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

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RATINGS: 480   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (1221) - NORWAY - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle of 2013-edition, batch 1023, shared with BHK 09.11.14. Very dark copper. Dense and persistent beige head and lacing. Aroma of toffee, dark berries and strong wine. Similar taste, with evident sage. Fine and mild aftertaste, alsmost with a hint of anise or bitter liquorice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
k92488 (295) - NORWAY - NOV 1, 2014
On tap beer temple. Svart med offwhite skum. Aroma av krydder og gjær. Smak av krydder gjær og malt. Søt. Medium co2

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4901) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle. Dark copper brown, medium head. Sweet, nutty and spicy nose, hints of prunes. Sweet, but well-balanced in the mouth. Good bitterness from the junipers and chestnuts, I suspect. Great seasonal brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (5694) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Draft at beer temple. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of big spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin coming out, cola, dark fruit, light veggies. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Mouthfeel like chewy cola. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (3754) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Poured a deep reddish brown with a dense tan head. Aroma of spicy pumpkin. Medium body, flavour is medium sweet pumpkin, lightly bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4968) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle - Spicy malts, toffee and some cocoa. Deep maroon with a rich beige head. Malty, spice and some dark fruit. Sweet and spicy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (11729) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear amber brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, heavy caramel, berries and lots of christmas spices. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish. Sticky. 240914

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (6305) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle @ Christers. Pours dark amber with a small offwhite head. Aroma of malt, heavy x-mas spice, little caramel, light fruitnote. Flavor is malt, caramel, bitterness, light juniper, heavy spice. Medium body, soft carbonation, dry light bitter finish. 240914

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11372) - DENMARK - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark amber/brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toffee, spices, berries, chocolate and juniper. Flavour is malt, caramel, spices, berries, herbs, medium sweet, chocolate, hop, little toffee and a medium bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (3230) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle at home from drinkstore
pours hazy dark brown with lazy fobbing from bottle forming a fluffy mid tan head. Rich caramel and nutty aroma with a herbal undertone. Fairly dry, the rich chestnut flavour I associate with beers of this type (though probably only pick up on it because i know its there). Dry herbal notes in finish but sage not identifiable particularly. Not much coming in from the Juniper either. But very smooth, full bodied but not hot, well made beer.


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