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

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 191
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 15
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

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 Arborescence
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with a hint of ruby, pours an impressive head — thick and creamy.

Aroma: Winter spices: cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, maybe a little bit of fresh hoppyness too.

Taste: Sweet and spicy, warming — what you’d expect from a Christmas Ale. Ginger is perhaps the strongest flavour, but it’s a nice mixture of winter spices. Not overwhelmingly strong, but it is a rather sweet beer, so one to be sipped slowly. It’s bottle conditioned.

Mouthfeel: Rich and fairly heavy on the body, Christmas soup!

Overall: ‘Peculiar Christmas’ in English, although not that peculiar. Quite typical, really, but certainly a tasty one. Very nice and warm spices. My immediate reaction was that I’d like some gingerbread with this, although the beer is in fact a bit of a Christmas pudding itself! I would like to get a better impression of the ‘beery’ characteristis, especially the combination of malts. The spices are a bit overwhelming, and you might even think that you’re drinking a cup of strong chai instead of a beer. Nøgne Ø does some very good beers, so there shouldn’t be a need to hide behind all these spices. Still, this is what you want on a cold winter night, it really does warm you up nicely. They say that the beer is inspired by ‘gløgg’, i.e. mulled wine, which is a popular beverage in Finland too around this time of year (we call it ‘glögi’). The recommended serving temperature of the beer is 10°C/50°F, but on their website they hint that you might try it warmer — I take it that this is to suggest actually heating it up, like you would with mulled wine. Well, I didn’t try this, but I imagine that this could be interesting.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 1/30/12.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a dark brown color with copper highlights. There is little more than a finger of light tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice bit of lace behind on the glass. The nose has some roasted malt and quite a bit of spice. There are some floral notes, as well as maybe a little bit of chocolate. Spices are definitely dominate the nose though. It is very Chirstmasy. The taste follows the nose. It starts out with some roasted maltiness and a big amount of christmas spices. There is ginger, clove, lemon zest, and some others that I can't quite pick out. The little bit of chocolate that was in the nose comes into the taste, and there is some brown sugar flavor as well. The finish leaves some lingering spices behind on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice feel to it. It is smooth and creamy, but there is also a little bit of a tingly feel. There is a bit of roasted maltiness as well. This has good drinkability. It is definitely a holiday ale. It hits the spot this time of year and it goes down easy. Overall, I thought it was a nice beer, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I recommend trying it out, I would drink it again.

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Photo of TheGrunt
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell has sweet odor with a hint of tar and fruits.

Medium to high foam which settles down as few millimeters thick foam hood on top of the beer after pouring and it stays that way for a while.

Colour very dark brown, almost black.

Taste is surprisingly soft with hint of smokey flavors, but not much. There is distinctive malt flavor with ginger, cinnamon and coriander. Flavor makes this nice christmas beer, but surely this is nice all around winter beer also.

Taste is really not too strong for casual beer drinkers so this is nice option to enter stronger seasonal winter beers.

Really positive experience!

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Photo of monkeyonmaibock
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark brown into a snifter. Light tan head left minimal lacing down to the last sip. Aroma is an explosion of ginger. The sweet maltiness balances the spice of the ginger. This is followed by hints of coriander and cinnamon. There is an aftertaste of roasted malt and slight hop bitterness. This is the second beer I've had from this brewery and I am not disappointed for sure.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is deep reddish brown with a large compact tan head that settles into pretty nice lacings.

S: It smells like X-mas; cinnamon, cardamom, coriander and ginger (-snaps). Then there's malt, slightly chocolate.

T: Taste follows the smell. A little sweeter, though. Some bitterness, rather from almonds and nuts than from hops.

M: Long bitter aftertaste. Body is full and carbonation moderate.

O: They overdid the X-mas-part; too much spices dominated over malt and hops.

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored beer with a small light brown colored head.

Smell is very spicy. Strong scent of spruce and allspice berries. The spruce/pine/cedar evergreen scent is quite over powering. Smells a little sweet with brown sugar and rye bread aroma.

Starts out bittersweet with a strong spruce flavor. Sensation of mint in the taste though I can't smell it. Brown sugar and molasses after the tastebuds adapt to the strong spruce flavor. Interesting bittersweet beer beer with a strong taste of spruce.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a different and tasty Christmas beer. Very recommended and tasty.

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Photo of Contagion
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a rich dark brown color with a touch of a ruddy orange color to it. It was dark enough that light only passed through at the edge of the glass. When held up to a gentle back light, it appears to be slightly hazy. As it was pouring a thick, tan foamy head consisting of a mixed size of bubbles formed. The head faded slowly and lasted through most of the beer. There was some beautiful complex lacing on the side of the glass.

