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


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RATINGS: 635   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2008
In bottle from Beertopia. Dark beer with tan head. Amazing lacing up and down the glass. Aroma is huge - chocolate, ginger, caramon, cloves, perhaps molasses... floral hops... incredible nose. Flavor is strange. like some carrots and beets were stewed in the mash. along with chocolate and fruit. Aftertaste is delicious - sweet, with good malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7318) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted nuts, caramel), with notes of nutmeg, clove, spruce, and eucalyptus. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The spice blend is somewhat medicinal in character, but still mostly attractive. Pleasant but ultimately underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5496) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Offwhite head recedes to hug rim. Cinnamon and ginger aromas. Quite spicy from front to back -- you can taste everything described on the label: cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, cloves...dry lasting spice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 I tried this again, with about the same result. This like eating burnt gingerbread mixed with lots of clove. It starts out looking ok with a deep brown body and some garnet at the edges. There is a heavy duty light tan head. It smells of strong ginger spice and fresh peas. The taste has that burned character with an English walnut finish. Barely drinkable. This is way over spiced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
22oz bottle. Dark mahogony pour with a light tan head. Very spicy, ginger, cinnamon allspice a little clove maybe. Very spicy flavor too, whoo. A little bitter as well. Overall not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
odgaard (382) - Skyum, Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2008
Botle. Large offwhite head. very dark red/brown. Aroma: plum, spices - probably cinamon, a littele alc. Taste: More bitterness and less sweetnes than I had expected. Cinamon and also cardamom is very present. I like it, but indeed its a little strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Clear brown with a tan head. Lots of minty menthol, pungent pine sol style aromas. Medium body. Flavor is more mainstream with light roasty malts mixed with sage and evergreen brush berries. Must be gettin close to Christmas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertjm (850) - 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 (2006) - 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 (7579) - 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.

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