God Jul | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the US this is called "Winter Ale".

A dark ale brewed specially for the Christmas season, with a rich, complex taste of caramel. This is a strong, dark and rather sweet Christmas Beer – just the way we think a Christmas beer should be.

19°P, 30 IBU.

Ingredients: Lager, Munich, caramel, black, and chocolate malt; Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

Added by Sigmund on 12-01-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I chose this as #2100 review, as this brewery is up and coming and I'm really enjoying what they produce. Best yet, I needn't have to bring everything in from Europe anymore, several are now available in the New York area. This black ale is a cross between a porter (albeit some coca-cola taste from the carmel etc.), a stout from some toasted barley, a dark ale, shwartzbeir, and an underlying citrus without being overhopped. Well done!

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Photo of Crosling
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Deep brown color, full foam. Very mild aroma, a hint of dark malt and weedy, herbaceous hops.

Flavor is very interesting and complex and I can see why others like it, but I just don’t enjoy the profile. It has a lot of hints herbal tea, resinous hops and light malt components. Doesn’t seem very together. However, I had their Imperial Stout a couple days ago. Top notch stuff.

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Photo of ZAP
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown...little head

S-Chocolate covered cherries...also some coffee bean notes

T-Dark chocolate is the predominant flavor but it is complemented by some dark berries, coffee beans, and some mild vanilla beans.

M-Medium bodied, perhaps a little thin...a bit of a creamy texture...

D-This is decent. Definitely a treat from one of the true great beer brewing nations of the world. After drinking this I have now moved Norway to #1 on my list followed by Belgium and then Germany...This is the best Norweigan beer I've had since Nordick Wolf Light back in the 1980's...ahh check that I think that was from Sweden....anyhow I have definitely popped a little Norweigan wood after drinking this....In all seriousness this isn't bad at all but not an all-time great either..

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Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sleek shaped bomber sized bottle, with extremely descriptive label listing ingredients, brewery history and beer write up. Very appreciated. Saved for one of the last days before the arrival of spring!

A really nice gray coloured head would form, rest as an outer trim. Only a couple small patches of bubbles. A dark coloured body, deep brown essentially.

An enticing aroma of some blend of spices, well blended I couldn't even pick out one. Although, as I worked through it I came to believe there may not actually be any in there. I'm not entirely sure. What is certain is that it was pleasant, boasting lots of earthy notes, a variety of malts, and the essence of a Christmas cake/pudding. I liked it.

The mouthfeel gave way to trace amounts of alcohol, hardly enough to note. It came out a little flat with nothing overly bold in the flavour department. A little ashyness, with very, very bittersweet chocolate notes that dominate the palate.

A really good example of the style, nothing mind blowing but I'm certainly anxious to find it again next winter.

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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

biegaman was nice enough to share this one with me. thanks jan!

1pt 0.9oz bottle.

pours very deep brown, nearly opaque, with a half inch head of very fine tan bubbles. drops slowly to a thin layer on top of the beer and a ring around the edges. spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. nice toasty caramel character. bit of floral hops.

taste is good. nice and roasty. bittersweet chocolate. light alcohol. coffee. moderate bitterness. nice bready malt. caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a nice moderate carbonation level.

drinkability is good. very well balanced, hiding its alcohol quite well. reminds me of a porter in many ways...english, or maybe baltic. very nice.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours like iced coffee…quite dark but light can traverse it. Head is an excellent mass of latte colored thick bubbles.

S: Chocolate milk, café au lait, boysenberries, roasted barley and some fresh cream

T: Begins much like a milk stout. Some mellow grape like tangy nips hit the tip of the tongue while some lactose sweetness spreads towards the center. This flavor seems to last for a few seconds until bitter chocolate happens upon the back sides of the mouth. Bitterness of the roasted variety with a swath of piney hops and progressive cocoa as the beer warms. Finishes somewhat dirty with a dustiness to it.

M: Medium body, sort of thin for the style but the carbonation is nice.

D: Well, so far I’m unimpressed by this brewery. The beers don’t suck but nothing has blown me away. This beer is definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of medium bitter roasted malt with some subtle spices. Taste is reminiscent of a porter with some spices and light chocolate notes with a medium hoppy finish. Body is above average with some medium carbonation and a nice creamy texture. I thought this beer was well balance throughout but would have enjoyed a bit more emphasis on spices.

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Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles labeled "Winter Ale" in U.S. with the same snow flakes over the O. God Jul references Christmas.

Appearance: dark brown almost black in color with a 1" tan colored head that lasts a while. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: soft chocolate and malt sweetness are very mild.

Taste: chocolate, malty, caramel, vanilla, prunes, raisins and a mild bitterness. Faint alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Short aftertaste with mostly chocolate and malt sweetness. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: a solid beer that has drinkability knocked down a notch since the alcohol is noticeable.

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Photo of bark
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle conditioned. The colour is black, the liquid is clear. There is a low beige head and some lacing.

The generous smell is dry - bitter with roasted malt and notes of coffee, cocoa and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is strong; smoky and roasted malt with some sweet notes of coffee and fine dark chocolate. There are lots of hops; the dry bitter base got chemical flavours of wax and chalks, bitter spices and ditto citric fruits. The aftertaste is roasted and dry, I found some spices (cloves? basil?) and a hint of orange.

The carbonation is mild with small bubbles. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

A fine one, but a little too much alcohol.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Dark black with a one finger khaki colored head. Slight ruby tones near the bottom & sides of the glass. Very close, appearance-wise, to their porter.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, nuts, and baking bread. Faint whiff of alcohol.

T: Burnt, roasted malt with a big dose of bittersweet chocolate. Some flavors of nuts, hops, sweet toffee, and tart fruit round this out.

M: Oily and dry. Pleasantly bitter and tangy, to the tongue, in the finish. Sweet tofffee keeps the bitter mouthfeel from going too far.

D: Very drinkable. A terriffic beer to spend a cold and snowy evening with.

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Photo of Jredner
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50 cl bottle. Perfumey alcohol and spice dominate the aroma. It’s somewhat harsh really like a faint whiff of acetone. The body is a deep brown and holds fairly lasting thumb thick tan head. Sweetened pumpernickel, spice and lightly roasty with a soft mouthfeel and a very mild spice/alcohol heat. Never really delivers anything to make you say, "Well that's nice." But, despite that it is a decent enough brew.

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Photo of Loki
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revied from notes taken on 8/25/05 that I'm finally getting around to putting in BA.com. Thanks Alekeep and Biergirl, and your Norwegian friends, for sharing these wonderful beers during our Norwegian Beer dinner.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin beige head

Smell: Predominately sweat with solid, roasted malt and caramel aromas. Some leather with hints of spices. More malt aromas than anything else.

Taste: Almond nuttiness, toffee, hints of chocolate, roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, clean and crisp.

Drinkability: Very solid brew. Nice, easily approachable beer.

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Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(500 ml bottle). Christmas/Yule ale from Norway's sole uncompromising micro brewery. Only 5000 bottles made. Bottle conditioned. Deep copper colour, hazy only when yeast is poured. Moderate head. aroma of oak, leather, caramel and spices. Flavour is malty and spicy, alcohol is evident. Drier than I expected. Good bitterness. A good beer, but after all the good things I've heard about it, I expected even more.

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