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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Old Ale
Drammen, Norway

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RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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We make x-mas beers beers with the good old traditional flavour from the days when the old farm breweries made dark, hearty, earthy beers with lots of x-masy flavours. We make living beer, not pasteurized nor filtered. 7% alcohol, supplied in 50 cl bottles an d 30 liter kegs.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2387) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
500ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Dark brown, near black in colour with a thin lasting tan head, light lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, some spice, fruit cake, molasses. Flavour is sweet, some light spice, chocolate cake, cherries, dark fruits. Sweet and malty mouthfeel, medium/large body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, sweet and quite malty. This is really good, excellent spice integration.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
There is a lot of dark malt, noticably chocolate malt, in this beer. Lots of character in this beer. Quite nice, but a tad too sweet for me. There is the house flavour in this beer as I’ve learned to recognize in their other beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2546) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle, 10C. Dark brown with an inch of light tan head that laces well. Earthy aroma with mohca, mild roast, dark sugars and hints of fruit, nuts, vanilla. Soft, medium-bodied. Sweet and soft at first with mocha and nuts, stewed dark fruit, then roasted and spicy bitter flavours come to the fore. Some of that "other" coriander flavour you get in some Scots beers like Jacobite Ale. Hearty and rustic. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1844) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
I think this is my favorite haandbry... Whatever beer yet. Sweet bubblegum and dried fruit aromas. Some warm spice notes too. Flavors are thankfully the same... Sweet and smooth. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3590) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2014
tap at Dash In a couple months ago, said they stored this keg for three years - This near black beer has an aroma is of roast malt, coffee, smoke, and licorice. The flavor is big on the roast malt with notes of light smoke and chocolate. It’s full bodied with a long, roasty finish. I didn’t get much spice. It seems closer to a stout than anything, but it’s very good regardless. Maybe my palate is off or maybe the years have subdued the spice. Very enjoyable though.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbertels (122) - NORWAY - JUL 14, 2014
A nice winter warmer drunk at the height of the Norwegian summer! Caramelly and sweet - a somewhat short finish. A good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1474) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Pours a very dark opaque brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is licorice and dark fruit. Taste is sweet roasted malt, raisins and prunes, bitter chocolate and just a bit of espresso. Nice winter warmer!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ngejo (378) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle. Brown, minimal head, brown foam, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2311) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Really nice aroma of pickles, holiday spices, cherries, some tartness, lactose. Dark brown body with light brown head, foamy bubbles and nice lacing. Taste is less intense, like a subtle hot chocolate, sweet, a few spices, kind of soft palate. Overall very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomekk1978 (569) - Ząbki, POLAND - MAY 29, 2014
Barwa: czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana jasno beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita, utrzymująca się i ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: ciemne słody, cukierki owocowe, lukrecja, przyprawy. Smak: pełny, słodowy, umiarkowanie słodki. Następnie trochę czekoladowy, przyprawowy (lukrecja, goździki, cynamon), z lekką goryczką i nieco alkoholowym finiszem. Tym razem HaandBryggeriet nie zaskakuje. Jest to piwo świąteczne, jednak umiarkowanie przyprawione i niezbyt przekonujące. Nie twierdzę, że jest złe (zwłaszcza po ponad roku od rozlewu), ale czegoś mu brakuje. Ciemne ze świetną pianą, ale ale w aromacie nie przekonujące. W smaku jest nieco lepiej, jednak również nie zachwyca. W porównaniu do wielu piw belgijskich tego typu czy poprzednich z tego browaru zdecydowanie obniżka formy.


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