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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Herbed / Spiced 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

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little heady, but the spices are great. Like a perfect Christmas cake. I would have to say, ginger, nutmeg, clove, mace, and....cinnamon. Though the cinnamon is pretty mute.

The smell in general is great, but not very potent.

The hops really aren't there at all, as I would expect from Columbus, the malt is very nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is better than expected from the head.

Really a nice Christmas taste, I might pick another one up. I would love to try a cake made with this!

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +2%
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 beergoot
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Arborescence
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with a hint of ruby, pours an impressive head — thick and creamy.

Aroma: Winter spices: cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, maybe a little bit of fresh hoppyness too.

Taste: Sweet and spicy, warming — what you’d expect from a Christmas Ale. Ginger is perhaps the strongest flavour, but it’s a nice mixture of winter spices. Not overwhelmingly strong, but it is a rather sweet beer, so one to be sipped slowly. It’s bottle conditioned.

Mouthfeel: Rich and fairly heavy on the body, Christmas soup!

Overall: ‘Peculiar Christmas’ in English, although not that peculiar. Quite typical, really, but certainly a tasty one. Very nice and warm spices. My immediate reaction was that I’d like some gingerbread with this, although the beer is in fact a bit of a Christmas pudding itself! I would like to get a better impression of the ‘beery’ characteristis, especially the combination of malts. The spices are a bit overwhelming, and you might even think that you’re drinking a cup of strong chai instead of a beer. Nøgne Ø does some very good beers, so there shouldn’t be a need to hide behind all these spices. Still, this is what you want on a cold winter night, it really does warm you up nicely. They say that the beer is inspired by ‘gløgg’, i.e. mulled wine, which is a popular beverage in Finland too around this time of year (we call it ‘glögi’). The recommended serving temperature of the beer is 10°C/50°F, but on their website they hint that you might try it warmer — I take it that this is to suggest actually heating it up, like you would with mulled wine. Well, I didn’t try this, but I imagine that this could be interesting.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 1/30/12.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a dark brown color with copper highlights. There is little more than a finger of light tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice bit of lace behind on the glass. The nose has some roasted malt and quite a bit of spice. There are some floral notes, as well as maybe a little bit of chocolate. Spices are definitely dominate the nose though. It is very Chirstmasy. The taste follows the nose. It starts out with some roasted maltiness and a big amount of christmas spices. There is ginger, clove, lemon zest, and some others that I can't quite pick out. The little bit of chocolate that was in the nose comes into the taste, and there is some brown sugar flavor as well. The finish leaves some lingering spices behind on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice feel to it. It is smooth and creamy, but there is also a little bit of a tingly feel. There is a bit of roasted maltiness as well. This has good drinkability. It is definitely a holiday ale. It hits the spot this time of year and it goes down easy. Overall, I thought it was a nice beer, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I recommend trying it out, I would drink it again.

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Photo of TheGrunt
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell has sweet odor with a hint of tar and fruits.

Medium to high foam which settles down as few millimeters thick foam hood on top of the beer after pouring and it stays that way for a while.

Colour very dark brown, almost black.

Taste is surprisingly soft with hint of smokey flavors, but not much. There is distinctive malt flavor with ginger, cinnamon and coriander. Flavor makes this nice christmas beer, but surely this is nice all around winter beer also.

Taste is really not too strong for casual beer drinkers so this is nice option to enter stronger seasonal winter beers.

Really positive experience!

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Photo of monkeyonmaibock
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark brown into a snifter. Light tan head left minimal lacing down to the last sip. Aroma is an explosion of ginger. The sweet maltiness balances the spice of the ginger. This is followed by hints of coriander and cinnamon. There is an aftertaste of roasted malt and slight hop bitterness. This is the second beer I've had from this brewery and I am not disappointed for sure.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Evil_Pidde
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is deep reddish brown with a large compact tan head that settles into pretty nice lacings.

S: It smells like X-mas; cinnamon, cardamom, coriander and ginger (-snaps). Then there's malt, slightly chocolate.

T: Taste follows the smell. A little sweeter, though. Some bitterness, rather from almonds and nuts than from hops.

M: Long bitter aftertaste. Body is full and carbonation moderate.

O: They overdid the X-mas-part; too much spices dominated over malt and hops.

