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

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 118
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 nickhiller
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

nickhiller, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of FEUO
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

FEUO, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed July 19, 2012

Beer is dark brown with a moderately-sized beige head. Head fades fairly quickly, but not completely.

Lots of spice in the nose. Clove, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg. Bready malt.

Taste is like the nose- bready malt and lots of spice. Ginger, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and cardamom. Very much a Christmas flavoured beer, and it is certainly reminiscent of gingerbread.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. Finish leaves the mouth rather dry.

Overall, pretty good. I am not a huge fan of strongly-spiced beers in this vein, but this is a pretty good rendition of it.

jrenihan, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Digimaika2
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(4.0) A: Rich brown with some reddish hue and a tall and creamy dirty tan coloured foam head. Long lasting retention and attractive lacing.

(4.5) S: Gingerbread, toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, oranges, and cloves. Wonderful combination of spices that can be singled out. Roasted malt qualities are in here too. If anything smells like winter, this is probably it.

(4.0) T: Hoppier elements upfront with pine and a flatter orange taste (not really tart) which transitions to the spicier side with cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg all very detectable and tasty. Light roasted malt quality of a subdued cocoa adds a bit of depth. Easy to drink with just enough spice that doesn’t overpower things here. Good complexity.

(4.0) M: Light bodied with lower carbonation. An appealing spicey dryness. The lighter/thinner feel works very well in this and serves to highlight the spice notes and citrus well.

(4.5) D: A lighter variation of a winter style and a welcome one at that. Excellent spice mixture coupled with orange and some roasted malt make this very easy to drink. This would be a nice gateway choice into the winter style for anyone not familiar with the style.

Digimaika2, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown colour, one finger of tan head, some lace here as well. Nose is quite rich and spicy here, cinnamon and nutmeg, ginger and a big helping of piney hops, bit of dark fruit/fruit cake and malt as well. Taste is equally as spicy as the nose followed by pine and earthy hop flavours, mild-medium bitterness, ginger and cinnamon into the finish as well as some rich fruit and a faint bit of alcohol. Lightly carbonated, lots of drying leafy hop feel as well. Quite a delicious and very drinkable winter warmer, one of the better ones I have had this year, would certainly revisit.

peensteen, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.08/5  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!

JohnnyBarman, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of philmen
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

philmen, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is deep, brownish copper. Two fingers of dense, cappuccino-colored head dissipated slowly to leave a creamy cap and trails of foam along the sides.

Smell: The spice is immediately evident after popping the cap. The cinnamon, coriander, and ginger promised on the label are there. I cannot vouch for the cardamom because I am not familiar with it. It is a little yeasty and the cloves get overpowered by the other spices, especially the cinnamon and ginger. After warming a bit, an herbal/evergreen aroma emerges. Underneath is the malty base of chocolate and caramel.

Taste: The flavor offers a bit more balance. The spices lead (cinnamon, coriander, ginger, and even cloves) and then fade slightly to allow the chocolate and caramel malts to emerge and dull the spicy edge. Much like with the smell, an herbal/evergreen spice emerges. A nice, festive bitterness lingers in the mouth after each sip.

Drinkability: Good stuff. I do not think it is as good as Nøgne Ø’s Winter Ale, but it is very tasty and festive.

TheQuietMan22, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep reddish brown color with a nice looking cream colored head on top. The retention and lacing where pretty strong on this beer. The smell of the spice comes out big on the nose. Plenty of cardamom and cinnamon aroma fill the nose on this. There is plenty of spice in the flavor of this one as well. The malt adds very little sweetness to the beer, it's herbal and dry in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side, I would have liked it to be a bit heavier to really add some depth. Overall it's a decent Winter brew but nothing spectacular.

Knapp85, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of mdwalsh
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little heady, but the spices are great. Like a perfect Christmas cake. I would have to say, ginger, nutmeg, clove, mace, and....cinnamon. Though the cinnamon is pretty mute.

The smell in general is great, but not very potent.

The hops really aren't there at all, as I would expect from Columbus, the malt is very nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is better than expected from the head.

Really a nice Christmas taste, I might pick another one up. I would love to try a cake made with this!

mdwalsh, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Chrily
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Chrily, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +2.8%

rolltide8425, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

deebo, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
3.5/5  rDev -10%

PatGreer, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of lalaloveyou
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

lalaloveyou, May 15, 2012
Photo of petluo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

petluo, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Florya
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Florya, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of beergoot
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very ruddy brown, partially opaque, with a rich, creamy, very thick, mountainous tan head. Good rings of lacing...

Aroma is heavy with spice and pine, anise, licorice, and heavy malt grain sweetness. Very heady...

Rich caramel and brown malt notes in the taste. Slightly roasty. Subtle alcohol burn that complements the style. Further sips bring out ginger and cinnamon flavors (much like a holiday ginger bread or ginger snap cookie)...A hint of bitterness, but malt and hop spiciness dominate. Also maple and molasses...

Surprisingly light bodied for such a rich and complex beer. Smooth, chewy, robust finish...

An amazing richness and complexity to this beer offering. Definitely fits the winter festival ale model. Although drinking this one on a relatively warm early March Sunday, it still is a joy to drink. Definitely one for people looking for an immense winter holiday brew...

beergoot, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of harrisjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -10%

harrisjohnson, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of virinow
2/5  rDev -48.6%

virinow, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +2.8%

ohtheguilt, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Arborescence
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Arborescence, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of JizackFH
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

JizackFH, Feb 06, 2012
Underlig Jul from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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