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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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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 27, 2008
1996 vintage complete with its bottle opener courtesy of omhper. Pours a dark brown with almost no carbonation to speak of. Only a handful of sparse white bubbles dot the glass. Smells of dark fruit, caramel, some roasted malt lots of oaky hints. Tastes of dark fruit, completely flat carbonation wise with only some tingly hints on the tongue which is no surprise on a 12 year old bottle, lots of sweet malt, some cherries. This is a 5.5% beer that is 12 years old? Impressive!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6126) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (5617) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 Bottle, I was very happy for the opportunity to try this one - it had been the one that got away for a long time
Raisiny rum and burnd aroma, slightly dusty. Dark brown. Milk chocolate, liquor, caramel. Light to medium body. Long caramelly aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5593) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2008
Bottled. Vintage 1989. Dark, muddy brown. Small, bubbly head. Slightly vinous aroma from sweet fruits; raisins, prune. A bit thin body with almost no carbonation. Raisins and chocolate in the flavour, and some burnt sugar.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
Bottle 1996 vintage. Much thanks to Jeppe for sharing this one! Nice sweetish brew, with a very soft, yet complex mouthfeel, smooth, round mouthfeel. All sorts of flavours come through, oak, nuts, wood and some raisiny fruit and chocolate, caramel and roast, nice long finish, very good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5405) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2008
Bottle (33 cl) at a Göteborg RB tasting, vintage 1989. Dark brown, low head. Dark sugar and Madeira, dried fruits. Low carbonation, low bitterness,a bit too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2003
The 1996 vintage, so already about 7 years old. Port and licorice aroma. Black color, small light brown head, fair lace. Sweet, licorice, nutty, chocolat, complex. Thinner than expected. Bitter finish with a light burn. Thanks Per!

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.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Finn (4157) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle 0,33l 1996 version. Dark brown colored. No head. Very sweet malty throughout. It’s probably been at it’s best a few years ago.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2004
Bottle, 1996 vintage. Dark brown, no head. The aroma is a bit doppelbock-like with a rye bread explosion with traces of dates. Flavour brings notes of sweet malt(vaguely) and strawberry and finishes a little dusty or cellary.


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