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


on tap

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RATINGS: 567   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RW80 (2423) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2016
0,5l bottle shared. Appearance: brown body, with a small off white nice compact head. With a good retention. Aroma: Spices, liquorice tones, dark fruits, chestnuts, berries, light raisins. Taste: Sweet and spicy,Liquorice tones, spices, light coffee, berries,caramel and rasisins.Finish is light roasty with a lot of spices. full body, slightly below average carbonation, silk texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Cool_Bond (2571) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2016
The aroma is of berries, spices and overripe fruit. The taste is the same and actually perfectly balanced for this beer. The beer does not get better without losing the taste a little later. No good bitterness which fills the upper part of the mouth a weak moment. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LLaurin (447) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2016
Pours really nice in dark brown with medium brown head and a nose that is rich with chestnut and toffee malts. Taste is s2eet

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lmojoh (676) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2016
Luke 15 adventskalender 2016. Flaske kjøpt på Vinmonopolet Jekta Tromsø. Aroma krydder, mørk malt, sjokolade, mørk frukt. Utseende mørk brun med beige skum som forsvinner fort. Smak krydder, malt, humle, melkesjokolade, litt alkoholsmak. Søtlig, fyldig og kraftig juleøl med julestemning. Veldig godt øl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisRR (91) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2016
From tap at Taphouse. Pours brown with a small white head. Aroma is dominated with sweet and almost wet malts and spice. Taste is sweet with sweet malts with juniper and caramel nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
__Rb81 (787) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2016
Bottle at home (brewed 7/7-14, batch 1223). Pours murky reddish brown, with almost no head. Aroma of juniper, sage, milk chocolate, nutty, light roasted malts, caramel. Taste is over moderate sweet, moderate bitter, milk chocolate, juniper, roasted malts, nutty, sage, bitter milk chocolate and juniper aftertaste. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (8823) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2016
pours unclear medium dark brown-red with a nice reviving mediumd ark beige cap offering good retention and lacing. very fruity - lots of peppery berries and caramel, but also very spicy - sage but also potent rosemary; sweetness - oversweetened cranberry sauce; other spices and astrinent herbs, warming spicy alcohol. moderately low carbonation, medium body - oily and thick; sweet if not cloying über-spicy finish. an opulent (if not cloying) christmas-like brew with slightly awkward ingredient blend all together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (2452) - Krakow, POLAND - SEP 3, 2016
Bottle Aroma-spices, chilli, herbs Appearance-brown, hazy, tan foam, Taste-medium sweetness, lightly sour, spicy Palate-medium body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PowY (595) - AUSTRIA - AUG 14, 2016
500 ml bottle. Pours chestnut brown with an off-white head. Herbal aroma with sage and thyme. Full body and heavily sweet with brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla and spices. Pretty heavy but an excellent one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Werckmeister (2752) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 5, 2016
0,5l from bottle. bottled 24.06.2015. brown color, small off white head. smells of spices, peppery, dark fruits, light raisins. ok smell. full body, slick mouthfeel. tastes of licorice, spices, light coffee, lightly fruity, caramel. finishes lightly roasty, with notes of licorice and spices. Okish, but not very special

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