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.

No_bongo's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
No_bongo (10) - - DEC 19, 2012
Wierd but nice, not the traditional norwegian style.. Hoppy and spicy, dark malts. Thick almost tar in a plesant way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ston3s42 (103) - - NOV 23, 2015
Dark nutty brown appearance with some head. Tastes of gløgg, cinnamon and Christmas seasonings. Medium, dry body, a bit aggressive carbonation, and a gløggy finish. A bit too dry and seasony

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sparf (186) - Östersund, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2015
"Skummande julbrygder” har nog aldrig haft en bättre representant än detta öl. En helt egen division av forsande skum. Hur som helst. Mycket intressant, kryddig arom med koriander, nejlika, och en örtig melass. Spektakulär och osedvanligt komplex även för typen. Även söt, torkad frukt, kardemumma och… julmust(!) Vackert rödbrun färg med ett, ja, frodigt skummande och därefter varaktigt skum. Smaken är däremot lite tvär i en bara halvfyllig kropp. Den lite träaktiga rostningen stämmer dåligt överens med kryddigheten. Resultatet blir en konstig mix av öl och julkryddad snaps. Eftersmaken är halvtorr och halvbesk. Lite åt malörtshållet till.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ngeaney (97) - SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2015
Dark brown colour, large coffee cream coloured head. Mostly cloves with cinnamon and ginger along with gingerbread doughy in parts. Little bit of sweetness there, some plums, prunes, raisins and chocolate malt in the flavour but quite a dry beer. Spices are not as overpowering as they were in the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tapthis (173) - Baytown, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Dark amber in color, Has a strong, in your face, spiced aroma. Has ginger, nutmeg cinnamon, and cloves for flavor. You can definitely tell that this is a Christmas Beer. Pure Deliciousness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Turtles (956) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2015
500ml bottle from Systembolaget. Deep dark amber, creamy tan head. Aroma; ginger, gluhwein, pepsi cola, herbs, cinnamon, spices. Medium body, pleasant carbonated. Taste: ginger, cinnamon, bun, herbs, cough medecine, dark syrup. Easy to drink but still tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsandBolts (224) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
500 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Appearance: Pours a dense ruby brown with over a finger of beige head. Short retention with decent lacing.

Aroma: Coriander, cloves and other spices

Flavours: Ginger, cloves, nutmeg and a boatload of other baking spices, dates and black currents.

Mouthfeel: Thick and rich with lots of carbonation.

Overall: Super intense spice aroma I could pick up from across the room soon as the bottle opened. This reminds me of Flying Monkeys Ginger Bread beer but much stronger in flavour. It is almost to the point of over powering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gurthnar (3823) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 26, 2015
Bottle from bottle park. Aroma hits you with spice up front. Badyan, cinammon, ginger maybe. Tempting. Almost clear dark brown colour. Taste surprises by rich caramel malt profile supporting the spices in just right amount. Strong spice, moderate to strong malty and even hops flavour pokes out a bit, with a decent bitterness that supports all of above. Wonderfully complex beer packed with flavour. Spicy, nutty, toffee, biscuity, grassy hops, it is all in there. Masterpiece. Easily drinkable at its relatively modest ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bunget (712) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
500ml bottle. Clear amber-copper body, medium yellow head, poor retention. Aroma of spruce and ginger, cloves, coriander, caramel malt, raisins. Taste is surprisingly bold: ginger, coriander, pine needles, cloves, plums. Mineral aftertaste. Very interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (762) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - MAR 21, 2015
the aroma of spices - clove, coriander and nutmeg, also of caramel and toffee... the taste is caramel and spicy with some shades of licorice, toffee and pine cones... dry, sweet and bitter spicy aftertaste...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frode (383) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle 50 cl.
Dark brown, off-white. Spicy, pine, cloves and coriander. Medium sweet and bitter. Complex Christmas.

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