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

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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

Added by Sigmund on 11-03-2004

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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 124
Reviews by beergoot:
Photo of beergoot
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Beerswag
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of merlin48
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Peculiar Yule pours a dark chestnut body with a sturdy khaki hued head. Lavish sticky lacing coats the glass.

Aroma is bold. Peppermint, menthol, spruce shavings, pine, ginger, anise, and a hint of cocoa are all very evident. A very challenging bouquet.

Mouthfeel is near full bodied and coating. Medium carbonation and a bite of ginger are noted.

Taste is complex. Lots of spices going on, but ginger, clove, cinnamon, anise, and peppermint seem most apparent. Subtle caramel and cocoa make a malt presence known. Some floral hops emerge at room temperature. Pine and spruce are heavy handed throughout. Finishes with a spicy dryness.

Actually quite drinkable, in spite of the heavy spicy hand, but a bit more ginger than I care for. I doubt there is any peppermint in this one but it sure makes you think so. Interesting..

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Photo of mrquartetman
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark in color, with a brownish head that hangs in there for a while.

S: Strong spicy aroma with strong malt accent. Ginger and clove predominate (see spice list below).

T: This beer is a strong contender in the spiced Christmas beer category with Anchor's Our Special Ale. It is not as cloying or as aggressive as the 2008 Anchor was. More subtle and more satisfying. The spices start it out, but the malt takes over pretty quickly, with a balancing hop in the mix.

M: This complex brew is a kind of a riot of persistent flavors, attributable to its spice list: ginger, coriander, cardamon, cinnamon and cloves. Ginger, cinnamon and cloves are the most identifiable.

D: I wouldn't want to drink more than a single 25 oz bottle at a time (probably shared) so that I wasn't put off by spiciness. I find this a highly drinkable beer - more so than a lot of the spiced winter beers out there.

This beer is a direct analogue with this brewer's Underlig Jul.
While the Underlig is listed on their site as being 6.5% abv (this one is shown at 6.3%), the brewer still states that they are the same beer (rated separately here on BA).

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of virinow
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spuyten & Duvell. Dark brown with nice head, lace. Yeasty, spicey, quite drinkable. Describe as a Norway biere de Garde. Pleasant citrus from C-hops, and a well blended melange of spices, chocolate malt. CInammon, mint, a bit of ginger, allspice. I like this brewery.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another holiday ale sale item. I commonly imbibe Glogg at the Swedish Christmas Fair every year here in Los Angeles but I never would have considered brewing a beer based on these flavors. Hmm...

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a small-ish generic thick stemmed glass from Cost Plus World Market.

Rosewood body with burgundy and crimson highlights. A beige thin head recedes to a glossy lasting disk. Sticky, thin, pasty lacing.

The aroma is very strong with this one. Heavy spice, fruit, and mulled wine notes suggest anything other than a beer. Cinnamon, cloves, raisins, possibly cherries...a hint of prunes and oak as well...

Peculiar indeed, it tastes a bit like perfume but in a good way. The aformentioned spices are present along with a bit of lavender, vague honey, sandalwood, and lime as well. Aftershave, potpurri, recently cleaned and waxed wood floors...all these come to mind. There is a malty backbone that comes through in the finish and offsets the myriad of unusual flavors with a more familiar element.

Medium-light bodied, moderately carbonated, gently warming (more from spice than from ABV).

A singular expression of the brewer's art, but also an oddity that I doubt I'll revisit.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of cjgator3
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a massive light tan head that sticks around forever and leaves a good amount of retention.

S- The aroma just screams Christmas. There is sweet malt up front with a lot of spices most notably of cinnamon, cloves and coriander. The aroma is wonderful, and would be a great beer to enjoy during the holidays.

T- The taste starts out with a nice smooth malt base with an array of spices and a roasted bitter finish.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and very creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Peculiar Yule is a pretty solid brew that is a perfect holiday brew to enjoy with all the holiday fixings. Recommended!

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
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

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Photo of nickhiller
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Gmann
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color with some noticable yeast floaties. The head is dense and creamy, settles into a solid ring. The aroma is a spice bomb. Some nice spruce and ginger that mellows with some clove spice. There seems to be a hidden milk chocolate character that mixes well with the spice. The base flavor seems to be a traditional english porter as it has some caramel/butter malt characteristics. The spice is not as heavy as it is in the aroma. Definitely some candied ginger, light sprucy juniper and cardamom. The feel is moderate to chewy, fairly soft carbonation which I expected for the style. Has a nice holiday spicy finish. A very good sprucy/spiced ale. The brew has a nice woodsy spice that I like in a holiday beer. Very enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of Keene
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy, walnut brown with a decent amount of beige head. The aroma is intense and characteristic of Scandinavian Christmas beers: pine, pitch, cardamom, and ginger all stand out immediately.

Inspired by Gløgg, Peculiar Yule has a medium-body and a dark, complex flavor that, to a certain degree, masks the presence of the hop varieties. Pine, cocoa, and the aforementioned spices are the predominant flavors here. Different but drinkable, this malty brew also has a fairly long, rather sweet finish. A must for fans of spiced beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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