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

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RATINGS: 475   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!


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zeke626 (432) - 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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hallstein (139) - Skogn, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of spice, sage, roasty, bready malts with a touch of dark fruits. Mouthfeel is slick and amazing with plenty of flavor. There is so much here, it’s almost hard to put your fingers on, but i get spices, nutmeg, cloves, nuts, sage, dark malts, dark fruits, and ginger. It’s amazing in every way. This is an outstanding beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (1089) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a ring of tan head. Aroma and taste of spice and sweetness and malts.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Peter_L (838) - SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2014
Flaska inköpt i Oslo. Brunröd vätska. Doft av citrus, ingefära och hostmedicin. Ganska hög sötma där ingefäran tydligt framträder i smaken också. Nästan lite munvatten-varning.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1457) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - NOV 11, 2014
Appearance: Brown, clear. Some light tan head.
Aroma: Prunes, malt.
Taste: Sweet, prunes, spices. Some dark malt.
Bought: OSL tax-free, 500 ml, NOK 65.00
Info: 7/11-2014, BB: 27/3-2018

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (11343) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2014
Sample at Nordic Brew 2014, Fredrikshavn, Denmark. Hazy deep amber/brown beer with a small offwhite head. Spicy aroma, coriander, citrus, ginger notes, some caramel. Spicy flavor, coriander, ginger, chocolate notes. A bit too spicy for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (1156) - NORWAY - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle of 2013-edition, batch 1023, shared with BHK 09.11.14. Very dark copper. Dense and persistent beige head and lacing. Aroma of toffee, dark berries and strong wine. Similar taste, with evident sage. Fine and mild aftertaste, alsmost with a hint of anise or bitter liquorice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
k92488 (283) - NORWAY - NOV 1, 2014
On tap beer temple. Svart med offwhite skum. Aroma av krydder og gjær. Smak av krydder gjær og malt. Søt. Medium co2

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4893) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle. Dark copper brown, medium head. Sweet, nutty and spicy nose, hints of prunes. Sweet, but well-balanced in the mouth. Good bitterness from the junipers and chestnuts, I suspect. Great seasonal brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (5606) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Draft at beer temple. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of big spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin coming out, cola, dark fruit, light veggies. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Mouthfeel like chewy cola. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (3644) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Poured a deep reddish brown with a dense tan head. Aroma of spicy pumpkin. Medium body, flavour is medium sweet pumpkin, lightly bitter.


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