Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Saison
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 763   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
One of our most refreshing brews, made for those hot summer days, but satisfying year ’round. Recommended serving temperature 8°C/45°F. Goes well with seafood, particularly oysters.

Ingredients: Wheat and lager malt; East Kent Goldings and Crystal hops; Belgian ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

14°P, 25 IBU, 6.5 ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
Pours with a yellow color and a smallish head. Aromas of grapefruit and some funkiness. Lemon flavors with some yeast and a subtle funkiness. A somewhat hoppy, bitter finish. Medium bodied and refreshing, an easy drinking saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
Not what I was expecting of the style. Very smooth, and quite mild. Tastes more like a generic wheat than anything else to me. But I can’t dock it too much, there’s really nothing wrong with it per se.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 6, 2008
Aroma is underwhelming. I can detect a little bit of sourness and funkiness in there but it’s pretty tame. A little bit of light fresh fruit. And a little bit like ass. Tastes like Pear/apple juice that’s gone bad. Drying without much bitterness. Finish is growing on me, there’s still a cheap lager aspect to it. The fruitiness in the beer is quite evident, yet hidden; it’s like a fat kid hiding behind a telephone pole, you know he’s there, but the telephone pole is still in front. The fruit is also mixed w/ some spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2008
Bottle via trade. Pours yellow cloudy with a 1 finger bright white head. Nose is sweet and slightly spiced. Mirroring a spiced and sweet taste. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
Nose is lemon tarts, hazy yellow, tiny white head. Taste is lemon and yeast. Tart, dry. Refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blom (836) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2008
Amber with a low head. The aroma is spicy with fruity esters, and the flavours have a lot herbs in them making it both sweet and a bit dry towards the ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottled. Poured clear bright golden with a creamy cap of white head. The aroma picked up soft lemon zest and bready notes upfront with peppery Belgian yeast in the background.. spicy lemon zest pops through with warmth. The flavor had bready and pale malts at the core with a delightful sour lemon and black pepper presence throughout.. simple, but well-executed and very refreshing. Light-medium bodied with lower carbonation.. sour, slightly funky, and entirely refreshing. Good one! 7 4 7 4 15

Sampled again with different thoughts but the same overall score.
Poured hazy medium golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma was refreshing and funky with notes of cheese, foot, lighter fruits, and lemon zest.. came together very well. The flavor had peppery spices over medium-skinned fruits.. funkier cheese toward the back.. finished with refreshing fruit and lemon zest. Spicy and sweet on the palate with nice balance.. refreshing finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 Thanks to zeke626 for sharing. Cloudy orange/yellow, moderate amount of white foam. Not a typical saison, more like a dry hefeweizen. There was wheat and malt in the aroma. Almost no barnyard funk. It had a malty, citrusy bite. The hops were almost non-existent. Mildly acidic. It was very refreshing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zeke626 (447) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Bottle, pours a cloudy, yellow-orange body with a thin, white head. Aroma of wheat, malt, and a slight hint of orange. Medium-bodied with smooth mouthfeel and a slight fizziness. Tastes a lot like a hefeweizen with flavors of wheat, grain, and malts. Citrus bite and aftertaste.

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