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HaandBryggeriet / De Molen Menno & Jens

Formerly brewed at HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Traditional Ale
Drammen, Norway


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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This brew is a collaboration with two daring brewers. Here we have gone all the way and made a true (gruit) herb ale, there are no hops in this ale, only herbs. A beer based totally on historic brewing traditions, incl. the HaandBryggeriet wild yeast. Contains malted barley, wheat malt, rye malt, yeast and herbs.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
SlovakSniper (4920) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
Un liquide brassé le 27 janvier 2010 et embouteillé le 12 avril de la même année. Deux ans. Est-ce une bonne nouvelle? Dès l’ouverture, le liquide explose avec véhémence. Il y en a partout. Une fois l’éruption calmée, le liquide restant est versé dans deux petits verres. Au départ, il y a formation d’une très grosse tête. Toutefois, cette mousse malade et abondante disparaît en un clin d’œil. La couleur de la robe me fait tout de suite penser à une eau sale et brune. Au nez, tout ce que je n’aime pas des «traditionnelles» de Haand s’y retrouve. Cette fameuse levure, ce côté fumé poissonneux et ces herbes non-identifiables. Sur les papilles, les choses ne s’améliorent pas. Je goûte possiblement des herbes qui remplacent les houblons et cela ne me revient pas. Aussi, il y a des notes de cuir, de plastique et des parfums bizarres qui cohabitent drôlement. Je n’aime pas cette combinaison. Bref, entre deux gorgées pénibles d’une bière presque morte, un seul constat de cette finale pleine de champignons et de fleurs : dans mon palmarès 2012 des bières à oublier. P.s : De Molen peut produire de magnifiques bières mais sont-ils capables de bien maîtriser le conditionnement en bouteille?

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
rodenbach99 (4155) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
Qu’est ce qui se passe quand les 2 maîtres des bières instables en bouteille se rencontrent ? Le pire gusher de l’histoire, les grumeaux ont été expulsés de la bouteille. Franchement. Une simple gorgée, de l’acide, du malt fumé. Du vinaigre quoi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16480) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Tap at the Cask, Pimlico - 14/12/12. Lightly hazed chestnut brown with reddish hues and a thin white head that quickly clears to a very small edgeing. Nose contains sour notes, light wood, raspberry jam. Tastes of sweet sugars, cherries, darker fruits, touch of liqourice, light menthol tones, a little smoke. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, light sourness in the finish. Interesting enough brew, drinkable but this is the second time I’ve had it (had a year or so ago pre-rating days) and I don’t feel the need to re-visit again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3251) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
500ml bottle, gushing at the opening!, dark amber-copper color with a beige head, but falls quickly, sweet grainy toasted, caramel, biscuity, wheat, rye malty nose, with some wild herbal flower and herb accents, with a light toffee, faint wildberry note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet toasted, caramelized, biscuity, wheaty, rye cerealic maltiness character, with some fruity wild herbal flower, reminescent of elderberry, blackberry, blackcurrant flavours, with a toffee, fruitcake backbone, leading towards a herb spiciness, sweet caramel, toasted maltiness finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3677) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
Brown bottle, 0.5 l, brewed on 27.01.10, bott1ed on 12.04.10, drunk with Louise and Luc, savoured August 25 2012; eye: mahogany, semi-hazy, no effervescence, tiny ring of pale brown head; nose: floral, yeast, herbs, light fruity, sugar; mouth: floral, yeast, sugar, herbs, light fruity, light hops, molasses, finale in sugar, light-medium body, mildly sweet, slick texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 50 cl, brassée le 27.01.10, embouteillée le 12.04.10, bue avec Louise et Luc, savourée le 25 août 2012; œil : acajou, semi-voilée, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse brun pâle; nez : floral, levure, herbes, léger fruité, sucre d’orge; bouche : floral, levure, sucre d’orge, herbes, léger fruité, léger houblon, mélasse, finale en sucre d’orge, corps léger-moyen, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ration (2120) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2012
301112. Tap at cask pub and kitchen, London. Aroma sour Juice, apples. Yet slightly sweet. Low carbonation. Like Bad Juice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7981) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2012
Draught @ Cask Pub & Kitchen
Aroma is weird and stale with some vanilla and strawberries. Flavour is a bit odd with some fruity and toffee notes and lactic acid. This is not very sour but it has a feeling of lambic, maybe it is the leathery notes. Odd, but somehow I like it - like a light oud bruin without sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5806) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle: Poured a cloudy amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of herbs that resemble some very fresh floral hops notes which makes for a very nice aroma. Taste is very refreshing with dry malty notes and some dominant floral notes with light green notes. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very solid beer with great drinkability factor and nice floral touch but also very hard to describe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
12th December 2010
Cloudy amber beer, no real head. Softish and semi dry palate. Sweet malt with caramel. Trace of smoke. A little fruit in the undertone. Finishes with sweet smooth malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Cloudy amber pour with a thin tan head. Pleasant aroma of herbs, mint and fir trees. The flavor is strange, but interesting, there’s herbs, mint (or menthol) and fir trees. There’s a refreshing feeling I don’t get often in beer that reminds me of mint. The body is medium with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Weird, but good, good, but weird!

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