Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Grimstad, Norway


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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This is the second release of Special Holiday Ale, which was first brewed in San Diego in 2008. Each brew is following the same recipe, including Michigan chestnuts, white sage from southern California and Norwegian juniper berries, but differences in brewing and aging practices produce different beers. Cheers to being different! Skål!

Dashimus' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dashimus (226) - London, Greater London, - DEC 11, 2013
Draft at BrewDog Shepherds Bush. Pours dark brown with a red tinge with a moderately lived beige head. Aroma is chesnut, caramel, spice, mild chocolate and coffee and raisins. Flavour is a bit methanol. Not that bitter. No carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kosmokrator (668) - ITALY - NOV 27, 2015
Alla spina. Curiosa ale di concezione "invernale" che offre un cocktail dolciastro di malto, zenzero, cacao, lievito e frutta matura. Finale amarognolo ed equilibrato, corpo medio. Piacevolissima!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (840) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Deep brown with a reddish tinge. Aroma is ginger, slight herbs, slight cardamom. Taste is spices, ginger, slight cocoa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeaney (97) - SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2015
Dark brown in colour with a nice large latte creamy head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, all spice, roasted malt, molasses, and nuttiness. Did get the sage and this beer really smelled like a mix of Christmas cake and ginger biscuits. Taste had tons of cinnamon, clove, all spice, ginger, and nuttiness in the front, which leads on to strong notes of toffee, caramel, and molasses on the back. Big backbone notes of roasted malt, caramel, and molasses with spices after the finish. Medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhammaren (1432) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2015
.5l bottle @ Hanniku’s cave. Pours black with nice thick tan head. Aroma is sage, malts, clover, rye, bread, peppermint, spices, alcohol, medicin herbs. Flavor is dark malts, coffee, herbs, sage, dark chocolate, clover and alcohol. Herbal! Complex beer but quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wvhoran (455) - Tasmania, - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle. Hazy dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is spiced with some fruitier components and roasted malt. The flavour has sweetness, roasted malts, spices, stone fruits, and a dry spiced finish. Actually quite well-rounded for a beer with a lot of adjuncts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bastarda (258) - Freiburg, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2015
shared by Konfuzzi, thank you! Sweetish arome with a lot of white sage and juniper, with some alcohol heat and a Jägermeister/self-made Blutwurzelschnaps tang to it, also some vanilla notes; herbs, oak and vanilla in taste, on a caramel-malt basis; special but somewhat disparate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (4954) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUL 31, 2015
Bottle 50cl @Freiburg Tasting session. A dark beer with low head. Nose is a balanced between chocolate and floral / spicy notes. Aroma is floral, fruity, ginger, dark malt notes, lot of herb and spices, sweets, herbal, light redberries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NORSAND (50) - - JUL 25, 2015
(Batch 1223, brewed 7/7/2014). Appearance: Medium dark coffee brown with a beige head. Nose: Freshly baked white bread, coriander, oranges, caramell. Some clove and ginger too. Taste & appearance: Semi sweet, quite rich and full bodied. Not very much carbobation but with a creamy feeling to it. Quite "Christmas spicy" taste but on the right side, staying far away from any overly sweet Christmas cake associations. Keeps fresh all the way through the taste curve and finishes with a discreet bitter note to round off any remaining sweetness. Well made and well balanced beer, taking into consideration all the extra ingredients. And different!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3687) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2015
(Batch nr : 1223. BB 7/7-18. Brygget : 7/7-14. 50 cl) J’ai bien aimé cette bière épicée, les rois trois rois mages apportent chacun des ingrédients différents, des épices. Cette bière est douce, chaleureuse, réconfortante, gouleyante. Légèrement sucrée mais jamais lourde. Une belle offrande pour le petit Jésus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2015
Don’t like the sage in beer, somehow too spicy. Dark amber coloured and clear. Has an off-white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Flavor too.

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