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

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RATINGS: 573   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Laegraid (37) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2007
Tasted 22. Nov -07. A difficult beer to rate. A lot of spices bout in the aroma and the flavor. I found that ginger, clove cardamoms and some hops were "in front" at the aroma. Tasted even more cloves than it smelt of, a bit dry and bitter, but the bitterness suites it.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 Bottle. Dark brown color with a pale brown head. The aroma is sweet and very christmas spicy. Notes of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, orange-peel, liquorice, toffee and alcohol. The flavour is also very spicy with notes of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, orange-peel, liquorice, toffee, coffee, almonds, smoke, ginger bread and some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and a bit dry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3005) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2007
(Bottle) Pours dark brown with some light hazy, deep red hints and a medium sand colored head. Aroma holds spices up front with tones of cardamom, clove, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, anise/liquorice and some menthol cigarette-ish mint. The malt is in the background with tones of chocolate and some dark bread but also hints of caramel and dark syrup. Very soft hoppy with some orange/orange peel and floral/grassy hints. Undertones of nut shells, cookie dough and crisp bread. The flavour is also spicy with tones of cardamom, nutmeg, ginger and clove. A caramelly and chocolaty malt backbone is a nice backup to the spice spectra. Floral, orangey and liquorice-ish undertones. Light salty, light bitter with a light to medium afterbitterness. A bit dry. Clean, round and maybe even a bit smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is hidden behind the carbonation. Medium bodied. Spiced beers are not my favorite style, but this one is quite cool with some room left for the malt and hops.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stouby (3728) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle at home. Dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma heavy spicy (cinnamon, anis, cardamom). Flavor heavy spicy. Light/medium body. It’s not a pleasure to drink this one!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2011 50 cl bottle. Batch # 239. BB 170909. Dark brown color. Big, beige head. Very spicy aroma - smells like x-mas! Flavor is also spicy, with coffee, roasted malt and bitterness. Lovely, and very special.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle. Tomado junto con hermano y compadre mojuha. Pours a deep dark brown colour with a short lasting light brownish head. Aroma...plenty of spices normally used for a pig roast at Christmas especially clove and nutmeg, also anise, liquorice, coriander, cinnamon and dark fruits. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is bustling with nutmeg, clove, anise, liquorice, anise, some cardamom, bitter hops, roasted malt, some chocolate and dark fruits....woooow. Dry very spiced long lasting finish. This beer would be superb for cooking (and of corse drinking) at Christmas time!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2007
Bottle, bought @ Kvickly, Middelfart. Pours a very dark brown with a big creamy off white head - a beautiful beer, I must say. Aroma is spicy with anise and a lot of cardemum coming through. Nice and rather creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is extremely spicy as well. Anise (liqourice), cardemum, pepper and quite a high flowery bitterness at the end. Very nice, but perhaps a bit too ’weird’.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2624) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle: Pours dark brown with a nice beige head. Fine lacings too. Lovely aroma of malt and spices. Full bodied. Oily texture. Good bitter finish. Enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2007
A bag full o’ the festive season: cloves, suppressed ginger, orange peel dried hard, and a powerful yeast base make sure that nobody forgets that t’is the season of merriment. Yet another fine product from the Norwegian masters.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Defreni (2601) - Husum, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2007
Flaske. Overvældende duft af jul på den mindre gode måde. Nelliker og kardemomme men med en svag industriel præg over sig. SMagen er endnu mere over toppen med et medicinskab smidt oveni. Absolut ikke min kop te, men får alligevel lidt ekstra point for at prøve. Jul er det jo.


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