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

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RATINGS: 597   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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 30, 2008
From Superbrugsen, Aarhus, DK. Bottled. X-mas spices and others. Dryness from roasted malts.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is christmas spices in abundance! Ginger, clove and gingerbread cake. Flavour is pretty much the same - ginger, clove, gingerbread cake and some bitter chocolate in the background. The finish has some roasted notes of dry ash with a nice bitterness. It’s christmas in April! I can almost hear the christmas carols (but where’s the effing snow?). This beer is filled to the brim with christmas - it’s more fun than tasty...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jspruit (122) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 7, 2008
Bought this 0.5L bottle in Denmark and drank it back in Ireland. The color is a darkish brown/black with some ruby notes with a 1/2 finger head that is an off-white with some tan hints. The smell is a real mixture of spices-mostly Christmas type like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom-with some maltiness and a little floral and yeasty. The smell itself is very pleasant. The taste is very nice with all of the spices mentioned above that are evident in the initial aroma. But there is alot more to this beer than spces as it there is some dryness and malty notes that are evident too. There is some slight nuttiness and some raisin hints too. At the end of each sip are some really nice notes that are more evident in porters and the maltiness becomes stronger-I really liked that too. The overall balance of all of these flavors is really quite impressive actually and I enjoyed the whole thing really as it feels great going down without too much carbonation. There is a fair amount of sweetness so I can’t drink too much of this one in one sitting, but I’d like to because it is quite enjoyable. I’ll definitely look for this one next year and recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting Christmas beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBeachtwig (54) - Sandared, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2008
Bottle 50cl. Beige head, medium long lasting. Nice dark almost black colour. Aroma is complex sweet licorice. Taste is also complex with a lot of christmas spices including cinnamon. Aftertaste is quite long. A really different beer, I quite like it.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Pours dark brown with almost no tan head. Nose is super spiced. Almost like a cinnamon, clove, and minor tar thing. The flavor is much smoother than the nose was leading me to believe. Spices are there yes, but in no way overpowering. Smooth feel on liquid and carbonation. Easy to drink as it is rather smooth. But the spices do make it more of a sipper than a drinker.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2008
Brown with tiny short lasting head. Spicy aroma with light roasted malt. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, oarange peel, spices and caramel. Weird allright...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle. Black pour with thin tan head. Aroma is spicy and peaty with a little roasted malt. Flavor is the same, but with some citrus hops toward the end and sweet chocolate in the finish. Interesting and well done, but not flavor that I like.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8911) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
Spuyten & Duvell. Dark brown with nice head, lace. Yeasty, spicey, quite drinkable. Describe as a Norway biere de Garde. Pleasant citrus from C-hops, and a well blended melange of spices, chocolate malt. I like this brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rane (919) - Nibe, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown with brown long lasting head. Aroma very spicy with notes of cinnamon and cardamom. Taste gets too spicy very dominated by cinnamon. Due to the spice the beer ends up beeing very dry. Could use some more sweetness

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2007
GIMME IT ! the most christmas-y beer ever!! wow-o zow-o hints of cinnamon spice and EVERYTHING nice having to do with Christmas! more, please!


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