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

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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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The name of this beer is "Peculiar Christmas" in English. This spiced Christmas ale is strange - and indeed a fusion beer. We have gathered inspiration from the Norwegian drink “gløgg”, and as such this is quite an uncompromising brew. Best served with “goro” and “fattigmann”. Recommended serving temperature 10°C/50°F, but you are free to try on higher temperatures...

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, caramel, and chocolate malt; Columbus and Cascade hops; 5 different spices, English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

15°P, 30 IBU, 6.5 ABV.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hallstein (233) - Skogn, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2014
Aroma is really nice. Loads of spices! Really reminds me of gløgg, as they say themselves. Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Maybe a little spicyness from the hops or the spices themselves. It’s hard to tell. Flavor is medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation, but not too much so. Flavor leaves more to be desired as the spices are not as prominent here. The ginger is what stands out between flavors of dark fruits, brown malts, chocolate and coffee. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StilleStorm (1001) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2014
DWG; Bottle 0,5L. Bottled 08.08.13. Pours hazy brown with a large, frothy to creamy, lasting and lacing off-white to tan head. Nose is intense ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves, roasted malt and caramel, light sweet citrus and dark dried fruit Taste is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a lasting, spiced warming finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. If cold "gløgg" is your thing, you will enjoy this.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wihlan (390) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2014
Flaska från systemet - Verkligen julig arom. Mörk men ändå något genomskinlig. Beigt skum som stannar. Väldigt julig smak, påminner lite om glögg och pepparkakor. Tyvärr något tunn i kroppen i min mening.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (835) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle from the Dundurn LCBO. Pours extremely active, which I always find a pain in the ass and generally a waste of beer, but it wasn’t too bad. Quite heady, but it dies down a bit, lots of clingy lace, body is dark brown with an orange hue. Nose is Christmas spice, and perhaps some Belgian yeast with caramel too. Tastes spicey, maybe a touch bitter, good malt backbone with some roasty notes. Nice holiday brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HandfulOfStars (3) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2014 does not count
Very rich and spicy on the nose. Ginger seems to be the most prominent on the palate, and the finish gives way to a beautiful, light chocolate malt and buttery toffee flavour. Glorious stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7559) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle, shared with friends at game night. Dark brown, light beige head. Very spicy nose, figs and caramel too. Dark sugars, figs, strong spices with cinnamon and clove standing out, hint of mint (more sarsaparilla than mint). Really delicious--a standout Christmas seasonal.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mtu71 (209) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2014
Tap. Brownish mediun head lasts long. Dark deep brown. Aroma has ginger and seasonal spicies. Ginger is dominant flavour accompanied by caramel and spicies: thyme, rosemary and sage. Like weird twisted cola. Crispy carbons and dryish palate. Strange but interesting.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
klas (337) - SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget (46 SEK). Aroma and taste of gingerbread cookies. Too much spices. Rather peculiar indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sudomorph (818) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a deep caramel with a half finger, off whore head that thins to a bubbly ring. Aroma has warm notes of caramel, ginger, clove, and other spices. Taste is balanced. Starts off with mild cinnamon and spices then quickly moves to roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate, then ends with spices, especially ginger and clove. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall interesting. Spices and roasted flavours with a dry finish. Don’t think I could have more than a glass.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (9682) - Hasborn, GERMANY - NOV 27, 2014
Dunkel rötlichbraunes Bie rmit ordentlicher beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr würzig, stark malzig, reife Früchte, winterliche Gewürze, Zimt. Geschmack zunächst sehr würzig, Zimt, winterlich, fruchtig, dann röstmalzig, schokoladig, viele Gewürze im Abgang.


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