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


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RATINGS: 494   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zeke626 (435) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle shared by akevitt. Pours a cloudy dark brown body with light brown head. Strong juniper aroma with holiday spices, mainly nutmeg and cinnamon along with some sage caramel malts, and nuts. Flavor is similar, rather malty and sweet with a light rye spiciness. Thicker mouthfeel than expected, although soft on the palate. Slight juniper/pine flavor on the finish. Definitely interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nudiebear (151) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2015
2014(?) bottle at home. Poured a clear dark brown with no head. Fair amount of bubbles. The nose had malted candy, glühwein with minor notes of mint and cinnamon. Still tastes good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Florya (435) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: Hazy brown, off- white head. Aroma: Caramel, spice, nuts, herbs Palate: medium to full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (5003) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2015
50cl Bottle from Sterk Avondverkoop. Brown colour, beige head. Aroma reminds me of gale, must be the caraway then, caramel, some juniper in the distance, very herbal and medicinal. Flavour is very spicy, caraway, gale, juniper, caramel, quite sticky, sweet, tiny bit of liquorice, firm herbal bitter finish. Medium-bodied, slick. Cough syrup. Good, but 50cl became cloying halfway through.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pastyle (17) - FRANCE - JAN 4, 2015
Very intense spicy aroma. Pours a dark warm brown colour without head. Almost no carbonation. Very spicy woody flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bbertels (136) - NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle. What a beer! Tastes of walnut and sage as the label says, yes, but also of mint, cumin and cinnamon. A crazy but interesting brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arsol (671) - NORWAY - JAN 1, 2015
Mørk brun farge med beige fint skum. Lukten preges veldig av ingefær, men også karamell, malt. Fyldig. Med den krydrete lukten, så kjenner man den hele veien. Ikke helt som forventet men likevel en god "juleøl".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (74) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 31, 2014
500ml bottle as a gift. Spicy nose, cinnamon, orange. Malty, sweet body with a well balanced amount of christmas spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5565) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2014
500ml Bottle - Dark brown in colour. Raisins, carraway, malt, caramel and juniper in the aroma. Fruity, spicy and sweet taste with raisins, caramel, rye, carraway and juniper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4244) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear, dark mahogany colour, ruby red glimmer, with small to average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, tan head. Spicy, dark malty aroma, a touch of malt lozenge and treacle, sage, laurel, juniper berries, mustard seed, caraway, already a good deal of sweetness advertised. Taste is sweet dark malty, notes of treacle, molasses, rather unspecific spiciness; very oily, viscous texture, soft and slightly sticky palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fkoolen (386) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2014
Draught @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Dark brown colour, off-white foamy head. Herbal (!) nose and taste along with liquorice, cough syrup. OK finish. Watery body, medium carbonation. Not my taste, but well executed spiced ale.

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