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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (9251) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2012
B.C."H."-like; veiled brown beer. Wildsauce aroma, spicy-peppery, wood, leather, musk. Short sourish flavour on spicy-musky, perfumey flashing background, vinous; weird wild fruit, dry and smoked. Black chocolate retronasal. Utterly flat, lost all carbonation; thinnish body, just a faint slickness. Absolutely unique beer! Shame about the carbonation; there is hardly a beer really comparable. Lingonberries are NOT the same as cranberries, please!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ozzak (43) - BERGEN, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, almost black. Little or no head. Aroma is first and foremost honey, then some smoky malts. Not very appealing, reminds me of the smell from cigarettes left in stale beer overnight. Taste is more of the same, mixed with some berries, and a slight taste of the juniper leaving some bitterness on the finish. Not my kind of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 19, 2012
Sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2012. Pours a clear and brown beer with a white head. The aroma is malt, tropical fruit and sweetness. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness. Overall an average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nisse666 (6041) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2012
Draught at ÖÖWF cons 2012-11-16 Örebro AR: sweet, hoppy, apricots AP: wee hazy brown/red colored body, wee frothy cream brown head F: honey, sweet and sour sauce, smokey sausages, wee peaty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tderoeck (7877) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2012 26/X/2012 - 50cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ Klaas’ place - BB: n/a (2012-1196) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!

Bit cloudy dark brown beer, small irregular off-white to beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: holy moly, that’s some smoky shit! Fireplace and camp-fire, but also some caramel, bit sourish, red fruits, overripe fruits. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet caramel in the start, smoky, berries, spices, bitter and earthy, some citrus. Aftertaste: bitter and smoky, caramel, bit metallic, spices, some alcohol burn afterwards.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (21549) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2012
28th September 2012
Borefts Beer Festival IV. Day 1. Hazy amber - brown beer. Good pale tan head. Honey! Lots of honey! Mild sourness and a little lactose. Semi dry finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (22997) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2012
Bottled at SMÖF. Dark brown, small head. Very smoky with some wood and juniper. Mid sweet with medium body and well rounded mouthfeel. Smoke and honey, some vinous cranberry tartness. Low bitterness. Rustic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmrmwel (1699) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours an almost black dark brown, with a small airy head. Aroma is smoky malts, heather and honey sweetness. Body is normal, with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet with roasted malts and honey, with fruity notes as well as raisins and molasses.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (5359) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a dark brown, near-black body with a tiny off-white sheet of bubbles on top. Aroma is strong and pretty amazing: deep forest-like herbal spice notes, mild smoke and intense honey and floral heather tones with hints of wood and red berries. Very, very pleasant. Taste follows suit, with juniper and honey leading the way through deep smokey malt tones, bitter piney hops and near-astringent heather-herbal notes in the finish. Warming syrupy alcohol notes and hints of wood, raisins and dark, dried berries. High in taste but still rather drinkable and the originality of this brew is just amazing; never had anything like it. A winning team-up from Haandbryggeriet and Närke for sure, and a delicious winter seasonal treat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
noelM (167) - Málaga, Andalusia, SPAIN - NOV 1, 2012
Aunque tenía muy buen aspecto tenía un sabor rarillo y no me hizo mucha gracia. La miel, los arándanos y el enebro no los encontré.

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