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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 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2013
On tap at Churchkey. Cola brown color wit ha thin tan head. Aroma is smoked malt, wood, garbage and smoke. Like a tire fire in the dump. Any fruit character is lost behind the moldy smoked wood notes. Gross.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (6119) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Draft at ChurchKey for Night of the Living Ales: Part 3. Poured a brown color with a huge white head. Aroma was some sweet dark fruit notes, tartness. Flavor was dark fruits, fruits, tart character. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (5001) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2013
On draft at ChurchKey DC during the Night of the Living Ales on halloween. Pours a clear cola brown with a thin ecru head. Strange plastic and herbal nose Flavors of juniper dominate with lots of smokiness,. Strange brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lowenbrau (2763) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 29, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013 500ml bottle @Cimmeria. Roasty,smoky, caramel, berries and some medicament aromas(some iron complex for kids i can´t remember the name...). Pours murky dark copper with almost no head, flat carbonation. Oily texture, medium body. Taste is roasty, spicy, berries, caramel and some others. Very complex and weird one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2013
50cl bottle at home. One of the weirdest and moest particular beers I have ever tasted! Pours murcky dark brown with a reddish hue (like Rodenbach). The aroma is quite spectacular; imagine a perfect balance between honey, thick Oriental fish sauce and something vegetal (het middle between mint and coal). This alone is worth a 10!. Medium body with a sweet-sour mouthfeel, some roasty and smoked impressions towards the end. No bitterness. Taste is shoe polish/beewax/paint. Actually, from the bottle, this is not bad at all. Perhaps weird, but it’s right... in a way, I guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jookos (3909) - FINLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Tap@pikkis. Dark brown, muddy. Smoky nose, beechwood, with a bunch of foresty murky flavours (spices, herbs, juniper, moss), smells like a sweaty wooden sauna after use. That said, the flavours are quite intensive and lingering, and somewhat savory. Combined with a good body, it does feel lika a quality ale. Tar in finish. Lots of flavours in all directions- kind of a drink. I’m glad I tool just a glass, hard to finish.

-- bb/wp8

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
VastActiv (4251) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2013
Tap at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Smoke, tar, oil and malts. Huh huh, very hard to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3565) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 7, 2013
7.8% @ Olutravintola. A dark opaque, reddish brown, possibly brewed with cranberries? Tan head. Wow, a peat smoke aroma. I have no idea what kind of beer this is but it seems interesting. Very smokey, peat, then a kind of odd biscuity flavor. I can’t pin it down. This beer is all smoke but in a complex layer... Unique to say the least but good if you like rauchbiers. Tobacco was the flavor I couldn’t pin down! Interesting, well made but not for me. I struggled trying to finish it... Get a taster if you can, I suspect this will be a polarizing beer. I don’t get any of the special ingredients this is all smoke...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2729) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2013
Drank on tap (10 oz) at The Farmer’s Cabinet in Philly on June 20, 2013. Black, no head. Aroma of ripe fruit and licorice, quite smoked. The taste is similar, but more juicy, good malty, smoky bitter. A strange beer for strange people (like me)!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (5335) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 29, 2013
500ml bottle. Hazy, greyish brown colour with very small, frothy, fading, off-white head. Smoky aroma, hints of dark fruit. Taste is moderately sweet, hints of dark berries, dark fruit in general, a touch of honey, juniper, cautious smoky touch. Nice.

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