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

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 13
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 11-03-2004

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
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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another treat courtesy of peensteen... Props for the hook-up!

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby red colour, finger of soapy off-white head with solid retention and some nice sporadic lacing.

S - Quite medicinal, spices dominate, heavy ginger, hints of cloves, cinnamon, coffee and a peppery finish.

T - The taste is dominated by the ginger notes, reminiscent of a bitter gingerbread, leafy green hop undertones, with the medicinal spices coming through on the finish. Cloves, ginger and cinnamon all come through with a coffee finish that lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty winter warmer that brings a load of spices but whose flavour profile that isn't overwhelmed by that same spice. Surprisingly drinkable and I quite enjoyed this brew. Well balanced and well worth seeking out!

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Peculiar Yule pours a dark chestnut body with a sturdy khaki hued head. Lavish sticky lacing coats the glass.

Aroma is bold. Peppermint, menthol, spruce shavings, pine, ginger, anise, and a hint of cocoa are all very evident. A very challenging bouquet.

Mouthfeel is near full bodied and coating. Medium carbonation and a bite of ginger are noted.

Taste is complex. Lots of spices going on, but ginger, clove, cinnamon, anise, and peppermint seem most apparent. Subtle caramel and cocoa make a malt presence known. Some floral hops emerge at room temperature. Pine and spruce are heavy handed throughout. Finishes with a spicy dryness.

Actually quite drinkable, in spite of the heavy spicy hand, but a bit more ginger than I care for. I doubt there is any peppermint in this one but it sure makes you think so. Interesting..

Photo of mrquartetman
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark in color, with a brownish head that hangs in there for a while.

S: Strong spicy aroma with strong malt accent. Ginger and clove predominate (see spice list below).

T: This beer is a strong contender in the spiced Christmas beer category with Anchor's Our Special Ale. It is not as cloying or as aggressive as the 2008 Anchor was. More subtle and more satisfying. The spices start it out, but the malt takes over pretty quickly, with a balancing hop in the mix.

M: This complex brew is a kind of a riot of persistent flavors, attributable to its spice list: ginger, coriander, cardamon, cinnamon and cloves. Ginger, cinnamon and cloves are the most identifiable.

D: I wouldn't want to drink more than a single 25 oz bottle at a time (probably shared) so that I wasn't put off by spiciness. I find this a highly drinkable beer - more so than a lot of the spiced winter beers out there.

This beer is a direct analogue with this brewer's Underlig Jul.
While the Underlig is listed on their site as being 6.5% abv (this one is shown at 6.3%), the brewer still states that they are the same beer (rated separately here on BA).

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, part of the LCBO winter Nogne O brewery feature.

Goblet for this one. Dark brown with a hint of ruby around the edges, and with a fluffy head of foam that recedes into a thick ring with some lacing.

Once you open the bottle, a blast of herbs greets you - really opens up your sinuses, actually. The bottle lists cinnamon, ginger, cloves, coriander and - perhaps most strangely - cardamom as being added spices to the mix, and I'll certainly say that the ginger gets top billing here. Peppermint, herbal medicine (cough drops?), orange peel are also in the mix. A spicy conglomeration, this.

After sharing the first bottle with friends, I wasn't as impressed with it. But the second time around, consumed on its own and with the whole bottle to myself, I can certainly see the medicinal quality to the brew, but I have to say there's a lot more to it than that. The first few sips are quite strong in the ginger, peppermint and herb department, but as your tastebuds acclimatize, things become far more balanced. The Christmas flavors of cinnamon, oranges with clove, and sweet malt start to get some time to shine. As you go further along, the hops (American, again) start to become more assertive, giving the brew a nice pine woodsy feel and also cleansing the palate of the rich heaping of spice. Really interesting beer this, and the more I sip it, the more I'm enjoying it.

Medium bodied, generously carbonated.

Interesting Christmas brew, well worth trying. God Jul everyone!

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-A heady brew, pouring 2 fingers of the big bubbled white variety with a fair amount of stickiness. This one is light orange in color and hazy.

S-Spicy-like a farmhouse ale-saison, yeasty (lemon like fruity esters), and sweet. An inviting complex aroma. Peculiar indeed.

T-The spice (I can't distinguish which spices are in here-tastes like it's coming more from the Cascade and Columbus hops then anything else) and tingly carbonation hits me first, then the clean bready malt takes over followed up with spicy hops and a slight alcoholic burn that ends quick. Like the aroma this beer has a lot of flavors blended together. It's a nice beer-a Christmas beer that drinks equally well on a warm summer day.

