Well, I decided to take inventory of beers I had in the bunker last night. I thought I had a lot of Winter brews, and I do, so I am going to be thinning them out as I begin to make way for Barleywine season and the flood of yellow beers to follow. So what did I find out there? I have a couple Winter Ales, one from Nogne O, and one from Flying Dog. I also found a Flying Dog Marzen from back in Octoberfest that somehow slipped through. I also found a Christmas Beer from Nogne O. Christmas…Oh yeah, this brew was a Christmas present, and with the beers I had bought for me and my son to share while he was home from college, this one slopped through the cracks…
Nogne o’s Peculiar Yule is a Norwegian Style Ale brewed with spices. And what a list of spices it is, Ginger, Coriander, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, and British Ale Yeast. It is like they just went to the spice rack and took all the “Cs”. Fortunately there isn’t any Cumin in there too!
The first thing that happened was when I opened this it just fizzed out the top of the bottle for about a minute. I actually held the bottle over the glass and let it fizz into the glass for a while then when it calmed down a bit I poured some out and got a massive head on the thing. Funny though it was just a moderate lacer as I drank it.
The nose on this thing was massive. As soon as I opened the bottle it was like someone opened a bag of Potpouri. I was a little apprehensive because it was fizzing all over the place and it was so pungent I thought it might have turned, but when the heat finally retreated a bit and I was able to take a sip it was a very interesting beer that hadn’t turned at all.
Peculiar Yule is the perfect name for this brew because I would say just that, it tasted very peculiar. Not in a bad way, but not in a great way either, just in a peculiar way. The mouthfeel was light to medium, and the nose was very piney. It reminded me a bit of an English Style IPA, and it did use Chinook and Cascade hops. But the flavor was interesting. It started out malty, then had a hint of the pine that was so heavy on the nose, then had a layered finish with the different spices lining up and taking their turn with my tongue. I felt like the only guy in a dance hall full of women. Each flavor took its turn then handed me off to the next.