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

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | 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 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 Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

These guys haven't let me down yet so here's hoping this is another winner...

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a very small wispy head... Very murky and dark... Fairly unremarkable...

There's a sweet malty base here that has hints of pine aspects as well as a little hint of chocolate... The smell is not that prevalent really...sort of... Bleh...

Chocolatey maltiness gives way quickly to an astringent piney flavor followed quickly by a weird aftertaste...this ones sorta weird... Rather different tasting... I wonder if this one is past date... I can't imagine the guys at Nogne meaning for this brew to taste like this...it just doesn't seem intense enough in the taste dept...

Sort of a disappointment really... I'm writing this off to an old bottle and will revisit this one if I can find it fresh...

Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a ton of yeasty floaters. Nice tight creamy head. Okay retention with some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of light chocolate and a cornucopia of spices.

T: Aroma was very busy, but I like the flavors a lot. Nice light chocolate malt, hints of green herbal hops. Bold clove, ginger, and other spices that I just can't quite put my finger on.

M: Medium in body, smooth nicely hopped. Real tasty.

D: Good, highly spiced, yet tasty.

Photo of srandycarter
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Murky dark brown with lots of floating debris. Not the prettiest color, but nice off white root beer head slow to leave to disk. Lots cling lace.

S - Christmas spices. Think turkey, pumpkin pie, maybe a lamb rub. Thyme, rosemary, that kind of thing.

T - Taste is more subdued, thankfully, on the spices. They kick in at the finish pretty well, though. Almost menthol...

M - Ok, not my style so maybe biased. The flavor is a little too overpowering for me and not necessarily balanced.

D - Not for me.

Photo of dgilks
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great mahogany colour with ruby highlights. The light tan head is fluffy and holds up well.

Interesting and curious aroma with notes of berry, pine, spruce, juniper and a slightly tart note reminiscent of horehound.

Hmmm, I'm unsure what to make of this. The base is solid with nice toffee malt notes reminiscent of an Old Ale. The spicing however is unique and adds interest. Once again the evergreen wood notes come through as does the medicinal, herbal note. A touch of winter spices comes through nicely. This would make a fantastic winter warmer with some really curious notes that encourage gentle sipping and make for a nice fireside beer. Unfortunately, the medicinal note is a little off-putting for me even though I enjoy the rest of the flavours.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. A suitable mouthfeel for this beer.

This is a difficult category to judge. This beer is obviously not designed to be consumed in great quantities. In fact, the spicing seems to suggest that this "peculiar ale" is designed to confront the drinker. As such, my points here are awarded for the skilful blending of the spices which, while I don't entirely agree with some choices, is well done and does its job.

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 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 becktone
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 12-25-09

And What a Peculair Yule it has been indeed! What with all the water problems I've been having early this morning and today, Its a wonder this apartment isn't flooded! The Perfect beer for the perfect day and the perfect situation!

Eye: Color is medium to dark brown with garnet to blood red highlights. Clarity is hard to determine based on the deep brown color of this beer....I can see "hints of images" of my lamp through it. Head has great formation and nice retention. Head is frothy in texture with good retention at a tannish dirty tea bag color. I won't ask for more.

Nose: Huge on spice. Big spruce like aroma-juniper berries, though the label states that there are no juniper berries in here...interesting. Very piney, clove comes through too, not too much though just right. Cinnamon is there to support it. Some hops come through to support with hints and hits of citrus. This beer smells great, very pine tree like in a pleasant way-like an air freshener for your car but not a fake araoma like those have. Woody and sappy aroma. Very tree like, as if I just broke the bark off a pine tree and have the sticky and annoying sap all over my hands. Overall a great blend of spices, none come too forward to name and all are here. Its just a great araoma here. Very satisfying.

Tongue: Hop bitterness is right upfront with some floral character and bitterness as well. This is followed by the spices used in this beer. Spices linger on the palate in the aftertaste. Malt character is kinda roasty/toasty, no caramel flavors present. The fact that I'm talking about the malt first shows that the malt is quite simple and supportive while the spices take foreground and are showcased in this beer. Malts back them up well. Ginger and some bitterness from spice, well actually I think that its ginger that really lingers in the aftertaste and lends balance to this. The ginger, while not really bitter gives off a quality that substitutes for it and while its not bitter...the flavor of the ginger and the dryness it has lends balance....and thats fresh ginger...as in I just ate a piece before eating sushi. A very enjoyable brew.

