SanfordBrewer (1585) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2010
opaque dark mahogany, lasting thick creamy tan head, creamy medium body.corkyrory66 (2123) - BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2016
aroma: charred chocolate malt.
taste: very chocolaty and slightly charred malt all the way through. a little bit of leafy hop flavor toward the bottom.
comes across like a weaker, or porter, version of one of the super rich and complex Scandinavian mega stouts (like their own).
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.
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 ... nearbeer (5518) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2009 500 ml, "God Jul" version. ("Winter Ale" version for 2009 update). Huge head fizzes out of the bottle on this opaque black beer; settles down and lasts well with some nice frosty lace. (Winter Ale version head was much more tame - even better!) Chocolate, evergreen, juniper, vanilla, orange-caramel and slight hickory on the nose. Front taste is spicy orange, cocoa, dark-roasted nuts and coffee balanced well by some earthy-spiced whiskey and toffee. Charred mesquite and bitter-grass herbs catch up and finish strong, leaving a cured tobacco, charred oak, whiskey and peanut aftertaste. Medium-heavy body is roasty dryish, and drinkably smooth with some light tingle. Super complex brew. God Jul indeed! Ingevara (910) - SWEDEN - FEB 29, 2008
Ooohh!! This is rich, this is powerful stuff. Once I got the top off the bottle it started foaming over the top. I quickly directed it down an old english pint I bought on Ghuznee Street, Wellington 18 years ago. It filled with coffee (not american, real!) colored aromatic stuff, crowned buy a thick foamy layer of tinted, airy ale. Head! That’s it. That’s an ale head, I finally grasp the meaning of it. I had a quick sip and offered one to my wife. She said Ooohh!! just like I had felt myself. So much aroma, so many flavors, so dense, so christmassy (it’s February now) ... so ...MUCH!
This is an exceptional beer. You find all the usual christmas spices, but there is also a clear hint of resin and bog myrtle. It is good enough to just sip, and it just get better as it slowly approaches room temperature (I started it too cold - I know).
I’ll have this with a sturdy meal with pork or brussel sprouts, or on its own just for pleasure, or with saffron cookies or marsipan bread, or a Västerbotten cheese, or anything else that can match its heavy generous amount of straightforward flavors. But first of all I hope I’ll have it again. And again, and again..................
I’m in love..................
I long for next Christmas................. superhaffy (25) - NORWAY - DEC 1, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 No Christmas without Nøgne Ø’s God Jul, this is the X-Mas beer that all other X-Mas beers are measured up against! This is smooth as silke running down your throat, so soft and well balanced, but still so rich, full bodied and full of taste and complex. If I only could bring one Christmas beer to an deserted island, this would be it...
ALLOVATE (3048) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2012
A Christmas bevvie as it deserved, the thermometer peaking in our al fresco as the beer came out. An ale not quite adept to the gruelling heat of the festive season in Oz, but geez it f*&ken worked. Like a hot coffee on a sunny day in Jamaica - works!!Hallstein (483) - Skogn, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2011
At just on cool and into shallow chalices. Smoky, burnt brown and opaque with streaky yeast leaping up from the base. Thick, well set and creamy tan head is persistent and yields a fine lace. Sniff.., what? Sniff......., sharp spice? Sniff again; melanoidins, strong , sweet, rich - unexpected - with hints of wood, rusted car body, charred, burnt oak, sordid garden mulch (aids, somehow!), leather, nutmeg and mace. Smells of all that and then a new sniff simply discharges something reminiscent of a dank cellar full of oak, musty, with metallic, rusty notes and a spicy alcohol kick - Lovin’ it. Quite rich, well rounded and penetrating, into every area of the mouth and beyond. Lighter than expected body, the carbonation mild but just enough to add fuel to this elixir. Big, bellowing warmth on first sip; aniseed, camphor and nutmeg come through. Packed full of such rich chocolate and heavily roasted coffee beans mid-palate to build. A dash of vanillin, heather and heavily smoked timber just adds to this one being undoubtedly a near perfect ale. Loses its bounce and widens its load as it fully warms. This is a controlled, beautifully made beer that well and truly f%&ks up ones conception. Near Perfect!! (50cL, BB 18/08/15, Mane Liquor, Belmont)
One of my favorite beers of all time. Pours a dark red/brown color with a nice head. Nice malty Chocolate-coffee-ish flavor with notes of christmas spices. There is no christmas without this beer, it’s freaking awesome! TorbenJensen (1534) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2015
In addition to a nice foam smells really good of chocoklate and a hard roasted malt is both caramel and smoked. The taste is expected to be very sweet, but fortunately it is not the case. It tastes slightly bitter chocolate, a little caramel and it’s also a bit smoky in flavor. I can not so much sense why it should be called God Jul (Merry Christmas), for it has nothing special Christmas flavor about it.