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


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RATINGS: 510   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bbertels (229) - 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 (782) - 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".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (343) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 31, 2014
500ml bottle as a gift. Spicy nose, cinnamon, orange. Malty, sweet body with a well balanced amount of christmas spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5979) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2014
500ml Bottle - Dark brown in colour. Raisins, carraway, malt, caramel and juniper in the aroma. Fruity, spicy and sweet taste with raisins, caramel, rye, carraway and juniper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (5013) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear, dark mahogany colour, ruby red glimmer, with small to average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, tan head. Spicy, dark malty aroma, a touch of malt lozenge and treacle, sage, laurel, juniper berries, mustard seed, caraway, already a good deal of sweetness advertised. Taste is sweet dark malty, notes of treacle, molasses, rather unspecific spiciness; very oily, viscous texture, soft and slightly sticky palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fkoolen (599) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2014
Draught @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Dark brown colour, off-white foamy head. Herbal (!) nose and taste along with liquorice, cough syrup. OK finish. Watery body, medium carbonation. Not my taste, but well executed spiced ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simonsen (866) - NORWAY - DEC 25, 2014
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Litt disig Karamellfarget. Medium skumtopp. Moderat karbonert. Smaker karamell, krydder, honning, furunål og mørk frukt. Dette ølet er svæææært fornøyelig

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (3105) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle - Pours cola color with a thin tan ring of head. Nose is ginger, with light dry bread and a little nuttiness. Taste is the same--honey, ginger, dry bread, and not much else. Mellow body with smooth carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asimeow (224) - Sandsli, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2014
0,5l bottle,2014. Dark brown,caramel head. Of all my ratings so far,the most distinct beer. Heavy scent of spice. Sage, chestnut, like a spicy schnapps. Good balance between sweet and sour, albeit a bit on the sour side. Lacks bitterness. Overpowering spicy perfume. Very interesting,but not the most friendly taste. I admire this one’s courage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tandembrauer (605) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2014 Bottle at home. Pours copper to dark ruby with small off-white head. Aroma of honey, spices (sage, clove), herbs, liquorice. Sweet taste with some harshness; spices, dried dark fruits and herbs, with sage dominating. Smooth mouthfeel. Bittersweet, herbal aftertaste.

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