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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle shared by akevitt. Pours a cloudy dark brown body with light brown head. Strong juniper aroma with holiday spices, mainly nutmeg and cinnamon along with some sage caramel malts, and nuts. Flavor is similar, rather malty and sweet with a light rye spiciness. Thicker mouthfeel than expected, although soft on the palate. Slight juniper/pine flavor on the finish. Definitely interesting.

HogTownHarry (6823) - 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 (4065) - 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 (1968) - 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 (4294) - 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 (1101) - 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 (2670) - 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 (583) - 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 (1803) - 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 (1536) - 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 (955) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - 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.

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