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


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RATINGS: 397   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8197) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle batch 611. Juniper touches and berry-ish dark malts combine with a yeasty mustiness that suggests English yeast with a fruitiness that suggests American. But maybe the hops are English and the yeast is American, because the fruitiness bleeds over into booze hooch juice territory, there’s definitely a lot of alcohol in the aroma for a 7% beer. Or maybe it’s the gum and resin smell of the hops, maybe it’s a flavoring or additive. It doesn’t seem adjunct-ed. The medium-full body is nice, the malt is savory and the carbonation is a slow, crawling effervescence. But that joy is washed away by an abusive bitterness which only masks the absurd level of sugar in this beer. It’s still too sweet for it’s size no matter how many hops you add. Under-fermented and over-hopped. I think without the assertive fruit and resin hop character it could be something to enjoy, but it falls short of the latest batch of Bestefar, which is my favorite beer of the winter after 4 bottles so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiammanghilla (633) - Genova, ITALY - DEC 9, 2013
Bottiglia 50cl, comprata da grand cru Rimini e bevuta a casa. Marrone scura senza schiuma. Carbonazione leggerissima, corpo un po' acquoso. In evidenza malti tostati e caffè, poi esce la luppolatura quasi balsamica. Finale ancora un po' tostato. Strana ma non male. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RickFifty (393) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2013
Deep red to black color, light brown head. Roasted malt nose, coffee, chocolate. Taste of roasted malt, prunes, coffee, hint of spice. Low bitterness, a bit too sweet. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillHick420 (430) - North Dakota, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2013
Pours thin black with a brown thick head. Nose of fruity malt, some coffee, licorice. Aroma of the same, with a distinct smoke aroma present. Quite good. Smooth mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2027) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 29, 2013
On tap at Frisco Tap House & Brewery in Columbia, MD. Opaque, very dark mahogany with a small khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice and plums. Taste of roasted coffee, roasted malt, charred wood, black licorice and plums. Medium body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
charlotte (4304) - rødovre, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle.Dark Brown colour with medium head.Aroma is fruity of dark dried fruits,Christmas spices,chocolate and caramel,nice and sweet with smooth fruity finish really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
AgnesBrygghus (62) - Stavern, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2013
God juleøl fra Haandbryggeriet. Nydelig farge flott skum. Denne er lagret på eikefat som har inneholdt Akevitt. Flott balansert med akevitt ettersmak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vighals (1307) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2013
Rødbrun med lys brunt lavt skum. Malt karamell hint av mørk sjokolade. Lite bitter, medium sødme. Kort ettersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StilleStorm (823) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2013
DWG; Pours dark, murky brown with lasting brown head. Aroma is roasted malty, sweet, dark fruits, spice, chocolate, coffe and licorice. Taste is less, but still impressiv with notes of hops. Oily mouth with a lasting, bitter, smokey and sweet finish. Merry Christmas.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GirlFriend (37) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2013
DWS My third beer today, a bit tipsy wich could affect my rating :) Deep brown with creamy foam. Aroma of chocolate, liqorice, coffee, prunes, spices and spruce..Fantastic :) Taste sweet coffee and dry fruits, chocolate.. Mirrors aroma.. Well balanced. The perfect beer for winter and christmas :) !

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