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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jookos (3062) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1320) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
VastActiv (3367) - Oulu, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4451) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2587) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GBZ59 (1182) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - JUN 22, 2013
Botella de 500ml. Vaso Shaker. Saboreada en mar´13. Brota con color marrón muy oscuro y una corona pobre de color beige. En nariz notas de cuero, azúcar, ahumadas y tostadas; asi como neúmatico y corral.Entrada con sabores de maltas dulces y empalagosas con toques de humo y matices de caramelos quemados. Cuerpo intenso y carbonatación suave. Astringencia de frutos secos y maltas ahumadas en el intermedio. Textura oleosa y paladar cremoso. Final seco y dulzón. 500ml bottle. Shaker glass. Enjoyed on mar´13. Pours very dark brown in color. Pour crown, beige in color. Leather, sugar, smoked & toasted notes to the nose. Tire & barnyard as well. Sweet cloying malt flavor & smoky flavor at first. Hints of burnt candies. Full body. Soft carbonation. Dried nut astringency & smoked malts in the midddle. Oily texture & creamy palate. Dry sweet finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Aniela (2552) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Somewhat hazy brown beer with a beige head. Leather and a strange not nice aroma. This was one of the nasty badest beer I ever had :-(

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2013
Draught@Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Amber colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma is fruity, floral, strong honey, smoked malts as well as some juniper. Flavour is a bit spicy, junipery, honeyish, mild smoked notes along with some berries. Pleasant mix of all the quite various ingredients...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2671) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lowenbrau (2410) - 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.

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