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored beer with a small light brown colored head.

Smell is very spicy. Strong scent of spruce and allspice berries. The spruce/pine/cedar evergreen scent is quite over powering. Smells a little sweet with brown sugar and rye bread aroma.

Starts out bittersweet with a strong spruce flavor. Sensation of mint in the taste though I can't smell it. Brown sugar and molasses after the tastebuds adapt to the strong spruce flavor. Interesting bittersweet beer beer with a strong taste of spruce.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a different and tasty Christmas beer. Very recommended and tasty.

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Photo of Contagion
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a rich dark brown color with a touch of a ruddy orange color to it. It was dark enough that light only passed through at the edge of the glass. When held up to a gentle back light, it appears to be slightly hazy. As it was pouring a thick, tan foamy head consisting of a mixed size of bubbles formed. The head faded slowly and lasted through most of the beer. There was some beautiful complex lacing on the side of the glass.

This smells unlike most bears I’ve had. It had a spiciness mixed with a slight floral and citrus hop scent. I was able to detect hints of cinnamon, cardamom cloves, orange zest and chocolate malts. It’s very complex and some of the scents may be just various others mixing together to give the allusion to others. The flavor starts with a citrus hops and chocolate malt flavor that moves rapidly to the spices you can detect in the scent. There is a touch of ginger in the finish. As the beer warms up to room temperature the flavors really start becoming more individually detectable.

It is a medium bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation. There is almost no coating in the mouth.

According to the bottle this beer was inspired by Glogg, a traditionally Scandinavian spiced wine drank in the winter. As not only an avid glogg snob, but also as a maker of it, I can detect the influence, especially in the scent. Now as there are many different types of Glogg, this is a particular spicy version. I really enjoyed this beer and am fortunate to have been able to enjoy one, and enjoy it I did on this fine Christmas day. If you even get a chance to try one, I would recommend it.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark reddish brown with two fingers of light khaki head. Nice aroma of cinnamon, ginger, and mild caramel sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice mix of flavors with cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon followed by some gentle caramel sweetness and a little roasty bitterness on the finish.

Has an interesting root/ginger beer quality that occasionally emerges. Enjoyed this one more than I had expected; great mix of spices that balance well with the malt/hops. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of olive42
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, with a red glow in the light. Very winter-Christmas-like glow. Small head; served in a Duvel tulip glass.

S: Hoppy; nuts and caramel, like it's out of a sweet roasted nuts stand. Also smells a little like a cream ale.

T: Buttery notes; a LOT of spices, especially cinnamon and cardamom. A little hops in the background.

M: Some carbonation felt during and after taste.

O: It really feels like a Christmas / Winter beer. Something to warm you on a late fall afternoon like today.

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Photo of Amalak
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark brown beer and is all but opaque. Big tan foamy head with lots of lacing. There's a very heavy apple pie, cinnamon and alcohol mixture for the scent. Unique and nice.

Very spicy Christmas Ale. You can almost taste powdered cinnamon in there. This is what you expect from a Christmas Ale, in my opinion: Ginger Bread House beer. Tingly on the tongue. Probably your prototype XMas ale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a large, fading head.
Nose shows ginger, roasted malt, citrus and cinnamon. The spices definitely dominate. Nice but perhaps a little full-on. I would have liked the base beer to stand out more.
Flavours are a bit of a surprise, I was expecting sweeter. Instead there's some roasted malt and a lot of herbal bitterness. The spices aren't as prominent as in the aroma but there's still some ginger and cinnamon present. Body seems light on, could be higher.

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Photo of OutFox
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 22oz bottle.

A - Beautiful light brown burnt tan head with a thickness to it. Body is darker brown and quite attractive.

S - Spices! Xmas spices! But its more than that. Its sort of like a floral smell to it. I must say its peculiar. Not what you get from a normal xmas beer.

T - Same as the nose but has a sort of oak to it. Its different which is what i really like about it.

M - Almost porter like. Not exactly typical xmas beer. Really enjoying it.

O - Its definately different. Perculiar is the best word which is the title for the english version.

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Photo of Dhren1979
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed: March 5, 2011

Vintage: 2010

A: Pours a deep brownish red color. Very nice clarity. Head is ample and holds its form. Lacing is sticky.

