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


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RATINGS: 582   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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mateuszk (2769) - 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.

Jabic (733) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Ar: Deep fig and raisin, aroma of some oxidized caramel malts; some dark caramel. Ap: Murky brown; minuscule light tan head with low retention, leaves a very thing ring of mostly very fine bubbles. T: Lots of dark fruit--fig and prune; hints of rosemary, cinnamon, and spruce; fair amount of sweetness throughout; some light herbal hop notes; burnt caramel and more fig on the finish. P: Medium-full body with medium carbonation; finish is medium-dry. O: Sweetness and body are appropriate for a winter warmer, with some nice spice hints; however, the oxidized caramel flavors really mask the spices and create an unfocused beer, overall.

kajser27 (2086) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 14, 2017
Brown colored with a red hue, thick, small tan creamy head. Aroma is of malt and caramel, syrupy, toast, dried fruit, nutty, spices. Taste is medium to very sweet malt and caramel, candy sticky, dried fruits, spices, toast, light+ bitterness, bit nutty, sweet finish. Medium to full bodied, soft- carbonation, sticky. Too sweet but still very nice.

MelvinKalksma (1823) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2017

Medium aroma of malts, caramel, dried fruit, juniper berries and spices.

Turbid/opaque red/dark brown with heavy yeast and with a slight/

Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, dried fruit and juniper berries; ends slightly dry with spices.

This beer is intense, complex and balanced. I like the flavour of juniper, so this is simply great for me. Together with that amazingly thick palate and a great appearance, only the aroma is slightly lacking.

Evilkniamhel (1049) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2017
From bottle. Pours hazy brown. Nose of treacle, junipers, woody, nutty. Taste is marzipan, spices, more berries, full bodied with a smooth, sweet finish.

BBHansen (1063) - Køge, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle @ Køge øldag w senior & friends/the chef. Appearance: pours clear brown with good soapy beige head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, nuts, juniper, spices and some fruity notes. palette: strong malty and medium spicy aroma, average carbonation, medium to full body, medium to notable sweetness, somewhat balanced by a medium bitterness, average to long duration and an oily texture. Overall:very nice spiced ale/seasonal

Sbstuba (42) - Trondheim, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2016
Godt og fyldig, men veldig søt. God som dessertvin. Nytes best I begrensede mengder.

rikstar (2604) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2016
Tikkeltje muf. Met hazelnoten en cacao en ook een zoete smaak die kruidig aan kandijkoek doet denken Mooi vol

tricksta_p (5341) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from Speciaalbierpakket. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, strong spicy notes, mild juniper, nuts, touch of dried fruits. Flavour is sweet and mildly bitter. Body is just above medium. Sweet and spicy, nice winter warmer.

RW80 (2900) - 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.

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