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

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RATINGS: 842   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Unfiltered
Ingredients: Wheat and lager malt; East Kent Goldings and Crystal hops; Belgian ale yeast, and local Grimstad water.
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.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lefossoyeur (613) - Montreal, Quebec, - JAN 24, 2013
Slight haze on this golden straw blonde pour. Minimal head. Zesty lemon and mandarine on the nose with hints of saison yeast. Light to medium body, a bit round in mid palate, herbal hops and citrus. Finishing on a very light and refreshing lemony astringency. Very nice sessionable saison.


3
tmdaines (75) - Stretford, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2017
A good refreshing saison. Crisp, light and refreshing. I enjoyed with a curry where it offered a better counterbalance than a lager would. A really nice beer and would drink again, especially in hot weather.

3.4
mike_77 (6661) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2017
Blond colour with light haze and thin head. Aroma is fairly sweet and yeasty. Tastes fairly yeasty and dry. Light fruitiness. Some apricot.

3
Davros IX (354) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2017
Bottle at home. There was a definite saison "bite" to the beer, but it was quite muted. It was a very pleasant beer, but I was expecting a bit more from it. Nice looking, good head, low carbonation, good flavour and a nice mouthfeel. Just a bit Meh!

3.7
sebsky (88) - ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2017
330 ml bottle @home. Bread aroma,golden/amber hazy colour. Clove/yeast taste. Dry and refreshing. Good.

3.7
Eddie1976 (17) - - JUN 24, 2017
First Norwegian ale for a number of years, nice initially taste with smooth finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
MelvinKalksma (1536) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2017

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, Saison yeast, fruit, bread and hops.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque golden/amber beer with a slight/medium off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, Saison yeast and fruit; ends slightly bitter and dry with bread and hops.

Overall:
This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. Decent Saison flavour with a tat more hops than your average one. Perfect appearance, but the palate is simply okay and nothing more. The aroma could have been stronger as well.

4
CraftBeerNick (2553) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2017
Bottle in garden, 18th June 17. 31 degrees today and a great day for a saison. Pours clear and straw colour. Aroma is yeast, citrus farmhouse ale. Taste is clean, yeast, clove spice, citrus. Really refreshing and just the job for the heat.

2.3
SilkTork (5737) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2017
330ml dark bottle, unfiltered. Probably from Tesco, but I can’t remember. I like saison, so I especially look forward to drinking a beer that describes itself as a saison, and then get disappointed when it doesn’t deliver in those areas I most identify with that style. This is a fairly lacklustre example of a saison, lacking life and character and zest, replacing that instead with hop bitterness. In this case the hops are English, so the style I like, but for me they sit uncomfortably in a beer I associate with zest and fruit and a delightful malt and yeast character. The hops here are heavy and dirty and twiggy, and they bring the beer down. This is unfiltered but the beer lacks life - there’s no head, just a light scummy foam. Each to their own when making a beer, but if you are to make a beer and then name if after a certain style, then at least make more of an effort to brew it in that style.
So, forget that this is a saison and I can handle it a bit better, but I would still be uncomfortable with the thin body for a 6.5% beer, and the flat bitterness of the hops (not aromatic, simply bittering). This is not a beer I’m enjoying or am likely to want to try again.
I swirled it at the end in order to rouse the yeast and give the beer some life, body, zest, character, whatever, and it did lift slightly with some honeyed sweetness touched with lemon and coriander, so I can see there is potential here, and perhaps I just got a tired bottle. Am willing to try this again.

3.7
vinivini (2403) - Gomel, BELARUS - JUN 7, 2017
Bottle. Cloudy straw yellow. Small white head. Stays as a thin layer on beer. Aroma: apples & pears, spice, wheat, blossom, earth & hay. Light to medium body. Soft carbo. Dry flavour. Spicy yeast. Earth, grassy hops. A bit floral. Not bad.

4.1
Cokemonkey11 (879) - - JUN 7, 2017
Bottle. Pours medium golden weizen with some opacity and a thick white foam subsiding slowly. Scent is dense notes of caramel, light dusty properties, honeycomb wax. Taste is medium notes of pepper, light frothy texture, and medium sweetness. Perfectly matured. Finish of floral properties. Very great.


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