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


on tap

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RATINGS: 796   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2008
16.9 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy light gold with a thin white head that faded to a ring after two sips and left virtually no lace. Mild aroma of wheat and a few citrus notes detected as well. The flavor is mild wheat with some lemon and, to a lesser extent, orange. Some spice in the flavor as well, although I cannot pick out the specific spice(s). Mild bitterness at the finish. An ok beer, but not worth the higher price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2798) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2008
Pours golden with a slight haze. Head is thick and leaves fine lacing. Orange peel aroma. Thick mouth feel. Flavour is sweet oranges followed by a long zesty citrus bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2008
500ml bottle. Fresh. Pour is a hazy melon/lemon color with an uneven head of creamy white bubbles. The aroma is stunted by the cold, but I can still tell there is a rough wheat character and citrus. As it warms, I can also smell a creamy, yeasty character. Flavor is citrus, wheat and some spices. The creamy character is still present. This actually tastes more like a basic American wheat than a saison. Its sweet and creamy, rather than dry and refreshing as I had hoped. I’m really disappointed I paid so much for this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2008
[From the archive] I don’t know what’s up with this rating but this is what I thought at the time and it sticks until somebody gets me another bottle :) Spice and hop aroma but something is off. In a sweetish way. Hardly any head over mottled orange. Something is off in the flavour, very disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2008
Hazy golden body, white head; Pleasant yeasty nose; Initially fruity body, but way to full; Way to malty full finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2008
50cl bottle from Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL). Pours a hazy golden caramel color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is wheat, bread, grain, yeast, and spice with faint notes of light citrus. Flavor is spicy and wheaty with some light hops notes as well. Generally light to medium body with a slightly bitter, hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerohen (2167) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2008
Bottled at home. Hazy orange-brown coloured, lasting head. Very fruity nose, orange, yeasty and malty. Pleasantly bitter flavour, some spices. Very nice saison. Benefits enormously from adding the yeast shot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrFunk (80) - Sorumsand, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2008
Bottle from monopoly outlet, Oslo. Pours Hazy golden with small white head. Aroma of carrots and wheat malt. Good bitterness and VERY refreshing! I love EKG’s...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Bottle from Sam’s Clybourn. This pours a yellowy gold, a bit hazy. Nose has minimal spice, more of a skunky Belgian character. bit of head, nothing special. On the taste, it is very light body and drinkable, though not really that tasty. A little spice comes from the yeast, but not much removed from a generic ’Belgium’ (sic) ale. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a quite dark yellow colour with a white head. The aroma is a bit spicy with notes of sourish citrus fruits, some perfumy yeast and a hint of caramel. The flavour begins with notes of bitter herbs which is followed by orange, spices, yeast and wheat. Quite smooth mouthfeel. The bitter herbs lingers in the mouth for quite a while.

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