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

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301 Ratings
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 59
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-01-2003)
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle picked up at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago.

Pours a clear dark brown/red, nice when held up to the light, big thick tan head forms, massive lacing, settles to a medium layer. Smell is rich and malty, chocolate and roast, toffee, bread, butter, nutmeg/allspice, classic strong porter qualities, very nice. Taste is sharp roast, toffee, bread, chocolate, cinnamon/nutmeg spiciness, yeasty, bitter roast and spice finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Smooth, easy to drink, but gets kind of muddy in the finish like some of the other Nognes I've had, which kind of makes my mouth feel dirty, but good winter beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 04:37:17 | More by Viggo
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CWiggins

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beers from this brewer have just become available in the Raleigh/Durham area. Their labels are certainly unique; I tried the imperial stout based on that alone! Winter ales always intrigue me. I was a little disappointed to discover this is really a porter, but my feelings changed upon the first full taste. I hope this brewer does eventually produce a true winter ale; I'd seek it out.

My surprise was evident when pouring this beer into my pint glass. The pitch black hue and slightly thicker than normal texture made me think of porter or stout. A very thick tan head formed and hung around for quite some time. The nose is of dark espresso, with bittersweet chocolate overtones and some warming alcohol and hops.

I found it interesting that the texture is thinner than I imagined it would be. It's reminiscent of a German beer with its lean mouthfeel. The flavor is of light hops and dark malts, with overtones of coffee, chocolate, and a light sweetness that I can't quite put my finger on. It's a very nice beer with a light porter profile. I can't wait to try some other offerings from this Norwegian brewer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 02:03:12 | More by CWiggins
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an expensive beer at 5.99 for 500ml but I figured since the Imperial Stout was so good, why the fuck not? It looks like a porter to me, brown with a cocoa colored head. It also smells like a porter, roasty. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Taste is a little cocoa, oats, everything about this beer screams porter to me. This actually has nothing in common with the winter warmers I have had, I feel fucking deceived. I understand that beer from Norway has to cost more being an import but unfortunately this one is not worth the price unless you like obscure Norwegian porters like some kind of fucking nerd. Like me!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 16:36:26 | More by ArrogantB
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger thick brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is roasted chocolate, some sweetness but a baker's chocolate finish. The high ABV is hidden. This porter is on steroids. $7.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 22:24:08 | More by jdhilt
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 15:46:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled May 2007
Pours with an ample, initially three-finger thick, creamy, lace inducing, brownish tan colored head that sits atop a deeply, blackened, amber colored brew that shows a brilliantly clear, rich, sparkling ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite fruity, with notes of raisins and figs being quite noticeable. A hint of spicy alcohol is just perceptible in the finish. Touches of toasted malt, browned-rustic bread and a hint of coffee like roast aromatics round out some more of the malt notes.

The taste is somewhat sweet, but a spicy, roast grain bitterness dries things out in the finish. The sweetness brings out a certain fruitiness, though it is not as prominent as it was in the nose; I get flavors of sweet plums and raisin. The roast grain character is actually quite a bit more noticeable than it was in the aroma; a burnt bitterness as well as a certain roast-derived acidity are quite noticeable and it mixes with a blackened barley flavor. It is interesting how the roasted malt notes really dry out the finish. At times the body and palate do not seem to have enough heft to stand up to the harsh burnt notes & hints of hot alcohol, but at other times they are in balance.

This is a pretty tasty brew, at times it can seem a bit out of balance, but it is still an enjoyable tipple.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 03:11:03 | More by Gueuzedude
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, deep brown in color-bordering on black. Caramel and roasted malt aroma. A hint of espresso. Deep caramel flavor with a touch of espresso thrown in. Nice touch of licorice as well. Good body-fairly lite considering the abv. Very, very drinkable and enjoyable. The more beers I have from this brewery the more I am very impressed.. Kick ass stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 00:00:51 | More by lackenhauser
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beckje01