M-Lots of carbonation, medium-bodied, finish is quite smooth. Finish gets a little longer and more bitter (hoppy) as it warms.

D-I'd happily drink many ounces of this one.

O-Plenty of complexity to keep your palate interested while drinking a bomber. A fun and complex beer. My first beer from Nogne. I like it. Got a deal on this one, but I might have to come back and give more of their beers a go.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on tap into a snifter at the blue monk in buffalo, ny.

appears nearly black but is actually a slightly murky dark dark brown color. nice retentive light tan colored head. some average looking lace.

wow, smells like christmas! big spruce, cinnamin, ginger cookie, nutmeg, all the christmis spices. a nice dark bready, slight dark fruity malt.

again, all the christmas spices are in full effect. lots of spruce, nutmeg, caradamom, allspice, cinnamin, gingerbread cookies, a dark bready, lightly roasted malt, some light dark fruits. reminds me of an amped up anchor christmas ale.

medium bodied, slightly silky feel, good carbonation level.

definatly a solid christmas beer, like christmas in the bottle. im glad my friend surprised me with it. ill definatly revisit this in the bottle.

Photo of BGDrock
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown like root beer, a bit murky; dense, tan head with great retention

Aroma: huge spice notes flowing from the pour - cardamom, cinnamon, close; like a pumpkin pie but without the sweetness, it practically burns; perfect for winter

Taste & Mouthfeel: right off the start more balanced than expected - some solid chocolate and espresso flavours with the spices coming out more in the finish, pairing with coffee bitterness and maybe some orange peel; medium-light body also unexpected, thought it would be heavier; bitterness and spice sometimes feels like pine needles; caramel malt sweetness is mild, just there as a platform for the other flavours

Overall: a great easy-drinking winter brew with interesting complex flavours, but a bit more malt complexity would be nice

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a dark dense brown body with a thick light tan head that last and last and sticks to the glass.

S- The smell of cardamom, cinnamon, and a British yeast blend together during the pour.

T- The dried ginger and mellow chocolate malt has some berry fruity esters supporting it. There is some soft spicy notes with ginger and hops blended with an interesting minty quality to the hops. The spices hang on the tongue after each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation but no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a big spice flavor with the cardamom and dry spice flavor growing too strong as the beer opens up. It gets hard to drink and the malt and hop flavors get lost making this beer a bit more odd with each sip.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spuyten & Duvell. Dark brown with nice head, lace. Yeasty, spicey, quite drinkable. Describe as a Norway biere de Garde. Pleasant citrus from C-hops, and a well blended melange of spices, chocolate malt. CInammon, mint, a bit of ginger, allspice. I like this brewery.

Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another holiday ale sale item. I commonly imbibe Glogg at the Swedish Christmas Fair every year here in Los Angeles but I never would have considered brewing a beer based on these flavors. Hmm...

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a small-ish generic thick stemmed glass from Cost Plus World Market.

Rosewood body with burgundy and crimson highlights. A beige thin head recedes to a glossy lasting disk. Sticky, thin, pasty lacing.

The aroma is very strong with this one. Heavy spice, fruit, and mulled wine notes suggest anything other than a beer. Cinnamon, cloves, raisins, possibly cherries...a hint of prunes and oak as well...

Peculiar indeed, it tastes a bit like perfume but in a good way. The aformentioned spices are present along with a bit of lavender, vague honey, sandalwood, and lime as well. Aftershave, potpurri, recently cleaned and waxed wood floors...all these come to mind. There is a malty backbone that comes through in the finish and offsets the myriad of unusual flavors with a more familiar element.

Medium-light bodied, moderately carbonated, gently warming (more from spice than from ABV).

A singular expression of the brewer's art, but also an oddity that I doubt I'll revisit.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nogne Peculiar Yule
16.9 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness date

Nice appearance. The body is a clear mahogany brown with ruby and ruby-orange highlights beneath a pillowy head of lightly orange-tinted tan that leaves thick rings and sheets of lace about the glass as it goes.

The aroma is mainly piney, but perhaps contains some other spice, and it's gingerbready in combination with the toasty and toffee-ish malt included. I'm reminded of Ivin's Famous Spiced Wafers (which are apparently ONLY famous in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and lower New York areas).

