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HaandBryggeriet Kreklingøl (-2012)

Formerly brewed at HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Fruit Beer
Drammen, Norway
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This is a collaborate brew with Erlann Eldorsen based on his recipe. Kreklingøl is made with crowbrerries, a very special berry that is picked in Finnmark, the part of Norway north of the Polar circle. The beer is very refreshing with a reddish hue from the berries.

Editor’s note: hey, crowberries are common in most of Norway and can even be found at Rejkjær Sande in Denmark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6886) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2013
500ml Bottle - Hazy brown/red in colour. Fruity aroma with cherries, crowberries and spicy malt. Fruity and tart taste with malt, crowberries and some raisins detected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2873) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at Bodega in LaCrosse WI. Brownish red pour that gushed a bit. Thin white head. Dark berry fruit in the nose. A little sour and a little sweet, but both are fairly subtle. Nice overall. Wonder if this would get more sour over time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO Holiday Tasting, London - thanks to Henrik. Super gusher! Pours cloudy purple with a light, foamy head. Funky berry nose. Moderately sweet flavor with sweat, funk, light grass and berries. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Tart finish, sugary berries, mild funk. Alright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours a clear light reddish color with a very thin white head. Aroma is fruity, berries. Taste is berries, some sourness, a bit of bread, touch of bitterness in the finish. High carbonation. Very mild, even considering the alcohol content. This beer is very soft on the palate. The flavors aren’t incredibly pronounced and there isn’t anything overly interesting about this beer. That being said, it’s certainly drinkable and is a pretty spot on example of a fruit beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (2907) - DENMARK - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle. Clear brown/amber with a small off white head. Aroma is light with notes of fruit, wood, red berries. Taste is mild with a soft mouthfeel with notes of caramel, fruit, wood, a bit rye bread. Not very strong flavors in the taste and crowberries don’t taste of much, but they give this pleasant softness that makes this very easy to drink, but not very complex or perhaps overly interesting. Still my bottle emptied quickly, and I could easily drink another. You don’t feel the alcohol present in the taste, and this would be nice to drink lying in the grass in the summer. Ok, glass empty, no summer. Hello real world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17251) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO tasting, thanks to Henrik, 30/12/12. Mega Gusher !!! as rlgk touched on - he wore half the bottle about his person, Henrik and I got off lightly, one damp leg for me ! Hazed dark amber with almost no head. Nose is a little dungy, caramel, sweet sugars. Taste follows, sugars, dark toffee, sour fruit notes. Medium bodied with soft carbonation with some light bitterness in the finish. Ok stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (9555) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting 30/12/12. Gusher. Brown burgundy pink colour thin pink head. Musty cherry aromascomplex cherry raspberry flavour with a little brett character. Slightly srypy finish. Very fresh tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle at Chriso tasting new year 2012/13. Big gusher. some brett but fruit is good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting in London, 121230. This bottle really exploded as we opened it. Me, HenrikO and Theydon_Bois had most of it all over us. Cloudy amber/brown beer with a huge head. Malty leather aroma, berries, fruits, grapes, leather, berries, tart, woody, sourish notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle:   Ruby hued amber, deep, moderate frothy sandy head, decent lacing.   Soft fruity nose, shrubby, has that low mountain berry woodsy aspect.   Pale grape like flavor, a litle concord and a little white grape.   Finish is slightly dry, barely any sweetness, with a musty busy backround.   Not sweet like other fruit beers.   Very shrubby.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Somewhat reminds me of over ripened fruit, not tart, lost its sweetness.   Tiz okay.   Needs to either be sweeter or the opposite, really dry and tart.

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