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


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RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlutisLt (56) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - MAR 8, 2015
gan švelniai subalansuotas tamsus stiprus alus su viskiais prieskoniais. kalėdinis tsakanc,,,,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7031) - Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
500 ml bottle from notes. Pours a clear bright mahogany color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is heavy with juniper and spices. There is an overall sweetness from the malts and a slight nuttiness. The flavor has juniper notes, spices and moderately sweet malts. A dry earthy bitterness comes through toward the finish. Medium to medium plus body. The flavors all work pretty well together for an interesting brew. Probably a notch better than the Stone version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (3615) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 10, 2015
50cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, Sandaker. Pours hazy caramel brown with a rather modest off-white head. Spicy aroma with dark malt, lots of caramel, herbs and juniper. Very sweet, very flavourful and very tasty. Certainly a nice winter warmer if you like sweet and herbal beers. Quite delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cimbasso (328) - - FEB 7, 2015
Sampled from a bottle - thanks Jan!. Batch number 1150. Dark wood colour, with sparse head. Rich, spicy aromas and very rich, complex taste. Wonderful festive taste of juniper, liquorice, caramel, orange and sage all in perfect harmony. A remarkably successful brew, this beer is one to be treasured. A wonderful Christmas beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nudiebear (238) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2015
2014(?) bottle at home. Poured a clear dark brown with no head. Fair amount of bubbles. The nose had malted candy, glühwein with minor notes of mint and cinnamon. Still tastes good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Florya (864) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: Hazy brown, off- white head. Aroma: Caramel, spice, nuts, herbs Palate: medium to full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (5414) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2015
50cl Bottle from Sterk Avondverkoop. Brown colour, beige head. Aroma reminds me of gale, must be the caraway then, caramel, some juniper in the distance, very herbal and medicinal. Flavour is very spicy, caraway, gale, juniper, caramel, quite sticky, sweet, tiny bit of liquorice, firm herbal bitter finish. Medium-bodied, slick. Cough syrup. Good, but 50cl became cloying halfway through.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pastyle (18) - FRANCE - JAN 4, 2015
Very intense spicy aroma. Pours a dark warm brown colour without head. Almost no carbonation. Very spicy woody flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bbertels (222) - NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle. What a beer! Tastes of walnut and sage as the label says, yes, but also of mint, cumin and cinnamon. A crazy but interesting brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arsol (780) - NORWAY - JAN 1, 2015
Mørk brun farge med beige fint skum. Lukten preges veldig av ingefær, men også karamell, malt. Fyldig. Med den krydrete lukten, så kjenner man den hele veien. Ikke helt som forventet men likevel en god "juleøl".

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