Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Grimstad, Norway


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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
The name of this beer is "Peculiar Christmas" in English. This spiced Christmas ale is strange - and indeed a fusion beer. We have gathered inspiration from the Norwegian drink “gløgg”, and as such this is quite an uncompromising brew. Best served with “goro” and “fattigmann”. Recommended serving temperature 10°C/50°F, but you are free to try on higher temperatures...

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, caramel, and chocolate malt; Columbus and Cascade hops; 5 different spices, English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

15°P, 30 IBU, 6.5 ABV.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (13011) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2009
(500ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of juniper, cinnamon, ginger, roasted malt, clove, eucalyptus, mint, and caramel. Flavor of cinnamon, spruce, ginger, clove, and roasted/caramel malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5362) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye labeled Peculiar Yule. deep brown pour with a ring of cream froth. nose of holiday spices, mostly nutmeg actually. nice on the palate with a smooth nutmeg flavor. easy finish and a nice holiday aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Bottle from bevmo. Dark brown with a creamy head. Aroma and taste of nutmeg chestnut chocolate and mild citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Pours a dark brown to black with a decent sized light brown head. Aroma of ginger, malt, cloves, spices. Flavor is ginger, malt, cloves, anise, chocolate, caramel. Finishes with a bitter mixed spiciness and not much sweetness. This is indeed a strange beer, but rather interesting. Glad to have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (4238) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Pour is a black with a thick tan head. Aroma is very spicy with some anise and cloves. Flavor is again lots of spice with some cloves and and a bit of ginger. A very spicy and tasty brew. Probably the closest beer i have had to Anchor x-mas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
bottle - pours a ruddy brown tinged with a greenish hue. Aroma is an odd mix of spices (though, after reading the description here, I don’t get the comparison to spices used in gløgg - which we have every year at a gløgg fest). This beer is more spruce and juniper - similar to Alba ale. Flavor is an interesting mix of spices - spruce and juniper are the main flavors, maybe some molasses - but not much as this beer tended to finish very bitter and astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RuneStumo (2638) - Haugesund, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2013 02.01.2009, 0,5l Bottle, Batch 355, Brewed apr. 08, BB apr. 13. The colour is black with a thick off-white head. The first thing you notice is the spisey smell. I wonder what the spises are? - maybe "pors"?. Aroma is spisey, bitter and roasted. There are also some soapy flavors. I like the bitter aftertaste. 05.02.2013. 0,5l Bottle. Batch 530, Brewed 11.08.2010, BB 11.08.2013. At first there is a very strong spicy aroma, Ist it called Camphor tree? Notes of tree oils, like those from paint colours. The last time I was thinking of Pors, I dont know about that. Medium body with rather burnt weak malty aroma. Lots of spices and bitterness at the end. I think this beer is better than the 3 I gave last time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5922) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Anice aroma of cinnamon and cloves. This has a bit of alcoholic strength, with the Christmas spices acting as the balancer. Just a little strong on the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (15342) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 2, 2009
500ml bottle (Punavuoren Ahven, Helsinki)
Black, small tight head. Slightly roasty, but very xmas spicy aroma - clove, cinnamon, and more ginger as it warms. Full soft palate, decent carbonation. Spicy retronasal wafts. Taste is richly roasted, but heavily like pipparkakku biscuits. Possibly the spices are a little too dominant, but fortunately they are well enough integrated that they don’t stick out obviously. Finish is at first spicy, but also quite burnt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2574) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2008
About a 1 inch thick head of fine bubbles. Settles slowly. Pretty dense and creamy. Huge spice aroma. Loads of ginger, nutmeg and other spices. Spices mask anything else in there. Color is a very dark brown. Lively in the mouth with more spices. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg along with some spruce and spicy hops. Finishes spicy and hoppy. Hmm this may end up giving me a headache from all of the spices. An ok brew but you really need to enjoy the spice.

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