Special Holiday Ale - Nøgne Ø/Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales/Stone Brewing Co. - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.78/5 rDev +21.9%
Super dece beer. Poured with a tan, fine foamy, head and a little lace. Color is an almost opaque, mahoganey brown. Aroma is malty, spicey, dark ripe fruits. Flavor is like aroma but the spices come out more - can definitely pick out the sage and juniper; chestnuts are muted. Body and carbonation are perfect for the style: round full, fine aggresive but not overdone bubbles. Finish is like flavor, very well balance and short to medium long. Easy drinking beer. Could have another. Be real good with hearty meals.
07-14-2010 04:04:16 | More by drpimento
4.72/5 rDev +20.4%
This beer was amazing to handle, when pouring it into the glass it was immediately apparent that the body was denser than any beer I have had in recent past. It almost refused to bounce, pouring more like honey than water. The smell was full of interesting leathery and rich spice smells many coming from the Juniper and I guess a few coming from the caraway in a way that was harmonious with the chewyness of the beer.
This was a great drink given how little I like holiday beers, I wanted another almost immediately after killing this one.
01-17-2010 15:21:32 | More by np0x
4.63/5 rDev +18.1%
Pours dark brown/black with a nice tan head. Nose is all cloves and spice with lavender undertones and a nose "finish" of sage. Nice nose all around;
Mouthfeel is incredible. Rich, "top of the milk bottle" thick creamy character with big body and texture. Nicest mouth of any holiday ale I've tried. Tastes rich and "expensive." The body along with a perfect balance just makes this feel great in your mouth.
Flavors follow expectations at this point. Rich fruity malt, big spices with the sage standing out but not being overbearing. Flavors are big, rich, full and super complex. You can find carmel, toffee, coffee, fruity malts, sage, carroway, winter spices, licorice, espresso and you can even get hints of the chestnuts and junipers if you look for them.
Finish is very nutty and spicy with cloves and allspice.
Quintessential holiday ale for me. Wouldn't drink it every day but perfect for a few once a year treat at the holidays. This can also age a bit which should be an interesting drink.
01-16-2010 02:12:43 | More by GRG1313
4.63/5 rDev +18.1%
I'm generally not a fan of winter warmers, but knowing this is the Nogne O version of a killer trifecta of breweries, I just had to pick it up.
Appearance is rock solid. Poured into a DFH glass, it shows a very dark brown body, and some thick creamy head that settles to an ever-present cap.
"Botanicals" in the nose, no doubt. Juniper and wintergreen....like a mint chocolate aroma. Smells like one of those organic chocolate bars with herbs and other interesting adjuncts thrown in.
This is excellent. It doesn't taste like taking a bite out of a Christmas tree like some other winter warmers. Each of the ingredients contributed by the three breweries comes together beautifully. I don't know that I've had sage in a beer before, but the sage Stone contributed here really contributes an enjoyable herbal menthol/wintergreen flavor, and the Scandinavian juniper comes through clearly as well. Jolly Pumpkin's Michigan chestnuts tie the beer together, with a general "nutty" flavor. Tasty backbone of chocolate malt as well. It sounds like a bunch of disparate ingredients, but it works beautifully. I'm deriving a ton of enjoyment from this one. So much for not being crazy about winter warmers!
Feel is one of a soft creaminess. The softness almost provides a cask-like feel.
The exquisite taste and feel here add up to very high drinkability. Nogne O outdid itself with this one. It's also clear that all 3 breweries contributed high-quality ingredients. This is a great beer.
01-07-2010 22:32:16 | More by Patrick999
4.6/5 rDev +17.3%
Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red amber. Nice medium head and lacing. Looks viscous and nicely made. Malty, spicy aroma. Mmm. Mellow malts, light and dark fruit, spices. Peppery hop finish. Nice presence of sage and juniper berry. One year old bottle. Wish I had saved more. Did not review this fresh, but this is superb. I will buy again if at all possible.
07-04-2012 03:52:42 | More by LiquidAmber
4.55/5 rDev +16.1%
mahogany with thick sticky head. nose of winter spice that wonderfully bond with a malt and chestnut core. a bit of herb and juniper berries. the feels is great. nice and nutty malt with a quality of fruit cake and herb bitter finish. that has a lingering extremely mild sour fruit. this is quite subtle due to the fact that you have the nutty quality holding the beer throughout. a fantastic example. i would wish to have it again in season.
had another bottle in the end of oct '10
quite herbal that you can feel it on the tongue. has an effervescent mineral quality on the tongue that feels astringent but earthy like sage. quite brisk but doesn't compromised chestnut feel. wonderful and drinkable the second time.
had it again just after thanksgiving '10. vintage bottle from '09.
well balanced with that wonderful feel again. particularly creamy yet brisk on the tongue. all the herbal qualities were there. great beer. made by the fruit sweet sour/herbal and brisk/creamy dichotomy.
