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God Jul - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 70
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-01-2003

19°P, 30 IBU.

Ingredients: Lager, Munich, caramel, black, and chocolate malt; Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.
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Ratings: 318 | Reviews: 210
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I chose this as #2100 review, as this brewery is up and coming and I'm really enjoying what they produce. Best yet, I needn't have to bring everything in from Europe anymore, several are now available in the New York area. This black ale is a cross between a porter (albeit some coca-cola taste from the carmel etc.), a stout from some toasted barley, a dark ale, shwartzbeir, and an underlying citrus without being overhopped. Well done!

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, spices, and soy sauce aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke and slight band-aid flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly heavy on soy sauce and smoke aspects in the aromas and flavors.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What makes a beer a Christmas Beer? Is it adding the predictable holiday spice? Is it just an excuse to make another beer and market it differently? Or do you pick one flavor that represents the holidays well and then hammer it home? This is the tact that Nogne-O takes in this sprucey Porter.

The expected Porter pour delivers a dark brown, slightly hazy beer with a terse rise of off-white foam with moderate lace. A standard Porter look through and through.

Aromas of chocolate and coffee carry robuts (but not out of hand) notes that provide a springboard for spicy, piney hops. All rounded with a mild smokey scent, the beer has a smoother, sweeter scent and also a sharp and bitey hop aroma.

Flavors of caramel and toffee set the tone while coffee, walnuts, and cocoa strike first. Before the initial impression of flavor settles, the on slaught of spruce, pine, and frech cut grasses from hops rival the malt taste and balance it well. All is backed by a soft earthy/peaty/smokey taste that adds more complexity and pulls the flavors together.

Robust and relatively full for a Porter, the body seems to lighten because of the fleeting carbonation, rising alcohols, and hoppy dryness. Quite drinkable in the finish for the robust nature of the mouthfeel early on.

This is a very piney and sprucey American-style Porter. A bit high on roast and coffee along with a bigger overall impression, but not yet a Stout either. Delicious and complex throughout.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of medium bitter roasted malt with some subtle spices. Taste is reminiscent of a porter with some spices and light chocolate notes with a medium hoppy finish. Body is above average with some medium carbonation and a nice creamy texture. I thought this beer was well balance throughout but would have enjoyed a bit more emphasis on spices.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out with a nice looking richness to it. The color is black and has some highlights of red and brown in the light. The head fades but leaves a light brown colored film over the top of the beer. The smell of the beer is roasted, with some slight spice and herbal notes. The taste of the beer is chocolaty with some minor warming flavors in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little thicker than most English Porters but that seems to be common with Nøgne Ø. Overall this brew was good, I would probably drink it again in the winter.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkest chestnut with the slightest suggestion of light behind the glass when directly backlit with blinding sunshine. A thin sliver of orange-amber is visible along the bottom edge, further evidence that Winter Ale looks more like a robust porter than a double stout. The wheat toast colored cap is a looker, as are thick sheets of lace.

The beer certainly smells like a stout. I guess that's what happens when the malt bill consists of Munich, caramel, chocolate and black. Dark chocolate-covered caramels are well out in front, followed at some distance by blackstrap molasses and a hint of coffee. I love the way these guys brew with some of my favorite American hops. They're obvious in the nose as well.

I've always thought that winter warmers should contain spices. According to the ingredients listed on the label, Winter Ale doesn't. That's okay, it's tasty enough without them. Incidently, this is the same beer as God Jul (which is Norwegian for 'Merry Christmas'). I guess they wanted to change the name for export to English speaking countries.

Given the use of such classically American hops as Chinook, Columbus and Centennial, Winter Ale tastes like it was brewed in the Pacific Northwest. I like well-hopped, citrus zesty stouts, but I wish Nogne would have given us something more exotic. This country is full of beer like this. I want something new and different from brewers who are as talented as these guys are.

