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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%
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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3.8
   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.


3.8
DandyWolfFloyd (1253) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2018
Aroma - spices that include - allspice, coriander, nutmeg, caramel, oak, rich roast, and toast. Appearance - dark brown body. Light brown head, with great lacing. Taste - sweet caramel, malt, seasonal Christmas spice, honey, roast, molasses, and dark fruit. Palate - full body, thick texture, soft carbonation, rich and spiced big booze finish.

3.6
Bobhund (154) - - JAN 6, 2018
Köpt på Systembolaget, Gävle. En helt ok öl på många sätt, men inte mer än så. Kommer inte köpa den igen. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
mzaar (3739) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2017
Flaska. Klar mörkbrun med ett smutsvitt skum. Dofter av russin, julkryddor och söt malt. Smakinslag av julkryddor, honung, läder, vanilj och karamell. Kryddig avslutning, oljig munkänsla.

3.6
larsniclas (7284) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2017
Bottled from Systembolaget Dark, clear amber with a medium, tan head. Spicy aroma with juniper-berries. Thick and oily palate. Sweet, slightly burnt fudge along with juniper-berries and clove(?j.

3.9
williamlantz (79) - - DEC 24, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2017 Dark brown, creamy head. Brewed 2015. Aroma: yeast, plums, alcohol, dried berries. Taste: plums, coffee, spices, some bitterness. Creamy, full body.

3.6
thomat (4208) - G�teborg, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2017 Bottle from SB. Reddish brown with a tiny off white head. Malty and spicy tones. Malt, fruit, spice and hops. Medium to full body with bitter / spicy finish.

3.9
ansalon (4219) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2017
Pours black with a medium foamy tan head. Aromas of spices: cloves, cardamom, herbs, roasted malt, orange zest, slight liqourice. Taste is full of spices and roasted tones along with some anis seed and nuts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

3.5
kryon (3929) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2017
Pours brown with low tanned head. Aromas and taste sweet of xmas spices, caramel, sweet fruits, malty bread.

3.8
Turtles (3087) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2017
500ml bottle from Systembolaget. Dark chestnut color. Dense and lasting khaki head, rich lacing. Spicy and sweet aroma, nutmeg, juniper, white pepper, caramel, nought and wood. Sweetish, silky, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation, full bodied. Taste follows the aroma, sweet caramel malty, season spices, honey, toast, hints of smoke, molasses, dried sticky fruit, woody and nuts. Pleasant sweet and mild warming finish.

3.4
OminouSC2 (964) - Mora, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2017
Brown color, small brown head. Aromas of spices, brown sugar, cacao, rye, nuts and alcohol. Sweet taste with brown sugar, spices, juniper, dried figs and leather.


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