the most balanced flavours, would have like to have seen more tropical citrus notes.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to yourefragile for picking this one up. Server in a SAVOR wine glass. Pours a fairly-clear golden-copper color. Really nice white head with good retention. Lots of lacing. Nose has a good bit of spice and some very light fruit. Flavor has a nice bit of hops with some mild earth and a light touch of pine. Pretty big dose of bitterness, comparatively speaking, with a medium body. Good, but not great.

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Photo of danieelol
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a massive three finger pillowy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, floral hop aroma with a good balance of earthy and citrus/tropical fruit notes along with some funky farmhouse yeast. Slightly grassy with resinous pine notes as well as grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. The earthy hop component is nicely complimented by the Saison yeast that gives off hints of grass, straw and hay. I'm also picking up some bread and biscuit malt.

Slightly oxidized with lots of tight carbonation which hurts the mouthfeel a bit. There's a blast of dry, sticky hops up front which provide a prominent dry bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a bone dry finish. The hop profile is too one dimensional for my liking with all dry, soily, earthy pine needle flavor. The sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes found in the nose are almost invisible with only subtle citrus rind and grapefruit. The farmhouse yeast also takes a back seat providing subtle funk that's overshadowed by the hop bitterness. Some light estery fruit notes toward the finish as well as some bread, biscuit and caramel. An interesting concept but too aggressively hopped for my preference. Could use some more sweetness and farmhouse/Saison character for balance.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of rostencrantz
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of 2neardead
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Mikkeller bar while I was in town for Sour and Bitter. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with mild hoppy notes along with some banana.

Taste: This beer is sweet up front. Some fruit and spice notes. The banana note isn't as prevalent as it is in the smell. The Belgian yeast note is nice, I would have liked the hops to be a bit more aggressive if you're going to market this as an India Saison.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was pretty good, but nothing spectacular. I would have liked a touch more bitterness in the flavor.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Michael. Beer is golden and mildly hazy with a white head with decent retention. Served in a snifter.

Aroma is spicy, a little malty. Smells OK.

Beer is piny and spicy with an odd bitterness, a mild yeastiness, not a great beer and not a repeat for me.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a very large, lasting head.
Nose shows passion fruit, lychee and green apples, with some crystal showing underneath.
Similarly fruity flavours, especially in the way of green apples, a character emphasised by the very high carbonation, acidity and dry finish. Some serious mineral content in here, leading to a distinct metallic quality in the finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle. Apparently a blend between a saison, and an IPA recipe from a heretofore unknown to me Aussie brewery. Sure, why not.

This beer pours a very hazy, dark golden amber hue, with a stupid amount of frothy, rising, and chunky dirty white head, which leaves some violent ocean plume lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bitter tropical fruit - pineapple, guava, and kiwi - peppy earthy yeast, white sugar, pale grainy malt, faint mint notes, and some further orange and grapefruit citrus hoppiness. The taste is acrid citrus rind, a much more subtle pine tip astringency, gritty, dirty yeast, musty grass clippings, a sort of overwhelmed toasted caramel malt, more grassy, straw-like hop notes, and some slight booze warming.

The carbonation is big, airy, frothy, and unfortunately the unwelcome star of this show, the body at the same time medium light in weight, and smooth only as far as one can imagine this beer lacking the saison side's unnecessary bottle excesses. It finishes mostly dry, the lingering hops, dry yeast, and skulking alcohol all contributing to the cause.

I'm getting a bit sick and tired of any and all unproven blendings of thus far unmatched styles, which are usually that way for a damned good reason. Here, the inherent assets of both participants do well enough to represent their cause; however, the overall effect is just not really worth the effort.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color with fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty with some herbs and lemongrass. Taste starts nice with yeast and some floral flavors. Finish is a bit astringent, bitter and slightly boozy. Not bad but it has some flaws.

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Photo of mytu420
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle's label:
India-style Saison is the hoppy, crisp and refreshing result of a north south collaboration. Classic Belgian malts and yeast, pungent Australian new hop varieties and clean Norwegian water. Serve chilled and enjoy with cheeses and charcuterie. This product is bottle conditioned and has a slight sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Huge, fast-dying head. The liquid starts off clear, but becomes predictably cloudy as you reach the bottom of the bottle. Straw color (15 P°). Some spots for lace.

Initial smell was weak but it becomes stronger as the head dies down. Smells sour like cheese. I note green vegetables as well. Low hop and a touch of yeast.

Starts with a soft, pale malt. The hop shows up on the taste (40 IBU's). There's a peppery spice to the flavor. The aftertaste lasts a very long time. No notable alcohol.

Overall, it does seem like an IPA/Saison blend, leaning toward the Saison on the smell and the IPA on the taste.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good drinking hoppy saison cross-style. However if I mixed a bottle of each style, maybe I would get something similar? Lighter coloured body. Foamy lasting head and lace. White sauvignon aroma. Citrus flavours and in secondary white pepper and saison yeast. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried the local Australian version brewed by Ben Kraus at Bridge Road. I'm pleased that we got the original version over here as well. I loved the local one, let's see how this one compared.

Pours a deep, cloudy orange-gold colour, with a frothy, excessively carbonated head of just-yellowed white. Froms some clumpy, sticky lacing on the side of the glass as the head subsides. Carbonation is large-bubbled and the body is fluid, but doesn't hold the carbonation as it's tilted. Oddly enough, this is already significantly different from the Australian version.

Nose is, however, much along the same lines. Lovely bright ripe pineapple character, twinned with a touch of organics, giving it a crushed vegetation and curdled lemon character. This stands out wonderfully, and provides an awesome blending of the two styles.

Taste is, surprisingly, a lot flatter. Some clumsy bitterness through the centre of the palate clangs off the spicy, peppery saison notes, giving it a metallic finish. Earthy saison characters come through near the back, but there's almost no acidity to it, which was something I enjoyed particularly in the BRB version. The hoppy flavours of tropical punch have all but deserted the taste, leaving it more like a flat saison.

Feel is also a little overcarbonated, abrading the palate a little and leaving quite a bloating feeling.

This beer accentuates something in paricular for me: beer is better fresh, and freshness is probably one of the key factors in getting good beer (especially in this sort of style). While I love Bridge Road, I'm happy to concede that Nøgne Ø is a better brewery, but of the two examples, I much prefer the fresh local version.

Maybe some day I'll get to try this one fresh in Norway.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a rich looking, dull golden amber with yeast sediment and inches of fluffy white head if poured incorrectly...yeah, I poured it incorrectly. The head laces and eventually fades to nothing. The nose is slightly bitter, citrusy, sweet, and yeasty. It smells more like a saison than an IPA. The taste is honey sweet with bread and hops and reminds me of the Duvel tripel hop to an extent. The mouthfeel is relatively heavy for a saison with immense sweetness upfront followed by a hoppy dry finish. It's certainly not a beer I'd slam...and I'm quite curious about what "rare Australian hops" are. There is a degree of tropical fruitiness, but frankly I expected more in both the beer's nose and taste. Overall, this is a well crafted beer that drinks like a beefy saison, but there are other similar hoppy saisons I prefer more (cough Stillwater shout out).

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Demosthenes503
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of mmurphy525
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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