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 bmwats
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into an imperial nonic.

A: Pours into a 3 finger frothy tan head. A craterous pock marked disintegrating head slowly settles leaving sticky spider web lacing as it does. Continues to leave you with thick lacing as you drink it down.

S: Roasted coffee malt, oregano, pecan shells, baked bread.

T: Strong roasted malt, licorice. A little bitter.

M: Coats the mouth. Has a robust and hearty body. Licorice aftertaste lingers throughout.

D: Great sipping beer.

Great atmosphere. Impressive appearance, and a full complex nose. Flavor is not as complex as the nose, but nicely balanced and full. Really thorough and full body. Great quaff.

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Photo of brendan13
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with a 2cm tan head that slowly falls away. Fair amount of lacing is left down the glass.
S - Dark fruit, caramel bit of chocolate roastiness & some floral touches.
T - Not unlike the smell with the dark fruit coming through quite strongly
M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Smooth bitterness.
D - Full of flavour and something I'd drink more of. Shame it's so pricey like most beers from this brewery.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-A dark, murky brown with a creamy mocah head with great retention and nice lacing.

S-Dark chocolate, molasses, caramel and dark fruit.

T-Maltier than the nose would indicate and more like the style. Sweet malt in the front, then dark chocolate and a surprising bitter hop finish. Very good.

M-A bit rich on the tongue, otherwise nicely medium bodied.

D-Very tasty and nicely drinkable.


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Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up one of these at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Three fingers of dark tan foam with excellent retention and lovely rings of lacing. Dark, dark, brown - almost black - and slightly lighter at the fringes. Great looking brew.

S - Chocolate malt, caramel, licorice, bread, some floral hoppiness, and a touch of booziness.

T - A touch soapy, but with plenty of dark chocolate, burnt malt, and a strong aftertaste of roasty bitterness. It's a bit of a letdown from the smell, and the soapy note is a little distracting.

M - Moderate carbonation, with a slight tingle on the upper lip. Medium to full bodied and very smooth. It's one of the best things about this brew.

D - The roasty bitterness builds up quite a bit, but otherwise it's eminently drinkable. My wife and I quickly downed the 500ml bottle.

Probably a little overpriced but I was glad to try it.

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Photo of beer2day
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a 1-finger tan head.

Chocolate comes through in the nose with some mild spices and anise.

Roasted chocolate, a little oatmeal, but mainly roasted chocolate coming through on the tongue. Slight burnt aftertaste. Just thick enough for a porter.

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Photo of dfillius
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first I've had from this renowned brewery. Glad to find it at BevMo Escondido. Enjoyed in an imperial pint glass.
A: Moderate pour yields a thin layer of tan head. Very dark brown (nearly opaque) liquid with red hints along edges. More head please.
S: Dark fruit, nice hops, roasted malt - very porter-like. A little alcohol is apparent.
T: Bittersweet chocolate like 70: Green & Black's. Cherry. Alcohol.
M: Bitter and perfectly carbonated. Has a great smoothness.
D: Very good. Delicious. Smooth and delightful. I see why there is a buzz about this brewery.

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Photo of johlendorf
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great offering from a great brewery. Recommended if it's available in your area.

A = Opaque black. Dark tan cap that follows the beer down the glass.

S = Caramel, chocolate, a little nuttiness.

T = Chocolate coffee. Smokey. Very well balanced. There are some strong flavors here but everything is harmonious and nothing really jumps out.

M = Smooth and rich. Really nice.

D = I should have picked up two.

Grab one while it's still porter weather.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a deep, opaque black, with a beautiful fluffy tan head that settles into a cap that never goes away.

Nose is interesting - brown sugar and a bit of caramel, just a bit roasty, hints of cocoa and some spicy alcohol in there also.

Taste is sweet, with caramel and brown sugar mixing it up with roasty malt, hints of coffee, and a hint of soy. Tons of really nice, smooth ultra-dark cocoa in there also towards the finish, which is light and roasty, but somewhat long, and with the cocoa still lingering as well.

