Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: American Strong Ale
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 1051   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
In the US this is called "Winter Ale".

A dark ale brewed specially for the Christmas season, with a rich, complex taste of caramel. This is a strong, dark and rather sweet Christmas Beer – just the way we think a Christmas beer should be.

Recommended serving temperature 12°C/53°F. Great with cheese or nuts. Ingredients: Lager, Munich, caramel, black, and chocolate malt; Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

19°P, 30 IBU, 8.5 % ABV.

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Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2005
Bottle. Black with small light brown head. Flowers, chcolate, liqourice, well-rounded and complex. Low carbonation, full bodied.

joergen (30008) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2005
Black colour with beige head. Stouty aroma with notes of vanilla, chocolate and liquorice. Sweet flavour with notes of chocolate, spices and alcohol. Powerful aftertaste with notes of hops and chocolate.

JorisPPattyn (10164) - BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2005
Nearly black beer, reddish shine; medium amber-crème head. Creamy-vanilla nose, liquorice. Very stout-like, liquorice, finish more bitter than slight sweet-sourish main taste. The vanilla here shows its oakwood origins. Ends sweeter, warming up, getting a bit Cola-like, and also getting more and more clovey. Well-bodied, warming but alcohol not obvious. Good, but severe Christmas ale. Doesn’t fall in the spicey "Underlig" trap.

Mads Langtved (2240) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2004
A good full-bodied ale. It is quite stoutish, nutty and malty. Bitter sweet finish. Alcohol is well hidden. My first delicious beer from Norway!

Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
Darl reddish brown coloured. Sweet and fruity with spicy and malty notes. Full bodied and well balanced.

Ungstrup (39318) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2004
A red-brown beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet and spicy especially with notes of cloves. The flavor is also sweet spicy with cloves and chocolate standing out as the most dominant.

madsberg (11866) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2004
Bottled: Burgundy red coloured. Light brown dense head. Spices (cinnamon, cloves), fruit, alcahol, light yeast in the aroma. Loads of spices and liqourice in the flaovur. Light roasted with fruity notes and a nice sweetness. Is very smooth and balanced. A really treat to drink. Is fruity and spiced in the end with a light alcaholundertone.

pi2za (18) - DENMARK - DEC 1, 2004
Quite dark beer with a long lasting not too big head and a nice sweet taste....a very good christmas brew.

JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - NOV 13, 2004
(on bottle 2004 edit. thx Sigmund thx alot) My favorite among the Nøgne Ø so far, still has about 6 or 8 bottles from Sigmund. Grand X-mas brew here. I could go on in praising it, but I´ll just say: this is a perfect balanced ale, in all aspects; brewing in the making.

Sigmund (8159) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2004 Rerate 2004, bottle conditioned: Recipe has been changed this year. The beer is now much darker, nearly black. Good tan head. Complex aroma and flavour, a distinct roastiness but also spices and leather. Full rich flavour, bitter aftertaste - this is a damn good beer!! Rating 2003: (500 ml bottle). Christmas/Yule ale from Norway’s sole uncompromising micro brewery. Only 5000 bottles made. Bottle conditioned. Deep copper colour, hazy only when yeast is poured. Moderate head. Aroma of oak, leather, caramel and spices. Flavour is malty and spicy, alcohol is evident. Drier than I expected. Good bitterness. A good beer, but after all the good things I’ve heard about it, I expected even more.

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