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HaandBryggeriet Kreklingøl (-2012)

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

bottled
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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4664) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Super hazy, muddy deep brown coloured body with a tint of ruby and even some rust colours with a dense, three centimetre tall deep tan almost light brown head. Aroma of malt, raisins, prunes, toffee, caramel, figs and a bit of citrus too. Nice smelling and sweet/fruit scents dominate. Medium-bodied; Assertive malt flavour with some bready yeast behind, a lot of lighter chocolate notes and some earthiness seeps in the back. Aftertaste is somewhat fruity with figs, raisins, prunes and a hint of cherries noticeable, but more malt, alcohol and caramel show through than anything else. Overall, an interesting beer with a lot of muddied malt and chocolate flavours with some alcohol and deep caramel running through. Nice to try, not one of my absolute favourites, but not a bad beer! I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 22-July-2012 for US$9.95, sampled at home in Washington on 20-September-2012.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (2316) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2013 Fra fat på Cardinal: tydelig kreklingbær i aromaen, også i smaken. Frisk og syrlig uten å være sur. Deilig bærsmak. Litt assosiasjoner til porter. Har de brukt litt røykmalt? Flaske fra batch 552 med Ovesen (aktivitetsdag på Holmen): søtere en jeg husker den fra sist. Litt vandig både i munnfølelse og ettersmak. Ikke helt julaften, sier skibsrederen.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen2 (707) - NORWAY - SEP 17, 2012
Unclear brown, off-white foam, a bit sour aroma with hints of wild berries. Hints of berries in taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6797) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown beer with ruby highlights and a dark tan head. Malt and light caramel aroma with fruitiness. Toffee and caramel flavor with some red fruitiness. Medium bodied. Caramel and toffee linger with earthiness,fruitiness, and a light roast

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14082) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 1, 2012
bottle at home ... deep red brown ...thin tan head ... deep toffee beligan yeasty... light banana nose ...sweet toffee fruits ... juicy malts ... rich fruits ... soft yeast ... heavy sweet ... light berry finish ... i like this...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2012
This is pretty darn tasty. A nice orange brown color with tasty head. The beer is fruity, kind of like a cherry but not as sweet. Also just a tad bit smoky. I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10816) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours darkly ruddy with a transient beige head - ends with a few bubbles. Aroma is essentially red berry. Not raspberry tho. Med + body. Flavor is wild berry - meaning nothing I can recognize from USA berry production. It’s a little twiggy, a very little evergreen. Other than the uniqueness of crowberries, I’m not sure why this is worthwhile. But perhaps it’s a bit of appreciation of otherness. Surely ain’t bad stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrmartin (655) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Reddish brown pour with a big tan head. Nose is slightly tart berry and roasted malt. tart berry, chocolate. Creamy full body. Dry finish Very nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (2394) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2012
50cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours a beautiful burnt cherry into copper with a nicely proportioned head, some of which hangs around. The nose has prunes, stewed cherries and a bit of chocolate biscuit. The taste has oatmeal, vinous fruity characteristics - cherries again - then biscuits, nuts and chocolate. The palate has a medium body, a lovely creamy and mid-palate texture and a nice elegant finish. Overall, lovely.

0.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
rodenbach99 (3097) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2012 Bouteille de 500ml. brassée 14.02.11 et embouteillée le 16.03.11. Gusher de couleur rouge-brunâtre très trouble. Le nez est de médicament, band-aid avec à l’usure des fruits rouges. La bouche goûte le fumé et les remèdes. Franchement mauvais.


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