09-05-2010 01:56:53 | More by rtepiak
4.54/5 rDev +15.8%
Picked this up at La Capsule Cave à Bière in Nancy, France. Deep mahogany pour with a creamy one finger off white head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is spicy, complex and absolutely amazing. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, dark fruit, molasses, maple, sage, and rye. The taste is just as amazing and just as complex. Strong malty and spicy base with hints of toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, pine, maple syrup, black cherries, sage, rye, and chestnuts. I had a beer this past summer in the South of France made with chestnuts and I'm really liking what they add in flavor. Hopefully it catches on. I'm also getting some subtle dark chocolate emerging as it warms. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a subtle tanginess on the finish. Overall, this is a home run Winter Warmer! It's amazingly complex but totally drinkable. A top notch beer from three awesome breweries!
02-26-2013 17:55:13 | More by beerdrifter
4.53/5 rDev +15.6%
500 mL bottle poured into a 12 oz. tulip glass
Appearance-Deep and dark brown with just a hint of reddish highlight when held to the light. Seems to be relatively clear, though is nearly opaque. Thin light tan head with moderate retention and some decent lacing.
Aroma-Some serious spicing going on here, I had to bust into my spice cabinet to do some cross-comparing on this one. The two aromas that seem to define the profile for me are juniper berries and a sort of sweet cardamom scent (it says that they used caraway, but I don't really pick it up in the aroma). Some light roasted malt and piney hops poke through the spice profile, and I catch a whiff of the sage, though I probably wouldn't have identified it as such if they hadn't listed it as an ingredient. For some reason the smell reminds me of holiday mulled cider, and is extremely inviting.
Flavor-Once again, that cardamom/juniper profile dominates, though this time, it fades to allow other flavors to shine through. In the aftertaste, some light nuttiness from the chestnuts and oats emerges, followed by some dark roast flavors (almost a hint of coffee). Wonderfully complex, with quite a long finish.
Mouthfeel-Medium to medium full body is enhanced by the moderately high carbonation. Silky smooth from the oats, and just a bit of smooth, warming alcohol. Awesome.
This is a fantastic beer, but I don't think I could drink a ton of it due to the high spice content. That said, I would be overjoyed to polish off a bottle of this by myself, and even happier to share some with some friends.
12-18-2010 02:55:16 | More by plfahey
4.53/5 rDev +15.6%
Special Holiday Ale batch number 528, brewed 5 Aug 10, best before 5 Aug 15. Poured from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle into a belgian beer glass, new from C&B! Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a foam head of about one finger in width. Some lacing present as the beer goes down. Smell is of ginger, some sage, nutmeg, chestnuts (Michigan at that), a little bit of roasted coffee beans for some bitterness? This one is a bit of a puzzle!
Taste is very interesting. More bitter than I expected, but a good bitterness it is. I can taste some of the ingredients specified on the bottle, such as the juniper berries. Not sure about the chestnuts--there seems to be a chestnut taste towards the end that gradually fades out. As I smell again, the chestnut seems to be more noticeable in the nose of the beer. As for the sage from California, also detect notes of that as well. All blends together nicely, to create a body and taste similar to an imperial stout, but with an added holiday/seasonal dimension. As noted with respect to the smell, I can also taste a roasted/dark chocolate bitterness. Leaves a lingering ginger taste.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. The oats are a definite plus for the mouthfeel. Very smooth and pleasing. Drinkability is a plus here. There are some unique flavors thrown in here, but they all tend to compliment each other well. A very enjoyable holiday concoction.
12-25-2010 13:46:49 | More by JohnnyP3
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
Vintage 2009 (consumed on 12/20/09) served in a tulip glass.
L - dark brown with a creamy beige head that left a few patches of lacing on the glass.
S - aroma is full of Christmas spices, ginger and nutmeg.
T - well spiced with a hint of rye and a very light touch of bitterness on the back end.
M- medium bodied with a smooth and creamy feel.
D -very easy to drink.
10-14-2010 01:30:25 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5 rDev +14%
This beer poured out as a deep brownish red color that had a yellowish white head on it. This beer looks super thick, it looks like the bubbles forming the head are actually struggling to get to the top for air. In the light this beer look fantastic, beautiful looking color with a nice creamy looking head. The aroma is very impressive as well, it's loaded with pine, spices, and some Christmas berry aromas. There is a slight hop aroma in there too. The taste of this beer has a healthy amount of spices, pumpkin, berries, and even a touch of mint in the late aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thick and heavy, it's got the a really great feel to it for the winter months. Overall, this is probably the best Winter Warmer I've had to date. I enjoyed just about everything this beer had to offer. Look forward to having this time and time again during the winter months.