This smells unlike most bears I’ve had. It had a spiciness mixed with a slight floral and citrus hop scent. I was able to detect hints of cinnamon, cardamom cloves, orange zest and chocolate malts. It’s very complex and some of the scents may be just various others mixing together to give the allusion to others. The flavor starts with a citrus hops and chocolate malt flavor that moves rapidly to the spices you can detect in the scent. There is a touch of ginger in the finish. As the beer warms up to room temperature the flavors really start becoming more individually detectable.

It is a medium bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation. There is almost no coating in the mouth.

According to the bottle this beer was inspired by Glogg, a traditionally Scandinavian spiced wine drank in the winter. As not only an avid glogg snob, but also as a maker of it, I can detect the influence, especially in the scent. Now as there are many different types of Glogg, this is a particular spicy version. I really enjoyed this beer and am fortunate to have been able to enjoy one, and enjoy it I did on this fine Christmas day. If you even get a chance to try one, I would recommend it.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark reddish brown with two fingers of light khaki head. Nice aroma of cinnamon, ginger, and mild caramel sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice mix of flavors with cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon followed by some gentle caramel sweetness and a little roasty bitterness on the finish.

Has an interesting root/ginger beer quality that occasionally emerges. Enjoyed this one more than I had expected; great mix of spices that balance well with the malt/hops. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of olive42
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, with a red glow in the light. Very winter-Christmas-like glow. Small head; served in a Duvel tulip glass.

S: Hoppy; nuts and caramel, like it's out of a sweet roasted nuts stand. Also smells a little like a cream ale.

T: Buttery notes; a LOT of spices, especially cinnamon and cardamom. A little hops in the background.

M: Some carbonation felt during and after taste.

O: It really feels like a Christmas / Winter beer. Something to warm you on a late fall afternoon like today.

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Photo of Amalak
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of OutFox
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 22oz bottle.

A - Beautiful light brown burnt tan head with a thickness to it. Body is darker brown and quite attractive.

S - Spices! Xmas spices! But its more than that. Its sort of like a floral smell to it. I must say its peculiar. Not what you get from a normal xmas beer.

T - Same as the nose but has a sort of oak to it. Its different which is what i really like about it.

M - Almost porter like. Not exactly typical xmas beer. Really enjoying it.

O - Its definately different. Perculiar is the best word which is the title for the english version.

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Photo of Dhren1979
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed: March 5, 2011

Vintage: 2010

A: Pours a deep brownish red color. Very nice clarity. Head is ample and holds its form. Lacing is sticky.

S: The aroma of freshed baked gingerbread cookies. Spicy cinnamon. Faint hop aroma(?).

T: Ginger! Ginger & cinnamon spice is very dominant. Slight chocolate taste is detected. Surprising.

M: Medium body brew. My mouth is tingling from all of the spice! Not necessarily a good thing.

O: Good but not something I could drink much of. Maybe once a season. However, not sure I'd be buying again if I see on the shelf.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mysteriously dark brown color with a tawny cap that leaves a very nice pattern of lace behind

Smell: Complex combination of malts provide hints of chocolate and dark German bread, with the spices wafting above; cardamom and coriander seem to dominate

Taste: After the malts bring out a dark bread and chocolate character, the spices move forward, bringing strong herbal elements such as cardamom and coriander, with hints of cinnamon, ginger and clove; by mid-palate, the piney hops add bitterness and, after the swallow, while the pine and herbal flavors dominate, the malts still remain in the background

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A most unusual beer; while I am not a big fan of the flavor profile, it was very interesting to pick out the flavors

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity

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Photo of brystmar
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sold as "Peculiar Yule" in NYC.

Dark brown with a solid finger of tan head. Strong, sticky lace. Looks like the St. Bernardus Christmas ale, and smells just as strongly of spice. Sweet malts in the nose as well, but just too many spices here for me to pick them out individually.

Full-bodied with a wild, bitter taste. Hints of chocolate up front, but quickly overrun by the massive spices. Much more herb-y than expected; sharply bitter (more spicy bitter than hoppy) to finish things off. Reminds me of chewing on a mixture of green baking herbs, and about as pleasing on my palate.

An interesting brew to say the least, but not one I'd purchase again.

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Photo of harrymel
2.84/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby tones upon light penetration. Single finger fine latte head slowly hangs out and remains a thick quilt. Little to no lacing.

S: Wow, did they dump a vat of cloves and tea tree oil into this one?! The herbs are amazingly strong on this beer. some hints of cinnamon, vanilla. Otherwise, I can't actually reach anything. Way overdone on the spice.

