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

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317 Ratings

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 70
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Asgeirr
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nøgne Ø God Jul Anno 2007 pours a pitch dark, and obviously opaque, brown with a sepia-coloured crown of striking thickness eventually leaving plenty of lacing.

Smell: Tar, a lot of fucking tar to be precise, counterbalanced by ginger as a prominent freshness. Simple yet astonishingly impressive.

Taste: Wow! Obviously resounding of tar, thanks to the smoked malt we also get some liquorice. However this time around ginger makes a much more humble occurrence. This beer is extremely bold in its flavour, almost bordering at a whiskey-feel.

Mouthfeel: Medium full, as presumed low in carbonation, rather smooth but punishingly coarse in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: As anachronistic as it may seem, I tried this Yule-brew on Midsummer's Eve but Lord (Chtulhu ) oh Lord was it ever so delightful. Additionally, this particular beer goes great with chervil, tarragon and juniper-graved reindeer fillet -- enjoy!

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 CoolJosh
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle shared with a buddy. Poured into a pint glass. This beer pours a dark brown muddy color, fair amount of sediment at the bottom. Creamy tan head provides an interesting contrast, but the body of this beer is unappealing.

The smell is very interesting, citrus hops ooze out of the glass, as the nose digs deeper it finds sweet chocolate, bitter coffee and pounds of vanilla. Some creamy scents accompany. Not too familiar with English style porters, but this does not remind me of an American porter...

Incredibly bitter coffee roasts, matched with extremely bitter chocolates. Very thin, a little harsh in the aftertaste. Slight creaminess with no hop presence, probably covered up by the coffee and chocolates. Wouldn't seek out again, it looks like all of their offerings fall pale in comparison to their Dark Horizon.

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

Upon opening this up, it quickly gushed over the top. Had to run to the bathroom to get it over the sink, and it dribbled on the table and floor. Very annoying.

It pours a dark black color with a good half-inch of tan foam atop it. The aroma has a pleasant toasty blackpatent smell, as well as some very pleasant hops--not your average English style porter. The flavor offers a more roasted edge, with plenty of caramel backing, and offering American levels of bitterness (well, think craft porter 20 years ago, not the overhopped ones that have come out lately).

The body is quite carbonated (see prefatory remarks), but not as heavy as one would expect from the strength.

Very solid beer. They just need to get that carbonation under control, or make some adjustments in other ways to keep the gush away.

Photo of champ103
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This is a slow gusher. Though manageable to pour. Very dark brown with some ruby highlights. A tan head rises to a little over two fingers. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Lots of dark toasted malt. Chocolate, vanilla, and light coffee flavors. Warm toffee and chocolate covered brownies.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of dark roasted and toasted malt. Chocolate, vanilla, and toffee. The alcohol overpowers the flavor a little bit though.
M/D: A medium body, but a bit over carbonated for my tastes. There is lots of prickly heat from the alcohol which makes this a little harder to drink than I would like.

This is a really good porter. Something I would recommend.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz brown pop top with attractive label with a nice little ditty about the beer and the brewery

Appearance: Murky dark dark brown beer with garnet highlights and a big sand-colored head with great retention...a few small-medium sized chunks of yeast in suspension

Smell: Big aromas of dark fruit, earthy yeast, and bittersweet chocolate...the aromas are delicious, and pretty typical of a robust English-style porter

Taste: Dark fruit and dark roasted grains up front; the flavors are nicely balanced between an almost sweet dark fruitiness (blackberry or cassis?) and bitter roasted grain. Big burnt grains on the finish, hint of coffee, you definitely pick up on the black malt here. Ends a bit husky, like fresh-milled grain. Alcohol is readily perceived in both taste and mouthfeel, though it's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and rich

Drinkability: Not one you'd knock off several of in a sitting but pretty good for the weight/abv

Conclusion: This is a tasty winter brew; it's big, roasty, warming, and PACKED with flavor...very "English" in style, but it's from Norway which is kind of cool...not a home run, but definitely worth seeking out

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

A - This beer poured a very dark brown color that produced a moderately sized fluffy tan head which had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and smoke

T - The taste of this beer had a great caramel and chocolate mixture that was welcoming, the dark fruits came though rather artifically, like cherry runts, but the smokeness at the end masked it pretty quickly

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a creamy, medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - As a beer, this one gets good marks except for the artifical taste I got which was minor, but as a "winter" beer, I don't get anything that would classify this apart from other porters

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

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black, with a huge light amber and creamy head, with good retention and raindrop lacing all over the place. Looks like it's going to be a good one.

