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HaandBryggeriet / Närke Unionöl

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


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RATINGS: 131   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1115) - 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 (1290) - 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 (25680) - 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 (34023) - 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 (39991) - 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 (10447) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of OleR. Pours a dark brown with a vague orange hue and a small, rough off-white head. Heavy, smoky nose with a berryish touch. Medium body, very low in carbonation, sweet and fruity, quite some honey, herbs. No real bitterness. Wauw, so many things going on in there. Probably one of the most complex beers I’ve ever had! 140712

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beer5000 (5827) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 3, 2012
On draft @ HaandBryggeriet Beer festival 2012. Dark reddish body with a small beige head. Almost intense aroma of honey and smoked malt with some caramel. Rather unusually flavor, definitively sweet, smoked malt, quite strong honey flavor and rather moderate bitterness. Fine body. Quite weird in flavors, lots of thing going on, but not necessary as a good thing and no real balance at all. Sorry, not my cup of beer and almost difficult to finish. Some extra pint for the effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Pouring at The Festival in Worcester. Pours a ruby amber with a touch of haze under a thin white head. Big smoke, huge peaty rubbery smoke. Sweet berries, lingonberry jam. Sweet and smoky, odd together. Smoked fruit jelly. Still works, but somewhat disjointed. Interesting nonetheless. Long smoke and sweet jam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7334) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle at mechanics hall with Andrew duringthefestival. pours murky amber with thin brown lacing. Aroma is pure sweet honey. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of smoke, honey and roast.

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