T: Huh, the malts are still strong here. Although the aforementioned spices remain the dominant flavor, the malts provide a good roasty, malty, sugary tone. Good flavor. Still, nose dominates.

M: Medium body with high carb. Nothing special here.

O: They abused their access to spice. Tastes like mulled wine, which has been mulled again. Way too much spice. dissapointing.

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong spice (ginger), sweet malt, slight oatmeal, hint of hop, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of a Herbed / Spiced Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, strong ginger, dry hop, spice, citrus hops, and a hint of yeast. Overall, the best ginger spiced beer I've ever had. Great appearance, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark murky chocolate brown in color with pale brown highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma was heavy on the herbal spice notes alongside chocolate caramel malts and hints of booze as well.

T: the chocolate malts were more apparent on the taste but meshed well with the herbal spice flavors and had caramel accents. It did have mild hop character with a touch of booze.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate corbonation which had a sweet, herbal, spice, and mild hoppy finish.

D: was not an easy drinker due to how potent the herbal character was but was a decent herbal spice brew.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gorgeous pour. Coffee colored body with light tan head.

Smells like aftershave and Angostura bitters. Not unpleasant, but definitely peculiar!

Taste matches the smell with a bit of added malt backbone. Quite light with a soapy aftertaste. Not really fond of the taste overall, but it's light enough not to offend.

Overall this tastes like a cocktail more than a beer. I appreciate the different qualities, but don't feel I need to drink again.

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Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a very dark chestnut brown, almost black color with slight mahogany edges and a to finger frothy beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with splotches of soapy lacing.

Spicy aroma with hints of roasted malt, earthy hops, dark fruit and silky chocolate. Lots of ginger and cinnamon in the nose as ell as hints of plum, raisin and fig. No unpleasant medicinal cough syrup that is so prevalent n the style. Hopefully this holds up in the flavor.

Full bodied with lots of creamy, luscious chocolate malt flavor. Only slightly roasted with lots of spice and earthy bitterness up front. Hints of peppermint, ginger, coriander and clove as well as a prominent dark fruit flavor that balances things out. I'm picking up grape, dark cherry, raisin, plum and fig. Very well balanced and easy to drink with again, no cloying medicinal cough syrup presence. Very good.

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Photo of bobsy
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Dark brown pour with a finger of creamy head that laced well and had good retention. Minty, herbal and gingery nose, with a gingerbread background. Really floral, spicy taste, with juniper coming through strong. I'm trying to nail the spice flavours - cinamon, ginger, cloves... All this is grounded by a sweet biscuit base and subtle notes of molasses and cherry. Its perhaps the most balanced and well-judged spiced beer I've had. Medium-smooth body works perfectly and helps this go down well.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on Christmas Day, 2010.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is dark brown with mahogany/ruby hues when backlit. Head is large (2+ fingers) and large-bubbled, light-tan in color. Some splotches of lace left behind.

S: Spicy. Holiday spices, with clove and cinnamon being the most evident. Good nose for this style.

T: First impression: like the nose, I get spice. Good amount of cinnamon but more clove and some allspice, methinks (bottle lists other spices, but those are the ones I can identify). Sweet malt underneath the spice and a moderately piney hop bitterness at the finish. Still, the spices are what linger in the aftertaste, mainly clove. As it warms, the spices seem to meld a bit, making it more balanced.

M: Body seemed a bit light in heft/feel. Carbonation is somewhat fizzy and active.

D: Solid. Wasn't cheap (I think I paid nearly $10 for this bottle), but I'm glad I bought it once.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nicely spiced Christmas ale, with enough of an assertive edge to provoke, balanced by a nicely tuned body and feel.

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Simple front label design with the Nøgne Ø in purple over the black background with silver framing and falling snowflakes. Includes a small paragraph noting the intent, ingredients, and main characteristics of the brew, as well as brewery background. Shows Alc. by Vol. 6.3%, Plato 15°, and 30 IBU. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown pour with a rich head, good retention, nice surface memory and fair splashes of lacing.

S - Hmmm, early whiff is pretty intensely spiced. Then it turns gentle and consistent much like the taste that will follow. Ginger, coriander, clove, cinnamon... All there in a nice combo.

T - Taste offers a much gentle ride without losing character. The same spiced range is there again, fruity sense emerges as well with a dash of hops, and caramel in the background.

M - Medium body with soft carbonation, smooth feel, and an overall tuned down sense that works very well to balance the spiced sense.

D - All things come together with dexterity to make for a pretty neat spiced Christmas ale.

Notes: Hmmm, another of my early and long sought after tries of Nøgne, and sure enough... It may not be astonishing but it is pretty good quality again. I´m sure eager to keep on looking out to test their brews.

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Underlig Jul from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
87 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.