Smell: Interesting initial mix of tobacco and roasted malt and cocoa. Raw sugar cookie dough and butter just-cooking. A bit of wet dog. A bit of funk. Some caramel. Swirl it around vigorously and both sponge and chocolate covered cherries come through. What a wild aroma overall. I dig it.

Taste: Dark roasted malts, subtly, on the tongue initially, with some chocolate covered cherry taste, and almost some gusher (the candy) too-rich high fructose corn syrup cherry taste also, which is an interesting mix. A hint of cough syrup too. A bit of mild coffee and acrid citrus bitterness at the end. A long finish, maybe a bit too bitter, but exhibiting many different qualities. There's a lot to discover, to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy and pleasant all the way through, with tickly carbonation, no residual sugar cloying nature, and it seems fairly medium-bodied overall.

Drinkability: This is expensive stuff, as all the Nøgne Ø beers are, but it was certainly worth a bottle. Very different from all the others of the style I've had, which makes it quite an experience. I'm looking forward to trying more, along with the #100 and Imperial Stout I still have also.

Photo of bmwats
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into an imperial nonic.

A: Pours into a 3 finger frothy tan head. A craterous pock marked disintegrating head slowly settles leaving sticky spider web lacing as it does. Continues to leave you with thick lacing as you drink it down.

S: Roasted coffee malt, oregano, pecan shells, baked bread.

T: Strong roasted malt, licorice. A little bitter.

M: Coats the mouth. Has a robust and hearty body. Licorice aftertaste lingers throughout.

D: Great sipping beer.

Great atmosphere. Impressive appearance, and a full complex nose. Flavor is not as complex as the nose, but nicely balanced and full. Really thorough and full body. Great quaff.

Photo of brendan13
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with a 2cm tan head that slowly falls away. Fair amount of lacing is left down the glass.
S - Dark fruit, caramel bit of chocolate roastiness & some floral touches.
T - Not unlike the smell with the dark fruit coming through quite strongly
M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Smooth bitterness.
D - Full of flavour and something I'd drink more of. Shame it's so pricey like most beers from this brewery.

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-A dark, murky brown with a creamy mocah head with great retention and nice lacing.

S-Dark chocolate, molasses, caramel and dark fruit.

T-Maltier than the nose would indicate and more like the style. Sweet malt in the front, then dark chocolate and a surprising bitter hop finish. Very good.

M-A bit rich on the tongue, otherwise nicely medium bodied.

D-Very tasty and nicely drinkable.


Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up one of these at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Three fingers of dark tan foam with excellent retention and lovely rings of lacing. Dark, dark, brown - almost black - and slightly lighter at the fringes. Great looking brew.

S - Chocolate malt, caramel, licorice, bread, some floral hoppiness, and a touch of booziness.

T - A touch soapy, but with plenty of dark chocolate, burnt malt, and a strong aftertaste of roasty bitterness. It's a bit of a letdown from the smell, and the soapy note is a little distracting.

M - Moderate carbonation, with a slight tingle on the upper lip. Medium to full bodied and very smooth. It's one of the best things about this brew.

D - The roasty bitterness builds up quite a bit, but otherwise it's eminently drinkable. My wife and I quickly downed the 500ml bottle.

Probably a little overpriced but I was glad to try it.

Photo of beer2day
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a 1-finger tan head.

Chocolate comes through in the nose with some mild spices and anise.

Roasted chocolate, a little oatmeal, but mainly roasted chocolate coming through on the tongue. Slight burnt aftertaste. Just thick enough for a porter.

