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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Grimstad, Norway

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RATINGS: 461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (1009) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 21, 2014
At BBF. Hazy brown colour with beige lacing. Fruity, spice aroma. Sweet, malty, caramel and spice taste. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andriesradu (501) - ROMANIA - APR 15, 2014
From tap @ BBF 2014. Pours dark amber with a moderate beige head. Aroma is sweet, candy, some aromatic hearbs. Flavor is sweet, again some aromatic hearbs, caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1430) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 14, 2014
On tap at Barcelona Beer Festival 2014. I think it’s this version. Dark red color. Thin head. Sticky body. Medium to high sweetness. Medium bitterness. Low sourness. Aroma is fruity, caramel, herby, woody.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MichaelAwesome (4100) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 2, 2014
Wunderbares Piwo mit diversen Kräuternuancen, dazu etwas Honig und Beeren. Sehr süffig, sehr trinkbar, dazu wundervoll aromatisch. Fein.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McTapps (4100) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle from trade with Meilby - many thanks! The beer pours out in a deep black colour with low head and medium body. Aroma of malt, barley and spices. Taste of cardamom, white pepper, cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves, barley, malt and woods. Very spicy finish. The Special Holiday Ale has got a very special and extraordinary taste and palate. Very interesting beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danev76 (508) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2014
Big strong malt and hop aroma. Ruddy brown colour with great bubbly head. Nice choc and caramel flavours. Med to heavy creamy body with med carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickok (3548) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - FEB 19, 2014
Creamy head over a black body. Heavy spice, but luckily also rich malts. Quite clean yeast buy full malts. Warming alcohol, cereal malts, foresty hops. It’s just rich enough to withstand all those aniseed, clove and peppery spices. Fairly bitter and woody sweetness but a bit too spiced still in the end. American interpretation of a Belgian brown ale. But within that category it’s not so bad. (50cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (636) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle shared with friends. Color: dark brown beer with small carbonation and small brown head. Smell: herbal and malty nose with spices expression. Taste: malt presence with explosion of spices taste as clove and cinnamon and some licorice taste. Aftertaste: malty presence with good hops balance.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4096) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Rated on 01-09-2010 at Fort Wayne, IN Winter Gathering. This beer forms a small tan head with a long retention, opaque brown body, and spotty amounts of lacing. The Aroma is malty, berries and spicy. The Taste is sweet, quite malty, berries, and spicy. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium-full bodied. Overall, this beer has a unique flavor and is worth trying.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (1445) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pour is dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of toffee, nuts, molasses, and peat. Flavor is much like the aroma with some spice and dark fruit added. This is all over the place with spice, fruit, and sweet malts. I’m not sure if it works.


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