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

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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:
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Added by MrOH on 12-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
98
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
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3
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Photo of 2neardead
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of hlatimer266
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Demosthenes503
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MisledTitan
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Elfastball7
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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 tony223366
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge white fluffy head, like 8 fingers. Color is a cloudy straw yellow and the head has nice lacing.

S: Lots of competing (in a good way) aromas. Some citrusy hops, some light mustiness. Nice pineapple, apple citrus as well. A little caramel malts.

T: More raw malt flavor than I expected. Some graininess. Citrusy hops and that mustiness is present. Really bold flavors. Bitterness is very even.

M: Medium body with tight carbonation that helps keep the big flavors at bay.

O: Awesome! Interesting and well balanced.

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Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden pour with a big, rocky, dense white head. Great head retention and nice lacing. A delightful pour.

Interesting combination of spicy clove and coriander against the slightly citrusy, tropical hops. Great pineapple note under there and the pawpaw is interesting too.

Nice balance of sweet and bitter here. The flavor of the malt just holding up with bitterness which is well integrated. Nicely balanced yeast and hop notes too with the same delicate balance from the aroma playing out here.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Good.

A really solid beer. The balance is great. Fortunately less bitter than the Bridge Road brewed version.

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Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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 bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of joecast
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Odd that the first of the duo I get is the one brewed in Grimstad! Come on Bridge Road, lift your game!

Pours with a massive foamy white head. The beer is a hazy honey golden color. Medium high carbonation keeps the beer lively and the soapy foamy head continues to leave traces down the glass.

Aroma has that signature zesty perfume. Lots of spicy Belgian yeast character with matching floral fruity Australian hops. This pairing manages to work quite well where other yeast/hop combos tend to clash.

Taste has a considerable bitter kick. Seems to be as much from the yeast as it is hops. It manages to keep things under control with plenty of hop flavor and some spicy yeast character. Dry finish cleans it up nicely.

Tough to balance something like this but the two very talented brewers have done an admirable job. Bordering on Belgian IPA but whatever the style its an aggressive, characterful, bold, drinkable beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Highly drinkable and full of character, this well built and hoppier version of Saison bridges what's best about both IPAs and saison.

Burnish gold in color, the hazy ale releases a creamy and fluffed off white head that's fueled by constant streams of carbonation underneath. Firm in its retention and decorative with its lace, the beer delivers a charming Belgian appearance, albeit a bit darker than most modern versions but likely similar to traditional ones.

Wood, grass, and hay fill the nose with a dried malt cracker-like bready scent. Overtones of fruit and spice layer with apricot and papaya with peppercorn and orange peel. Musty malt character gives glimpse into the rustic earthen corkish character of saisons gone bye.

Flavors are every bit as dry as was insinuated by the nose. Low lying sweetness informs the fruit notes but remains understated. Instead the dry taste of pilsner, bread crust, and dry grain evaporate on the tongue and leave a whimsical balance of dry tropical fruit, citrus fruit, soft spicy corriander, fresh cracked peppercorn, and a dash of cumin. Damp earth allows for the must of wild yeast and cork to provide the taste of wet hay, fresh mulled grass, tea leaves, and a woody sassafras taste that develops into broad bitterness to finish.

Bone dry from start to finish as the ample sprite of carbonation bounces the malt from the palate and ushers in a quick finish of fleeting malt, hop derived bitterness with light astringency, and moderate alcohol warmth.

India Saison doesn't all and all remind me of any new fangled concoction of saison fused with IPA. Instead, it allows a glimpse into the hoppier, drier, and spicier saisons of a hundred years ago that I have only read about.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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 MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Alchemist pint glass.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a partial cap, chunky collar, and splotches of lace. Lightly hazed golden body with some slow-moving bubbles present.

S - Phenolic and slightly funky Saison yeast flavors, as well as a good deal of tropical, candied citrus, and piney hop flavors. There's also some caramel and brown sugar malts. I'm guessing this uses Galaxy hops. Yeast character grows as the beer warms up.

T - The taste has less malt sweetness and more palate-numbing hop flavors. A mixture of citrus and tropical fruits initially before yielding to some bread and spicy Belgian yeast in the finish. There isn't a lot of overt bitterness, but my tongue is number a bit.

M - Grainy texture, with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly hefty medium-full body, with a lightly sticky finish. Not much alcohol presence.

D - Intriguing stuff. I'm guessing this is a second batch, as I can't find a bottling date like some of the other reviews reference. More IPA than something like Hill Farmstead E., and perhaps lacking in depth comparatively, but eminently drinkable - I had no problems with the 50cl bottle. One of the strongest offerings I've had from Nøgne in recent memory.

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Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazed, dull gold color. Good sized, foamy, light, frothy, white head. Head rises quick and disappears fairly quick as well with patches of lace.

S - Pretty hoppy nose. Pineapple, lemon, orange peel, and a lemongrass aroma. Some saison pale malt, spice, slight funk aroma but it is more IPA than Saison.

T - The saison flavors are much stronger than the nose suggested leaving it around 50/50 between the styles. Bready and peppery flavors along with a mix of fruitiness (both the orchard saison fruit and the citrus, pineapple IPA fruitiness). Touches of pine and grassy hops but they play second fiddle to the fruity hop flavors.

M - Medium body, lots of carbonation, slightly dry finish.

D - Easy to drink beer. The flavors mix well although it is like you took an IPA and a Saison and mixed them. Nice fruity flavors.

Notes: Definitely like a mix of an IPA with Australian hops and a Saison. Interesting beer that was enjoyable overall. The hops and IPA aspect were a bit stronger than the saison flavors in the end. Good beer overall.

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Bridge Road / Nøgne Ø India-Style Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
3.92 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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