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Falcon Gammelbrygd (-1996)

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Formerly brewed at Falcon Bryggerier (Carlsberg)
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Falkenberg, Sweden

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A vintage brew, that used to be aged 3 years before being released, which has been discontinued since the brewery was taken over by Carlsberg. Used to come in a pitch black opaque bottle, and an opener with the year of the vintage was included. The last vintage was brewed in 1996.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (15493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle. 1993 vintage. Pours a dark brown/amber color with a small off-white head. Sweet malty chocolate caramel and dark fruit aroma. Sweet malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Sweet malty finish with some hints of caramel.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (7346) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2007
330ml bottle (1996), trading with omhper in Stockholm some months ago. Consumed during a rating party at Finn’s in Tromsø. The beer was still possible to drink, but had obvious lost some of its initial flavour. Pours a dark brown coloured body with a thin off-white head. Dark malty aroma with a touch of wort. Flavour is also malty with "blockmalz" and hints of brittle caramel. Sweet malty tail (23.02.2007)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (9387) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2006
(1996 vintage) Bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm. Ok, I am getting reall annoyed here at first. Falcon is a lousy brewery in many ways, but this really is incredible. Once they manage to make a great beer, the decide to stop brewing it. Cant believe it... Pours black, with no head. Somewhat vinous aroma, tar lots of raisins, malty, licorice. Very smooth, yet full of flavors. Oaky, fruity and with chocolate and tar notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2006
1996 vintage. Pours a clear brown color with almost no head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, nuts, plums and raisins. The flavor has the same elements with roasted malt added to the mix. Time has not been king to this beer and it shows especially on the palate, the body is light with an oily texture and very low carbonation. This beer must have been amazing when it was younger.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Filtered chestnut liquid wearing a tired fading off-white head. Highly oxidized nose hints at a regally rich historic maltiness procuring fruity plums, raisin bread and macadamia nuts all in the first sniff. Further study reveals a deeper still chocolate/vanilla and woody undertones. Has not developed cardboard like flavours which explains why so many people still find it fabulous, but this has little in common with the dunkels I’ve had. This is stuffed malts, rather concentrated. A tiny balancing tartness keeps the palate from being overly sweet. Brightly toasty, full of pleasant aspect, but really tired at this point, vinous, fading body that has certainly lost weight and is sadly flat. What a beer this must have been.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2006
Raisins, plums, jammy dark fruit greet the nose. Opaque mahogany brown body is topped by a shy, large bubbled tan head. Sweet and fruity, cakelike/Christmas pudding flavour. Plenty of dark fruit, date squares, figs, some doughy yeast and hint of alcohol. Medium body with very low carbonation. Bottle (vintage 1996) sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, Lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (9427) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2006
1996 bottle. Dark clear brown ale with a thin off white head. Maderized raisins and figs, with chocolate and roasted nuts. Almost no carbonation left, but good sweet malt and nutty notes. Light bodied, and a bit lifeless. Sampled with Mtl crew, April 16 2006.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2006
Bottle, RBESG, August 2005. 1996 vintage. More generosity from Jeppe to go with the Sam Adams Utopias. And another highly vinous brew, albeit nowhere near as strong. More like port, this one. Rather oxidised. But lots of dried (nor dried out) fruit left. Distinctly woody. Some sour notes. Tending towards old ale i style. Very interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
Any first impressions?
-Still a ring of bubbles surveys the ebony-tinged dusk.
-Raisins, dark chocolate, and some roastiness rise from the mostly sweet aroma.
-Date squares, vanilla-laced chocolates, and nutty protrusions impress, first since this is a dunkel, but mostly since this is 10 years old!
-The low carbonation is probably due to the old age, but it suits the malty sweetness fine.

What if you dig deeper?
-The flavor profile mostly plays within sweet realms, surprising for the advertised style.
-If alcohol were bumped up a bit, this could easily fall into scotch ale/old ale territories.
-Fruitiness is complex and lip-smacking, the frankness of a pie.
-This is a stunning example is how aging "can" work; a superb vintage.

Bottle; 1996 vintage.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
1996 bottle shared by cquiroga on 7/31/05: Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brownish with a thin ring of off-white bubbles. Dark fruity, port-like aroma has some floral dark honey and caramel chocolate with some butterscotch and maple. Body starts full, lightly earthy and well-balanced with a pleasant sticky sweetness consisting of hints of raisins and brown sugar. Finishes very smooth, creamy and lightly bittersweet with some dark chocolate. For a dunkel, this has aged magnificently, especially since it isn’t bottled conditioned! I would have loved to try it when it was fresh, but it’s still very good right now. Thanks Chris!


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