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

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RATINGS: 624   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.


2.1
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajm (1066) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3520) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5044) - 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.

3.7
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4312) - 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.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Palidor19 (3064) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2008
this is the first beer that is truly soapy all around in taste, the taste is probably a result from spices but the flavors just make it taste to soapy, I cant get into this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7445) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2008
This dark brown ale poured with a massive tan head that lasted a long time. There is a nutmeg aroma. I had to drink through the head to get to the bitter chocolate and spice, but it was well worth it. This is a very tasty brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4870) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Pours a deep brown/red with tan head. Strong aroma of chocolate and ginger. Flavors of chocolate, clove, ginger, cinnamin, orange peel, and eggnog. I thought this was a good christmas ale, worth trying. Quite flavorful, and holiday spiced.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle... sampled at room temperature and then hot... Cloudy copper ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki-colored head. Big spicy nose with the same bouquet as holiday cider. Medium to full-bodied and dry with tingly carbonation. Lots of deeply roasted bitterness, but that is all there is to it - bitter and bland. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish. Heating it up does not bring forth any residual sugar. The aroma becomes more caramelized, but the flavor is even blander than it was at room temperature. This stuff literally sucks the flavor of my own saliva out of my mouth. I could not be more disappointed.


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