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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
closey22 (1663) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Dark opaque with thin lasting beige head; aroma is most peculiar:)- mostly of a citrus blend and blend of pine- orange, lemon, lime and fresh cut pine tree; flava is mildly sweet, notes of plum/raisin with a woody/sprucy underlay and then roasty dry grainy malty; feels medium to thick with nice foamy fizziness; finshes both equally sweet and dry leaving hints of fruit and spice and molasses.

   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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TyggaBrown (430) - NORWAY - SEP 5, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 2011: Probably my all-time favourite beer - and at the same time the one beer I’ve tasted that I can’t compare with any other beer. A perfect match to a Norwegian christmas dinner. 2012: Now we’re talking the real dela. This is perfection! More of the ginger and cinnamon, and less of the cloves. Close to shampoo aroma, and the mouth feeling is sharper than 2011.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prahna (1) - SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012 does not count
Quite odd taste but well tasting. An aftertaste of poplar which i believe is makes the beer interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2009
20091217 50cl bottle from State Line. Gorgeous deep mahogany colored, hazed, with frothy tan head that lasts and sheets on the glass. Fantastically seasonal aroma is lush with panetone, cedar, currant, juniper, sage, and wintergreen. Body is medium light with even, soft eff and not a lick of sweetness. In fact, it’s bone dry but with only the slightest astringency. Incredibly refreshing and not at all tiresome despite the intense spice and herb combination. And that. Once I got past my initial impression that it reminded me of old school Noxzema shaving cream, the beer begins to actually taste like my favorite aromas of Christmas. Beautiful combination of spruce, gin, curacao, ginger, nutmeg, leather. There’s a cooling, lingering mintiness. It’s the second time in the last week that I’ve had a beer with this quality and last time the brewer told me it was due to rosemary. I wonder if this beer has rosemary as well, or if it is actually juniper or spruce boughs, or something I’m not even conisdering. Whatever they’ve got going on in here, I adore it. As spice/herb beers go, this one is easily one of my most favorite of all time. As beers go, I can definitely say the same. Will surely buy a bunch more of these, despite the crazy price.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3125) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2013
This is one of the best holiday beers I’ve had. Poured slightly colder than their recommended 50 degrees F with a smallish tan, foamy, thick head that settled after a bit and good lace. Color is a very slightly hazy mahogany. Aroma is spicy - clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, others?, malt, toffee. Flavor’s much like nose, tang is up front, followed by a mild bitter which was perfectly complimented by a softness of body. Fairly dry, and spices are not overdone. Body is perfect, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, no off notes at all, and of average length. This is one of the most drinkable of spice beers. Glad it’s in La Crosse!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gurthnar (4986) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikkellund42 (764) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours opaque dark coffee brown with medium brown head. Aroma is prunes, dried ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, port wine, orange peel and brown sugar (exactly the same ingredients as go into my homemade "gløgg" extract). Taste is medium sweet, light to medium bitter, light acidic, light umami and faint salty. Body is oily to syrupy with soft carbonation. Finish is long, rich and complex with notes of "gløgg", gravy, coffee, Christmas cookies, Christmas pudding, raw licorice and all the spices mentioned above. Definitely "peculiar" and definitely "Christmas". Thumbs up for brewing something different!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (14115) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2006
Bottled. Beige head . black beer.a lot of tastes. NØ a message to you DONT STOP MAKING THIS BEER. Its christmas time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cunningham (6957) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2012
Dark black colour with a beige head. Christmas spicy nose. Complex flavour with massive christmas spices.
[Bottle from Vinmonopolet i Halden, Norway]

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