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a nice spice smell for the nose, then tasting it gives good balance of spice and malt with not much activity in the mouth. But its a nice and approachable winter warmer as it hides its alcohol well. I had this as part of a tasting of all the Nøgne we could find it wasn't disappointing but it was my least favorite of their beers. If you see some around only buy this if you really like the style or the don't have any of their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 04:52:05 | More by beckje01
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head lasts well, with plenty of lasting lace. Aroma is hearty roasty dark grains. Taste is sweet malts upfront, roasty in the middle, with a light coffee bitterness at the close. Warmth creeps up on you. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, with way too easy drinkability. This place keeps impressing me with their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 23:33:48 | More by ppoitras
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oberon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 23:32:21 | More by oberon
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a deep black color into my pint glass with a nice tan head and lacing on the glass. The aroma gives you some solid roasted malt notes. The taste gives you more of the same along with a caramel character that is pleasing and at the end you get a slight hop bitterness that is warming. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 03:24:02 | More by ggaughan
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkest coloration, nearly black, with a nice, active toasted tan head. Looks really good!

Aroma is slightly sweet, black, chocolate malt at work, subdued cocoa feel, whispers of spice, anise, etc, but quiet, mellow...

A smooth, dusky affair once in the mouth, thick, rich, roasty. A bit smokey. Hints of caramel, but not as much as the label promises, this is a darker, richer character than that. So beefy, I'd stick it in the stout category. Very supple mouthfeel, big time flavor, huge body, quite tasty.

Not sure I'd pop $5 a bottle for it too often though...but I was happy to try it out!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 06:36:56 | More by feloniousmonk
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Drew966

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nogne O Winter Ale pours a dark brown with an off white head from a brown 1 pint .9 ounce bottle. The aroma is very mild, it's hard to detect anything. There is a lucious, thick mouthfeel. Caramel malt is noticeable and there is a nice balance of hops. Well done. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 01:29:40 | More by Drew966
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 02:15:59 | More by Sammy
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Crosling

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Deep brown color, full foam. Very mild aroma, a hint of dark malt and weedy, herbaceous hops.

Flavor is very interesting and complex and I can see why others like it, but I just don’t enjoy the profile. It has a lot of hints herbal tea, resinous hops and light malt components. Doesn’t seem very together. However, I had their Imperial Stout a couple days ago. Top notch stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 00:54:23 | More by Crosling
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown...little head

S-Chocolate covered cherries...also some coffee bean notes

T-Dark chocolate is the predominant flavor but it is complemented by some dark berries, coffee beans, and some mild vanilla beans.

M-Medium bodied, perhaps a little thin...a bit of a creamy texture...

D-This is decent. Definitely a treat from one of the true great beer brewing nations of the world. After drinking this I have now moved Norway to #1 on my list followed by Belgium and then Germany...This is the best Norweigan beer I've had since Nordick Wolf Light back in the 1980's...ahh check that I think that was from Sweden....anyhow I have definitely popped a little Norweigan wood after drinking this....In all seriousness this isn't bad at all but not an all-time great either..

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 04:57:13 | More by ZAP
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sleek shaped bomber sized bottle, with extremely descriptive label listing ingredients, brewery history and beer write up. Very appreciated. Saved for one of the last days before the arrival of spring!

A really nice gray coloured head would form, rest as an outer trim. Only a couple small patches of bubbles. A dark coloured body, deep brown essentially.

An enticing aroma of some blend of spices, well blended I couldn't even pick out one. Although, as I worked through it I came to believe there may not actually be any in there. I'm not entirely sure. What is certain is that it was pleasant, boasting lots of earthy notes, a variety of malts, and the essence of a Christmas cake/pudding. I liked it.

The mouthfeel gave way to trace amounts of alcohol, hardly enough to note. It came out a little flat with nothing overly bold in the flavour department. A little ashyness, with very, very bittersweet chocolate notes that dominate the palate.

A really good example of the style, nothing mind blowing but I'm certainly anxious to find it again next winter.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 17:25:53 | More by biegaman
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

biegaman was nice enough to share this one with me. thanks jan!