Other than grapefruit juicy, molasses-laced fudge brownies, there isn't much going on in the flavor profile. Maybe a sprinkling of spices is a good idea after all. Something is needed to give this big ale a Christmas vibe. I'd suggest nutmeg and cinnamon. By the way, alcohol is nowhere to be found on the palate.

The mouthfeel is reminiscent of a big stout, but isn't quite as viscous or as chewy as the best American double stouts. I won't hold that against it, though, because it fits the beer's flavor profile exceptionally well. With warming, Winter Ale becomes even more heavily silky and whipped buttery smooth.

I couldn't be happier with the four Nogne beers that I've had so far. This brewery would be in the upper echelon of American craft breweries if they were located here. The fact that they hail from Norway is proof that great beer can come from any area of the globe. It may be July, but 'God Jul' to one and all.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gem that was pulled up and out of the cellar. I am not sure why I decided to go with this one last night, but seemed as good a choice as any. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/14/2009.
Wonderful pour here again with a dark brown liquid that was only barely translucent. Huge head of tan foam on the top that settled down only briefly to coat the sides of the glass with a thick, spider like web of lace. Dark roasted malts are all over the aroma. Notes of molasses, cocoa, hints of brown sugar and light touches of everything from licorice to dark fruits. As it warmed it got a touch one sided as some elements of peat started to break the surface. But taken the first sip all was forgotten. Just huge rich notes of chocolate malts and a touch of licorice just come across the tongue in waves of flavor. Rich and very sweet, hints of molasses and roasted coffee now come across the tongue. Very well put together I have to admit, just a wonderful mixture of flavors. Little light on the palate but still serves its purpose well. For over 8 percent I have to admit I was quite pleased overall.
Solid here and other fine offering from them and one I would love to try again. They seem to really be quite solid in all they do and this one is no exception.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first beer from norway! looks absolutely gorgeos, raisin brown color with a thick and creamy off-white head that laces like crazy. smells malty and festive, tobacco and dried cherries on the nose as well. not fruit in the taste, just a very well balanced richness followed by a fine alcohol finish. not sweet in the slightest, but way beyond what i would call an english porter. this is an extremely complex, robust, and memorable beer. i will absolutely buy this again, really sensational

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with a large 1 1/2 finger beige colored head leaving a a few globs of lace as it settled slowly in the impy pint glass.Big fruit and brown sugar notes in the nose with a sprinkling of earth and molasses as well.Some real nice complexities on the palate juicy fruitiness and brown sugar and caramel and as some others have noted there is a slight smokiness underneath that lingers well,somewhat raw and earthy in the finish with a light herbal note.Very nice beer here a medium mouthfeel doesnt make you feel like your drinking a heavy beer wich this is somewhat ,I have enjoyed both Nogne brews I have had no doubt.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with full, foamy, cream-colored head and when held aloft to the light -- chunky bits everywhere! This beer is obviously a creature of the night, so please keep it far away from sunshine and harsh, bright lighting.

Smell: Dark malt aroma with notes of dark chocolate, licorice shavings, and a mild roastiness.

Taste: Dark malt flavors of dark chocolate with some roast. Twinge of tart fruits. Sip of cool mint water. Herbal hops. An earthy, roasty bitterness builds as you drink, obscuring the sweeter malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid winter release from Nøgne Ø.

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, brown colored head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malts and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, chocolate and some spicy hops. Nice bitter kick with a warm alcohol heat.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth, dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a very good English-style porter. It works really well as a winter brew.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nøgne Ø Winter Ale
16.9 oz bottle, no apparent freshness dating.

As it is the month of May as I sit down to review this beer (labeled "Winter Ale") I highly doubt that this bottle is even close to being fresh. I'd guess it's about 8 to 10 months old. Surprisingly, it shows no signs of oxidation. Of course it does appear to be bottle-conditioned, which would help. As for the hops or anything else, I'm not sure. Keep that in mind...

It's a very dark mahogany brown in the glass, but not black. Initially it was clear, but once I roused the yeast it became cloudy. Of course that's fine for such a dark beer. The head is an orange-tinted dark tan, and although it drops, it does maintain a silky surface covering; and it does leaves nice spots of tiny lace around the glass.