The flavor follows the aroma but with more maltiness, and as it warms it becomes much more rounded and not quite as sharp with pine. It's bready, toasty, spicy with ginger/nutmeg (and perhaps other spices, maybe all-spice), and piney. I'm not sure if the pine is coming from hops or not, but whatever's going on seems to be working well with the spices. There's not a lot of bitterness, but their needn't be as it finishes dry with a light touch of raspy evergreen. Looking deeper into it you'll find notes of caramel, light chocolate, toffee, and a good bit of nuttiness. It's fairly complex, and somewhat rich, yet it doesn't seem filling or overpowering.

Overall, definitely spicy. A good holiday beer. Well-rounded and balanced. Nicely done!

Photo of cjgator3
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a massive light tan head that sticks around forever and leaves a good amount of retention.

S- The aroma just screams Christmas. There is sweet malt up front with a lot of spices most notably of cinnamon, cloves and coriander. The aroma is wonderful, and would be a great beer to enjoy during the holidays.

T- The taste starts out with a nice smooth malt base with an array of spices and a roasted bitter finish.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and very creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Peculiar Yule is a pretty solid brew that is a perfect holiday brew to enjoy with all the holiday fixings. Recommended!

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winter warmer just in time for summer
A - just slightly hazy rootbeer brown, thumb of tan head held its own nicely
S - dense wet cake batter with nutmeg, cinnamon, with light fruit and greens
T - some earthy and pine hops hold a decent balance against dense bread, winter spices, and light molasses malts, slightly must finish
M - medium to heavy with a solid spicy tingle, finishes with just a touch of hop dry
O - a solid tasty spicy treat with a fairly good balance of hops and big sticky malt, worth seeking out but maybe wait for the fall

Photo of Gmann
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color with some noticable yeast floaties. The head is dense and creamy, settles into a solid ring. The aroma is a spice bomb. Some nice spruce and ginger that mellows with some clove spice. There seems to be a hidden milk chocolate character that mixes well with the spice. The base flavor seems to be a traditional english porter as it has some caramel/butter malt characteristics. The spice is not as heavy as it is in the aroma. Definitely some candied ginger, light sprucy juniper and cardamom. The feel is moderate to chewy, fairly soft carbonation which I expected for the style. Has a nice holiday spicy finish. A very good sprucy/spiced ale. The brew has a nice woodsy spice that I like in a holiday beer. Very enjoyable and recommended.

Photo of Keene
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy, walnut brown with a decent amount of beige head. The aroma is intense and characteristic of Scandinavian Christmas beers: pine, pitch, cardamom, and ginger all stand out immediately.

Inspired by Gløgg, Peculiar Yule has a medium-body and a dark, complex flavor that, to a certain degree, masks the presence of the hop varieties. Pine, cocoa, and the aforementioned spices are the predominant flavors here. Different but drinkable, this malty brew also has a fairly long, rather sweet finish. A must for fans of spiced beer.

Photo of philipquarles
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

50cL bottle of the American release 'Peculiar Yule' with Chinook hops. Pours a nearly opaque dark red with a huge tan head. Smells strongly of spices, particularly ginger and cinnamon. Chocolaty malt comes through in the flavor, followed by strong bitterness and spices. Quite dry. Overall, a very interesting beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a soft cola color with a light reddish-orange hue capped off by a dirty khaki colored head that was fizzy and barely 1 finger high, settling rather quickly to a thin, whispy film covering. A thin sheet lacing clings to the glass walls.

S: The nose was fresh ever-green pine needles with soft dried sap hints. A nice citrusy aroma blends well with the soft roasted chocolate malting which adds some nice earthy notes. What I liked most of all was the subtlety of the spices used here. The ginger, cloves and cinnamon are detected well enough but are well balanced in regards to one another and the malting providing compliment hints of spices without drowning out one another or the maltiness. Beautifully spiced, with a nice maltiness makes for a really nice nose here.

T: starts off nothing less then superb with a soft roasted chocolate malt helping with some seemingly spicy clove hints. Theres a very nice winter feel here as well (see their winter ale). Very earthy with fresh ever-green pine, cinnamon, and ginger dancing off the tongue with a spicy but well even manner with respect to one another. The munich and chocolate malting was equally superb and would be hard pressed to find a finer example of malt flavor then right here. Theres a nice spiciness of cloves but is quick off the tongue on the finish and fade providing just the right amount to be appreciated without overstaying its welcome.

