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Brewed by Nøgne Ø
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Grimstad, Norway

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RATINGS: 457   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Dark red color on the pour. Beautiful looking at it through the glass. Decent head retention. Slight cloves, corriander, juniper berry, nutmeg, toffee and chocolate on the palate. Medium bodied beer. This is very nice. I smell lots of nutmeg, spices, orange peel, cloves. Great beer overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark brown with huge tan head that settles. Aroma of licorice and various spices - ginger nutmeg and others, also noticeable pumpkin. Taste is different than you would expect - in a good way. Lots of malt depth but also good amount of hops that I did not detect in the smell, also some light coffee notes.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zdk (1807) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Bottle: This one seemed salty to me. Arouma of sushi, soy sauce and salt, some nuts, spice and fruits. Taste is dark fruits and pruney, dark toffee malts, salt and pepper. Overall good, but wasn’t overawed.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernovice39 (3102) - Montana, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Looks like muddy water with pond scum. A complex taste but not one that turns me on.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
.5 liter bottle. Pours a deep woody brown some lsight haze and a good fluffy head. Seemed to be slightly different in character than the one brewed at Stone. Aroma is big in the juniper beery- slight sage, and seemingly very light chsetnuts- good earth, and some slight roasty nutty chocolate malts. Flavor is earthy, toast, juniper berry, mint, sage, toasted wood, grainy with some nutty chocolate- smooth and moderately sweet- somewhat clean finish with a lot going on in the back of the mouth. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2071) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 3, 2010
500 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours an opaque dark brown color with a medium beige head that slowly fades to a fine ring. The aroma is spicy with nutmeg, allspice, cedar and cranberries. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a mix of berries and nuts set in nutmeg and allspice backdrop. The palate is full and silky smooth with lively carbonation. The finish is long with lingering spices and a it of sourness. Overall: A very tasty ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours black with a thin white head. Loads of spices and touches of malt. Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel but overflowing with spices, heavy on the cinnamon and juniper. Finishes with a slow spiced bitter and more spice and a light chocolaty bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
So this one was brewed at Nogne so its a new rating? Well oddly enough it seams to be. Pours a murky burne body with a white head. A pure onslaught of spices. Pine, pine combs, ginger, menthol, juniper, caramine. Spicy bitter and well spices, what else can i say. My mouth was refreshed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2010
0.5L bottle. Pours a brown-amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is fairly sweet caramels with a nice spicing and noticable berry, currant smell. Nutty, some yeast, and a bit metallic with a light, almost minty hop. A little bit of maple and chocolate accompanies the caramels too. Flavor is quite nice. Again, there is a good amount of rich, sweeter malts that give off more of a chocolate flavor than the aroma. The nuts are lightly toasted and there is still a touch of maple. All this balances nicely with a good amount of holiday spices and a light berry fruit. Finishes with a lightly smoked chocolate and a woody bitterness. Lingers for a moderate duration after a medium to full, slightly chewy body. Overall, another solid beer from the trio. This one seems a bit sweeter than last year’s version, but still maintains a balanced spiciness and toasted nuttiness. No complaints here.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is sweet and malty along with sage, berries and a hint of pumpkin - some chocolate?. Flavor is pretty sweet, with some caramel maltiness, spice, juniper berries and pumpkin - again a tinge of chocolate on the back of the tongue. Good holiday brew.


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