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

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RATINGS: 623   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.


Jimthechap's rating

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (1997) - Christchurch, - JAN 27, 2013
Up until recently the most remarkable beer I have ever consumer as Sunturnbrew. It sat as the best beer I have ever tasted with a score at around 4.7. I could not picture a better beer until Westvleteren came along and then it did. I was spell-bound. I bought a bottle and am leaving it to mature and I will see what happens in a year or so. This one reeks of the same producer, but nowhere near the same method. Purplish, tawny port colour and I wish I knew how they did that, Mocha head that sat on top of the beer and then buggered off. Aromas of cloves, plum, currant, mace, garam masala, aniseed, cherry-vite, medicinal tinctures and all sorts of things that ought not to be consumed by themselves. Give me a taste and it was as if I was not suppose to open the package: it was someone else’s medication. Pungent, numbing and strong. I have but few regrets about this beer: I am not drunk, I am spellbound by the taste and I am not moved to like it terribly much as I did the Sunturnbrew. For a beer that ought to rock the world, I swoon and forget about its lead singer before I smell bacon and eggs for brekkers.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsandBolts (165) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gurthnar (2774) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bunget (610) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (529) - 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...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frode (370) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle 50 cl.
Dark brown, off-white. Spicy, pine, cloves and coriander. Medium sweet and bitter. Complex Christmas.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1476) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2015
26.1.2014. Erikoinen mausteinen tuoksu, erotettavissa ainakin kaneli ja inkivääri, kenties kardemumma myös. Etiketin lisäksi on vielä neilikkaa ja korianteria. Maku on myös aika erikoinen, ensi kosketus mausteinen, suklaamaltainen, sen jälkeen varsinkin inkivääri tuntuu aika voimakkaasti, kuitenkin miellyttävämmin kuin monissa inkiväärioluissa, myös havuja ja hieman humalaa. Oluen jotenkin olettaisi olevan makeaa, mutta se ei ole (mikä on hyvä asia). Tuntumaltaan olut on melko täyteläinen. Tämä on erikoinen ja sisältää runsaasti “ylimääräistä”, mutta oikeastaan aika hyvä,

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sibarh (149) - Białystok, POLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Kolor - brązowo-rubinowy, klarowny. Piana - beżowa, średnio wysoka, średnio trwała. Zapach - słodkie. Smak - słodko-ziołowo-owocowo-kolendrowe, wyraźnie słodkie, średnia goryczka. Esencjonalne, smaczne.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5876) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is smoked, spicy, cake, taste is malty, fruity.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Werthergoethe (118) - Moscow, RUSSIA - FEB 18, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2015 Своеобр& пивной глинтве& от знамени& норвежс& крафтов& пивовар& Пряный вкус сочетан& оригина& специй кого угодно созреет в рождест& холода.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cattaneopapa (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
500ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a hazy muddy water looking colour with a huge 4 finger of head. Head remains all tge way through and lacing clings to the side of the glass. Aroma of ginger and some cinnamon. Spiciness of ginger is pronounces and balanced with a hoppy flavour. Extremely high carbonation level.


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