Underlig Jul
Nøgne Ø

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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #9
Ranked #15,375
3.92 | pDev: 12.5%
Nøgne Ø
Very Good
Underlig JulUnderlig Jul
Notes: 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
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark mahogany brown pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Nice lacing. Pretty good looking brew.

S: Malts and spice... caramel and Christmas.

T.F: Just plain odd. More toasted grains than malts... definitely lacking the expected sweetness.... a whisp of caramel, but not what I was expecting. That followed by strong spice... ginger, nutmeg, and clove. Some earthy hops/bitterness. Surprisingly light bodied. Again expected a bit more heft. Gentle carbonation.

O: Wasn't a huge fan. Interesting to try... but the flavors didn't work all that well together, and if you're going to go all-out on the spices like this it helps to have some caramel malts/sweetness for balance. Glad I got to try it... wouldn't pick it up again. "Peculiar" definitely fits.

Aug 02, 2020
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque dark reddish brown beer with 2-finger beige head.
Smell - cola, chocolate, beverage "Baykal", pepper, herbs, ginger, juniper.
Taste follows the smell, cinnamon tones.
Light body, medium carbonation.
Really interesting and tasty.

Dec 05, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

AROMA: Raisin,chocolate, prune, nutmeg.
LOOK: Dark black color, medium white head.
Taste is raisin, coffee, tea, dark raspberry, cranberry. Pepper also. Very complex.
Really nice. Excellent Christmas brew.

Dec 04, 2016
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BradC from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting brew. Gushed like crazy when opened. A little over carbonated, but that helps bring out the spices. Smells of cardamom and clove, flavor follows. Kind of cola like and gets better as it warms.

Dec 24, 2015
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2014, best before 2017.

Interesting beer, much better at room temp. Getting leather, some juniper berries, a little ginger and mild smokiness.

Dec 24, 2015
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on July 16 2014. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a murky brownish-copper colour, with an enormous head that erupts at the surface and quickly fills the glass. It takes a few minutes to seep down a bit, producing a fluffy, two fingers' worth of off-white froth, in addition to multiple wide bands of sticky gobs of lace. Looks great, and the aroma is pretty interesting, too - cinnamon and ginger are the most pungent inclusions, although coriander, clove and cardamom contribute some spicy, earthy undertones. Caramel sweetness, fig and raisin are also detectable.

This one already had a strong 'Christmas dessert' vibe going on, but the flavour profile really solidifies that. Grainy, bready malts and caramel sweetness provide much of the base, with cocoa, ginger and fig pudding following soon after. The flavour becomes increasingly earthy and spicy toward the finish, with hints of pine sap leading into spicy clove, coriander and cinnamon. Ginger heat lingers into the aftertaste, with a yeasty, earthy bitterness and slight alcohol warmth keeping it company. This is actually surprisingly warming for 6.5%, but that might be an artifact of all the spices used. Medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation levels that assault the tongue and provide a very crisp, active feel in the mouth. Despite the manageable abv, this one's intense spiciness seriously limits its drinkability - a pint is more than enough for me, thanks, at least for tonight.

Final Grade: 4.32, an excellent A grade. Underlig Jul is a bold-tasting, spicy winter warmer that is likely to raise at least one of your eyebrows upon the first sip. While it's not the sort of thing I'd want to drink in large volumes, or even very frequently, it is still a very creative, full-flavoured strong ale that makes for an excellent dessert beer or night-capper. Any fan of spiced beers or North American-style winter warmers should consider seeking this one out, because it's a fine example all-around.

Dec 19, 2014
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Mit from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a darkish amber brown colour with a decent head.

Almost smells like a cola....spicey....hard to pick out the spices. Sweet and spicey with a slight alcohol burn.

Very spicey.....sweetness was more in the fore in the bouquet. Kinda peppery...has a nice alcohol finish. Very much a winter warmer.

Decent mouthfeel. Very chewy...higher abv

Overall this is a great winter beer. I would drink it again. You cant have two in a row before it becomes overwhelming imo.

Dec 08, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served fairly old into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for about $6.50 CDN.

Appearance - hazy brown coloured beer with cherry hues. Two fingers of off white head are poured and stay awhile. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell - nice blend of herbs and spices, some cinnamon and berries are the stars, but there's an herbal but not medicinal quality lying underneath. The nose is fairly pungent as well.

