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

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RATINGS: 570   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
Kavu (4726) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 12, 2010
Pours dark brown with a light head. Aroma is roasted malts and spices, flavor is much of the same but stronger. A little sweet and very bitter, perhaps almost too bitter for me. Tastes much stronger than it is which is saying much, since it’s quite strong.

3.7
faroeviking (10835) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 10, 2010
Barril. Black colour. Quite spiced liqourice sweet dark fruity roast aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet dark fruity spiced roasty malty flavour with chcocolate, liqourice and ginger. Tasty Christmas brew indeed.

2.7
mile (3932) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown, small and fully diminishing light brown head. Moderate and very spicy aroma sweetish (licorice and aniseed). Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, licorice and aniseed. Finish is moderate and spicy. Well…Too much spice.

4.2
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2010
{thoughts} A robust strong ale with supple spice additions, juicy malts, balancing bitterness and a most luxurious mouthfeel.

{elements} Clear, cola-brown hue; thick, light brown cream. Juniper and chestnuts fuse into a cola-like aroma with a muted spicy-earthy background over a broad malty base; hints of clove and polished leather with a late-developing cocoa note. Bold, malty sweetness, soft acidity, moderate background bitterness. Absolutely expert mouthfeel --superbly creamy texture, plush carbonation, full bodied. 50 cl bottle, best during 03/08/10-15.

3.8
Palme (4780) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2010
Draught @ Henriks Bergen. Pours deep dark brown with a large longlasting beige head. Nose is quite spicy and nutty with caramel notes. Taste is rich on liquorish and spices with a nice sweet-malty and fruity finish. A really good Christmas brew - Perfect for a cold November night!

3.8
joergen (27978) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2010
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Dark brown coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of spices. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits, spices, hops and berries. Sweet finish.

3.6
Ungstrup (37266) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2010
Draft. A black beer with a brown shine - seemingly a bit murky with a thin tan head. The aroma has strong notes of ginger and cardemomme as well as medium notes of roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor has strong notes of spices - ginger and cardemomme, combined with medium notes of malt and chocolate, leading to a dry spicy finish.

3.4
Pinball (12060) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2010
dark brown, small yellow head. 3 aroma of roasted grains, licorice, 7. Flavor is strong licorice, lots of licorice, roasted grains, licorice. 7 .

3.7
TET (2991) - Kaarina, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2010
Dark brown beer with medium and beige head. Aroma is untypical, but not bad and it slightly reminds to Haanbryggeriet Norwegian Wood. Roastiness, junipers, hint of alcohol and slighlty sweet and sour aroma. Flavour continues naturally from the aroma, roastiness, some liquirice and sourness, junipers and spicyness; when the beer is warmer flavour is more balanced. Overally, nuancees are hard to describe, meaning weird. Full bodied and smooth to drink. Hard to rate, maybe too weird, but still there are something unique and interesting; I think I have to taste another bottle.

4.2
thewolf (12534) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Cph.
Pours deep brown, bordering on black. Small, creamy, beige head. Aroma has lots of freshly ground ginger, light chocolate malty goodness, coriander, some cardemum peeping through. Really Christmas in a glass. Medium carbonation, great dry and light creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is really delicious. There is an oaky, barnyardy hint in there behind lots of dark chocolate, ginger, some cinnamon, light cardemum. Long malty and spicy dry finish. Really lovely beer.


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