Brewed by Nřgne Ř (Hansa Borg)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Grimstad, Norway


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RATINGS: 545   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! Skĺl!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RuneStumo (2525) - Haugesund, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2015
27.12.2015. 0,5l Bottle. Vinmonopolet Haugesund. Dark Amber colour with tan head. Very thick with heavy oily texture. High viscosity liquid stuff. Ok. Very rich with lots of malty flavours together with a decent level of alcohol. Rich with aromas of dark malts, Chocolate and maybe some vanilla. Pretty sweet. Strong. Sharp malty flavours. Aftertaste is malty with soft bitterness with alcohol strength and malt sweetness. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (4921) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle (500 ml). Split 2-ways. Dark reddish-brown with a small tan head leaving little lacing. Aroma is nutty forward with berries, caramel, bread and spices. Taste is not much sweet and alcohol is well hidden for the abv, but the spices takes a bit too much place and the body isn’t strong enough to compensate. There’s berries, nuts and caramel, like in the aroma, alongside a mild acidity. Medium body, but it felt a bit thin. Moderate to medium carbonation. Gentle tart finish with a lingering nutty presence. It’s far from horrible, but still rather disappointing considering it’s a collaboration between three world-class breweries. It lacks of balance and body. The ingredients representing the there parts of the world where each brewer come from doesn’t work that well together either. Low drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (632) - HUNGARY - DEC 25, 2015
Mintha csak az Underlig Jul és God Jul házasítása lenne, a Nřgne Ř kollaborációs söre remekül vegyíti azt a könnyed és friss fűszerességet, mely az előbbi ital sajátja, továbbá azt a gazdag, testesebb karaktert, ami leginkább a másodikként említett főzet erejét adta. Gyömbéres illatokkal nyit, melyek akkor válnak igazán egyértelművé, miután az összetevők között megpillantjuk a zsálya nevét - ha máshonnan nem, a szopogatós cukorkák világából ugyanis ismerősen csenghet a karakter receptoraink számára. Pajkos illatai folyékony halmazállapotukban krémes, telt jegyekben elevenednek meg, a bogyós gyümölcsök hangulata, így például valamiféle feketeribizlis benyomás, de egy sokrétű belga élesztős, mazsolás és fűszeres szövevény is meghatározó jellegét adják az ünnepi italnak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nordcore (1246) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle 50 cl, shared with Erik Larsson. Aroma of spices, malt and rasin. Bitter taste with a warm spices end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AnG_BrgNor (381) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2015
Aroma of malt, caramel, raisins and spices (heavy). Taste is the same but sweet malt and chocolate. Its ok for a christmas beer but not really among my favourites.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AaronTDubs (251) - - DEC 22, 2015
Dark brown clearish. Medium carbonation. Not too intense aroma, but I get some rich malts, chocolate, and nuts in there. Kinda smokey, but I don’t think there is any smoke. Very sweet, but with a good balance from the bitter roasted malts. A nice hint of sourness as well. Rich creamy body, like drinking silk. Very complex. Nuts, caramel, roasty, touch of dates. Finishes with the bitter juniper berries. Simply, this is a great winter warmer. Perfect for a cold night indoors. I’d better get a few more bottles, there’s a lot of winter left.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (911) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 22, 2015
Dark chestnut color with light brown head. Aroma has sweet malts, pumpkin pie spices and some dark fruits. Taste starts a bit sweet and spicy with dark fruits like figs and dates, caramel and nuts. Overall it’s very balanced for a spiced ale. Body is quite heavy with low carbonation. Overall I think this is one of the better Christmas beers I tried this year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (3092) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2015
Flaska frĺn demolenbeershop drucken med ölföreningen. Jag minns stonevarianten som kryddig med väldigt mycket enbär, men lite platt för sina 9%. Det här var nĺgot helt annat. Väldigt sött, tjockt och kryddigt, framför allt med anis och lakritsrot men ocksĺ lite lagerblad och enbär. Smakar läkerol, bröstkaramell och söt kryddig snaps. Funkar faktiskt riktigt bra. Gott.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (7027) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2015
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen - black pour with tan head. Aroma and taste is medium roasted malty with some prominent seasonal spices throughout, lots of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutty, some caramel and chocolate sweetness in there as well, all in all an interesting enjoyable seasonal brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sloshgator (663) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Nřgne Ř / Jolly Pumpkin / Stone Special Holiday Ale a nice seasonal brew. Dark brown pour with tight off-white head. The sage dominates the aroma but there is a slight smokey quality. Taste is a touch too spicy and a touch too sweet but very good overall with those smokey notes coming through. Not something you want to drink all the time, but a nice reminder of the season.

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