Taste - starts spicy with cinnamon, then moves to a leafy earthy flavor, before some bitterness comes in. That is followed by another round of herbal flavor, then finish spicy with cinnamon. Ginger throughout. Kind of a full circle here. The only other comment is that it reminds me of Jaegermeister, turned way down in intensity, some added bitterness and herbal qualities as a beer. That's what we're dealing with here.

Mouthfeel - lively carbonation, yet soft mouthfeel, and only a moderately heavy body. Alcohol while not significant the way in which it is presented leaves a warming sensation from the first sip.

Overall- an interesting spiced beer, as mentioned above, it's reminiscent of a really toned down Jaegermeister, and as someone who enjoys that, I rather enjoyed this. It's definitely something that is enhanced by cool weather or a desire to drink something like it, but it's certainly good. Cost is a bit prohibitive, but definitely worth a try.

Nov 08, 2014
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mick303 from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was the worst gusher I've ever seen, taking the cap off was like opening a fire hydrant, lost a lot of good beer, and then still took a long time for the head to calm down (brew date was 19.7.12 so about a year and a half old) colour is a really dark brown, big head. Losing half the beer has me rattled and the remainder better be amazing.
S- spicy and herbal, ginger is really strong, nuanced with some dark malts, lots of slick pungent spice, maybe some yeasty notes coming in, robust and interesting. Interesting phenolic notes.
T- clove spice, cinnamon, with ginger snaps, a robust full maltiness, spicy bitterness, some of the complex cardamon character. Tasty, with pepper and cinnamon, the spice plays well off the malts, mellow bitterness and ginger character.
M- moderate and full, lots of carbonation, spicy ginger coating feel. Slick finish with a lingering herbal character.
I had a ginger rosemary beer that almost ruined the idea of putting ginger in beer and I'm glad to see in this a pronounced but balanced character, smooth complex spiciness and lots of interesting nuances and complex flavours. A bit more hops wouldn't hurt as would not gushing all over the place, but a delicious complex beer with decent balance I would try another batch of in the hopes this was a one-off problem. Otherwise my rating would easily have exceeded 4. Very tasty beer.

Jan 13, 2014
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best holiday beers I've had. Poured slightly colder than their recommended 50 degrees F with a smallish tan, foamy, thick head that settled after a bit and good lace. Color is a very slightly hazy mahogany. Aroma is spicy - clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, others?, malt, toffee. Flavor's much like nose, tang is up front, followed by a mild bitter which was perfectly complimented by a softness of body. Fairly dry, and spices are not overdone. Body is perfect, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, no off notes at all, and of average length. This is one of the most drinkable of spice beers. Glad it's in La Crosse!

Nov 23, 2013
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, dark fruits, pine?

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and pine. There is also some apples, blueberries, and some light chocolate.

Overall - Whoa, lots of odd tastes going on here. Kind of like a stout mixed with a Christmas brew. Not something I'd seek out again, but worth trying to see how different a beer can taste.

Sep 14, 2013
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nogne Peculiar Yule
16.9 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness date

Nice appearance. The body is a clear mahogany brown with ruby and ruby-orange highlights beneath a pillowy head of lightly orange-tinted tan that leaves thick rings and sheets of lace about the glass as it goes.

The aroma is mainly piney, but perhaps contains some other spice, and it's gingerbready in combination with the toasty and toffee-ish malt included. I'm reminded of Ivin's Famous Spiced Wafers (which are apparently ONLY famous in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and lower New York areas).

The flavor follows the aroma but with more maltiness, and as it warms it becomes much more rounded and not quite as sharp with pine. It's bready, toasty, spicy with ginger/nutmeg (and perhaps other spices, maybe all-spice), and piney. I'm not sure if the pine is coming from hops or not, but whatever's going on seems to be working well with the spices. There's not a lot of bitterness, but their needn't be as it finishes dry with a light touch of raspy evergreen. Looking deeper into it you'll find notes of caramel, light chocolate, toffee, and a good bit of nuttiness. It's fairly complex, and somewhat rich, yet it doesn't seem filling or overpowering.

Overall, definitely spicy. A good holiday beer. Well-rounded and balanced. Nicely done!

May 30, 2013
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joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winter warmer just in time for summer
A - just slightly hazy rootbeer brown, thumb of tan head held its own nicely
S - dense wet cake batter with nutmeg, cinnamon, with light fruit and greens
T - some earthy and pine hops hold a decent balance against dense bread, winter spices, and light molasses malts, slightly must finish
M - medium to heavy with a solid spicy tingle, finishes with just a touch of hop dry
O - a solid tasty spicy treat with a fairly good balance of hops and big sticky malt, worth seeking out but maybe wait for the fall

May 23, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a murky dirty brown color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with notes of cinnamon and cardamom dominates with some light citrus hops notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by solid caramelized malt with some cinnamon and cardamom notes. Light toffee and chocolate notes can also be detected. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting use of the spice with good balance to keep the whole mix drinkable.