1pt 0.9oz bottle.

pours very deep brown, nearly opaque, with a half inch head of very fine tan bubbles. drops slowly to a thin layer on top of the beer and a ring around the edges. spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. nice toasty caramel character. bit of floral hops.

taste is good. nice and roasty. bittersweet chocolate. light alcohol. coffee. moderate bitterness. nice bready malt. caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a nice moderate carbonation level.

drinkability is good. very well balanced, hiding its alcohol quite well. reminds me of a porter in many ways...english, or maybe baltic. very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 00:29:13 | More by grub
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Westsidethreat

California

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours like iced coffee…quite dark but light can traverse it. Head is an excellent mass of latte colored thick bubbles.

S: Chocolate milk, café au lait, boysenberries, roasted barley and some fresh cream

T: Begins much like a milk stout. Some mellow grape like tangy nips hit the tip of the tongue while some lactose sweetness spreads towards the center. This flavor seems to last for a few seconds until bitter chocolate happens upon the back sides of the mouth. Bitterness of the roasted variety with a swath of piney hops and progressive cocoa as the beer warms. Finishes somewhat dirty with a dustiness to it.

M: Medium body, sort of thin for the style but the carbonation is nice.

D: Well, so far I’m unimpressed by this brewery. The beers don’t suck but nothing has blown me away. This beer is definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 03:26:52 | More by Westsidethreat
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 14:00:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles labeled "Winter Ale" in U.S. with the same snow flakes over the O. God Jul references Christmas.

Appearance: dark brown almost black in color with a 1" tan colored head that lasts a while. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: soft chocolate and malt sweetness are very mild.

Taste: chocolate, malty, caramel, vanilla, prunes, raisins and a mild bitterness. Faint alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Short aftertaste with mostly chocolate and malt sweetness. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: a solid beer that has drinkability knocked down a notch since the alcohol is noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 16:41:15 | More by Gavage
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bark

Sweden

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle conditioned. The colour is black, the liquid is clear. There is a low beige head and some lacing.

The generous smell is dry - bitter with roasted malt and notes of coffee, cocoa and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is strong; smoky and roasted malt with some sweet notes of coffee and fine dark chocolate. There are lots of hops; the dry bitter base got chemical flavours of wax and chalks, bitter spices and ditto citric fruits. The aftertaste is roasted and dry, I found some spices (cloves? basil?) and a hint of orange.

The carbonation is mild with small bubbles. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

A fine one, but a little too much alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 19:13:49 | More by bark
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Dark black with a one finger khaki colored head. Slight ruby tones near the bottom & sides of the glass. Very close, appearance-wise, to their porter.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, nuts, and baking bread. Faint whiff of alcohol.

T: Burnt, roasted malt with a big dose of bittersweet chocolate. Some flavors of nuts, hops, sweet toffee, and tart fruit round this out.

M: Oily and dry. Pleasantly bitter and tangy, to the tongue, in the finish. Sweet tofffee keeps the bitter mouthfeel from going too far.

D: Very drinkable. A terriffic beer to spend a cold and snowy evening with.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 00:16:57 | More by GbVDave
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Jredner

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50 cl bottle. Perfumey alcohol and spice dominate the aroma. It’s somewhat harsh really like a faint whiff of acetone. The body is a deep brown and holds fairly lasting thumb thick tan head. Sweetened pumpernickel, spice and lightly roasty with a soft mouthfeel and a very mild spice/alcohol heat. Never really delivers anything to make you say, "Well that's nice." But, despite that it is a decent enough brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 13:41:58 | More by Jredner
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Loki

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revied from notes taken on 8/25/05 that I'm finally getting around to putting in BA.com. Thanks Alekeep and Biergirl, and your Norwegian friends, for sharing these wonderful beers during our Norwegian Beer dinner.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin beige head

Smell: Predominately sweat with solid, roasted malt and caramel aromas. Some leather with hints of spices. More malt aromas than anything else.

Taste: Almond nuttiness, toffee, hints of chocolate, roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, clean and crisp.

Drinkability: Very solid brew. Nice, easily approachable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 00:11:08 | More by Loki
God Jul from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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