Thursday, September 5, 2013

Nøgne Ø India-Style Saison

type: hoppy saison
origin: Grimstad, Norway
price: $9/0.5l
ABV: 7.5%
NSP: 4.2
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I'm somewhat hypersensitive now to 'India-style' [whatever] beers since the rise of the IPL.  A beer like this, from a brewery like Nøgne Ø (I still have no clue how to pronounce that), is just shouting at you to try it.  Try me...  TRY me! DO IT!  OK, OK, sheesh;  chill out, Valhalla.

Smells incredible--unlike anything I can recall.  Among the classic Belgian yeast flavors I get some ripe pear and citrus, and funky sweetness.

The base of the beer seems rightly in line with a saison, but the Belgian yeast imparts tripel-style flavors too.  During your (frequent) sips the hops leave an overly grand impression on your mouth, making you feel like you've just finished chewing a hoppy zinc tablet.  Weird.  Then at the end you get that saliva-inducing peppercorn-tasting acidity that only comes with the best in class.  (When searching our posts for a good reference, I was reminded of the comments on the Dupont post.  Classic.)  And as it warms it tastes better, and better, which is a hallmark of quality beer.

This is surely intriguing, but I'll probably not purchase it again.  But that's all good because I'll finally get to abate my Norske semi-torque.


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