06-13-2011 18:53:59 | More by Knapp85
4.45/5 rDev +13.5%
2nd Release (2012) from 0.5L bottle
A: Pours a lightly hazy deep ruby color with 1/2 a fingers worth of head that doesn't last for long
S: Malts, light rye spiciness, spices (caraway, sage), juniper berries, nuttiness, and dark fruits all fill the nose with great complexity. Very aromatic and awesome
T: Follows the nose with immense complexity. Get all the above mentioned, starting with the malts and spices and moving its way into the nuttiness and dark fruits. Finishes with a touch of alcohol sweetness and light leafy hop bitterness
M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Very smooth and slightly chewy (attributed by the oats)
O: This is far and away the best winter warmer I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Very complex and so easy to drink. I'm extremely glad that Nøgne decided to put out another release of this (maybe Stone and JP did as well, but I'm not sure), as this would be a regular winter beer in my fridge, even at the price of $9 for the 0.5L bottle. This gets the highest of recommendations from me for the style
12-05-2012 04:22:09 | More by BEERMILER12
4.45/5 rDev +13.5%
Appearance: slightly opaque brown. Nice effervescence
Smells: wild sage, bouquet of random spices.
Taste: amazing. Very unique. Sage, toasted malt, sweet chestnuts. Wonderful. I love the the presence
Of sage without being overbearing
Mouthfeel: just right
Drinkability: would love another
02-11-2011 00:03:35 | More by crvcac
4.43/5 rDev +13%
This beer is a medium brown that lets some orange-red highlights shine through. A compact creamy white head with a yellowish tint is between one and two fingers tall and stable, dropping lacing thinly at first, but thickening in patches as it falls.
This beer may have the most unique aroma I've smelled; it's certainly one of the most unique. It's difficult to pick things out without effort; this is a thinking beer. There's some nuttiness to it under a very unusual blanket of grains and spices. Malt makes a strong foundation, and it seems there's an earthy spiciness much like rye. There's a breadiness along with sweetness and a smidge of cooking spices. The spiciness is at a great level and complementary to the malt it supports, adding plenty of depth while mingling so things come out indivivually. Sage comes out strongly too, even more than the pie spice note, and something like pine but more like the needles than the cone.
This is one complex beer. As winter warmers go, it's got what it should: a strong malty base and a spiciness that isn't overdone. What it adds is a spruce needle note, rye (I'm assuming; it's pretty discenrable), and something like sesame seeds. Adding in a nice nutty note makes it even better in my opinion.
The body is medium and this one is lightly carbonated. It's pretty creamy and has a bit of richness to it along with a little crispness. It goes semi-dry in about the middle.
As far as Winter Warmers go, being a catch-all style and made for cold weather, it can only get a little better. This is one of the best I've ever had.
02-16-2012 16:36:16 | More by Brenden
4.43/5 rDev +13%
Poured from a cellar-temperature bottle into a goblet. Pours a deep dark brown with ruby tones, hard to see through, with a creamy tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is unusual and complex, sweet with hints of juniper, rye, and alcohol, as well as other things I can't tease out. Flavor is roasted malts, with juniper upfront and a hint of coffee and chocolate on the way down. There is a pleasant heat from the alcohol, and a lingering sweetness to the roasted afterflavors. There is such a depth of flavor that I feel like I've only skimmed the surface, but I've run out of words. There is more carbonation than is apparent from the appearance, and it carries the flavor into your mouth with a burst. This brew has a rich mouthfeel, almost creamy. It's delicious and drinkable, but perhaps not more than one.
02-15-2010 22:20:12 | More by Ladybugger
4.43/5 rDev +13%
Poured into a tulip. 1 finger, tan, creamy head. Dark brown body that was barely translucent.
Smell was great with juniper, spices, slight caramel and brown malt. Some sage as well.
Taste had some good roasted flavor, juniper and sage were definitely present and a bitterness in the finish helps lighten the beer up. Slight spiceness and carraway was definitely identifiable. Very good beer with some nice complexity.
Mouthfeel was mild body, medium carbonation and a crisp finish.
Drinkability was good. Amount of spices would limit me. Hides ABV perfect.
I did this with in a side by side tasting with Stone's version. I reviewed Stone's version when fresh, so the side by side was done with an aged bottle.
Stones version had more caramaly and bitterness to it. Light in color as well. Spices became very subdued and mellow.
Nogne's version was darker, hardly any caramel or sweetness in comparison, less bitterness and spices were alot more upfront.
Can't wait for Jolly Pumpkin's version as these have both been wonderful brews.
04-30-2010 01:08:45 | More by riored4v
4.4/5 rDev +12.2%
Poured into a chalice. Pours a syrupy deep brown with a skim of tan swirling head. Nice retention as the beer is swirled.
Has a rich, buttery yeasty aroma, like a warm biscuit. Some molasses, dark fruit and earthy tanins are present.
Tastes of dark fruit, grapes and currants, with mild toffee and spice present. Buttery smooth, despite a mild tart fruitiness in taste. Nicely complex, this is one of the better holiday ales I've had this year.
Full bodied, smooth, and pleasant. An excellent sipper.
Highly drinkable, it is too bad this beer is as expensive as it it. At $8.99 for a pint, this will be my only time enjoying this beer this year.
01-02-2011 19:27:31 | More by TheHoppiest
Special Holiday Ale - Nøgne Ø/Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales/Stone Brewing Co. from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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