Mouthfeel is really well done also, creamy and plush. I would easily drink this again. And again.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing my trend of reviewing on sale winter brews, had been wanting to try this for a while now. Here's hoping it's a good one.

A: Pours a really dark and opaque brown, with a two fingered khaki head that leaves a nice coating of lacing all around the glass.

S: Smells of bitter chocolate, coffee, caramels nice smell.

T: Heavy on the coffee flavor, that melts into a nice, bitter, dark chocolate and finishes off with a nice roasted nut taste.

MF: A nice balance here, can't complain.

D: Very drinkable beer, great taste perfect for a chilly night.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark, mahogany red with a spongey, 2 finger head that was medium khaki in color. Retention was excellent, still sturdy and strong with hardly a trace of give even after 5 full minutes of sitting about. The lacing was thick and lustrious making for a full sheet coating.

S: The aroma was equally impressive with a nice wintery pine scent, a rich caramel with a hint of fresh warm chocolate and cocoa notes. The Columbus hops provide a beautiful dry floral orchid aroma that is very distinguishable for those familiar with Anderson valleys hop ottin.

T: rich chocolate and cocoa, with a big helping of pine resin hopping. The Columbus hops soon kick in providing a pungent floral taste. A beautiful slightly burnt caramel sweetness, pine and spruce woodiness compliments the malting creating a wintery warm sensation and feel for this beer. Some light citrus, black cherries and dry holiday spicing rounds things out here. The flavor was exceptionally good, well balanced and was very smooth in transition of taste from start to finish.

M: light and silky, very luscious on the tongue with a warming feel and a soft carbonation. Very nice, with a dry fade of pine, coffee, and light charred woodiness for a fade and finish.

D: Drinkability was of course was very good, with a warming, beautiful winter feel that was beautifully exceuted making for a great example of style. One that is sure to warm and cheer you up.

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Photo of Crafted
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first offering from Nogne O..

a: Dark.. very dark, 3 finger coffee colored head..

s: Sweet malty complexity.. hops.. caramel

t: Amazingly good.. Sweet caramel.. Smooth.. Easy drink for an 8.5%

m: Rich coffee.. Thick and right.. Malty..

d: I just finished it and i want another.. Cant wait to get some more of this.. And some other offerings by Nogne O..

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Photo of m1ked
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Compliments of Hamilton's fine selection.

A- Dark root beer brown with a big bubbly head starting at 1/2" shrinking to 1/4" with considerable lacing.

S- Brown sugar, cocoa powder, light booziness & caramel.

T- Brown sugar, cocoa powder with a slight metallic tone, marshmellows with a fine anise finish.

M- Medium to moderate weight with good carbonation. chewy.

D- Another fine offering from this brewery. A heavy chewy winter selection that I would reach for again. A slow sipper for sure.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep dark brown, almost black, with a huge mocha colored head.

Big aroma of malts, caramel, and chocolate.

The bottle says winter ale but this is a porter. The taste is much like the aroma. Big taste of malts, caramel, chocolate, and nuts. The alcohol is well idden.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

This was a really enjoyable porter (winter ale). Try one if you get the chance.

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

Poured from a large bottle to a snifter the liquid is very dark with good carbonation. The head is dark mocha, thick and leaves nice lace.

The smell is rich, roasty with chocolate notes.

The taste is good very rich and roasty, chocolate notes, quite a uber porter.

The mouthfeel is full and thick with good carbonation.

The drinkability is good but one gets to be enough.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of WesWes
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, complex, malt scent that boasts of burnt toffee, chocolate and hops. It also has a slight roasted character. The taste is great! It has a smooth and creamy caramel malt flavor with a moderate roasted feel and light chocolate notes. It goes down easy with some yeasty esters in the finish. The mouthfeel is outstanding. It is a full bodied beer with near perfect carbonation. This is an exceptional winter ale. It's quite complex and very easy drinking; a real treat!

