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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4348) - 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 (2863) - 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 (6177) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GBZ59 (1217) - 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 (4207) - 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 (24919) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2013
For the life of me, I can’t understand some of the low ratings. Must be some spoiled batches out there. I thought this was solid. Aroma is a sweet tart smoke much like norwegian wood. Pours red brown (sienna?) with a frothy medium head. Taste is wonderful and complex with cherries, smoke, cranberries, smoke, spice, smoke, and toffee. Very thick feeling and a lovely brew. I was impressed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NikkTwist (2612) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Draft at Farmers Cabinet during a Philly Beer Week event. Never saw this one before. Similar to several of the other dark smoky funky sours Haandbryggeriet produces. This one is especially ascetic. Plastic. Band Aid. Very cloudy brown pour with a thick lasting tan foam.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Barrelbelly (747) - BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2013
Aroma smoked, some plastic. Taste also smoked but with a lasting watery finish. Taste is too smoked and not well rounded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Abio (1845) - Waasland, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2013
Very dark brown bear with almost no head at all. Smoked and malty, some slight sourness that gets trough. Not my thing.

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