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HaandBryggeriet / Närke Unionöl

Formerly brewed at HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Traditional Ale
Drammen, Norway


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RATINGS: 132   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 19/20
MrHangover (3999) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2012
Draft@ borefts. Dark brown color, small tanned head. Aroma of licorice, molasses, allspice and some burnt caramel. Flavor is very sweet and malty. Nice, balanced beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (5464) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3173) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2015
Whoa. I can’t recall ever having tasted a beer that seemed so much like tobacco! That’s in both aroma and flavor. Not something I’d like to have a lot of, but very interest to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (8205) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (9503) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tinco (613) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2013
Hazy brown, light brown head. Aroma: heavy berry notes, lingon, spicy, interesting, pine. Taste: lingon bitterness, honey sweetness, smokey, very interesting and tasty!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1637) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle from the Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours prune juice with bubbles for head. Aroma is sort of dark fruit and twigs. Body is a bit thinnish - but there’s some dark fruit thickener and it’s so smokey that any small blemishes are covered. Think I get the cranberries and juniper, but I could wish for more of both. Heck I even think there’s something with the same taste effect as chocolate. Certainly interesting. Tasty. Different. etc. etc. etc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (3565) - 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 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.

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