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

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very good

178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
15°P, 30 IBU.

Also sold as "Peculiar Yule".

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

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 11-03-2004)
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Photo of Beervana
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on July 16 2014. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a murky brownish-copper colour, with an enormous head that erupts at the surface and quickly fills the glass. It takes a few minutes to seep down a bit, producing a fluffy, two fingers' worth of off-white froth, in addition to multiple wide bands of sticky gobs of lace. Looks great, and the aroma is pretty interesting, too - cinnamon and ginger are the most pungent inclusions, although coriander, clove and cardamom contribute some spicy, earthy undertones. Caramel sweetness, fig and raisin are also detectable.

This one already had a strong 'Christmas dessert' vibe going on, but the flavour profile really solidifies that. Grainy, bready malts and caramel sweetness provide much of the base, with cocoa, ginger and fig pudding following soon after. The flavour becomes increasingly earthy and spicy toward the finish, with hints of pine sap leading into spicy clove, coriander and cinnamon. Ginger heat lingers into the aftertaste, with a yeasty, earthy bitterness and slight alcohol warmth keeping it company. This is actually surprisingly warming for 6.5%, but that might be an artifact of all the spices used. Medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation levels that assault the tongue and provide a very crisp, active feel in the mouth. Despite the manageable abv, this one's intense spiciness seriously limits its drinkability - a pint is more than enough for me, thanks, at least for tonight.

Final Grade: 4.3, an excellent A grade. Underlig Jul is a bold-tasting, spicy winter warmer that is likely to raise at least one of your eyebrows upon the first sip. While it's not the sort of thing I'd want to drink in large volumes, or even very frequently, it is still a very creative, full-flavoured strong ale that makes for an excellent dessert beer or night-capper. Any fan of spiced beers or North American-style winter warmers should consider seeking this one out, because it's a fine example all-around.

Photo of evil_liver
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mit
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a darkish amber brown colour with a decent head.

Almost smells like a cola....spicey....hard to pick out the spices. Sweet and spicey with a slight alcohol burn.

Very spicey.....sweetness was more in the fore in the bouquet. Kinda peppery...has a nice alcohol finish. Very much a winter warmer.

Decent mouthfeel. Very chewy...higher abv

Overall this is a great winter beer. I would drink it again. You cant have two in a row before it becomes overwhelming imo.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of DenisKolkin
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served fairly old into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for about $6.50 CDN.

Appearance - hazy brown coloured beer with cherry hues. Two fingers of off white head are poured and stay awhile. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell - nice blend of herbs and spices, some cinnamon and berries are the stars, but there's an herbal but not medicinal quality lying underneath. The nose is fairly pungent as well.

Taste - starts spicy with cinnamon, then moves to a leafy earthy flavor, before some bitterness comes in. That is followed by another round of herbal flavor, then finish spicy with cinnamon. Ginger throughout. Kind of a full circle here. The only other comment is that it reminds me of Jaegermeister, turned way down in intensity, some added bitterness and herbal qualities as a beer. That's what we're dealing with here.

Mouthfeel - lively carbonation, yet soft mouthfeel, and only a moderately heavy body. Alcohol while not significant the way in which it is presented leaves a warming sensation from the first sip.

Overall- an interesting spiced beer, as mentioned above, it's reminiscent of a really toned down Jaegermeister, and as someone who enjoys that, I rather enjoyed this. It's definitely something that is enhanced by cool weather or a desire to drink something like it, but it's certainly good. Cost is a bit prohibitive, but definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of mick303
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was the worst gusher I've ever seen, taking the cap off was like opening a fire hydrant, lost a lot of good beer, and then still took a long time for the head to calm down (brew date was 19.7.12 so about a year and a half old) colour is a really dark brown, big head. Losing half the beer has me rattled and the remainder better be amazing.
S- spicy and herbal, ginger is really strong, nuanced with some dark malts, lots of slick pungent spice, maybe some yeasty notes coming in, robust and interesting. Interesting phenolic notes.
T- clove spice, cinnamon, with ginger snaps, a robust full maltiness, spicy bitterness, some of the complex cardamon character. Tasty, with pepper and cinnamon, the spice plays well off the malts, mellow bitterness and ginger character.
M- moderate and full, lots of carbonation, spicy ginger coating feel. Slick finish with a lingering herbal character.
I had a ginger rosemary beer that almost ruined the idea of putting ginger in beer and I'm glad to see in this a pronounced but balanced character, smooth complex spiciness and lots of interesting nuances and complex flavours. A bit more hops wouldn't hurt as would not gushing all over the place, but a delicious complex beer with decent balance I would try another batch of in the hopes this was a one-off problem. Otherwise my rating would easily have exceeded 4. Very tasty beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Underlig Jul from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
88 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.