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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (3504) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2012
On tap from the Närke booth at Borefts Beer Festival 2012. Clear deep mahogany body with a fingerthick creamy light brown head leaving excellent lacings. Smokey honey and maple syrup on the nose. Smoke, honey sweet in the mouth. Smooth and full bodied leaving a dry mouth and flavors that endure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (12188) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2012
Tap @ Borefts 2012. The honey is dominant is the slightly spicy aroma. Honeyish sweet flavor with soft spicy notes. Sticky mouthfeel, because of the honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Martinus (4365) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2012
Black colour, off-white head. Aroma of smoke, berries, ketjap, sweet indonesian soy sauce. green branches, only light juniper. Quite sweet flavour, sweet malts, ketjap. Finish honey, malts, ketjap, juniper and some strange spiciness.
Quite strange. Not bad, just strange and interesting.
(Draught @ BBF ’12)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (10865) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle 500ml @ Geokkjer
Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate with a hint of sourness. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter and sour. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15097) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2012
Draught at Borefts BeerFest 2012. Clear amber - white head. Smokey, roasted, nutty, berries, some caramel, grainy, light hay, spicy notes. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (6814) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Tap @ Borefts 2012. The pour’s deep amber with a tiny tan head. The nose is smokey peat, cedar wood and smokey toasted grains. Yep, smoke. The taste is light toffee sweetness, peated whiskey and more wood. Mild bitter chocolate and light honey. Medium body, easy to drink. Overall, a bit too much smoke for my liking. Playful stuff, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18074) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2012
On tap at Borefts 2012, Bodegraven. Pours clearish, red-brown with a creamy, beige head. Light smoke in the nose, some honey. Medium sweet flavor, some ham, honey, faint smoke, dark malts, brown sugar. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Medium sweet finish, some peat, caramel, honey, sweaty meat, faint tangy fruits. Novel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (7435) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2012
Draft @ BBF 4 - dark brown with a lightly tanned head - smell and taste is sweet dark malts and dark fruits, lightly smokey quite a bit of branches in here - lots of honey in here, nice plus some molasses and berries - juniper I assume - malt heavy - medium bodied - interesting - I like it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borresteijn (6287) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2012
On tap at BBF’12. Dark brown colour, creamy light beige head. Aroma is really Belgian, quite sweet and malty, dark fruits, light smoke. Flavour is all over the place, all sorts of flavours like smoke, berries, kandij, honey, molasses, juniper, rather sweet and sticky. Medium-bodied. Not quite convinced.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (15600) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Dark amber pour with an off-white head. Heavy smoke and peat notes with a hint of burnt plastic. A bit of maple syrup sweetness, bread, and herbal notes, too. The flavor is quite smokey with some burnt wood and char notes. Juniper, mild fruits, plastic, and some maple sweetness. The smoke really dries out the mouth.

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