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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: 46   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10107) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2004
Bottled 1996 vintage. Man was I happy to see this on the setlist, and it turned out to be a very nice one. Dark black/brown coloured. Not much head, but still an impressive sight. Dades and other fruits, malt and come cocoa notes in the aroma. Flavour is chocolatish with notes of fruits, malts and roastyness. Is light bitter in the end.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (10044) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (9731) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2003 1996 vintage sampled 7/2003: ruby-brown colour, no head, licorice aroma, very malty, dark fruits, light oily, sweet with some bitterness, long biscuity finish
1994 vintage: 7/5/7/4/13
1992 vintage: 6/4/5/3/11

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (7760) - 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)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7663) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2009 First rating
(33 cl bottle) Vintage 1989. On March 14, 2008.
Very dark brown color, small brown head. Sweet, raissin, sugar, honey, mead, vinous, fruity scent. Smoke, sweet, honey taste. Roasted and sweet licorice aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness. Guess this is a bit too old, would be interesting to try the 1996 version now.
7/1/7/3/13=3.1

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33 cl bottle, 1987 vintage.
Thanks to deft!
On December 13, 2008
Labelled 4.5% Alcohol by weight.
Darl copper color with lots of particles, small white head. Raissin, vinous, alcohol taste. Medium to a bit thin mouthfeel, low bitterness. Sugary and alcohol aftertaste. Too old I’d say.
6/2/4/3/10=2.5

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7347) - 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.

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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 21, 2002
My # 400 guys! Hard to find guys, you should be with us on summer party in Toronto. This was my last one of the session (thanks Mr. Oakes! and other great raters that brought so much of great stuff). Simple classic, well roasted, nicely bitter.


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