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

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87
very good

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
Norway

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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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

12-14-2012 04:56:47 | More by TheQuietMan22
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

12-12-2012 02:32:24 | More by Knapp85
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mdwalsh

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

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!

12-06-2012 02:34:03 | More by mdwalsh
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Chrily

Norway

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

09-04-2012 08:47:51 | More by Chrily
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-23-2012 03:05:46 | More by rolltide8425
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deebo

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

06-23-2012 23:54:38 | More by deebo
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-18-2012 17:53:09 | More by PatGreer
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lalaloveyou


4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

05-15-2012 17:41:04 | More by lalaloveyou
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petluo

Finland

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-19-2012 13:08:45 | More by petluo
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Florya

Norway

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-28-2012 05:46:44 | More by Florya
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beergoot

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +17.9%

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...

03-10-2012 22:31:26 | More by beergoot
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harrisjohnson

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-04-2012 16:16:33 | More by harrisjohnson
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-02-2012 02:31:45 | More by Zachtheporter
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

(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.

02-21-2012 14:56:07 | More by rhoadsrage
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virinow

New York

2/5  rDev -48.7%

02-20-2012 23:10:24 | More by virinow
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-19-2012 16:58:27 | More by ohtheguilt
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Arborescence

Finland

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

02-16-2012 01:42:26 | More by Arborescence
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JizackFH

New York

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

02-06-2012 06:21:26 | More by JizackFH
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TheGrunt

Finland

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

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!

01-21-2012 17:41:45 | More by TheGrunt
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monkeyonmaibock

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +23.8%

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.

01-05-2012 14:47:10 | More by monkeyonmaibock
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dogfishandi

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

12-31-2011 23:50:21 | More by dogfishandi
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Lombardian

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-31-2011 04:15:33 | More by Lombardian
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

12-27-2011 18:14:00 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Zorro

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

12-26-2011 00:44:40 | More by Zorro
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Contagion

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

12-25-2011 21:46:32 | More by Contagion
Underlig Jul from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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