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


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RATINGS: 499   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer4000 (4923) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2010
500 ml bottle. Dark amber body with a nice, dense beige head. Well pronounced aroma of sage, ginger, brown sugar, caramel, citric fruit and pine. Flavor is sweet malty, caramel, lots of sage, more spices, dry fruit and a well-balanced bitterness. A pleasant bitterness is also dominating the finish together with warming alcohol and more sage. A smooth and well-balanced beer with lots of interesting flavor. This was sampled together with the Stone version, witch also is very nice. This version is considerable darker, and has more dominating spice flavors, still not to much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2583) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Bottle. A lush dark brown to black color with a creamy light brown head. Nicely spiced with smooth chocolate an malts. It has an almost creamy texture with a bold yet not aggressively spiced flavor and aroma. It is extremely well balanced and a great drinking beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12100) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
(500ml bottle, courtesy of ilovedarkbeer) Pours a hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, allspice, ginger, and clove. Flavor of caramel malt, pine, ginger, clove, cinnamon, brown sugar, and allspice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 15, 2010
THOUGHTS: Had this on Christmas day and it was great. Very Christmasy. It had a very unique aroma and flavor. Hid alcohol just enough. The part that was noticeable added to its Christmasiness. It was like an even better Arctic Circle Ale. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark crimson and looked nearly brown in the glass with red highlights. It had and average to large, tan head that kept a nice sheet and left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate caramel malt; with a hint of chocolate; pepper, licorice, cola, spices, cherry cola and spruce. The initial flavor was sweet, lightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was rather sweet and lightly bitter with a fairly long duration. There was juniper, spices, toffee, nutty manlts, more spices, more fruit, pine (but not pine hops) like spruce, licorice, pepper, cola; and once the yeast was added there was a little more nutty malts and slight chocolate. The medium to full body was sort of silky and then rather dry with soft, yet tingly carbonation and a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Special holiday ale enjoyed on 2-14-2010... its a holiday, but I don’t think it was the one the beer was intended for. Regardless the beer still has the holiday feel to it. The sage and the juniper really come through on this one, very fresh smelling and very festive. The flavor comes off with the same notes, but combined with a helping of caramel malt, roasted candy sugar and nutmeg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3480) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2010
Frothy biege head on top a misty brown pour aroma earthy spice bit of pepper flavour spicy chestnut juniper berries bright flavoured ale finish smooth with bright flavours good malt and smooth bitter not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Had this side by side with the Stone one. It was a bit sweeter and I think would have benefited from a little bit more bittering hops. Spices are pretty nice though with the sage and chestnuts being a bit more pronounced that in the Stone. Decent holiday ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1459) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Pours gently with a smooth, soft layer of foam and considerable lacing. Chocolate aromas rise off the beer, with a nutty backing quality that makes this beer smell inviting and warm. Palate is absolutely excellent. The alcohol isn’t hot, the chocolate and spices come through brilliantly, and mouthfeel is full and the finish is long and nutty. It’s a really smooth spiced ale, with a lot in common with the palates of better milk stouts. Nice caramel notes towards the finish in addition to a heavy dose of cocoa and semisweet chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JackT (71) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Pours brown with a tan head. The aroma is berry, spice, mint, and dark fruit. The flavor has some roast, caramel, cinnamon, and nutmeg, all balanced well with bitterness, and the finish is slightly sour. The mouth feel is very smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2799) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2010
I am just realizing the concept behind this beer so had to check my last rating of version one from stone. This version seems to be much more dependant on the juniper berries as last year’s was much more hop dominant. Distinct yeast presence gives the flavor a wildness that is a little more pronounced than I remember as well. Fruity finish and sweetness that lasts a while. Very seasonal so don’t hold on to this one for too long. A uniquely spicey berry and pine aroma. Very prominent with that berry here which I wish just a tad toned down but this is a pretty entertaining beer nonetheless.

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