Photo of dfillius
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first I've had from this renowned brewery. Glad to find it at BevMo Escondido. Enjoyed in an imperial pint glass.
A: Moderate pour yields a thin layer of tan head. Very dark brown (nearly opaque) liquid with red hints along edges. More head please.
S: Dark fruit, nice hops, roasted malt - very porter-like. A little alcohol is apparent.
T: Bittersweet chocolate like 70: Green & Black's. Cherry. Alcohol.
M: Bitter and perfectly carbonated. Has a great smoothness.
D: Very good. Delicious. Smooth and delightful. I see why there is a buzz about this brewery.

Photo of johlendorf
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great offering from a great brewery. Recommended if it's available in your area.

A = Opaque black. Dark tan cap that follows the beer down the glass.

S = Caramel, chocolate, a little nuttiness.

T = Chocolate coffee. Smokey. Very well balanced. There are some strong flavors here but everything is harmonious and nothing really jumps out.

M = Smooth and rich. Really nice.

D = I should have picked up two.

Grab one while it's still porter weather.

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

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a deep, opaque black, with a beautiful fluffy tan head that settles into a cap that never goes away.

Nose is interesting - brown sugar and a bit of caramel, just a bit roasty, hints of cocoa and some spicy alcohol in there also.

Taste is sweet, with caramel and brown sugar mixing it up with roasty malt, hints of coffee, and a hint of soy. Tons of really nice, smooth ultra-dark cocoa in there also towards the finish, which is light and roasty, but somewhat long, and with the cocoa still lingering as well.

Mouthfeel is really well done also, creamy and plush. I would easily drink this again. And again.

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

Continuing my trend of reviewing on sale winter brews, had been wanting to try this for a while now. Here's hoping it's a good one.

A: Pours a really dark and opaque brown, with a two fingered khaki head that leaves a nice coating of lacing all around the glass.

S: Smells of bitter chocolate, coffee, caramels nice smell.

T: Heavy on the coffee flavor, that melts into a nice, bitter, dark chocolate and finishes off with a nice roasted nut taste.

MF: A nice balance here, can't complain.

D: Very drinkable beer, great taste perfect for a chilly night.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark, mahogany red with a spongey, 2 finger head that was medium khaki in color. Retention was excellent, still sturdy and strong with hardly a trace of give even after 5 full minutes of sitting about. The lacing was thick and lustrious making for a full sheet coating.

S: The aroma was equally impressive with a nice wintery pine scent, a rich caramel with a hint of fresh warm chocolate and cocoa notes. The Columbus hops provide a beautiful dry floral orchid aroma that is very distinguishable for those familiar with Anderson valleys hop ottin.

T: rich chocolate and cocoa, with a big helping of pine resin hopping. The Columbus hops soon kick in providing a pungent floral taste. A beautiful slightly burnt caramel sweetness, pine and spruce woodiness compliments the malting creating a wintery warm sensation and feel for this beer. Some light citrus, black cherries and dry holiday spicing rounds things out here. The flavor was exceptionally good, well balanced and was very smooth in transition of taste from start to finish.

M: light and silky, very luscious on the tongue with a warming feel and a soft carbonation. Very nice, with a dry fade of pine, coffee, and light charred woodiness for a fade and finish.

D: Drinkability was of course was very good, with a warming, beautiful winter feel that was beautifully exceuted making for a great example of style. One that is sure to warm and cheer you up.

Photo of Crafted
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first offering from Nogne O..

a: Dark.. very dark, 3 finger coffee colored head..

s: Sweet malty complexity.. hops.. caramel

t: Amazingly good.. Sweet caramel.. Smooth.. Easy drink for an 8.5%

m: Rich coffee.. Thick and right.. Malty..

d: I just finished it and i want another.. Cant wait to get some more of this.. And some other offerings by Nogne O..

Photo of m1ked
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Compliments of Hamilton's fine selection.

A- Dark root beer brown with a big bubbly head starting at 1/2" shrinking to 1/4" with considerable lacing.

S- Brown sugar, cocoa powder, light booziness & caramel.