S: The aroma of freshed baked gingerbread cookies. Spicy cinnamon. Faint hop aroma(?).

T: Ginger! Ginger & cinnamon spice is very dominant. Slight chocolate taste is detected. Surprising.

M: Medium body brew. My mouth is tingling from all of the spice! Not necessarily a good thing.

O: Good but not something I could drink much of. Maybe once a season. However, not sure I'd be buying again if I see on the shelf.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mysteriously dark brown color with a tawny cap that leaves a very nice pattern of lace behind

Smell: Complex combination of malts provide hints of chocolate and dark German bread, with the spices wafting above; cardamom and coriander seem to dominate

Taste: After the malts bring out a dark bread and chocolate character, the spices move forward, bringing strong herbal elements such as cardamom and coriander, with hints of cinnamon, ginger and clove; by mid-palate, the piney hops add bitterness and, after the swallow, while the pine and herbal flavors dominate, the malts still remain in the background

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A most unusual beer; while I am not a big fan of the flavor profile, it was very interesting to pick out the flavors

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity

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Photo of brystmar
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sold as "Peculiar Yule" in NYC.

Dark brown with a solid finger of tan head. Strong, sticky lace. Looks like the St. Bernardus Christmas ale, and smells just as strongly of spice. Sweet malts in the nose as well, but just too many spices here for me to pick them out individually.

Full-bodied with a wild, bitter taste. Hints of chocolate up front, but quickly overrun by the massive spices. Much more herb-y than expected; sharply bitter (more spicy bitter than hoppy) to finish things off. Reminds me of chewing on a mixture of green baking herbs, and about as pleasing on my palate.

An interesting brew to say the least, but not one I'd purchase again.

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Photo of harrymel
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby tones upon light penetration. Single finger fine latte head slowly hangs out and remains a thick quilt. Little to no lacing.

S: Wow, did they dump a vat of cloves and tea tree oil into this one?! The herbs are amazingly strong on this beer. some hints of cinnamon, vanilla. Otherwise, I can't actually reach anything. Way overdone on the spice.

T: Huh, the malts are still strong here. Although the aforementioned spices remain the dominant flavor, the malts provide a good roasty, malty, sugary tone. Good flavor. Still, nose dominates.

M: Medium body with high carb. Nothing special here.

O: They abused their access to spice. Tastes like mulled wine, which has been mulled again. Way too much spice. dissapointing.

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong spice (ginger), sweet malt, slight oatmeal, hint of hop, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of a Herbed / Spiced Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, strong ginger, dry hop, spice, citrus hops, and a hint of yeast. Overall, the best ginger spiced beer I've ever had. Great appearance, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark murky chocolate brown in color with pale brown highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma was heavy on the herbal spice notes alongside chocolate caramel malts and hints of booze as well.

T: the chocolate malts were more apparent on the taste but meshed well with the herbal spice flavors and had caramel accents. It did have mild hop character with a touch of booze.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate corbonation which had a sweet, herbal, spice, and mild hoppy finish.

D: was not an easy drinker due to how potent the herbal character was but was a decent herbal spice brew.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gorgeous pour. Coffee colored body with light tan head.

Smells like aftershave and Angostura bitters. Not unpleasant, but definitely peculiar!

Taste matches the smell with a bit of added malt backbone. Quite light with a soapy aftertaste. Not really fond of the taste overall, but it's light enough not to offend.

Overall this tastes like a cocktail more than a beer. I appreciate the different qualities, but don't feel I need to drink again.

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Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a very dark chestnut brown, almost black color with slight mahogany edges and a to finger frothy beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with splotches of soapy lacing.

Spicy aroma with hints of roasted malt, earthy hops, dark fruit and silky chocolate. Lots of ginger and cinnamon in the nose as ell as hints of plum, raisin and fig. No unpleasant medicinal cough syrup that is so prevalent n the style. Hopefully this holds up in the flavor.

Full bodied with lots of creamy, luscious chocolate malt flavor. Only slightly roasted with lots of spice and earthy bitterness up front. Hints of peppermint, ginger, coriander and clove as well as a prominent dark fruit flavor that balances things out. I'm picking up grape, dark cherry, raisin, plum and fig. Very well balanced and easy to drink with again, no cloying medicinal cough syrup presence. Very good.

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