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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1047   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1814) - BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2016
Winter ale dans le sens américain, mais qui remplit la pleine définition d’une bière de Noël pour le brasseur .. Après dégustation, nous sommes tout à fait d’accord avec lui et heureux de ses concepts … Bière de 8,5 % abv (pour 22° plato à mon exemplaire, ce qui est plus que sur le site .. se serait-elle renforcée depuis .. je ne sais pas, mais j’opte pour cette version-ci sans problème). Ebu de 30, 5 malts, 3 houblons : chinook, columbus et centennial. Mon exemplaire avait 2 ans et 4 mois, ce qui ne lui a fait que du bien … Couleur noir intense, à l’opacité très forte. Mousse en nappage brun moyen soyeux, et superbe... Arômes de café doux, moka, ganache, cappuccino, pointe de noisettes. Très grand nez. 1ère bouche veloutée sur un ensemble café/chocolat/malt torréfié. Arrière-bouche large, dense, forte, corpulente. 2ème avec un prodige d’association des saveurs. Arrière-bouche parfaite : complète, riche, complexe, longue. 3ème avec des nuances très savantes. Arrière-bouche d’une richesse exemplaire. Longueur avec équilibre et harmonie, en travaillant tous les registres de l’hiver malté. Jambes huileuses, longues. Levure boisée, riche, très grande ligne. Alcool qui fait un travail exemplaire de maestro sur l’ensemble de la gamme. Finale suave. CONCLUSION : bière prodigieuse, que j’attendais à ce niveau-là, mais ce n’est pas Noël tous les jours … Je connais donc deux grands Jules : celui de Rome qui aimait la Gaule (à sa façon), et celui-ci qui est un dieu … c’est bien mieux qu’un empereur, même romain ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LLaurin (447) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2016
Pours really nice in very dark brown and with beige head. Nose is caramel and some fresh herbs still in the range of Swedish Pepparkaka. Taste is clear and bright although sweet with caramel and coffee notes. Almost scents of buttertoffe (dark). Palate is lasting but not quite remarkable. Also toffee notes and invigorous velvety notes. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AnG_BrgNor (673) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2016
Bottle. Almost black with very nice lasting foam. Aroma is mal, plums and some spices. Taste is malt, dark dried fruits, herbal hops, chocolate and some wood (juniper...?). Med to full body. Very complex beer. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malin_aiisa (1048) - SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle at Martythesmarty and Hirigalzkars xmas beer tasting. Dark brown, white head. Aroma of rye, malt and caramel. Taste sour and tart. Cherry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mariuspoenari (2203) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2016
On tap at Murphy’s Law. Dark pour with a fine-grained tan head. Notes of dried fruit, sweet spices, chocolate, light cognac. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamsen78 (5273) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2016
Bottle. Pours cloudy very dark brown with airy tan head. Clear aroma of malt, dried fruits and chocolate, with hints of cinnamon and touches of yeast. Bitter, roasty flavour, enhanced by notes of dark chocolate and hops, with sweetish notes of fruit, malt and yeast. Hints of cloves. Roasty and estery aftertaste with mildly acidic hints. Warming alcohol presence. Well-balanced and very enjoyable, especially on a cold winter’s eve. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tjomleif (215) - NORWAY - DEC 1, 2016
0,5l bottle. Aroma of chocolate, roastiness, and milk. Flavor of roasted malt and dark chocolate with a smooth, creamy, wonderful mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricksta_p (4227) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle from Kisjes Slijterijen, Meppel. Aroma is dark malt, caramel, chocolate, raisins, spices, hops, ripe fruits, touch of liquorice and roast. Flavour is sweet and above moderate bitter. Body is above medium, smooth and rich. Nice complexity, it’s rare I find a ’spiced winter ale’ I really like but this one is remarkably balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MGantzel (260) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2016
Denne juleøl har et sort udseende med et medium brunt skum. Øllen har en sød chokolade aroma og smager deraf med smag af karamel og lakrids. God cremet. Lav karbonering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerGantzel (410) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2016
Aroma of roasty malt, chocolate and coffee. Black with a nice brown foamy head. Medium-high sweetness and light-medium bitterness. Long lasting taste, creamy texture, full body and average carbonation. Very tasteful Christmas ale.

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