T- Brown sugar, cocoa powder with a slight metallic tone, marshmellows with a fine anise finish.

M- Medium to moderate weight with good carbonation. chewy.

D- Another fine offering from this brewery. A heavy chewy winter selection that I would reach for again. A slow sipper for sure.

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

Poured from the bottle a deep dark brown, almost black, with a huge mocha colored head.

Big aroma of malts, caramel, and chocolate.

The bottle says winter ale but this is a porter. The taste is much like the aroma. Big taste of malts, caramel, chocolate, and nuts. The alcohol is well idden.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

This was a really enjoyable porter (winter ale). Try one if you get the chance.

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

Poured from a large bottle to a snifter the liquid is very dark with good carbonation. The head is dark mocha, thick and leaves nice lace.

The smell is rich, roasty with chocolate notes.

The taste is good very rich and roasty, chocolate notes, quite a uber porter.

The mouthfeel is full and thick with good carbonation.

The drinkability is good but one gets to be enough.

Prosit, MK

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, complex, malt scent that boasts of burnt toffee, chocolate and hops. It also has a slight roasted character. The taste is great! It has a smooth and creamy caramel malt flavor with a moderate roasted feel and light chocolate notes. It goes down easy with some yeasty esters in the finish. The mouthfeel is outstanding. It is a full bodied beer with near perfect carbonation. This is an exceptional winter ale. It's quite complex and very easy drinking; a real treat!

Photo of beveritt
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a Duvel chalice. Label front is very simple, a green bisected O with snowflakes falling all around. Underneath this is the name, Winter Ale. Good description on the back, including 19 degrees Plato, 30 IBU, and 8.5 ABV. Brewed with Munich, caramel, clack, lager and chocolate malts, and Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a massive head, 4 fingers of big bubbled, pillowy tan foam. This settles very slowly, eventually leaving a thin layer of foam, with a larger island in the middle above the nucleation point. Lacing is nice, with good coverage. The beer itself is a somewhat muddy brown and completely opaque. No sediment in the bottle, but there was some evidence of yeast as I was pouring the beer.

Smell: A mild, roasty malt smell, that almost reminds me of fresh rubber. A hint of cherries.

Taste: Dark chocolate and coffee, with an nice sweet, malt finish. Some alcohol warming in the finish, but nothing unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: My first beer from this brewer, in fact the first I have ever seen in a store. I am impressed with this well balanced and flavorful beer. Looking forward to tracking down more from them.

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

I picked this one up with the "Winter Ale" label. I'm placing the review here since I agree that the English Porter classification is much more appropriate than Belgian Dark Ale.

Appearance: It pours a very dark, chestnut brown color and is loaded with haze. There's a very minute amount of light getting through at the edges showing a very light red color. It's topped with an enormous light brown head that stands three fingers tall easily. Retention was very good and thick sheets of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: This is a very sweet and malty smelling beer. It's loaded with caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts. Coffee is easily noted on the nose, but plays a secondary role to the vast array of malts. It smells lightly hopped, but I'm very pleased to note their presence. I wasn't expecting that in the least. Alcohol is blended very well, but is faintly noticeable. Pretty impressive nonetheless. This is a nice smelling beer, but seems like it's needs a little something to drive it the next level.

Taste: It is indeed very malty and sweet. Caramel and chocolate malts seem to vie for the spotlight, but there's some toasted notes present. There is a very light coffee flavor that adds some character, but it's clearly a secondary component. Hops are noteable, but aren't strong enough to add the punch it needs. It just needs a little something extra that I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe it's more hops or a little spiciness. Alcohol is barely noted. Very impressive given the stature. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Mouthfeel is Winter Ale's strong suit. It's thick and has a very silky, lush feel. Carbonation is nicely done and doesn't impede its smooth feel in any way. Drinkability is good, but is a little limited by its big feel and 8.5% abv.

Winter Ale is a very good beer, but really needs a little more zeal. More hops, a little spiciness perhaps? Something for sure. It's a nice beer that's easily recommended. But, it could use a little work in my opinion.

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