RateBeer
overall
98
99
style
Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Grimstad, Norway

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 484   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Share this beer with friends!
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!


Dashimus' rating

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dashimus (225) - London, Greater London, - DEC 11, 2013
Draft at BrewDog Shepherds Bush. Pours dark brown with a red tinge with a moderately lived beige head. Aroma is chesnut, caramel, spice, mild chocolate and coffee and raisins. Flavour is a bit methanol. Not that bitter. No carbonation.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simonsen (726) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (2905) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asimeow (115) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tandembrauer (278) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CraftBeerNick (998) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2014
Keg at Beer Temple, 19th December 14. This is sweet and medicinal, not my sort of beer at all, creamy sweet flavour, weird spiciness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9800) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 10, 2014
draught@Au Trappiste - dark brown beer with a solid long lasting creamy beige foam; light toasted and spicy caramelish aroma with notes of brushwood; sweet and full-bodied; light earthy, some residual sweetness and a long spicy and fruity finish with lingering notes of juniper

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
djoeye (1855) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2014
Copper brown near clear body, fawn 2-3 finger head, not much lacing. Aroma; big bunch of spices and foremost ginger, dough notes, floral hops, wooden malts. Taste; dark brown malts, ginger, citric notes, soft floral hops, malted spiced (juniper maybe) candies. Finishes mostly sweet and spiced, but some herbal hoppy tastes too. Feels soft and nice in the mouth. Overall tasty. SpiceHerb [50cl brown btl, abv8.5%, IBU50, 22°, BB27/3-18, B@Vinmonopolet Tromsdalen, 10€, T@höme]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frode (308) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle 50 cl.</br> Hazy dark amber, off-white head. Malty spiced aroma. A Christmassy cocktail of ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. Medium sweet, dry bitter finish and long aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BAE (19) - NORWAY - NOV 29, 2014
Smakt hjemme i ølglass. Lukter lakris, smaker mye lakris. Litt for mye. Veldig god i munnen. Passer til riskrem og karamellpudding.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
smmaaren (240) - NORWAY - NOV 28, 2014
50 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours hazy dark brown with a beige head. A lot of different aromas and tastes in this one. Bread, citrus, sweetness, spices, alcohol, cardamom/ginger, and so on. Really good and interresting beer.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 49


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50