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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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (2966) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2014
A very nice pumpkin beer. The pumpkin is there, but understated. Lots of spices give this beer distinction, especially nutmeg.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
angel77 (953) - oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 19, 2014
Botella de 50 cl en el lupulo. 10-01-14 en el momento. Una auténtica mezcolanza de bayas y especias. Color caoba con toques rojizos y espuma beige muy poco persistente. Cuerpo medio bastante pastoso y con fino paso por boca. Aromas bastante hervaceos y especiados. Sabores dulces a bayas verdes y frescas con muy ligero Amargor final. Bastante buena aunque se hace un poco empalagosa sobre todo a medida que va calentando.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (3073) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2014
On 50 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Stovner. Black color, some foam. Aromas of malt, christmas spices & dreid fruits. Medium/full body & high complexity.SOme sweetness, good bitterness- balances well. Very enjoyable

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (7430) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit geringer bräunlicher Schaumkrone die aber schnell verschindet. Geruch röstmalzig süß, Gewürze. Geschmack röstmalzig, überreife Früchte, orientalisch würzig. Malzig klebrg.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fellebag (804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle 50cl. Small brown layer. Dark red brown color. A bit hazy. Aroma is orange, raisins, roasted chocolate malt and caraway. Taste is raisins, dark bread, sugar and chestnuts. A lot this one, but not too much.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VictorSA (169) - NORWAY - JAN 2, 2014
Mørk med lettfarvet skum. Spennende krydret aroma, som passer etiketten. Varmt østlig preg. Fyldig, myk, lett bitter. God sødme. Fin lengde. God maltbase. (Hos Lene, 31.12.13)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonNYC (23) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Fine carbonation, almost creamy mouthfeel (though not that extreme). Holiday spices in moderation and overall smooth and balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbaaron (1246) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Pours a muddy medium to dark brown. Minimal head. Aroma is sweet, quite malty, light spiced, what I believe is juniper, light roast, some chocolate, perhaps a bit of raisin, some other dark sugaryness - very interesting and unique. Flavor is similar, spiced, flowery, juniper still stands out to me, sugary caramel. Medium body. Creamy, little slick, sticky. Aroma is standout for me. Flavor still good just not quite balanced maybe. Don’t really like the herbal bitterness. Overall I enjoyed it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarinEvelyn (552) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2013
very light and sweet, which is a little surprising considering the dark color. caramel, spices, juniper, roast. unique aroma. Taste follows. very interesting. sweet, floral, dark fruit. This beer is like my mind, there’s a lot going on. (but in a good way)

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (2467) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2013
Lykkestund 3.juledag-13 når jeg åpnet denne (batch 440, bryget 270709 og bb. 270714: slow gusher, men etterpå var alt pure bliss! Som en vellagret portvin av beste merke, men lettere og allikevel med større munnfylde. Så avrundet og fløyelsmyk som en hermelinskåpe.


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