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

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RATINGS: 549   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (1134) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (3254) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2015
Flaska från demolenbeershop drucken med ölföreningen. Jag minns stonevarianten som kryddig med väldigt mycket enbär, men lite platt för sina 9%. Det här var något helt annat. Väldigt sött, tjockt och kryddigt, framför allt med anis och lakritsrot men också lite lagerblad och enbär. Smakar läkerol, bröstkaramell och söt kryddig snaps. Funkar faktiskt riktigt bra. Gott.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (7965) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sloshgator (696) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Nøgne Ø / 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
metalspice (630) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2015
Mørkt rødbrunt med fint cafe latte farget skum. Mørk karamel, skogbunn og lett kaffe i duften. Kjenner både einer og kastanjer i smaken sammen med en myk kaffesmak. Fyldig karamell i en lang avslutning. Alkoholen er tilstede på en god og varm måte.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nonshaugen (418) - Fetsund, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2015
50 cl, bottle conditioned. Batch #1453A, brewed June 15th 2015. Nice dark ruby colour, very thin tan head, nice rolling carbonation. Very pleasant, mild spicy aroma. Yes, it’s christmas time, beyond all doubts... Mouthfeel is rather thick, sweet and syrupy, low carbonation. Flavourwise, to me, it’s way too sweet. It’s very spicy, but I would prefer a bit more malt and hop flavours coming through to balance out all that sweetness. A bit disapointing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kosmokrator (846) - ITALY - NOV 27, 2015
Alla spina. Curiosa ale di concezione "invernale" che offre un cocktail dolciastro di malto, zenzero, cacao, lievito e frutta matura. Finale amarognolo ed equilibrato, corpo medio. Piacevolissima!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (1336) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Deep brown with a reddish tinge. Aroma is ginger, slight herbs, slight cardamom. Taste is spices, ginger, slight cocoa.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeaney (97) - SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2015
Dark brown in colour with a nice large latte creamy head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, all spice, roasted malt, molasses, and nuttiness. Did get the sage and this beer really smelled like a mix of Christmas cake and ginger biscuits. Taste had tons of cinnamon, clove, all spice, ginger, and nuttiness in the front, which leads on to strong notes of toffee, caramel, and molasses on the back. Big backbone notes of roasted malt, caramel, and molasses with spices after the finish. Medium body

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhammaren (1595) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2015
.5l bottle @ Hanniku’s cave. Pours black with nice thick tan head. Aroma is sage, malts, clover, rye, bread, peppermint, spices, alcohol, medicin herbs. Flavor is dark malts, coffee, herbs, sage, dark chocolate, clover and alcohol. Herbal! Complex beer but quite nice.


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