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


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RATINGS: 628   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertjm (817) - Albany, California, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Serious spice-filled aroma!! Absolutely huge! Pours a light tan very huge head with lots of large bubbles, but a head that seems to stay.Lots of spices in the flavor as well. Actually reminds me of a XMAS homebrew I made about 13 years ago. Fair amount of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. Palatte is full of spices too. Normal weight body. Definately a unique one. Would go great with a curry, or other spicy foods.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EHSRanders (1916) - Tjele, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle. Black colour with large creamu light brown fully lasting head. Hoppy and very spicy aroma. Spicy bitter flavor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2008
500. Oy. This ginger thing, man, you really need to be ready for it. It is strange. Pours a nearly-opaque dark brown with light caramel highlights at the corners. Towering, sudsy tan head. Good lacing. Huge ginger nose starts smacking you around as soon as the cap comes off--very aggressive, very unconventional and unexpected. None of this is bad, but, man, it is also not very appetizing, unfortunately. Creamy medium body, with a sharp, ginger-root-y, dryingly spiced and somewhat scetic mid-palate. Long arid mid-palate. I stopped drinking this as soon as I was done describing it, and the burps are not any more fun than the beer. So why is the score fairly high for something I enjoyed so little? Because the ginger is what bugs, not the beer. The beer is fine. Yeah, the ginger is part of the beer, but a ginger fan might enjoy this. The ginger flavor is wickedly intense, but it is well modulated within the overall aesthetic of the beer. Something else, now, please.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3210) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Dark brown color with burgundy highlights. Aroma of spice, flowers, and nutmeg. Flavor of spice with caramel, chocolate malts and some nutmef. Peculiar indeed!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - DEC 16, 2008
This beer smells and tastes like a bottle of cologne. Pine, allspice, and Brut. I dont know who thought this was going to be a good idea over at Nogne, but I think they deserve a mulligan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajm (1067) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle shared by nbutler11. The only beer I have ever rated with perfect appearance and flavor that comes in under a 4. Peculiar is a good name for this. Oldspice and allspice and potpourri and coffee. Yeah. Doesnt sound good to me either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2008
16.9 oz bottle. Clear burgundy brown with a thin beige coating. Nose is cardamon, coriander, ginger, moss and some cinnamon. Spice bomb. Medium light with spritzy carb. Taste is a hodgepodge of spices, citrus peel, soap and spruce. I am impressed with the bold spicing. Hard to pull off without getting overly bitter or relying on heavy sweet malts. This one works well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Dark molasses color. Taller taupe head. First statement out of the mouth from the first sniff, holy cow!. Big spice, with ginger, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, mace, and hints of anise and menthol. I do catch a hint of chocolate and lightly roasted malts far in the background. A fun and slightly nasal clearing scent. Full fairly average feel. Flavors are not nearly as eventful as the aromas. A somewhat dry start. Some roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors. Light ginger and anise in the background. Clove nip in the finish and a dry spice linger. A porter with a ginger snap side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Deep reddish brown color pour with a big creamy head that laced nicely. Aroma of caramel and chocolate, big pie spices, citrus peel and a touch of hops. Flavor is slightly sweet and very spicy. Clove, cinnamon and nutmeg really come through. Smooth and slightly thick on the palate. This tastes like Christmas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 Bottle labeled Peculiar Yule. The aroma is complex with toasted malt, spice, pine hops, soap, and brown sugar. The appearance is brown with a big head. The flavor is like the aroma but not very impressive. The palate is smooth. Overall its a little disappointing.

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