Feel and Drinkability: Body is much lighter than I expected it to be, very easy to drink. Finish is dry. Carbonation is very low leading to the impression of a heavier body, but in all reality this body is fairly light....I might say that its inbetween medium and light. Ginger really does a good job of drying things out...almost gives it an oakish quality. Ginger is the big player here, fresh ginger, not silly dried spice...this beer has a lot of "oily fresh and crunchy" ginger. This is one that I'm definitely enjoying and its giving me inspiration to create a "ginger ale." Pick it up if you can, its worth the money.

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, with lots of thick/creamy sticky lacing to follow. The nose is very nice malty, slight chocolate/toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg. The taste is sweet, malty, with some very nice cinnamon/nutmeg, and some chocolate/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, very tasty, never had a medioca brew from this brewery to date.

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 BeerImmediately
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 50 degrees with a massive tan head over top of a deep brown (nearly opaque) body. Decent lacing.

Aroma is wild and pungeant. Heavy spruce, juniper berries, black licorice, fig.

If you liked Ginger more than Maryanne, this one's for you. Full on ginger profile, with some of the aforementioned juniper berry and licorice root. Some balancing burnt molasses for sweetness, but finishing with a pretty biting hop snap.

Relatively sharp bite on the mouthfeel, quite dry overall, with a nice carbonation level that's not overdone.

Overall drinkability is nice - terrific holiday ale to be enjoyed slowly.

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 rarbring
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extremely heavy and demanding beer!

The color is compact black with a tan head that leaves some foam on the glass.

The smell is very strong of Christmas spices, like cardamom, but also some bitter orange and grapefruit and a hint of licorice.

The taste has some sweetness and much long-lasting bitterness. It is full of strong coffee, coffee beans and dark chocolate.

A beer for sipping by the fire when it's sub-zero (F) and the wind is haunting outside.

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 BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Peculiar Yule labeling could be called Peculiar pine because of the unordinant amount of pine flavor in the beer.

The base is likely a big Brown Ale or a moderate Porter with heavy notes of nuts, toffee, caramels, toasty, bread crusts, and lesser notes of chocolate and coffee. Very malty and firm from beginning to end in true Nogne O fashion.

The heavy pine and resin-forward hops dominate the substantial malts with IPA strength and bitterness. Hops are complimented and compounded by a huge burst of nutmeg, allspice, and other Christmas spices.

The beer is well formulated and well brewed but if you think that the downfall of Chrismas Ales are the over use of spices then this will definately be too much. Enjoy!

Photo of albern
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is one of those that are too sophisticated for their own good. There was simply too much going on in this beer and the spices just didn't blend. The beer poured a nice dark copper color with a decent head, some retention, no lacing. The nose was ginger and hard to pin down sweet malts.

The taste was overpowered with ginger. After the first sip, it was ginger all the time. There are other interesting spices, such as coriander, cloves, cinnamon, and lots of different hops, but the ginger was just too much and didn't blend in well with whatever else the brewer was trying to concoct. I wasn't sold on this beer and I was more than happy to share my 22 ml bottle with someone else.

Photo of Rizow
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

purchased at the Lake Merritt Whole Foods in Oakland

Pours a rich looking dark orange-brown, with a ton of sediment. The nose is fantastic, with all the spices listed as ingredients present: coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, and a clear note of ginger. The taste pushes the spices behind roasted bitter chocolate and hops and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, lighter than you'd expect. Still, it is quite particular, and I don't know if I'd be in the mood for more than one all that often. One of the better holiday brews I've had.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer, as is par for the course from this very cool brewery. This one is billed as being brewed so as to recall Scandanavian Glogg, a mulled beverage. I have to say they did a pretty good job. This looks a little murky, brown with a good bit of yeast swirling around and a fairly short head that fades to a thin ring. Smells fruity and vinous, slightly spicy with lots of ginger and cloves, and has fairly strong pine smell- but more like juniper than hops- almost medicinal, but pleasant. The taste has more of the juniper and herbal deep bitterness running like a backbone through the whole beer, overlayed with piney and earthy hops, more ginger, clove, and other spices, and a fruity, slightly sweet vinous quality. All in all, sort of like Glogg, if perhaps a bit more (welcome) bitterness than usual. Almost tannic in its mouthfeel, and on the thinner side. A very different holiday beer, and much appreciated in my house.

Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is old enough to have collected specs of dust on its cap that resemble little snow flakes but nonetheless made a fresh and healthy 'psst' sound upon open and followed suit with a caroling of crackles on the pour. The result was a thick, cottony mound of head that, in a sort of ironic way, strongly resembles a giant bank of virgin snow.

The beer isn't black - not 100% of the time, anyway. Different angles and different distances from the light will eke out minor, but colourful, tones of red and orange (the latter serving as a permanent baseline). It's rare to catch a glimpse of clarity but not impossible.

Peculiar Yule smells just that, peculiar. The spices, five in total, were not afterthoughts and indeed they play more than an accessory role. It's hard to pin just one principal component - none are inconsequential - but cardamon and clove seem to stand out most to my nose. (Note, however, that it does really help to have a cheat-sheet!)

And that's not to say that the others (coriander, ginger and cinnamon) are negligible; the bouquet smells of a very well-stocked pantry. There is a better chance, however, of noting them in the aroma than finding them in the taste - a sweetish, gently roasted wave of chocolate malt and a green, zesty drop of C-hops earn the taste buds' full attention.

This would taste pretty darn good without the spices - with them it tastes incredible. The biscuit character of the malts combine with hints of cinnamon and ginger to bring to mind delicious cookies; the Cascades and Chinook, which offer more than a hint of orange peel, seem a natural fit with the coriander and clove. A magnificent recipe!

Never mind a White Christmas, I want a Scandinavian one! This is the best spiced ales in recent memory and a few more bottles of it will be on my list to Santa. I've enjoyed this bottle about as much as I enjoy the holidays themselves (which is to say a lot!)

Between the ample hopping, the layers of malt and a studded cast of spices, this beer drinks something akin to a jazz improvisation. With every sip a different note, a different tempo, a different instrument comes forth, all the while the whole trio stays in the same key, and in unison. It was a fantastic jam and well worth the price of admission.

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

Thanks to a fellow trader...thrown in as an extra. Pours very dark with a dark tan/brown thick head that stays frothy for some time. Not much lacing. Smells at fist like a cleaning product. Then as it's poured it definitely smells spicy. Nutmeg, clove...ginger, sweet malt, cinnamon.
Decent taste. Spicy, just like I thought due to the aroma. More cinnamon and clove. Very distant chocolate. Let it warm up past fridge temp. Lacing gets better as it warms. Slight bitterness on the aftertaste.

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..

Photo of cvfish
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a reddish brown color that produced a moderately sized foamy tan head which had decent retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were dominated by the spices, cinnamon, clove, ginger and coriander

T - The taste of this beer had malts, nuts (walnuts and almonds), dark fruits (cherry and plum) and again it blasted with a mixture of cinnamon, clove, ginger, and coriander

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

D - The drinkability of this beer as a Christmas special almost cannot be beat, hands down the better of the two Nogne O Christmas offerings, and one of the best around

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

Poured out of a 1.9 pint bottle into a hefe glass.

A- clear, reddish-mahogany body with a dense, foamy, tan head

S-Very strong cardamon front, cola, cloves, some hop scent in there

T-Strong cardamon front, spicy, some sweet malt, piney, and some ginger.


D-very different from the run of the mill spiced Christmas beer. Cardamon is one of those spices you either like or hate. I like it so I enjoyed this beer. Fun, complex, great mix of flavors.

Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Pours a deep amber brown with a good light tan head. The head is creamy and lasting. Has a good aroma of spices, it reminds me of a ginger snap cookie. Has a decent carbonation. A good mouthfeel. The flavor is very good. Hearty cloves, cinnamon. and a good kick at the end. Has a watery texture. A solid finish with an enjoyable aftertaste. I had this one out of season but will look to stock up next holiday season.

Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes: 3/3/09
Nogne O Norway
Peculiar Yule 2008 - Underlig Jul
6.3% Abv.
500ml bottle in NB Snifter

Appearance= Vigorous pour in NB snifter yields a 1.5 finger tan head. Dark Opaque beer.

Smell= Spices! Roasted malty goodness. Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Zest also.

Taste= Interesting taste. Definite Holiday style brew. Not a bad flavor but not something i would reach for a lot (good thing it's a seasonal). The spices have a lot going on for my taste.

Mouthfeel= Thicker side, definite carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability= Meh. It's alright. Taste is average. Smell is a little above average. Mouthfeel is european if that makes sense. Beer overall is average. Not good, but not bad. Good to try, wouldn't buy it again though.

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