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HaandBryggeriet / Närke Unionöl

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


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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11906) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle from the Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours prune juice with bubbles for head. Aroma is sort of dark fruit and twigs. Body is a bit thinnish - but there’s some dark fruit thickener and it’s so smokey that any small blemishes are covered. Think I get the cranberries and juniper, but I could wish for more of both. Heck I even think there’s something with the same taste effect as chocolate. Certainly interesting. Tasty. Different. etc. etc. etc.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (3221) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2012
50cl bottle at Grünerløkka mat- og mikrobryggfestival. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of dried fruits, smoke, caramel and malt with some wooden notes.Smoky and lightly sour without much bitterness. Strange and interesting. (2012-08-25)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfredvik (1277) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2012
It’s getting quite dark at the outdoor festival premises, so I’m not quite sure what colour this beer has. Dark brownish, I guess. Lovely strong aroma with tart berries, this must be the lingonberries shining through. Also lots of dried dark fruits, especially dried figs. Fruits and berries in the flavour as well, but more pronounced are smoke, sausage and smoked meat. Full bodied with lovely syrupy texture. A very special beer that I would love to taste for real some day!
[Tiny sample served from bottle by OleR @ Grünerløkka mat- og mikrobryggfestival, Oslo]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ej (880) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2012
Dark with small film of tan foam. Heavy peated aroma with some honey and dried meats. Taaste is very similar to the nose. Sweet, peaty and dried meats. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1025) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Taste at Papsoe’s, Cheers to OleR. Deep brown, no head. Smokey, almost meaty aroma. Flavors of smoke, fruity esters, fairly flat. Nice and interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
humlelala (1060) - DENMARK - JUL 15, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 (sample at Papsø’s; courtesy of OleR) Pours a slightly hazy brown with little, white head. Aroma is peaty and honey - quite harmonic really. Oily texture, flat carbonation, full body with a dry, peaty/ashen finish. Taste is slightly sweet with notes of caramel, peat, ashes and honey. An interesting take on a whisky-inspired beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (22268) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle at Papsø. Clear orange-brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of dried fruits and smoke with notes of honey. Sweet and fruity flavour of honey, spices, smoke, juniper and lingonberries. Spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29987) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2012
Bottled. A murky dark brown beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, malt, and hay, as well a bit of smoke, leading to a dry smokey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2012
50 cl bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma is dense smoked and tarish. Dark malty, toasted and smoked. Light plastic to tarish. Dark malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle @ Papsø. Thanks to OleR! Hazy reddish brown appearance with a very a small tan head. Very spicy, burnt smoky, tangy berry (almost cranberry like), charred aroma. Charred, mild char, tire fire smoky, strange berry pie flavor. Interesting but weird.

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