M: silky with a little bit of edgeiness provided by the carbonation. Medium body and just a nice experience overall leaving a soft roasted lacing that was earthy and dry behind on the swallow.

D: Very good drinkability and one of the best by style. The perfect balance of malt and spices, balance and abv makes this a dream going down and one that should not be missed.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a large, fading head.
Nose shows ginger, roasted malt, citrus and cinnamon. The spices definitely dominate. Nice but perhaps a little full-on. I would have liked the base beer to stand out more.
Flavours are a bit of a surprise, I was expecting sweeter. Instead there's some roasted malt and a lot of herbal bitterness. The spices aren't as prominent as in the aroma but there's still some ginger and cinnamon present. Body seems light on, could be higher.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours brown with a few yeast floaties noticable, along with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is strong, I immediately smell ginger along with some cinnamon, citrusy and pine hops, and coriander. For me the spices really stand out in the aroma. The taste is very similar to the aroma. Ginger is the strongest taste, and then there's some citrusy (orange and grapefruit) and pine hops, cloves, cinnamon and a little bit of chocolate. As with the aroma, I think the spicy taste overpowers the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. If you don't like ginger and/or spicy beers, then this beer probably isn't for you. But I do like ginger and spicy beers, so I liked this brew a lot. I'll have to pick some more up next year if it gets brewed again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a murky dirty brown color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with notes of cinnamon and cardamom dominates with some light citrus hops notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by solid caramelized malt with some cinnamon and cardamom notes. Light toffee and chocolate notes can also be detected. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting use of the spice with good balance to keep the whole mix drinkable.

Photo of peabody
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You open this up and foam comes out the top.
Pours out a very effervescent dark brown to dark red color with lots of fizz bubbles in the liquid and one finger of brown foamy suds and lots of nice lacing.
Smell is very spicy with a raisiny fig aroma. Sugar and malt are strong here as well as the corriander and pumpkin spices.
Taste is not sweet at all. Kind of a bitter dark burnt malt with allspice in the background.
Aftertaste is not sticky nor is it alcoholy at all. You are left with a fig newton kind of feel in the mouth.
Drinkability is good here but this is one strange brew. Not for everyone.

Photo of Amalak
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark brown beer and is all but opaque. Big tan foamy head with lots of lacing. There's a very heavy apple pie, cinnamon and alcohol mixture for the scent. Unique and nice.

Very spicy Christmas Ale. You can almost taste powdered cinnamon in there. This is what you expect from a Christmas Ale, in my opinion: Ginger Bread House beer. Tingly on the tongue. Probably your prototype XMas ale.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This reminds me a great deal of my beloved Anchor Our Special Ale. Prominent flavor was darkly toasted gingerbread cookie. Sweetness was well balanced. Lacked the spruce notes often integrated in OSA, but there were some spice notes lurking in the background that I could not quite put my finger on. Overall, a pleasant winter specialty beer.

Photo of vacax
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown and ruby liquid spawns a large tan head that slowly fades leaving abundant lacing.

S: Spice cabinet. Maybe a medicine cabinet. Chocolate in the background. Enormous levels of ginger and coriander.

T: Tame after the nearly overwhelming nose. The background flavors seem to be a chocolate infused brown ale, but then there is ginger and coriander all over the place. Some clove and fruitiness. I have been on a search for more ginger beers and this definitely has to qualify. Permanent ginger and coriander aftertaste.

M: Light body, to my surprise. I think it works quite well. I wouldn't want this too sticky with all these spices. Mayhaps a tad too much carbonation.

D: To have so much ginger and spice and be this drinkable is notable indeed. Lingering ginger flavor is quite pleasant. Unique... perhaps... a Peculiar Yule-time treat.

May be best described as a brown ginger ale. If copious ginger and coriander sounds appetizing, here you go. A spiced holiday ale, but this would probably be incredible paired with Indian/Thai cuisine or sushi.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with some reddish highlighting around the edges. Fine-bubbled dark tan head has pretty good retention and ok lacing.

Christmas in July! Pine needles, tons of nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. There is a definite underlying bready, yeasty aroma. A bit of chocolate and caramel maltiness shows up upon further inspection. Very interesting and also very Christmas-y smelling brew.

Tastes like a pine sap and allspice sandwich. Has a lingering, unpleasant astringent aftertaste. Has plenty of bittersweet chocolate, ginger spiciness and cinnamon. Too spice-laden and piney for me. Never thought I would come across a Nogne O beer I didnt like, but this one does not do it for me..

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