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Photo of beveritt
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a Duvel chalice. Label front is very simple, a green bisected O with snowflakes falling all around. Underneath this is the name, Winter Ale. Good description on the back, including 19 degrees Plato, 30 IBU, and 8.5 ABV. Brewed with Munich, caramel, clack, lager and chocolate malts, and Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a massive head, 4 fingers of big bubbled, pillowy tan foam. This settles very slowly, eventually leaving a thin layer of foam, with a larger island in the middle above the nucleation point. Lacing is nice, with good coverage. The beer itself is a somewhat muddy brown and completely opaque. No sediment in the bottle, but there was some evidence of yeast as I was pouring the beer.

Smell: A mild, roasty malt smell, that almost reminds me of fresh rubber. A hint of cherries.

Taste: Dark chocolate and coffee, with an nice sweet, malt finish. Some alcohol warming in the finish, but nothing unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: My first beer from this brewer, in fact the first I have ever seen in a store. I am impressed with this well balanced and flavorful beer. Looking forward to tracking down more from them.

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Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up with the "Winter Ale" label. I'm placing the review here since I agree that the English Porter classification is much more appropriate than Belgian Dark Ale.

Appearance: It pours a very dark, chestnut brown color and is loaded with haze. There's a very minute amount of light getting through at the edges showing a very light red color. It's topped with an enormous light brown head that stands three fingers tall easily. Retention was very good and thick sheets of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: This is a very sweet and malty smelling beer. It's loaded with caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts. Coffee is easily noted on the nose, but plays a secondary role to the vast array of malts. It smells lightly hopped, but I'm very pleased to note their presence. I wasn't expecting that in the least. Alcohol is blended very well, but is faintly noticeable. Pretty impressive nonetheless. This is a nice smelling beer, but seems like it's needs a little something to drive it the next level.

Taste: It is indeed very malty and sweet. Caramel and chocolate malts seem to vie for the spotlight, but there's some toasted notes present. There is a very light coffee flavor that adds some character, but it's clearly a secondary component. Hops are noteable, but aren't strong enough to add the punch it needs. It just needs a little something extra that I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe it's more hops or a little spiciness. Alcohol is barely noted. Very impressive given the stature. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Mouthfeel is Winter Ale's strong suit. It's thick and has a very silky, lush feel. Carbonation is nicely done and doesn't impede its smooth feel in any way. Drinkability is good, but is a little limited by its big feel and 8.5% abv.

Winter Ale is a very good beer, but really needs a little more zeal. More hops, a little spiciness perhaps? Something for sure. It's a nice beer that's easily recommended. But, it could use a little work in my opinion.

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Photo of drpimento
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fab, man, fab! Really interesting play on characteristics. Poured with a big foamy frothy tan head with lots a lace. Very dark brown. Aromatic that's like the taste: Sweet yet dry; luscious yet stark, and bittersweet even so. Lots of bitter chocolate, coffee, dark ripe fruit, heavy hops. Lots going on here. Superb beer. Long finish. Not a session beer. But that's ok.

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Photo of simonjohansson
3.16/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great brewery, expensive beer (50 kronor for a 50 cl bottle, thats 6-7 dollars/bottle), great reviews everywhere, hence my expectations are high.

Smell: not that great, notes of coffee, chocolate and some hops. Somewhat weak, or subtle maybe (?).

Taste: quite bitter, notes of dark chocolate, coffee, maybe some toffee notes in there too; and citric hops, somekind of sour notes too. Like a porter, but not that sweet, and without those nice round creamy and malty notes that you find in a good porter. Not really complex brew at all. I found it pretty boring, actually.

Overall: there is nothing special about this beer, except for the price. Try other stuff from Nogne.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy tan head that sticks with this dark brown beer. Looks almost black.

Caramel, chocolate, subtle. Wish it had more in the nose, like Robert Downey Jr. in the 80's.

Black Malts, kinda tastes like the Stone 11th. Very tasty, complex, every changing swirl of chocolate, dark malts, cocoa. This is one voodoo hoodoo beer.

What a great beer, the only weak part is the subtle smell. Excellent brewery, i'll have to buy more of their beers.

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Photo of charlzm
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/27/08.

