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


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RATINGS: 485   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (517) - - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with quickly fading head and slight lacing. The aroma is huge, with holiday spices and pine at the onset. Nutmeg, cinnamon, juniper, and ginger notes. Flavor is complex, spicy sweet, and overpowering. Rum-spiked wassail with a cinnamon stick in front of the tree on Christmas Eve. Thin to medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle at home. This is excellent, sweet and malty, toffee, some aniseed, light spices, hint of juniper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ERB92 (403) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2014
Berries, spices, nuts and a hint of coffee in the aroma. Dark brown with a red tint and a beige head. Medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body with average carbonation. Overall a interesting, complex and rich ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4493) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Nice brew that comes together well to highlight juniper berries more than the other elements. Light sense of nut as well. Light sweet finish, soft carbonation. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2406) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 29, 2014
Shared by Mick, 2009 bottle of the Special Holiday Ale. A nutty brown pour, with a thin filmy beige head. A spicy nose of juniper & spices. Smooth medium bodied beer with a nice flavor of sage, juniper, spices, nuts & malts very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (1144) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 21, 2014
At BBF. Hazy brown colour with beige lacing. Fruity, spice aroma. Sweet, malty, caramel and spice taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andriesradu (514) - ROMANIA - APR 15, 2014
From tap @ BBF 2014. Pours dark amber with a moderate beige head. Aroma is sweet, candy, some aromatic hearbs. Flavor is sweet, again some aromatic hearbs, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1578) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 14, 2014
On tap at Barcelona Beer Festival 2014. I think it’s this version. Dark red color. Thin head. Sticky body. Medium to high sweetness. Medium bitterness. Low sourness. Aroma is fruity, caramel, herby, woody.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MichaelAwesome (4600) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 2, 2014
Wunderbares Piwo mit diversen Kräuternuancen, dazu etwas Honig und Beeren. Sehr süffig, sehr trinkbar, dazu wundervoll aromatisch. Fein.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McTapps (4601) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle from trade with Meilby - many thanks! The beer pours out in a deep black colour with low head and medium body. Aroma of malt, barley and spices. Taste of cardamom, white pepper, cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves, barley, malt and woods. Very spicy finish. The Special Holiday Ale has got a very special and extraordinary taste and palate. Very interesting beer.

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