Apr 03, 2013
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WeedKing4 from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a dark brown/blackish colour with good carbonation. Tastes of breaded malt with a slight chocolate roast flavour in there, and some hops and spices to come through in the finish. Drinks down very smooth for the 6.5%. An interesting spice beer. Not to bad for a cold winters night.

Feb 17, 2013
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a slight red tinge, very much like a Coke. Little carbonation, mostly opaque but you can see slightly through it when its held to the light. No head, just some tan foam.

S: Brio (an Italian soda) Sweet caramel, doctor’s office medicinal smell, cinnamon and cloves, ginger, coke, dark earthy malts like a brown ale.

T: Herby, medicinal and complex with the brown ale earthiness, Brio, herbs, doctor’s office medicine. Ginger dominates of the spices listed on the label, and its a dried powder ginger as opposed to fresh. Its followed by cloves then cinnamon. Little bitterness on the end.

M: Syrupy, somewhat bready, but still medium body with little carbonation.

O: Unique and I like it. Not rocking my world, but it goes well with spiced carrot cake. I love the bottle, appreciate that its from Norway, and am enjoying it on a cold stormy winter night.

Feb 01, 2013
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another treat courtesy of peensteen... Props for the hook-up!

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby red colour, finger of soapy off-white head with solid retention and some nice sporadic lacing.

S - Quite medicinal, spices dominate, heavy ginger, hints of cloves, cinnamon, coffee and a peppery finish.

T - The taste is dominated by the ginger notes, reminiscent of a bitter gingerbread, leafy green hop undertones, with the medicinal spices coming through on the finish. Cloves, ginger and cinnamon all come through with a coffee finish that lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty winter warmer that brings a load of spices but whose flavour profile that isn't overwhelmed by that same spice. Surprisingly drinkable and I quite enjoyed this brew. Well balanced and well worth seeking out!

Jan 19, 2013
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown like root beer, a bit murky; dense, tan head with great retention

Aroma: huge spice notes flowing from the pour - cardamom, cinnamon, close; like a pumpkin pie but without the sweetness, it practically burns; perfect for winter

Taste & Mouthfeel: right off the start more balanced than expected - some solid chocolate and espresso flavours with the spices coming out more in the finish, pairing with coffee bitterness and maybe some orange peel; medium-light body also unexpected, thought it would be heavier; bitterness and spice sometimes feels like pine needles; caramel malt sweetness is mild, just there as a platform for the other flavours

Overall: a great easy-drinking winter brew with interesting complex flavours, but a bit more malt complexity would be nice

Jan 18, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's make it three for tonight. Nøgne Ø, you're next. On to the beer:

Boderline dark brown/black color, topped with an inch of somewhat creamy head. The lacing webs itself around the glass, leaving a great after drink spectacle. One whifff an you know the spices have been worked well. The first split second, it smells like a bar of soap. Eventually, your brain is able to findbig doses of cinnamon and gingerbread. A festive aroma.

Brown ale with spices? I can dig that. The cinnamon and ginger work well together, and there's enough brown ale to keep the spice from being overbearing. It's medium bodied, with a gentle buzz of carbonation, and is a pleasure to drink.

Just what this BA needs to end a night. Nøgne Ø does a body good, and Underlig Jul is just another feather in the cap.

Jan 12, 2013
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Batch 841B, Best before July 17, 2014.

Dark brown, deep red hues at the edges. Tan head, good retention and spotty lacing. Nose is heavy on the ginger and clove, almost minty or "winterfresh," huge spicing all around. Some sweet bready character in the distance. Taste has the hops upfront, bitter pine, ginger and herbal character. Also some roast, toasted malt and chocolate. Medium body, with some bitterness and a slight drying sensation. Not sure about this as a winter warmer, but this is fairly unique.

Jan 10, 2013
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Dec 26, 2012
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Digimaika2 from Canada (ON)

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Dec 24, 2012
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Dec 17, 2012
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JohnnyBarman from Canada (ON)

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Dec 16, 2012
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TheQuietMan22 from Iowa

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Dec 14, 2012
Underlig Jul from Nøgne Ø
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 199 ratings