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


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RATINGS: 648   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle, LCBO. Pours a very dark brown, small brown creamy head. Intense ginger aroma, some malt and other assorted spices in there as well. Taste - ginger, but also a ton of peppery spice (cardamon?), roast, malt, and just about everything else delicious from my spice rack. Almost citrusy fresh, And almost too much - that linger is something else - but I like this one. Some Christmas ales can be too sticky or sweet (like fruitcake) but this one is tingly, refreshing, and just full of flavour. Another winner from these folks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martythesmarty (304) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2017
Bottle. Pours brown with no head. Aroma of coriander and cloves. Herbal taste. Nice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Manslow (1558) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 27, 2017
Butelka 500ml. Kolor ciemny, nieprzejrzysty, piana szybko opada ale zostawia ślady na szkle, ładne ślady. Aromat piernikowy, świąteczny, trochę czekolady. W smaku słodko-wytrawne ,korzenne. Głównymi atutami tego piwa są aromat i wygląd, bardzo dobre.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sbstuba (23) - Trondheim, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2017
Veldig fyldig, veldig smaksrik, veldig julete, ganske underlig og veldig, veldig god. Godteri på flaske.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (3926) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2017
50cl brygget 10/14, bb11/2017 Courtesy of ? palme/idiosynkrasie? - i forget... Merci anyways! - "Brobygger mellom øl og gløgg" - albeit a heavily spiced gløgg: massive cardamom in aroma, oddly overpowering and lushly contoured by clove and cinnamon. Reminds me of mace-laced (maced?) German Spekulatius as opposed to cassonade-forward Belgian speculoos. Matured nicely into a drinkable 6,5% warmer with a silky UK malt mouthfeel. Spices remain aromatic as in a tajine served in a Norwegian sauna where someone is trying to enjoy his Fuller’s Winter ale. Well done, but these spices are not really my thing. - - Instead of Norwegian Xmas cookies or cream–cheese smeared spekuloos, pairs also well with: Min Kamp 3, the disappointing New Year’s firework scenes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evilkniamhel (878) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2017
From bottle. Pours cloudy brown with a frothy cream head. Nose of sour cherries, ginger, cloves, toast, super spicy. Taste is treacle, cinnamon, more cloves, roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikeyo1 (808) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2017
bottle @ home, aged five years in the cellar and still nice. Large frothy head. Spicy glüh-like taste and aroma with cardamon, ginger, herbs, caramel, licorice slight chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sir__v (2596) - FRANCE - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: deep dark brown beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: spicy domination with roasted malt balance. Nose with cardamon, and some Fernet notes. Very intensive. Taste: medium body with good roasted malt backbone, taste as a Fernet with huge spicy explosion, mint notes. Definitely not my style. Too much as a Fernet. Aftertaste: spicy and mint. Caramel hint.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lmojoh (709) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2016
Luke 23 adventskalender 2016. Flaske fra Vinmonopolet Jekta. Aroma nellik, gløgg, krydder. Utseende mørk brun med beige skum. Smak gløgg, humle, krydder, litt alkoholsmak. Bitterhet i ettersmaken. En veldig god øl med mye julestemning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LLaurin (455) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2016
Very different beer and peculiar. Nose is rich in herbs and notes of wine and glögg. Colour dark brown with red notes. Taste is also more wine and herbs than classic beer. Palate is dry and with some hoppiness. Really enjoyable but different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DerGantzel (410) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2016
Aroma of Christmas herbs and roasty chocolate malt. Brown hazy appearance. Medium-high sweetness and light-medium bitterness. Soft carbonation. Better than expected.

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