Pours a deep brown into a tulip glass. Mahogany highlights. Not many active bubbles, though there is a nice two finger tan head at first.

Sweet, roasted chocolate malt in the nose. A note of vanilla, some caramel.

Roasted chocolate flavor, a little vanilla and some cocoa on the finish. Some alcohol warming, even. Almost like a rich porter... Oh wait, this IS a porter! D'oh! With a name like "Winter Ale", I was expecting...

Never mind. This beer is unlike a standard porter in that it has a silky, smooth and slightly thick mouthfeel - almost stoutlike.

This beer is closing in on "imperial porter" territory due to its strong flavor and high alcohol content. Delicious and worth seeking out if you like stouts and porters.

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Photo of beerkat
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm sad to say I was a little disappointed by this beer. Nogne has been a favorite of mine for a few years (they make one of the most outstanding IRS's out there).

This beer poured beautifully, with a nice, dense, cream-colored head, and a dark amber brown color. Smelled lovely, too--heavy burned caramel aromas with a hint of spice. However, the flavor just didn't do it for me. It tasted much too strongly of molasses and raisiny fruit to please my palate. I let it warm up a bit and the molasses just got even more overpowering--a little too sweet for my taste. The mouthfeel was just fine, a medium to heavy body with very pleasing carbonation.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: I graded this beer as a porter since it didn't resemble a Belgian dark ale at all. I think "Nøgne Ø Winter Ale" may be the same as "Nøgne Ø God Jul".

Poured into a goblet/snifter/wine glass type thing. It was the best thing I could find.

Apearance: Champagne-like head erupted from the top upon opening this one. A slow steady pour produced an active, two finger, reddish tan head. Body is blackish brown and nearly opaque, however shades of red can be seen around the edges when held to the light. Head dissipates rather quickly, and what's left clings to the sides of the glass. EDIT: Upon the third and final pour, the head started draggin some massive lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, malted milk balls, coffee, and dark currants. When I really dig into it, I get whiffs of some VERY astringent alcohol (almost like rubbing alcohol).

Taste: Roasted malts, caramel, molasses, coffee, dark fruits, and dark chocolate, with some whiskey and piney hops in the finish. Roasted flavors seem to dominate, making me believe that this is a PORTER and NOT a BELGIAN DARK ALE. The whiskey aftertaste is kind of strong at first, but fades as the session progresses.

Mouthfeel: Rich, very creamy, and smooth. Carbonation is hardly felt. Body is thicker than your average porter, but not to a point where it hinders the drinkability. Aftertaste a bit chewy and dry.

Drinkability: As stated above, this appears to be a porter. I looked around and found "Nøgne Ø God Jul", which has the same logo as this beer sans the name. If this were listed as a porter, it would be a damn fine one, with much more flavor than any other porter out there and a very smooth mouthfeel. Not worth the money on a consistent basis, but definitely worth a try.

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

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, slight roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malts, some vegetal notes. Kinda bland actually. Just not a very enjoyable beer. These winter ales just do not seem to be put together very well.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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Photo of scottoale
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml. brown bottle with a simple wrap around label, with no freshness or bottling dates that I could see. Not really needed as it is seasonal with a high enough ABV to better with age, than do it harm. It pours a very dark mahogany with rust highlights, when held to the light. The head is 1/2" cream tan with good retention and carbonation is fit for the style as well.

The nose is sweet, spicy and definetly boozy...just like a brew for the winter should be. Caramel, vanilla, ripe fruits, yeast and plenty-o-alcohol smell like a rich and decadent dessert.

The taste is sweet and malty from the start, it rounds to a meaty ripe fruit and eventually tapers to a hoppy, spicy yeast finish. Great flavor and well balanced, the alcohol doesn't come on as strong as the nose leads you to believe...well done.

The body is big, the carbonation complements, but there is a little smoky yeast that lingers on the tongue. Not a bad thing, it's just different.

Overall it's very easy to drink and definetly gets you in the holiday spirit, kinda like eggnog and ? Cheers!

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God Jul from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
4.09 out of 5 based on 334 ratings.
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