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


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RATINGS: 571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This is the second release of Special Holiday Ale, which was first brewed in San Diego in 2008. Each brew is following the same recipe, including Michigan chestnuts, white sage from southern California and Norwegian juniper berries, but differences in brewing and aging practices produce different beers. Cheers to being different! Skål!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dashimus (252) - London, Greater London, - DEC 11, 2013
Draft at BrewDog Shepherds Bush. Pours dark brown with a red tinge with a moderately lived beige head. Aroma is chesnut, caramel, spice, mild chocolate and coffee and raisins. Flavour is a bit methanol. Not that bitter. No carbonation.

TrefwoordPunk (1281) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2017
Bottle 50 cl, small gusher. Pours a darkish red with a small white head and an aroma of juniper, sweet toffee, roasted malts, ginger, overripe fruits, nuts and rye. The taste is medium to heavy sweet with a medium body, soft carbonation and medium lasting finish.

vinivini (2666) - Gomel, BELARUS - SEP 7, 2017
Bottle. Muddy chestnut brown. Small ivory head. Aroma: caramel, dried fruit, juniper, white sage, other spices. Full body. Medium sweet taste with massive caramel, dried fruit and herbs mentioned above. Well made but not my sincere liking.

SimonBlok (674) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2017
50cl bottle courtesy of Gyhallmanti. Appearance: chestnut brown with big tan head. Aroma: caramel, molasses, dates, nuts. Taste: high sweetness and medium bitterness. Notes of roasted nuts/chestnut, caramel, spicy, juniper, haagse hopjes. Palate: medium to full bodied, oily and sticky texture and medium carbonation.

gyhallmanti (592) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2017
50cl bottle split with SimonBlok. Pours a dark chestnut colour with a small off white head. Aroma of raisins, palm sugar, plums, brown sugar, dark malt, condensed milk, slight nuts, slight soy sauce, flour. Taste is fairly sweet, soft bitter with a warming finish. Notes of palm sugar, dates, plums, raisins, malt, slight nuts, red fruit, caramel, cooked vegetables. Texture is oily, full bodied with soft carbonation

HogTownHarry (7062) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2017
December 9, 2013 - 500ml bottle shared by blankboy with me and R. Deep brick red pour with a small beige head. Aroma is quite nutty and tart - I get that juniper bitterness, it’s quite sharp - and alcohol for sure; a real boozy Christmas cake thing going on; taste follows, more sweetness (I did say Christmas cake!) - candied fruit, spiced wine ... tons going on. Decent body, a little astringent yet also lightly syrupy - emerging bitter/boozy finish; really rich stuff!

melush (4341) - SPAIN - JUN 22, 2017
50cl Bottle @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, Spain. Brown colour with a thin white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, spices, nuts, licorice. Taste is malt, caramel, toffee, spices, licorice, raisins, hints of berries. Medium to full body, average carbonation.

Michael27 (2216) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2017
Aus der Flasche im Cathead in Gdansk getrunken. Cloudy reddarkbrown in the glass. In the nose wine-notes. Not so special, as I thought.

Grzesiek79 (4362) - Radom, POLAND - APR 30, 2017
Piwo ma minimalna piane, troche osadu, barwe bordowo-brazowa. Slodkie, karmelowe, wyczuwalne jagody, kasztany przede wszystkim i orzechy laskowe w smaku. Zapach to wypieki piernikowe z marcepanem. Syropowata struktura, niskie wysycenie. Jak na przyprawowe piwo i w swieta OK, ale na codzien to nie koniecznie

BlazerT (1201) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - APR 15, 2017
Kolejne Nogne, które bardziej podchodzi pod BW. Słodkie, karmelowe, suszone, owoce, figi, przyprawy nieznacznie wyczuwalne - nie psują na szczęście całości. Momentami przełamane przez umiarkowanie wyczuwalne akcenty owoców leśnych, które lekko kontrują podbudowę słodową. Solidne piwo, niczego nie urywa, nie jest przełomowe. ABV dobrze ukryte, pijalność wysoka, wysycenie niskie. Na pewno przypadnie do gustu miłośnikom klasycznych angielskich BW, jak i fanom Nogne.

mateuszk (2755) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 5, 2017
Bottle. Lots of apples, some plums, some spices, all rather completely mixed together. Watery with light body, sweet. Too high carbonation. Ok-ish.

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