The aroma displays dark fruit (cherries, raisin), light chocolate, some lightly smoky/roasty notes, and a bit of peppery and piney character. It's interesting and welcoming.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a distinctly dextrinous edge. The carbonation is median, and it's delicately bristling before warming to become creamy smooth.

Flavor... ? The flavor is exactly as the aroma suggests it will be, but fuller. I get more fruit, including plums, figs, and some juicy apple; and I get more chocolate, fudge and toffee/dark caramel. What I don't find is a lot of dark roastiness, which I appreciate. If this is an English-style porter then we can leave that behind. There's a bit of coffee-like roastiness, yes, but it's more like a sweet and creamy coffee than espresso. It's not harsh or acidic, but as it warms it really opens up, and a much more smokey note appears. It becomes much rounder, and softer as well, with the sharper notes of the fruitiness fading into the cushion of the milk-chocolate and caramel drizzled malt. Ahh, and there are hops! It's fairly well balanced by a bitterness that keeps to the lower end but pushes at the malt, but there are also some pine and spruce-like and leafy hop flavors that appear in the finish. Quite nice. I'm thinking East Kent Goldings for the leafiness, but I'm not sure where the spruce and pine is coming from (Chinook? Actual spruce tips?). Surprising! Who would have thought it could be so complex at the start of the glass?

Overall, it's quite an impressive ale. It's surprisingly complex, and it takes the taster on a journey through several different types of flavors (fruitiness, maltiness, and hoppiness) while always displaying a varied 'listing' in each category, and never going overboard on any one of them. Nicely balanced. Superb!

Note: The recommended serving temperature for this beer is "12˚C/53˚F", and I would totally agree with that. However, I started this beer cooler, and without doing so I highly doubt you'd find such a variation of flavors.

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - As the beer pours, one finger of medium brown foam forms on top of the black body. The beer is quite opaque, with only a hint of brownish amber showing around the edges when held up to bright light. The head settles slowly and leaves a small amount of lace in its wake.

S - Nutty, brown malt aroma, complimented by notes of banana, raisins, cinnamon and brown sugar. The overall effect is very reminiscent of spiced baked goods.

T - It begins with a thick, rich malty note with hints of brown sugar. This is followed by clove, nutmeg and some dark fruit. In the middle, roasted malt and chocolate come out and slowly fade into the same nutty, banana bread like character from the aroma. The dark chocolate notes return to linger in the finish along with a some minor hop character and a hint of tobacco.

M - Thick, silky body, high carbonation, and a surprisingly dry finish.

D - This is a complex and impressively drinkable winter brew. The high carbonation and dry finish help to prevent the malt and spice character from becoming cloying in the way they tend to in other winter beers. At the same time, it retains the impressive complexity that is characteristic of Nogne O beers and manages to evoke a distinctly wintry atmosphere for the drinker.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pay attention here, this beer is a slow gusher. Meaning if you spend more than 5-10 seconds after popping the cap to pouring the foam will slowly some out like a charcoal snake firework. Oddly when I poured it out it simply left a more than ample head rather than a half glass of foam. Go figure. Very dark brown color, almost dark enough to cover up the few turbid yeast chucks floating in the beer. Subtle yet very pleasing dark malty aroma of toasted cocoa nibs, light molasses and cake batter. So damn smooth with a creamy full body and semi-crisp carbonation. Lots of chocolate and cocoa flavors, slight charred malt and dark roasted coffee in the back. Suggestions of dark fruit (burnt raisins) lead to a mildly warming and deceiving alcohol, deceiving until the beer warms up a little and then there is a clear breath of the 8.5% abv. Finishes dry.

I visited this beer for the first time at the annual Christmas Party @ Track 84 in RI this past December. All I have to say is that at first sip I could not get away from this beer, its not about being perfect its about being a favorite and this beer is certainly up their as an all time favorite.

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