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HaandBryggeriet / Närke Unionöl

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


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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Närke og Haand har brygget et vennskapsøl med spesielle, lokale ingredienser fra begge land: Gotlandsmalt, honning, tyttebær og einer. Närke and Haand has brewed a colloaboration beer with special, local ingredients from both countries: Gotlandsmalt, honey, cranberries and juniper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PotjeBier (2156) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2012
Sample (draught) @ Borefts ’12. Color is dark brown, clear. Beige head. Aroma’s: Smoke, sweet malts, iodine, sweets, with berries & sour fruit retronasal. Flavor is medium sweet with a hint of sour, iodine. Medium bodied. Finishes with a light bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Simonsen (922) - NORWAY - SEP 28, 2012
Mørk lysebrun farge, urter og honning, tror haandbryggeriet har gått en smell her, smaker mer som fjernet enn øl

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrHangover (3570) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2012
Draft@ borefts. Dark brown color, small tanned head. Aroma of licorice, molasses, allspice and some burnt caramel. Flavor is very sweet and malty. Nice, balanced beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Benzai (11323) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2012
Draught @ Borefts 12. Dark red-brown color, medium sized beige head that leaves a good lacing. Smell smoke, fingerpaint and some weird fruityness. Taste malts, smoke, a lot of paint again and a weird slightly sweet fruityness. Low to medium body, low to medium carbonation. Not my thing really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (5107) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2012
Borefts 12. Copper to brown colour with a medium creamy beige head. Smells bandaid, peat, fingerpaint. Tastes peat, smoked, dry. Lots of peat and paint. Dry mouthfeel, soft, fizzy carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Smaskifa (136) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2012
This really is a strange beer indeed. When pouring it has no head at all, and there’s hardly any carbonation going on. The aroma is powerful, the most striking smell is of smoke and roasted malts, juniper, and the deep mystical forests of the Nordic countries. It takes me back to marshy mountain areas where I used to go fishing as a kid. The taste is dominated by smoke and the roasted malts, juniper, spices, it’s a little sweet, a little acidic, it’s much like tasting what the woods smell like, and it reminds me of that harsh smell of sheep in a barn. Although there’s a lot going on in there I couldn’t quite pick up the honey. It is very very strange. The palate is very dull, no carbonation at all, I think it would have been more pleasant if there was some. All in all it was very difficult to finish, I think they should have sold this in a 0,25 bottle to be honest. Interesting to taste, but I wouldn’t buy it again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
bergstaden (1825) - Røros, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2012
Black with a brown head - Aroma of malt, smoke and peat - taste of roasted malt, berries, smoke - long lingering taste that is not good - Did not like this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (13329) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle at Haandfestival 2012. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sourness, horse blanket, roasted malt, juniper, herbs. Flavour is sournes, roasted malt, juniper, coffee, fruit, berries. Strange, but also a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle, at HaandFestival 2012. It pours an unclear, dark brown body under a small, dark beige head. Cellar, ripe hard cheese, some beef stock, dark caramel and a little roasted touch. Lightly roasted flavor with some cellar and dried fruits, and a damp forest-like touch. Full-bodied and semi-sweet on the palate. Well, sort of pleasant, but I’m not convinced. Rating: 6-4-6-4-12-3.2. 120504

Bottle. Had this one again, four months after my first sample. It’s a beer that has improved quite a lot, the aromas and flavors are more mellow and integrated, and the juniper is present, replacing the damp forest touch found earlier. It’s still good-looking, although a bit murky. Dark brown in color and with a dark beige head of moderate size. Full-bodied. Roasted, sort of woody finish. Nice, certainly well worth a revisit. 120914

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, some roasted notes, chocolate, herbs and spices. Flavor is sweet and sour with some chocolate,spices and herbs. Medium body, average carbonation.

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