Sunday, December 8, 2013

God Jul

Nøgne Ø God Jul, having been lucky enough to have tasted the past 4 vintages of Nøgne Ø God Jul this has given me the opportunity to also see how this beer ages. Unfortunately the recipe and fermentation methods are not the same year after year so the 4 beers are not identical. Of the 4 vintages 2008 was without a shadow of a doubt the best of the four in my opinion, to be honest is it the best of all the Nøgne Ø beers I have tasted to date. 

The 2009 vintage had lost of spices in it, especially cloves where as the 2006 had lost a lot of it's character compared to the 2007 which was really nice. Yes I have stated this before with their Imperial Brown Ale 2006 & Imperial Stout as two examples, but this time around I believe I have found “The Holy Grail” of Nøgne Ø beers, this beer has the aroma and taste that I dream of in a beer.

Nøgne Ø God Jul first came to the systembolaget 2006 so this means I have yet to miss a vintage. Last year’s release (2010) was actually brewed in 2008 and the only of these 4 vintages that has been aged 1 ½ years before bottling. 

Dark brown to dark mahogany in colour to this English porter with a large off white head that is quite creamy. Aroma is fruity, sweet, has some raisins in it along with dark chocolate and lots and lots of roasted malt, coffee. Very roasted aroma which tells us this really is a porter of high quality, dark rye bread and cloves, has even some hops in the aroma. 

Lots of spices, dark fruits like dates and also has a nice caramel tone to it. Taste is quite similar to the aroma but has some liquorice, Christmas spices, julmust/glögg to it. Molasses, burnt caramel with chocolate and a dry finish, very well balanced with lots of similarities in the aroma and taste and the 8.5% alcohol nowhere to be seen. What I love about this beer is that it has it all, sweetness, roasted notes, bitterness and classed as a rich winter warmer or English porter it is idea for those who like porter or stout.


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